By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.1 John 4:9(NASB)
There is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. (1 Corinthians 8:6 NIV)
Salvation is not just to get a soul saved, but to start that soul on the way to the fullness of Christ. Every ministry in the Word and in the Spirit, is governed by that end. And to be just saved and stay there is to fail of the purpose of the Word and to fall short of the energy of the Holy Spirit. To go to any part of this world in which we call "the work of the Lord" must mean that we are governed by this thing: that in that place there shall be nothing less than the fullness of Christ; and as far as it is possible, that Christ shall be everything and in all there. That is final, utter, and ultimate. There can be no division and no sharing with Christ. It must be Christ as everything and Christ as all.
When we recognize that that is the aim and object of the Holy Spirit, we have life and ministry defined. It applies to all. If you are the Lord’s, your life should be governed by the Word of God and by the Holy Spirit. If it is not, there is something wrong with your relationship to the Lord. Whatever your work is – it may be in the home as a parent, it may be in household duties, it may be in business – if you are there in relation to the Lord, so far as you personally are concerned, your life has got to represent Christ; and that is your ministry. If we carried that into every sphere of life, things would be very different. That must challenge every motive, that must govern every consideration, that must settle every quarrel, every conflict, everything that arises which causes us disturbance, annoyance, and throws us into the vortex of some battle. The thing has to be tested on this point only – Christ as everything and Christ in all.
You shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not… You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you.
I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me. . . . It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes. . . . Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. § The Lord has chastened me severely, but He has not given me over to death. § He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him. . . . He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus. § Heaven must receive [Him] until the times of restoration of all things. § When He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe.
The whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit … groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. § Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. § When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
“I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Now the God of peace . . . make you perfect [complete, mature] in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ" (Heb. 13:20, 21).
My life is not only in His hands, but He is my very life. "For by Him were all things created . . . and by Him all things consist" (Col. 1:16, 17). He controls and maintains the universe, and we can surely depend upon Him to care for us who share His life.
"We are all of us prone to forget the weighty fact that God trieth the righteous. He withdraweth not His eyes from the righteous' (Ps. 11:5; Job 36:7). We are in His hands, and under His eye continually. We are the objects of His deep, tender, and unchanging love; but we are also the subjects of His wise moral government. His dealings with us are varied. They are sometimes preventive; sometimes corrective; always instructive.
"We may be bent on some course of our own, the end of which would be moral ruin. He intervenes and withdraws us from our purpose. He dashes to fragments our air-castles, dissipates our golden dreams, and interrupts many a darling scheme on which our hearts were bent, and which would have proved to be certain destruction. Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man, to bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living' (Job 33:29, 30)." -C.H.M.
"Now thanks be unto God, who always causeth us to triumph in Christ" (2 Cor. 2:14).
“It doth not yet appear what we shall be.” 1 John 3:2
Naturally, we are inclined to be so mathematical and calculating that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing. We imagine that we have to reach some end, but that is not the nature of spiritual life. The nature of spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty, consequently we do not make our nests anywhere. Common sense says - "Well, supposing I were in that condition . . ." We cannot suppose ourselves in any condition we have never been in. Certainty is the mark of the common-sense life: gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth. This is generally said with a sigh of sadness, it should be rather an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. Immediately we abandon to God, and do the duty that lies nearest, He packs our life with surprises all the time. When we become advocates of a creed, something dies; we do not believe God, we only believe our belief about Him. Jesus said, "Except ye become as little children." Spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain about God, but uncertain of what He is going to do next. If we are only certain in our beliefs, we get dignified and severe and have the ban of finality about our views; but when we are rightly related to God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty and expectancy.
"Believe also in Me," said Jesus, not - "Believe certain things about Me." Leave the whole thing to Him, it is gloriously uncertain how He will come in, but He will come. Remain loyal to Him.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.
There are two paths believers can follow in their Christian life, either grace or law, either faith or works, either promise or merit, either God’s way or man’s way. We are not only saved by grace we should live our lives by grace, for sanctification is by grace as well as justification. The “grace-promise-faith” way is described in Scripture as a ministry of life: the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Rom.8:2. This path promises freedom from the law of sin and death and by living our life God’s way we are not placing ourselves under any man-made regulations or laws – we are not placing ourselves back not under condemnation.
Man’s attempts at sanctification are counter to God’s way and are founded on man’s merits, and his effort to please God. The “works-merit–law way”, places the believer under regulation and is founded on man’s merits (man’s works). This path is a ministry of death. Paul calls it: the law of sin and death, Rom.8:2. and it and places the believer back under condemnation: for whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point is guilty of all – for he has become a debtor to keep the whole Law. Jam.2:10. Paul warns that living man’s way means that: the grace of Christ has become of no effect unto you: for whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. Gal.5:4. A Christian living the “works-merit-law” way, will find death, failure, and misery, while one living the “grace-promise-faith” way will have life more abundantly.
There are God-given principles for the ‘normal’ Christian life in Scripture, which are all founded on grace and Paul sets out the grace-walk within his epistles. Paulread more
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be – in all holy conversation and godliness.
2 Peter 3:11
This life is not your own. You have been bought with a price. You have been bought with the blood of the only begotten Son of God who loves you – yes He bought you and He loves you. You are redeemed for a purpose – a purpose determined before the world began. You are to overcome in this life, as did Job, and you will reign with Him in the next. You are to sit with Him in His throne, and to rule with a rod of iron. Rev. 2~3
Forget the problems of this life, for in this life you will have tribulation. In fact, rejoice.. yes rejoice that you are worthy to suffer with Him. We are to patiently endure in this life. We are to be rewarded in the life to come. We are to submit to the Spirit’s training now. We will be joint-heirs with Him in the next. This is not pie-in-the-sky. This is the truth of the Word of the Almighty God. He is daily renewing you. Should you not walk the way of the cross, as did Christ? He is conforming you into His image – should you not willingly yield to His rod?
He can only use the man or woman who is fully submitted to His leading and guiding. He will test those that He knows as sons.. and His desires that we come forth as pure gold.. so do not whimper about difficult circumstances that flood your pathway.. they are deliberately designed to perfect your character here. They are purposefully planned to enhance your position in the coming kingdom. Jesus said, My kingdom is not of this world. His kingdom is not of this world.. not of this age – but Thy kingdom come and Thy will be done on earth, as in heaven.
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