Tuesday, March 1, 2011

“Christian or ‘Born Again’ – 101”…Blog.

“Christian or ‘Born Again’ – 101”…Blog.

*** (John 3:3) Jesus ‘answered’ and ‘said’ to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, ‘Unless’ a man is born again, he ‘cannot’ see the kingdom of God.

*** (Acts 11:26) And finding him, he brought him to Antioch. And it happened to them a whole year they were assembled in the church. And they taught a considerable crowd. And the ‘disciples’ were first called ‘Christian’ in Antioch.

Do you make this “Distinction”… as the “Scriptures Do”…? “Many” today call themselves ‘Christians’ including… the Catholics, Mormons, JW’s, and ‘many’ others. “IF” in fact: they ‘do not’ believe in the “Complete Authority of the Holy Scriptures”… “THEN”… are they ‘Truly’ a Christian…? Today the generic term, “Christian”… is taken by ‘Many’… but ‘truly’ practiced by ‘Few!’ “IF”… Christ Jesus thought “Born Again”… was a ‘complete’ Spiritual Definition; “THEN” shouldn’t we, be ‘using’ it…? Did you notice in “Acts 11:26”… they were: “First… Disciples”…?
*** (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.

*** (John 7:38-39) The one who believes in Me [Jesus], as the Scripture has ‘said’, will have ‘rivers’ of living water flowing from his heart."
(Joh 7:39) Now He [Jesus] said ‘this’ about the [Holy] Spirit, whom those who were believing in Him were ‘to receive’. For the Spirit was ‘not’ yet present, ‘because’ Jesus had not yet been ‘glorified’.

*** (1Corinthians 12:13) For by ‘one’ [Holy] Spirit ‘all’ of us; Jews and Gentiles, slaves and free-were ‘baptized’ into ‘one’ body and were ‘all’ privileged to drink from ‘one’ Spirit.

*** (Ephesians 4:4-5-6) There is ‘one’ body and ‘one’ Spirit. In the same way, you were called to the ‘one’ hope of your calling.
(Eph 4:5) There is ‘one’ Lord, ‘one’ faith, ‘one’ baptism,
(Eph 4:6) ‘one’ God and Father of all, Who is above ‘all’, through ‘all’, and ‘in’ all.

*** (Acts 15:8-9) God, Who ‘knows’ everyone's heart, showed them He approved by ‘giving’ them the Holy Spirit, just as He ‘did’ to us.
(Act 15:9) He made ‘no’ distinction between them and us, because He ‘cleansed’ their hearts by faith.

It is plainly obvious… from these Scriptures; that “No One” is Born Again, ‘without’ the Holy Spirit of God! He or She; is given as God, sees our ‘hearts’, in response to the Faith; He gives for True Biblical Salvation. The Holy Spirit is “God’s Seal” of our Salvation! The Holy Spirit is the ‘gift’ of God; Not earned by ‘works’ of any kind. He is ‘Not’ some second blessing that comes; ‘after’ one is a Christian. The Holy Spirit ‘truly makes’; one a Christian. Many ‘call’ themselves Christian, only because they believe… but that ‘belief’ is “Not Saving Faith”: ‘without’ the Holy Spirit!

*** (1Peter 1:22-23) 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, ‘but’ of incorruptible, through the living Word of God, and ‘abiding forever’.

*** (Ephesians 1:7-to-14) In Him [Jesus] we have redemption ‘through’ His blood, the ‘forgiveness’ of our offenses, according to the ‘riches’ of God's grace
(Eph 1:8) that He lavished on us, along with ‘all’ wisdom and understanding,
(Eph 1:9) when He [God] made ‘known’ to us the secret of His will. This was according to His plan that He set forth ‘in’ Christ
(Eph 1:10) to usher in the fullness of the times and to gather up ‘all’ things in Christ, both things in heaven and things on earth.
(Eph 1:11) In Christ we were also ‘chosen’ when we were predestined according to ‘the purpose’ of the One, Who does ‘everything’ according to the intention of His will,
(Eph 1:12) so that we who had already fixed our hope on Christ might ‘live’ for His praise and glory.
(Eph 1:13) You, too, have ‘heard’ the word of Truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you ‘believed’ in Him you were ‘sealed’ with the ‘promised’ Holy Spirit, [John 7:38-39]
(Eph 1:14) Who is the ‘guarantee’ of our inheritance ‘until’ the redemption of God's own possession [us], to His praise and glory.

*** (2Corinthians 1:20) For ‘all’ the promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God by us.
(2Co 1:21) But He ‘confirming’ us and ‘anointing’ us with you in Christ is God.
(2Co 1:22) And He has ‘sealed’ us and having given ‘the earnest’ of the [Holy] Spirit in our ‘hearts’.

“The Anointing – 101” Blog about the Holy Spirit

Ok, for ‘those’ of you… who are offended at the ‘differentiation’ between: Christians and Born Again; the Scriptures make it; not me! Perhaps I may ‘ask’ you… “Did you ‘ever’, search the Scriptures for yourself; and ‘test’ your Belief about this?” Or did You just believe, ‘what’ you were told from the Pulpit! What about ‘all’ the Warnings in the Scriptures about… “False Teachers?” I know of a female homosexual pastor… who tells her congregation that they are ‘Born Again’; by just ‘believing’ in Jesus! And yet, they still ‘practice’; their “Homosexuality!” Surely their belief and the fact that they call themselves Christian: “Does Not Make IT So!”

*** (1Corinthians 6:9-10) You know that wicked people ‘will not’ inherit the kingdom of God, don't you? Stop deceiving yourselves! Sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals,
(1Cor 6:10) thieves, greedy people, drunks, slanderers, and robbers will not inherit the kingdom of God.
(1Cor 6:11)  That is ‘what’ some of you were! = “But” you were ‘washed’, = you were ‘sanctified’, = you were ‘justified’ = ‘in’ the name of our Lord Jesus Christ = and = ‘in’ the Spirit of our God.

*** (Jude 1:17-18-19) But you, beloved, ‘remember’ the words spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ,
(Jud 1:18) ‘because’ they told you that at the last time there will be ‘mockers’ according to their lusts, leading ‘ungodly’ lives.
(Jud 1:19) These are those setting themselves apart, animal-like ones, ‘not’ having the [Holy] Spirit.

If you have ‘traveled’… outside the USA as I have; you ‘know’ that you ‘must’ have a “Valid Passport!” In the same way… when we make our trip into “Eternity”: those who ‘do not’ have the Holy Spirit… will ‘eventually’ end up in… “The Lake of Fire; for Eternity!” Remember the Scripture above: “Acts 15:8-9?” God ‘saw’ their Heart; and ‘gave’ “THEM”… the Holy Spirit! That is what being Born Again: being Born from Above… by God’s Holy Spirit is ‘all’ about! He is Who opens your “Heart & Mind & Soul”… to the Truth of God’s Holy Word! Without ‘Him’… The Holy Spirit: you are ‘just like’ the Pharisees, Scribes and Lawyers… of Jesus’ time.

*** (Joh 6:44) No ‘one’ can come to Me [Jesus] ‘unless’ the Father [God] Who has sent Me ‘draw’ him, and I will ‘raise’ him up at the last day.

*** (1Corinthians 2:10-to-14) But God has ‘revealed’ those things to us ‘by’ His [Holy] Spirit. For the Spirit ‘searches’ everything, even the ‘deep’ things of God. [Deuteronomy 29:29]
(1Co 2:11) Is there ‘anyone’ who can understand his own thoughts ‘except’ by his own inner spirit? In the ‘same way’, no one can ‘know’ the thoughts of God ‘except’ God's [Holy] Spirit.
(1Co 2:12) Now, we have ‘not received’ the spirit of the world ‘but’ the [Holy] Spirit Who comes ‘from’ God, so that we can ‘understand’ the things that were ‘freely’ given to us ‘by’ God.
(1Co 2:13) We ‘don't’ speak about these things in words ‘taught’ us by human wisdom, ‘but’ in words ‘taught’ by the [Holy] Spirit, as we ‘explain’ spiritual things ‘to’ spiritual people.
(1Co 2:14) A person who isn't spiritual ‘doesn't’ accept the things of God's [Holy] Spirit, for they are ‘nonsense’ to him. He ‘can't’ understand them ‘because’ they are spiritually evaluated.

Salvation – temp-or-permanent - 101?

*** (2Corinthains 13:5) Keep ‘examining’ yourselves to see whether you are continuing in the faith. Test yourselves! You know, do not ‘you’, that Jesus Christ lives in you? Could it be that you are failing the test?

*** (Romans 8:14-to-17) For as many as are ‘led’ by the Spirit of God, they ‘are’ the sons of God.
(Rom 8:15) For you have ‘not received’ the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have ‘received’ the Spirit of adoption by which we ‘cry’, Abba, Father! [Daddy]
(Rom 8:16) 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.

Love, in Christ, Roger / Jeremiah 20:9.