Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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There is no one on earth obeying God right now except those who are hearing from Him right now. This is the reason Paul wrote, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." No one on earth is a child of God, then, except those who are led by God's holy Spirit. There is a reason that Paul said this instead of saying, "Those who believe that Jesus is Lord are the sons of God." Paul knew what James knew, that "the demons also believe, and tremble."
What makes the demons' belief in Jesus worthless for salvation is that they are not led by the Spirit of God. What is it that makes the belief of men worthless but the same thing? Without the holy Ghost to guide a man, he cannot obey God and will be damned, no matter what he believes about Jesus, good or bad. As James said, "Faith without works is dead", and there are no works that can make our faith live other than those that God commands us, today, to perform.