Skip to comments.Five Lessons we should learn from Christís time in the Wilderness
Posted on 02/22/2013 2:48:16 PM PST by NKP_Vet
In the Gospel of Sunday of the First Week of Lent, we are given a lesson of what it takes for us to attain salvation through the saving work of Jesus Christ.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry (Luke 4:1-2).
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The difference between Catholics and Protestants. Protestants would say that Christ HAS obtain salvation for us.
**Protestants would say that Christ HAS obtain salvation for us.**
So Protestants can then go out and abuse children, kill priests, be an adulterer, lie, slander, abandon their parents, not keep holy the Lord’s Day, not love God above all things ————————— and they are still saved?
Once Saved — Always Saved is nonsense in my thinking. We are all sinners.
The lessons taught by our Lord through the example of His time in the wilderness include:
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1Pe 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
1Pe 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
1Pe 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
As far as Once Saved Always Saved as being nonsense, yes the doctrine is muddled. But I believe you'll find Perseverance not to be so...
I. They whom God hath accepted in his Beloved, effectually called and sanctified by his Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace; but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved.
II. This perseverance of the saints depends, not upon their own free-will, but upon the immutability of the decree of election, flowing from the free and unchangeable love of God the Father; upon the efficacy of the merit and intercession of Jesus Christ; the abiding of the Spirit and of the seed of God within them; and the nature of the covenant of grace; from all which ariseth also the certainty and infallibility thereof.
III. Nevertheless they may, through the temptations of Satan and of the world, the prevalancy of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of the means of their perseverance, fall into grievous sins; and for a time continue therein: whereby they incur God's displeasure, and grieve his Holy Spirit; come to be deprived of some measure of their graces and comforts; have their hearts hardened, and their consciences wounded; hurt and prevalancy others, and bring temporal judgments upon themselves.
Our salvation does not rest on how well we live for God. Our salvation rest on the perfect work of Christ. Our will should be to do His will. However, our evil nature gets the better of us from time to time. Even as busybodies-meddling in other people's affairs. But it is our assurance that when we stray, we know that He will correct us and brings us back. This is what a Good Shepherd does.