That present time and faith.

I was told to repent because I am taking the position as an inclusionist.

Dear friends, let us really examine scripture.

Is faith necessary for salvation NOW?

Let us check.

Romans 3:26

he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the PRESENT TIME, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Is our time the “present time”?

Let us read on.

Romans 8:22

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the PRESENT TIME.

It’s not about our physical earth but that creation is talking about a creation under the old covenant under the Law.

See how Paul words it.

Galatians 3:23-25

Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.

It’s about those under the Law being freed from its bondage. It’s about coming to the age of grace.

Romans 11:5

So too, at the PRESENT TIME there is a remnant chosen by grace.

You see it was only at that time, there was a remnant under grace. This is referring to the age where Grace and Law coexisted. People under the old covenant were asked to exercise faith to believe Jesus to move away from the Law.

Romans 13:11

And do this, understanding the PRESENT TIME: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

That hour came when the temple, Jerusalem, the priesthood and everything under the old covenant ended. The salvation Paul spoke about was about that time. AD70. It was then the Law disappeared and Grace became the default state.

So. We are in the age of Jesus whether we like it or not. There is no longer any need for faith to be in the new covenant. It’s by default. That’s what Jesus achieved on the cross. That’s why we need to understand AD70.

I am not the one that needs to repent. Believing God only saves Christians is believing God to exercising merit in belief and exercising favoritism.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Simon. Thank you for this. I totally get it. It seems to me that the N. T. is a series of letters, not books. Therefore. we are reading someone else’s mail. When I read the N. T. this way it makes such a difference. Present tense in scripture is 2000 yrs past! All has been accomplished and we are the unsuspecting beneficiaries, glory to our Father and Saviour. John

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