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Basic Lesson 3

Basic Bible Lesson3
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  II Timothy 2:15

ETERNAL SECURITY   – Comes from God
Why?  We as sinners are totally unable to save ourselves by adhering to the Law of Moses, particularly the “ten commandments”, or any other moral or ethical code.  Likewise we are also unable to “keep” ourselves saved by continuing to conform ourselves to some set of values.  Isa. 64:6; Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Gal. 2:21; Rom. 4:5.
The Purpose of the law was to reveal sin to us and to make us realize our helpless condition so that we might come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Rom. 3:20, Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith.  Heb.5:9, Jesus has paid the price once and for all.  Heb 9 & 10: Heb 5:9; Heb 12:2; Phil. 1:6; I Thess. 5:24; II Tim 1:12.
How?  The Apostle Paul in Rom. 7:8 writes: “for I know that in me (that is in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing.”  With this fact demonstrated so vividly in our lives, how can this statement be consistent with the words found in I John 3:9 and I John 5:8, “whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin”?  This seemingly contradictory statement presents no problem to us when we realize surveying Col. 2:10-14, that God performs a literal spiritual operation upon us, “without hands” by using his own surgical instrument, the Sword of the Spirit, Heb. 4:12.
This operation cuts away our sinful flesh (that in which dwelleth no good thing) from our soul so that the soul is no longer condemned or defiled by the flesh.  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin and cannot sin.  This is why Paul can say with confidence: “I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”  II Cor. 5:8
The operation of God’s Spiritual Circumcision:
The soul
The new man
The flesh
The old man
Rom. 6:6 “…the old man is crucified with him…”
Gal. 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ never the less I live…”
Rom. 7:25 “…so then with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
Rom. 8:2 “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
Rom. 8:9 “…ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit…”

Man is body, soul and spirit.  I Thess. 5:23; Isa. 10:18; Job 32:8; 14:22
Man’s soul conforms to the physical shape of his body. Gen 3:19; Ps. 119:25 “the soul cleaveth to the dust.”  Man’s soul is recognizable, Rev.6:9 and can feel, touch, taste, etc.  Luke 16:19-31.  These thoughts consistent with the scriptures would surely indicate that the souls of unregenerate men, those who have not been saved, remain attached to their sin-filled, condemned bodies.  Consequently God’s operation must be performed.  Col. 2:11-15.
Additional supporting Scriptures:
II Cor.5:8  Jn. 6:47 Rom. 7, 25; 8:2
I Jn. 3:6  Jn. 10:28 Rom. 8:9
Jn. 1:12  I Jn. 5:13 Phil. 1:6
Jn. 5:24  Rom. 8:16 I Pet.1:23
Eph.1:13; 4:30
What appearance does our righteousness have according to Isa. 64:6?
How is a man justified with God in Romans 3:28?
Who is the author of Eternal Salvation according to Heb 5:9?
In I Jn.3:9, who is it that does not commit sin?
Why is your soul not held accountable for the sins of the flesh after the new birth according to I John 1:7?
Who performs the operation of salvation and what tool is used according to Col 2:11?
What does your soul look like?