The Gospel: It's Salvation by faith in Christ-IT'S A TOTALLY EVANGELICALLY EVANGELISTIC APPROACH BY ME AND HOPEFULLY THE HOLY SPIRIT.
How Would You Like To Be An Intimate Friend Of God And Live An Abundant Life In Christ From God Now In The Preparation Of Heaven? If so, do you know He loves you? Do you know? Please read on. Do you believe He would like to find you (like He did Abraham or Moses or Apostle Paul) and give you such an abundant life now and in Heaven as they? Look you found this! God gives us faith to believe which is a gift! Do you recognize He loves in this? Do you have an object of your faith? It matters because the object for God in Christ Jesus, Christ Himself makes peace and it's faith's decision for God's the only choice for your object. There is no formula to get there. There are no phrases to repeat, but in Christ is the way! You're a sinner and you need to know the way and God loves you. For in His Presence yes there is fullness of joy pleasures at His right hand all in knowing God though Christ which starts with forgiveness of sins from God and is so real in the results: Eternal life starts at the Cross. Living the Christian life isn't in self-righteousness but in Him. Christ is our righteousness and we boast in Him. Self-glory as a part of self-effort to work to get to God is put aside by us in the Spirit through Christ. Christ came out of an empty Tomb to fill our empty hearts. Therefore let's sit at His feet. Christ is the end or fulfillment of righteousness to all who believe rather than work for those who exert effort on their own for their righteousness are doomed. As you have received Christ Jesus Savior and Lord so walk in Him. He is able to save and keep you intact in mighty abundantly living in Him in His love to the end or the death you die. If the Rapture comes: you living in relationship to God by faith through grace can be caught up in ("rapizo" in org. Bible languages) to the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so shall you ever be with the Lord Jesus!
Doesn't this sound like something you'd like? or learn to like? love maybe? Read I Thessalonians 4:13-17 and I Corinthians 15:1-7ff.
In context, "God be merciful to me a sinner," was said by a Tax-gatherer who was in a parable told by Jesus as one who humbles himself before God beating upon his breast. Jesus told this about people who think themselves righteous and show contempt for others. This parable shows humility before God by this publican who came home justified and exalted having humbled himself before God.
In keeping with the line of reasoning I'm proposing that God is love and Jesus shows it: A testifying that Jesus Paid It All ->that the deliverance over sin Christ won to gain our salvation for us was complete and makes whole for us all, it follows...
The Word of God says God created man in the image of God. That's the image that fell from grace and though Adam and Eve had a fall and that brought substantial crises to man and that this happened just as they disobeyed God's command to not eat the fruit God said no to eat as a direct command, man was still made in God's image and man made fig leaves to cover his/her skin but God made provisions without help from man for that redemption of the likeness of God to be returned. Even today in this very moment that likeness or image of God could be there for you & for me and I can see in my mind's eye in the unknown for me on my plate to believe the likeness aspects of design-architect of Father God our Creator in us in His natural creation acts and in the finished work on Calvary all because of His love. His LOVE SHOWN US, and His long-hearted passion-shown patience Sovereignly sacredly appointed for us for a time particular of saving faith based on the intellectual intelligent, emotional, metaphysical (gifts), and spiritual sides of man I and others have observed in intervention from Abba Daddy God in my life and that of others is for eternal express purposes. These eternal purposes are worth every circumstance or suffering we experience no matter how desperate in our path as we acknowledge Him in all our paths and take the faith to be saved He will show up on our way to being cradled into heaven by Him or ushered in by Him! God is Love! Do you know the word in scripture, "christian" is only mentioned two times but the word, "disciple" over 350 times?! He doesn't come in the front door and thus to go leave out the back door. He came to stay!!! He came in greatness to show to us faithfulness. That's in Exodus. Another Prophet like Moses was Prophecied to come and is Jesus. Israel believed in the future he would come.
Jesus was called, "the friend of sinners," "a glutton, and winebibber," because He knew the work of God and loved them (infamous sinners) but didn't engage in their sinful behavior. Jesus pleased God very much not only obeyed Him and so much so He was declared to be very God by men and by angels. Believed on in the world, He could see in every man there's a HURTING--- HE ONLY COULD KNOW AND HE ONLY SAVE, exactly where the human condition 'needed' (for) salvation intimacy with God and men to happen He being God Incarnate and with His Holy Nature on He came for man's benefit and gave up His godly prerogatives to do His own thing. He is either Lord, liar, or lunatic if you read the Gospels as clearly as I do. You have to decide. It's right to believe which one? He is Lord! He even said, "If you can't believe what I say, believe on the basis of the very works sake." And what lovely works! He never spoke out against anybody & never did harm to anybody in any written recording of the Gospels. He was as gentle as meek Moses and more (as a Son, Hebrews says) but He entrusted mightily His life to God in obedience to pleasing (not just rote obeying,) but by grace obeyed the Father, and lived in a 'GODLY PLEASING WAY TO GOD,' when it conflicted as many a time it did: re: God's plan with man's. Jesus also said, "If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto Me." This He said speaking of His Death on Calvary and Risen Life. He also said, "the Kingdom of God is come near, therfore repent, change your mind and your attitude." He predicted His Death and when it would happen. He came a Preacher of relationship to God as Father. He called God His Father and accepted worship having made Himself equal with God Divine, and in kenosis, the self-emptying. His act of laying His life down in Crucifixion Death is the demonstraton of God's love which I will explain.
So it seems that dream aspects of our humanity 'Utopia or Shangri-la' or Heaven we dream of, concerning the next life & its destination, theoretically (from one generation to the next) come from God and are in the offering if we're believing God through the Son Christ Jesus. You see God wants us for His own. He wants us to talk to Him & really talk to Him and listen! As for born again saved redeemed renewed individuals we're made in the image of God, or else we're unsaved humans in the flesh, existing in doubt and offense on our way to hell. Existing in an angry building up of sinful nature tyranny and the uncanny sinful tyranny of lower nature of within oneself barred from being the 'in' crowd if we are in the flesh of the old sin nature by result. Jesus makes the difference in a life bound for heartache and defeat. He came to save the lost in sin, ruination, the sinful, bruised, battered, broken, and shattered. Does that include yourself?Like Paul before Felix do you find yourself almost persuaded to become a Christian? Jesus did His Father's business always and ALWAYS pleased the Father by what He said or did making Him the perfect sacrifice Lamb for sin. If it was right Jesus did it. But acting good was cool for Him. HE SPOKE IN ELOQUENCE AND VERY WELL IN FACT AND ACTED KINDLY TO PEOPLE AND HE TOUCHED AND HEALED DISEASES FREELY AND IMMEDIATELY INSTANTLY WITH ALL KINDS OF HEALINGS AND DIVINE MIRACLES. He spoke in a different way to the Pharisees who thought themselves good enough and who despised God's way and other people, really Pharisee, Sadducees, teachers of the law, and scribes that kept the letter of the law but not the spirit of the law. Jesus healed across racial lines, from a distance, and by spoken word all who came. Even the storm had to be quiet when He spoke to it. He touched the sick and the world could not contain the books that could be written concerning what He said and did this Jesus the Mighty Healer the Great Physician.
One's conscience then in hearing the still small voice of God and in the Word, the plan of God purposed by Himself in the revelation and receiving of His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ reveals God's Will: His blueprint plans, can turn up the heat on your own lifestyle OR bring His Victory if your 'in Christ.' There is freedom then in knowing the cross and God through Christ and God consciousness for sure in certainty of His Character knowing His Holiness & Righteousness exists/Is His Nature of Character, (until you bear fruit for instance.) This belief in God through Christ Who is the Personal Being Who loves us everlastingly and unconditionally embraces us in the New Covenant grace which is unmerited favor from Himself & He also wants to get involved in us particularly and in our personality get His hands and fingers in our lives through faith and in the Spirit working. He has with indiscriminate and unconditional STRONG EMBRACING LOVE for us for we're told about this in the Bible: given us forgiveness of sins & deliverance as benefactors. God's love is unconditionally applied to us all but we are accountable individually. You will see God provided salvation through His Son's Sacrifice Death which is objective in that Jesus died for everybody: to be subjective applied to each individual by faith which is important for one in His Strength, in His Will and Way, in His Spirit, and the listening to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit.
You have believed certain things if you desire or have this subjective application of salvation to yourself according to His Word. Following this way of God through Christ we find the plan of God in that there is peace with God in every situation and trial you find yourself in: justified in the Spirit by Him, and spiritually complete and saved and on the road of righteousness through Christ. If you're saved spiritual things are spiritually discerned abiding in the Son Christ Jesus, and spiritual laws, like laws of viscosity and momentum in science are either observed in a laboratory of life or learned about as an education from textbooks. (For there are three kinds of men according to Will Rogers that great American: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.) We need to know God everywhere and see Him in the face of Jesus if we're born of the Spirit. Knowing becomes sitting, walking, and standing.
For instance in our discerning, the spiritual law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death is a law of spiritual obedience for the saved. Vices or addictions like sins of the spirit or flesh also make the soul sick and are not the narrow way and straight gate of scripture. This is objective truth. The Bible says: People tend to want to run the gamut of sinful addictive habits by getting drunk or high, and away from his/her conscience which would erroneously tell them its ok, rather than toward God's spiritual answer, salvation of soul and spirit which is right. Listen you are somebody because God don't make no junk. God's not angry with ya because of the Cross. He loves you and has forgiven you. Jesus dying on the Cross is a proclamation God allows us to say to you. God's way out or a spiritual salvation in the Spirit is we have a sinful nature that sins of tendency and that must be forever dealt with. Every soul of everbody is eternal and will find a home in either of two places. We're talking nails here as in gain salvation for yourself before it's too late. We know God's command to never sin as unsaved individuals. But..to look upon evil because the Ten Commandments looks grim is all we can do because it's our lower nature to disobey and to rebel. This is no excuse because all this is tied to the will. God looks down upon the bunch of critters we are and He sees us in our need in Adam and our messes but doesn't like us to harm ourselves which sin does (Greek word for sin is harm-atia, ie. sin harms.) Because of sins and sinning we have stopped short of His glory. We have broken His Laws and come short. We have trespassed His glorious message. Have you confessed this of yourself to God alone? He says, "if we have sinned or failed at trying one law we've failed at trying them all," see James 2:10. At times we stop ourselves in our tracks: re: become convinced of this breaking of God's laws by us and begin a personal relationship and working winning dialog with our Creator His ways. Only God can save a lost soul but He indeed then does that supernaturally and so to make him/her a sinner clean and white, in fact as white as snow or wool inside who is a sinner admitting he/she sins before Him if we come to Him by His way once and for all through His Son. This means to get saved, to embrace Christ's salvation for you and He taking away your sins and you stand in right standing forgiven and become saints who follow Christ thereafter by faith through grace in prayer and being in the Word becoming a disciple lifestyle by faith in the Spirit. Imagine going through your whole life living it to its fullest animated completely by God Himself through Christ the Son as a disciple or follower of Christ? It's not a surreal dream but reality, being not in the world but "in the Spirit," all things of God new in new wineskins, new creations, renewed, saved, & "in a new birth." After salvation we put on the New Self which is created in true Holiness and Righteousness which is Christ Himself which is not a step for there are no steps to sanctification. This is being made holy which Christ does alone for you.
We can be a new creation outside as well within as the Bible puts it in II Corinthians 5:17. It starts at God's altar you make in your heart in prayer at God's Heaven's seat of mercy! Will you realize in God's sight a transaction takes place?
We can exercise obedience to the Son then in the Kingdom of God (to Christ Jesus, His Gift, in His Risenness, raised to newness of life, seated in the heavenlies, a disciple) in the Spirit: re: Belong to Him! by the Holy Spirit's work we CAN BE THIS, for He changes us by transforming our lives as in a mirror in the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ in the Word. He who has the Son has life! If you don't have the Son in you there is no life spiritually in you. Stern warnings about missing out on the love of God in the Word are there without Him. Hell indeed is awaiting one is such a state of affairs. Will you accept His Gift? Eternal Life? Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Horizontally human loving people take the ladder Vertically up to Heaven to God's love being right! Jesus DID have that perspective living pleasing to the Father in His love and in Jesus's example He was a teacher but died to save us. Christ gave gifts to men. He lived far away from the edge. He took captivity captive. He arose up early in the day to pray to His Father. God was using unconditional love in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself in Calvary's Consummation: For He died on the cross FOR YOU, you a broken clay pot (a High price to pay) & God sought a way within His own Laws of Mercy & Justice providing Mercy drops around us are falling to save you in the Son's obedience and Death. Freedom is never free. But slavery is a high price to pay if not intervened for. Showers of blessing there are for God is so not against us or nor from a distance from us BUT calling us near through salvation and sin has made a chasm. When one is subsequently saved sins are taken away gone! Forgiven! There is a sea of forgetfulness in God's eye and He posts a no fishing sign. We make a change of mind and attitude about sin when coming to Jesus Christ for Jesus changes our mind too for that to be possible for us (to be near to God also) & for us to be able to feel loved by God. Jesus is all we will ever learn about God for He consumes everything we will ever be apart from Him by fire of baptism from Himself He showing us an exact representation of God (see Hebrews 12; 1:3.) He comes to us with our open arms, hearts, minds, and lives, this Treasure from God we have in earthen vessels. We turn & repent and feel changes when we feel this His love happen in us. And you will BE a believer and experience God's love first for the first time and come into His atmosphere. We come as we are in this belief in God in the unseen, or participation in His plan and transformation is God's intention and purpose and He does save when we take this all by faith making us complete and whole in Him. We are receptive to the Word like trusting children. If God said that settles it. God dealt with the sin issue on the Cross. He overcame sin, death, hell, and the grave through the physical life of Jesus curing our illnesses and diseases His obeying God on earth even to a Death on the Cross. When He died our lives were exchanged for His Perfect Sinless Death and Life. And in dying we were in His Death. We coming to Him as born again Christians now can live a raised up to newness of life spiritual seating with Him in the Heavenlies in a fruitbearing Kingdom of God fruitful within life and get heaven too potentially, by enduring with patience to the end, nourishing spiritual food, spiritual exercise, and daily foot-cleansing from Jesus Christ. As the saved we're living by the Holy Spirit from the tree of life (Jesus Christ) not from the tree of the knowlege of good and evil (or ie. from man's failure to obey) in the Garden of Eden. Instead of fleshly we gain a deliverance over sin & those obstacles which are: the world, flesh, and the devil and once and for all as saved. You need grace to stay renewed in mind and spirit in the Word of God having made mental assent, comittment to, and follow through accepting Jesus Christ for yourself trusting, & to not think like the unsaved nor have the problems the unsaved have Romans 12:2. "Be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that you might prove what is that good, perfect, and acceptable Will Of God," the verse goes. Christ cleans His fish and builds His Church. We present our bodies to God in 12:1.
That I may know Him in the Power of His Resurrection and with His sufferings within that He and I may have fellowship near. This is a worthy goal to pursue. It's like having a sumptuous meal with Him, (have koinonia,) this walk with God in depth, a daily discipleship way in Christ and in my heart to relish Him is the Great Good News. My heart knows no bounds, my joy unrestrained. Before being saved God calls and it has been known in nature by something called General Revelation to know Him in nature for salvation but to talk to Him a sinner. But if we look back at our past honestly, God was preparing for our salvation. Love from Him requited by us now was initially requesting possession of us from God's love letter the Bible & it's being revealed in us through Special Revelation through our conscience now to submit to Him. Today (for today is the day of salvation the Word says) we can see we need Him, we need salvation and spiritual hunger is there from Him. We need to look into the face of our Father. Scripture says of the New Birth, "I will put my laws into their hearts and on their minds I will write them." In our mind, and spirit we're renewed daily and fed and nourished to be equipped for service. Imitating God in a grace walk of faith with Christ daily in grace/favor unearned and ultimately in Heaven going there from His doing from start to finish born of God born of the Spirit. We're enlightened and illuminated about this in the Bible: unveiled to our heart and mind if we read it in the New Covenant Gospels, Acts, and Epistles and believe the Gospel for ourselves Jesus Christ has finished the work forever and live like it is! God created us and He claims complete ownership of our being as Creator Redeemer Designer. If we lived like this Book is real for one week, men would repent in ways we don't know about.
The Steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. We experience it in kindnesses and mercy daily and moment by moment.
I pray you find the Lord Jesus Christ in contentment as Your Master & Savior Lord of you & He becomes in your personality and life Savior & Lord from sins and sin. You can do so by God's grace become the Friend of God, of His Family, a part, a member, and be accountable individually as stewards. It's all in Jesus. Redemption means God casts off your captivity and/or buys you with a Ransom off of sin, for you a slave of sin before then sets you free now. The real freedom is freedom from sin which Christ does for you. Freedom is never free. Again I say God allowed His Only Begotten Son to pay a very high price for your salvation. Realize, "The greatest deception of the devil is try to make us deny he exists." And he does tempt us with his minions at deceiving schemes which the whole world lives under. Nazi Germany teaches us that. There is a quote, "in living the right, one sometimes doesn't do the priveledge right thing the right way." Chesterton said, "the path of least resistance in rivers and men makes both crooked." "The soul that sins shall die and the soul that sins then is a slave to sin the Bible says in two places John 8:34 & Ezekiel.
We need God first in every way, first for us to say thank you to, worship and praise for every provision of Calvary to be revealed to us, rejoiced in, and confess to Him that we're sinners who've disobeyed His Laws before Him in His sight and are sinners who then need to become saints at the cross by prayer and faith. Jesus makes you one saint. We need to obey the Holy Spirit's leading for our life's direction by grace & to ask questions and dialog with God daily in a God consciousness not sin consciousness in the light of finding forgiveness to be reality freely given within in Him then. Following in Christ in the Spirit God's ways we're sanctified by Him and daily confirmed with a highpoint connection to God in high daily "uprights" goalpost (football kicked) with great confidence through the Spirit in receiving Him. We live for the goal unto Him nigh His grace which allows us to live lives pleasing to Him knowing that we're accepted by His Blood and that without Him we can do nothing, we do nothing until we know this is true and follow Jesus Christ of Nazareth through faith by grace "practically", a disciple, redeemed from sin. Christ is our all in all. It takes a moment to get saved and a lifetime to stay saved. This is principally because of the sin principle and sin nature which is dead but we must recognize it as such 'dead. 'God in His mercy makes us alive.' We are made alive from the dead while in the body. This is the new birth.
Salvation is entirely by faith by grace in God's sight in the Spirit from Him brought to Spirit-led living fruition in spiritual DNA in new motives based on the finished work of Christ from which He draws us, & is evidenced by faith from start to finish. Making Jesus Lord is a part of being in the Spirit then. God raises us up on mountains then.
The Certificate of debt is destroyed which was against us Col 2:13,14. Our faith is in God for a believing belief that it is finished the war is over with people.
God calls us His Workmanship, His Poem, His Field, & His Building. God calls sin finished with, in turning to Him and death dominated. Death is the result of sins (Romans 6:23.) You are so beautiful as Joe Cocker so creatively sings and others, while we are re-created in Christ Jesus for good works which we're foreordained to accomplish Eph. 2:10. There's no such worries nor fear nor anxiety in the atonement really one needs a pair of sunglasses to see, it's so very good & so rejoice in salvation. Phil. 4:6,7,8.
WE FIND SO MUCH IF WE'RE BELIEVING BY FAITH IN VIRTUES GOODNESS BY GRACE BUT UNWORTHY BUT SAVED BY FAITH, THAT GOD IS FOR US Rom. 8:30,31. He will begin to process the fruit of a Christian life in and through us in the Spirit. That's a hallelujah not a sigh.
And you are sealed 'in Christ' like eternally secure saved so that you'll identify life in God by this new identifying with Jesus Christ because it's in Him. You're in a war with the world, the flesh, and the devil which Christ won for you. We're walking out that victory as believers. We're in trench warfare as Christians: believing to see Jesus go before us in the Spirit everywhere, for the Presence of God goes before us everywhere in every situation and we're victorious everywhere in Christ.
This is the message of the Gospel. In Heaven there's no more trace of evil nor sin in the Presence of God in Heaven for us. We'll certainly have new bodies then that are absolutely sinless in the Spirit. We're awed by God's wonderful Power now.
As a good Father and Farmer winnows away bad wheat with His winnowing fork in His Hand so does our Heavenly Father God love us greatly in trials of all kinds even to have our lives being used and cleansed heatedly to be clay pots with His Treasure about us do His bidding. You can be used by God once saved. He doesn't tempt anyone at all but does intervene in an organically curative role in the world. God helps others become born again through Holy Spirit's persuading of them or of our own selves to be saved in His Persuasion. We come in faith to Jesus for a Divine Blood Transfusion: it's a curative and corrective Gospel by the Great Physician, (how He God is merciful at the cross in which God is pouring out His redeeming reconciliation on His Son & us if..)I plead with you to be saved. II Corinthians 5:19-21. Will you come to God 'Just As I Am?' the song goes?
God chose this accepting of Jesus Christ as the way to confound the wise, the worldly wise, the disputer of this world, the ignoble & foolish who turn, & are born again: this is God's way to be saved in accepting the Son's obedience applied to your heart in His Death/Resurrection the ultimate reach of God providing Sacrifice for your sin. They go on to live lives of faith being followers of Christ right by grace. They live it one day at a time as a grace walk and love walk. (As also they came to Christ, so they abide and stay with Him, and walk in Him Col. 2:6;John 15; I John 2.) We're laying up treasure in heaven growing in grace in Christ with God's Kingdom inside with a quality of love so astounding we think majestically, we occupy (actively be ready) for Christ's return, and are being desirous to be like Christ, as He lived His life until He comes back (which is a discipleship challenge.) It's through the Holy Spirit's work this occurs though in an outlived walk step by step and its by faith through grace, not of yourself, not of works lest any man should boast. We're not religious, we maintain a relationship with the Lord! Truly we 'love God' with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength in three commands in one, namely the afore and also "love your neighbor" "as yourself," which is the summing up of all the Old Covenant Laws. Rejoice. Pray and ask God for salvation if you haven't already. You are God's masterpiece then redeemed. It's insurance that's the best.
After salvation or becoming saved YOU are then being a thank you epistle to God (letter is an epistle in Greek,) written by the Holy Spirit of God within and without with the laws of God in the Spirit. With everything within we follow Christ disciples saved in the ways of the Spirit through Christ the Risen One. It's by grace from start to finish this abundant life sparked in the Spirit in and through Christ to Eternal Life which starts now. Dave Candel
Remember we take the faith to believe and accept it for ourselves. That 'if' becomes the condition on the salvation and wishes of the promises of God He requires: simply and mainly our participation accountable to be. In that way He's JUST while giving away mercy, full and free for work is work as Romans says, and grace is grace but mercy is not justice only from faith to faith and glory to glory but a special dispensation to live life in the now and sow seed for eternal places. Mt. 6:33.
For it's a transformed rennovating life we live in Christ not a reformed one. God promises to bring it to pass and finish what He started in you Phil 1:6.
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