Hear, O peoples, all of you; Listen, O earth and all it contains, And let the Lord GOD be a witness against you, The Lord from His holy temple.Micah 1:2(NASB)
Each person must be careful how he builds. (1 Corinthians 3:10 GW)
In other words, that which is of supreme importance is not Christian doctrine, mentally appraised and apprehended, but a living and clear spiritual apprehension of Christ. That is the work. What are you building? Are you, through a living, clear, inward, experimental relationship with the Lord Jesus, building a structure which comes out of that inward spiritual knowledge? Is it by that you are growing? Or are you growing by things said and mentally judged, appraised, dissected, accepted, and assented to? What is the nature of the building? The work in which we are engaged, to which this phrase ach man workapplies, is the building of Christ livingly into the very substance of our being, into the very fabric of our lives. It is not a question of getting to know a great deal about Christianity. Let us note that. The heart of the whole matter is the difference between the philosophy of Christianity, of Christian doctrine and the spiritual knowledge of Christ.
The Lord would teach us and this is the lesson that my heart is bent upon learning, and that I would urge upon you to make your quest also that the ground of assurance is not in our having decided for Christ, nor that we persist in the Christian life, nor that we feel strong, nor that we have certain ability as Christians and are able to do this or that. It is not the measure of our activity in the work of the Lord, nor any one of these things which constitutes our Christian life. These are simply the outworkings. The thing which constitutes us is that Christ is the foundation, and that we are inseparably linked with Him by faith. Everything else can be suspended as a secondary consideration until that is settled. It is as though God, if we may put it this way to try to simplify the truth, had given us His Son and had said to us: "In Him you have everything, and the first thing is not what you are, what you can do, or anything to do with you; it is what He is!" If only in the face of all you may see of a multitude of contradictions in your own life in weaknesses, and imperfections, and lack of attainment, you will persistently believe in Him as having it in Himself to bring you through to the end, you will go through in spite of all. We begin to take stock of ourselves, measure ourselves up, and say: "I am not this, and I am not that, and I am not something else; or else, I am this, and I am that, and all this goes against me." Nothing of all this is to the point at all. The totality of every divine requirement in us is in Christ.
Your labor is not in vain in the Lord. § As you … have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. § He who endures to the end shall be saved. § The ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
By faith you stand.
I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.
He who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. § Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. § He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. § Is anything too hard for the Lord?
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.
That I may know Him. . . being made conformable unto His death" (Phil. 3:10).
The wondrous depths of the finished work of the Cross will always be adequate to deal with the terrible depths of the unfinished work of the old man. As we glory in the Cross, the flesh is denied.
"When we have apprehended our death-position with the Lord Jesus (Rom. 6:6; Gal. 2:20, etc.), we may have failed to see the on-going conformity to His death (2 Cor. 4:11; Phil 3:10, etc.). The absence of this brings the anomaly of the Cross being preached with little or no marks of the Calvary spirit.
"This is the problem of teaching the identification' truths without the consequent conformity of death which brings forth life. We may rely upon the fact that we died' with the Lord Jesus, and assume that it is entirely wrought in us at once, not realizing that the fellowship of His sufferings' follows the apprehension of identification. That delivery unto death' must become deeper and deeper, until the conformity to His death' in the path of the Cross becomes a very real characteristic of the life."
"We are not to think that our exalted position in the Lord Jesus, seated with Him in heavenly places, frees us from the need of further application of the Cross. We never reach a point where we can leave the Cross. We are invincible, more than conquerors through Him who loved us, only as we are brought into ever deeper conformity to the Lord Jesus' death unto sin. Otherwise the flesh reinstates itself and we once more fall prey to the old man's reign. There are always remaining, however much we have advanced, hidden strongholds of the old man which must be rendered inoperative by the finished work of the Cross." -F.J.H.
"Let him deny himself, and take up his Cross daily" (Lk. 9:23).
“If we walk in the light, as He is in the light the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
To mistake conscious freedom from sin for deliverance from sin by the Atonement is a great error. No man knows what sin is until he is born again. Sin is what Jesus Christ faced on Calvary. The evidence that I am delivered from sin is that I know the real nature of sin in me. It takes the last reach of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, that is, the impartation of His absolute perfection, to make a man know what sin is.
The Holy Spirit applies the Atonement to us in the unconscious realm as well as in the realm of which we are conscious, and it is only when we get a grasp of the unrivalled power of the Spirit in us that we understand the meaning of 1 John 1:7, "the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin." This does not refer to conscious sin only, but to the tremendously profound understanding of sin which only the Holy Spirit in me realizes.
If I walk in the light as God is in the light, not in the light of my conscience, but in the light of God - if I walk there, with nothing folded up, then there comes the amazing revelation, the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses me from all sin so that God Almighty can see nothing to censure in me. In my consciousness it works with a keen poignant knowledge of what sin is. The love of God at work in me makes me hate with the hatred of the Holy Ghost all that is not in keeping with God's holiness. To walk in the light means that everything that is of the darkness drives me closer into the centre of the light.
To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy.
One area causing Christians confusion and consternation is – 'am I truly saved?' This is a question that bothers many believers. 'Am I really part of God’s family?' This is not just the few, but many born-again people just doubt their security in Christ. Many simply struggle with this issue and many true believers doubt their salvation.
They do not have God’s assurance in their heart. They do not enjoy the security of His promised provision. This is such a sad state of affairs but it is prevalent in many churches today. Often they have not been shown the truth that is right there in Scripture– and sadly, it can have a very negative effect on their lives.
Yet we have an assurance, from Scripture, that our salvation in Christ, is secure. Security in our salvation is locked into Christ’s finished work – in time and eternity. A misunderstanding of Scripture inevitably causes this distressing state-of-mind. Wrong teaching can also contribute to believers’ questioning their eternal salvation.
The Bible teaches we have continuity of salvation, from the day we first believed. Resting our confidence on Christ atoning work is what the Bible teaches us to do. Trusting the Word of God about our redemption is what we should be doing. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved", is the Bible’s clear instruction, for there can be little or no stability in the Christian life when this truth is doubted – but until this is resolved in a believer’s heart there can be little spiritual growth.
Assurance and eternal security is probably the most comforting doctrine for believers, for our security rests in Christ’s finished work, and to doubt it can be devastating. There are a number of reasons that the eternal security of the believer is disbelieved, and anyone questioning their salvation should think this throughread more
And since you have been freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness. (ISV)
And having been liberated from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. (HCSV)
Being made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness. (AKJB)
Full obedience to God is the beautiful end result of our sanctification process, yet without initial obedience to God, the sanctification process is inoperable. The initial-process of sanctification only begins with a submissive, obedient heart. The end-product of sanctification results in willing obedience and submission.
Obedience and sanctification are the two opposite sides of the same coin. The effectiveness of one is inter-dependent upon the presence of the other. Christ was our wonderful pattern and is our divine standard of willing obedience. Though fully divine, He lived out His life within the limitations of human flesh. He set aside His divine qualities to demonstrate a life lived in willing submission. Christ lived a perfect life establishing God’s perfect pattern of obedience.
Adam in his innocent, sinless state chose to disobey.. imputing sin on all mankind. Christ in His sinless innocence learnt obedience – transmitting His life-power to us. Adam’s disobedience is the power and ruling force in the life of all humanity. Christ’s obedience becomes the righteous life-source for our new-life in Christ. Consequently, just as one offence resulted in condemnation for everyone, so one act of righteousness results in justification and life for everyone. Romans 5:18
Death and disobedience are transmitted, through union with Adam, to his entire seed. Life and righteousness are imputed, through union with Christ, to all children of God and that life is being transformed into Christ’s likeness – through obedience.
Just as sanctification operates through obedience and vice versa, even so, righteousness is the heart of obedience for both are mutually exclusive. Obedience was a fundamental principle that was the essence of Christ’s life on earth. Obedience is a distinctive, that is inseparable from the righteousness of Christ.
We are imputed with Christ’s righteousness, which directs our focus uponread more