'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
6/22/2019 0 Comments
The 'Blessed Hope'
Now, as I promised, let us further explore the 'meaning' of 'abundant life', and other 'asides' we said we would get to in future posts. Let us do this topic before we get too carried away, as we humans are prone to do. What is Jesus talking about when He speaks of 'abundant life'? Does it mean, I can have everything and anything I want; be and do anything I want to be or do?
What did Jesus mean when He said, in John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Continuing our discussion began on Post 8A-3, June 8, 2019; 8A-4, June 15, 2019
Second, eternal life, the life a Christian is truly concerned with, is not determined by duration but by a relationship with God. This is why, once we are converted and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are said to have eternal life already (1 John 5:11-13), though not, of course, in its fullness. Length of life on earth is not synonymous with abundant life.audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Finally, a Christian's life revolves around “grow[ing] in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). This teaches us that the abundant life is a continual process of learning, practicing, and maturing, as well as failing, recovering, adjusting, enduring, and overcoming, because, in our present state, “we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror” (1 Corinthians 13:12). One day we will see God face to face, and we will know Him completely as we will be known completely (1 Corinthians 13:12). We will no longer struggle with sin and doubt. This will be the ultimately fulfilled abundant life.
My friends. Be not discouraged. Although we are naturally desirous of material things, as Christians our perspective on life must be revolutionized (Romans 12:2). Just as we become new creations when we come to Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), so must our understanding of “abundance” be transformed. True abundant life consists of an abundance of love, joy, peace, and the rest of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), not an abundance of “stuff.”
True 'abundance of life' consists of life that is eternal, and, therefore, our interest is in the eternal, not the temporal. Paul admonishes us, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:2-3).
You may have noticed our series posting on Sunday/Wednesday/Friday during April/May, 2019 on some of the 'Spiritual Disciplines', or 'means' to help us grown closer to God in Jesus Christ.
Are you 'learning to practice' any of them? Are you realizing the advantage of 'habits', for 'spiritual growth' in the knowledge of Our Lord and Savior? If so, then, you are being 'richly' and 'abundantly blessed' with 'gifts from the Holy Spirit working in you'. Oh, how I pray that you are being so blessed! For you see, there is absoluted no price one can set on these 'riches', nor 'limits'! [Philippians 4:19] Amen. Amen.
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