1 Corinthians 2:11
As Peter wrote, we have become partakers of God’s divine nature through His precious and magnificent promises (2 Peter 1:4). Now, we are His children, and as His children, we have the right to become ‘like God’, in the degree that He makes available.
Paul makes it clear that we are growing. We do not begin in perfect faith, but we grow in faith, and mature, both individually and corporately, until we reach maturity. This implies change, and this implies growth. It is enough to be like Him.
[U]ntil we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
The life we live is but a vapor. The victory of this life is seeing the greater, seeing Beyond the temporal into the Eternal, and to see that, in Christ, we will never die.
As unbelief is a greater belief in the natural, physical life greater than in the spiritual, so the life we live is not in the flesh, but in the Spirit. The life we live, as the apostle Paul wrote, we live by faith in the Son of God (Galatians 2:20).
The world hates followers of Jesus. The verdict against humanity is this, that men, even though confronted with their own sin in the light, prefer to kill those who show them they are wrong, rather than coming with humility before an Almighty, merciful God (John 3:19). Rather than feeling with their heart, they justify, set up road blocks, walls, and excuses that they cannot tell right from wrong any more.
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
There are many ways to approach discipleship in Christ, but one thing is assured. Unless your obedience is carried to the extreme, it is not Biblical Christianity.
Discipleship begins at the cross. It begins at the laying down of everything of this life, and that of following the Master. From start to finish, it must be about absolute trusting and dependence upon the Shepherd for everything. Read more…
Imagine for a moment that the church made a shift, that it turned a corner, and that instead of holiness being a marginal topic, one that is sometimes talked about, but seldom embraced, imagine that it was suddenly the norm for Christians again to expect holiness in their meetings, in their ministers, and in their people’s daily lives.
What if there was a dramatic shift in the body, only possible by God, of course, so that the whole of mainstream Christianity was revitalized, revived even, so that we had a living, active knowledge of God on a personal basis from God teaching us Himself? Read more…
Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
Light reveals. Light illuminates. Light is righteousness, and darkness is evil.
In all places, the true light that gives light to every man, Jesus Christ, is always a portrait of illumination, but also of righteousness. It is the voice of Him who is above, who is true light, the Father of Lights.
One Thing I asked of the Lord, this one thing I seek, that I might dwell, gaze, and inquire, hidden by thy wing.
Within the realm of the Spirit, all else ceases to matter.
Consumed within His fiery love His Gaze rises above the rest.
One Thing I asked of the Lord, and this I shall receive.
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
There were three feasts in the Old Covenant during which every adult male was required to make the trip to Jerusalem (Deuteronomy 16:16). In all, there were seven feasts, each pointing to different aspects of Jesus’ life and ministry, but three were particularly required. No matter where any man lived in that day, they were required to travel to the city God had chosen, Jerusalem.
What a far distance from this Scriptures so many people live today! Not that this isn’t done, but that there are so few that can do it, or seem to, at the very least! It happens for sure, but we could be further along.
Consider this. If someone who is caught in a trespass, the one who is spiritual should restore the other in gentleness. That is, the person who is not caught in sin should restore the person who is. While it is obvious that a person here is caught in a trespass, let us not miss the obvious that there is someone in this picture who isn’t!