SEPARATING THE SPIRITUAL FROM THE PHYSICAL
THE HIDDEN MEANING
In these next scriptures, we at VAL-TE’ are saying that even our belief in God does not originate in ourselves, this too is a gift. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2: 4-10 NKJV
GRACE – This righteousness from God, comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. Romans 3: 22-26 NIV
Titus 2: 11-15 – For God has revealed his grace for the salvation of all people. That grace instructs us to give up ungodly living and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled upright, and godly lives in this world, as we wait for the blessed Day we hope for, when the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ will appear. He gave himself for us, to rescue us from all wickedness and to make us a pure people who belong to him alone and are eager to do good. Teach these things and use your full authority as you encourage and rebuke your hearers. Let none of them look down on you. GNT
God’s Love For Us – We at VAL-TE’ believe Adam were created as an indication or hint of the one who was to come later. But the two are not the same, because God’s free gift is not like when Adam disobeyed God’s command. It is true that many people died spiritually because of the wrongdoing of that one man. But God’s grace is much greater, and so is His free gift to so many people through the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ. And there is a difference between God’s gift and the wrongdoing of one man. It is true that through the wrongdoing of one man spiritual death began to rule because of that one man. But how much greater is the result of what was done by the one man, Jesus Christ! All who receive God’s abundant grace and are freely put right with Him will rule in spiritual life through Christ. So then, as the one wrongdoing condemned all people spiritually, in the same way the one righteous act sets all people free and gives them spiritual life. And just as all people were made sinners as the result of the disobedience of one man, in the same way they will all be put right with God as the result of the obedience of the one man. The grace of God is the source of salvation; faith is the channel, not the cause. God alone saves.