Religious vs Saved. You Know The Difference.

Matthew 5:17-20 (NKJV) “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

No one can keep all of the commandments of God except God Who was manifested in the flesh to keep the law, then become the propitiation for our sins, and the whole world.

Nonetheless, the 10 Commandments is the standard by which the Lord God will judge the world.

The Lord Jesus came in the form of man. Lived a perfect life. Was sacrificed and He’s alive forevermore. The Lord Jesus “was made to be sin for us Who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.”

In the world, we have people that are religious, and people that are saved.

In order to be saved, you have to realize that you’re in danger.

The difference between the religious and those that are saved is understanding that to be religious, you’re doing something that requires that you don’t need to be saved from anything.

To be saved requires that you need to be saved from something.

You see. When a criminal breaks the law, and is apprehended by the police, tried and convicted, the judge will pass sentence. There’s no way to save a criminal that’s convicted.

At least in theory, this is supposed to work.

There’s no salvation. But there’s mercy.

Romans 3:20 (NKJV) “Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

The danger is clear. It’s dangerous for the criminal. And so, you’ll plead for the judge to be lenient and ask for mercy.

With God, it’s a different story.

The religious doesn’t believe they’re in danger. The religious believe that the Lord will forgive them but when we’re all guilty, and the Lord demands justice, if we accept the terms of the Father, mercy and grace is extended to all who come to Him.

The sinner recognizes the danger.

That if we fail to accept the terms of salvation, after death, there is no mercy, no compassion, no grace, no forgiveness, no release of the debt.

The Lord Jesus paid the debt, but to take advantage of this, we’re required to repent, or turn completely from sin. We’re required to place our faith on the Lord Jesus ALONE.

Romans 3:21-22 (NKJV) “But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe.”

Therefore, the only way that our righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the religious is through the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

Romans 3:25-26 (NKJV) “…whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

The religious establishes their own righteousness, the saved trusts ALONE in Christ to be saved.

But saved from what? Wrath.

Romans 5:6-11 (NKJV) “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

So when you see that a person is “religious,” ask them “Are you saved, and what are they saved from?

We’re also saved from the power and guilt of sin.

It’s a threefold salvation.

Saved from the power, guilt, and penalty of sin.

Saved from sin and saved from hell because of repentance from dead works (sin), and faith towards God through His Son, the Lord Jesus, placing our faith on Him ALONE is the correct answer.

Published by The Minister's Crucible

The Minister's Crucible is designed to inform the Body of Christ about the inner workings of the ministry. The word Crucible from Latin, is "crux" where we get the word "cross" from. It also means a "metal container" where metals and other substances are melted or are subjected to higher temperatures, put to the temperature test. The Lord Jesus said "If any man desires to follow after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." Let's take up our cross and follow Him.

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