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Foundations of Our Faith

By Sherry Edwards Mackey

 

 

“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection (maturity), not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment,”   Hebrews 6:1-2 NKJV.

 

The first foundational doctrinal truth is the “Repentance from Dead Works.”

 

The doctrine of repentance from dead works is absolutely foundational to our faith.  All of us have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.

 

All of our works in the flesh, past, present, and future can never make us perfect in our flesh and behaviors to have right standing or security with God,  (Romans 3:23).

 

Regardless of our activity, works, actions, and behavior; we can NEVER attain the ability to measure up to what Christ paid for us on Calvary!

 

Christ Jesus did it once and for all! How can we think we could be perfect enough in our flesh by making ourselves right with God apart from Christ?

 

Christ Jesus paid for us in full and we cannot add to that nor can we take anything away from it.

 

It is HIS Paid free gift to us!  He paid a horrible price for ALL our sins, past, present and future when we accept HIS free gift to us!

 

The bottom line question is: Can we be perfect enough in our flesh and behaviors to measure up to what Christ perfectly did?

 

NO!  If we think we can be perfect enough by the law, then we must do ALL the law perfectly,  (Romans 10:5).

 

You can attempt over and over to live the “perfect life” your best shot!  However, when we try to be perfect in our flesh, it will only lead you to insanity, and burnout!

 

NO ONE CAN DO IT!  You will be like the runaway train!

 

Can anyone become perfected by the law in performance in their behaviors?

 

If so, then Christ’s death was in vain for them.  Our choice beloved is; Do we live by the letter of the law, or by the hearing of faith in Christ?

 

If we choose to live by the law then the payment of Christ’s sacrifice was in vain for you.

 

All of our acts of righteousness are as filthy rags in God’s eyes!  The Father has commanded all men everywhere to repent of their wicked ways.

 

This belief that we are perfect in our flesh is a wicked way!

 

“And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.  Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.  But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.  For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. 

 

And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.  But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?  We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 

 

But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin?  God forbid.  For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.  For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain,”   Galatians 2:9-20.

 

“Now we know that what things so ever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

 

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.  Where is boasting then?  It is excluded. 

 

By what law? of works?  Nay: but by the law of faith.  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.  Is he the God of the Jews only?  is he not also of the Gentiles?  Yes, of the Gentiles also: seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.  Do we then make void the law through faith?  God forbid: yea, we establish the law,”   Romans 3:19-31 KJV.

 

We cannot master the law, or we would have been the master.  Do we think more of ourselves or above God?  Perfection means maturity!  We would never be perfect in our flesh in this life.

 

Extreme teaching, is rooted in pride and it opens the door to dabbling with the fallen angels that come as angels of light!

 

They are very cunning and crafty, very expert in knowing how to present themselves and to twist the word of God.

 

These fallen angels of hell can manifest as glorious looking creatures, such as angels of light with beauty.  These fallen angels have studied man a long time!  They have studied YOU!

 

They know if they can’t get you coming, they will get you going!  These fallen angels’ mission is in drawing us further and further away from the truth!

 

Balance is so important! We must return to our foundations and see where we got off.  When we get off balance and off center, this is the time to pull away from anything and everyone and regroup with God!

 

When we refocus, and get centered back on God and His Word, He will pull us back into focus, balance, and to be centered!  Then He will cause us to be in sync with His order of things!

 

We must have our foundation settled because if we build anything on a faulty foundation when the winds blow, everything that isn’t built according to Christ righteousness will be blown away!

 

Our foundation is always Christ in what He did, not what we did!

 

“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection (maturity), not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment,”   Hebrews 6:1-2 NKJV.

 

 

 

In HIS Grace and Mercy,

By Sherry Edwards Mackey

 

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