“Who Moved – 1012” …Blog.
These “Mystery Instructions” (Ephesians 5:18-to-33) … are also the basis for the family; when “Children” are added to the Marriage equation. And ALSO: for those who are “Single” and called into the life of singlehood. [Matthew 19:10-11-12]
These mystery instructions… are also “Applicable & Valid!” in each area of Life & Godliness. But how can that be? Please, first allow me to explain? Are we: those of us who have been Born Again by the Holy Spirit of God: “The Bride of Christ, His Church, His Redeemed Ones”…? Absolutely Yes! Then these “Mystery Instructions” are both: “Applicable & Mandatory”.
*** (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.
*** (Luke 17:10) That's the way it is with you. When you have done everything you were ordered to do, say; 'We are worthless servants. We have done ‘only’ what we ought [Duty] to have done.
*** (Micah 6:8) He [God] has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does The LORD require of you: but to do justice: and to love mercy: and to walk humbly with your God?
*** (John 8:29) Moreover, the One [Father God] Who sent Me [Jesus] is with Me. He [God] has never left Me alone: because I [Jesus] always do what pleases Him [God].
*** (Luke 22:39) Then He [Jesus] left and went to the Mount of Olives, as usual. The disciples went with Him.
(Luke 22:40) When He came to the place, He said to them, "Keep on praying that “You” may not come into temptation." [Luke 18:1]
(Luke 22:41) Then He withdrew from them about a stone's throw, knelt down, and began to pray:
(Luke 22:42) "Father [Abba/God], if “You” are willing; take this cup away from Me [Jesus]. Yet NOT My will: but Yours be done."
“The ‘Only Begotten’ Son of God – 101” …Blog.
*** (Hebrews 5:7) For Jesus, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears to Him [Father God]: Who was able to save Him [Jesus] from death; and was heard in that He [Jesus] feared [God],
(Heb 5:8) though being a [Perfect] Son; yet He [Jesus] learned ‘Obedience’: by the things which He suffered.
(Heb 5:9) And being perfected; He [Jesus] became the ‘Author’ of eternal salvation: to all those who “Obey Him” [Jesus].
Did Christ Jesus… ever do anything, that was outside of the “Will of God?” “Absolutely NOT!” He was God in His “Humanity”: and was every part human as we are. But He set aside “His Divinity” according to the Will of God: so that He might become the “Passover Lamb of God!” The question for those who are “Truly HIS”: “Will we leave our own ‘Wills & Wants’: to serve “Him” just as He in LOVE: just as He: Served the will of “His Father”…? [Abba, Daddy!] You will NOT: and that is ‘WHY’… “You” opted for a Divorce!
We are born into our ‘Fallen Humanity”…! And we may be redeemed ‘Only’ by this “Finished Work of Redemption” by Christ Jesus. This then begins our “Life Long” lesion of: “Learning Obedience” to His Holy Word. If “You” do not learn this, how then can “You” be led by the Holy Spirit…? [Romans 8:14] For the married, it is to each other. For the single, it is in the realm of their work environment or other ‘calling’ in life! He, Christ Jesus: showed us the ‘How To’: of this “Mystery!” “Marriage & Singleness” that will “TEST our WILLS”: as no other work can! Ultimately we are learning life’s hardest lesion: “Subjection to Authority!” It is that lifelong struggle of: “Have To / Want To!” We at the same time want to please our mate or employer: yet at the same time; we want; “Our Own Will!”
“Have ‘To’ / Want ‘To’ – 201”…Blog.
Perhaps a real story to illustrate this: “Truth?”
His name was Marcio. He was a pilot in the Brazilian air force and immigrated to the USA. Miriam was raised as an “MK” [missionary kid] by her Missionary parents in Brazil. They met in a ‘Sunday School’ class I was attending: at a “Fundamental ‘Bible’ Church”: in America. We became friends and he shared how they were to be married in only six weeks. He asked me, “What is a Christian Marriage?”
My response was… “It is the “Union & Struggle”: of ‘Two Souls’; who know Christ Jesus as “Lord & Savior!” These married “Saints in Christ” ARE: “Sometimes Sinners” and “Sometimes Saints”… but have chosen to live together: in “Holy Matrimony!” Hopefully, before Christ Jesus and in “Obedience” to His Holy Word! Marcio did not know how to respond; but told me he would: “Think that ‘One’ through!”
After some six months of marriage… he came to me after class and said, “Now I know what “You” mean!” “Sometimes Saints!” and “Sometimes Sinners!”
*** (Philippians 2:5-to-15) Have the same attitude among yourselves; that was ‘also’ in Christ Jesus:
(Philip 2:6) In God's own form He [Jesus] existed. And shared with God equality, Deemed nothing needed grasping. [Colossians 1:12-to-22]
(Philip 2:7) Instead, poured out in emptiness, A servant's form did He [Jesus] possess, A mortal man becoming. In human form He chose to be,
(Philip 2:8) And lived in all humility, Death on a cross obeying.
(Philip 2:9) Now lifted up by God to heaven, A name above all others given, This matchless name possessing.
(Philip 2:10) And so, when Jesus' name is called, The knees of everyone should fall Where ever they are residing.
(Philip 2:11) Then every tongue in one accord, Will say that Jesus Christ is Lord, While God the Father, praising.
(Philip 2:12) And so, my dear friends, just as “You” have always obeyed, not only when I [Paul] was with “You” but even more now that I am absent, continue to work out your salvation with fear [of God] and trembling. [Ephesians 2:10 & Romans 12:1-2-3]
(Philip 2:13) For it is God [The Father]; Who is producing in “You” both: the desire and the ability to do what pleases Him. [2Corinthians 4:5-to-11]
(Philip 2:14) Do everything “Without” complaining or arguing
(Philip 2:15) so that “You” may be blameless and innocent, God's children without any faults among a crooked and perverse generation, among whom “You” shine like ‘stars’ in the world.
“Reasonable Service – 101” …Blog.
*** (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 [office].
Love; in Christ, Roger // “Psalms 138:2”…!