Under Law, or Grace?
( part one)
(By Tom Gaston)
2. Law or grace, which is
3. Israel's prophetic
4. No flesh shall be justified
by the Law
5. What does this all
6. Can a believer ever
be "unsealed" by the Holy Spirit?
The reason why I have titled this article "Are The Resurrection/Rapture Church Saints Under Law, Or
Grace" is because there are so
many who are seeking to "earn their
right" to be a
participant in this event when It happens. Nothing could
be farther from the truth! Many are
terribly confused because they have not learned important foundational truths
concerning Law, grace, justificaton etc. Therefore this subject is of
great importance to me. Hopefully with God's help I can reach a few in
order to help set them free from the unecessary fear and confusion that has
beset them through a lack of understanding of the word of
Since this article will be lengthy, I have decided to
do it in (two parts). Do not let the length of this article
discourage you from reading and prayfully studying it. It will
be an "Eye Opener" for perhaps many? The
"Resurrection/Rapture" subject that we will be discussing is not one that
can be properly examined by just 3 or 4 pages of material. I will be
covering the resurrection/Rapture text in
1Thessalonians 4:13-18 later in (part two).
In (part 2) I will be presenting some simple, but
yet "profound observations" of this text which
cannot be argued, scooted around, ignored, nor denied unless some
one is foolish and brave enough to make an attempt to rewrite all the New
Testament epistles, as well as the gospels.
(Part one) I will be covering the subject of "Law and Grace" which is
extremely important and absolutely foundational for understanding of this
subject of God's resurrection program. The question of "who
goes and who stays" at the time of the
Rapture is clearly revealed in this foundational study of "Law and
Grace." Without this foundation many will never understand (part
2) of this study. Therefore I am encouraging those who have difficulty
with the teaching of "the security of the believer", and also who are
advocates of the "partial rapture theory" not to skip (part 1)
and jump to (part 2). Otherwise you will not understand, nor will you
see the final picture of truth at the end of (part 2).
Until a Christian understands their position
"In christ" (by grace through faith apart from
works / Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-7) they will always be
confused and will most likely never understand this subject of the
resurrection/Rapture in its proper context.
Don't just read this
article, study it! Look up many of the scriptures that will be listed
in it. As you do pray that God will give you understanding of His
word. Ask Him to show the "His truth and nothing but His
truth." If you approach this study with a sincere heart before
God, and If you are a true believer by faith alone in Christ,
then you have the Holy Spirit within you (Eph. 1:13). He is your
teacher who will show you His truth (John 14:16-26;
I would like to also say
this. When we conclude with this study the "partial
rapture theory", which is based on good works is going to go
"Flying right out the window"
into oblivion where it belongs! This false teaching
has No place in God's word! If anyone
walks away from this study still confused, still adhering to, and
holding on to this make believe doctrine which God, the Holy Spirit,
and the apostle Paul have NEVER TAUGHT in
scripture! Then with great concern and urgency I recommend
that you get on your knees and honestly examine your hearts before God in order
to see if your are truly in the faith (2 Cor. 13:5). Are you trying
to be justified by the works of the Law? Are you trying to
earn your way into heaven at the time of the resurrection/ Rapture? I
don't know your heart, only God does. You are the only one who can
answer these questions!
Christians as well
as non-Christians do not understand in the
bible, the devil stands
by waiting to give them "His own perverted
The title of this article is an
important question that needs to be asked and addressed with the word of
God once and for all! There is too
much unnecessary confusion on this subject of the
Resurrection/Rapture of the church in relationship to "who will
go" and "who will stay" when this event happens. This
therefore brings deep concern to my heart for those souls who think that
they can "earn their right" to be a participant in the resurrection program of
God by way of their "Godly character, good moral conduct, good
Now If this were the case, which
it is not. Then it would mean that these people could therefore earn their own right to
enter into the presence of God in heaven through their acts of
obedience to religious laws, or by their own ethical standards of moral
character and conduct. Those "in Christ" who
die before the resurrection are allowed into the
presence of God, not based on their good works, but by
grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-10). Those who are
"alive" when the resurrection takes place likewise are
allowed entry into the presence of God, NOT because of their
works, but because they were saved by grace through faith in Christ. God's
scriptural guide lines, rules, and requirements concerning man's salvation apply
not only to those who have already died in
Christl. But they also apply to the "living in Christ" now, and
at the time of Christ's appearing!
The Bible is
emphatically clear that "No flesh will be justified in His sight by the
Law" (Rom.3:20; Eph.2:8-10; Titus 3:4-7).
those people who trying to earn their right "into
heaven" at the time of the resurrection are trying to
achieve a glorified body by their "works of moral and
religious character", which have become "a
law" to them. They are seeking God's favor for the
purpose of "qualifying" entry into God's presence.
This is there whole problem with these people!
Godly character can only be acheived
and practiced by the believer who is said to be "in
Christ" according to the scriptures. The Holy Spirit comes to
indwell the believer at the moment of his or her coversion to Christ
(Eph.1:13). It is God through His Holy Spirit who empowers the
saint for Godly and faithful service (Eph.2:10; Phil.1:6,
2:13). When those who are "in
Christ" surrender themselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit the
fruit of the Holy Spirit then manifests itself in and through them
(Gal.5:16:25) as they walk in obedience to Christ. The fact is, the bible
is clear in Rom. 8:7 that no one who is "in the flesh" is capable of
keeping the Law of God. Scripture says that if anyone
does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do
not belong to Him. (Rom.8:9).
If the Holy Spirit is
not indwelling a person, then they have never been saved, nor do they
have the power to live for Christ, since they are
"Dead in sins" (Rom. 3:10,11, 23; 6:23;
Eph.2:1-7; Col.2:9-14). Thus it is important
to know and understand that the only criteria
mentioned and taught by the apostle Paul in
the New Testament epistles, which allows a Christian to be a participant
in the resurrection/Rapture is that one must possess the Holy Spirit of Christ
(Rom.8:9-16; Eph.4:30; 1Thess.4:16), which is received
at that moment that they trust in Christ (Eph. 1:13-14).
This subject of the
resurrection of the church saints needs to be taught and
understood through the pages of scripture and should not be approached nor
taught by emotionally charged driven people who are confused on
the subject, and who teach that a christian must earn their
right to to receive their glorified body through acts
of "obedience, good works, faithfulness, watchfulness, praying, and holy
Though these manifested acts of
obedience are very important in the Christians walk.
They are NOT the bases, nor are they the qualifying
factor for those who are "already in Christ."
The apostle Paul makes emphatically clear that if one possesses the Holy
Spirit they will be given a resurrected body by God's Spirit who indwells
The "spirit" of every believer
in Christ has already been made righteous by the righteousness of
Christ (Rom. 3;22; 1Cor.1:30; Phil. 3:9;
2 Cor.5:21) which they received from God at that
moment when they called on the name of the Lord to be saved (Rom. 10:9,10,
10:13; Eph.1:13-14). But the
believers "flesh" has not been made perfect,
glorified, nor quickened yet. This glorification of the believers
body takes place at the time of the resurrection/Rapture (1Cor 15:50-58;
Sadly there has been a great
neglect of teaching and a terrible lack of emphasis on
"what" this whole event of the Rapture of the
church is really all about. To many emphasize and focus
on only "one aspect" of this event, which is the
"translation of the living saints in Christ" into the presence of
God. But many neglect to point out and show that this
important event is really the "resurrection program of
God." God is completing
and "ending" the dispensation of
grace (the chruch age) at the time of the resurrection/
Rapture of the church saints.
Once the resurrection event has taken
place. God then restarts His prophetic program once again with His
people Israel (Ministry ended when He rode into Jerusalem on Nisan 10 and wept
over the city in 30.5 AD. / Matt. 23:37-39). Following the Rapture God
then begins to complete the rest
of Israel's prophetic 70th week mentioned in Daniel chapter
9. Israel and the world will go back under the Old Testament
economy (Law) in order for God to begin His "judgment and
wrath program which is specifically for unbelieving Israel and
the rest of the unbelieving Gentiles who were left behind at the
time of Christ's appearing.
God is going to save a faithful remnant out
of the nation of Israel during this judgment period. Where there is
"no grace", there is only the outward physical
manifestation of the "judgment of God upon the
wicked" in the "Day of the Lord" (Rom.1:18,
2:5; Rev. 6:2). Those of us who are in
Christ are not destined for judgment, nor wrath of any
kind! (Rom. 5:1, 9;
Christ is returning at the time of
the resurrection for the sole purpose of "finalizing and
completing" the redemption program for the church (the
glorification of the bodies of the church saints 1 Cor. 15:50-58) who
are not under the administration of the Old
Testament economy of the Law, but under the new
administration of grace
in-which they stand (Rom. 5:1,2). "For the Law was
given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through
Jesus Christ" (John 1:17).
The apostle Paul in Romans
8:3 says this: "For what the Law cound Not do,
weak as it was through the flesh, God did; sending
His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He
condemned sin (all sin past, present, and future) in the flesh, (v.4.) "In
order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled
in us (the believer), who do not walk
according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit" (The indwelling of the Holy
All those who have already died
in Christ from Pentecost until Christ's
appearing will be resurrected first and will receive their glorified
bodies at that time along with those who are alive in
Christ. Both the "dead in Christ" and the
"Living in Christ" will be caught up together
to meet the Lord in the air (1Thess.4:13-18). These new glorified bodies
that the dead in Christ and the living in Christ receive are for the purpose
of preparing the saint for the eternal state. This is why the apostle
Paul says the following in 1corinthians 15:50
(v. 50). "Now I say this, brethren, that
flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;
nor does the perishable inherit the
imperishable." (v. 53) "For this perishable must put on
the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality."
Qualifying for The resurrection/Rapture program of God is not
determined by man's rules. Nor does anyone have the power or ability
"within themselves" to "ensure or guarantee" that they
will be a participant in this event when it happens based on their "good
conduct, and holy living." The ONLY criteria
that is given to us in the word of God that guarantees any
saints participation in the resurrection/Rapture program of
God is the criteria that one must be "in Christ" (and the dead "in Christ" shall rise
first 1Thess.4:16), which is accomplished by
the indwelling, and sealing of the Holy Spirit of God within the
believers life (Rom.8:9-16; 1Cor.12:13;
The indwelling and
sealing of the believer by the Holy Spirit takes place at the
moment of repentance and conversion to Christ through faith in
the gospel (Eph.1:13-14), and thus they are forever
sealed by the Holy Spirit for the "Day of redemption" Eph. 4:30. This glorification of the body of the believer takes
place at the time of Christ's appearing. The glorification of the body is
the final stage of the redemption process for the believer in
Christ. The "dispensation of Grace" therefore ends
at the time of the resurrection. The dispensation of the Old Testament
economy of the Law then returns once again in order for
God to begin "His wrath and judgment program."
Romans 4:15 "For the
about "wrath", but
where there is "No Law , neither is there
violation." (see Romans
Law, or Grace, which is
In simple terms Grace is the "Unmerited favor of God." It is based
upon the "finished work of Christ for sin on the cross." The just
demands of the Law (which is death Rom. 6:23) were met and
fulfilled in Christ (Matt. 5:17). This is called
"justification." Christ bore the "Full penalty" for all of our sin
(Col. 2:13,14). Therefore because of this one righteous act of God through
Christ, God can now declare any person righteous, sanctified, and
justified (1 Cor. 1:30) who has thus placed there trust and faith in Christ
apart from works (Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-7). Now that grace
has come (unmerited favor) salvation can now be extended to all
mankind through the work of Christ which is "by faith alone", and which
has been completely "finished" (John 19:30). Man
can add "Nothing" to what God has already sufficiently,
perfectly, and effectively accomplished through His Son (Rom. 8:3).
(note:) Since the believer
is sealed by the Holy Spirit for the "Day of redemption"
(Eph. 4:30), and NOT according to their works. It is
therefore "impossible" for them to "keep" their salvation
"by their works." Othewise "grace" would no longer be grace.
And salvation would then become a "work back under the
Law." This would mean then that Christ's sacrifice
for "all sin" as the scripture states would
be invalid, insufficient, and incomplete. It would also mean that
Christ would have to die over, and over, and over again
since "the foundation of the world", since
His sacrifice was NOT perfect the first time. The
word of God tells us just the opposite, and clarifies clearly that His
death only needed to happen once! (Heb.9:24-28). Therefore
salvation comes to the believer "ONLY
Below is a diagram which I made to show the
Sinai------I-----Sinai to the cross---I--Cross
to the Rapture---I-----tribulation period------I-----millennial
I------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I----------------------The Day of the
day----------I----Broad day of the Lord---I
The "Day of the
Lord" consists not only of the "wrath of God" (the tribulation
period), but it also consists of the "Blessings of God", which is the
1000 year reign of Christ upon the earth. That which is termed the
"Narrow day of the Lord" begins following the Rapture of the
church. The "Broad day of the Lord" is made up of most of the time
which relates to the millennial kingdom age. Christ's 1000 year reign on the
earth ( Rev. 20:6).
Grace began at the cross, but the
church did not come into existence until Pentecost. This is when the Holy
Spirit came to take up residency within the believer "For by one Spirit we
were all baptized into one body" (1Cor.
12:13). Pentecost was the beginning, or the inception of the
church. Above you can see clearly that the "age of grace" has to end before the
tribulation judgment can begin.
Israel's 70 weeks prophecy was given to
Daniel by the angel Gabriel "under the law"
(Old Testament economy), and therefore it must be completed and
fulfilled back under the Law since this prophecy
was given at that time. It must be fulfilled "Outside" of the
dispensation of grace.
This prophecy of the 70 weeks (or 490 years) was not given to the church, but to
Israel only. Gabriel tells Daniel in Dan. 9:24 the following:
"70 weeks have been decreed for thy people (Daniel's people
Israel), and thy holy city (Daniel's city Jerusalem).........etc.
The 70 weeks prophecy (490 yrs) concerns
only "Israel's sin" and her restoration (Dan.9:24-27).
God's prophetic program for Israel is designed to be
kept "separate" from the prophetic program for the
"church." In the Old Testament Israel was chosen by God
out from among all the nations of the earth (Deut 4:37,38, 7:7-8,
10:15). They were "one nationally." Israel today
is still God's
"chosen people", but they are in unbelief (Rom.11:25,26). The
church is not made up of a "one nationality of people" like
The body of Christ, unlike
Israel, is made up of many peoples from many nationalities, Jews as
well as Gentiles alike, though the majority of the body of Christ
is predominantly made up of
Gentiles. Therefore God cannot combine nor
fulfill both programs of "Israel and the church"
together in the same "dispensaton of time." In the Old Testament
God was only working with, and calling out from among the nations
"His people Israel", and no other nation (Deut
4:37,38, 7:7-8, 10:15).
Those of "Grace" (the church) who have believed the
gospel have been set free from eternal condemnation through Christ (Rom.
5:1, 9, 10; 8:1,2). The other group is of the
Law (unbelieving Israel) who rejected the gospel of grace, and
therefore will experience the "physical judgment and
chastisment" of the hand of God along with the rest of the
unbelieving Gentiles during the tribulation period.
All the earthly kingdom
blessings which were promised to Israel through Abraham (Abrahams seed / Gen.
chapters 15-17) will be given to the "believing remnant" of
Israel when Christ returns at the end of the tribulation period in order to
establish His kingdom (Matt. 24:24,31). Israel is an
"earthly people" to whom the covenants belonged (Rom. 9:4
Eph. 2:12), and the church is a "Heavenly people" who
have inherited all the "spiritual blessings in Christ in
the heavenlies" (Eph. 1:3). Israel and the church must be kept
separate in order to understand much of God's word
Grace and Law
do not mix. It is either one or the other. Trying to mix
Law and Grace would be like trying to mix "oil
with water." The nature of the two
substances will not allow you to mix them. They will always
remain separate due to their natural
properties. Likewise trying to mix the two different
dispensations of Law and Grace is also scripturally and theologically
impossible to do. You can see on the chart above that I have
displayed, that the dispensation of the Law ended
at the cross and the dispensation of grace began. Grace will END at
the time of the resurrection/Rapture. Then the Old Testament economy of
the Law returns at the opening of the Day of the Lord which follows the
The apostle Paul makes very clear in
scripture that the body of Christ is NOT under the
Law, and neither can the church every return back under the Law since
Christ has fulfilled the just demands of it. This new administration
(Eph. 3:8-11), which is by grace through faith in Christ (Eph.
2:8-10) has given the believer in Christ
"eternally forgiveness" for all sin, for all
time (Rom.6:10; Col.2:13,14; Heb.9:12,
The dispensation of
the Law and the dispensation of grace "have never", and
"can never" operate at the same time, since they
are two different dispensations of time which effect two different groups.
The Law was not given to the Gentiles, but it was given to
Israel. Both Law and Grace are like the "oil"
and "Water" example. They will never mix!
During the first
3-1/2 years half of the tribulation God is dealing with "national
Israel" and her prophetic prgram by "calling out His remnant of Jewish
people" according to Daniel's 70 weeks prophecy, which God will be
completing. These judgments called the "The Birth
pangs" (Matt. 24:8) are for the purpose of preparing a remnant
out of the nation of Israel who will inherit the promised kingdom, and to
"fulfill the times of the Gentiles" spoken of by Jesus in Luke
21:24. Therefore the church can never be a partaker
of Israel's prophetic program
during the tribulation period called "Jacob's
trouble." God makes clear in (Jer.30:3-11) that this period
is for Israel.
The apostle Paul says this "Give no offense either to the
Jews or to Greeks,
or to the church
of God (1Cor. 10:32). Here
you can see that Paul teaches that there are 3 different distinct groups of
people in the world today. Israel is not saved
nationally at this time. The faithful remnant of Israel who will be
purchased and saved during the tribulation will make up the "true
nation" of Israel who will possess the kingdom when Christ
The church is
comprised of many peoples from many nations. The church is
also pictured in the New Testament espistles as a "heavenly
people" by the apostle Paul in (Eph. 1:3), and not an earthly people
as Israel is. Notice that Paul the apostle differentiates the
Church from the Gentiles even though the
church is predominently Gentile. The bible says that those who make up the
body of Christ are "all one" in Christ (For by one Spirit you
were all baptized into one body /1Cor. 12:13). Those who make up the body
of Christ have already been made "perfect in spirit" through the
blood of Christ, and therefore judgment is not needed nor required to
purchase the church (Rom. 8:1,2).
Gentiles make up the third group. This
group is unregenerated and is still dead in their sins. They are in
unbelief just like the nation of Israel. These Gentile nations will
also be recipients of God's physical judgment and
wrath during the tribulation period. These
ungregenerated (spiritually dead) Gentiles are the ones who will
be left behind along with unbelieving Israel at the time of the
resurrection/Rapture. The Laodicean church, which
is the last church mentioned in Revelation 3:14-22 is NOT
made up of those who are "in Christ" (the true body
This church of
Laodicea is made up of those who "profess Christ"
(They have a form of Godliness, although they have denied its power 2Tim
3:1-7) but who do NOT possess Christ (They Don't have the Holy
Spirit, and therefore they do not belong
to Christ Rom. 8:9). For this reason God is
going to "spit them out of His mouth" and
expose them to the severe judgments of the tribulation
period in order to judge them. Jesus says in Revelation 3:10
"..................to test "THOSE" (the wicked) who
dwell upon the earth."
The last 3-1/2 years of the tribulation
period which encompasses mainly the 7th
trump, and the seven bowl
judgments is reserved for the wicked Gentile nations.
God will be in the process of overthrowing and destroying the Gentile
powers. The remnant of Israel during this time will be protected by
God for 3-1/2 years (Jer. 31:1,2; Rev. 12:14).
During this last 3-1/2 years of the tribulation period God will be
fulfilling the prophecy made by Jesus in Luke 21:24 "And Jerusalem shall be trampled under foot by the
Gentiles until the "Times of the Gentiles be
"middle of the tribulation" is seen in Rev. 11:2 ( 42 months / 1260 days
/ 3-1/2 years). God at this time takes His "great
power" and begin to reign from heaven (Rev. 11:17). This
means that from this point onward, all the way to the end of the
tribulation period, God begins the "eviction process" of
Satan and His wicked evil emissaries from the earth, and renders the Gentile
powers destroyed. These events will climax with the second advent of
Christ to the earth (Armageddon).
shall be justified by the Law
The apostle Pauls epistles are very
clear that no flesh shall be justified in
God's sight by the works of the Law (Rom.3:20).
Neither before the Law came ( For Abraham, who was
before the law was declared righteous by faith apart from
works (Rom.4:1-3). Nor during the dispensation of the Law
from Mt. Sinai (Mosaic Law) to the cross. And
certainly not during the dispensation of grace which the apostle Paul makes very
clear in his epistles. The Law can never save anyone at
anytime. It only condemns us and points out our sin. Therefore
the apostle Paul says that the Law was "our
tutor" to lead us to Christ in order that we might be justified by
faith (Gal. 3:24).
Those unbelieving Jews and unbelieving
Gentiles who will be left behind at the time of the resurrection/Rapture
will experience God's wrath and judgment
"physically" during the tribulation period. The
outward physical judgment of God is the result of their
"sinful spiritual condition." The nation of Israel and the rest of the world as a whole have both
"rejected" the grace of God which comes through faith in
Christ Jesus, and of which they "Could have received" had they
believed the gospel during the church age.
Therefore there is nothing left but the
"physical wrath and chastisment of God" which
will come upon Israel and "Them that dwell upon the whole earth"
(Rev. 3:10 / in the Day of the Lord ). This is why the
church will NOT experience the tribulation period. The
tribulation judgments begin with the opening of the "First seal" in Revelation chapter
6. This takes place "within, or inside" the
"Day of the Lord", which commences immediately following the
Rapture. We who are in Christ are promised that we will
NOT experience the "Day of the Lord's
(1Thess 5:1-9 ).
Those who are in Christ
can never be judged by the Law. Christ
took all our sins upon Himself and
judged all of them there at the cross
(Rom.6:10; Heb.9:12, 28 Heb.10:10-14).
All of our sins past, present, and future were "nailed" to the
cross" (Col. 2:13-14). The apostle Paul says: "for the wages of
sin is death......." (Rom. 6:23). This means physical death and
spiritual death, which we inherited through Adam (Rom. 5:12). "Christ is
the end of the law, righteousness to everyone who believes" (Rom.
want you all to see something very important in the text of
Gal.2:16-21! Paul the apostle in Galations 2:18 says this: "For If I
rebuild what I have "onced destroyed"
I prove myself to be a
What the apostle Paul is stating in this
text of Galatians is this. That since Christ has been crucified
salvation can now come to all men by grace
through faith in Christ alone. Therefore
there is no need to return back under the law in order to seek
justification since the Law could not justify anyone.
"Christ fulfilled the Law" (Matt. 5:17; Rom.
8:3,4). Sin has been judged through the work of the cross, in-which
the penalty for all sin, which is "Death" has
been paid for "in full" (Col. 2:13,14). It was
only the shedding of Christ's blood that could make atonement for our
sins (Rom. 5:9,10).
"Judaizers" whom the apostle Paul was addressing in
the Book of Galatians were seeking to be justified by the Law all over
again (by their observance of the Law, and its religious duty).
They were trying to "rebuild" that which would enslave man once
again, and thus "nullify" the grace of God.
The redemptive work of Christ at the
cross accomplished for man what the Law could not do. And that was to give
"life." Therefore Christ has once and for all fufilled the just
demands of the Law (Rom. 6:23, 7:6), "Who also made us
adequate as servants of a new covenant, NOT of the letter
(the Law), but of the Spirit, for the letter (the
Law) kills, but the Spirit gives life" (2Cor. 3:6).
Eternal life can
now be given to man as a gift (Rom. 6:23), which
comes by the grace through faith in Christ alone (Eph. 2:8-10), and who
fulfilled the just demands of the Law when He hung on the cross and cried
out "It Is finished" (John
19:30). Paul says "I do NOT nullify the
grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the
Law, then Christ died needlessly" (Gal. 2:21).
What does this all
This is an important and vital
question! Jesus said in John 6:39 the following: "And this is the will of Him (the
Father) who sent Me, that of all that He has
given Me I lose NOTHING, but raise it up on the last
Listen! Our salvation which was accomplished by Christ's redemptive
work at the cross is eternal and
Question: "How can it be said that one has
eternal life unless it means
forever! If the salvation of the
believer could be lost, then it is not forever, and therefore it cannot be
stated as eternal life.
Jesus has already declared this divine truth Himself in
John 5:24 "truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him
who sent me (the Father) Has eternal
life (present perfect tense, which means at that moment you
believe, and forever) and DOES NOT come into
judgment (at no time whatsovever), but has passed
out of death into life."
Romans 8:1,2 says: "There is therefore
now "no condemnation" to those who are "in
Christ Jesus", For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you
FREE from the law of
sin and death.
HEY! what do you know! We already
have eternal life according to Jesus in John 5:24, and we don't have to die
in order to get it! This eternal life that we possess in Christ can "never be
altered" by our failing Christian conduct as a believer no matter
how miserably we fail. Why? Because Christ paid the full
penalty for all of our sins, for all
time (Rom.6:10; Heb.9:12, 28
If this sound doctrinal teaching from the word of God
that I have been sharing with you stirrs a desire in anyones heart to
want to go out and live like the devil, then you have
never been saved my friend. This is why one gets saved.
Its because the Holy Spirit is convicting them of their sin, and they want to be
forgiven by God. Christians, no matter at what level of spiritual maturity
they are at, whether weak or strong never cease to battle sin in their
lives each and every day!
If you are struggling against the temptation
of sin, and you are concerned about your spiritual walk with Christ,
then that is good because only a child of God is concerned
about sin in their lives and their walk with Christ. The power and the
victory of Christ which is available to every believer comes from God's
Holy Spirit who indwells them, and who seals them at the moment of
their conversion to Christ (Eph. 1:13). The Holy Spirit is our only
strength and power for the battle in our lives against sin, the world, the
devil, and the flesh (Eph. 6:10-18). The Holy Spirit has been given to us
so that we might be victorious over sin while we live in these corrupt
bodies of flesh, which have not been made perfect yet.
The wicked have no power, nor do they have
any desire to live for Christ. Therefore they have no desire to stop
sinning. They are compelled to live by the power of the flesh with no
restraints since they are "devoid" of the Spirit of
God (Jude 1:19). Knowing that I am forgiven eternally
for all my sins as a Christain has
"never" compelled me to live like the
devil. My eternal security in Christ has always compelled
me to want to live a Godly life for Christ out of humility,
gratitude, and with love in my heart for Him because of what He endured and
accomplished for me at the cross ( Eternal Redemption through
the shedding of His blood) (Heb.
Every persons sin from the beginning of Adam until
the last person to be born was paid for in full by
Christ's death on the cross (Col. 2:13-14). Yes Jesus paid the
price for ALL of them past, present, and future! The ones
we have forgotten about, the ones we have confessed, the ones we haven't
confessed, sins yet to be committed tomorrow, the next day, and the next week,
etc. Where were you and I
when Christ died on the cross? That's
right! We were all in the future waiting to be born.
And yet the bible says He died for all of our sins for all
time. If you don't believe me. Then here are
some scripture verses just for you my
Hebrews 10:10, 12,
(10). By this will we "have
been sanctified" through the offering of the body of Jesus
Christ ONCE FOR ALL! ( do you see any
conditions or loop holes here? I don't!
(12). But He (Christ), having offered ONE
SACRIFICE for sins, FOR ALL TIME sat down
at the right hand of God." ( Do you see any conditions or loop holes
here? I don't )
(14). For by ONE OFFERING (For sin) He
(Christ) has perfected FOR ALL
TIME (Past, present, and future) those who are sanctified."
Do you see any conditions or loop holes here? I
You know what folks!
If anyone one of you who are reading this article cannot accept these
scriptures as God's absolute truth, and therefore cannot accept the fact that
Jesus died for ALL of your sins, and paid the
FULL PENALTY for them
ALL. Then you have a very serious
problem! Hebrews chapter 10:10,12,14 shows clearly that Jesus died
for all of our sins
(1). the past (ones you have committed
intentionally, or unintentionally, confessed, and not confessed).
(2). the present (ones you
are committing intentionally, unintentionally, confessing, and not
(3). the future (ones that you haven't
committed intentionally, or unintentionally yet, which will be
confessed in the future, or not confessed ).
Listen! I don't know anyones heart, only God
does. For those who think that they have to suffer judgment
and punishment for their sins of the past,
present, and future that Jesus has
already paid for in full, then it could mean
(1). It could mean that you may not understand the
gospel of Jesus Christ, and therefore you are seeking to be
justified before God by "your obedient religious practice, and good
moral conduct." If this is the case, then "you have become your own
savior" (1Cor. 8:6; 1Tim. 2:5,6), which means that Christ is
not your personal savior, and therefore the Holy Spirit
is not in you (Rom. 8:9).
You therefore need to confess your sin to Christ and
surrender your will, heart, and life to Him. Ask Him to forgive you
for all of your sins which He has already suffered
and died for "past, present, and future." And then invite Him
to come into your heart and save you" (Rom. 10:9,10,
(2). It may be that you have trusted Christ as
your savior?, but you are finding it hard to cannot forgive
yourself as Christ has already forgiven you due to your repetitive sinful habits
and failures, which drives you to "Self condemnation." If this is
the case then you need to let these scriptures that I have shared
with you in this study "Sink deep into your heart",
and let them set you free "Once and for all" from
this terrible self destruction. Christ has already done a
"Complete and finished work for your redemption" through the cross.
Listen! God has forgiven us of ALL OUR
TRANGRESSIONS. Go read Colossians
2:12,13. It will
Many of those who read this article will probably fall
into the second category listed above. This second category of
people is where all this
doubt is being generated from concerning the subject
of "who will go" and "who will stay" at the time
of the resurrection/Rapture. This is where
the "Partial Rapture theory" comes into play. This
second category is also made up of people who think they can lose their
salvation. The problem with these people is that they just cannot
forgive themselves of their shortcomings and repetitive failures despite
the fact that the word of God has clearly stated that Christ has already
forgiven them for all their sins past, present, and future. Their
real problem is that they just can't accept it! They feel
the need to be punished with God's wrath
and judgment during the tribulation which is not for the church,
but for Israel (Jacob's trouble / Jer.
Therefore these Christians are
"strong advocates" of the
"partial Rapture theory" which is not biblical
nor sound doctrinally. Those who adhere to this false teaching
believe that some of the body of Christ will be left behind in order
to be judged during the tribulation period due to the sin in there
lives, whatever that sin or sins might be? This appeals to them
greatly since they feel the need to be "purged, judged, and stricken down by
God for their continual failure and repetitive sin in their lives."
These kinds of Christians find this false
teaching appropriate, reasonable, and very justifiable from a "human
perspective", since it is satisfying to their flesh. This false
doctrine appeals to their "Self
condemnation" which they have been carrying around much too
long. The devil loves this kind of thing because it takes alot of the
Christians energy and focus away from serving Christ and renders them less
than 100% effective in service to Him. They are constantly focused on the
sin in their life which they feel needs to be judged! Therefore they are
emotionally drained and "stressed out to the max!"
No one can serve Christ effectively this
I have come up with a name for this "self
condemnation syndrome" that these Christians carry around with them. I call
it the "Murphy's law of Christianity" (for every
action there is a
reaction). These poor saints have failed to
see and realize that Christ has already taken all their
"Action" (their Sins) and bore them in His own body on
the cross (1Peter 2:24). The cross was Christ's demonstration of
love for the world (John 3:16). His
going to the cross was His "Reaction"
or remedy for sin, and was not a
"Reaction" of condmenation against the sinner (John
3:17 "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the
world, but that the world through Him might be saved). We were
helpless (Rom. 5:1-11).
Can a believer ever be
"Unsealed" by the Holy Spirit?
Jesus said In John 14:16,17 "And I will
ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He
may be with you FOREVER; that is the Spirit
of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know
Him, but you know Him because He abides with you,
AND WILL BE IN YOU (took
place at Pentecost).
Here we have the very words of Jesus state and confirm
that when the Holy Spirit comes He will come to
indwell and take up permanent
residency within the believer (forever). This indwelling of
God's Holy Spirit cannot be reversed. The Holy Spirit was not
sent by Jesus based upon mans human ability and intervention through acts of
obedience to religious Law, nor by good moral conduct. He was
sent based on a promise.
The word "Abide" is the Greek word Meno /
strongs' Greek concordance # 3306 means "to be
present." Jesus said that the Holy Spirit
abided with them, but that later He would come
to indwell them. This took place on the
day of Pentecost, which fulfilled "the promise"
given by Jesus to His disciples in (John 14:16, 26;
16:7; Acts 1:1-8 Acts 2:32, 33),
(Interjection note:) All the Old Testament saints
had the "Abiding" of the Holy
Spirit, but not the "Indwelling" of the Holy Spirit,
which was not fulfilled until Pentecost. The particular special ministries
of the Holy Spirit to the believer in the present age (Grace)
are for the purpose of "the Baptizm (1Cor.
12:13), the Indwelling (1Cor. 6:19,20), the
filling (Eph:5:18), the
Sealing (Eph. 1:13). These special ministries will
cease at the close of the church age (resurrection/Rapture) which is under
grace. The Holy Spirit will return once again following the judgment
period (tribulation period) in order to "take up residency within the
believer" once again during the kingdom age (Joel 2:28-32).
Jesus had to first go to the cross to make atonement
sin (Rom.6:10; Col.2:13,14;
Heb.9:12, 28 Heb.10:10-14). Then be buried, rise on the third
day, and then ascend back to His Father who accepted His sacrifice for
sin. Then and only then could the Holy Spirit be sent. If the Father
had not accepted Christ's sacrifice for "all sin for all
time", then the Holy Spirit would have not been
sent and our salvation would be incomplete and
non-existent. Thank the Lord that the sacrifice of His Son made a
"complete and perfect sacrifice for all of our
Therefore the sending of the Holy Spirit was sent based totally upon
Jesus' finished work which brought "eternal redemption" to mankind
through His blood
(Heb.9:12). Man had NO part in the design,
the perfecting, nor the completion of his own redemption (1Cor.
1:30). God through Christ planned it all. The apostle Paul makes
this very clear (Rom. 8:3,4).
Question: Why did David cry out in Psalms
51:11 "Do not cast me away from Thy presence, and
do not take Thy Holy Spirit from
Psalm 51 is a Psalm of David
when Nathan the prophet came to him after he (David) had gone in to
Bathsheba. David planned the death of Bathsheba's husband Uriah by
putting him on the "Front lines" in order to be killed in a fierce
battle. David did this in order that he might have Bathsheba whom he
lusted after. You can read about this in 2 Sam. chapter 11.
In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit would come upon and
"abide" with the kings of Israel who were
anointed to lead the nation. But these kings who were
anointed were NOT indwelt with the Holy
Spirit as the body of Christ is in this age of grace in-which we now
live. In the book of 1Samuel 10:1 we see Samuel anointing Saul as
king over Israel "............Has not the Lord
anointed you a ruler over His
inheritance?" In 1Samuel chapter
16:13, we see that David being anointed with oil by Samuel "Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed
him (David) in the midst of his
brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily
"Upon" David from that
The Hebrew word for "anointed" is the Hebrew
word Mashach -
Strongs' Hebrew concordance #4886 - means "To rub with oil, to
Here we see that David after being
anointed with oil by Samuel experienced the Holy Spirit of God coming
upon him (abide / not indwell). When David sinned against the Lord
with Bathsheba he experienced great conviction and remorse for his sin by which
he cries out in Psalms 51:11 "Do not cast me away from Thy
presence, and do not take Thy Holy
Spirit from me."
David in his grief thought that the
presence of the Lord would leave him due to his sin. But scripture
shows clearly that the "Spirit of the Lord
came mightily upon David from that day
onward" (1Sam. 16:13). This shows that the Holy Spirit remained and
"abided" with David all the days of his rulership
despite his sin, until his death came, which is recorded in
The apostle Paul in His epistles always speaks of the
"receiving of Christ", and the "receiving of
the Holy Spirit" in the "past perfect tense."
Col. 2:6 "As you therefore "have received Christ
Jesus" (Past perfect tense), so walk in Him."
Eph. 1:13 "In Him, you also, after listening to the
message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, having
also believed, you were sealed
in Him (past perfect tense) with the Holy Spirit of promise."
Eph. 4:30 "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom
"you were sealed" (past perfect tense) for the
day of redemption.
These verses in the New Testament epistles and many others like
them, which were penned by the apostle Paul by the divine inspiration of
the Holy Spirit are "always" in the past perfect
tense. When you "receive Christ by faith" you also are
being simultaneously sealed by The Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13). This divine
process does NOT need to be repeated over and over
again! You can only be saved once, since
Christ died "Once" for sins (Heb. 9:28). Therefore
you receive the Holy Spirit only one time because
He has promised "I will never leave you nor forsake you"
(Heb.13:5; John 14:18).
The spirit of the believer is saved, but the flesh is
not. Christ is returning for the purpose
of "redeeming" the believers body (glorification
Eph. 4:30, 1Cor. 15:50-58, 1Thess. 4:13-18). This
new glorified body makes the believer compatible for the eternal state.
Jesus is coming to get every saint who is sealed by the Holy Spirit which
"He purchased" at the cross with His own blood. The Holy Spirit is
the "down payment", and when Christ comes, He will not
leave one single child of God behind who possesses His righteousness,
whether they are carnal or spiritual in their walk! Christ cannot
reject His own righteousness which "every believer in Christ
possesses" (2Cor. 5:21).
Paul never mentions, nor does he every teach any
kind of doctrine in his epistles that suggests that the believer can
experience the "Unsealing of the Holy
Spirit." It can be found NO
WHERE! From the book of Acts, which was a
transitional book from Law to grace, all the way to to book of Jude there is
nothing BUT SILENCE concerning such a doctrine. If
the Holy Spirit could leave the believer once they had received Him, then
the Holy Spirit would have most definitly inspired Paul to write extensively on
such an important doctrine, but He didn't, NOT ONE
WORD! There is no sin of
the believer in Christ, of the past, present, or future which has been
committed intentionally, or unintentionally, confessed, or unconfessed at
anytime which Jesus has not already paid for
in full at the cross (Col. 2:13,14).
There are many ministers today who will stand up and
preach, teach, scream, stomp their feet, and beat the pulpit with their fist
with great emotional conviction saying things such as for
example: "The teaching of eternal
security of the believer is nothing more than a license to
sin. And if you believe this false teaching then you will
find yourself possibly burning in hell one day!"
I am amazed at the arrogance and foolishness of these kind of
preachers, teachers, and lay people! Anyone who would deliver such a
message of condemnation to their audience like the one shown above has
openly admitted to everyone that they are in "unbelief." Christ's eternal blood
sacrifice = eternal
forgiveness for the believer. These kind of people have
"trampled the blood of Christ" by suggesting that His blood was not sufficient enough
to pay the full penalty for all sin.
The sciptures teach just the opposite (Rom. 3:25, 5:10; Eph.
1:7, 2;13; Col. 1:20; Heb. 9:,12,14, 22,
Eph. 2:8 says: "For by grace "you have
been" saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the
"Gift" of God." Notice that the "verb
tense" is in the "past perfect tense." This past perfect tense
shows action that took place "in the past" with continuing results.
I got the following off the internet.
Meaning of perfect tense.
This tense is like the
aorist in that it also sees the action as taking place
in a point in time. The difference is that the perfect
also emphasizes continuing results. It denotes
completed action in the past with finished results in the
present. Therefore Eph. 2:8 read as follows:
Eph.2:8 "For by grace YOU WERE SAVED IN THE PAST WITH CONTINUING
RESULTS through faith, and that not of yourselves" (End
In otherwords folks! "You can't lose your
The ONLY way that the
"sealing" of the Holy Spirit could even come close
to being reversed in a believers life is if there
was "any sin" that Jesus might
NOT have payed for at the cross.
Whoa! Do you know what this would mean
folks? It would mean then that the apostle Paul
and all his epistles that he wrote to the church are absolute lies and worthless
to the core and should be thrown out. This means then that you would
also have to take all four gospels which were written by Matthew,
Mark, Luke, and John and throw them out with the epistles, since the
apostles are nothing more than a bunch of lunatics, Liars,
Tricksters, and fools!
Then what you should do is go on
National TV and tell the world "They were right!", in that the
bible is a Lie! Then after you have done this you
might as well go out and live like the devil because at
this point there is no salvation to lose folks!
there is no God, no bible, no Holy Spirit, no sin, no right and
wrong, and finally no absolute truth
The example that I have just demonstrated to you in the above
paragraphs shows you just how
ridiculous this teaching is concerning losing your salvation
and missing the resurrection/Rapture due to
sin. Listen to me! God didn't forget,
overlook, or misplace any sin of any kind, of any amount, of any believer,
at anytime past, present, or future, which He has not already placed
on Christ when He was crucified! Lets face it!
The only reason why anyone would would teach that a believer can lose
their salvation is because they believe that SIN is
the culprit! What these kind of people have done unconciously is
this. They have just called God "a liar."
So for anyone who thinks that a believer in
Christ can lose their salvation or miss the resurrection/Rapture
due to sin, Then go ahead and make a fool of
yourself by trying to "Undo all" that God has
accomplished through Christ. The Holy Spirit could NOT be
sent until Jesus Died, was buried, and resurrected, and then ascend to
His Father. If anyone thinks that you can undo this! Then you
are "totally delusioned!"
Again for clarification! If the death of
Christ didn't make atonement for all of our sins,
then the Holy Spirit would NOT have been sent,
and the sacrifice of Christ would have been
"incomplete!" The salvation and the security of
the believer by the sealing of the Holy Spirit was all accomplished
by God through the redemptive work
of Christ. It is impossible scripturally to lose your
salvation or miss the resurrection/Rapture as a child of God due to any
kind of sin. Christ has already "Settled" the sin
issure for us at the cross! Those of us who are "In Christ" by
faith "have been sealed" with the Holy Spirit "for the day
redemption" ( Ehp. 4:30).
Therefore He (Christ) is able also "to save
forever" those who draw near to God through Him, since He
"always lives" (eternal) to make intercession for
. awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who shall also CONFIRM YOU TO
THE END, BLAMELESS
in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.(resurrection/Rapture) God is
faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son Jesus
This concludes (part one). Stay tuned! You don't want to miss
In Christ, Tom Gaston
. awaiting eagerly the
revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, v.8 who shall also CONFIRM YOU TO THE END, BLAMELESS in the day of our Lord
Jesus Christ. V.9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into
fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ.
Phil.1:6 For I am CONFIDENT of this VERY THING, that HE who began a good work in you will PERFECT IT until the day of
Eph.4:30 And do not grieve the Holy
Spirit of God, BY WHOM WERE
for the day of
redemption. (Redemption of the