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Romans Under New Light
Jesus said, “I am the [road], the truth, and the life. No one [journeys] to the Father, except through me” (John 14:6). The Greek word used for “way” means “road.” Sanctification means to be set apart, or to be made holy. Paul said, “May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:23).
Romans 6:1-7 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that [God’s work] may abound? (2) May it never be! We who died to sin , how could we live in it any longer? (3) Or don't you know that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (4) We were buried therefore with him through baptism to death, that just like Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life . (5) For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we will also be part of his resurrection; (6) knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be in bondage to sin. (7) For he who has died has been freed from sin.
Many Reformed believers say it’s impossible to completely stop sinning. They always seem to attribute this belief to Paul. But is this what Paul is saying? If you are continuing to sin, and you can’t stop sinning, then you are a slave to sin.
Paul says we should no longer be slaves (in bondage) to sin. But then Reformed theologians start inventing things like more than one type of sin. There are always ways to circumvent clear meanings of Scripture. But Scripture never says there are two types of sin, one of which you can’t stop doing. Is it easy? There are usually strongholds of sin that must be overcome. But after that, we can completely stop sinning. As Paul says, we can be “freed from sin” (verse 7).
Romans 6:8-14 But if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him; (9) knowing that Christ, being raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no more has dominion over him! (10) For the death that he died, he died to sin one time; but the life that he lives, he lives to God. (11) Thus consider yourselves also to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (12) Therefore don't let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. (13) Neither present your members to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God, as alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. (14) For sin will not have dominion over you . For you are not under law, but under [God’s work].
Under the Law, we tried to reconcile God to us through sacrifice. Under grace, God has reconciled himself to everyone. Therefore, we are no longer under slavery to sin. We can be completely free of sin. Sin no longer has dominion (control) over us. Paul is not saying that there will still be just a little sin. Paul is saying that we should live a life that is dead to sin. Dead is dead. We have died in Christ’s blood. We should be “dead to sin” (verse 11).
Romans 6:15-18 What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under law, but under [God’s work] ? May it never be! (16) Don't you know that to whom you present yourselves as servants to obedience, his servants you are whom you obey; whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness ? (17) But thanks be to God, that, whereas you were bondservants of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching whereunto you were delivered. (18) Being made free from sin, you became bondservants of righteousness .
Because of Christ’s blood, we are free from sin. That means we don’t sin. But in order for this to come about, we must become “slaves (bondservants) of righteousness.” What does this mean? It means we must work. You can’t reconcile yourself back to God without works of righteousness. Works of righteousness leads to sanctification, which means to be made holy. In other words, as we do the Father’s works we overcome all our sinful habits and become holy, which is to live without sin.
But don’t misunderstand the nature of works. As we do the works, we are filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit changes us on the inside. We are not saved by works. But we must still take the attitude that we must “work out [our] own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). The Holy Spirit does the work inside us. But if we take the attitude that we do not need to struggle with sin, then we are not really living in the faith it takes to follow Jesus and become like him. This will grieve the Holy Spirit and we will not be filled and sanctified.
Romans 6:19-22 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh, for as you presented your members as servants to uncleanness and to wickedness upon wickedness, even so now present your members as servants to righteousness for sanctification. (20) For when you were servants of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. (21) What fruit then did you have at that time in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. (22) But now, being made free from sin , and having become servants of God, you have your fruit of sanctification , and the result of eternal life.
To be a “servant to righteousness” is to do the works of a servant. Without works there is no sanctification and thus no eternal life. Paul said, “But now, being made free from sin, and having become servants of God , you have your fruit of sanctification, and the result of eternal life ” (verse 22). Again, Paul says the fruit of good works is sanctification and the result of sanctification is eternal life. So without works there is no sanctification and thus no eternal life. Therefore, we must complete our journey of sanctification in order to journey to the Father and to the glorification of our bodies.
When we were slaves to sin, we did things that led to death. Living without sin, leads to eternal life. It’s a journey of works. Paul says we present our members as servants to righteousness (verse 19). What is presenting members other than using our hands and feet? What is being a servant other than doing work? We do works of righteousness, which is works the Father asks of us. The “fruit” of sins leads to death. Likewise, the “fruit” of working as a servant of God leads to sanctification (verse 22). And that sanctification, over time, results in eternal life (verse 22). Without works of righteousness, there is no sanctification and no eternal life.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This verse is often taken out of context. The “wages” or “fruit” of sin leads to death. Likewise, the wages or fruit of the works of righteousness leads to eternal life. In both cases, it’s a journey. It’s a process. We are on one road or the other. The journey back to the Father is only through Jesus Christ. It’s a free gift of God in the fact that God has reconciled himself to us through the blood of Jesus Christ.
But Paul makes it clear that we must also become slaves to righteousness in order to reconcile ourselves back to God. But it’s still God who changes us as we do the works. The Holy Spirit fills us as we do the works, and it’s the Holy Spirit who changes us. Thus, there are two types of grace involved. Our sins are forgiven. And we are changed inside. Both are the free gifts of God. But faith without works is dead. Faith without works doesn’t bring us back to the Father. Faith without works doesn’t bring us into eternal life.
Ephesians 2:8-10 For by [God’s work] you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, (9) not of [our] works, that no one would boast. (10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesusfor good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.
This verse (above) is another verse that is often taken out of context. Verses 8 and 9 are quoted without verse 10. Everyone has been given the gift of reconciliation. No amount of works or sacrifice can forgive sins. But we are sanctified only in faith that includes works.
Romans 7:1-4 Or don't you know, brothers (for I speak to men who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man for as long as he lives? (2) For the woman that has a husband is bound by law to the husband while he lives, but if the husband dies, she is discharged from the law of the husband. (3) So then if, while the husband lives, she is joined to another man, she would be called an adulteress. But if the husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is no adulteress, though she is joined to another man. (4) Therefore, my brothers, you also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you would be joined to another, to him who was raised from the dead, that we might bring forth fruit to God.
In chapter 7, Paul continues his discussion about us having died in Christ’s death. We don’t have to worry about reconciling God to us through sacrifice. Under the New Covenant, we work to “bring forth fruit to God” (verse 4).
Romans 7:5-7 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were through the law, worked in our members to bring forth fruit to death. (6) But now we have been discharged from the law, having died to that in which we were held; so that we serve in newness of the spirit , and not in oldness of the letter. (7) What shall we say then? Is the law sin? May it never be! However, I wouldn't have known sin, except through the law. For I wouldn't have known coveting, unless the law had said, "You shall not covet."
Under the Law we focused on sacrifices for sin. This required following specific rules and regulations that were all about making those sacrifices. But we have now been freed from those rules and regulations. However, the Law also helped us understand the nature of sin itself. We must not use the fact that we are free from the Law as an excuse to sin. But our works are no longer involved in sacrifice for sin. Thus, we are free from following those regulations and can focus on doing works of love to help others.
Romans 7:8-13 But sin, finding occasion through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of coveting. For apart from the law, sin is dead. (9) I was alive apart from the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. (10) The commandment, which was for life, this I found to be for death; (11) for sin, finding occasion through the commandment, deceived me, and through it killed me. (12) Therefore the law indeed is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good. (13) Did then that which is good become death to me? May it never be! But sin, that it might be shown to be sin, by working death to me through that which is good; that through the commandment sin might become exceeding sinful.
Paul is being careful to not characterize God’s Law as being anything except holy. The Law tells us that we sin. Knowing that we sin, under the Law, we try to overcome sin without God changing us on the inside. Under the Law we had to work in order to make the sacrifices. But it was never enough. Sin would return because we are not changed. The Law itself is not evil. But it’s not enough to just keep sacrificing for sins. God’s grace (the Holy Spirit’s help) is required in order to overcome sin. Next, Paul goes through all the agony of what it’s like to live under the Law, and what it’s like to want to obey the Law but being unable to do so because under the Law, without the grace of being filled with the Holy Spirit, we are not changed on the inside.
Romans 7:14-25 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold under sin. (15) For I don't know what I am doing. For I don't practice what I desire to do; but what I hate, that I do. (16) But if what I don't desire, that I do, I consent to the law that it is good. (17) So now it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me. (18) For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwells no good thing. For desire is present with me, but I don't find it doing that which is good. (19) For the good which I desire, I don't do; but the evil which I don't desire, that I practice. (20) But if what I don't desire, that I do, it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me. (21) I find then the law, that, to me, while I desire to do good, evil is present. (22) For I delight in God's law after the inward man, (23) but I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity under the law of sin which is in my members. (24) What a wretched man I am! Who will deliver me out of the body of this death ? (25) I thank God through Jesus Christ, our Lord! So then with the mind, I myself serve God's law, but with the flesh, the sin's law.
These verses are often quoted out of context in order to make the case that sin cannot be overcome. But that’s not what Paul is saying. Sin cannot be overcome under the Law. In context, Paul is talking about what it’s like to live under the Law. But sin can be overcome under grace (God’s work). When we live under grace, we live for Christ. The Holy Spirit of Christ lives inside us as we do the works of the Father. That was not possible before Christ’s sacrifice.
But did Paul overcome sin before writing all his letters? For Paul, the answer would probably be no. For John, the answer would probably be yes. In verse 25 (above), Paul said, “So then with the mind, I myself serve God's law, but with the flesh, the sin's law.” Is Paul saying that he continues to sin? Yes, that’s what he is saying. The ESV is a bit clearer.
Romans 7:25 ESV Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
Paul states that he still has problems with living in the Spirit all the time. During our journey of sanctification, people go back and forth between living under the law and living in the Spirit. By the end of his life, Paul completed his race and was entirely sanctified. The details of this are out scope of this booklet. For more information, refer to chapter 3 of my booklet titled, Christian Perfection by Grace and Works. This booklet covers the Christian Perfection of Jesus, John, Paul, and James. It can be read on online, at www.newwine.org . It can also be purchased from Amazon.
Paul was describing what it’s like to live under the Law. Yes, Paul admits that he would fall into temptation and shift back into sin, living under the Law. For the most part, Paul would have been living under grace. By the end of his live he was entirely sanctified. To confirm this context, simply keep on reading into chapter 8 of Romans. Remember that in the original Greek, there were no chapter divisions.
Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don't walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (2) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death.
Many people read these words, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,” as being completely disconnected from the last verses of chapter 7. Paul supposedly tells us all about how impossible it is to overcome sin because of the flesh. Then, here in chapter 8, Paul tells us there is no condemnation to those who don’t live according to the flesh. Did Paul just say it is impossible to avoid living according to the flesh, and then turn right around and say, in the very next verse, that we who are in Christ Jesus don’t walk according to the flesh?
Again, the verses at the end of chapter 7 tell us what it’s like living under the Law. Now, Paul is telling us what it’s like living under grace.
Romans 8:3-4 For what the law couldn't do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh; (4)that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Did Paul really say in chapter 7 that it’s impossible to avoid living according to the flesh, and then right here say we “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit?” In chapter 7 Paul was not talking about living under grace, with one’s sins forgiven. If you identify with the words of Paul in chapter 7, you should ask yourself if you are really living by the Spirit.
But on the other hand, almost every single one of us can identify with Paul’s words in chapter 7 to some degree. That’s because all of us, after becoming believers, tend to switch back and forth between living under the law and living under grace. That doesn’t mean we start religiously obeying the dietary laws and doing animal sacrifices. But we can easily fall into the judgment of others. And we can easily struggle with our own sins without really learning how to focus on helping others, and doing the works of the Father.
Romans 8:5-7 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (6) For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace; (7) because the mind of the flesh is hostile towards God; for it is not subject to God's law, neither indeed can it be.
Those who live by the flesh set their minds on the things of flesh, which is self. Those who live by the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit, which is in helping others. And during our journey of sanctification we switch back and forth between living by the law and living by the Spirit. But Paul is not saying it’s impossible to complete one’s journey of sanctification. As we mature in Christ, we learn to live by the Spirit all the time.
Romans 8:8-11 Those who are in the flesh can't please God. (9) But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it is so that the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any man doesn't have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his. (10) If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is alive because of righteousness . (11) But if the Spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
What does Paul mean in verse 10? If Christ is in us, the body is dead because of sin. That means we will still die even though we are living in the Spirit. We will die because of our past sins. But our “spirit is alive because of righteousness.” That means because Christ is in us, we will be resurrected with an eternal life because we are no longer sinning and thus we have righteousness. Verse 11 goes on to say that we are dead because of sin, but even our mortal bodies are given new life because the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ is in us.
Romans 8:12-14So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. (13) For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body , you will live. (14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God.
By this point it should be abundantly clear that anyone who says that we all continue to sin because of the flesh is not connecting Romans 7 with Romans 8. “If you live after the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body [flesh], you will live.” Here we see that we cannot, by ourselves, put to death the deeds of the flesh. It must be done by the Spirit. We are changed by the Holy Spirit on the inside.
Paul goes on to say that those who are led by the Spirit are the children of God. Figuratively speaking, those led by the Spirit are children of God. Literally speaking, when we literally get new bodies, we will literally be children of God.
This figurative now and literal later aspect of being children of God can be seen clearly in these verses. Verse 14, quoted above, says "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God." This is a clear statement of how God sees those of us who are led by the Spirit right now. Verse 23, quoted below, says “Not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for adoption , the redemption of our body.” This is a clear statement that shows we are not yet literally God’s children because we have not yet been adopted.
The late George E. Ladd is well-known for his teaching that the kingdom of heaven is here and now but not yet. Because of Ladd’s influence on the late John Wimber, founder of the Vineyard churches, these churches today consider this to be an important core teaching. The idea is that the kingdom is spiritually in our hearts today, but will literally be in the world when Christ returns.
The same thing is true for salvation, being “born again,” and being a child of God. We will literally become a child of God when we have a body that was not born from the womb of our mothers. We will literally be “born again” when we have that new body. But we are figuratively “born again” in our hearts today. We will literally be saved from sin and death when we are resurrected with an eternal life body that can no longer die. But we are figuratively “saved” when we begin our journey of salvation by faith and grace.
Romans 8:15-19 For you didn't receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!" (16) The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God; (17)and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him. (18) For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which will be revealed toward us. (19) For the creation waits with eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
If we are children of God, then we will inherit the kingdom. Only those who overcome all their sinful habits will inherit the kingdom. The creation waits for the children of God to be revealed.
Romans 8:20-23 For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but because of him who subjected it, in hope (21) that the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of decay into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. (22) For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now . (23) Not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for adoption, the redemption of our body.
Some people use the groaning of the creation, and the bondage of decay in the creation, as an argument that says we cannot stop sinning before Christ returns. It’s true that the creation is in a bondage of decay. Paul’s words here in verse 21 is a strong allusion to Genesis 3:17-19 where God said to Adam, “Cursed is the ground for your sake. In toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.” But just because the curse on the creation will remain until Christ returns does not mean that those who walk by the Spirit will continue to sin. Remember that Christ is the Second Adam.
There is another strong Old Testament allusion in what Paul says about the creation. In verse 21 Paul says, “For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.” The travailing of the creation, like a pregnant woman, brings us back to Isaiah 26:17-19. Verse 19 says, “The earth [creation] will give birth to the dead.” It’s talking about the resurrection. And it’s where Jesus gets the Old Testament teaching about being “born again.”
Isaiah 26:17-18 ESV Like a pregnant woman who writhes and cries out in her pangs when she is near to giving birth, so were we because of you, O LORD; (18) we were pregnant, we writhed , but we have given birth to wind. We have accomplished no deliverance in the earth, and the inhabitants of the world have not fallen. (19)Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead.
Romans 8:24-27 For we were saved in hope, but hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for that which he sees? (25) But if we hope for that which we don't see, we wait for it with patience. (26) In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don't know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can't be uttered. (27) He who searches the hearts knows what is on the Spirit's mind, because he makes intercession for the saints according to God.
Romans 8:28-30 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. (29) For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. (30) Whom he predestined, those he also called. Whom he called, those he also justified. Whom he justified, those he also glorified.
We were foreknown by God and predestined (elected) to be conformed to the image of his Son. The Holy Spirit conforms us to the image of his Son as we do the works that Christ would do, because Christ lives in us. This election is the same as the election of Israel. We are grafted into Israel, the chosen nation, who will reign with Christ over the nations. Righteousness will go out to the nations as a result of the reign of the elect, which are firstfruits of the harvest.
Romans 8:31-33 What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (32) He who didn't spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how would he not also with him freely give us all things? (33) Who could bring a charge against God's chosen ones? It is God who justifies.
Romans 8:34-39 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, yes rather, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. (35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (36) Even as it is written, "For your sake we are killed all day long. We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter." (37) No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (38) For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, (39) nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Under the Law we cannot stop sinning. That’s because under the Law we work for ourselves and make sacrifices for our own sins. Or perhaps we are trying to stop sinning through our own efforts.
Under grace we can stop sinning because we no longer live for ourselves. We live for Christ because Christ died. Christ reconciled himself to us and lives in us. We have died to ourselves. It’s no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us. We work for Christ which is to work for the Father and for others.
If we fall back into sin, we do so because we fall back into living for ourselves. Temptation is all about self. All sins are for the gratification of self. But we have Christ who forgives us our sins, and we can be filled again with the Holy Spirit of Christ. Then we return to living for Christ and living (working) for others.
5.3) Belief and faith are a journey.
We are saved by faith and through grace. But faith without works is dead (James 2:17, 2:26). Our belief and faith are not one-time events. Salvation by faith is a journey. By faith and belief we are sanctified as we do the works of the Father. “He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6). God’s grace is more powerful even than death. “Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).
John 3:16, 18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. … He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn't believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.
Belief and faith are a journey. Those who willfully refuse Christ’s journey are judged already, which means they’ve lost their reconciliation . But those who complete their journey to overcome sin will be given eternal life. The following verses indicate that salvation is a journey that leads to eternal life. The journey is required in order to receive eternal life.
Matthew 10:22 ESV and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Matthew 24:13 ESV But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Luke 13:23-24 ESV And someone said to him, "Lord, will those who are saved be few?" And he said to them, (24) "Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
Acts 15:11 ESV But we believe that we will be saved through the [work] of the Lord Jesus, just as they will."
Romans 5:9-10 ESV Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much moreshall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. (10) For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
Romans 13:11 ESV Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.
1 Thessalonians 5:8-9 ESV But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. (9) For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
1 Timothy 1:15-16 ESV The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. (16) But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.
1 Timothy 2:15 ESV Yet she will be saved through childbearing--if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.
1 Timothy 4:16 ESV Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
2 Timothy 3:14-15 ESV But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it (15) and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wisefor salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 1:5 ESV who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:8-9 ESV Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, (9) obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 2:1-2 ESV So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. (2) Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation--
Hebrews 9:28 ESV so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time , not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
James 1:19-22 ESV Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; (20) for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (21) Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (22) But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
James 5:19-20 ESV My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back , (20) let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
Jude 1:20-21 ESV But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, (21) keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life .
James 2:14 ESV What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
Philippians 2:12-13 ESV 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.
John 14:4-6 ESV And you know the [road] to where I am going." (5) Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the [road]?" (6) Jesus said to him, "I am the [road], and the truth, and the life. No one [journeys] to the Father except through me.
I substituted the word “way” with “road”, and “comes” with “journeys.” Strong’s definition for this word, normally translated as “way” in these verses, is as follows.
G3598 - hodos - Apparently a primary word; a road; by implication a progress (the route, act, or distance); figuratively a mode or means; - journey, (high-) way.