Friday, January 13, 2012

JUSTIFIED BY WORKS?



“Justification is a word used in the Scriptures to mean that in Christ we are forgiven and actually made righteous in our living. Justification is not a once-for-all, instantaneous pronouncement guaranteeing eternal salvation, regardless of how wickedly a person might live from that point on. Neither is it merely a legal declaration that an unrighteous person is righteous. Rather, justification is a living, dynamic, day-to-day reality for the one who follows Christ. The Christian actively pursues a righteous life in the grace and power of God granted to all who continue to believe in Him.”

Bishop Alexander of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
http://www.fatheralexander.org/


"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16

"Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matthew 5:48

"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." Matthew 7:21

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." Matthew 7:24-27

"I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter; For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." Matthew 12:36-37

"For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done." Matthew 16:27

"'Why do you ask me about what is good?' Jesus replied. 'There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.'" Matthew 19:17

"Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved." Matthew 24:10-20

“Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.' “They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life." Matthew 25:41-46

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." Matthew 28:19-20

"But He answered and said to them, 'My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.'" Luke 8:21


"On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. 'Teacher,' he asked, 'what must I do to inherit eternal life?' 'What is written in the Law?' he replied. 'How do you read it?' He answered: ' "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind"' and, '"Love your neighbor as yourself." ''You have answered correctly,' Jesus replied. 'Do this and you will live.'" Luke 10:25-28

"And will come out--those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation." John 5:29

"First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds." Acts 26:20

"For he will repay according to each one's deeds. To those who by patiently doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; for it is not those who hear the law who are just in the sight of God; rather, those who observe the law will be justified." Romans 2:6-7, 13

“This will take place on the day when, according to my gospel, God, through Jesus Christ, will judge the secret thoughts of all." Romans 2:16

"A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:7b-9

"Circumcision means nothing and uncircumicsion means nothing; what matters is keeping God's commandments." 1 Corinthians 7: 19

"And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:2-3

"And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13

"For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done of the body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." 2 Corinthians 5:10

"Work out your salvation with fear and trembling, For God is one who, for his good purpose, works in you both to desire and to work." Philippians 2:12-13

"Attend to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in both tasks, for by doing so you will save both yourself and those who listen to you." 1 Timothy 4:16


"That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life." 1 Timothy 6:18-19

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." Hebrews 10:24

"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." James 1:22

"... What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? ... Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?" James 2 (excerpted)

"You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone." James 2:24

"We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, 'I know him,' but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard." 1 John 2:3-7

"Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds." Revelation 2:23

"Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Write this: Blessed are the dead who from now on die in the Lord.’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘they will rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them.’" Revelation 14:12-13

"All the dead were judged according to their deeds." Revelation 20:13

"Behold, I am coming soon. I bring with me the recompense I will give to each according to his deeds." Revelation 22:12

Monday, January 9, 2012

THREE DAYS OF DARKNESS



And the Lord said to Moses: Stretch out thy hand towards heaven: and may there be darkness upon the land of Egypt, so thick that it may be felt.

And Moses stretch forth his hand towards heaven: and there came horrible darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days.

No man saw his brother, nor moved himself out of the place where he was: but wheresoever the children of Israel dwelt there was light.

And Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron, and said to them: Go sacrifice to the Lord: let your sheep only, and herds remain; let your children go with you.

Moses said: Thou shalt give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings, to the Lord our God.

Exodus 10:21-25

And that was a day of darkness and danger, of tribulation and distress, and great fear upon the earth.

Esther 11:8

Let that day be turned into darkness, let not God regard it from above, and let not the light shine upon it.

Job 3:4

Let darkness, and the shadow of death cover it, let a mist overspread it, and let it be wrapped up in bitterness.

Job 3:5

They shall meet with darkness in the day, and grope at noonday as in the night.

Job 5:14

A land of misery and darkness, where the shadow of death, and no order, but everlasting horror dwelleth.

Job 10:22

They have been rebellious to the light, they have not known his ways, neither have they returned by his paths.

Job 24:13

If the morning suddenly appear, it is to them the shadow of death: and they walk in darkness as if it were in light.

Job 24:17

But they were struck with blindness: as those others were at the doors of the just man, when they were covered with sudden darkness, and every one sought the passage of his own door.

Wisdom 19:16


And they shall make a noise against them that day, like the roaring of the sea; we shall look towards the land, and behold darkness of tribulation, and the light is darkened with the mist thereof.

Isaiah 5:30

And they shall look to the earth, and behold trouble and darkness, weakness and distress, and a mist following them, and they cannot fly away from their distress.

Isaiah 8:22

Go, my people, enter into thy chambers, shut thy doors upon thee, hide thyself a little for a moment, until the indignation pass away. For behold the Lord will come out of his place, to visit the iniquity of the inhabitant of the earth against him: and the earth shall disclose her blood, and shall cover her slain no more.

Isaiah 26:20-21


I form the light, and create darkness, I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord that do all these things.

Isaiah 45:7


For behold darkness shall cover the earth, and a mist the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

Isaiah 60:2


Give ye glory to the Lord your God, before it be dark, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains: you shall look for light, and he will turn it into the shadow of death, and into darkness.

Jeremiah 13:16


The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood: before the great and dreadful day of the Lord doth come.

Joel 2:31

Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light: and obscurity, and no brightness in it?
Amos 5:20


But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 8:12

Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be darkened and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be moved:  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven:  And then shall all tribes of the earth mourn...and He shall send His angels with a great voice: and they shall gather together his elect.

Matthew 24:29-31

And this is the judgment: because the light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light: for their works were evil.

John 3:19


I am come a light into the world; that whosoever believeth in me, may not remain in darkness.

John 12:46

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and manifest day of the Lord come.

Acts Of Apostles 2:20

And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom became dark, and they gnawed their tongues for pain: and they blasphemed the God of heaven, because of their pains and wounds, and did not penance for their works.

Revelation 16:10-11


For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.

Ephesians 6:12


Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His Love, in Whom we have redemption through His blood, the remission of sins; Who is the Image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of every creature: For in Him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him and in Him.

Colossians 1:13-16