Wednesday, September 15, 2010
“Christian Thinker – 101”…Blog. [1/?]
Are ‘YOU’, a “Christian Thinker”…? First allow me to clarify ‘exactly’ what I mean. When I use the Tern, ‘Christian’… I ‘do not’ mean what you call yourself. The many different Christian denominations, all call themselves Christian; and yet disagree with what the Bible defines as a “True Christian”. “Only” one, that is “Born Again”; by the Holy Spirit of God… is a “True Christian”. Remember the Bible, the Holy Word of God… ‘Defines’ all of these… Truths’. A denomination is manmade and is not of God. It ‘cannot’ define this Truth.
*** (John 7:37-38-39) And in the last day of the great feast, = Jesus stood and cried out, saying, = If anyone thirsts, = let him come to Me and drink.
(John 7:38) He who believes on Me, = as the Scripture has said, = "Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."
(John 7:39) But He spoke this about the [Holy] Spirit, = which they who believed on Him = should receive; = for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, = because Jesus was not yet glorified.
*** (John 3:5-6-7) Jesus answered, = Verily, verily, = I say unto you, = Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, = he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
(John 3:6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh; = and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
(John 3:7) Marvel not that I said unto you, = You must be born again.
*** (Ephesians 1:12-13-14) so that we who had = already fixed our hope on Christ = might live for His = praise and glory.
(Eph 1:13) You, too, = have heard the Word of Truth, the gospel of your salvation. = When you believed in Him = you were sealed = with the promised Holy Spirit,
(Eph 1:14) Who is = the guarantee of our inheritance = until the redemption of God's own possession, = to His praise and glory.
Now, do you… get the ‘Idea’ of what is a… “Christian Thinker?” He or she; knows in Whom they have Trusted for their ‘Eternal’ condition. They know the Scriptures; what it ‘says’ and what it ‘doesn’t say’. As a soldier is trained in warfare… so to, those who are truly “Born Again”, realize their calling as… ‘Solders for Christ’. They take His command… to share the Gospel… to Preach the Word and are not ashamed of the persecution that will follow.
*** (Luke 24:44-to-48) And He [Jesus] said to them, = These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, = that all things must be fulfilled = which were written = in the Law of Moses = and in the Prophets = and in the Psalms = about Me.
(Luke 24:45) And = He opened their mind = to understand the Scriptures.
(Luke 24:46) And He said to them, = So it is written, = and so it behooved Christ = to suffer = and to rise from the dead = the third day,
(Luke 24:47) and that repentance = and remission of sins = should be proclaimed = in His name = among all nations, = beginning at Jerusalem.
(Luke 24:48) And = you are = witnesses of these things.
*** (2Timothy 2:3-4-5) Therefore endure hardness, = as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
(2Tim 2:4) No one who wars = entangles with the affairs of this life, = that he may please Him [Christ] = Who chose him = to be a soldier.
(2Tim 2:5) And also if anyone competes, = he is not crowned = unless = he competes lawfully.
*** (2Timothy 4:1-to-5) Therefore I [Paul] solemnly witness before God = and the Lord Jesus Christ, = Who is going to judge the living and the dead = according to His appearance = and His kingdom,
(2Tim 4:2) Preach the Word, = be instant in season = and out of season, = reprove, = rebuke, = exhort = with all long-suffering = and doctrine.
(2Tim 4:3) For a time will be = when they will not endure sound doctrine, = but they will heap up teachers = to themselves = according to their own lusts, = tickling the ear.
(2Tim 4:4) And they will = turn away their ears = from the Truth = and will be turned to myths.
(2Tim 4:5) But you watch in all things, = endure afflictions, = do the work of an evangelist, = fully carry out your ministry.
*** (Jeremiah 1:8) Do not be afraid = of ‘their’ faces; = for I am with you = to deliver you, = says Jehovah.
The “Christian Thinker”… is continually = ‘learning & studying’ = the Holy Word of God. This is ‘first’ to build their own Faith, and then to be able to “Accurately”… share both the Good News & the Bad News! They understand and can communicate the Truths found in God’s Holy Word, to those that are ignorant. “Ignorance” = means, simply ‘uninformed!’ We are all physically born ignorant and in less than two years, communicate in a previously unknown, language. This is all part of that maturation process… that moves us from childhood to adulthood.
*** (Romans 10:17) So then = faith comes by hearing, = and = hearing = by the Word of God.
*** (2Corinthians 4:16) That's why we are not discouraged. = No, even if our outer man is = wearing out, = our inner man is being renewed = day by day.
*** (2Peter 3:18) But grow in = grace and knowledge = of our Lord and Savior, = Jesus Christ. = To Him be the glory, = both now and to the day of eternity. = Amen!
*** (2Timothy 2:15-16) Study earnestly = to present yourself = approved to God, = a workman = that does not need to be ashamed, = rightly dividing = the Word of Truth.
(2Tim 2:16) But shun profane, vain babblings, = for they will increase to more ungodliness.
*** (1Corinthians 14:38) But if any is [willingly] ignorant, = let him be ignorant.
This ‘Contiguous’ United States… has all the states ‘touching’ one another. So as a Tapestry is interwoven throughout, the Bible, “God’s Truth” is interwoven with His Truth. He uses His Holy Spirit, indwelling each True Believer, so that they can ‘know & understand’ His Truth. That Truth, changes their lives and in doing so, the Believer becomes more Christ like. It is His “Life & Word”… living in Us… which makes us more like Him.
*** (Deuteronomy 29:29) The secret things = belong to Jehovah our God, = but the revealed things = belong to us and to our sons forever, = so that we may do all the words of this Law.
*** (John 16:13-14-15) However, when He [The Holy Spirit], = the Spirit of Truth, = has come, = He will guide you into all Truth. = For He shall not speak of Himself, = but whatever He hears, = He shall speak. = And He will announce to you things to come.
(John 16:14) He will glorify Me [Jesus], = for He will receive of Mine = and will disclose it to you.
(John 16:15) All things that the Father [God] has are Mine [Jesus]. = Therefore I said that = He will take of Mine = and will disclose it to you.
*** (2Corinthians 4:7) But we have this treasure [The Holy Spirit] = in earthen vessels, = so that the excellence of the power = may be of God = and ‘not’ of us;
*** (Philippians 2:5) For = let this mind = be in you = which was also in Christ Jesus,
*** (John 3:30) He = must increase, = but = I = must decrease.
About now… one may readily see where this blog is going. As the ‘True Christian’ grows in Grace… They are constantly… ‘Evaluating and Judging’… “All Things”. About now, someone is thinking, “Only God is to Judge!” Yes, in the final judgment, God will judge All! But, in the ‘here & now’… we judge things according to God’s Holy Word, to be ‘right or wrong!’ Just as the Scriptures speak of ‘right & wrong’… so do we! Didn’t John the Baptist tell Herod [an unbeliever], that he was living in Adultery?
*** (1Corinthians 2:15) But he who is spiritual = judges all things, = yet he himself is judged by no one.
*** (1Corinthians 6:5-6) For I speak to your shame. = Is it so = that there is not a wise one among you, = not even one in your midst = who shall be able to judge = between his brother?
(1Cor 6:6) But brother goes to law with brother, = and that before the unbelievers.
*** (Isaiah 5:20) Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
IF you will allow me… these blogs will continue. As you read them please, take the Scriptures and validate what is said here. Dare I say anything… or you share anything… that is not validated by the Scriptures. Simply take the “Word”… and use it as your… “Thinking TOOL”… to test; what is said and what you ‘really’ believe. Throughout my Christian growth, I have had to… ‘Unlearn’… some of what I believed; because the Scriptures showed me = where my ‘thinking’ was wrong. A simple ‘confession and forsaking’… and we then go on with Christ. [Proverbs 28:13 & 1John 1:5-to-10]
*** (1Thessalonians 5:21) Prove all things, = hold fast to the good.
*** (James 3:1) Not many of you = should become teachers, my brothers, = because you know that = we who teach = will be judged more severely.
*** (Ephesians 5:9-10) For the fruit of the Spirit = consists of every form of = goodness, righteousness, = and Truth.
(Eph 5:10) Proving = what is acceptable = to the Lord.
*** (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God, and keep His commandments. For this is the whole duty of man.
(Eccl 12:14) For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it is good, or whether evil.
The “Christian Thinker”… is continually ‘Growing in God’s Grace’, and in ‘Obedience’ to His Holy Word. Their walk with “Him”; goes onward to ‘Spiritual Maturity’… and in leading others to Him, as their “Savior & Lord”. They readily share the ‘Holy Word of God’ and are ‘not ashamed’ of Him and His Word. Truly without this ‘growth’ in Him… it is just ‘foolish’ play acting. The responsibility of sharing Eternal… ‘Heaven or Hell’… is in our realm of responsibility.
*** (John 17:17) Sanctify them through Your Truth. Your Word is Truth.
*** (James 1:22) Keep on being = Doers of the Word, = and NOT merely hearers = who = Deceive themselves.
*** (1Corinthians 2:14) But the natural man = does not receive the things = of the Spirit of God, = for they are foolishness to him; = neither can he know them, = because they are spiritually discerned.
Continued next blog.
Thanks for your Ear!
In Christ, Roger / Jeremiah 33:3.