'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]
6/14/2020 0 Comments
Welcome back my friends, after the 'remembrance' of the most outstanding 'act of love' God did for whosoever calls upon Him in repentance unto salvation - The Remembrance of the Death, Burial, Resurrection and Ascension of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Please review the 'series' The Last Week in the Life of Jesus Christ, Special Devotions, Week Post A-1, Sunday, April 5, 2020 - Sunday, April 12, 2020.
Now, in our post on March 15, 2020, [also used for March 29, 2020], we started to study Second Peter 3:18 which told us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Thank you for returning after the 'review' of all previously posted in this 'series' as given in Post A11-May 31, 2020. Let's continue our series, as I promised, with some final posts dissecting what is further meant by this matter. Then, before we are finished, I want to post a few posts with some passages of Holy Bible Scriptures for your prayerful meditation and memorization on 'the milk and meat' of the word that I believe will be most helpful.
Now, continuing from April 19, 2020; April 26, 2020; May 10, 17, 24, 31, 2020; June 7, 2020
We learned in our post on April 24, 2020 that we are to 'work 0ut what has been worked in us', [Philippians 2:12-13], as lived by and explained by Our Lord and Savior to wit: Our 'beatitudes', found in Matthew Chapters 5-7, specifically Matthew 5:2-16. [The entire 'sermon on the Mount includes the whole section in Matthew 5-7.]
What does the Apostle Paul mean, 'work out our salvation' from Philippians 2:12-13? Part 2.
Continuing my friends from Part 1, June 7, 2020, let us see more of how we are 'working out our salvation with fear and trembling'.
We must move from 'milk' to 'meat'; that is from the 'basics' of our relationship and understanding of the 'Word', to a more 'deeper relationship', with a deeper understanding and life practices guided by the Holy Spirit's continued guidance in the 'Word'.
Thus, we are to 'be' more 'intimate' and REAL---What is the most important teaching in the Bible? Every Christian should be able to give the answer: It is the teaching about love. Someone once asked Jesus, "Which is the first commandment of all?" Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is `Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
(Luke 12:28-34, on 'love', 'agape love'; see 1 Corinthians Chapter 13. On this 'spiritual fruit', including 'love', see Galatians 5:22-23; 1 John 4:8.) audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
By analogy, a more 'deeper relationship', with a 'deeper understanding' and life practices guided by the Holy Spirit's continued guidance in the 'Word', is just like a 'baby' going from 'milk' to 'nibbles' of a food to 'more variety' to a 'full meal deal'. The baby's teeth comes in as its system builds up to the taste and quality for 'whole food' from 'strained'; then with 'teeth', to softer and then firmer foods.
Through the 'enlightenment' and 'illumination' of the Holy Scriptures by the Holy Spirit, our hearts and minds 'grow' in understanding, and, 'desire to love the Lord and others. This is one of the 'evidences' that a person is growing in 'the grace' and 'knowledge of the Lord'; as a 'branch abiding in the Vine'. [John 15]
'Maturity in the Faith' must be seen through more than our words, but through our 'consistent' actions on a 'consistent' basis, reflecting the very 'actions' from the 'thoughts' of - the Living God, as lived by Jesus, Our Perfect Example, par excellence. [Romans 1-2; 7-8; Galatians 5]. ]audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html]
In Jesus' whole life, we always see this, but especially and most profoundly in such as Gethsemane and, 'on the way to, and from' - 'the Cross'; 'not my will, but thy will be done'; 'for God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son to die instead of whosoever believes in Him, who will have eternal life; to 'it is finished!' [Luke 22:42; John 3; 19:28-30] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
[Please review the 'series' The Last Week in the Life of Jesus Christ, Special Devotions, Week Post A-1, Sunday, April 5, 2020 - Sunday, April 12, 2020.]
But, the 'power' of the Holy Spirit is equally available to 'all believers'. Let's see some 'examples' or 'evidences' of one who is 'submitted' to the Holy Spirit and the manifestation in their life is reflecting 'growth in the grace and knowledge of the Lord'.
See the 'changed' Peter, from the Gospel 'denials', to the Apostle of Acts, on the 'day of Pentecost'; from an arrogant, cocky, man of thunder, he became a humble, willing, obedient servant of the Lord even to death. He rejoiced in that day of his death, knowing that he would be reunited with his beloved Savior. This was a lifetime of 65 years – of which his last thirty-three would be devoted to proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Read more: Matthew 16:16-17; 21-22; 17:1-9; 28:18-20; Mark1:17; 8:29; Luke 5:1-9; 9:20; John 1:43; 12:12; 21:18-19; Acts 1-2; 5:41; 1-2 Peter'. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
We shall return on our next post, Part 3 on June 21, 2020, at which time we will see another person totally changed, Saul of Tarsus, who would be called - 'Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles'. Please return and join me and Jesus, on this awesome journey of understanding 'maturing in the faith'. Amen. Amen.
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