Sunday, February 26, 2017

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER  4 (2 of 4)
CHRISTIAN LIBERTY
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God is the One who determines what is sin for us, not someone else.  God knows our weaknesses and strengths, what will cause us to backslide and what will not.  Judging one another on the basis of our own weaknesses and strengths is judging in error.  This is not to say that there is therefore no boundaries concerning what is sin and what is not, for Paul emphasized that,  "All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not." 1 Corinthians 10:23.  Throughout the scriptures whether it was Jesus or the Apostles, definite boundaries were made for what is unacceptable behavior, and what is an acceptable lifestyle that is Christ-like behavior.
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We cannot walk in blatant disobedience, in "the way of sinners," and think God will not require it of us (discipline).  For, He will not let us live out our newness of life that way.  Some of the ways He will discipline us is through our finances, relationships, our health, and anything else to get our attention that He requires a "high standard" of conduct or behavior. 
God allows difficulties and bad experiences to happen to us to draw us closer to Him, not to cause us to abandon Him.  God holds us accountable for the choices we make according to the desires and dictates of the sinful nature that is bound in our flesh.  There are times He will have mercy, but that does not mean He is OK with our choice, eventually He will discipline us.
Anyone who says they are His then habitually behaves and lives like an unconverted Sinner, they are not Christians they are hypocrites.  Although a lifestyle like that of a "Christian" is no proof of truly being born-again, truly being born-again will produce a Christ-like behavior.  For, true "saving faith" in God will cause us to live the standard of holiness that excels the world's concept of morality, perfection, and Christian righteousness.
But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should
not be condemned with the world. 1 Corinthians 11:32
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Ye see then how that by works (acts, deeds, labor) a man is justified, and not by faith only.  For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is  dead also. James 2:24, 26
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Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.   2 Corinthians 5:17
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:20
I do not do righteousness because I am required to, I do it because it is now my "nature" to do it, and against my "nature" to sin, in the "inner man". When we were "Sinners" in the inner man, it was our "nature" to sin and against our "nature" to do anything good.  Good moral deeds do not make a Sinner a Christian, accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior does.  Doing the deeds of the "flesh" (the sinful-nature still present in our flesh) has a negative impact on the salvation of our soul.  It is with this fact that the mission of the Holy Spirit through faith, the mercy, grace, and longsuffering of God, instructs us how to crucify and mortify the desires of the sinful nature still bound in our "flesh," so that His righteous nature can be manifested through us.
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Light and darkness cannot have fellowship.  As we live out our life in Christ there is a constant war concerning this, with God's intent that we win the battle for the manifestation of righteousness and obedience, instead of sin and rebellion to flow out of our "flesh."   People should see a copy of Jesus, when they see us.   As long as we are in this physical body the tendency to yield to the sinful nature that continues to thrive in our "flesh" will compel us to disobey God.  God has given us the power of the Holy Spirit to resist and get the victory over this "tendency."
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Although in our spirit we cannot sin, in our flesh we can.  One of the adventures of serving Christ is learning how to crucify and mortify the tendency of the flesh to sin, to let the righteousness of God that is in our "inner man" be seen in our flesh.  God has made this a law of the kingdom (predestinated, established) that this will happen as our "walk" with Him develops (Romans 8:29)
Jesus is our example of how it is possible for His Saints not to sin, not to disobey God.  Having suffered the temptation of the flesh to disobey God, He never yielded to the temptation, which caused Him to live a fully obedient life, thus completing the work for why He took on flesh to walk among us, which made Him worthy to be the Savoir of those who walk in His example of obedience, to obey God as He did. (Hebrews 5:9). The power of the Holy Spirit is what made this possible for Jesus, and what makes it possible for us, His Saints.
I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. Romans 7:21-23
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. Romans 8:29-30
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For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Hebrews 2:10
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;    Hebrew 5:8-9
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15
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My FaceBook Timeline https://www.facebook.com/samuel.siders; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on AolAnswers and FaceBook can be on my FaceBook Timeline spanning over seven years.
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My activity about sharing the Word of God with Muslims continues; this open door that the Lord has made available to me as an apologist is one where worldwide opportunities are made available (all English speaking people around the world from many different countries, races, and religious beliefs). It is WRITTEN in 1 Peter 3:15…” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God wants us to know AND understand His Word (2 Timothy 2:15), “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Jude 3, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
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My past week began with a conversation about blood sacrifice (sacrificial laws) needed for sin to be forgiven and atoned for. An article I read some years ago states around 90 AD a Rabbi wrote piety and repentance is all that God requires to receive eternal life, misusing Scripture to validate his doctrine, a doctrine that Rabbis, who reject Jesus is the Messiah, continue to teach to this day. The doctrine is one of many reasons unregenerate Israelis deny Jesus’ death atones for sin, obviously because they are taught atonement is not required, the other reason is a misuse of the Law that states human sacrifice is forbidden.
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One thing the Lord made me aware of is that God is not bound by Torah Law, we are; therefore God can provide a human sacrifice if HE wants to, and the only part of Torah He has bound to Himself to fulfill is ALL His Promises, including Favor or Wrath depending on whether we obey or rebel against Torah Law. God taught Paul which Laws continue to be required under the New Covenant and which of these apply to Gentile Christians as opposed to those for Israeli Christians, but one fact did not change for BOTH, this are the Mosaic Ethical Laws (10 Commandments) which Jesus summarized in the statement “to Love God with ALL and your neighbor as yourself.” Amazing how many who “claim” to be Christian are blind to this, and teach “the Law has been done away and it is no longer required of us,” Totally Blind to how twisted and perverted that statement is. Jesus taught holiness and so did ALL the Apostles, but LIBERALS response like neither ever did.
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There are Liberals who like to deceive against the need to live holy, by falsely claiming “to do so is working for our salvation;” Blindly claiming that to teach living holy is a “works based salvation.” That statement is so twisted and deceived it is amazing. A “works based salvation” DENIES the need to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior; therefore to teach holiness AFTER receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior…is not… teaching a “works based salvation.” God requires us to live holy lives but that without Jesus as Lord and Savior holiness does not merit eternal life for anyone, Ephesians 2:8-9 validates this, and Ephesians 2:10 validates Obedience (holiness) is require AFTER salvation by “grace through faith. Apostle James wrote in James 2:21-24 that faith …is not… made perfect without obedience, and that a person is Justified by obedience and …not… by faith only. BOTH obedience AND faith are required for us to be Justified; as I teach, to receive eternal life at the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:9-10, Hebrews 4:11 and 6:1-2, Revelation 3:1-5 and 22:12; among other references).
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Another topic was about Jeremiah 31:31-34 having begun in the first century with the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, and those who blindly deny it, they teaching it is an end time prophecy. The claim against the New Covenant having started with Jesus’ resurrection has so many holes that I will only share one of many Biblical facts for the “holes.” The word “Regeneration” is used twice in the KJV; Matthew 19:28 and Titus 3:5.
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The one in Matthew is about the Next Creation after this one has been destroyed by fire. The one in Titus is teaching about the second birth that Jesus said is required to see and enter the Kingdom of God; without God’s second birth (first regeneration John 3:3-6) through Jesus as Lord and Savior, no one will have part of the Next Creation (new earth and new heaven/second regeneration Daniel 7:27). The definition for the Greek word Paliggenesia (regeneration) means New Birth or Renewal; I use the words “New Birth” often to describe what Jesus called being “born again” is in John 3:3-6, Titus 3:5 agrees with my use.
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  Samuel    2/19/2017  [God deep in you relationship with God not shallow]
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