“How do I ‘grow’ in Christ – 101” …Blog. [1/?]
*** (1Peter 2:1-to-5) Therefore laying aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisies and envying’, and all evil speaking,
(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.
*** (Ephesians 2:18-to-22) For through Him [Jesus] we both have access by one [Holy] Spirit to the Father [God].
(Eph 2:19) Now therefore you are NO longer strangers and foreigners, But fellow citizens with the ‘Saints’, and of the ‘Household’ of God,
(Eph 2:20) and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,
(Eph 2:21) in Whom every building having been fitly framed together, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord;
(Eph 2:22) in Whom [Jesus] you also are built together for a dwelling place of God through the [Holy] Spirit.
(Ephesians 1:13-14) in Whom [Jesus] also you, Hearing the Word of Truth, the gospel of our salvation, in Whom also believing, you were Sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, [Acts 15:8-9]
(Eph 1:14) Who is the Earnest [down payment] of our [Eternal] inheritance, to the redemption of the purchased possession [body, soul & spirit], to the praise of His glory. [Romans 8:9]
Hello… “Living Stones”…! IF You are Truly Born Again, then your ‘Spiritual’ Growth is bound to the Chief Cornerstone: “Christ Jesus!” If You will bear with me as we start this series about the “Born Again”, born from ‘Above’ by the Holy Spirit of God! How often do You read… “John 17:All” & “Romans 8:All”…? Did You realize that… “John 17”… is the Prayer that Christ Jesus prayed to His Father GOD: for all those who would come to Him, throughout “ALL” the ages? And that … “Romans 8”… explains our position in His body, the Church: the “Called Out ONES”…? The Greek NT word for Church is simply… ‘The Called Out Ones!’ But, called out from “WHAT”…? Simply PUT: FROM: The Kingdom of Darkness… TO: the Glorious Kingdom of God and that of Christ Jesus, the “Passover Lamb of God!” Some do Not know their “Position in Christ Jesus!” Others may have known, but have ‘Drifted & Become: Lukewarm!’ Did You realize, that the “Seven Churches of Revelation” are simply… “Word Pictures of Believers”… at any time during their “Spiritual Pilgrimage” here on Earth…?
*** (2Corinthains 4:3) So if our gospel is veiled; it is veiled to those who are dying.
(2Cor 4:4) In their case, the god [Satan] of this world [1Jn 5:19]; has blinded the minds of those who do Not believe [Luke 4:6]: to keep them from seeing the Light of the glorious gospel of Christ; Who is the image of God. [Colossians 1:12-to-19]
*** (1Corinthians 2:14) But the = natural man = does “NOT”… receive the things [WORD] of the Spirit of God; for they are = “FOOLISHNESS” = to him; Neither can he = Know them; because they are spiritually discerned.
*** (Colossians 1:9-to-20) For this cause we also, since the day we heard, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that you might be Filled with the knowledge of His will [Word] in all Wisdom and Spiritual Understanding, (Proverbs 4:7)
(Col 1:10) that you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful in every work and increasing in the knowledge of God, (Hebrews 5:11-to-14)
(Col 1:11) being Empowered with all power, according to the might of His glory, to All Patience and Long-suffering with Joyfulness,
(Col 1:12) giving thanks to the Father [God], Who has made us meet to be partakers of the ‘Inheritance’ of the Saints in Light.
(Col 1:13) For He [God] has delivered us from the ‘Power of Darkness’ and has translated us into the “Kingdom’ of His dear Son [Jesus];
(Col 1:14) in Whom we have ‘Redemption’ through His blood, the remission of sins.
(Col 1:15) Who is the image of the invisible God, the First-born of all creation.
(Col 1:16) For all things were created in Him, the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers, all things were created through Him and for Him. [Genesis 1:26]
(Col 1:17) And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.
(Col 1:18) And He is the Head of the body, the church, who is the Beginning, the First-born from the dead, that He may be pre-eminent in all things.
(Col 1:19) For it pleased the Father [God] that in Him [Jesus] all fullness should dwell.
(Col 1:20) And through Him [Jesus] having made peace through the blood of His cross, it pleased the Father [God] to reconcile all things to Himself through Him [Jesus], whether the things on earth or the things in Heaven.
Woven throughout the Holy Word of God… the Scriptures, the Bible: are these Truths. They are woven like a ‘Spiritual Tapestry’… so that the Holy Spirit of GOD: may reveal them to “His Real Children”…! As we “Grow in Grace and in HIS: Love, Mercy & Understanding”… the Indwelling Holy Spirit of God: makes them known to “US!” But just where do these “Truths” reside…? Only in His Holy Word: hidden so that ONLY: “His Holy Spirit” may make them known to us. Without the Bible, one will ‘Never’ know these Truths… in their “Redeemed Heart” or their “Inner Man!” Real Truth, that comes from “God Alone” is… NOT an academic exercise. It flows from God, into His True Believers: by the “Indwelling Holy Spirit!” In short, “Eternal Salvation” is the, HOLY SPIRIT: God’s down payment to the “True Believer!” Oh yes, Christ Jesus Himself… spoke ALSO: about those “False Ones” in “Matthew 7:21-22-23” & “Matthew 24:24” and in other places throughout the Scriptures. That is WHY… the Holy Word of God: “The Bible”… is the Sword of the Spirit [Ephesians 6:17] ONLY: for those “Truly Born Again!”
*** (2Corinthians 4:7) But we have this Treasure [Romans 8:9] in earthen [our human bodies] vessels; that the excellency of the [His Holy Spirit] Power; may be of God; and –> ‘NOT’ of us.
*** (Romans 12:4) For as we have many members in one body, and all members have “NOT” the same office. [Position ]
*** (Romans 8:9) But you are Not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if Anyone has “Not” the Spirit of Christ, he is “NONE” of His.
*** (1Jn 2:1) My little children, I write these things to you so that you may Not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
*** (Proverbs 4:7) Wisdom is the main thing; get wisdom; and with all your getting get Understanding.
*** (Jeremiah 23:29) Is not My Word like a FIRE? Says the LORD Jehovah; and like a Hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? [Hebrews 4:11-12-13]
*** (Psalms 138:2) I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth's sake; for You have magnified = Your Word = above all Your name.
*** (Ephesians 6:17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God:
“Who is = The Word – 101?”…Blog.
*** (Proverbs 30:4) WHO has gone up to Heaven and has come down? WHO has gathered the wind in His fists? WHO has bound the waters in His garments? WHO has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name? Surely you know?
*** (Proverbs 4:7) Wisdom is the main thing; get Wisdom; and with all your getting; get Understanding.
The following blogs… will continue based on “ONLY”… What the Holy Word of GOD: Teaches! And NOT: what some ‘Church’ or ‘Denomination’ teaches! That is WHY… Satan hates the Holy Word of GOD! The Light of the Scriptures… “Exposes the LIES”… which are in: “Rebellion Against”: the LIGHT of the Holy Word of God! Any Believer who does NOT: “Read & Study & Obey”: His Holy Word: will “Not: grow “Spiritually!” Remember, Christ Jesus is the LIVING: “HOLY WORD of GOD”…!
*** (Revelation 1:3) Blessed is the one who “READS” and “HEARS” the Words of this prophecy, and the ones “KEEPING” the things written in it, for the time is near. [Luke 6:46]
For a QUICK Overview…?
1. GOD Commands “Repentance”… which HE Gives to ALL!
…“Timothy 2:25-26!” & “Psalms 98:2”…!
2. GOD sees the “True Heart” response of Repentance of “EACH”… & responds with either “Acceptance or Rejection!” …“Acts 17:30-31” & “Psalms 7:9”…!
3. GOD “Alone”: sees our “Heart Response” and then “GIVES or Withholds”: His Holy Spirit! …“Acts 15:8-9” & “Romans 8:9”…!
4. God’s Holy Spirit then… “ETERNALLY SEALS”… His “True Believers!”
… “Ephesians 4:30” & “Romans 8:9”…!
5. GOD’S Holy Word is the ONLY: TRUTH… about “Salvation & Damnation!”
… “John 17:17” & “John 12:48”…!
*** (Acts 17:11) And these were more noble than those of Thessalonica; in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind; and searched the Scriptures daily; to see if those things were so. [Or Not?]
[Continued next blog]
Love [Agape]; in Christ, Roger // “Psalms 138:2”…!