I understand that you disagree. However, if you can could you show me om my last two posts where I misunderstood those verses I have shared this would be a great help. Thank you. Gary
You number one question is, no. When one is saved he will work out what God has worked in him this is why God tells us to work out our sallvation with fear and tremblling for IT IS CHRIST IN YOU THAT WORKETH THE GOOD WORK.
When one is truly saved he will fall from time to time because as long as he is still in this flesh he is subject at times to the lust of the flesh this is why God tells us to mortify or put to death the works of the flesh, the believer is not sinnless in this body but as he grows in grace he wll sin less and less.
Your next question, yes. To be righteous means to have right standing on the merits of what Christ has already done on behalf of the one God sheds His grace upon.
Those that are unrighteous or unjust they will be unless God saves them. The righteous will be righteous still.
"He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be be filthy still: and he that is righteous let him be righteous still: and he that is holy: let him be holy still." Rev. 22:11
You see Lee, I found out by the mercy and grace of God without God I cannot do anything that is righteous it is only the work of God that produces the good work in me it is not by the power of myflesh that is righteous no way! We do not perfect the flesh by the power of the flesh do we? I thought we did at one time when I used to believe in this do it your self have it your way self help gospel I used to believe we had to do this we had to do that. No, Lee, I had it all wrong it is only Christ in me that doeth the good work. we are not saved by the righteousness which we have done but by His mercy He saved me and has done the righteous work in me. Many of the scribes and pharisses thought they were righteous also but it was their self righteousness not God doing the good work in them it was in them that thought they could take it upon themselves and do the good work in the power of their own flesh, this is where I used to be Lee, I had my own self righteousness but that was the problem it was mine and not God's work in me that doeth the good work. This is why many will be shocked in that day thinking they were saved because they said, Lord, Lord, HAVE WE NOT declared they word? Have WE not cast out devils in thy name? Have not I done many wonderful works in thy name. You see Lee, many think of themselves saved by what they, I, I, ME, ME, has done but Jesus exposed their hearts and told them, I NEVER knew you depart from me you that work wickedness. You see they NEVER knew the Lord they were never saved they had a do it your self have it your way self help gospel that exalts self not Christ. You see Lee, by the mercy of God I found out that if I can do all these goods works by my power and not of the fruit of the Holy Spirit then it would mean that I did not need Christ to save me because I, I, ME, ME, could do the good work in the power of my flesh. This is when I knew I had a false man made do it your self gosple that was cattered to me what I liked this is why we are all born dead this is why we will never seek after God on His terms there is not one that will seek after Him no not one, Romans 3:10-12. The reason being Lee, I found out I was born dead and in my sins and I know now a dead man cannot come alive and accept Jesus why? Because he is dead, dead, dead. Eph. 2:1. This is why Jesus said, You have NOT CHOSEN ME BUT I HAVE CHOSEN YOU,,, John 15:16. It is all God''s work thus God gets all the glory and that is how it should be this is what I have learned only by the mercy, grace, and love of God. Great questions. Gary. 1 John 3:13-15.