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1 John 3:
18: My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
19: And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
20: For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21: Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
22: And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
23: And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
24: And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
Just a Closer walk with Thee.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
The New Testament writings are divinely inspired, for Godís Comforter,(the indwelling Spirit of God Almighty), taught and brought the writers into Godís glorious truth. I absolutely use the Word of God as the guidebook for my life, as a lamp unto my feet and a glorious light unto my path.
What could be clearer than the contrast of fleshly fruit and spiritual fruit found in Galations 5:
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
My personal yardstick, by which I am able to measure the progress of my feeble walk with my precious Lord.
1 Thess. 5:
Do we rejoice in our hearts, in our lives, in our postings and interaction with others?
Pray without ceasing.
Do we walk with our precious Lord in an attitude of prayer? Do we pray for others? Have we prayed today? Have we prayed for another today? Have we ministered to others unselfishly and with true devotion to our great God and His Holy Word?
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Do we gives thanks to our mighty God, our awesome Redeemer? Have we given thanks today? Do others see a thankful spirit in us, and in our posts?
Quench not the Spirit.
Do we honor the Spirit of God, and do we encourage the manifestation of Godís Holy Spirit within our Brothers and Sisters, or do we seek to quench it?
Despise not prophesyings.
Do we despise the forth-telling of God's Holy Word?
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Do we prove all things and hold fast to that which is good?
Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Do we seek to abstain from all appearance of evil, the living witness to those around us, or do we seek to justify that which is wrong?
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
May we allow our glorious Lord to set us apart and to purify us for His Holy purpose and perfect will.
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
Our glorious Lord is ever faithful and we have His Word on it. May we seek to be ever faithful to our Redeemer, and yielded to His will and purpose for the hearts and lives of His children.
A Servant of Christ,
1 Tim. 3:
16: And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh..
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Jesus is written in John 16:33 to have said:
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
And Paul was moved to write "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propituation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forebearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." Romans 3:24-26.
And Paul expounded in Romans 3:3-4: "For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
God forbid: yea, let God be true and every man a lier; as it is written, THAT THOU MIGHTEST BE JUSTIFIED IN THY SAYINGS, AND MIGHT OVERCOME WHEN THOU ART JUDGED."
For Peter wrote how many difficult things Paul had written by the Spirit given by the Lord to the apostle born out of season, as in 2 timothy 2: 12, "If we suffer, we shall also reign with him..." and to remember "of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit..." but to "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. as in part of 14, and all of 15.
For it is true that many deep things can be discovered by study, as in some encouraging discussions, like in 1 john 5:1-5 (and here as well by well reasoned posts i saw)
"Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments, and his commandments are not grevious.
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."
So then we recall these matters, and seek for understanding, when we remember :
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death." Rev 2:11
And verse 26 ? Scripture must harmonize and none should cloud clear verses with obscure statements: so maybe the 26th verse deals with those who have to keep faith and works until the end of the tribulation. Because the saints now have overcome in Christ Jesus the Lord.
As Jesus told his disciples "Take heed that no man deceive you..." in matthew 24:4.
And he was answering their cry in verse 3 that said "And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and the end of the world?"
And Jesus answered and said unto them,
"Take heed that no man deceive you."
It is worth remembering that the disciples were yet without the evidence of a crucified and resurrected Messiah, and the filling of the Spirit of truth.
Scripture with scripture, hear a little, there a litte, precept upon precept, line upon line, and Grace and Mercy gives the whole picture.
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