But when I saw that they were deviating from the truth of the gospel, I told Cephas in front of everyone, "If you, who are a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel Gentiles to live like Jews?"Galatians 2:14(HCSB)
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1 NIV)
There is another word, which just means that which has escaped from slavery and is breathing free air. That is a fine picture, a fine portrait for Overcomers – that which has escaped from slavery and is breathing free air. I dare not stay to interpret that. Some of us, even in our Christian lives and histories, know what it is to escape from slavery. Oh, the old bondage of the Christian system and order, expectation and demands, all the old rota and legality! – to be free of it all! Not only to be raised with Christ, but to have the grave clothes taken off and to be breathing the free air of the spiritually emancipated! That is what this word calls a "remnant," and that is not something extra to Christianity. It is exactly what you find at the beginning with the Church.
The Lord had cried in the midst of a burdened, tyrannized, religious nation – "Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light" (Matt. 11:28-30). What is the old yoke, the old burden, which has harassed and worn these people so that they are weary to death, drawing out His compassionate appeal – "Come unto Me, and I will give you rest"? It is the old yoke and burden of legalistic religion, 'thou shalt' and 'thou shalt not': 'you must' and 'you must not' – the whole system built up like that; a great burden. "They bind heavy burdens," Jesus said, "and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves will not move them with their finger" (Matt. 23:4). And this word for "remnant" means such as have escaped slavery and are breathing the free air. You find them in the beginning of the book of the Acts. Overcomers are those who go back to the beginning in experience. They do not take up something further which is deeper teaching or fuller light. It is the primal freshness and fullness of Christ that Overcomers represent – unfortunately, in contrast to the general situation.
Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died … who also makes intercession for us. § Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.
If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. § There is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. § Through Him we . . . have access by one Spirit to the Father.
This is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. § I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.
His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor. § O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.
Mighty God, Everlasting Father. § I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
Prince of Peace. § He Himself is our peace. § Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. § Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help. § Like birds flying about, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem. Defending, He will also deliver it; passing over, He will preserve it.
Now our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace" (2 Thess. 2:16).
It has been well said that "it takes a lifetime to learn real dependence upon God, and to accept practically our own inadequacy." We are going to learn this only through experience, and now is the time to settle down to this schooling - a day at a time.
"We are to understand that God loves us, and that He justifies us by the work of His Son. We have no longer conscience of sins before God, because He Himself has taken them away before His eyes; we know that being united to the Lord Jesus Christ, who has fully glorified God in that which concerns our sins, we have been made the righteousness of God in Him. So the heart is free to enjoy His love in the presence of the Father." -J.N.D.
"I no longer attempt to produce that which will satisfy God from myself as originator. I know that even if I try I shall only fail. But I do seek to please God by faith in the activity of Another. The Son of God who indwells me by His Spirit is able and willing to carry out in me those things that please Him'; and I count upon Him to do so. Consciously, day by day, I take the attitude that I trust Him to work the will of God in me, and in that attitude I go forward and serve Him. I do not trust myself. I live by faith in the Son of God.'" -A.I.K.
"Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work" (2 Thess. 2:17).
“Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree.” 1 Peter 2:24
The Cross of Jesus is the revelation of God's judgment on sin. Never tolerate the idea of martyrdom about the Cross of Jesus Christ. The Cross was a superb triumph in which the foundations of hell were shaken. There is nothing more certain in Time or Eternity than what Jesus Christ did on the Cross: He switched the whole of the human race back into a right relationship with God. He made Redemption the basis of human life, that is, He made a way for every son of man to get into communion with God.
The Cross did not happen to Jesus: He came on purpose for it. He is "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." The whole meaning of the Incarnation is the Cross. Beware of separating God manifest in flesh from the Son becoming sin. The Incarnation was for the purpose of Redemption. God became incarnate for the purpose of putting away sin; not for the purpose of Self-realization. The Cross is the centre of Time and Eternity, the answer to the enigmas of both.
The Cross is not the cross of a man but the Cross of God, and the Cross of God can never be realized in human experience. The Cross is the exhibition of the nature of God, the gateway whereby any individual of the human race can enter into union with God. When we get to the Cross, we do not go through it; we abide in the life to which the Cross is the gateway.
The centre of salvation is the Cross of Jesus, and the reason it is easy to obtain salvation is because it cost God so much. The Cross is the point where God and sinful man merge with a crash and the way to life is opened - but the crash is on the heart of God.
Living by faith is a foundational fact of the Christian dispensation, and that means that we just believe what God has said in His Word.. for we live be faith and not by sight…. 2.Cor.3:7 Accepting that we are accepted in the Beloved is another fact of this Church age.. and that means that God sees us as perfect – just as Christ Jesus is perfect, for He looks at us through Christ, Who has removed all sins…wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved … Heb.1:6
Understanding that like Christ we are being prepare is similarly foundational, and that means that every circumstance of life is used of God for His ultimate good. Even Christ Himself the perfect Man was being made perfect, through obedience. Jesus Himself our perfect example was perfected in life – through obedience. Hebrews tells us that by His being made perfect: Jesus became the author of eternal salvation.. unto all them that obey him and by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous…. for by one Man’s obedience many are made righteous. Heb.5:9
So after the product of initial faith, is the process of sanctifying faith. And after initial perfection in Him, comes the ‘being made perfect‘ by the Spirit. And after initial acceptance in Christ, is the ‘learning obedience‘ in life. All these are vital principles of the Christian life and foundational gospel facts. Similarly it is crucial to come to terms with a further rudimentary truth of Scripture….
And it is this :– God’s children are ‘complete in Him’. Now, complete means just that:- totally, absolutely, unconditionally complete in Christ. One old saint explained the fact of being ‘complete in Him’, this way:- First, the Lord Jesus is the source of our Christian life – we were born into Him. God has made us complete in Him. This truth we are to hold by faith and it is true of each of us. “for if anyread more
K – Know your old man is crucified with Him –
R – Reckon yourself dead unto sin –
R – Reckon yourself alive unto God – thru Jesus Christ our Lord
Y – Yield yourself to God.
One dictionary definition of faith is trust; belief; confidence; conviction.. with the antonym being, mistrust. But faith in a precious and beloved friend can be betrayed and confidence in the dearest loved one – can be lost. Another definition of faith is religion, church, sect, denomination – religious persuasion, religious belief, ideology, creed, teaching or doctrine. This is often the world’s understanding of organised religion – of what they call “faith”…
God’s definition of faith, however is unequivocal and indisputable in His Word. We read in Hebrews, chapter 11 that: Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith is not an airy-fairy hope; nor a fingers-crossed type of daydream. Biblical faith stands on the facts of the Word of God. Scriptural faith rests firmly on the bedrock of God’s written Word. Our faith is anchored directly upon the eternal reality.. the reality of the redeeming death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
God’s pledge is bound up with the blood-drenched cross of the Living Word. God’s covenant to us is firmly linked to the empty tomb of His Eternal Son. God’s oath and guarantee is the love letter that we read from Him in the Bible.. and God makes the need for faith in the believer of the greatest significance: for without faith it is impossible to please God. Heb.11:6
By faith we BEGAN… 1Cor.15:1-4
By faith we STAND… 1Cor.16:13
By faith we WALK… 2Cor.5:7 Col.2:6
By faith we LIVE… Gal.2:20
By faith in CHRIST and by faith in Christ alone.
Faith does not depend on vague hopes or expectations or nebulous chance. Faith is not linked with possibilities, or probabilities or statistical odds. Faith is not dependent on positive thinking or a hoping against hope.read more