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It’s All Good—For the Christian!

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What makes one a Christian? Primarily it is faith in Christ’s sacrificial atonement! This precedes the manifestation of works, thus one cannot know the service until it is learned by Scripture.

 

It’s All Good—For the Christian!

 

Or rather—it’s all God! That is, there is no partnership with God concerning the effecting of our salvation, as if we must do our part so He can does His! “Through faith” man can only be but the recipient of the redemption which was expiated by the Lord Jesus, hence the “grace” (Eph 2:8:9); and the fuller this is known, the “easier” and “lighter” our way will be (Mat 11:30).

 

When the path within the redeemed seems to be more than difficult, i.e. “beyond” what you can “bear” (1Co 10:13), the journey is not presently being traversed according to the prescribed pilgrimage, for the commands of God “are not grievous” (1Jhn 5:3) to saints who learn the instruction of Romans 8:28 (a favorite passage for most I strongly suspect). Nothing occurs in the life of those reborn without God first purposing it to result for their “good.”

 

Though any Biblical instruction may yet be in the learning process, its truth and promise are no less active for each believer because its operation depends solely on God, who will allow nothing to interfere with anything which He has “purposed” (Eph 1:9; 3:11), it is as though it is already done. We can be exhorted to know that we are not required to live by explanations but by faith in what is seen in Scripture. The learning will eventually be established (2Ti 2:7), and we will come to know that the strengthening of faith occurs mostly, not in the learning but in the lesson.

 

There is much instruction in applicably knowing that God has taken into account all that the believer will ever do, therefore His promises are never contingent upon our period of learning but upon His written Word. The Teacher knows we will learn, and we will know the lesson is well-learned here when each day can be welcomed with a doubtless knowledge that it has already been worked out for our “good.”

 

For Christians, one of the highly beneficial effects concerning all occurrences is that of strengthening our faith, which causes us to “draw close to God” (Jas 4:8)—with a nearness that is established when drawing close to one another (1Jhn 4:20). It has been well said that “love functions not according to the quality of its object, but according to its nature.”

 

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith” (Heb 10:22).

 

- NC

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I disagree. I read many places (in the Old Testament, out of Christ's own mouth in the New Testament) that God didn't want a sacrifice! You recall that it was because of a sacrifice that the first murder was committed! :mad:

 

I'm Christian no matter WHAT I believe! because of 'what the word means.' "Christian" means 'of the Anointed One and His Anointing.'

 

As The Prodigal Son was "dead" to his father until he returned to the farm, so 'non-believers' are considered "doomed" until they accept The Anointing (God's Grace, which most of us learn THROUGH the story of Jesus' death/resurrection/ascension).

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I disagree. I read many places (in the Old Testament, out of Christ's own mouth in the New Testament) that God didn't want a sacrifice! You recall that it was because of a sacrifice that the first murder was committed! :mad:

 

Hi JM - Thanks for your reply, and I believe I may understand your point, if it is related to the fact that God did not take pleasure in the required animal sacrifices of the Law (Heb 10:5, 8). This does not intend that God did not desire Able's offering (Gen 4:4), and had desire for the Lord Jesus' sacrifice "with the body Thou hadst prepared Me" (Heb 10:5).

 

But now it is that we "present our bodies a living sacrifice" (Rom 12:1) as a "service" to God.

 

As Scripture declares we know that to be born again, it is essential to believe in Christ's resurrection (Rom 10:9), which obviously presumes the essentials of His birth (1Jhn 4:2, 3; 2Jhn 1:7) and death.

 

THROUGH the story of Jesus' death/resurrection/ascension).

I believe this puts us in agreement concerning the slavific essentials.

 

God's blessings to your Family!

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Hi JM - Thanks for your reply, and I believe I may understand your point, if it is related to the fact that God did not take pleasure in the required animal sacrifices of the Law (Heb 10:5, 8). This does not intend that God did not desire Able's offering (Gen 4:4), and had desire for the Lord Jesus' sacrifice "with the body Thou hadst prepared Me" (Heb 10:5).

 

But now it is that we "present our bodies a living sacrifice" (Rom 12:1) as a "service" to God.

 

As Scripture declares we know that to be born again, it is essential to believe in Christ's resurrection (Rom 10:9), which obviously presumes the essentials of His birth (1Jhn 4:2, 3; 2Jhn 1:7) and death.

 

God's blessings to your Family!

 

That's just ... maybe if I post "Jay Harry Jude Hubbard (that's me) is the King of the World" in enough places, my coronation will be scheduled for next week.

 

There are plenty of Scriptures you can find to support whatever inspiration you lift from any other Scripture, but--if you'll read straight through it--you'll see plenty of stuff that (in certain contexts) will contradict what you read before! like I am in Jeremiah 6 right now, reading how he plans to have Northern nations swoop in and DESTROY Israel!

 

That, and I'm not seeing where people got the idea that God wants any of these "filthy rags" to be devoted to him! I mean, I understand that he's a good example to follow--giving everything for the glory of his creation--but Where do we get the idea that 'what WE treasure' is worth ANYTHING to him.

 

 

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There are plenty of Scriptures you can find to support whatever inspiration you lift from any other Scripture,

I usually do not communicate without Scripture because it's difficult enough to do so without it for a reference.

God bless!

 

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