Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.
1 Peter 2:11
The Bible is the only book that God has given to man. Scripture is the soul authority on which our faith is founded and the singular guide to instruct us in our practical living. For the one who has placed their trust in Jesus for salvation, and rested their eternal destiny on His finished work at Calvary, the Bible is the divine authority, upon which our lives should be founded.
For those who have trusted Jesus as Saviour, Scripture is singularly sufficient for all we need to live as God requires. It is the only sufficient tool we need as we address all the important issues of life, in a manner well-pleasing to Him: emotional issues; relational issues; family issues; social issues and spiritual issues.
We live in a fallen world that is at enmity with God, and hostile to the truth of His Word and the gospel of Christ. Religious rituals and deceptive doctrines have flooded the Church and an empty trust in our own good works, has flooded Christendom. But for those who have broken free from the bondage of man-made rules, and trust in Christ’s finished work alone, discover the Bible to be their sole Source of divine authority and the singular sufficiency for every aspect of their Christian life.
The moment we trusted Christ as our Saviour our destiny changed from hell to heaven. Our situation changed from walking in darkness to living of light. Our position changed from being in Adam to being in Christ and our identity changed from being a child of wrath to a child of God. Instead of experiencing eternal death and separation from God we are given eternal life, which can never be lost, left, forfeited or removed – and it is all by His grace and power, and for His greater glory.
It is always wise to remember we live in a fallen world, knowing that the enemy of our soul is ever present in every aspect of life, and is seeking to devour our testimony, which renders the authoritative text of Scripture and its singular sufficiency, increasingly precious. God did not remove us to heaven the moment we believed, but left us in a hostile environment for a greater purpose: He has a plan for each life.
Just as God had a plan for our salvation so He has a life-plan for each of us. Just as we trusted Him to save us, so we must trust His singular sufficiency and heed the instructions of Scripture. Indeed to understand God’s plan for our live, we need to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest the Word, for we live in a world which is no friend to Jesus, the enemy of God and antagonistic towards His children – but His grace is sufficient.
And so we are reminded that in this world there will be trials and suffering, but Scripture urges us to view the trials of life in light of God’s wider plan of His great salvation, in the eternal ages to come. We should view life from an eternal perspective and live a life that result in practical sanctification – so that we grow spiritually as we walk with the Lord, and become more and more like Him.
In the light of our present trials we need to respond wisely rather that to react emotionally, remembering that we are strangers and pilgrims, and that this world is not our home. We should respond to life’s trials as instructed by God, and keep away from worldly desires that wage war against our very souls.
Never forget that we have gained the victory by virtue of our co-crucifixion and co-resurrection with Christ. We have the indwelling Holy Spirit and the Word of God to ensure our spiritual victory, if we will but yield to Him, walk by faith and appropriate all that God has provided, so that we can: abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.
When our inner being relies on God’s sole divine authority and His singular sufficiency our outward actions manifest an honourable conduct in every area of our lives. Peter urges us: as aliens and strangers, abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. We have been saved by grace and should live by grace. Let us be a reflection of Christ, so that the testimony of our lives is so beautiful and honourable, that all who witness our walk, desire to discover the Source of our gracious lives.
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