Sunday, October 31, 2010
“Religion or ‘Relationship’ with Christ” – 101…Blog.
“Religion or ‘Relationship’ with Christ” – 101…Blog.
‘Many’ people mix… their ‘Thinking’ about… “True Christianity” with ‘Other Religions’. In its ‘Purest’ sense… “True Christianity” is… “NOT A Religion!” It is a “Relationship”… with God… ‘Through & By’ the “Finished Work of Redemption”… in Christ Jesus; the God Man. God has provided this “Sinless Sacrifice”; the Passover Lamb of God! “Christ Jesus”… was Crucified; and Died; And ‘Rose Again’ for our “Justification”. That is a ‘50-cent’ word, simply meaning… “Judicially Right with and before God!” All… “Paid in Full!”
*** (Romans 3:21) But now, apart from the law, = God's righteousness is revealed and is attested = by the Law and the Prophets-
(Rom 3:22) God's righteousness = through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for = all who believe. For there is no distinction,
(Rom 3:23) since all have sinned = and continue to fall short = of God's glory.
(Rom 3:24) By His grace = they are “Justified” = freely = through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
(Rom 3:25) Whom God offered as a place = where atonement = by Christ's blood = could occur through faith. = He did this = to demonstrate His righteousness, = because He had waited patiently = to deal with sins committed in the past.
The word “Religion”… from the Latin; means ‘to bind’ one’s self to God. No ‘One’ can do that… because “God is Holy”… and mankind is ‘Sinful’. How then does the ‘Unholy’… make itself… right with God? How does Sinful Mankind… approach a “Sinless GOD”…? No one can… except by the “Precious Blood of Christ Jesus!” That ‘once’ for all time… sacrifice for “All” mankind… is accepted by “Few”… and rejected by “Most!” Mankind loves their “SIN/SINS”… because it feeds their Fallen Nature!
*** (John 3:16-to-21) "For this is how = God loved the world: = He gave his unique Son [Christ Jesus] = so that everyone = who believes in Him = might not perish = but have eternal life.
(John 3:17) For God sent the Son into the world [this time], = not to condemn the world, = but that the world = might be saved = through Him.
(John 3:18) Whoever believes in Him = is not condemned, = but whoever ‘does not’ believe = has already been condemned, = because = he has not believed = in the name of God's unique Son.
(John 3:19) And this is the basis for judgment: = The light has come into the world, = but people loved the darkness [sin] = more than the light = because their actions were evil.
(John 3:20) For everyone = who practices ‘wickedness’ = hates the light = and does not come to the light, = so that his ‘actions’ = may ‘not’ be exposed [by that light].
(John 3:21) But whoever = does what is true = comes to the light, = so that all may see that his actions = have been done in God."
Unbalanced - 101
We are All… “The ‘Creations’ of God”… but “NOT All”… are “The ‘Children’ of God”. Did you know, that Christ Jesus called some… “Of ‘your’ Father–The Devil”..? Some; by faith in Christ Jesus… are God’s Children! But those that… “Reject Christ Jesus” / and ‘Do Not’… accept Him; on ‘His Terms’… are simply the ‘Children of Satan’ and “Children of the Darkness [Evil]”. One will readily say that ‘Satan’ for his rebellion; should spend ‘Eternity’ in the “Lake of Fire”… and ‘then’ make “Excuses”… for those that… “Reject Jesus!” Satan’s ‘rebellion’ against God; is no different… than mans’ ‘rebellion’ against God!
*** (1John 4:19) We love = Him = because = He first loved us.
*** (John 1:12) But as many as = received Him [Jesus], = He gave to them authority to become the children of God, = to those who believe on His name,
*** (John 8:42-to-45) Jesus said to them, = If God were your father, = you would love Me, = for I went forth and came from God; f= or I did not come of Myself, = but He sent Me.
(John 8:43) Why do you ‘not know’ My speech? = Because you = cannot [will not] = hear My Word.
(John 8:44) You are of the Devil as father, = and the lusts of your father you will do. = He was a murderer from the beginning, = and did not abide in the Truth = because there is ‘no’ Truth in him. = When he speaks a Lie, = he speaks of ‘his own’, = for he is a Liar = and = the ‘father’ of it [Lies].
(John 8:45) And because = I [Jesus] = tell you the truth, = you = ‘do not’ = believe Me.
Most ‘work’ for someone...! You either ‘do’ or not ‘not do’… what your “Job Description” says. All in exchange you get a “Pay Check [Wages]!” Those that, ‘do not’ do their “Job”… are called “Unemployed!” Those that are self employed… work for their Boss also; ‘Themselves’. And the “Government” overseas your ‘Work issues’ and ‘Taxes’ and ‘Business regulations’. ‘None’ are an “Island to Themselves!” We are “All” accountable to ‘Someone!’ No ‘one’ is completely free… to do as they please! Even the speeder, will get caught! You ‘Earn’… and “Receive Wages”… for what you ‘Work For!’
*** (Romans 6:23) For = the “Wages” of sin = is death, = but the “Gift” of God = is eternal life = through Jesus Christ our Lord.
*** (Romans 3:10-11-12) as it is written: = "There is none righteous, no not one;
(Rom 3:11) there is ‘none’ that understands, = there is ‘none’ that seeks after God."
(Rom 3:12) "They are ‘all’ gone out of the way, = they have ‘together’ become unprofitable, there is none that does good, no, not one."
*** (Romans 5:12) Therefore, = even as through one man [Adam] = sin entered into the world, = and death by sin, = and so death passed on ‘all’ men = inasmuch as ‘all’ sinned:
*** (Psalms 14:1-2-3) To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. = The fool has said in his heart, = There is no God! = They acted corruptly; = they have done abominable works, = there is ‘none’ who does good.(Psalms 14:2) Jehovah [God] looked down from Heaven = on the sons of men, = to see if there were ‘any’ = who understood and sought God.
(Psalms14:3) “All” have gone aside, = together they ‘are’ filthy; = there is ‘none’ who does good, = no, = ‘not’ one.
“God”, by ‘Christ Jesus’… has provided a “Total Payment” for All “SIN/SINS”… Past: Present: and Future! He, “Christ Jesus”; has ‘given & offered’ that Salvation to… “Each & Every”… one of “US!” May I ask a simple Question…? What have you done with Christ Jesus..? Have you said… “NO, I don’t need ‘Your Payment’ for “My”… “SIN/SINS!” That is ‘Exactly’… what you do… when You “Reject”… God’s Provision for your “SIN/SINS!” Jesus paid it “All”… and you have told Him… “NO!”
*** (Acts 17:30-31-32) Truly, then, = God overlooking the times of ignorance, = now He strictly commands = ‘all’ men everywhere = to Repent,
(Acts 17:31) because He = has appointed = a day = in which He = is going = to judge the world = in righteousness = by a Man [Christ] = Whom He appointed, = having given proof = to all = by raising Him = from the dead.
(Acts 17:32) And hearing of a resurrection of the dead, = some ‘indeed’ mocked; = and others said, = ‘We will hear you again concerning this’.
Repentance – 101 [1/?]
Recently, I had someone… say to me, “What about those that ‘do not’ come to Christ, did Christ die for their sins also…? Is there a ‘Limited Atonement’… only for those that come to Christ Jesus? Absolutely Yes! Perhaps I may share with you a simple understanding of this fact?
1. I give you a check for… “10,000 dollars!”
2. You thank me and ‘Never’ cash that check!
3. You think that it is charity but I tell you it is ‘grace’ with no strings attached.
4. Still… you want to succeed on your own, with the help of no one.
5. You Die…!
6. Your heirs close your estate and find my check to you for the money.
7. They go to the Bank… and try and cash my check, made out to you.
8. The bank informs them… sorry the person is dead; the funds are… “Non-Transferable!”
That is a ‘word picture’… of “Salvation”. God calls “All” mankind to Himself. Many refuse His gift of Grace in payment for their… “Sin/Sins.” Their ‘Refusal’ to cash their check, the… “Gift of God”… will leave one… without the ‘eternal’ payment for their… “Sin / Sins!” This… Atonement by Christ Jesus for YOU… is paid for by the… “Death, Burial and Resurrection of Himself”… But…rejected by You! Where then do you expect to spend eternity… after spitting in the face of God and refusing His gift of Grace to you? This is the Gospel… that we communicate as… “Evangelism = You are Witnesses of these Things… “Luke 24:44-to-49”
(Hebrews 10:29) How much = more = severe a punishment = do you think = that person deserves = who tramples on = God's Son, = treats as common = the blood of the covenant = by which it was sanctified, = and = insults = the Spirit of grace?
You fear the ‘Police Officer’… who pulls you over for Speeding, don’t You? You obey the Civil & Criminal Laws… Don’t You…? Surely you do not want to… “Go to Jail”… “Do You”…? You pay your real estate and IRS tax… “Don’t You?” So then, “Why as the ‘Creation’ of God”… do you “Not Obey HIM”…? It is because… “You”… ‘Have & Want’… to be your own god [small-g]….! You want to be complete “Boss”… over your life.
*** (2Corinthians 4:3-4) So if = our gospel is veiled, = it is veiled = to those = who are dying [both Physically & Spiritually].
(2Cor 4:4) In their case, = the god of this world [Satan] = has blinded the minds of those who ‘do not’ believe = to keep them from seeing the light = of the glorious gospel of Christ, = Who is the image of God.
*** (2Corinthians 11:14) And no wonder, since Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
*** (Romans 2:15) who show = the work of the Law = written in their hearts, = their conscience also bearing witness, = and the thoughts = between one another = accusing = or even excusing = one another,
“ I ”… is the Middle of… “ S–‘I’–N ”…! Of course… ‘You’… do not want to… subject yourself to God and to His Holy Word. Satan has ‘blinded’ you… and you have ‘blinded’ yourself… by ‘Your’ disobedience to God! You could call that… “Double–Blinded–Ness!” Christ Jesus is the ‘Light of the Word’… and He has revealed Himself to you. Your… “Free Will”… ‘allows’ you “To Reject” or “To Accept”… Christ’s finished payment for Your… “SIN/SINS!” Either way… Jesus pays it All… OR… you will… “Say NO”… and go to the Lake of Fire… for Eternity!
When ‘ONE’… is Born Again… by the Holy Spirit of God… “Then” and “Only Then”… can they be ‘rightly’ called… “A Child of God” or “A Son of God!” Those that are… “NOT” = “His Children”… do ‘NOT’ have the Holy Spirit of God. In that Blinded state; and in that Darkness that Satan has blinded them with… “All” and “Any Truth of God”… is simply “FOOLISHNESS”… to Them! Only Christ; the Light of the Word… can free ‘one’… from that Darkness!
*** (Jude 1:17-18-16) But you, = dear friends, = must remember the statements and predictions = of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Jude 1:18) They kept telling you, = "In the last times = mockers = will appear, = following their own = ungodly desires."
(Jude 1:19) These are the people = who cause divisions. = They are worldly, = devoid of the [Holy] Spirit.
*** (1Corinthians 2:14) A person who isn't spiritual [Born Again] = doesn't accept = the things of God's Spirit, = for they are = nonsense to him. = He can't understand them = because they are spiritually evaluated.
*** (1Peter 1:22-to-25) Purifying your souls = in the obedience of the Truth = through the [Holy] 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 [religion], = 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.
The Anointing – 101
Thanks, In Christ, Roger / Jeremiah 33:3.