But how could God be Holy and Love at the same time? God will love them (anyone without Christ at the end) but because of their rejection of His plan He can't be with them (in a Source of sustaining order - Holiness.) The Apostle John wrote inspired from Jesus to the Church at Laodecea, "I counsel you to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, and white raiment, that thy nakedness do not appear..," in the third chapter of Revelation. The white raiment speaks of the robe of righteousness Christ gives every believer.
You're saved by the Living God in repentance from your old way of life in sin to a transformed God kind of life and saved to a newness of life: to your newness made new of Eternal Life made practical at anytime for you indeed prepared by God that you should walk with God and lay down your rights in this earthly life of yours for that Spiritual Life He offers in relationship. Living the Christian life isn't in self-righteousness but in a Risen life not a rose garden silver spoon in the mouth life but crucified exchanging your life for His Death in over-abundant help 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 commitment. Bad stuff occurs still but somehow you live content. It's not about accumulating stuff. He will fill your needs like a filling station because He's a good (Source) and don't presume upon that but you must rely on Him not like you feel you need them but as He sees fit you need them for Psalm 23 says, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want." God is the only good Being absolutely. He meets needs like a good Daddy Father. He must go from Creator to good Dad Father in thoughts. This is opportunity and challenge to know Him as Savior and Lord.
Wisdom cries aloud in the streets! Come in to God's House! Let Him feed your Naos (Holy Place.)
A FAMOUS T-SHIRT READS: "HIS PAIN, YOUR GAIN." AMEN.
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 a person is, saved. The question was asked by a neighbor friend in community 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 the Holy Spirit proclaimed and was radically changed. The Church is the Bride of Christ, male and female and full of workers for His field and God wants you to be a member of His world-wide Family Romans 7:1-4; Eph. 5:23,32; Rev. 19:7-9.
Don't think I'm religious, or stuffed shirted or more righteous or even self-righteous for any religion's purpose or thinking this way or for using the word Heaven to separate two groups or kinds of people even haphazardly; for God can translate you to His Kingdom instantaneously. You can find being saved in your local Bible-believing Church being taught, where the Holy Spirit is found incidentally. Jesus is the way the truth the life. 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. Who is he that condemns? Yea It is Christ that Died yea that is Risen! Who shall lay any charge to God's elect? It is God Who justifies! God's way and life is sure filled with natural goodness in abundant love, kindness, and gentleness to give to you in Christ to give to others and one's family. God transcends creation and exists outside His creation and apart from it. Pantheism would say He is everything but that's not us. He is Holy above all things. Yet He intervenes. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? No one and no thing. Signs point us in His direction. Trust beckons. But you can walk away. But even then He will continue to love.
Have you if you're an agnostic or unbeliever, asked yourself, why don't I seek Him whole-heartedly and be Born again as Jesus said to Nicodemas, a son of Pharisee who came to see Jesus at night? If the Bible IS the Word of God, and it is, as it states that it is clearly and plainly right and in saying so in its contents, backs it up in fulfilled archeology through history factual. 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 inerrant, infallible, and by verbal plenary inspired being meaning every word of every thought in every thoughtful thought-filled line in the Bible is Divinely (Appointed) Anointed thoughts and the claims of Christ real; 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 (live) my life His way? You can be right with God! 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 way up with Him now why is my life doing a lifestyle that way (and so can it change it if possible) and then it can be a righteous stance to then line with scripture somehow. It takes confidence in the Finished work of the Cross. Prayer for a born again saved relationship asking God knowing you're wrong before Him and need His saved relations with Him through the Son is important. God can keep you from stumbling and is able to make you stand blameless before Him inside in your walk with Him inasmuch as Christ is wanting control of my heart as Resurrected influence by the Holy Spirit and gentle wind. Yes. 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 or a blocking out of Satan, the adversary alone, but a life of good in potent pungency, in patience looking unto Jesus expecting mercy unto a life in the Spirit of life spark in Christ Jesus and peace expecting fellowship/koinonia that goes on to being conformed to His image and succeed in finding an ignited fire to God and others (like Moses at the burning bush, a fire that wouldn't go out,) and getting to Heaven someday overcoming obstacles in life with style and flair of obeying Christ from the Holy Ghost Romans 8:1-3.
You can have the assurance of going to Heaven! It's not about better standard of living nor education alone but obedience unto holiness and the end: eternal life. You can be an educated sinner but like a tea bag immersed your nature and the tea bag leaves change! This is in salvation. Better to be God's obedient bond-slave. Real love surrenders and surrenders to God in day to day challenges. 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 he as Jesus said. And anyone else in the New Covenant being first greater than John Baptist is thus and so in the Kingdom of God. And of not many more in the New Covenant was it said that they were, "full" of faith and the Spirit than Stephen, the seven deacons (Acts 6,) and Barnabas and a few apostles. Jesus came to lead us to a spirit of fullness we being born again and He being the Fountain of Living Water in John 7 and by Baptizing us with fire and the Holy Spirit: A perpetual fire that glows (and grows.)
If someone comes between you and God who's closer? The point is will we get close to God? The devil is a created thing. Don't let anything created steal from that which is perfect. 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 with yourself and others or unilaterally if need be. Perfection does not come under judgment so have grace to get along with most people and have salt. Grace and patience with kindness from God is needed for this most times. A great question is, Will God stop loving people in hell? How could He stop? Love has no barrier, wall, nor limit to it. God will love them but because of their rejection of His plan (continually (Hebrews),) He can't be with them. He is Holy. The lake of fire is real. It will never go out. But as people without the Lord have lived rebellious and have stubbornly gone their own way when Jesus is right there to be known intimately by the Holy Spirit convicting they will be punished because God's mercy will have run its course in the life that now is. The warmth of God's love becomes consuming fire that no longer benefits in hell but eats that one unsaved from illicit desires inside out in torments and unabated fire. The Great Divorce by CS Lewis shows what hell might be like. People will burn with wants of greed and lust and hate as well without limit and anyone being the object of their malice BUT themselves. They have not rightly related to God's love by repentance and changing through conviction so God will just leave absent His temporal blessing and little do they realize that will mean everything they relied upon gone because it was not faith in the Son or the Source, God. When God's fire is not rightly related to, it is un-tame-able and His plan is obscure to the unsaved not living in His revealed will and they will wander in the pain of hell even where they will want to die but not able to: forever eternally will they burn with sulphur tormenting fire. There will be weeping and nashing of teeth.
Do you desire or want a relationship and/or restored fellowship with your Heavenly Father God of peace love and joy? Justification (Romans 5)? Do you know God loves you more than you could ever love yourself? God will always love you more than you could love yourself so be glad you're very beloved! Here's a hug: He is a personal God! He loves you more than any personal human being or angel will or could! God IS love and He provided His Son as deliverance from a sinful world. Did you know that God requests the honor of your presence at a Marriage Supper/Positive Uplift Judgment to be given someday in Heaven for you and God's Family by grace and mercy but it has a door or 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. Believe His words. THIS LIFE ABUNDANT IN Jesus then IS IN POVERTY OF SPIRIT IN HUMILITY of SPIRIT without a lot of 'stuff' in God's Son: Who is Jesus. Jesus is Lord!
Did you know that Christianity is a better life and is more about repentance and confessing you're a sinner (in nakedness of bluntness before God) than externals or pie in the sky 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 evident victory results and His plan for each individual is secure if you lay hold on it. He as the Bible says, causes God to hear us from Heaven above from in front of the Throne and seated, the Lamb sits (Jesus stands on Mt. Zion in Rev 14:2) from between the mercyseat of the two facing Cherebim of the Ark in Heaven, and talks 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 for our service to God (in military of reception and action) will not go unrewarded there nor unrequited spiritually here. And relationships of purity in Him can't be legislated or legalized or reduced to Pharisaism if they're real. It's the freedom to do as you should instead in the New Covenant of love. Augustine and Chesterton have said, "No man has the right to do as he pleases unless he pleases to do what is right!"
Jesus (and 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. We believe in the priesthood of all believers. His Love for us in propitiation is meant FOR US to satisfy for sin's atonement on mercy's sake; it brings a great great good holy right standing with God through Jesus Christ.
Jesus's Life showed us and shows us how to overcome as He. He, filled with the Holy 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 doing so much good the earth could not contain the books that could be written. He overcame in nikao (greek, triumphed.) 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 as our Pastor Rich says. 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 and become lovers! Atonement full and free. God's LOVE so rich its amazing!!! The Gospel is Good News. It's great 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 in the now 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! He didn't spare His own Son! Scripture reads, who is he who condemns? No one. Do you know God promises to all a newness of life, with renewed faith to you through the Gift of His Son by really coming in faith through grace to Him alone Who is Faithful and True and remaining? You can know fullness of truth and fullness of the Spirit in relationship with God through Christ (but you have to come.) But by grace, unmerited favor, you are saved, not of yourselves, not of works lest you or anyone boast. "We are,"
scripture says, "more than conquerers through Him who loved us!"
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 then believing Jesus, the Person. 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 the Father won't pluck you out of His hand if you stay there. God is after the heart. It's not where you've been but where should you be 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 (which can mean, not for stuff?) Feeling Adventurous? Not for the bored for sure. Awake!
It's about watching what's coming and what God's going to do with you to use you today! And the adventure tomorrow. What do you want from Him as you pursue 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 or principle 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 and its disappearing. It's written in the spiritual heart or the part of you, you surrender to God. What's won for Christ is forever. Only what's done for Christ will last.
He wants to be in an intimate personal relationship with us through His Son, attending Church, (Bible literal taking one,) have fellowship with others, restoration; live life as a slave to His Masterful way in fullness, faithfulness, and love for believing on Him, supping fellowshipping with Him. This is all a defining part of the life Our Lord Jesus Christ calls our dining with Him to live in I Corinthians 13. It's an excellant exciting prospect to know God experientially, a Bill & Ted noble 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 of all men we're 'most miserable,'" but with enhancement from God the Holy Spirit to miraculously prosper. 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 I Corinthians.
A hidden mystery exposed by God and revealed: your life hidden with Christ in God means in Essence an Abundant Life In Christ John 10:10! Jesus being the way, the truth, and life 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 in 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) 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 and even hilarity? His hand is mighty. He is a mighty warrior in our midst singing over us rejoicing over us with tenderness kindness Zephaniah 3:17. He quiets us in His love singing over us rejoicing again in song. 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 toughness 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. His chesed, Hebrew word is hard to pin down as it's superb 'lovingkindness'! Like what Mephibosheth received from King David at his table and in the way of lands restored.
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 because Who He is (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 devoted worship. Literally Jesus is God by way of the cross. For there's no formula nor method to Holiness or to God this way 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, you're a sinner before God; therefore we need help from the broken way we live as humans from the Holy Spirit. Even 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 and commit.
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 love us unconditionally. Jesus joined so freely God's plan. He lives in our hearts. We, overcoming evil with good, knowing His Will, doing His Will, in a personal spiritual adventure and experience of Him follow Him 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, as saved by the God-man Jesus, the mediator between God and man. We need to renew our minds.
He Who was Resurrected as God's Representative of Love Sent from God for a lifetime journey of joy (of our own from Him) brings through Him He working through you and on you so you can change (Metanoia metamorphoo, greek repentance and transformation) a new life, 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 noun Pastor says, as believing is our stance. As ruler and King Jesus has the last word.
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! 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 an affront. 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 but also unbelief in the work of Jesus Christ. Unbelief leads to worse: unbelief. Like the law of entropy or disorder it (law of sin and death) takes over and you conceive sin. 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. The pride of life, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes are all of the worldly sins as well. God wants to deliver you from yourself.
(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 the Gospel 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. Christ's Blood is the bridge to span the distance between a Holy God and yourself.
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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. We are kept by Him and live before Him in the heavenlies. For you have to get saved for this to happen for eternity. Then you can seek God within the Body of Christ to maintain your responsibility for unity. Salvation first. We're His Temple, the Naos, (greek: The Most Holy Place,) inside.
Gal. 5:16 says, "If we walk by the Spirit we will not fulfill the desires of the flesh." (& of the mind.) 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 actually the Temple of the Naos (Greek: Holy of Holies, of God and containing the Holy Spirit) and useful conduits of the Holy Spirit, & we're having the Shekinah glory of the Presence of God on our faces and inside exciting us!
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 alone 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 set apart 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 are created masterpieces of art painting God approves of in the law of the Spirit of life 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 take the Christian life to visible and invisible in Him, but bright and kept.
Jesus Christ is Savior and Lord and will be as every knee bows when his enemies become His footstool for his feet 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 & with the help by grace infused without 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 though with men impossible: on a next level a higher plane by walking in Jesus abiding in Him and in dependence on Him. The Lord can lift your feet on higher ground. We develop in cooperation a new heart and new spirit He gives us from then on.
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 before His Sight) 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 out. But you have to come. There God writes through Luke, "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,' HOPE. You determine not to defile yourself with sin from then on.
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 to about sixteen about being born again. Gaining rescue by Rapture you miss The Great Tribulation to come on the whole earth. Read Revelation and find from Chapter 4 on there is no mention of the church. We're Raptured from the great hour of trial to come upon the earth. As His Bride God would treat us appropiately and spare us from that hour of the Seventieth Week of Daniel and Jacob's Trouble.
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. Don't test Him or resist Him but believe Him. For God wants you to think of Eternity in the attitude you live your life with now. God wants to give you His purpose and His plan. Do what He wants. Be Who you are in Him. 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 specificly & particularly!
There is a testifying in every believer a witness unto Jesus His Resurrected Body speaks forgiveness, power, Dunamis: 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 completion or Tetelestai (Greek: Finished Work.) It's clear in His hupernikao (super victory, greek) Resurrection triumph we have from Him, that we have the love we show others by the way we've been forgiven and then on, how we live over sin in victory. It's all in the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus inside you working itself out. It's in Christ's law of love. Jesus puts a new man in our shoes.
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, & kept individually directed in His path in salvation in New Wine that must be put in new wineglasses. He satisfied the Living Requirement of The Old Testament Law demands. That's why it's said by God's Voice 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 in our Temple bodies of an undivided Faithful God and His Word: to proclaim Him and provoke each other to love and good works.
And we shine for God and live shining our lights bright for Him for we'll be martyrs also in part because our Ransom paid for us was costly and we treat it costly grace 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 freely intensely 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 will reign with Him in Eternal Life in a special sense for that. John wrote, "Don't marvel that the world hates you for it hated Jesus." Jesus was hated because His works were righteous and there's were not.
How you may ask, did mankind fall and get into this malaise? The Word of God states that "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 fingers or 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.
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, he didn't die physically right away but he did die spiritually right then . And though he and she loved to fellowship in the Garden with God and he and she in lieu of a walk with God that twilight dusk to grow, they instead failed God's test. They failed to believe in God's final authority His love overall while they went after the lie that they were in charge. Adam had abdecated his responsibility being the head over his household. Adam lived almost a thousand years in mercy but he did die. Death showed that sin was in the world.
And man made fig leaves to cover his and her nakedness at an attempt to reconcile their blunt 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 time. 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 deserve. 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, based on the events of two thousand years ago on the cross, you can be free to live in Him a love slave to God with this covering coverage from God of forgiveness 'in the Eternal Plan' the down payment of Jesus's sacrifice for us to obtain a sinless body someday in Heaven by first getting saved. Salvation is forever if you wanted God's plan for youself and remain in Jesus believing His Person obeying God and in various aspects of fruitbearing having been implanted or imparted with Christ's seed, the sperm of the words of God, the Word of God, rhema, and Logos, living an abundant life in Him prosperous. It's a holy moral life at times we live but more especially a very close walk with 'what would Jesus do' only you're chasing the Spirit and not letting Him drag behind but struggling without growing weary to obey the Lord's voice up close near and in surrender. It's spontaneous not static too.
With obedience and perseverance for Him on your part in life in Him and living in His Plan 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 and exaggerated the Gospel to include money and health and happiness in name it and claim it tactics and tricks 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 and adhering to cheap grace instead. Personal Revival and True Discipleship is at a premium but indeed from God alone that is strictly for those who have it. Jesus and the Word to obey and have no other motivation internally or externally may experience His rain! Religion kills. Jesus comes to make us alive! He ignites! He sets us ablaze! He lights our lone candle and revives!
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 us 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 we find God helps our belief to stand Romans 5:3-5. God is able to make him stand. God lives in an Eternal Plan in 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; Hebrews 1:2,3. This makes us glad & confident 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 as you follow Christ in the way.
So in salvation through the conduit of God's love His Son for you and in your love for Him too in fellowship of 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 in it unto Eternal Life and a Life In The Spirit, a walk with God solemnly.
We're just aliens and passing thru in this life. Remember Pilgrim's Progress by Paul 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 side of life, wrong desires 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?," Genesis says.
Eternity is a very very long time and our lives are but a vapor. It's on my theological plate to believe that the desire for God and desire for 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 His image 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 put on clothes of Christ's making with Christ to enjoy a life in the Holy Spirit. As Jesus is Lord indeed overtaking us after coming to be saved to God the Holy Spirit clothes Himself with us: is God's pleasure. This is from Samuel Chadwick. This is truly God's spiritual unassuming privilege for empowerment to live a holy life of intimacy with Him. Intimacy is where the power is. Only Jesus has the words of life.
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 place in the fullness of times will work for you by faith in its longevity in history re: hospitals, universities, and orphanages built, even every changed life coming to God through Christ by 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 as
Savior 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 in His marathon in salvation. Read the Parables of Jesus and you'll encounter the topsy turvy aspect of Christ's Kingdom (Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven) over and opposite to this world's thinking. But you need a saved mind to transformed continue continually a relationship and not just religious jargon or only 'fig leaf' religious behavior to do. It's a New Covenant or God's Agreement that being all things new, this salvation becomes new when applied to you in you II Cor. 5:17. It's a new life filled with new works preordained for you, to accomplish Ephesians 2:10.
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 stand starting at a point in time (continuing) established where we confess our sins and agree with God 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! God is love! Tell your problems how great your God is! And not how great your problems are, to God. "With God we shall do valiantly," Gideon said.
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 in Isaiah 59:1,2. If we call upon the Lord we will be saved individually. God loves you.
A Wise man will hear and increase learning! Grace Grace To It (God says in Zechariah!)
For Him who has ears to hear. We walk by faith, not by sight. Listen to Jesus. Hear HIM.
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