Hi friend! How Would You Like To Be A Personal Individual Friend Of God?! It's in an Abundant Life In Christ.
"It is the most attractive life of an intimate daily, constant, conscious feedback encounter with the Living God in Spirit and in truth and undiluted friendship with our fellow man!" - Francois Du Toit
Do you know that God loves you? Do you know the Bible tells of our Living Savior, Jesus Christ Risen as the Resurrected Exalted only Prophet, Priest, and King for men to get to God and we raised with Him to newness of life by His Atonement for sin, the God-man Expression of His Love for us, a great good right standing?! The Gospel is Good News. It's great good good news. Do you think of getting right with God? Do you know it's forgiveness of sins and the experience of knowing God? God loves you! Do you know God is love? Do you know God promises a newness of life? This happens through the Holy Spirit. It's not where you've been but where are you now. Do you have guts to follow Christ of God? What do you want from God? Tell Him. He wants our availability and our attention. He has blessed the little children and He has built His Church. He wants us in a relationship with Him and attending Church and have fellowship with others.
Doesn't this sound like something you'd like? or learn to like? love maybe? Read I Thessalonians 4:13-17 and I Corinthians 15:1-7ff for instance, and maybe John chapter three.
In context, "God be merciful to me a sinner," was an open appeal brokenhearted and statement made in faith by a Tax-gatherer of whom it was said in a parable told by Jesus as to one who humbles himself before God having beaten upon his breast saying those words. Jesus told the parable about people who think themselves wise or righteous and show contempt for others. This parable shows a humility before God by this publican who came home exalted and justified having humbled himself before God. You can be like this person, if Jesus is your Lord in a kind keeping what the Word says.
In keeping with this line of reasoning I'm proposing God is love and Jesus shows it all along our way. There is a testifying that Jesus Paid It All all in a regard to our sin debt. It's all too clear that the deliverance over sin Christ won to gain our salvation for us was complete over sin, death, hell, and the grave; Christ makes us whole for us complete & individually guided in His path, then it's said by us as witnesses and as testifying also it follows that...
The Word of God says by speaking God created the cosmos and on the sixth day by His hands, man in the image of God He created Him and her later in the Garden of Eden and rested the seventh day. It's in the image of God man and woman were created from dust of the ground by God's fingers. At the Fall the image of God fell & man fell from grace in the eyes of the Lord failing God's glory. Man's spirit died. Adam and Eve had this Fall that greatly caused a substantial crises to man. That happened as they disobeyed God's command to not eat the fruit God said no to eat, they ate, though man was still made in God's image and had free will moral agency, and they failed. And man made fig leaves to cover his/her nakedness but God made provisions of sacrificed animals without help from man, for that Miracle God did, of the *Redemption of the likeness of God to be returned. But even today in this very moment you can be free because that likeness or image of God is returned in hope by being saved though before salvation tainted by sins committed and so it's on my plate to believe the likeness aspects of design-architect provider-Father God our Creator He returned at Calvary, in His natural creation acts, and in the redeeming finished work on the Cross He wrought all because of His love which IS to restore us if we go with Him. His LOVE SHOWN US, revealed in the Son of God Jesus and His earthly visitation and His LONG-HEARTED PASSION-SHOWN PATIENCE Sovereignly sacredly appointed attitude toward us is for us for a timing particular of saving faith based on the intellectual intelligent, emotions, moods, emotional affect, metaphysical (gifts), and spiritual sides of man I and others have observed in intervention from Abba Daddy God in my life and that of others given and is for eternal life 'in the now'. He wants our attention! Signs along the road of life show us God is love! HE IS FOR US! We can believe possibly and live positively and be real in our faith to God IN THE YES OF CHRIST.
In fact, these eternal Spiritual events are working for us as christians an unseen utmost eternal weight of glory worth far more and far exceeding above every circumstance or suffering we endure no matter how we're pressed re: our path and we experience it. We thank Him in everything and acknowledge Him in all our ways and take the faith-trust (to receive) the salvation He offers with all our whole hearts like a child. We believe that the work of salvation is done and He will show up all along our way to being cradled into heaven by Him or ushered in by Him we obeying and following Him being adopted regenerated sons and daughters of His! God is Love! Do you know you need to be Reborn and that Rebirth by the Holy Spirit's Power just to experience God? Relationships matters. In the Word "christian" is only mentioned two times but the word, "disciple" is: over 350 times. Do you know that? Therefore He doesn't come in the front door and therefore to leave-go out the back door. He came to stay in relationships!!!!! He came in His greatness to reveal to us His Faithfulness. We love Him.
Israel believed in the future he would come. They look forward, we look back. About Our Savior Jesus Then We Read In The Bible: The Gentiles were grafted in:
Jesus was called, "the friend of sinners," "a glutton, a winebibber," "one of us," because He knew God and spoke knowing with authority, the work of God, and yet loved (infamous sinners like us) but didn't engage in their sinful behavior. Jesus the Great Physician Moral Teacher And Eternal Savior (descriptions of His work and title) pleased God very much and not only obeyed God the Father so much so but also He was also declared to be the very God Most High by men and by angels. Believed on He could see in every man there's a DEEP AND WIDE HURTING--A DESPERATELY WICKED HURT (who can know it?)--- THAT HE ONLY COULD KNOW THE REMEDY FOR AND HE ONLY COULD SAVE US FROM HE BEING GOD IN THE FLESH SOVEREIGN OVER EVERY OTHER NAME. Exactly where the human condition has a salvation 'need' or request personal individually with God and men, He Holily Executed It On The Cross He being sensitive to it. God Incarnate Was Crucified for the sins of mankind. In life with His Holy Nature on He became for man's benefit Savior, 100% God 100% man. His proud godly prerogatives to do His own thing He gave up doing (with the Father and Holy Spirit's help) to help man living 33 1/2 years on the earth. Where sin abounded grace did much more abound as Jesus Christ obeyed to tee to a Death on the Cross. And when considering whether He is either Lord, liar, or lunatic if you read the Gospels as clearly as we do you begin to believe He's the God-man by what He does and says, & you have to decide rather than sit on the fence. It's right to believe He is Lord! He is our Savior from sin! He even said, "If you can't believe what I say, believe on the basis of the very works sake." And what lovely altogether lovely works! He never spoke out against anybody, never did harm to anybody in any written writing of the Gospels. The people said of Him, "He hath done all things well." "He makes both the blind to see and the deaf to hear." He was as gentle as church mice, but inwardly He was genuinely mighty inside like Moses and more so(Hebrews says 'as a son') but He exhausted Satan's tactics constantly consistently, entrusting overcoming the world in this life, to God in obedience as to a pleasing aroma (not just rote obeying.) By the Spirit through grace He obeyed the Father filled with the Spirit, and lived in a 'VERY GODLY PLEASING WAY TO GOD,' even when it conflicted as many a time it did: as the Word of God's plan vs. man's.
Jesus also said, "If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto Me." This He said speaking of His Atoning Death on Calvary and Risen Life Resurrected subsequently and Kingdom Throne where He would take away sins exalted above every other name. He also said, "the Kingdom of God is come near, therefore repent, change your mind and your attitudes and 'be done with sin.'" He predicted His Death and the events to follow: how, why and when it would happen. At Calvary 2000 years ago Christ BECAME sin and suffered the pain of the punishment for every sin we ever commit, past, present, and future in an eternity of eternities for three hours hanging on the Cross Dying for you and I. His Death is become our victory over sin. He came a Preacher of righteousness of right relationship to God as our Father above sent Him and by the Holy Spirit He was in control of His life at every minute and destiny. John the Baptist was a preacher close at His heels a forerunner. Are you in control of your life and destiny? He called God His Father and accepted man's worship having made Himself equal with God, and in kenosis, the self-emptying of His Being, He obeyed God even to the Death on the Cross. His act of laying His life down for us in Crucifixion Death is the demonstraton of God's love personified to each person which I will explain is the basis for our evangelical faith.' You see, "No greater love has any man than that he laid down His life for his friends," Jesus said. Jesus calls us His own in the dramatic present, *"and no longer do I call you servants but I call you *friends."
So then that His Blood spilt was effectual is true and if even one drop of it fell to the ground was sufficient to buy us from our sins. God's Plan was for the Trinity to work in tandem and save mankind. It was an Innocent Righteous one to die for the many, life for life. In the Old Testament it was obtained in trust by the shedding of blood, the blood of animals. Jesus by His pleasing aroma to the Father and perfect life without sin is the Innocent Righeous Holy Lamb Of God Sacrifice in God's Sight: Our New Covenant. Let's be born again, saved, accepting Christ as Savior and Lord. And then dreams we dream can become like God's dream for us increasing us. But Paradise or Heaven as we call it concerning the next life, its heavenly destination for our own, & theoretically (from one generation to the next) it's home to come is from God direct.
We're saved by faith and repentence believing God by evangelical faith through the Son Jesus Christ. Believing Christ in partnership you can be under a different system then than unsaved. You can see God wants us for His own belonging joined in Spirit to Him, He having made us for His pleasure free will moral agents that have spirits that decide or choose. God's ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts higher than our thoughts; His idea is not a joining church nor turning over a new leaf as in reforming but coming to God His way in salvation through faith in Christ. Unsaved straddling the fence my plea is that you see that Jesus made big what it is to have rightness before God and how awesome God the Eternal Father is in providing this and the Holy Spirit's patience. I encourage you to get saved by joining Him. Jesus pulled no punches in preaching the Gospel showing how hard it's made for the rich and proud to see or enter the Kingdom of God without 'eyes to see' that are reborn now.
Jesus makes a difference in a life bound for heartache and defeat. He came to seek and to save the lost in sin, in ruination, the sinful, bruised, battered, broken, and shattered people He created. Does that include yourself first by birth through water, and by blood, and the will of man? You bet it does. Like Paul before religious Felix the royals do you feel almost persuaded to become a Second Birth Christian? Jesus, God incarnate did His Father's business always and never moved from His center which would be the case if He were to work on His own. But He ALWAYS pleased the Father obediently by what He said or did making Him the perfect sacrificial Lamb for sin not just great teacher or example. If it was right Jesus was up on it. He acted right and not from His own initiative and He was good. It was cool for Him to not obey the religion gone bad in man but God alone. HE SPOKE IN ELOQUENCE AND VERY WELL IN PUBLIC IN FACT ACTING KINDLY TO PEOPLE HE TOUCHED AND HEALED, AND THEIR DISEASES FREELY IMMEDIATELY INSTANTLY HE HEALED AND WITH ALL KINDS OF HEALINGS AND DIVINE MIRACLES HE PERFORMED, HIS DIVINE ENABLEMENT WAS BY HIS FATHER'S AID AND FAVOR. He spoke in a different way to the Pharisees who thought themselves good enough who despised God's way and other people: really Pharisee, Sadducees, teachers of the law, and scribes that kept the letter of the law but not the spirit of the law. *Jesus on the other hand healed on the Sabbath. He crossed racial lines to do it. He healed several people from a distance, and by spoken word alone healed all who came to Him. He commended calling "great" the faith of two persons outsiders to the Jewish Nation. He raised at least three people from the dead. He touched and the storm had to be quiet when He spoke to it. He touched the sick and the hurting in the earth and the world could not contain the books that could be written concerning of what He said and did in other words all that this Jesus the Mighty Prophet Healer, the Great Physician Savior Prophet Priest and Exalted King both began to do and say and teach.
In hearing the still small voice of God at one's conscience then to "get saved" convinced is right on. It tells one to live for God redeemed leaving sin behind by following Christ a disciple in the revealing and receiving of the revelation of His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ (by faith in His Risen Presence inside which is by His Resurrection from the dead.). The Word of God spoken by God's Voice to us individually reveals God's Perfect Will *His blueprint plans. Now this can turn up the heat on your own life or lifestyle OR bring His Victory if you're (quoting Paul,) 'in Christ.'
Paul spoke much of the engagement of faith in the will and in the Holy Spirit of being 'in Christ,' following our exalted Head Christ. There is freedom and victory in letting your light shine knowing God in faith and love while identifying with the statement "the cross was victorious" and walking in Christ by His belief system for you and obeying committment to Him. God through Christ's Atonement wrought a great victory in the shedding of Christ's Blood having slain the enmity thereby between Jew and Gentile and between man and God. For God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself not counting men's sins against them committing to us the word of reconciliation. God consciousness practiced by us helps us recognize His Character & His Holiness His Righteousness exists and Is the Nature Good and the Character of God. This belief in God for salvation not counting men's sin against them through Christ Who is the Personal Savior Who loves us everlastingly and unconditionally practically embraces us in the work on the cross with His intimate knowledge which is the New Covenant or Testament by grace. It's unmerited favor by Himself. First we start by agreeing we have sinned. God wants simply and with complexity to get involved in us well with our particular woes and in our personality to get His hands and fingers into our lives through our faith and the Spirit's operation. He has shown love for us. He has with indiscriminate and STRONG unconditional EMBRACING LOVE for us poured out His forgiveness of sins & Nature on us: The Trinity Father Son and Holy Spirit are as benefactors and we, as beneficiaries the inheritors of the inheritances in the Bible. God's love is unconditional. But His salvation is conditional on you cooperating with He as a team in faith. If you're saved spiritual things are spiritually discerned abiding in the Son Christ Jesus, and spiritual laws, like laws of viscosity and momentum in like *science for instance are observed or learned about as an education from textbooks and not from 'hard knocks experience.' But spiritually things of the Lord are found in the Bible discerned spiritually. (For there are three kinds of men and women according to Will Rogers the American: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to experience the electric fence and find out for themselves (you know what we mean.)) We need to know God everywhere individually not to just know He is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient and Immutable as unchanging attributes. He is that but to see and to love Him personally in the subjective reality of objective fact in the face of Jesus Christ Pre-Emminant and love Him genuinely if we're born of the Spirit. Knowing God 'in Christ' becomes to us a sitting, a walking, and a standing as said by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians. For instance in our discerning: we're seated with Christ in the heavenlies. And the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus allows us to sit in God's Presence as one saved at peace with God because we're sure of His salvation to us and one such saved one: is airlifted with Christ against gravity. For "He has set us free from the law of sin and death" and this is a law of spiritual airlift for the eternally sealed saved to enjoy spiritually at times. Vices or addictions like sins of the spirit or flesh will also make the soul sick and are not the narrow way nor straight gate of scripture. Christ is the Gate. He is the Door. This is the objective facts or truth the Bible declares. But people tend to want to run the gamut of sinful addictive habits by getting drunk or high, and sinfully care away from his/her conscience which would erroneously tell them its ok, rather than toward God's spiritual answer of the indwelling Christ, the salvation of soul and spirit which is found in Christ inside being hope, the hope of glory of His satisfying and dwelling within God's Presence inside and out.
Listen you are absolutely somebody because "God don't make no junk." God's not angry with you because of the Cross. In fact He loves you. It's love from Him uncondemning with His quality of love special and He has forgiven you. Jesus dying on the Cross is a proclamation God allows us to say to you. God's way out of this world and it's system is a spiritual soul salvation in the Holy Spirit and in the soul and spirit of you following Christ in the way. His way is gentleness. It's His gentle way so because we see to have a sinful nature that sins of tendency then that it must be forever dealt with. I'll explain this. Everybody is eternal and every soul is soberly willfully eternal and will find a home in either of two places based on a destiny built by evangelical faith. Like a fish out of water you would not enjoy heaven without God's recreating you by New Birth. You need God. Like putting nails in your coffin you give up voluntarily loving sin to the best of your knowledge and believe Jesus paid it all so you could go free. You hold the nails. You admit to being and doing wrong, say you're sorry, and "I repent," all to God. You get out of your prison and walk out. You nail it shut and leave old ways behind. You let Christ's Righteousness on you be thus for you your evidence of newness of life. Christ literally becomes your punishment against sins you committed. His righteous life, your right standing. His Death, your justification.
We know God's command to never sin was needed as far back as Cain and Abel for human beings who are being exposed to laws of Government and Biblical laws of governing and one's need to have restraint in a well behaved society is intact and in its individuals preserved as in all who come from Greek and Roman and JudeoChristian Culture Background is valid and taken care of by God through the salting influence of the Church. But to not look upon evil as so called moral individuals is hard too because the Ten Commandments at first look are dim and to obey at first glance, grim too because it's all we can do at times to obey because it's in our rebelling lower nature not to. This is no excuse however because all this is tied to the will re: our's. We have indeed sinned wilfully. Even a toddler can sin by omission and commission & before the age of accountability. Take a second look at scripture. We are men and women without excuse. God looks down upon the bunch of critters we are. He gives pity to the contrite. To those responsible to do right more grace is given which is unmerited favor. But He sees overall us in Adam and in our messes but doesn't like us to harm ourselves which sin does (Greek word for sin is harm-atia, ie. sin harms.)
Because of sin in the world, sins we have committed, and sinning we do trespassing wilfully we have stopped short of His glory in neglecting salvation up until now. We have broken His Bible Laws and come short. We have trespassed His glorious message. Have you ever confessed this of yourself to God alone? He says, "if we have never sinned or failed (perfect) we'd eventually get into heaven." Come let us reason together God says in Isaiah. But Adam the first of mankind made this doubly impossible by error in sin. The sin tendency passed to all men by Adam and that's why we're sin-ners and in the same sentence we're personally responsible for our own sin. "But at trying at one law and sinned performing the law you've failed at trying them all," it says in James 2:10. At times we stop ourselves in our tracks. We become convinced of His Christ is the way to God, and we be sinners in His sight. Breaking of God's laws by us hurts us and God and confessing that we deserve no better than hell for instance for them begins a personal relationship and a working a winning dialog with our Creator God His way accepting God's only Son's Sacrifice in His Blood to be forgiven and see a change in our attitude subsequently then lifestyle. But only by your humility can God convince you that you need a Savior and to follow Christ, "the Savior of all men," without some gentle nudging first. You indeed make the confession of sin, then faith, leap to God's love, and the reconciliation unto God is yours. Christ is a wonderful Savior and able truly to forgive the vilest offender.
God's command is be Reborn: to radicly conform to the aspects in every way of that word by faith and longing. You need a supernaturally evident salvation that is making you clean and white, resulting in you being as white as snow or wool inside in Christ just as surely as Will Rogers made science real to us and as real as Benaiah in II Samuel 23 killed a lion in a pit on a snowy day and an Egyptian (with a spear) with his club; and became David's bodyguard. God declares it to be so. Being saved obediently committed in determination on this. "For it's not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,"says the Lord. "And the Kingdom suffers violence and the violent take the Kingdom by force." Whosoever comes to Him a sinner admitting he/she is a sinner that sins before Him (that come to Him once and for all through His Son,) they are declared justified. This means before God Jesus is you're substitution in His sight. He takes away your sins in reality & gives you right standing and forgivenness you who follow Christ having encountered Him or come across Him in faith's box. Christ is the answer to all man's problems. Through grace mixed with faith working by love and prayer that prayer to be born again becomes a lifestyle by faith. Imagine going through your whole life living it (Zoe, the God kind of life,) to its fullest features animated completed by God Himself through the extent Christ Himself inside is the Source of your being!!! It's not a pipe dream but reality, because true grace does not lead to liscence to sin being not in the world but "in the Spirit," all things become new in God and in newness of life you're saved. But you have to endure to the end. There are new wineskins (lifestyle changed,) and you become new creations, you're saved, & are "in a new birth," reborn. In that condition you're qualified to interpret the Bible correctly. For after salvation you put like a piece of clothes a New Self which is created in true Righteousness & Holiness which is Christ Himself which is not a step but for there are no steps to sanctification. This is holiness by being made holy which Christ does alone for you with your faith participated. It is one act, (this saving happens from past, present, and future sins.)
We can all get to become new creations one by one outside as well within as the Bible puts it in II Corinthians 5:17 if we come to God by way of Jesus Christ. We're never right spot on there in perfection in salvation and we sin even after being reborn but not consistently through habit. In fact we like very much to draw away from sin and sinful practices. After getting saved we have no obligation to sin or to the sinful nature.
Practically start at God's altar you make in your heart in private prayer at God's Heaven's seat of mercy! Realize in God's sight you become a disciple a follower of Christ, one saved. It's by what we call "evangelical faith," nothing more that this occurs. All you do is ask and God shows you His answer, YES, but in Christ. You will need to confess Christ before men also.
We can exercise obedience to Christ then in the Kingdom of God (to Christ Jesus, His Gift, in His Risenness, we, raised to new life, seated in the heavenlies, as the Bible says, a 'chesed' disciple (heb. in lovingkindesses) in the Spirit in a spirit of gentleness. We Belong to Him then! You've then found the Lord!It's by the Holy Spirit's making Jesus Lord of you in every department that His saving work CAN BE THIS kinetic saved person, sanctified for He changes us by transforming our lives metamorphosizing us as in a mirror by our beholding the glory of God as in the face of Jesus Christ in the Word as Lord. We get a likeness or nature from God to live for God: by Jesus Himself being the Standard. He who has the Son has life! If you don't have the Son inside.. there is no life spiritually in you. You are dead in trespasses and sins and need a complete makeover. Do you practice the Presence of God? Yes you can if by coming to Him in the way of the Blood.
Will you accept His Gift? Eternal Life? Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by Him. One is excersizing his gift of faith to be subsequently saved, and sins are taken away gone! Forgiven! There is a sea of forgetfulness in God's sight and He posts a no fishing sign. We make a change of mind and attitude about sin when coming to Jesus Christ for Jesus changes our mind too for that edge to be possible for us (to be near to God also) & for us to be able to feel loved by God coming to Him. Jesus is all we will ever know of God He showing us an exact representation incarnation of God (see Hebrews 12; 1:3.) Don't you want to know Someone Who did so much for you in love no less? If we let God turn it for us & repent we will feel changes and we will feel His love happen in us. You experience God's love first for the first time and come into His atmosphere. He breathes on you His atmosphere filling you with the Holy Spirit.
We are receptive recipients of the Word like ever trusting children. If God said it that settles it. God dealt with the sin issue on the Cross. Transformed by the Spirit in grace you stay renewed in grace just keep renewing your mind. You will obtain this newness moment by moment as you keep in mind that your spirit needs to remain in the Word of God having made mental assent, comittment to, and follow through in accepting Jesus Christ for yourself trusting Him, & then try to not think like the unsaved nor have their problems at all. Romans 12:2. "Be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that you might prove what is that good, perfect, and acceptable Will Of God," the verse goes. You put off the old nature and embrace the new nature in everything. Problems never seem to go but they change and mix in God.
We look into the face of our Father. Scripture says of the New Birth, "old things have passed away, the new has come," & Hebrews says, "I will put my laws into their hearts and on their minds I will write them." In our mind, and spirit we're given a new heart and by the Holy Spirit we're renewed daily and fed and nourished to be equipped for grace-filled service to God and to man being saved. No man can love without Jesus Christ. It may be love as lust so called, or love for someone in authority or family, or be romance but God's love lasts eternally everlasting. Jesus Christ has finished the work forever and you are seated with Him in the Heavenlies so live yet like it is so if you bravely want to take God at His Word. God created us and He claims complete ownership of our being as Lord Creator Redeemer Designer. "If we lived like this Book is real for one week, men would repent in ways we don't know about," was declared by John Wesley. Salvation is entirely by faith through grace in God's sight in the Spirit from Him brought to Spirit-led unfathomable riches in Christ and living it out by us and fruition is possible in the spiritual DNA of Him in new motives from God. It's received/believed based on the finished work of Christ from which He draws us, & is evidenced by faith from start to finish. Trouble diminishes making Jesus Lord as a part of being in the Holy Spirit's plan then. God ministers and raises us up to walk on mountains to become who we never could be in lying in green pastures and beside still waters God having ownership of us, we on His shoulders, His lambs.
The Certificate of debt is destroyed which was against us Col 2:13,14. He begins to process the fruit of a Christian life in and through us in the Spirit. Hallelujah! What a Soul Fellowship! A Soul Koinonia!
We have come in faith to Jesus for a Divine Blood Transfusion: it's a curative and corrective Gospel by the Great Physician, our Savior we have.
II Corinthians 5:19-21. Will you come to God 'Just As I Am,' the chorus goes? Pray with me now to get right with God. Will you? Come to Christ. Believe God's Word implicitly being explicitly true also.
That prayer for repentance let it be breathed up to God.
Love God and let go to live Zoe Lives. Live lives of love for God and men being faith-followers of Christ Divinely righted by grace. Live it before God one day at a time as a grace walk and love walks to glorify Jesus to the praise of His glory. (As also they came to Christ, so they abide and stay with Him, and walk in Him these followers of Jesus Christ Col. 2:6; John 15; I John 2.) We're laying up treasure in heaven bearing fruit rejoicing with Father God growing in grace in Christ with God's Kingdom inside zealous for good works with a quality of love from Him and mighty inside are being drawn to be desirous to be like Christ, as He lived His life until He comes back, His disciple (which is His disciple's objective.) It's a Finished Work this Christian life through the Holy Spirit's energy (greek ergon) but out-lived by us. It's relationships in God in Symphony by Him (Greek Symphoria.) Salvation is not of yourself, not of works lest any man should boast. We're not religious, but we maintain a relationship with our Lord Jesus and through the Spirit to God! Trinity. We are His Hands His Feet! Christianity is God having bled for you at Calvary and not you bleeding in your attempt to get to God. We 'love God' as saints (greek Hagios) true sincere with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and "love our neighbor" "as yourself," which is the summing up completely of the Old Covenant demand. This is also the framework for the New Covenant Substance thus making the Bible one seamless message in the Son, Christ Jesus by New Birth. Rejoice. Pray about this and ask God for salvation if you haven't already.
You are God's masterpiece artwork then, redeemed saved, God's precious child. The Potter has rights over the clay (us.) After salvation or becoming saved YOU are by the Holy Spirit's Advantage being a thank you epistle to God (A letter is an epistle in Greek,) written by the Holy Spirit of God within and without with the laws of God. We follow God in grace as disciples saved in the ways of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter called alongside to help * through Christ Who is Risen and through and with our participation. It's by grace from start to finish this abundant life sparked in the Spirit in and through Jesus Christ. And it starts and ends with Eternal Life in the Word which starts by faith in Christ now. Mt. 6:33 is, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." Let God be true and every man a liar about this even a colorful NEWNESS OF LIFE not a reforming life. It's like a prize one gets. So run your race in a way that is winning lawfully in God's grace. This is not a passive thing though you don't do one thing to earn it. God's promise is to bring it to pass and make you a noble fit creature for Heaven and finish what He started in you abounding, a vital part of God's Body & A New Creation. Let Christ say who you are and no other person or source. Come to God through Christ. Again come to Christ Phil 1:6; Gal 6:1ff. Go For Gusto With God In His Love! Forgiven! In Him You Are More Than A Conqueror Through His Love! David Candel 8/12/10
Now here's why I believe and hold true about *true personal relationship with the one and only true Living Creator: God gives us evangelical faith (which is a gift) to believe what He's done, what He's doing, and what He's going to do in the future! Do you recognize He loves you? Joyfully hilariously? That's love spelled l-o-v-e with much tender generosity, & lovingkindnesses. He has surely met your many needs and wants, food, clothing, and shelter by His hand. Do you have a certain object of faith? Is it holding you to something or SomeOne? It matters because this is the Incarnate God, He has revealed Himself: Christ the Son. For there's no formula to get to heaven but Christ He is the way! We are sinners and if you can fathom that you need God you need to know, the way is God in peace between you and He and that God loves you and wants you in His Will & in a personal way known by Him. For in God's Son, yes in His Fullness Resurrected Presence there is peace, joy and pleasures at His right hand evermore and this is all in knowing Him personally through Jesus Christ which starts with forgiveness of your sins. The Holy Spirit welcomes you to God's Family. God is buying you through your accepting Christ as Savior: Eternal life starts at the Cross! Salvation is an offense to the world because they can't understand it. Scripture says, "but if any man love the world the love of the Father is not in him." It begins outside, you hearing the words of scripture and plan of redemption, then by belief in His finished work, from Christ's words drawing you near, hearing the still small voice of God to repent and responding to the Living Gospel. Living the Christian life isn't in self-righteousness but in Him depending on Him. Living as a Christian isn't silver or gold in having but having such things what God wants, contentment. Christ is our righteousness and we boast in Him alone. We're in His Presence constantly for in Him we live and move and have our being. Jesus Christ is the beginning and the end and fulfillment of righteousness to all who believe, for those who believe/receive His grace don't exert effort on their part for righteousness because they that do works alone to get to God aren't cutting the mustard. But as you have received Jesus Christ Savior and Lord as a child of God you will. Without help from the Holy Spirit its impossible. Walk in Him in dependence on Him. Receive Him like you would a familiar trusted friend. He is able to save and keep you personally found like in our Lord's parable in Luke 15 says. There God writes, "He rejoices and invites others to rejoice even over one sinner who repents."
If you're living by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and the Rapture comes while you're living in a Christ honoring discipled relationship to God by faith and in fellowship through grace (let me emphasize it's by faith through grace) you can be caught up in ("rapizo" in the orig. Bible languages, 'caught away') the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so shall you ever be with the Lord Jesus! Even so come Lord Jesus! Maranatha.