The Basis of Our Eternal Destiny

God, Christ, & The Holy Spirit
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Homer
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Re: The Basis of Our Eternal Destiny

Post by Homer » Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:46 pm

Hi Paidion,

I too believe good works and righteous living are necessary but they are not the basis of our salvation. They are the evidence of our salvation.

The things that we do, the way we live are objective facts. But it is the abstract, that which is in the heart, that is the motivation and cause of the good deeds. I am speaking of belief, faith, thoughts, ideas, etc.. The way we live, the deeds we do follow after the abstract condition, aided by the Holy Spirit.

Consider:
1 Samuel 16:7
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7. But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God does not see as man sees, since man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Jeremiah 17:10
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10. I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind, (abstract)
To give to each person according to his ways,
According to the results of his deeds. (objective)
Matthew 5:8
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8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
John 14:15-17
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15. “If you love(abstract) Me, you will keep My commandments.(objective)
Hebrews 4:12
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12 For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, even penetrating as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

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Re: The Basis of Our Eternal Destiny

Post by Paidion » Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:45 pm

Thanks Homer, for sharing those passages with us. They are truly relevant.
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Man judges a person by his past deeds, and administers penalties for his wrongdoing. God judges a person by his present character, and disciplines him that he may become righteous.

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