When this letter is read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and you, for your part read my letter that is coming from Laodicea.Colossians 4:16(NASB)
But the natural (soulical) man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 2:14)
When you look at 1 Corinthians what a lot of soulicalism there is: this wisdom of words, this wisdom of the world, these likes and these dislikes and preferences and partialities and antipathies, and then their jealousies. That is no good on this foundation. Do not bring your own soul-life into relationship with Christ; it will not tally and it will not go through, it will go up in smoke. Are you trying to make your own Christianity a matter of how you feel? You will have a composite kind of Christianity of so many varieties, nothing consistent at all, a perfect patchwork. When you think you have arrived at a very good logical conclusion about a matter, something will come along and upset the whole thing.... You never get through that way. Your soul in the realm of its mental exercises and conflicts will never tally with Christ. And as for our own soul-will, strength to do, we may feel very strong, we are never going again to be caught like that, never going down that street again! It is not long before we are there. Oh, how ashamed our souls make us! How ashamed we have been because of the instability of our feelings or our wills or our thoughts. Ashamed! Ashamed! Ashamed! Our souls are making fools of us all the time. “He that believes on Him shall not be put to shame.” Paul said that this soul-life business must not come on Christ. It is a contradiction. It is not what you are, it is what Christ is.
When you cannot see and understand and work it out mentally, when you cannot feel anything, no feeling at all, or when they are very bad feelings – there is one realm, that is just what we are. Christ is not that, and we have at such times to say, "Lord, this is my infirmity, this is how I am, but You are Other; I transfer my faith to You from myself and from these things." Christ is the foundation, and all that we build on the foundation has to be of Christ Himself. He is not only the foundation, but He is the whole building in every part.
Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore. For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel. § I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, and like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you. § With the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
Their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is His name. He will thoroughly plead their case. § My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.
Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. § The Son of God . . . loved me and gave Himself for me. § He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? § God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. § Who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
My beloved children, I am again bearing the pangs of travail for you, till Christ be fully formed within you" (Gal. 4:19, Cony.).
It is essential that we "grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ," for three reasons: (1) that our Father may be glorified; (2) that the Lord Jesus might be manifested in us; (3) that the Holy Spirit might have a suitable instrument through which to win and establish others.
"Paul had one great consuming purpose to be brought to birth by his sufferings for the Galatians, and that was the living expression of the Lord Jesus Christ in them. Nothing less could satisfy God, and nothing less than this should ever satisfy a servant of God. Numbers were still good in Galatia, activities well maintained and zeal unabated, but the Lord Jesus was being crowded out - and that is the greatest tragedy possible." -H.F.
"It is a marvelous grace that we should be conformed to the image of God's Son. I think it is very sad that the highest thought which God has about us, and that which His heart is set on, is that which is least known by Christians; for I know no truth that is so little realized as union with Christ." -J.B.S.
"Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began" (2 Tim. 1:9).
“After that He appeared in another form unto two of them.” Mark 16:12
Being saved and seeing Jesus are not the same thing. Many are partakers of God's grace who have never seen Jesus. When once you have seen Jesus, you can never be the same, other things do not appeal as they used to do.
Always distinguish between what you see Jesus to be, and what He has done for you. If you only know what He has done for you, you have not a big enough God; but if you have had a vision of Jesus as He is, experiences can come and go, you will endure "as seeing Him Who is invisible." The man blind from his birth did not know Who Jesus was until He appeared and revealed Himself to him. Jesus appears to those for whom He has done something; but we cannot dictate when He will come. Suddenly at any turn He may come. "Now I see Him!"
Jesus must appear to your friend as well as to you, no one can see Jesus with your eyes. Severance takes place where one and not the other has seen Jesus. You cannot bring your friend unless God brings him. Have you seen Jesus? Then you will want others to see Him too. "And they went and told it unto the residue, neither believed they them." You must tell, although they do not believe.
"O could I tell, ye surely would believe it! O could I only say what I have seen! How should I tell or how can ye receive it, How, till He bringeth you where I have been?"
The Apostle John delights to remind us that as children of God, who have entered into eternal union with Christ Jesus, we also have the right to enjoy intimate fellowship with the Father on a daily basis. And this close communion is possible with the Father and the Son, by means of the indwelling Spirit. As we abide in Him and He in us, we are enabled to enjoy Spirit to spirit communion: truly our fellowship IS with the Father, and with His Son – that our joy may be full. 1 John 1:3.
Although intimate fellowship with God is the right of all believers, it is hindered by sin. God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. So we are called to walk in the light as He is in the light so that we may fellowship one with the other, for light can have no fellowship with darkness. God is also holy and has a hatred of sin, and a holy God will never fellowship when sin is present.
Although we are forgiven sinners, and in unbreakable and eternal union with Christ, there are times when we fall into sin and every sin places a barrier between God and us. We are told that we can enjoy fellowship with a holy God, but we have to be holy too! And though the power of sin has been broken in our life at the cross, there are times when we fall into sin, causing our fellowship to be broken, and so here we discover ourselves to be in a ‘Catch 22′ situation.
Every time we sin, fellowship is broken and needs to be restored and John outlines the fellowship formula for God’s disobedient children to be restored back into full fellowship and sweet communion with their Father. And John outlines this most important concept, at the start of his first epistle
Over the years Christians have made three false assumptions to do with fellowship with God, butread more
There is not a problem that touches your life, that the Lord cannot meet. There is not a situation that impacts the human soul, that God is not able to superintend. There is nothing that effects the deep desires of your heart, that surprises God.
All the involved circumstances of our little lives are planned by the Almighty. All the deep needs of our intricate personalities are anticipated by God. All the yearnings of our complex characters are foreknown by the Lord. All were anticipated when God planned our redemption in Jesus Christ. All were signed and sealed before the foundation of the world.
And little by little from eternity past, moment by moment, hour by hour… day by week by month by year, the world rolled on towards that pivotal hour in history.. when in agony and pain and weighed down by your sins and mine.. He pronounced words of grace and mercy. His victory shout of “It is Finished…” was His victory over sin and satan – and our tremendous gain.
Our past sin – so grievous in our own eyes.. God knew about before we were born. Our guilt before a holy God and failures in our own eyes.. was dealt with at the cross. God chose us in Him before the foundation of the world.. that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. He says this so that our consciences could be stilled.. and our hearts at peace with Him.
Our present fears within and foes without, may all be placed in His strong hand. Our lives yielded, our circumstances controlled by Him.. Who is holy, loving and wise. Do we need Peace.. It is found in Christ and Him alone. Do we need Power.. It is found in Christ and Him alone. Do we need Purity.. It is found in Christ and Him alone. Peace: Power: Purity:- They are all found in Christ and we are positioned in HIM.
Our deepest need therefore isread more