Thursday, September 16, 2010
“The Christian Thinker – 202” [2/?] Blog.
May I ask… What makes one a “Christian Thinker?” Do all Christians… ‘Think?’ Are there some; that do not ‘Think?’ Does sheer intellect have anything to do with being a “Christian Thinker?” Or just perhaps, it is the “Holy Spirit”… indwelling that one that is Truly Born Again” Did you notice the word… “Truly?” Does that mean that there are “SOME”… who think they are ‘Born Again’, and who are really not? Do you ever… ‘think’ such things… ‘Through?’
*** (Ephesians 5:9-10) for the fruit of the Spirit = is in all goodness = and righteousness = and Truth,
(Eph 5:10) Proving = what is acceptable = to the Lord.
*** (1Corinthians 2:14-15) 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.
(1Cor 2:15) But he who is spiritual = judges all things, = yet he himself = is judged by no one.
*** (Luke 24:45) And He [Jesus] = opened their mind = to understand = the Scriptures.
Do you remember… the first time you went to school? Of course my favorite times were, ‘Lunch & Recess!’ As we ‘mature’; we are exposed to new thoughts and ideas. Some we like and some we reject. When one comes to Christ; on “His Terms” = John 7:38-39 = the possibilities are endless. Yet He, Christ… has a plan for you, to be conformed to His image and His likeness. Does that mean that you will continually ask yourself…“WWJD?” Of course NOT!
*** (John 15:1-to-6) I [Jesus] = am the True Vine, = and My Father [God] = is the Vinedresser.
(John 15:2) Every branch in Me = that does not bear fruit, = He takes away. = And every one that bears fruit, = He prunes it = so that it may bring forth = more fruit.
(John 15:3) Now you are clean = through the Word = which I have spoken = to you.
(John 15:4) Abide in Me, = and I in you. = As the branch cannot bear fruit = of itself = unless = it remains in the vine, = so neither can you = unless = you abide in Me.
(John 15:5) I am the Vine, = you are the branches. = He who abides in Me, = and I in him, = the same brings forth much fruit; = for without = Me = you = can do nothing.
(John 15:6) If anyone = does not abide in Me, = he is cast out = as a branch and is withered. = And they gather and cast them = into the fire, = and they are burned.
“WWJD”… was one of those ‘Ditties’… that was a ‘misguided attempt’ to replace the True Believer’s responsibility… “TO Obey”… the Holy Word of God! Say it isn’t so…? WWJD… does that infer the “Presence of Jesus” or the “Absence of Jesus”… in the lives of the Believers…? Please open your Bible and read… “Romans 8:9” & “Rom 8:14”. Those verses tell anyone; that the True Believer; has Christ living in Him or Her! And that He will lead you… to do… what you should do! Why then would anyone then… have to ask the silly question… “WWJD?” The True Believer… would simply do… what the Word of God… says to do.
*** (2Corinthians 4:5-6-7) For we = do not = preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, = and ourselves = your servants = for Jesus' sake.
(2Cor 4:6) For it is God = Who said, = "Out of darkness Light shall shine;" = Who shone in our hearts = to give the brightness = of the knowledge = of the glory of God = in the face of Jesus Christ.
(2Cor 4:7) But = we have this treasure [The Holy Spirit = Romans 8:9] = in earthen vessels, = so that = the excellence of the power = may be of God = and not = of us;
*** (James 1:22) Keep on being Doers of the Word, = and Not merely hearers = who Deceive themselves.
*** (Luke 6:46) "Why do you keep calling Me [Jesus] = 'Lord, = Lord,' = but don't do = what I [Jesus] = tell you?
IF we abide in “Christ”… and are ‘obedient’ to His Holy Word… what then takes place in our lives? There is a transformation of character… that His light… shines through us. We become His witnesses here on earth. We speak for Him, when ‘others’ won’t! We hold forth… “His Holy Word”… when others do not want it. We are His witnesses of a redeemed life… and what He has done in us… transforming us into His likeness. “His Character”… becomes an integral part of our lives; as our witness for Him… to a lost an dying world of people.
*** (2Peter 1:2-to-9) May grace and peace be yours = in abundance = through the full knowledge = of God = and = of Jesus our Lord!
(2Pet 1:3) His divine power = has given us = everything we need = for life and godliness = through the full knowledge = of the One = Who called us = by His own = glory and excellence.
(2Pet 1:4) Through these = He has given us = His precious and wonderful promises, = so that through them = you may participate in the divine nature, = seeing that you have escaped = the corruption that is in the world = caused by evil desires.
(2Pet 1:5) For this very reason, = you must make every effort = to supplement your faith = with moral character, = your moral character = with knowledge,
(2Pet 1:6) your knowledge = with self-control, = your self-control = with endurance, = your endurance = with godliness,
(2Pet 1:7) your godliness = with brotherly kindness, = and your brotherly kindness = with love. [Agape = God’s love flowing through you]
(2Pet 1:8) For if = you possess these qualities, = and if = they continue = to increase among you, = they will keep you = from being ineffective = and unproductive = in attaining = a full knowledge = of our Lord = Jesus Christ.
(2Pet 1:9) For the person = who lacks these qualities = is blind = and shortsighted, = and has forgotten the cleansing = that he has received = from his past sins.
*** (Colossians 1:27) to whom God = wanted to make known = the glorious riches = of this secret = among the gentiles-which is = Christ in you, = the hope of glory. [Romans 8:9]
*** (Luke 17:21) Neither shall they say, = Lo here! or, lo there! = For, behold, = the kingdom of God = is within = you.
Our Life in Christ Jesus… is ‘not Static’… but “Dynamic!” It is simply… Him… living out His Life… through “His Body”… the “Bride of Christ”… “His Church!” When one realizes; his or her… position in Christ Jesus… and this ‘responsibility’ given to His… this dynamic… will be evident. But, this ‘cannot’ take place… without knowing “The Holy Word of God!” You say you… Love Jesus? Then… Love HIM… by knowing His Holy Word… and by living it out; in your life!
*** (Matthew 5:16) In the same way, = let your light shine before people = in such a way = that they will see your good works = and = glorify your Father in heaven."
*** (Matthew 23:11-12) The person = who is greatest among you = must = be your servant.
(Matt 23:12) Whoever exalts himself = will be humbled, = and whoever humbles himself = will be exalted.
*** (John 3:30) He [Jesus] = must become more important, = but I = must become less important."
*** (Romans 12:1-to-4) I therefore urge you, brothers, = in view of God's mercies, = to offer your bodies = as living sacrifices = that are holy and pleasing to God, = for this is the reasonable way = for you to worship.
(Rom 12:2) Do not be conformed to this world, = but continually be transformed = by the renewing of your minds = so that you may be able to determine = what God's will is = what is proper, = pleasing, = and perfect.
(Rom 12:3) For by the grace given to me = I ask every one of you = not to think of yourself = more highly than you should think, = rather to think of yourself = with sober judgment = on the measure of faith = that God has assigned each of you.
(Rom 12:4) For we have many parts in one body, = but these parts = do not all have = the same function.
This of course… will be based on your ‘Knowledge’ of the Holy Word of God… and your level of Obedience; to Him… as you are ‘led by and walk in’… the Spirit of God. This is an ongoing maturation process… to those that will; yield ‘themselves’ to Him; and to His Holy Word. A mushroom grows up overnight, but an oak tree takes years to develop. There is no such thing as… “Instant Spirituality. Perhaps if one would examine the Scriptures… they will find this to be True!
*** (1Peter 4:1-to-5) Therefore, = since Christ = suffered in the sphere of the flesh, = you, too, = must arm yourselves = with the same determination. = For the person = who has suffered in the sphere of the flesh = has stopped sinning,
(1Pet 4:2) so that he [she] = can live the rest of his [her] time in the flesh guided, = not by human desires, = but by the will [Word] of God.
(1Pet 4:3) For you spent enough time in the past = doing what the gentiles like to do, = living in sensuality, = sinful desires, = drunkenness, = wild celebrations, = drinking parties, = and detestable idolatry.
(1Pet 4:4) They insult you now = because they are surprised = that you are no longer joining them = in the same excesses of wild living.
(1Pet 4:5) They will give an account = to the One [God] = Who is ready to judge = the living and the dead.
*** (John 15:17-to-23) I [Jesus] am giving you these commandments = so that you may love one another."
(John 15:18) "If the world hates you, = you should realize = that it hated Me = before you.
(John 15:19) If you belonged to the world, = the world would love you as its own. = But because you = do not belong to the world = and I have chosen you = out of it, = the world hates you.
(John 15:20) Remember the word that I spoke to you: = 'A servant is not greater than his master.' = If they persecuted me, = they will also persecute you. = If they kept My Word, = they will also keep yours.
(John 15:21) They will do all these things to you = on account of My Name, = because they do not know = the One [God] = Who sent Me [Jesus].
(John 15:22) If I [Jesus] had not come and spoken to them, = they would not have any sin. = But now they have = no excuse = for their sin.
(John 15:23) The person who hates Me [Jesus] = also hates My Father [God].
Continued next blog…
Thanks for your Ear.
In Christ, Roger / Jeremiah 33:3.