'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]
4/19/2020 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.” Let's continue our series, as I promised. Let's continue for a few posts, dissecting what is further meant by this matter. 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.
To continue then, 'to grow in grace' is another way of saying - 'to mature as a Christian'. We are saved [JUSTIFIED], or seen by God the Father as if we have never sinned, and, a member of the Family of God, calling Him, Abba, Father, because of our belief in Jesus, and, His 'work' at 'Calvary', by grace through faith (John 6:44; Ephesians 2:8–9). He knew that there was no other way and He did say, 'it is finished!'. [Luke 22:42-44; John 19:30] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html April 19, 2020
But then, as we 'continue in the faith', we 'mature' and are 'sanctified' by grace alone. We know that grace is a blessing that we don’t deserve. [Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-20; Luke 8:4-15; John 3:15-16; Romans 5:8]
It is God’s grace that 'justifies us', 'sanctifies us', and eventually 'glorifies' us in heaven. All credit or 'glory' is to God, less anyone boast! [Romans 4:1-12; Ephesians 2:9] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
After being 'justified', [that is accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior the moment we 'believe' in Him for the receipt of the forgiveness of our sins, by hearing the Word, and repenting], by turning from ourselves to God; then, the 'life-long' process known as 'sanctification'; or, the 'process' of becoming more like Christ, in thoughts, words, and actions, is synonymous with 'growing in grace'. [John 15:1-17]
NOTHING HAPPENS - 'Neither 'justification', nor 'sanctification' nor 'glorification' occurs - OTHER THAN BY THE 'GRACE' OR 'FAVOR' OF GOD. We can never earn it, nor is it due to us from God. That is why some refer to 'grace' as 'God's unmerited favor'. And, it is - by the further grace gift from God - 'faith'. [Ephesians 2]
HOW THEN, DO WE 'GROW IN GRACE'.
FIRST AND FOREMOST. We grow in grace by 'remaining a branch in the vine'. [John 15:1-17]
audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html We MUST have an 'abiding' and 'personal relationship' with God, through Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit.
To do so, we are to be constantly 'reading' God’s Word and letting it “dwell in us richly” (Colossians 3:16).
But more, we are to be in touch with God for His will and guidance through - 'fervent and effectual praying, listening and obeying.audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
[Proverbs 3; Jeremiah 33:3; Matthew 6:6, 9-13; 7:7; 21:22; Luke 18:1; Luke 21:36; Romans 8:26; 12:12; Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6; Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; James 1:1-8; 4:1-10]
And, less you are deceived, reading the Holy Bible and fervently praying by themselves don’t mature us, but God uses these spiritual disciplines to help us grow, by, His Grace. Oh, my no! We learn from
James 1:22-27, to wit: audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
22 'Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it-not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it-they will be blessed in what they do. 26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.'
Therefore, maturing in our Christian life is not about what we do, but about what God does in us, by His grace.
While this series is posting, we will do 'weekly' posts. Then, we will return to our 'bi-monthly' posts. Thank you for taking your time, seeking and hearing from the Lord, for you to 'grow in the Grace of the Lord', for His Glory, for your good. Amen. Amen.
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