Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Pulling it all together
It all boils down to "Do you believe God or don't you?" do we BELIEVE what He says?
What is the foundation of our faith/belief/trust - John 3:16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Look at Matthew 16:16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." and vs 18 Jesus says "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it."
So if I believe in Jesus I am righteous Gen 15:6 and Gal 3:6 says that Abram/Abraham believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. ( Look at what the serpent said to Eve: Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" He tempted her to NOT believe what God said) So how do we know that Abraham believed God because he obeyed God.
So if we believe we are right with God and therefore saved. No longer will we pay for our sin because Jesus paid for it. Eph 2:8 ... by grace you have been saved, through faith...
So if we believe what God says, we will do what he says which is obedience. Obedience is ACTION. According to 1 John 5:10b ...Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. (No wonder God is so offended by our lack of belief) But James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (don't just listen, DO IT!)
So what is it we are to do? We are to be the living word. Living LOVE letters from God to the world. We are to be transformed into the image of Christ. Christ is the Word, he is the way, the truth and the life. He is the bread of life, the cup of living water. John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. & 14 &; 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. (therefore, Christ is the Wordof God.)
So if this is what we are to do, then we need the Word in us. Ps 119:105 Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Col 3:16a Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly... Jeremiah 23:29 "Is not my Word like fire," declares the LORD, "and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?
According to the word we need to wear the full armor of God Eph 6:11-17 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
1 Pet 1:22-23 ; 2:1-2 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere LOVE for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 2: 1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, (The world knows we believe and follow Christ by our LOVE for each other John 13:35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you LOVE one another.")
So how do we OBEY? Luke 10:27 He answered: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'LOVE your neighbor as yourself.'" John 14:15 If you LOVE me, you WILL obey me.
John 14:3 Jesus said I go to prepare a place for you. and Ephesians 2:21-22 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
So then we are to GO to the world. Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing(immerse them) them in the name (of who they are) of the Father and of the Son (the WORD, truth, life, bread of life, cup of living water) and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. ...
And then it starts over again with the next and the next as they mature and grow up into the likeness of Christ.
We are building the kingdom of God and becoming the bride of Christ. We are getting ready for the groom. We need more bricks for the building. Each one of us gathering more stones as Christ, the chief cornerstone joins us together so we become ONE in unity.
He is preparing a PLACE.
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him for the temple of god is holy, which temple you are," 1 Cor 3:16-17. "…For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people." 2 Cor 6:16