Salvation is by faith alone through grace alone.
Monday, February 28, 2011, 01:18 AM EST [General]
Do you want to go to Heaven? My Grandfather was asked that when He was an unbeliever or until when what one might be called when mercy calls, saved. The question was asked by a neighbor friend who is born again Christian. He thought, "can one in my religion enter or be sure of Heaven?" He went to a Bible church and heard about getting saved. He found Christ and was radically changed.
Don't think I'm religious, more righteous or even self-righteous for any religion's purpose or for thinking this way or using the word Heaven to separate two groups or kinds of people; for God can translate you to His Kingdom instantaneously. Jesus is the way. Have you ever thought of why don't I make sure I have it right with God? I'm not talking down on anyone in a condemning or condescending way. God's life is sure filled with natural goodness in abundance of love, kindness, and gentleness to give in to oneself to others and one's family. He also transcends or exists outside His creation and apart. He is Holy.
Have you ever asked yourself, why don't I seek Him whole-heartedly and be Born again? If the Bible IS the Word of God, and it states that it is clearly and plainly right by its contents, then in God's terms why not belong to Him by second birth or born twice, as the Bible says to do? For if it's by the integrity of Christ's words and of the Bible being infallible and by verbal plenary inspiration meaning every word of every thought in every thoughtful thought-filled line in the Bible is Divinely (Appointed) Anointed thoughts & words from God Eternally given but in time sprung from His mind and heart that He wants communicated to His people and by His Spirit He bore along the Biblical writers, then why don't I do my life His way? In these last days God has chosen to speak to us through His Son. This is in Hebrews 1:1,2.
And, "if my life doesn't line up with Him now why is my life doing a lifestyle that way (and so I can change) and can it then line with scripture somehow and even can it line up with the potential for no stumbling and blamelessness inside my walk with God inasmuch as Christ is in control of my heart and as we keep ourselves in the love of God is His imperative with this promise, (see Jude 22,23 a New Testament book of the Bible?") Jesus said, "You must be born again," in John 3:3. I'm not talking about a sinless life but a life of patient expecting mercy unto a life in the Spirit of life spark in Christ Jesus and peace expecting fellowship/koinonia that goes on to succeed in igniting a fire to others (like Moses at the burning bush, a fire that wouldn't go out,) and getting to Heaven Romans 8:1-3.
You can have the assurance of going to Heaven! It's not about education but obedience. Real love surrenders and surrenders to God. Call upon the Name of the Lord to be saved. John the Baptist didn't have many miracles in his ministry yet of him it was said, "none is greater" in the Old Testament than Jesus and anyone else in the New Covenant being first. Of not many more in the New Covenant was it said that they were, "full" of faith and the Spirit than Stephen and Barnabas. Jesus came to lead us to a spirit of fullness He being the Fountain of Living Water in John 7 and by Baptizing us with fire and the Holy Spirit: A perpetual fire that grows.
If someone comes between you and God who's closer? Let no man/woman come between you and God or let that situation stay that way. Forgive. Do it for yourself and God in His way and Timing which is restorative of relationships and reconciliation within yourself and among yourselves with others or unilaterally if need be. Grace from God is needed for this most times.
Do you desire or want a relationship and fellowship with your Heavenly Father God of peace? Do you know God loves you more than you could love yourself? God will always love you more than you could love yourself so be glad you're 'that' loved! Here's a hug: He is a personal God! He loves you more than any personal human being will or could! God IS love and did you know that God requests the honor of your presence at a Marriage Supper/Positive Uplift Judgment to be given someday in 3rd Heaven for you and God's Family but has a two-edged sword which is the 'Word of God's' sword? God's love for you is no less stupendous and fabulous, now! That makes Jesus your Savior if you heard right and in celebration of Jesus, make Him your Master and Lord. THIS LIFE ABUNDANT IN Jesus then IS IN POVERTY OF SPIRIT IN HUMILITY of PERSONALITY without a lot of 'stuff' in God's Son, Who is Jesus under God's hand.
Did you know that Christianity is more about repentance and confessing you're a sinner (in nakedness before God) than externals alone but broken down to it's relationship it's in fact living from the inside? The Bible tells plainly of our Living God and Savior, Jesus Christ Risen and as our only Exalted Head, and Lord in victory? He as the Bible says, causes God to hear us from Heaven above in the Throne room from between the mercyseat of the two facing Cherebim of the Ark in Heaven, and talk to us. We can't get chummy. Everytime you call Him Lord you're telling Him you're a slave! And that's a good thing. And relationships can't be legislated or legalized or reduced to Pharisaism. It's the freedom to do as you should instead. Augustine said, "No man has the right to do as he pleases until he pleases to do right."
Jesus (the Bible affirms) is the only Prophet, Priest, and King necessary for men to get to God: (and we're raised with Christ) (in submission) to newness of life in His Access to the Heavenlies by His Finished Work and Perfect Death and Resurrection for us. His Love for us in propitiation is meant FOR US on mercy's side, & brings a great great good right standing with God through Jesus Christ. Propitiation just means His Atonement satisfied the Requirement of the Law providing redemption for our sins and the whole world's sins. We must follow Jesus as Risen, the Voice of God, Savior and in the Word (the Bible:) the Incarnate God, read.
Jesus's Life showed us and shows us how to overcome. He, filled with the Spirit having freshly come from His Baptism and hunting of the devil down for 40 days and nights for which He had come into the wilderness like a Rambo and left like a Patton full of the Spirit confidently in control with the Father in Him He demolishes strongholds. He overcame in nikao (greek, triumph.) He puts on our weakness and remains sinless in ways we know nothing about. Jesus takes the test you failed and gets an A. Who can explain the Trinity? If it gives you a headache its supposed to. God doesn't want a law to legislate holy lifestyle; He wants a relationship II Chron. 7:14.
Jesus was more than an example, He was the Carpenter. He became sin literally so we could be free and go free! Atonement full and free. God's LOVE so rich its amazing!!! The Gospel is Good News. It's great good good news! Do you think of salvation as a getting right with God aright? Do you know having it right in your relationship stance is a lifetime journey with God and starts and is forgiveness of sin and sins and the experience of knowing God aright throughout your lifetime and more and more (in Him?) God loves you and is love! Do you know God promises to all a newness of life, with renewed faith to you through the Gift of His Son by coming in faith through grace to Him alone Who is Faithful and True? You can know fullness of truth and fullness of the Spirit in relationship with God through Christ. But by grace, unmerited favor, you are saved, not of yourselves, not of works.
God promises to reveal Who He is to those that seek Him (with the whole heart.) This happens through the Holy Spirit's attracting and our participating and interest finding. Ever hear, "curiosity killed the cat?" Not in this case. In essence you throw yourself on the mercy of the court and you were declared innocent by virtue of what Jesus Died for. That's not head knowledge but heart knowledge if you can get it inside you. God is after the heart. It's not where you've been but where are you now in God's Timetable. The Spirit and the Bride are calling. Could you have the guts to follow Jesus Christ, God's Only Son even in the hard places? Feeling Adventurous? Not boring for sure.
It's about what God's going to do with you today! And the adventure tomorrow. What do you want from Him? Tell Him. Ask, seek, knock. He wants your attention to get saved, a mental assent, committment to/follow-through that starts inside, and is seed on good ground, and becomes Holy living as Gift: a law of the Spirit if you will, until we come to see Him as He is. Someday in confirmed righteousness where every thought will be a righteous thought in Heaven we'll see Jesus. He has a job for you to do (until then.) He has by the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus broken down to eye level the veil of the law of sin and death. It's written in the spiritual heart or the part of you, you surrender to God. What's won for Christ is forever.
He wants to be in an intimate personal relationship with us through His Son, attending Church, (Bible literal taking one,) have fellowship with others, & live life as a slave to His Master in fullness, faithfulness, and love for believing on Him, supping fellowshipping with Him. This is all a structural part of the characteristics of the life Our Lord Jesus Christ calls our life to live in I Corinthians 13. It's an excellant exciting prospect, a Bill & Ted adventure only holy through the covering of the Blood of the Lamb. It's: "If in this life only we are the only ones to hope in Christ we're of all men most miserable," but with enhancement. Jesus said, "I am come that you may have life, and life more abundantly," in John 10:10. Spiritual things are spiritually discerned the Bible says.
A hidden mystery exposed and revealed means in Essence an Abundant Life In Christ! Jesus being the way, in adventure full and free believing in faith and having experience: the Word of God, the Bible: I or we exist for God's purpose to be in right relationships with people and a right relationship especially with the one and only true and Living God Who gives us richly everything to enjoy. Evangelical faith (which is a Gift I believe/receive from Him Who is in Heaven above) is exousia and dunamas (greek, authority and power) to believe in Christ and in Christ for salvation and become His children John 1:12.
We in an obedient walk in God, all the time can learn: what He's done, what He's doing, and what He's going to do in the future in you and me and what in Christ can I do in His Word BY FAITH! With men these things are impossible, but with God all things are possible. Do you recognize His love over you? Joyously? hilariously? With tenderness and joyfulness even hilarity? His hand is mighty. He is a mighty warrior in our midst Zephaniah 3:17. For its not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord. We glory in tribulation and even first glory in the glory of God. That love is spelt l-o-v-e with much tough and tenderness, blessing under His hand, & lovingkindness from God. Lovingkindness is sandwiched between God's love and mercy. He has given you prevenient common grace for your many needs and wants: food, clothing, and shelter under His hand.
When you think of faith do you have a certain object of your faith? Is it holding you to something or SomeOne? It matters this object of faith Who He is because this Jesus is the Incarnate God become man. He's that Object of faith. God revealed Himself in a tabernacle or tent of human kindness (we can relate to) called Christ Jesus the Only Begotten Son of God born in a manger 2000 years ago. That makes Him worthy of our commitment to be worth our worship. For there's no formula nor method to Holiness but Christ He is the way! Are you walking in His Footsteps? At Calvary? Are you ministering to Him trusting His Grace this very hour? All Christ said and did we're growing up into and even, "all that's said about Me," Jesus said, "in the Law, prophets, and the writings."
We're sinners and you can fathom that if you realize you're not perfect & because your lower nature sins venial sins (Catholic term,) you're a sinner before God, & therefore we need help from the broken way we live as humans from the Holy Spirit. You're dead if you don't know God, the Bible says in Ephesians 2:1-4. Spiritually you can't do a thing without salvation John 15. You may hari krishna or yoga but its all in vain if Heaven is your goal if you need to meet God on His terms. God would search you inside thoroughly if you invited Him to, and love on you & say that you need Him, and you can find a new life in Him, (the way is God & in a peace in a Covenant agreement between Himself and you: A New Covenant Union through Jesus.) Has your life been hell so far? Some people gravitate only to God when they go through deep despair or tragedy. This life will be the worst you will have of hell unless and only if you obtain Jesus inside for salvation.
God loves you and wants you to soar and fly in living (Greek: in nikao, victory from Easter conquerering through Jesus, overcoming with Christ) to work out mightily between Him & you what is a good warfare of the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus within fighting in a scheme of good o'er evil, love for God and others like He does unconditionally, overcoming evil with good, knowing His Will, doing His Will, & in a personal spiritual adventure and experience to follow Him and to be known by Him in fellowship moment by moment for you two interacting. For in God's Only Son Jesus, in His Fullness of Resurrected Shekinah Presence there is love, joy, peace and pleasures at His right hand forevermore and this is all in knowing Him personally and then corporately in the Body of Christ more and more through Jesus Christ once and for all on His terms, the God-man Jesus, the mediator between God and man.
He Who was Resurrected as God's Representative of Love Sent from God a lifetime journey of joy of our own through Him He working through you and on you so you can change (Metanoia metamorphoo, greek repentance and transformation) and we must have Him inside and this starts with forgiveness of your sins. The Holy Spirit welcomes you to become transformed, called, Chosen to be in God's Family with enthusiasm, en Theos, in God (in greek: to be excited to be in God.) You get a new heart and a new mind, and a new spirit from Him. You are transformed in the renewing of your mind. It's a life of significance because your life influences then on what happens for all eternity in a positive fashion for those you lead and influence. Jesus rules your life as Lord in salvation by the Spirit. It's still in a relationship of walk of faith, faith being a verb as believing is our stance.
God is Holy is the primary characteristic of God. And He's buying you a Ransom He paid yes He's even started before you were born into this world by a relationship He's paying in justice satisfied by the penal substitution at the Cross for you minute by minute to be His and wooing you if you're accepting Christ as Savior one moment by moment at a time (& on that basis.) And in the next moment of Eternal Timetable if you continue belief and automatically obtain therefore a forever inheritance knowing this all starts at the Cross enduring to the end, you will be saved! This is a Gift to know the incomprehensible God. God cares for you! Indeed He does. He knows every sparrow that falls, and He watches you.
Salvation by faith is a word expression that is an offense to the world being that they can't understand it. Scripture says, "if any man love the world the love of the Father is not in him." What is the sin of the world? Unbelief. Unbelief particularly in Jesus as the Son of God the Only Begotten Son Sent by God. Unbelief in the corruption of within if you will a sinful nature that loves to lie, cheat, or steal, and unbelief in your being a sinner as a result of the sinful nature re: a wretched, poor, blind, and naked self before God. Unbelief leads to worse: unbelief. Like the law of entropy or disorder it (law of sin and death) takes over. Inasmuch as one doesn't love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and their neighbor as oneself, there's sin in it.
Obedience within God's Salvation to God through Christ on the other hand begins (God knows when) outside you, you hearing the Voice of God and the words of scripture particularly reading/dedicating your body to the Plan of Redemption from the Bible or believing it and committing to it, discipled, walk a separated life. God draws you near. You hear the still small voice of God to repent and get separated unto God and seek Christ and His righteousness is how it starts; God responding too in the Living Gospel, to you, He gives you a gift to stir up. You witness it outside yourself sealed by the Holy Spirit. You're supplied with a Gift, the Holy Spirit, to be Baptized into by Christ, as a Second Work of Grace as you ask for it. What you do with it makes all the difference in your life and your Eternal Life in the world but not of the world or as we believe: the life to come. God is Holy in character and nature and separate from a sinner.
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You're saved by the Living God in repentance from your old way of life and saved to a newness of life: to your new Eternal Life made practical at anytime for you indeed prepared by God that you should lay down your rights in this earthly life of yours for that Spiritual Life. Living the Christian life isn't in self-righteousness but in a Risen life over-abundant in mercy and grace on Him to help in time of need. Living as a Christian isn't silver or gold in having but not neglecting thanksgiving and other such things as are what Christ wants, contentment and a committment. It's not about accumulating stuff. He will meet your needs not like you feel you need them but as He sees you need them for Psalm 23 says, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want."
Christ is our foundation bedrock righteousness and the Source of all things we need and every blessing to which we boast 'in Him' alone. We're in His Presence in a special way when saved and interceded for by Him (Throne room) and known by Him rooted and grounded by love and built up in Him with passion for then we're inbreathed (greek: theoneustos, by God,) translated into His Kingdom of God. But supernaturally in Him we live and move and have our being. For you have to get saved for this to happen for eternity. Then you can seek God within the Body of Christ to maintain unity. Salvation first.
Gal. 5:16 says, "If we walk by the Spirit we will not fulfill the desires of the flesh." Jesus left earth when He ascended and sent the Spirit in His place. Jesus Christ is the beginning and the ending, Alpha and Omega, & the same yesterday today and forever for our faith it says in scripture, "As Commander In Chief of the Lord's Armies, Yeshua Hommiashiach," "He is here," (Joshua 5: a Theophany of the Old Testament.) IN the New Testament we're within the Temple of the Naos (Greek: Holy of Holies, of and containing the Holy Spirit) and useful conduits of the Holy Spirit, & having the Shekinah Presence of God on our faces.
For those who believe Christ's Message then receive His grace for their salvation then don't do works of righteousness on their part for 'brownie points' before God, as they would be appreciably acceptable (ceasing from their own works as Christ did from His Hebrews four,) is a hypothetical. For salvation is by faith alone through grace alone.
But as you have received grace for grace, receiving imperative from Jesus as your own koinonia responsibility: gold, silver, and precious stones to lay at (Jesus's) feet in quality of serving and of things you abiding in Him do in God cooperating and you will do the in obedience of faith (Romans 1 phrase) in quantity also: you will continue in being gratefully saved ministering to God being a messenger of God's good news by grace, a disciple. It's a picture within a relationship with God. We create masterpieces of art God approves of in the law of the Spirit by obedience. Education alone can only go so far but surrender to God, obeying, and the Holy Spirit inside sanctifying & taking control can go a long way to make the Christian life visible.
Jesus Christ is Savior and Lord and will be as every knee bows when his enemies become His footstool and Jesus returns. If you've come to Him, ie. as a childlike disciple 'born of God' type person *you will please Him having been sent the Spirit & indwelt. This is by faith within & the help by grace infused from God and rekindled from the Holy Spirit inside & outside and its possible first becoming born again a Gift of salvation from God on His terms. The seed of God becomes imparted to you or implanted in you. All things are possible to God on a next level a higher plane by walking in Jesus abiding and in dependence on Him.The Lord can lift your feet on higher ground.
Receive Him in your heart moment by moment like you would a familiar trusted friend or in a childlike trusting way by the way you live from then on bearing fruit. He is able to help you do this trusting, to save you (from sin) and keep you personally fully and really ministered to, obediently found out transparent (naked) like its written in our Lord's parable in Luke 15 says: a sinner 'saved,' coming home to Him and in Psalm 139 inviting God to search you. But you have to come. There God writes, "He rejoices and invites others to rejoice even over one sinner who repents." You start to experience His love practically! and then just by hearing it from the Spirit proclaimed (through a person's intervention) and you taking it in and responding with 'a word therapuo (greek meaning healing: yes, to Him) and of perseverance.'
And if you're saved, living by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and the Rapture occurs while you're living in Christ and honoring a disciple's relationship to God through grace in God and in fellowship (let me emphasize it's by faith and grace or faith working by love,) you can be caught up in ("rapizo" in the orig. Bible languages, 'caught away' 'snatched away') in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so shall you ever be with the Lord Jesus and be at that special Marriage Supper! Even so come Lord Jesus! Maranatha! Doesn't this sound like something you'd like? or learn to like? Read I Thessalonians 4:13-17 and I Corinthians 15:1-7ff for instance, and maybe St. John's Gospel chapter three verse three about being born again.
In this context, "God be merciful to me a sinner," was said in an open appeal by a brokenhearted (and statement faithfully made by a) Tax-gatherer of whom it was said in a parable told by Jesus as one who humbles himself before God this man having beaten upon his breast saying words like that. Jesus told this parable about people who think themselves righteous and show contempt for others. The other man in the parable, the Pharisee said, "I thank Thee God that I'm not like other men, I fast twice in the week, etc. and I'm not like this publican." Certainly this man has no clue for his saying this. This parable shows a humility Jesus taught before God by the publican instead being in the right who came home exalted and justified having humbled himself in a single simple but great way before God. You can be like this person.
If Jesus is your Lord and you are His child, remember mercy triumphs over judgment when humbling yourself before God under His Mighty Hand and God will love you to hell and back in the whole process of getting to Heaven. For God wants you to think of Eternity in the attitude you live your life with now. I'm proposing God is love and Jesus shows it (all along our way) Jesus having died in our place on the Cross so He could show you how and what to do today!
There is a testifying in every believer a witness unto Jesus of His Resurrected Body that first by Death Jesus Paid It All then sealed the deal by His Resurrection all in a regard to our sin debt. It's all too clear that the deliverance over sin Christ won to gain our salvation for us was complete and full over sin, death, and hell; His Death and Resurrection did this. It's clear in His hupernikao (super victory, greek )Resurrection triumph we have, the love we show others by the way we've been forgiven and then on, how we live. It's all in the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus inside you working it out. It's in Christ's law of love.
Christ became our sin on the Cross and it's punishment II Cor. 5:21. After He died, being buried (we were too,) that's when He rose from the dead; He made us alive whole, complete, & individually directed in His path in salvation in New Wine. He satisfied the Living Requirement of The Old Testament Law demands. That's why it's said and by us lived out to on purpose and with determination, glorify Him, and with admonishment all our lives as (ecclesia, Greek for Church,) the called out ones, as witnesses (maryturos in Grk.,) and as testifying 'believers' individually of an undivided Faithful God and His Word: to proclaim Him.
And we shine for God and live shining our lights bright we'll be becoming martyrs also in part because our Ransom paid for us was costly and we treat it costly no matter how we're treated. All therefore who desire to live godly (subject and suboordinate to God) in Christ Jesus are to communicate the Gospel in a hostile world and will suffer persecution, some to torture and being persecuted by men and, and some even to death and eventual Everlasting life. If we endure and/or suffer with Him He will confess us and we reign with Him in Eternal Life in a special sense for that. John wrote, "Don't marvel that the world hates you."
The Word of God states "IN BEGINNING" (No article "the" inbetween those two words in the Genesis 1:1 account in Hebrew,) given as plain fact that by His speaking into existence God creating the cosmos on the sixth day creating by His hands, then every man He created in the image or likeness of God.
God created him or her in the Garden of Eden and He rested on the seventh day. That's rest He rested meaning the work is over in having Finished it He having been slain from before the foundation of the world. It's time to be on His side in a fallen world. It's in the image of God Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, were created from the dust of the ground by His hand or fingers and Breath (an Anthropomorphism,) which shows God's intricate care for us, and love. Because of the Fall of man in the eyes of the Lord, Failing Him God's Spirit died in man & man's spirit died in God's Presence.
God would walk with man in the sunset portion or cool of the day as He did to fellowship/walk intimately as He did before this. Adam and Eve were seduced to the serpent Satan's schemes & misdeeds and this caused a substantial crises to God's man. God had made the command to not eat the fruit in the center of the Garden of one tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Every other tree was good to go. God said not to eat of it, the tree, for you will die, in the day you eat of it. It was bad fruit. From it all who were born from Adam die. But they did eat, and though man was still made in God's image and had free agency, and loved to fellowship in the Garden with God and he and she in lieu of a walk with God that dusk, they failed God's test. They failed to believe in God's final authority while they went after the lie that they were in charge.
And man made fig leaves to cover his and her nakedness at an attempt to reconcile their naked disobedience before God but that was a flop and so God made provision of a clothing covering from sacrificed animals without help from man that instance. That Miracle God did, to produce the Redemption of the likeness and image of God returned happened though God was blameless and Holy (without taint from any failure of man.) That was mercy, not getting what we should. Redemption for a worthless slave to buy (who long had law and grace defied,) is available. Even today in a born again spiritual way, getting saved as the Word says to, you can be free more and more to live in Him with this covering coverage from God 'in the Eternal Timetable' the down payment of Jesus's sacrifice for us to obtain a sinless body someday in Heaven by first getting saved. Salvation is in various aspects of fruitbearing having been implanted with Christ's seed, the sperm of the words of God, the Word of God, rhema, and Logos, living an abundant life in Him.
With obedience and perseverance for Him on your part in life in Him and living in His Timing and His Faithfulness you can truly expect God to move in you and on you for you in your behalf as you INHERIT THE PROMISES OF GOD. God is indeed a Rewarder of them that dilligently seek Him. Not for cadillacs or merchandise we seek. Hebrews eleven goes on to say, "Some died (believing) not having obtained the promise." It goes on to say, "Of whom the world was not worthy (Hebrews 11.") The problem with America is we have digressed to exaggerate the Gospel to include money and health and happiness in claiming the promises of God at a cost to the core imperitives of Jesus Christ and this has made us lukewarm and non-compliant too in praying, pursuing, and obeying Him. Personal Revival and True Discipleship is at a premium that is strictly for those who have Jesus and the Word to obey and no other motivation internally or externally! Religion kills. Jesus comes to make us alive!
Surely and for certain that likeness of God/image of God in relation to salvation we find returned in godly hope God inside us transforming in certain belief anticipation that doesn't make us ashamed because the love of GOD HAS BEEN shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit Romans 5:3-5. God lives in an Eternal Now but He has in time intervened in human affairs like the universe is in the span (distance from the tip of the pinky to the tip of the thumb in an open hand,) of His hand and continues for in Him all things consist and hold together Colossians 1:16. This makes us glad & confidenct in Him that He is Sovereignly in control and we are not. We reign with Him if we endure with Him suffering wrongfully. Try not to suffer for your own faults but just suffer for doing good in Him.
So in salvation through the conduit of God's love for you and in your love for Him in steadfast hope of Another Kind in the Body of believers of Christ in the Holy Spirit: faith in Jesus Christ for salvation: come to believe it unto Eternal Life and a Life In The Spirit. We're just aliens and passing thru in this life. Remember Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan? JRR Tolkien & CS Lewis as Authors and Characters in God's Family? Their stories, extra Biblical fantasy novels and non-fiction writings are faithful. On the other scanty side of life, wrong desires do war against the soul vexing us. Sin is crouching at the door but you must master it. If you do well won't your face show it?
Eternity is a long time and our lives are but a vapor. It's on my theological plate to believe that the desire for God and the likeness of God Himself, the aspects of the image of God in man in a body with a created soul clothed in a spirit in other words is unique in this existence on earth and *that it was no accident. If God said, "abstain from pre-marital sex," I believe Him. We can clothe ourselves with Christ to enjoy a life in the Spirit to where God clothes Himself with us. This is from Samuel Chadwick. This is truly God's spiritual empowerment to live a holy life of intimacy with Him.
Father God returned at Calvary, all we lost by Adam and we gained it back BECAUSE His love reconciles us and restores us if we go on forward with Him. He IS SHOWING US LOVE, revealed in the Son of God Jesus.. in His Incarnation.. in His Sacrificial Love.. in His Birth/Nativity, Life, Death, Resurrection, Ascension, Exaltation and Glorification and Seating.. for our Redemption of the purchased possession.. who we are, we who "privileged in benefit.." choose to be His bondslaves.. and chosen!
In His LONG-HEARTED EXCITEMENT TYPIFIED AT THE LAST SUPPER BY HIS PASSION-shown Sovereignly appointed timing at the Cross God proved the plan He put in the fullness of times in place will work for you in its longevity in history re: hospitals, universities, and orphanages built, even every changed life coming to God through Christ by the worship we lift up holy hands to God by in the Gospel.
If we enter at some point and believe with a persevering belief in Jesus that acts on grace alone to be saved we won't build our kingdom here but His, to build on that foundation gold, silver, and precious stones to present to Him and we will hear a voice behind us saying when we turn to the right, or to the left, "This Is The Way, Walk You, In It." We take one step at a time in His Footsteps. Then we stride along until it's His marathon. Read the Parables of Jesus and you'll encounter the topsy turvy of Christ's Kingdom over and opposite to this world's thinking. But you need a saved mind to continue a relationship and not just religious jargon or only 'fig leaf' religious behavior to do that in the attempt. It's a New Covenant or God's Agreement that being all things new, this becomes new when applied to you in you II Cor. 5:17.
God's attitude toward us is one of Favor that is for us for a God-sized timing particular that is of punctilinear (point in time, greek tense: aorist active indicative) saving faith belief starting at a point in time (continuing) established and based on the merciful observation that God was in Christ on the Cross reconciling man to Himself! And He has comitted to us a word, even reconciliation! I pray you in Christ's Place, Be ye reconciled to God!
The Bible says, "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." If as you or someone else may claim, "I have no sin," then I ask, "where is the glory of God in your life?" "For all have come short," it says. If we call upon the Lord we will be saved individually. God loves you.
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