Tuesday, September 7, 2010
“Repentance – 404”…Blog [4/?]
True Biblical “Faith”… continues to ‘mature’ those; that are truly Born Again by His Holy Spirit! Part of that ‘maturation’ process and drawing closer to Him; is done in ‘knowing’ His Word and His Truth found in it. Osmosis ‘does not’ take place by simply owning a Bible. A ‘systematic study’ of both the OT & NT Truths, will enable one to grow in His Grace! His Truth is hidden from the ‘Spiritually Blind.’ One’ can only be taught by His Holy Spirit that indwells each True Believer. Surely ‘NO’ Church Denomination… can do this!
*** (Romans 10:17) So then faith comes by hearing, = and hearing by the Word of God.
*** (Psalms 36:9) For with You [Lord] is the fountain of life; = in Your light we shall see light.
*** (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.
*** (John 16:13-14) Yet when the Spirit of Truth comes, = He will guide you into all Truth. For He will not speak on his own accord, but will speak whatever He hears and will declare to you the things that are to come.
(John 16:14) He will glorify Me, = for Me will take what is Mine = and declare it to you.
“Christ Jesus”… the Living Word of God, made the “Passover Lamb of God” [1Corinthians 5:7] came one time; as ‘sinless’ sacrifice for all mankind. Surely He did not mean for us ‘to stagnate’ in His Grace… but to be living witnesses, for Him… to a ‘lost & dying’ world. Part of that work, is done in sharing His Word with others. But in order to do that, we each ‘need’ to study His Word and allow His Holy Spirit to teach us. Part of that process means… “Unlearning”… some of those things we have wrongly learned.
*** (Philippians 2:5) For “LET” this mind be in you = which was also in Christ Jesus,
*** (John 15:1-to-5) I am the True Vine, and My Father 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.
*** (2Corinthains 4:7) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the excellence of the power = may be of God = and ‘not’ of us;
*** (John 3:30) He [Jesus] must increase, = but I must decrease.
This process of “Maturation ‘in’ Repentance”… is ‘not’ a one-time thing. It is a daily process that continues as one knows and studies and learns “His Holy Word”. By example, if I may share, is something I learned some years ago? While reading through the Word, book by book, chapter by chapter, I came upon these verses. Since the Holy Spirit laid theses verses on my heart & mind, it has become a… “Practice of Obedience!” From then on, and since then, I practice the Word… so that I may hear God and what He is speaking to me, from His Word.
*** (2Chronicles 12:14) And he did the evil because he = did not prepare his heart = to seek Jehovah.
*** (Ezra 7:10) For Ezra had = prepared his heart = to seek the Law of Jehovah, and = to do it, and = to teach statutes and judgments = in Israel.
*** (Matthew 15:7-8-9) Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,
(Matt 15:8) "This people draws near to Me with their mouth, and honors Me with their lips, = but their heart is far from Me.
(Matt 15:9) But in vain they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
*** (Acts 8:20-21) But Peter said to him, May your silver perish with you, because you have thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
(Acts 8:21) You have neither part nor lot in this matter, = for your heart is not right = in the sight of God.
One cannot understand… or correctly hear from the Word of God, till their heat is prepared. Surely you would not have guests or friends over… to an un-cleaned home? Nor would one eat off of dirty plates and utensils. It is the same way with our… “Hearts & Minds!” We need to ‘prepare’ them, to hear and understand God; from His Holy Word. The contaminations and thinking of this world… cannot be aloud… to taint our ‘knowledge or understanding’… about His Word! As a shower cleanses our outside, a ‘prepared heart’… will enable the Holy Spirit to feed our inner man.
*** (Proverbs 21:1-to-4) The king's heart is in the hand of Jehovah as the rivers of water; = He turns it wherever He will.
(Pro 21:2) Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, = but Jehovah ponders the hearts.
(Pro 21:3) To do justice and judgment = is more pleasing to Jehovah = than sacrifice.
(Pro 21:4) A high look, = a proud heart, = and the plowing of the wicked, = is sin.
*** (Proverbs 16:25) There is a way that seems right to a man, = but the end of it is the ways of death.
*** (Ephesians 5:26-27) that He might sanctify and cleanse it = with the washing of water = by the Word,
(Eph 5:27) that He might present it to Himself as the glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that it should be holy and without blemish.
*** (1Samuel 3:21) And Jehovah appeared again in Shiloh. For Jehovah revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the Word of Jehovah.
“Repentance”… is a simple on-going ‘maturation’ of the True Believer. The more we know and understand ‘of and from’ His Word; the more our actions change. A ‘new born’ does not eat steak & potatoes, but is fed with milk. In the same way, we are fed the… “Pure Milk of the Word” … so that we may mature in Christ. Nothing can “Absolutely” take the place of ‘mother’s milk’, as science had discovered over 200 amino acid complexes; not found in the over the counter, Formula. In the same way, the Holy Spirit… teacher the believer from the Precious Word of God.
*** (1Peter 1:22-to-25) Purifying your souls = in the obedience of the Truth = through the Spirit = to unfeigned love of the brothers, love one another fervently = out of a pure heart,
(1Pet 1:23) having been ‘born again’, not of corruptible seed, = but of incorruptible, = through = the living Word of God, = and abiding forever.
(1Pet 1:24) For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of men as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls out,
(1Pet 1:25) but the Word of the Lord endures forever. = And this is the Word preached as gospel to you.
*** (1Peter 2:1-to-5) Therefore laying aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisies and envyings, and all evil speakings,
(1Pet 2:2) desire the sincere milk of the Word, as newborn babes, so that you may grow by it;
(1Pet 2:3) if truly you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
(1Pet 2:4) For having been drawn to Him, = a living Stone, = indeed rejected by men, but elect, precious with God;
(1Pet 2:5) you also = as living stones = are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices = acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
*** (Romans 6:16) Do you not know that = to whom you yield yourselves as slaves for obedience, = you are slaves to him whom you obey; = whether it is of sin to death, = or of obedience to righteousness.
About ‘Now’… one can readily see that “True Biblical Repentance”… is an ‘on-going’ Spiritual process in the lives of those, “Truly Born Again!” He, “Christ”… lives out His life and His Word… through us. We become “Living Words”… to a dying ‘religious and profane’ world. Others see either ‘US’… or they ‘See’… “Christ In US!” Not only in our ‘actions and motivations’, but in our spoken word. His witnesses are those of US… that testify to the Truth of His Holy Word. Those that are “Not HIS”… “Hate His Word!” Plain and simple…!
*** (John 3:19-20-21) And this is the condemnation, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds were evil.
(John 3:20) For everyone who does evil hates the Light [Word], and does not come to the Light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
(John 3:21) But he who practices Truth comes to the Light so that his works may be revealed, that they exist, having been worked in God.
*** (John 15:18-to-22) If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me [Jesus] before it hated you.
(John 15:19) If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, but I [Jesus] have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
(John 15:20) Remember the Word that I [Jesus] said to you, The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they have kept My saying, they will also keep yours.
(John 15:21) But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him [God] who sent Me [Jesus].
(John 15:22) If I [Jesus] had not come and spoken to them, = they would not have had sin; = but now they have = no excuse = for their sin.
Truly… “Biblical Repentance”… is an ‘on-going’ process of maturing… in those “Born Again”… by His Holy Spirit… ‘Sealed’ until the day of redemption!
Continued next blog.
Thanks, In Christ, Roger