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    One need not fully understand the blessings of God to be partaker in “all things that pertain unto life and godliness,” which He, by “His divine power hath given unto us” (2Pe 1:3). Upon rebirth the recipient of these blessings learns to know them through Scripture, then the Spirit progressively gives the understanding concerning the purpose, function and appropriation of them all. It took much of our lives to get to them (i.e. salvation, etc.) and we will be spending the rest of our lives to learn to walk in them.

    During the time we are gaining more understanding concerning the blessings of God for the saint, we are in full possession of them all, thus giving us title to them, but we can walk in only those we first know (through Scripture), then understand and appropriate (by the Spirit’s teachings). Just as a reborn has the Spirit of God (“lives in the Spirit”) within, the issue now is always increasing understanding concerning the “walk in the Spirit” (Gal 5:25), wherein lies the fullness of eternal “life and godliness.”

    As the believer is fully aware, the primary purpose of all things is to glorify God, and His method of choice in doing so is primarily through “reconciliation.” The love of God, especially to the believer is the pinnacle evidence of His glory, which cannot more fully manifest itself in any other way than through “reconciliation”; and the heart of which God desires to be reconciled is the selfsame heart which offers the greatest resistance. If we do not understand God’s forgiveness concerning all of our sin, it’s doubtless that His forgiveness is rightly understood concerning any of our sin, but nevertheless complete forgiveness has been received for all reborn.

    It is the pure conscience which reveals the proper comprehension of reconciliation, and it is when God shows us the “old man” and its deeds that He is glorified in our response of faith concerning being “sanctified” and reconciled with Him—which was “once for all” time established for us at rebirth (Heb 10:10). Within the last century I believe one of the greatest hindrances with many within Christendom is that we have been unknowingly taught (their teachers also) in our spiritual life to conceive the admixture of Judaism and Christianity (Judeo-Christian!#?) within our understanding. This explains why we often collate salvation and its blessed provisions with that of merit, for such was rightfully centric of God’s covenant with Israel, in that the provisions of forgiveness and all blessings were merit-dependent.

    Thus, the guilt of sin believers retain will be in conscience only, for all reborn are completely guiltless (Rom 8:1). Though we are forever reconciled from rebirth, the level of our walk within “the ministry of reconciliation” (2Co 5:18) will be commensurate with the attribution that is made towards self in effecting or retaining it (Jhn 3:30).

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    Excellent piece. This explains more succinctly what I've been trying to say all along. We get our teachings from the word of God by the Spirit of God.
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    • #3
      Amen, "not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth" (1Co 2:13). Thanks for the reply!
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        1 Corinthians 2:13 -- Excellent! NetChaplain, you have a gift for finding just what needs to be found in the Bible for the right topic. All that man writes or says regarding the faith must be grafted and rooted first in Scripture or it is not connected to the Vine; thus no fruit can be produced and the branch will just wither and die. That which man says which is the truth about faith can only be the truth if the Bible says it as well. Man's Spirit-filled guidance can lead us to the truth, but only as long as the Spirit does the leading.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Stratcat View Post
          1 Corinthians 2:13 -- Excellent! NetChaplain, you have a gift for finding just what needs to be found in the Bible for the right topic. All that man writes or says regarding the faith must be grafted and rooted first in Scripture or it is not connected to the Vine; thus no fruit can be produced and the branch will just wither and die. That which man says which is the truth about faith can only be the truth if the Bible says it as well. Man's Spirit-filled guidance can lead us to the truth, but only as long as the Spirit does the leading.
          Amen, if a "work be of men, it will come to nothing" (Acts 5:38). Conversely, if what we do is of God, He will make something of it, and it will show. Like James 2:24: "by works a man is justified." The word justified has two senses: to render one righteous (which only Christ can do); to show one righteous. Thus, works show (justify) faith, i.e. "I'll show (justify) you my faith by my works" (2:18).

          Appreciate your kind compliment and comments!

          God's blessing to your Family!


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          • #6
            The 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689

            "The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith was written by Calvinistic Baptists in England to give a formal expression of the Reformed and Protestant Christian faith with an obvious Baptist perspective. This confession, like The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) and the Savoy Declaration (1658), was written by Puritans who were concerned that their particular church organization reflect what they perceived to be Biblical teaching." Source: Wikipedia

            The Puritans' main concern here was that people perceive that they have the Bible as their authority in their Confession of Faith and precursors which comprised it. This is what I'm talking about. To be right with God, we need to be right with His word. All writings and so forth must be right with the Bible or they are not right with God, no matter how pious and religious they sound. This is what the Puritans were trying so hard to be careful about. It is also why they were Calvinists. They took care as to what the Scriptures actually say, not to opine over them blending their own thoughts into them.
            Last edited by Stratcat; 06-03-2015, 08:21 AM.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Stratcat View Post
              . The Puritans took care as to what the Scriptures actually say, not to opine over them blending their own thoughts into them.
              Amen, the Word and nothing but the Word, so help us God!

              God Be Blessed!
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