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    The Christian is one who is not only sheltered from judgment by the Blood of the Lamb, not only delivered from the power of all his enemies by the death of the Lord Jesus, but is also associated with Him where He now is, at the right hand of the Father; he is passed out of death in resurrection and ascension* (Eph 2:6) and is blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Christ.

    The believer is thus a heavenly man, and, as such, is called to walk in this lost world in all the varied relationships and responsibilities in which the good hand of the Father has placed him. He is not a monk, or an ascetic, or a man who lives in the clouds, fit neither for earth or heaven. He is not one who lives in a dreamy, misty, impractical region but on the contrary, one whose happy privilege it is, from day to day, to reflect, amid the scenes and circumstances of earth, the grace and virtues of the Lord Jesus, with whom, through infinite grace, and on the solid ground of accomplished redemption, he is linked in the power of the Holy Spirit.

    The believer is one whose sins are forgiven, who possess eternal life, and knows it; in whom the Holy Spirit dwells; who is accepted in and associated with the risen and glorified Lord Jesus Christ. He has broken with the world, has died to sin and the law, and finds his object and delight, and his spiritual sustenance in the One who loved him and gave Himself for him, and for whose coming he waits every day of his life.

    This is the New Testament description of a Christian. How immensely it differs from the ordinary type of Christian profession around us we need not say. But let the reader measure himself by the divine standard and see wherein he comes short; for of this he may rest assured that there is no reason whatsoever, so far as the love of the Father, or the work of the Son, or the testimony of the Spirit are concerned, why he should not be in the full enjoyment of all the rich and rare spiritual blessings which appertain to the true Christian position. Dark unbelief, fed by legality, bad teaching and spurious religiousness rob many of the Father’s dear children of their proper place and portion. Not only so, but from want of a thorough break with the world, many are sadly hindered from the clear perception and the full realization of their position and privileges as heavenly people.

    We must learn what true Christianity is from the pages of the New Testament, and having learned it there, judge ourselves by its heavenly light. In this way, while we shall ever have to confess and mourn our shortcomings, our hearts shall ever, more and more, be filled with praise to Him whose infinite grace has brought us into such a glorious position, in union and fellowship with His own Son—a position blessed by God, in nowise dependent upon our personal state, but which, if really apprehended, must exert a powerful influence upon our entire course, conduct and character.

    - C H Mackintosh



    Poster’s Opinion:
    *”ascension”: John Gill - ‘and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus’: Christ is entered into heaven as the Forerunner (Heb 6:20), to take possession of it for His people, in their name; and to prepare mansions of glory for them, and in these they sit; which imports honor, pleasure, rest from labor and weariness, and safety and security.
    “What adds to the happiness of this is, that it is together with all the saints, and with Christ Himself; and in these they are made to sit already; which is so said, because of the certainty of it, for the same glory Christ has, they have (John 17:22 – in my opinion the glory is son-ship which is oneness with God and one another through the Spirit—NC); and because of their right to such a blessing; and chiefly because Christ their Head is set down therein, who sustains their persons, bears their names on His heart, and represents them. “


    Daily devotional by Miles J Stanford: None But The Hungry Heart

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    At some point in their growth, almost every Christian will struggle with the question of 'what is my purpose'. It may come tangled in knots of worry about missing some 'perfect will of God' and perhaps stumbling along doing something 'good' in our own strength, or a nagging fear that we might somehow make a wrong choice and have an opportunity slip through our fingers, never to return. It is utter nonsense, but the human heart feels what it feels and fears what it fears. I remember struggling with the question of what is my gifting, my calling, my ministry. How should I serve God? What does he want me to do? What if I get it wrong?

    "The Divine Standard" reminds me of the answer God finally gave me ... God is for me.

    God told me to stop worrying and just do something. If it made me happy, Imagine that I held a scroll signed by God himself pledging that he would support anything that I did as long as what I did was intended to bring glory to Him. Would I like to become an Evangelist like Billy Graham proclaiming the gospel to vast crowds? Then do it and God had promised to bless it. Would I like to lay hands on the sick and cure their disease? Then do it and God had promised to bless it. God had lifted the fear and placed the ball into my court. Then came the all important question ... so now that I can do anything and have God's promise to bless it, what do I want to do? What task for the body of Christ do I want to make my own?

    As I thought about it, I realized that the task, the action, the activity, that quickened my spirit like no other was to reach into the heart of a new believer and help them see an eternal truth of God that they had known all along. There is a magic moment when you go from thinking something might be so, to knowing that it is so in such a way that no power in the universe can ever shake your faith in what you know to be true ever again. That's what I wanted to do. By His Grace, that is what I have had the privilege to do. I have tried, but frankly I stink at evangelism. However get them to the starting line, and I can see to it they get fed and grow and reach out to help others. I have a heart to explain and encourage. Their success is my victory. Their growth is my badge of honor.

    So think of the possibilities. We have already won. We cannot fail. We can do anything and everything necessary to bring God the glory he deserves. He promised it. As certain as if you had a scroll with his signature on it.
    What if our fear didn't hold us back?
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      Originally posted by atpollard View Post
      At some point in their growth, almost every Christian will struggle with the question of 'what is my purpose'. It may come tangled in knots of worry about missing some 'perfect will of God' and perhaps stumbling along doing something 'good' in our own strength, or a nagging fear that we might somehow make a wrong choice and have an opportunity slip through our fingers, never to return. It is utter nonsense, but the human heart feels what it feels and fears what it fears. I remember struggling with the question of what is my gifting, my calling, my ministry. How should I serve God? What does he want me to do? What if I get it wrong?

      "The Divine Standard" reminds me of the answer God finally gave me ... God is for me.

      God told me to stop worrying and just do something. If it made me happy, Imagine that I held a scroll signed by God himself pledging that he would support anything that I did as long as what I did was intended to bring glory to Him. Would I like to become an Evangelist like Billy Graham proclaiming the gospel to vast crowds? Then do it and God had promised to bless it. Would I like to lay hands on the sick and cure their disease? Then do it and God had promised to bless it. God had lifted the fear and placed the ball into my court. Then came the all important question ... so now that I can do anything and have God's promise to bless it, what do I want to do? What task for the body of Christ do I want to make my own?

      As I thought about it, I realized that the task, the action, the activity, that quickened my spirit like no other was to reach into the heart of a new believer and help them see an eternal truth of God that they had known all along. There is a magic moment when you go from thinking something might be so, to knowing that it is so in such a way that no power in the universe can ever shake your faith in what you know to be true ever again. That's what I wanted to do. By His Grace, that is what I have had the privilege to do. I have tried, but frankly I stink at evangelism. However get them to the starting line, and I can see to it they get fed and grow and reach out to help others. I have a heart to explain and encourage. Their success is my victory. Their growth is my badge of honor.

      So think of the possibilities. We have already won. We cannot fail. We can do anything and everything necessary to bring God the glory he deserves. He promised it. As certain as if you had a scroll with his signature on it.
      What if our fear didn't hold us back?
      Thanks for the reply, which I believe to be accurate and instructional. Even when we may think we are idle God is "working in us" (Phl 2:13) what He wants us to do in our service, and I believe it is our walk that He works on the most because it determines the success level of the services (works), of which both, esp. the latter (John 5:8) glorifies or manifests God's indwelling.

      The two highly significant revelations needed of which I'm certain all saints are eventually brought to are knowing that the "fruit of the Spirit," which manifests most in our walk cannot be produced by the believer but only displayed ("bear"); and a sufficient knowledge, esp. of the NT for the Spirit to use for "teaching" them (1Cor 2:13). Many have not matured, not because of lack of desire, for it is such which God implants in all believers, but “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God" (Mat 22:29 NLT). It stand to reason that it is only through the Word that God's power is learned and understood.

      The more Word exposure results in more growth progressed, and the growth is always superior to the service; and the fellowship is superior to all, which is what all produces!

      Blessed Be God!
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