My response to comment #27:
I included EGW quotes that support salvation by faith alone (Paul’s position) and EGW quotes that support salvation by faith + works. Sometimes she said salvation is solely by grace through faith, sometimes she said it had to include works. The prophet says both!
The Adventist dilemma. The Adventist conundrum. The inherent internal contradiction. The source of unending confusion and strife, often played out in the comments on this site.
But then you say,
I agree that once we are saved God does not want us to keep on sinning. Yes, we will sin after we are saved and yes there is a process called sanctification, in which we are to overcome sin. But if we don’t submit to it now, we have not lost our salvation. 1Cor 3:11-15 proves this. A believer (one whose foundation is Christ) can have all his works burned up, ‘but he Himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.’ He will be purged of his sin later in the fire, but it is preferable to undergo ‘the fiery trials’ of sanctification now (1Peter 4:12).
Everything will not be accomplished in this age. God is patient and there are ages to come (Eph 2:7).
Concerning the death and resurrection of Christ, I think we agree that both Christ’s death and resurrection are important.
I believe that God created all of us sinless in the first Adam at the time He created Adam. (One of the meanings of the word ‘adam’ is mankind). God does not create sinful beings. When Adam fell into sin, we all fell with him. That is why we were all born in a fallen state - sinful, selfish and alienated from God. When Adam sinned, God, in His mercy, removed Adam & Eve’s immortality (sin is not to be present forever). Thus, Adam’s ‘gift’ to us was mortality. The weakness associated with our dying leads us inevitably to sin. The law demands the death penalty for each of us for our own sins. God’s law has never been abandoned, but must be be upheld. Quite a problem. God’s solution was to put us in the last Adam (Christ) who took us through the death penalty.
We have been crucified with Christ…
Because we died, the law has been satisfied. We are no longer ‘under the law’ which means it no longer has a claim on us. We…’ were made to die to the law through the body of Christ’, and ‘…we have been released from the law, having died to that which we were bound’ (Rom 7:4-5).
The love and resulting grace of God to us made this possible. It is His doing.
What has replaced the sinful, Adamic life that died in Christ on the cross? Resurrection life, new creation life.
…therefore we no longer live, Jesus Christ now lives in us.
Peter tells us how this happened. Much as the Holy Spirit planted a divine seed in Mary, God has planted an immortal, divine seed in us (1Peter 1:23) that will come to fruition when we are glorified. John tells us that this seed abiding in us, begotten by God, cannot sin (1John 3:9).
God has not yet totally removed the effects of the old, sinful life in us (Paul struggled against it in Rom 7) because he wants us to use our new life to ‘overcome’ our old, legally dead one. Sanctification is the process of doing so. It is the outworking in our lives of the growth of this seed of Christ within.
Rom 4:17 tells us that ‘God…gives life to the dead and calls the things which do not [yet] exist as existing’. God sees our sanctification as already completed. He can impute (count or reckon) Christ’s righteousness to us because He is the One working it out within us (Phil 2:13) and He knows it will one day be completed. The trials of Christ’s life ‘proved out’ the perfection of this new creation divine/human life and the death of our old, sinful life in Christ on the cross cleared the way for its implantation within us.
God’s promise to write His law within our hearts is another way of saying this new creation life will eventually become our very nature. His agape, self sacrificing love for others will also be our nature. That is why sin will not arise again.
I believe the ones in whom the growth of this seed is most successful in this age (who have submitted most fully to this sanctification process) will be given positions of authority under Christ in the coming kingdom age. I think deciding who is qualified for these positions (not deciding who is saved or lost) is the reason for the coming judgment of our works at the end of this age.