Jude 1: 3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.
The faith we received is complete. It has been delivered to the saints once for all, and for all time. It is the gift of God and comes by hearing the word of God, through the revelation of the Holy Spirit. Eph 2:8-9; Romans 10:17;John 16:13-15
30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, "It is finished," and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
8 When he said above, "You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings" (these are offered according to the law),
9 then he added, "Behold, I have come to do your will." He does away with the first in order to establish the second.
10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,
13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.
14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
Christ drank the bitter cup of God’s wrath on our behalf, so that we might drink the sweet wine of the new covenant. That wine, which represents His shed blood, is the last sacrifice. This means that the ceremonial laws of the old covenant find their end in Christ, as the offering of bulls, goats and lambs all find their fulfillment in Christ’s atoning death. Since without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin, and the gentiles were always a part of this covenant, then Christ’s death also fulfills the requirements of the Mosaic system for the salvation of the gentiles. This system was given, (for a time), to the Hebrews (Jews) to be kept as a copy and shadow, i.e. a testimony to the world, for all the elect, Jew or gentile. All is fulfilled in Christ. Truly it is finished.
Luke 22:20; Romans 3:1-2 and 29; Genesis 12:1-3; Romans 4:9-14; Romans 9:22-24; Eph 2:11-22; Hebrews 9:22; Hebrews 10:1-7
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Hebrews 10: 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
Because it is finished, and “the faith” has been delivered once for all to the saints through Christ’s atonement and imputed righteousness, we may now work out ‘from us’ the completeness of what God works ‘into us’. We can never be more saved today than we were yesterday, or will be tomorrow. The saints (sanctified ones) are forever perfected in Christ right now, and ever will be. Therefore our sanctification is not the process of being perfected, (else Christ’s sacrifice is insufficient), it is the evidence (working out), of our perfection in Him.
1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
2 Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you.
3 I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law.
4 You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace.
5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.
6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.
7 You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?
8 This persuasion is not from him who calls you.
9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
10 I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view than mine, and the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is.
11 But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed.
12 I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!
13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
The neo-legalists and judaizers of today preach a process of sanctification by works. Jesus plus a deliverance ceremony; Jesus plus acts of penance (not to be confused with true repentance),Jesus plus holiness teachings; Jesus plus the Mosaic laws. If one enters this religious system of the neo-circumcision, then one is bound by its rules, and falls into working out their own salvation and sanctification. The same goes with men trying to enforce the Law of God on the earth. His predestined wrath is for the lawbreaker. His predestined mercy is for all who are in Christ from before the foundation of the world. Please do not accuse me of preaching antinomian heresy, although that would place me in the same place as Paul, (not a bad place to be).
The leaven which leavens the whole lump is legalism. Beware the leaven of the Pharisees, i.e. all those who search the scriptures and never see Christ and the freedom he has given us. If The Word of God, i.e. the scriptures abide in us, then we know the testimony of the Father re: the Son is true and we come to Him, seeking life.
Those led by the Spirit no longer live under the Law, and most especially under a man made religious system.
Matthew 16:11-12;John 5:37-40; John 6:44-45, 63, and 68-69: Romans 7;Romans 8:1-10;Colossians 2:6-23; Romans 6:1-2
Walk in obedience to the Word of God. The Spirit’s walk is never a journey of legalism. 1 Sam 15:22
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,
32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Amen and Amen!