Friday, December 17, 2010
“The ‘New’ Christian – 201” …Blog. [2/?]
“FAITH”… “FACTS”… or… “FEELINGS”…?
*** (Numbers 23:19) God is not a man that He should lie, neither the son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken, and shall He not make it good?
First… “FAITH”…! Your faith in God; the God of the Bible is based on His Mercy and Grace towards and to you! It is His free ‘gift’ to you and there is ‘nothing’ you can do to earn it. That “True Faith”… is in contrast ‘Works Salvation!’ The ‘Religious’… “Lie about God”… and do ‘not’ hold to the “Complete Authority” of… His Holy Word! It is and has been Only; He working in you… to open your “Spiritual Understanding” to His Word, The Scriptures. Your response, is demonstrated by… Simply Obeying His Word!
*** (Ephesians 2:8-9-10) For by such grace you have been saved through faith. This does not come from you; it is the ‘gift’ of God
(Eph 2:9) and ‘not’ the result of works, lest anyone ‘boast’.
(Eph 2:10) For we are his masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared long ago to be our ‘way’ of life.
*** (Titus 3:4-to-7) 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 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.
*** (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;
*** (Philippians 2:13) For it is God who works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
*** (Luke 17:10) So likewise you, when you shall have done all the things commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants, for we have done what we ought to do.
*** (Colossians 1:27) To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
With these ‘Bible Verses’… and ‘many’ others we may see that… “Jesus did it All!” Any good in us… is simply His Holy Spirit; bringing forth the “Fruit of the Spirit” and “Obedience” in our lives! He ‘only’ works in us… as we yield our lives to “Him” and to “His Holy Word”. In contrast ‘Religion’ will always say… ‘See what I have done for God!’ Remember we live in these fallen bodies; and it is “His Holy Spirit Power”… that allows and empowers us; to do what we ‘should’ and what we ‘must’. With great ‘Position’… “Being in Christ”… comes great ‘Responsibility!’
*** (Job 9:20) If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me; though I am perfect, He shall declare me perverse.
*** (Romans 5:1-to-5) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Rom 5:2) Through Him we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice on the hope of the glory of God.
(Rom 5:3) And not only this, but we glory in afflictions also, knowing that afflictions work out patience,
(Rom 5:4) and patience works out experience, and experience works out hope.
(Rom 5:5) And hope does not make us ashamed, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us.
Next… “FACTS”…! Everything in life is based on an “Agenda!” The “Agenda of God”… is to ‘reconcile’ mankind to Himself… ‘by and though’… the Finished Work of Christ! In His Redemption of Mankind; He draws ‘all’ mankind to Himself… ‘Accepted by Few’… ‘Rejected by Many!’ His Holy Word, “The Scriptures”… ‘Testify & Validate’… the workings and promises of God; through time and history! It is on the basis of the “Holiness of God”; that we can Trust Him and His Word. He ‘Cannot’… “Lie!” Please open your Bible and review the Agenda of God in… “2Corinthians 5:18-to-21!”
*** (John 17:17) Sanctify them = through = Your Truth. = Your Word = is Truth.
*** (Matthew 24:35) The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away.
*** (Luke 21:33) The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away.
*** (Psalms 119:89) LAMED: Forever, O Jehovah [God], Your Word is settled in the heavens.
*** (2Timothy 3:15-16-17) and that from a child you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
(2Ti 3:16) All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
(2Ti 3:17) that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work.
*** (2Peter 1:20) First of all, you must understand this: No prophecy in Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation,
(2Pet 1:21) because no prophecy ever originated through a human decision. Instead, men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
*** (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 [God] have magnified Your Word above all Your name.
“Jehovah God”… has exalted His Holy Word; above His Name! What does that really mean? Throughout the Bible… God uses “His Holy Name”… to reveal ‘some’ of His character, to mankind. His Holy Name… in these examples; show us that He provides ‘All’ we need… through His love and mercy towards, ‘in’ and ‘through’ and ‘to’… us!
Elohim… “God” His power and might… Genesis 1:1 & Psalms 19:1.
El-Elyon… “Most High God... Gen 14:17-20, Isaiah 14:13-14. El Olam… “The Everlasting God”… Isaiah 40:28-31.
El Roi… “The Strong One that sees”… Genesis 16:13.
El Shaddi… “God Almighty”… Genesis 17:1 & Psalms 91:3.
Adonai… “Lord”, the Lordship of God… Malachi 1:16.
Jehovah… “(Yahweh) The Lord, God’s Eternal Nature… Genesis 2”4.
Jehovah-Jireh… “The Lord will provide”… Genesis 22:13-14.
Jehovah-Maccaddeshem… “The Lord your sanctifier”… Exodus 31:13.
Jehovah-Nissi… ‘The Lord our banner”… Exodus 17:15.
Jehovah-Rapha… “The Lord our healer”… Exodus 15:26.
Jehovah-Rohi… “The Lord my shepherd”… Psalms 23:1.
Jehovah-Sabboah… “The Lord of Hosts”… Isaiah 6:1-to-3.
Jehovah-Shalom… “The Lord is peace”… Judges 6:24.
Jehovah-Shammah… “The Lord Who is present”… Ezekiel 48:35.
Jehovay-Tsidkenu… “The Lord our righteousness… Jeremiah 23:6
I AM… “The Lord Eternal”… Exodus 3:12-15.
“The God of Israel”… Genesis 33:20 and “200-times” in the Bible.
With all these Examples… do you now believe; that the “Facts of Scripture”… speak for themselves about the Nature and the Truth of God; Jehovah God of the Bible…? Most Assuredly! Remember, our English Translations of the Bible… from the OT Hebrew and the NT Greek; may not be explicit enough to completely explain God. But He… has promised to “Reveal Himself”… ‘By and Through’… “His Holy Word” and “His Holy Spirit!” See… 1Corinthians 2:10-to-16.
*** (1Samuel 3:21) And Jehovah appeared again in Shiloh. For Jehovah = revealed Himself = to Samuel in Shiloh = by the Word of Jehovah.
*** (Psalms 19:7-to-11) The Law of Jehovah is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of Jehovah is sure, making the simple wise.
(Psa 19:8) The Precepts of Jehovah are right, rejoicing the heart; the Commandments of Jehovah are pure, giving light to the eyes.
(Psa 19:9) The fear of Jehovah is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of Jehovah are true and righteous altogether,
(Psa 19:10) more to be desired than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
(Psa 19:11) And Your servant is warned by them; in keeping them there is great reward.
Last… “FEELINGS”…! Can you ‘always’… ‘Trust Your Feelings?’ Ever wonder how very many “Felt” that they were going to… “Win the Lotto”…? With a 25-million to one… chance to win? Or those “Olympic Athletes” that did not… “Feel”… like training? Or even you, when you did not… “Feel”… like going to ‘Work?’ Necessity and Prudence and Good Common Sense… made you overcome your… “Feelings!” Dependant on one’s “Age”; mental of physical “Health”; and a multiplicity of other factors… Feelings may change like the weather. We can only ‘Trust’ our “Feelings”… when they are based on… “The Facts, especially those of Scripture!”
*** (Rom 8:16-17) The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.
(Rom 8:17) And if we are children, then we are heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; so that if we suffer with Him, we may also be glorified together.
*** (Romans 5:3-4-5) Not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
(Rom 5:4) endurance produces character, and character produces hope.
(Rom 5:5) Now this hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
*** (2Pe 1:2-to-10) Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
(2Pet 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,
(2Pet 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.
(2Pet 1:5) But also in this very thing, bringing in all diligence, filling out your faith with virtue, and with virtue, knowledge;
(2Pet 1:6) and with knowledge self-control, and with self-control, patience, and with patience, godliness,
(2Pet 1:7) and with godliness, brotherly kindness, and with brotherly kindness, love.
(2Pet 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.
(2Pet 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.
(2Pet 1:10) Therefore, brothers, rather be diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things, you shall never fall.
Continued next blog. [2/?]
Thanks, In Christ, Roger / Jeremiah 20:9.