So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them with his skillful hands.Psalm 78:72(NASB)
The gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:11,12 NIV)
I wonder what Paul would think... were he to come back today and look over the literature of the past many centuries upon his letters, the systems of truth, of doctrine, the wonderful organizations men have made of the things which he said in a moment of inspiration and need I wonder what he would say. I think he would look at it with blank amazement, and say, "Well, that ever they could have made that out of what I said! That ever that could have resulted!" I am not sure that he would recognize his own teaching. I am quite sure that he would be very doubtful as to whether it was the right outworking of what he said. I simply raise that as a question, and yet include it as something upon which to reflect. Does not a systematizing of truth result in limitation, in a setness which breathes death? The New Testament themes are far, far too big for our molds. You cannot systematize the Cross of the Lord Jesus, you can only go on your knees and worship, conscious that you see something really far beyond your power to compass. But immediately you have boxed it in a system of truth, you have reduced it from its divine and eternal dimensions, and robbed it of its power, and brought it into a realm of death in that measure. The Person of Christ, the resurrection of Christ take any one of the great themes of the New Testament when you have so wonderfully brought together all the fragments and organized them, and put them into a manual, a textbook, you have killed the thing....
When the Lord Jesus came, and in Himself gave some interpretation to the law, some light upon the law, which did not fall within the compass of their system, there was no room for Him, there was no room for God in His own law. There must be room left for God!
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, … and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed.
If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters.
Do not let your good be spoken of as evil. § [Have] your conduct honorable among the Gentiles.
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? … You are the temple of the living God … Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean.”
You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Thus saith the Lord, Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm" (Jer. 17:5).
Sooner or later the believer goes through a period of disillusionment and bitterness because of what he encounters in the lives of other Christians - leaders included. The Holy Spirit uses this revelation, along with what He exposes in his own heart, to teach him to abide in the Lord Jesus; safe from the sin of others, as well as his own.
"It is a part of our spiritual education to discover the fallibility of those in whom we trust. The experience can be a very painful one, but it is most necessary for us to find out that everyone else but the Lord Jesus is a failure. Sometimes He seems to take pains to bring them to notice. He never hid the failures of his disciples from the people, for he wants it clearly understood that we must place our trust in Him alone. Some Christians get offended with Him when they find that others on whom they relied are not, after all, perfect." -H.F.
"Our Father will allow us to prove the vanity and folly of all creature-confidences, human hopes, and earthly expectations. And on the other hand, He will prove to us, in the most touching and forcible manner, the truth and blessedness of His own Word: They shall not be ashamed that wait for Me.'" -C.H.M.
"You will never be transformed by continually looking at your own shortcomings, never! Nor will you ever be transformed by looking at the weaknesses of your fellow Christians. You will only be conformed by continually looking upon the glory of the Lord Jesus; for they who live looking and beholding, though they know it not, are being changed from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord.'" -E.I.
"To give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6).
“Your life is hid with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:3
The Spirit of God witnesses to the simple almighty security of the life hid with Christ in God and this is continually brought out in the Epistles. We talk as if it were the most precarious thing to live the sanctified life; it is the most secure thing, because it has Almighty God in and behind it. The most precarious thing is to try and live without God. If we are born again it is the easiest thing to live in right relationship to God and the most difficult thing to go wrong, if only we will heed God's warnings and keep in the light.
When we think of being delivered from sin, of being filled with the Spirit, and of walking in the light, we picture the peak of a great mountain, very high and wonderful, and we say - "Oh, but I could never live up there!" But when we do get there by God's grace, we find it is not a mountain peak, but a plateau where there is ample room to live and to grow. "Thou hast enlarged my steps under me."
When you really see Jesus, I defy you to doubt Him. When He says - "Let not your heart be troubled," if you see Him I defy you to trouble your mind, it is a moral impossibility to doubt when He is there. Every time you get into personal contact with Jesus, His words are real. "My peace I give unto you," it is a peace all-over from the crown of the head to the sole of the feet, an irrepressible confidence. "Your life is hid with Christ in God," and the imperturbable peace of Jesus Christ is imparted to you.
My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, I have no pleasure in him.
Once in the Old Testament and three times in the New Testament we are told – "the just shall live by faith". The righteous man shall live by faith – a life of complete dependence upon God. My righteous servant shall live by faith – a life that rests its entire trust on the Father. It is through faith that a righteous person has life – a life of dependence on the Lord. The righteous shall live by his steadfast life – a life of complete trust on God.
In Habakkuk, we see that unwavering trust in God is the main focus of the passage.. no matter what the circumstances nor what difficulties are pressing in on our lives. In Romans, the main focus is on righteousness – on the one living by faith, and how those with faith in God are credited with Christ’s RIGHTEOUSNESS.
In Galatians the main focus is on life – of the righteous person LIVING by faith, and how faith frees us from the curse of the law so we can LIVE by trusting God. In Hebrews, the main focus is faith – for it is by FAITH that the righteous man lives.. for without faith it is impossible for the believer to live a life pleasing to God. Without faith, it is impossible for the Christian life to produce the fruit of righteousness. Without faith, it is impossible to show forth righteousness, which is of faith. Without faith, we can’t sow, pursue, or reap a harvest of the fruit of righteousness.
OH! we were sealed with the Spirit’s seal of righteousness when we were saved. But living a life of righteousness can only be lived by faith – dependence on God, and of course, faith has no merit on our part, for it is ALL by God’s grace.
Godly living – a righteous life, is a life that demonstrates dependenceread more
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies … IN CHRIST.
There is no more compelling and meaningful expression for a believer than 'in Christ'. This powerful, positional phrase pronounces our great and eternal union with Christ. This summary-statement publishes abroad our present and perpetual position in Him.
When we first believed in Jesus we were placed in a permanent relationship with Him. The old former life in Adam was forever replaced with our new, eternal life in Christ. We who were dead in trespasses and sins were made fully alive and given His life.
We were positioned in Christ the moment we trust Him as Redeemer and Saviour. We were placed in union with Christ the moment our hearts declare 'I believe'. God looks on the heart and He knows!! He became our life by means of the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit of God.
The Holy Spirit baptises us into the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit baptises us into the Body of Christ – ie He places us 'IN CHRIST'. The moment we believe we are born again.. regenerated – made one with our Lord.
The Holy Spirit also immediately and permanently indwells us – filling us with Himself. Whether we feel something or not, the Spirit immediately takes up residence within. Whether or not we have an experience, we become the sanctuary of God. These and many other acts of the Spirit take place to position us IN CHRIST. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. see 2 Corinthians 1:21–22
Forgiveness at the cross is the first of numerous acts of the Spirit in a new believer… but from the beginning, we are placed 'in Christ'. From the start, we have union With Christ. From our new birth, we are One Withread more