Monday, May 07, 2012
SALVATION IN CHRIST IS A LIFESTYLE DECISION IN THE HEART.
Salvation In Christ Is A Lifestyle Decision In The Heart GOD LOVES YOU! Because of the Cross God can be for you! To accomplish this salvation for you (through) faith in our lifetime and with not bending God's arm back and God's knowing (His Lamb was Slain from before the foundation of the world,) is commitment' requiring of us to be receiving from Him. While knowing unconditionally God's love for us, cooperating with the Voice of God, and the Spirit of God within, we discover we truly need obedience from us within and a life of worship outward then to God. We want to know God from His heart. There's where everyone's hunger for passion lies. We want from us results specifically: 1) Love for God first and 2) Love for our neighbor second as we love ourselves. For this is truly by the GREAT LOVE OF GOD FOR US by learning to read the Word of God, the Bible, daily and allowing God to work on us as clearly a Potter would clay on a Potter's Wheel working it until it is is a traditional beautiful vessel of use for Him. In other words under His power in motive and active lifestyle. Recognize you're clay, vulnerable, and limited in mortality and use in your own strength. We need God. We really do. We're made for fellowship. God is not far unless we make a one hundred eighty degree turn from where we are. Jesus is the incarnation of God in flesh and blood. He's everything God is 100% and man again 100%. But we need to work out our salvation with respect and trembling. Jesus has by the way fulfilled over three hundred prophecies about Messiah. Given in the Bible throughout these writings definitely tell us God is in Sovereign and Providential control, and man is not, though man thinks with corrupt avarice (greed) to dominate another human being and other things also. He/She is made in God's image even so and responsible/accountable before God for their own activity. Religion is man's attempts to get to God and it's based on man's thoughts not especially God's thoughts. Man is not looking at a religious thought to get to know God but it's through a relationship. It is a peaceful relationship filled with dynamic tension. Non-violent. God is not dragging you to Himself. He gives you a free choice. But man is accountable to God for what he does and says. Jesus in His authentic seal of approval from God is God reaching out, even down to man IN LOVE in a FELLOWSHIP-RELATIONSHIP of Blood Covenant with him, those Whom He chooses and they (in turn) choose God, and Salvation, His ways and most of all, Jesus as Lord. Don't we want then to be enfolded, encircled, and entrusted by Him, with His fellowship and care and belong to God? We need a Savior: His Name: Jesus! Started by God Himself with a man called Abraham in Chapter 15-17 of Genesis, God reached out - wanted a Covenant. God Himself thus slew several different animals, and God came across, walked between the pieces. Abram was face to face and responded, and thus God was obeyed by faith and given Isaac, a son by promise, & later on Abraham was tested, passed the test, and this son who would down the line, the family line of descent from Abraham become 'Messiah,' JESUS. Messiah means Sent One or Anointed One. Abraham is thus called the Father of the faithful. And Jesus is God's Sent one. We don't worship a book, the Bible, but Who it leads us to: the Living Fountain, the Logos Word, the Lord Jesus, Who is the Fountain of Living Water And of the Springs of the water of life to all who're thirsty. The Bible is God's inerrant final Word of authority in everything being spoken or done by man with regard to living apart from and living toward God's will in agreement with Him. It's verbal plenary inspired, inerrant, and infallible in inspiration and in matters relating to God flawless. Check it out for it reads as righteous does and seamless. Before Abraham God had a verbal speech face to face Covenant Relationship with blood animal sacrifice by Adam's choice, the first man, and then Seth, his son, and Noah, a preacher of righteousness, Enoch, who walked with God until God 'took' him, and then by the time of Abraham, a Covenant laid down with an heir given which was BY PROMISE, and in Jacob He ratified a family line Covenant that was spiritually and radically endorsed from man to God and God was the first starter or first party to begin it. And God gave assurances He would keep His end of the PROMISE. And so it being fulfilled someday (see Gen. 3:15) He gave an oath to do that too! Interlude: Do we want God to do for us like a wish fulfillment center or we for Him like a wish fulfillment center, and in the latter get to know Him Who He Is? Yes in the latter is our true worship. We so often want God to do for us but do we..for Him? Hebrews says, (Animal sacrifice by blood indicates that) "without it, meaning the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins." God had thus thwarted Satan by man's faith through obedience expressed as every man woman and boy and girl had to bring animal sacrifice to the priest during the Old Covenant without a flaw. God therefore was the Author of the starting of the salvation of mankind fulfilled in Jesus Christ by New Covenant because of the fall in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:15. Hoseah 11:1; Zechariah 14. This happened in Christ being fulfilled Covenantially Who became sin by His Death for us because sin was catching up to condemn us and man truly needed a Savior from sin BY FAITH THROUGH GRACE to realize God's forgiveness. Jesus is It. His Blood is able to cleanse not only the deeds of the mind and heart but the conscience itself from dead works to serve the LIVING GOD! Hebrews nine. We needed a salvation because of deaths we couldn't overcome also and consequences of sins we don't feel a remorse from. We couldn't escape death and the consequences of our sin therefore---> we nervously accept God's offer. God gave us in Jesus "in the fullness of times," for Him to be the Savior of the world from sin being God's Choice, Messiah. He took upon Himself the whole world's (every man's) sins in the scripture it says in II Cor 5:21 and He came out the other side: a happening Triumphant Victorious Man! Resurrected! He did this so that we might be able to live right aply put. But We can't because we sin. So to live right before God is important from God's standpoint obviously. First we need the forgiveness of sins. A right relationship with God the Father. God hates sin because sin kills. Though in it there is pleasure for a few minutes in the end it stings like death a the door. Then and only then is this possible. When anyone realizes the way Christ Died matters for them and was FOR them individually valid they can admit their wrongness before God because at sometime they failed, realize that, and BE SAVED. Jesus Himself lived a reverential life to God when He walked here 2000 years ago in respectful obedience and reverance and Died in our place innocent and spotless with regard to Holy life. When Jesus was crucified He satisfied God's Justice over sin for that reason. God was propitiated or pleased by it. Don't ask me how but it occurs. Sin, death, pain, and griefs temporal died that moment 2000 years back. But application of that Atonement back then is personal and individual for us and needed now. So by way of ithe Cross and we come to God by way of Christ 's Blood in prayer of sorts witnessing it's true to the Godly influences and to witnesses to the good light for us in God we have present and with the help of the Holy Spirit we get saved in "NEWNESS OF LIFE," if we accept His offer of Eternal Life and starting now. But in God's sight all we have to do Is come to encounter Christ for you. Getting back to why Jesus was Born and Died: He was born to a virgin during a world-wide census Only God could operate on to us to have Christ born. In these circumstances Christ was born. In Greek that word virgin here means, "never had sex." Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit! Mary was the vessel. This was God performing the miraculous. Mary and Joseph came together after Jesus was born and had other children. He lived to about age 30 when He started to minister and heal under the Anointing of the Holy Spirit after His Baptism confirmed Who He Is by The Father's Voice Aloud and according to the Bible's foretelling by the Law, Prophets, and Writings. He came to send us an anointing too and for us to be IN HIM that is immersed or baptized into His Life, Death, Burial, and Resurrection and Ascension, born again. In exchange of Christ's life, we for our sinful lives surrender and Turn from them, then we live a God fearing raised RISEN life IN HIM. This is salvation in Christ beginning and living out in the present Acts 2:38; Colosians 2, 3:1-12. The Four New Testament Gospels give a precise accurate description of His Life and Ministry Purpose: to forgive us of our sins and all of them take away and that is by believing on Him in His Name that it is the only way to be saved which is THROUGH CHRIST. Heaven is to know that you get God's Kingdom asking Jesus Christ to save you and dwell within your heart receiving salvation by believing in Him. Everything that is a part of salvation is good to have with believing Him, which comes seeking His Kingdom first and His Righteousness first and it's God's PROMISE to you who get saved Matthew 6:33. To follow Him as our all in all then on is Up to you even encouraged in bowing to Him and have Him as Lord of everything in us then on even from the empty Tomb's victory side inside us mightily laid hold of, and of further on to worshiping God wholly and completely in rejoicing in what Christ has done for YOU on the Cross lifted high re: is important to meditate on and live or live by in Christ not in sin. After His Resurrection people of God wondered why Jesus didn't zoologically and by Zoe ( God kind of life,) life restore all things as He said would be on God's agenda. But Jesus said, "it is not for you to know the epochs or seasons the Father has in His keeping.," in Acts 1. Jesus said we would know the general time when the Second Advent will occur but 'to be ready' for in that day we aren't overtaken as a thief. But before He (Jesus) died He said, "the Holy Spirit The Comforter (one called alongside to help one on one) would come if Jesus went away and would be like Himself in every single way (allos in Greek for the same kind.) The Holy Spirit would magnify Jesus and the truth ( Althea means truth in Greek,) reminding born again Christians (His children) of what He said on earth so that others may hear and be saved too. The Restoration would come later (see Revelation 21,22.) The early Church went about doing good, leaving possession behind: chirping (Greek laleo,) the Gospel good news and telling what meant Jesus Resurrection by their lifestyle to them and what that confession of faith Christ saves us from (sins) was too to everybody they met by spoken word leleo and Caruso (gossip -ping and proclaiming by preaching and telling emphatically the Gospel,) and by lifestyle choice (or lived out.) It was lifestyle choice also, cutting to the heart of many who are lost previous who became saved souls who were fruitful in God's sight and for Christ's cause wept over their sins to God and became a saved witness that died a martyr's death in those days. But persecution for the stand for Jesus they took was winning the world upside down despite the deaths by the thousands. And God let it happen a long time, into the fifth-century. The Holy Spirit was empowering the body of Christ to think and act and 'BE' WITNESSES for Jesus Christ and it shows by Attitude that became the underdog David that slew the Goliath: Nero and ten or so Emperor's. The Church gains Eternal Life in bowing the knee to and making profession to the Lord Jesus Christ rather than Caesar or Satan. Satan bites dust. But God truly wants to give you a newness of life Eternal life and confession of faith or in other words a faith that is charged in humility with a glimpse into an extraordinary life in the realm of influence He's called you to by the Power of the Spirit possible or empowerment of the Christ's faith for you in other words, made "complete in Him." But you have to get saved first. Obtain Eternal Life that starts for you in accepting or believing Christ and living by faith for Him. Behold, Today is the day of salvation so harden not your hearts. It is the Accepted time. For the Kingdom of God is not meat nor drink (not in a geographic location, as well as not a lot of temporal other things) but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost Romans 14:17. God will accomplish this salvation by faith one by one by His grace alone. He's called you to a change from a sinful life to a transformational life spiritually being born again from faith to faith, glory to glory. Father God calls us. God doesn't want anyone lost in other words but rescued. Pretty soon there may be no delay by God in longsuffering or in other words tarrying for His Son's Coming again' patience by God. God chose by the foolishness of PREACHING to save them that believe. To see Christ high and lifted up and crucified, taught is what we want to see and hear, not in wordly eloquence, but with plainness of speech. To be saved, and Jesus Himself said the way is narrow - ruggedly difficult and gate, difficultly stacked against us to surmount to a life of simplicity in Jesus Christ. But the way to destruction is broad and the gate wide to it and many meet their destiny: hell which is living in sin, going to their end: re: lake's fire by sin's destructive consequences thereat and are perished. And so we need a faith that sees beyond what others see, a belief of faith IN JESUS that goes beyond the in crowd of popular; the peers of our world, and by and by grows (into born of God life: Zoe in Greek - the God kind of life,) first admitting we've sinned, deserving of hell for sins we have committed, and so accept God's offer of salvation! Jesus spoke about hell as a place to shun and as did the brother of Christ, James, Gehenna and Paul, Perdition but Christ spoke more about hell than anyone in scripture. Jesus Christ in essence said, "You must have a faith in Me because if I am lifted up above (all) in My sacrifice in Dying on a cross for you by the Spirit given when I am resurrected you'll be saved *to enter or see the Kingdom of God *if you believe (Me): John's Gospel 3:1-16 (paraphrase.") That's a promise but you see the if clause by you and I in it? That's a condition on the promise for us to obey Christ within and abiding IN CHRIST. It's by the dwelling within of the Holy Spirit. A God Who lets sinful people have their own way for very long wouldn't be just nor would He be very loving to the victims of a sinner flashing a sword to victims. God wants you well that's why He gave the Law. "The Law is Righteous and Holy and Good," Paul said in Romans two. It's help to love others and co-exist in peace. But sin is lawlessness and transgression which violates the Laws of God which Law was given to us through Moses to show us we fail God (as in The Ten Commandments,) and can do nothing good by ourselves to keep it faithfully. Christ can through us though. Our job is to follow after. God's Holiness and Love in everyday events we fail to do because we misdirect an inner voice, namely the Holy Spirit's voice which can be convicting or commending even now. We would not know it was against the law to covet if it wasn't in the law, Paul said in Romans seven. When we hear the law, "we died," because of its holy demands and we have to change our thinking and humbly believe God's New Covenant has better ways of the Spirit. We follow after His Spirit. "I through the Law am dead to the Law that I might live to God. Galatians 2:19." "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1 says, " God didn't send Jesus to judge and He didn't come to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved (through Christ,) John 3:17. Antionomism is anything goes and every situation, living it up,) allowing for no absolutes...: that is in behavior and attitude action: false conduct, thus making rebellion in chaos. Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and the sin of Divination. This is life in disobeying God and not doing good in Christ by faith. For if we believed God we'd live to help someone else reaching out. But By this we grieve God who gives the Holy Spirit. But we see by these infallible proofs the laws that God puts out there we fail to obey, are His laws, we don't own them (specificly we disobey Him.) 613 laws of the Law (of God given through Moses) we fail at and are bad at keeping and sloppily too even though we live a ying & yang, good-and-bad life that is over and above in human goodness but then risk the thought system that we think God (in looking at us by chance (judges the good vs. bad,) to be" balanced out, and bingo we make it to heaven." But that's no good for you for at its best it's a false assumption. A light cannot dwell in darkness because light by its very nature exposes. As light cannot dwell with darkness so God is light and has no darkness at all. He has no shadow of turning. But men love darkness because their deeds are evil. We're called to radical sonship in the Lord Jesus as opposed to this world's ambitions for us. Love not the world. "There is no one good but God," Jesus said, and His Standard is Absolute Holiness. His Standard like His words stands forever. We need Him. "Come unto Me," Jesus says, "you who are weary and heavy from labor laden down, and I will give you rest." "For by yoke is easy and my burden light." These Ten Commandments (or 613 in number depending on how you view them,) show us a limit on personal avenging of a victim to his/her aggressor by Moses' Law. That's God's mercy that this limit is put there by God to limit all avenging or vigilanteism. The victim between coveting (sin) and retributive (sin) that is excessive is sinful and face it friend we've lost before God. We need saving. God in essence is saying we need a Savior to live it too, to lessen the severity of the spins and bumps in events we undergo at by His Word and prayer and by His help have to have help to gaze focused on the beauty of Jesus Christ. To save us from our passions we need a Savior in many ways for we fail God and have gone way over the line or limit in deliberate sinning before God by transgression. Remember God is Holy, Righteous, Good to the last letter or iota the Bible proclaims. If we have ever lied we have sinned before God or if we have ever stolen we have sinned also. Scripture says one sin is as bad as the other and, "miss the Mark in one point, and you've missed (failed) every one of them (Laws) James 2:10.) Thoughts of love turned to lust? hate? murder in the heart? We deserve hell rightly so because God's Law judges such attitude/behavior (See Jesus' words in Matthew 5,6,7,) and God the Judge does as well. Encountering Jesus face to face and genuinely you can be translated or conveyed from the power of darkness into the Kingdom of His Dear Son, Colossians 1:13. Isn't this good news? For Utopia or Heaven God created creation majesty and in man and woman dignity to be upright because to live there in essence and to live there upon one's death requires a "perfection suit." Otherwise as soon as one of us showed up it would be no longer Utopia or Heaven. We'd stink the place acting rude and ugly. Jesus went to Paradise and succeeded there remaining in God's Presence interceding for us: having been sent to us on earth: revealing, redeeming, intimating, and in His Body bought us and redeemed us to Father God and in a word of exhortation we tell others so they can pray and ask for salvation, follow through, to obey Christ and persevere so they can go to Heaven too! Saved II Cor. 5:19. He shows us all that's it's waiting for us. He's the 'perfection suit.' All others are liars and thieves, "trying to climb up some other way," scripture declares, "into the sheepfold," John 10 says. Ah But Jesus couldn't be kept in the grave. He arose the third day. He was justified, vindicated. No other religious leader or movement can claim this raising from death. We put off the old man of sin and put on Christ when we're saved. Jesus is God and broke the chains of hell and death and is God dwelling among us in the flesh in a way we could relate to. He is not some slob on a bus trying to make it. He is God. When He went to Heaven He sent His Spirit in His place 50 or so days later. We, in Heaven someday, will get a Body just like His if we don't move away from the hope of the Gospel good news in Christ delivered to us saints now in becoming saved. Jesus felt everything we feel and are tested by. In mercy God Himself now provides the way to Himself by His Son and this place Heaven we could not bridge when He sent Himself in the First Advent in the form of Jesus Christ: He lived it: a pleasing life to God before God pleasing of His Ten Commandments (and the 613 laws) here on earth obedient to death even a savory cross death PLEASING God (by Sacrifice) not just obedient to the letter but IN the Spirit of God triumphant, to the last breath. Every Old Covenant sacrifice had to be savory before God. Christ's fragrant offering was also: also perfect. Now we can live a Resurrected life through him in spirit that shows up in flesh and blood and can obey THROUGH Christ by faith through grace and the marvelous Holy Spirit, fruitbearing. In His Cross victory His way, we could accept "it is Finished" by the Son and so somehow to reach or gain to the resurrection from the dead (meaning Heaven,) Paul said in Philipians at the Rapture or death (whichever is first), by knowing Christ inside in the heart committed to follow Him because, "absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." This is the first resurrection. We get a new body that's physical that doesn't sin in Heaven. It's a sure promise with conditions but as every promise has conditions we must persevere in faith and follow through. Therefore one must grab hold of it for every promise has its yes in Jesus Christ easily laid hold of for in Him we live and move and have our being, He being not far from anyone of us. As it says, "we are His Offspring." Acts 18. We are partakers of the promises of God if we persevere in faith obeying the conditions of a promise to the end or fulfillment mixing faith with a good report too. God has His timing too to answer us. It may be "no," "yes," or "wait." But He answers. We partake of God's Nature as Christians newborn. He died in weakness a crucifixion death by man's hand (II Corinthians 13:4,) and that was Friday's happenings..We were the ones to do the crucifying of Jesus for indeed we have or would have been giving consent, but Sunday's a Coming! and He Arose from the dead and lives by the Power of God in that victorious fashion He alone could shows us or adopt us for as sons crying "Abba, Father," by that's (He or in salvation: us.) That Triumphant Success of a Resurrection has been the most documented fact of history! He brought tithes and offerings to God which was His Blood and Righteous Holiness to the Throne where God dwelt. His Righteousness counted because it was His not a man's. Access is now there. He has gone through the Heavens and all will be ready (when God pulls in the tether). The way that He lived as important as this is helps. Also the way that He Died shows us how to live and even go through a test or trial successfully teaching through how He DIED! He had gone to the cross to suffer God's wrath in an eternity in those six hours on the cross. He suffered our punishment full blown of an eternity of eternities in God's Wrath completely and came out the other side! Alive! Holy! resurrected! He had the full strength of God's Judgment and Wrath poured out upon Himself just to save us, to come out the other side, and triumphantly make us like Himself, more than conqueror's, overcomers in this life, born again, saved at last overtaken to be belonging to Him. Now we can go free from the snare of the fowler like birds set free: forgiven! Can you not respond in kind like God requires of all of us, cautious of your fate if you don't, to that act of one time and once and for all Finished Work and believe Jesus the Son of God died in your place with committment to believe that Jesus Christ will apply it to you? And you will be Saved. Pray about it. Please consider Christ's purchase of you. It bears Eternal Dividends. There's so much more to salvation than being just forgiven. You get the riches of His grace at His Table which He sets even in a wilderness! You can feast at Jesus' Table anytime. You can have faith to be healed and for salvation. You can be assured of Heaven as you follow Jesus on the earth totally committed! By way of Background, There was a way of the Ark of His Presence which had a Mercy Seat surrounded by four cherebim and many seraphim where God dwelt back in the Old Testament. This later became the Temple: The Holy of Holies. And then Christ Himself on earth had the embodiment of Fully God fully human, and now Christ is within each believer, by the Holy Spirit who gives life and ministry to each of us! God says, "I will dwell among you and be your God." II Corinthians. God is here and in the Bible specially has His Presence in and upon believer's lives and where two or three are gathered in Christ's name. But you have to be IN Christ to win or gain abundance of living but not earn Eternal Life but gain God's Presence at least. You become ministers to God ministering unto Him. And you're Royally priests to man to bring them to God if born again. In other words, salvation has to be applied to your life and it's a forward gaining stamp of approval working out that has to see the end of your life BY GRACE proved faithful and for sure it's a Gift (Bepo in Greek,) by unmerited favor. 'Faith alone' by grace alone in those that obey by faith alone through Christ alone is to those abiding in Christ to the perseverance of endurance. The obedience of faith to God Paul spoke of in Romans chapter one and through chapter 16 is how Christ can live in you in other words will be how God sees and wants pleasure from you if you will will God's will and continuously live after the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived that perfect life perfectly. "I am the way the truth and the life, no man gets to the Father but by Me," Jesus Christ said (John 14:6.) We need to be born of God or born again Jesus taught (John 3:3,5!) It's simple. We admit we're sinners and have fallen short of God's glory (and that's in Romans 3:23 to say.) Romans three verse ten says, "There is none righteous, no not one." We fall short on the mercy of God and roll our faults on Him and accept Christ as our Lord and Savior humbly in a bow before Him. This can happen all at once. Paul the Apostle said He when he realized he was not doing God's bidding bowed before God and so should we. Be following Christ all the days of your life and meaning it authentically, genuinely, sincerely: you will have a sure foundation against the storms of life to come established on the Laws and Promises of God and Christ's work within you and as a member of Christ's Body, so we'll have an inheritance God gives walked out that we'll have prepared for us rooted in God. Jesus is the only way to God. America needs revival. Abide in Him like a Branch to a Vine kept by a Vinedresser, Father God John 15:1,2. It is my prayer that you will pray fervently earnestly to know God to the point and further God knows you through Christ and sincerely ask God to be saved through His Blood so you can be ready should He call you home to Heaven (Philippians 3:20-21,) or prepared for more in this life and therefore use for God: so read the Bible and pray and find Jesus Christ for your life and lifestyle daily in excellence. It's for everyone! It's a new spiritual life not religious jargon nor religion at all. God promises a new talk and new self. God gives a new heart and new mind. This is all in Christ and all things are of God re: II Corinthians 5:17,18: newness of life! I was at an age of four when I understood this and asked Him in to be my Savior from sin. It's made by God so a child can understand good news of God's love and faith and trust and be saved. It's been a better life, a witness for Jesus, talking it with God all the time since asking Christ in me for me and I have never regretted a moment of it, making Jesus Lord, Savior, and Master, King! My aim as is the desire of everyone born again in Christ is to be Christlike and more like Jesus Christ moment by moment throughout one's lifetime by faith and trust in God which brings obedience into it. www.bethelagny.com">Bethel Assembly Of God Church Website with Podcasting Great sermons last Sunday! Go for Gusto in God's Life! It's Zoe existence! Serve the King! Dave Candel