“Christian ‘Character’ – 301”…Blog. [3/?]
*** (2Corinthians 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;
*** (2Corinthinas 3:5) By ourselves we are ‘not’ qualified; to claim that ‘anything’ comes from us. Rather, our [total] sufficiency comes from God, [John 3:30 & Romans 12:1-2-3]
*** (Ephesians 5:9) For the fruit of the Spirit consists of ‘every’ form of Goodness; Righteousness, and “Truth”. [Matthew 4:4 & Luke 4:4]
About now if ‘You’… have been reading this blog series; you can see that this is an in-depth subject. Like all Bible topics, God’s Holy Spirit wrote the Holy Word of God; so that man lives by “Every Holy Word of God!” If you are Truly Born Again by the Holy Spirit of God; He will teach you, through His Word! Man’s attempt to do ‘Right’ is often corrupted by ‘Religion & Sinfulness’ leaves a flexible system; making ‘accommodations’ for all sorts of corruption. Say it isn’t so…? Remember President Clinton and his attending Church with a Bible in his hand; during the Monica Lewinsky Scandal…? So too religion excuses their SIN/SINS… but not before God; in front of Whom: “All will stand and give an account!” [Ecclesiastes 12:13-14]
*** (2Corinthians 5:10) For we must “ALL” appear before the judgment seat of Christ; so that each one may receive the things done through the body; according to that which he has done; whether good or bad.
*** (Jeremiah 17:9) The heart is deceitful above all things; and desperately wicked: who can know it?
(Jer 17:10) I the LORD search the heart; I try the reins; even to give every man: according to his ways, and according to the ‘fruit’ of his doings.
*** (Luke 8:11-12) And the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God.
(Luke 8:12) Those by the roadside are the ones who hear; then the Devil comes and takes the Word out of their hearts; lest they should ‘believe’ and be ‘saved’.
*** (Romans 3:10-to-19) As it is written, "Not even one person is righteous.
(Rom 3:11) No one understands. No one searches for God.
(Rom 3:12) All have turned away. Together they have become worthless. No one shows kindness, not even one person!
(Rom 3:13) Their throats are open graves. With their tongues they practice deception. The venom of poisonous snakes is under their lips.
(Rom 3:14) Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.
(Rom 3:15) Their feet are swift to shed blood.
(Rom 3:16) Ruin and misery mark their ways.
(Rom 3:17) They have not learned the path to peace.
(Rom 3:18) There is no fear of God before their eyes."
(Rom 3:19) Now we know that whatever the law says applies to those who are under the law; so that every mouth may be silenced; and the whole world held ‘accountable’ to God.
*** (James 2:10) For whoever keeps the whole law; = but ‘fails’ in one point = is ‘guilty’ of breaking “ALL” of it.
There is No Human Alive… who is ‘Good’ enough for GOD! We, each one of us; has our own agenda! Finite Sinful Human Mankind… then needs a Savior: Christ Jesus! And it is from Him and His Indwelling Holy Spirit that… “True Christian Character”… comes from! He is living… ‘In & Through’ us is what makes us; the person He would have us “BE!” Any “Good Works” is really He doing it through us! Christ Jesus, the Chief Corner Stone… is the One; upon Whom… the Body of Christ–Us–is built! It is ‘Only’: “His Grace & Mercy & Love”… that ‘allows’ us to have that ‘Christian Character’… to function as His representative. We are only the ‘Conduit’… and His Holy Spirit; simply uses us to do His work for Him; till “His Return!” One more time… the ‘Only Good’ in any one of us is… “Christ Jesus”…! When we do His work; in the power of our ‘Flesh’… that work will be dissolved: by the ‘trying fire’ of the Holy Word of God!
*** (Titus 3:3) For we ourselves ‘also’ were once foolish, disobedient, deceived; slaving for various lusts and pleasures; living in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.
(Tit 3:4) But when the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
(Tit 3:5) “NOT” by works of righteousness, which we have done; but according to His mercy He saved us; through the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
(Tit 3:6) Whom He [God] poured out on us abundantly; through Jesus Christ our Savior,
(Tit 3:7) that being ‘justified’ by His grace; we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
*** (Ephesians 2:10) For we are His [God’s] workmanship; created in Christ Jesus: to good works; which God has ‘before’ ordained; that we should ‘walk’ in them.
*** (Rom 12:3-4) For by the grace given to me I [Paul] 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. [Office]
*** (1Corinthains 3:9-to-16) For we are God's “co-workers”. You are God's “farmland” and God's “building”.
(1Cor 3:10) As an expert builder using the grace that God gave me; I laid the foundation, and someone else is building on it. But each person must be careful how he builds on it.
(1Cor 3:11) After all, no one can lay any other foundation, than the One that is already laid; and that is Jesus Christ.
(1Cor 3:12) Whether a person builds on this foundation; with gold, silver, expensive stones, wood, hay, or straw,
(1Cor 3:13) the workmanship of each person will become evident; for the day will show what it is; because it will be revealed with fire; and the fire will test the quality of each person's work.
(1Cor 3:14) If what a person has built on the foundation survives; he will receive a reward.
(1Cro 3:15) If his work is burned up; he will suffer loss. However, he himself will be saved; but it will be like going through fire.
(1Cor 3:16) You know that you are God's “sanctuary” and; that God's [Holy] Spirit lives in you; don't you? [Romans 8:9]
*** (Romans 2:4) Or do you despise the riches of His kindness; and the forbearance and long-suffering; “NOT” knowing that the goodness of God; leads ‘You’ to Repentance?
“The Fruit of the Holy Spirit – 101”…Blog. [1/7]
What are some examples… of “Christian Character”…? Each of us has a short & long list in our minds. But, here is the Question: “Does ‘Your’ list, or ‘My’ list… ‘Agree with God’s List’… found in His Holy Word”…? Perhaps even a harder one, “Did Mother Teresa… do her work in India: to earn her ‘salvation’ & sainthood?” Did her ‘notoriety’ cause her to work harder? Since ‘Catholics’ have a ‘works’ salvation = “Not Equal with God’s Salvation” = this becomes the dilemma! Those ‘Truly Born Again by God’s Holy Spirit’… are ‘Not’ interested in Theatrics; because we know: God sees our Hearts! If ‘You’ are doing ‘Your’ work for Christ… with the “Wrong Reason & Motivation”… then those works will be burnt up! May we look at another list of ‘Christian Character’… from the Holy Word of God? But also look at the “Said Benefits”… of this “Assurance!” And did ‘You’ know… ‘You’ are either an Ambassador… ‘For or Against’… Christ Jesus…?
*** (2Peter 1:1-to-13) Simon Peter, a [bond] slave and an apostle of Jesus Christ; to those who have obtained like precious faith with us; through the righteousness of our God and our Savior Jesus Christ,
(2Pe 1:2) Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
(2Pe 1:3) according as His divine power; has given to us ‘All things’ that pertain to: life and godliness; through the knowledge of Him; Who has called us to glory and virtue,
(2Pe 1:4) through which He has given to us; exceedingly great and precious promises; so that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature; having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
(2Pe 1:5) But also in this very thing; bringing in all diligence; filling out your faith with virtue, and with virtue, knowledge;
(2Pe 1:6) and with knowledge self-control; and with self-control, patience; and with patience, godliness,
(2Pe 1:7) and with godliness, brotherly kindness; and with brotherly kindness, love [Agape].
(2Pe 1:8) For ‘IF’ these things are in you and abound; they make you to be ‘neither’ idle nor unfruitful; in the ‘knowledge’ of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(2Pe 1:9) For he in whom these things are ‘not’ present: is ‘blind’ and cannot ‘see’ afar off: and has ‘forgotten’ that he was purged: from his sins in the past.
(2Pe 1:10) Therefore, brothers, rather be ‘diligent’ to make your calling and election sure; for if you do these things; you shall ‘never’ fall.
(2Pe 1:11) For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly; into the ‘everlasting’ kingdom; of our Lord and Savior: Jesus Christ.
(2Pe 1:12) Therefore I will not neglect to put you; always in remembrance of these things; though you ‘know’ them; and are ‘established’ in the present Truth.
(2Pe 1:13) But I think it right, as long as I am in this tabernacle [body]; to stir you up: by a ‘Reminder’,
*** (Colossians 1:27) to whom God wanted to make known; the glorious riches of this secret among the gentiles; which is Christ in you [Romans 8:9]; = the ‘hope’ of glory.
(Col 1:28) It is He; Whom we ‘proclaim’ as we: admonish ‘everyone’ and; teach ‘everyone’; with all wisdom; so that we may present everyone; ‘mature’ in Christ. [Hebrews 5:11-to-14]
(Col 1:29) I work ‘hard’ and ‘struggle’ to do this; according to His ‘energy’: that powerfully works in me.
*** (John 3:30) He [Jesus] must increase; but I [Me] must decrease.
*** (Philippians 2:13) For it is God: Who is ‘producing’ in you: both the ‘Desire’ and the ‘Ability’ to DO: what pleases Him.
*** (2Corinthains 5:18-to-21) All of this comes from God; Who has ‘reconciled’ us to Himself; through Christ and has given us: the ‘ministry’ of reconciliation.
(2Co 5:19) For in Christ God: was reconciling the world to Himself: by not counting their sins against them; and He has committed to us: the message of reconciliation.
(2Co 5:20) Therefore, we are Christ's ‘representatives’ [Ambassadors]; as though God were pleading [them]: ‘through’ us. We plead on Christ's behalf: “Be reconciled to God!”
(2Co 5:21) God made the One [Jesus]; Who did not know sin; to be sin for us: so that we might become God's righteousness in Him.
*** (Matthew 12:30) The one [You]: who ‘is not’ with Me [Jesus]; is against Me; and the one who ‘does not’ gather with Me; ‘scatters’.
Is this enough: to get ‘You’ started…? That is “Why”: is it so very Important for “YOU”… “To Know Your Bible”…! Without it, ‘You’ only have Religion; “Man’s Work” and Not God’s Work! When You know what He expects… then ‘You’ allow Him… to work through “You!”
*** (James 1:22) Keep on being ‘Doers’ of the Word; and ‘NOT’ merely hearers: who “Deceive”: Themselves. [Luke 6:46]
*** (Ephesians 2:10) For we are His [God’s] workmanship; created in Christ Jesus: to good works; which God has ‘before’ ordained; that we ‘should’ walk in them.
*** (Ezekiel 36:26-27) And I will give you a new heart: and I will put a new spirit within you. And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh; and I will give you a heart of flesh.
(Eze 36:27) And I will put My Spirit within you; and cause you to walk in My statutes; and you shall keep My judgments; and do them.
Love; in Christ, Roger / “Psalms 138:2”…!