Many here have presented the view that Salvation is not conditional, that it is completely free.
To challenge this viewpoint, I would like to initiate a study of the following verses which describe in figures the justification and sanctification of Gods people:
Zec 3:1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
Zec 3:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: [is] not this a brand plucked out of the fire?
Zec 3:3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
Zec 3:4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.
Zec 3:5 And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.
Zec 3:6 And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying,
Zec 3:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.
Now here is a picture of the complete process.
First there is the justification, the giving of the robes and mitre as a gift from the Father.
But then after this gift, conditions are layed down:
If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.
Now there is here a call to obedience, that follows the justifying act of the robes being placed on us.
Now we know from other parts of the bible that obedience is a gift from God, it is a gift for those that rest in the merits of the blood that Jesus shed for us.
But that obedience is still required.
Obedience to what?
So that means that if you have received the Robe of Righteousness and then think you can walk in sin, then you have broken the covenant laid down here.
Obedience is required.
That is a fact.
The question should be, "How do I give you obedience Lord?".
Not "Surely I am excused from obedience Lord?".
Your thoughts appreciated :-)