'Calling On The Name Of The LORD'
'Calling On The Name Of The LORD'
'And now why do you delay? Arise, and be Baptized, and Wash Away your sins, calling on HIS Name.' Acts 22:16.
As The Scriptures Speak To the world The Word Of The faith, that for any, the only way to attain to The Righteousness ( Of GOD ) is based on faith, And The Word Of faith Speaks Thus, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into Heaven?' ( that is, to bring CHRIST down ), or 'Who will descend into The Abyss?' ( that is, to bring CHRIST up from the dead )." But what does It Say? "The Word Is Near you, in your mouth and in your heart" - that is, The Word Of faith Which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth JESUS as LORD, and believe in your heart that GOD Raised HIM From the dead, you Shall Be Saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in Righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in Salvation. For The Scripture Says, "Whoever believes in HIM will not be disappointed." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek ( Gentile ); for The Same Is LORD Of All, Abounding In Riches For all who call upon HIM; for "Whoever will call upon The Name Of The LORD Will Be Saved." How then shall they call upon HIM in WHOM they have not believed? And how shall they believe in HIM WHOM they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just As It Is Written, "How Beautiful are the feet of those who bring Glad Tidings!" However, they did not all heed The Glad Tidings; for Isaiah says, "LORD, who has believed our report?" So faith comes from hearing, and hearing By The Word Of CHRIST... Romans 10:6b-17.
We are to preach The Word Of faith ( v8 ), and faith comes from hearing The Good Message Of JESUS CHRIST; The Gospel; That all are Saved By Grace through faith in The SON Of GOD. The Gospel Of faith in JESUS CHRIST, as opposed to what is believed and preached by the many, The Gospel Of Grace, where faith is barely mentioned, and even by some where faith is considered and spoken of as secondary to Grace, if mentioned at all. It Is Grace through faith; the former cannot be Given and is not Given, cannot be known and is not realised, apart from the latter.
The Truth Is, is that apart from faith we do not stand In Grace; we are not under Grace. The Truth Is that apart from The faith we cannot, draw near to The Throne Of Grace, that we may Receive Mercy and may find Grace to help in time of need ( Hebrews 4:16 ). And this because it is only through faith that we may Receive Mercy and find Grace. ...How then shall they call upon HIM in WHOM they have not believed? And how shall they believe in HIM WHOM they have not heard?... ... For GOD So Loved the world, that HE Gave HIS Only Begotten SON, that whoever believes ( Saving Faith ) in HIM should not perish, but have Everlasting Life. John 3:16. JESUS Said To her, "I Am The Resurrection And The Life; he who believes in ME shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes ( Saving Faith ) in ME shall never die. Do you believe this?" John 11:25-26.
A true way of understanding such a verse as Ephesians 2:8, For By Grace you have been Saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; The Gift Of GOD;... is, 'It Is GOD'S Grace To us that through The faith we are Saved; and this faith is nothing of ourselves; It Is The Gift Of GOD.'
Here It is not Speaking of Grace being The Gift, but The faith Is The Gift, The Gift comes from hearing and Is Given By Grace, In Which we stand through obedience of The faith, as Romans 5:15-21 makes clearer still,
But The Free Gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one ( Adam ) many died, much more did The Grace Of GOD And The Gift By The Grace Of The One Man, JESUS CHRIST, Abound To the many. And The Gift is not like ( as ) through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgement from one ( Adam ) resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand The Free Gift ( The faith; Acts 5:31; Hebrews 12:1-3 ) arose from many transgressions resulting in Justification ( Romans 3:26 ). For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one ( the wages of sin is death ), much more those who Receive The Abundance of Grace And Of The Gift Of Righteousness ( Romans 1:16-17 ) will reign in life Through The One, JESUS CHRIST. So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through One Act Of Righteousness ( our Everything; JESUS CHRIST; The LORD our Righteousness; The LAMB Of GOD; The Unblemished Sacrifice Once For All ) There ( Herein ) Resulted Justification Of Life To all men ( Romans 3:22-26 ). For as through one man's disobedience ( Adam ) the many were made sinners, even so through The Obedience Of The ONE the many will be Made Righteous ( 2 Corinthians 5:21 ). And The Law came in that the transgression might increase ( Romans 7:7-14 ); but where sin increased, Grace Abounded All The More, that, as sin reigned in death ( 1 Corinthians 15:56 ), even so Grace might reign through Righteousness To Eternal Life Through JESUS CHRIST our LORD ( 1 Corinthians 15:57 ). Romans 5:15-21.
As verses 9-10 of Ephesians 2 continues, ; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are HIS Workmanship, Created In CHRIST JESUS For good works, Which GOD Prepared Beforehand, that we should walk in Them.
Faith brings Righteousness, and it is the Righteous who shall Inherit The Promise Of Eternal Life. This Is GOD'S Grace To everyone who will call upon The Name of The LORD In Truth.
It Is The Sanctifying Work Of The HOLY SPIRIT ( Hebrews 12:14 ), Which Comes only through The faith, Which Is The Guarantee Of Receiving The Promise. This is what means to be Sealed By The HOLY SPIRIT. This Is GOD'S Grace To all in CHRIST JESUS.
A question, In the believer, what is due to Grace, that in which we stand, only through The faith; Given through faith and by no means apart from living by faith in The SON Of GOD?
The answer; The Spiritual condition by which that one is Governed, that is, A Restraining And Directing Influence ( Galatians 5:16-18 ) Exercised over the one who lives by faith in The SON Of GOD ( Galatians 2:20, Romans 7:24 ), which will Guide the spirit of a man; all thoughts, decisions, motives, and actions; that compel the living soul to live thus ( 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ) The Divine Influence upon the heart, and Its reflection in the life of the believer ( 1 John 2:3-6 ). Ruled over by Right Of Authority, and The Right Of Authority Belongs To ONE; The LORD JESUS CHRIST, and not anything of man; ...So then, Brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh - for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if By The SPIRIT you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being Led By The SPIRIT Of GOD, these are sons Of GOD. Romans 8:12-14. Or do you not know that your body is A Temple Of The HOLY SPIRIT WHO Is In you, WHOM you Have From GOD, and you are not your own? For you have been Brought With A Price: therefore Glorify GOD in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
In Grace we stand, not that Grace Itself changes the heart, but that The faith as means to live by faith in The LORD JESUS CHRIST which we live through Because of The Grace Given To us, this changes the heart; The Working of faith, because The HOLY SPIRIT Works through the believers faith that we may die to sin ( cease from sinning ) and live to Righteousness, Conformed To HIS Image:
See to it that no one takes you captive ( to lead you away from The Truth ) through philosphy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than According To CHRIST. For In HIM All The Fulness Of Deity Dwells In bodily form, and In HIM you have been Made complete, and HE Is The Head Over All Rule And Authority; and In HIM you were also Circumcised With A Circumcision Made without hands, in The Removal of the body of the flesh By The Circumcision Of CHRIST; having been buried with HIM in Baptism, In Which you were also Raised Up With HIM through faith In The Working Of GOD, WHO Raised HIM from the dead... Colossians 2:8-12.
It is a foolish thing indeed to read such Scripture as this, indeed any Word Of Scripture, and believe that this was written to those to whom it was written at the time, and does not apply to us also ( 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ). The dangers, the empty deceptions that leave any who will follow these things destitute of The Spiritual Wealth, so that even one who boasts of his 'faith' will fail to see that he is without The Fruits Of The HOLY SPIRIT; The Fruit Of The faith, is as true now as was when Paul wrote this letter to The Church at Colossae. And, it would be true to say that the empty deceptions are more abundant now than then. Only by faith In CHRIST can any be Made complete; accomplished, carried through to the end; furnished perfect. The LORD JESUS CHRIST Is The Head, let The Body work in accordance with HIS Authority; obedience of faith.
So this is GOD'S Grace To us. If we do not live by faith as means faith, then Grace is made void. We have fallen from Grace, and repentance is needed to be made right before GOD.
Now i make known to you, Brethren, The Gospel Which i preached to you, Which you also Received, In Which also you stand, By Which also you are Saved, if you hold fast The Word Which i preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2.
This is The Doctrine that conforms to godliness; The Words Of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, Given HIM From The FATHER; The Gospel.
And JESUS Cried out and Said, "He who believes in ME does not believe in ME, but in HIM WHO Sent ME. "And he who beholds ME beholds The ONE WHO Sent ME. "I Have Come As Light Into the world, that everyone who believes in ME may not remain in darkness. "And if anyone hears MY Sayings, and does not keep Them ( does not believe Them, does not think Them to be True, is not persuaded by Them, is not impelled to act in accordance with Them, and so entrust all of one's Spiritual well being to CHRIST ), I do not Judge him; for I did not Come To Judge the world, But To Save the world. "He who rejects ME, and does not Receive MY Sayings ( he who rejects All That I AM, Anything of All I Speak ), Has ONE WHO Judges him; The Word ( The Gospel; Salvation By Grace through faith ) I Spoke Is What Will Judge him At The Last Day. "For I did not Speak On MY Own Initiative, But The FATHER HIMSELF WHO Sent ME Has Given ME Commandment, What To Say, And What To Speak ( so we are to do also, in accordance with All HIS Words; 1 Peter 4:11 ). "And I Know that HIS Commandment Is Eternal Life; therefore The Things I Speak, i Speak Just As The FATHER Has Told ME." John 12:44-50.
In this remains the endurance, the steadfastness of the pure in CHRIST, HIS Saints: to guard, to attend to most carefully ( to keep ) The Commandments Of GOD; "If you love ME, you will keep MY Commandments." John 14:15, and assurance of reliance ( The faith ) in JESUS. And where does one keep these things but in his heart? And the heart is only Cleansed through faith; ( Acts 15:9 ).
Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps The Law. Proverbs 29:18.
If Love Is the fulfillment of The Law, and It Is ( Romans 13:8-14, Galatians 5:14 ), and it is only that By Grace through faith The HOLY SPIRIT Fulfills the requirements of The Law in us who walk By The SPIRIT, and not according to the flesh ( Romans 8:1-5 ), because it is only those who are Of The faith who are sons of Abraham, the believer ( Galatians 3:6-9 ), it is only those who walk By The SPIRIT who are putting to death the deeds of the flesh who are sons Of GOD ( Romans 8:12-14 ), and it is only The Love Of GOD Poured Out within our hearts that is The Love that Fulfills, that makes complete, Given only through The faith ( Romans 5:1-5 ), then this Is The Gospel; The Gospel Of faith in JESUS CHRIST, this is GOD'S Grace To us, that HE Freely Gives us All Things With HIS Beloved SON ( Romans 8:29-31 ).
A slave will not be instructed by words alone; for though he understands, there will be no response. Proverbs 29:19.
For i am not ashamed of The Gospel, for It Is The Power Of GOD For Salvation To everyone who believes, To the Jew first and also To the Greek. For In It The Righteousness Of GOD Is Revealed from faith to faith; as It Is Written, "But the Righteous shall live by faith." Romans 1:16-17.
As the Apostle Paul writes, First, i thank my GOD through JESUS CHRIST for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world... Romans 1:8. He does not write to them of thanking GOD because HIS Grace is being proclaimed throughout the whole world, but their faith. This, because when we make known The faith we are making known The Grace Of GOD, not only To us who live by faith in The SON Of GOD, but To the whole world also; to any who will call upon The Name Of The LORD In Truth. And to any who will hear we are to preach The Gospel Of faith in JESUS CHRIST, because The faith Saves, because in This Gospel Speaks The Grace Of GOD.
Let Love be without hypocrisy. The Love Of GOD Is Pure.
To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled ( sullied, tainted; contaminated, soiled by sins ) and unbelieving ( incredulous; without trust in GOD; without Christian faith ), nothing is pure ( no one of them is Cleansed, purified by fire thus imparting no uncleanness, free from corrupt desire; sin: guilt: John 15:1-2 ), but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess to know GOD, but by deeds ( by their acts, in their undertaking, what they accomplish in word and deed ) they deny ( contradict, disavow: disclaim knowledge of, disown connection with GOD: they refuse to hear HIM WHO Is Speaking )being detestable ( abominable ) and disobedient ( impersuasible; contumacious, that is, stubbornly rebellious; willfully and obstinately disobedient ), and ( thus ) worthless for any good deed. Titus 1:15-16.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see GOD." Matthew 5:8.
This Scripture, Titus 1:15-16 is Speaking To us all what means the purity that GOD Desires for us, what GOD Requires of us all, that we may be called children Of GOD; that we may indeed share, be partakers of HIS Holiness. Not one soul is exempt: none free from the obligation; ...So then, Brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh - for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if By The SPIRIT you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will Live. For all who are being Led By The SPIRIT Of GOD, these are sons Of GOD. Romans 8:12-14.
Hence what The LORD JESUS CHRIST Means when HE Speaks, "I Am The Resurrection And The Life; he who believes in ME shall Live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in ME shall never die. Do you believe this?" John 11:25-26. And, "It Is The SPIRIT WHO Gives Life; the flesh profits nothing; The Words That I Have Spoken To you Are Spirit And Are Life." John 6:63. Faith.
Who, reading this, can say that they are living believing in GOD to this degree? Who, reading this, examines themselves to see if they are in The faith; to see if indeed JESUS CHRIST Is In them, or if they are at present a misguided soul who has strayed from The Narrow Path? GOD Gives repentance; this is HIS Amazing Grace, just as The LORD Says To all who have been born again;
"If I do not Wash you, you have no part with ME." Simon Peter said to HIM, "LORD, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head." JESUS Said To him, "He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are Clean, but not all." For HE Knew the one who was betraying HIM; for this reason HE Said, "Not all of you are Clean." John 13:8b-11.
Judas Iscariot went his own way, and betrayed The LORD. We, when we stray from The Path have gone our own way also. Repentance is then needed, and GOD Gives repentance when in humility before HIM we confess our sins from our heart. If we confess our sins, HE Is Faithful And Righteous To Forgive us our sins and to Cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9.
To trespass, to walk where we are not to walk, in sin, makes dirty our feet. When we repent and confess our sins we are Cleansed from all unrighteousness. Our feet are washed, and will stay Clean all the while we walk along The Narrow Path. Day by day, By Grace through faith, our inner man is being renewed; The Washing Of Regeneration And Renewing By The HOLY SPIRIT. And along our walk the byways that lead away from The Narrow Path will become fewer and fewer, because we will pay no attention to them. In the dying to our flesh they will be as though they are no longer there anymore, though they are there. Keep fixing your eyes on JESUS, The Author And Perfecter Of faith.
And as The LORD Continues Speaking To HIS Disciples, Written in John chapter 13, is for us to hear also; "Do you know What I Have Done To you? "You call ME TEACHER And LORD; and you are right, For I AM. "If then, The LORD And The TEACHER, Washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. "For I Gave you An Example that you also should do as I Did To you. "Truly, truly, I Say To you, a slave is not greater than his master ( MASTER ); neither one who is sent greater than the one ( The ONE ) who sent him. "If you know these things, you are Blessed if you do them... John 13:12-17.
Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are Spiritual , restore such a one in a Spirit of Gentleness; looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and thus fulfill The Law Of CHRIST. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have boasting in regard to himself alone ( 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 ), and not in regard to another. For each one shall bear his own load... Galatians 6:1-5.
..."You are already Clean because of The Word Which I Have Spoken To you..." John 15:3.
The Standard of right standing before GOD Is Made Known to those who have ears to hear. And it is absolutely impossible for any man to attain to, but not so in CHRIST JESUS our LORD because we are Raised Up with JESUS CHRIST through faith In The Working Of GOD. We are HIS Workmanship, Created In CHRIST JESUS: "This Is The Work Of GOD, that you believe in HIM WHOM HE Has Sent." John 6:29.
All things are possible for him who believes GOD, because GOD Says the one who believes in HIM Shall be Saved; GOD Will Do It All; By HIS Grace To us this comes through The faith; this is something of The Measure Of GOD'S Grace To us: from what we are in the flesh ( nothing good dwells in our flesh; Romans 7:18 ), to what we shall be By walking In The SPIRIT, walking in Truth just as Truth Is In JESUS.
Only those who will follow GOD fully in this life ( Matthew 10:24-39, Mark 10:17-31, Luke 9:23-27, John 15 ) shall Inherit The Promise Of Eternal Life. Just as is Spoken In The Holy Scriptures of times past for the example Given To us, "So The LORD'S Anger Burned in that day, and HE Swore, Saying, 'None of the men who came up from Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land Which I Swore To Abraham, To Isaac, and To Jacob; for they did not follow ME fully, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua the son of Nun, for they have followed The LORD fully.'... Numbers 31:10-12.
It is for us all to follow the example of men such as Caleb and Joshua. Absolute faith in GOD. For by it men of old gained approval... ...And without faith it is impossible to please HIM, for he who comes to GOD must believe that HE Is, and HE Is A Rewarder Of those who seek HIM. Hebrews 11:2 & v6.
Written in Matthew 6 is a warning of lacking faith, Spoken By The LORD, which many seem not to recognize: ..."But if GOD So Arrays the grass of the field, which is today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, not much more you, O men of little faith? ( accusative: you, who are disinclined to believe, skeptical, showing unbelief, lacking confidence in CHRIST? ) "Do not be anxious then, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'With what shall we clothe ourselves?' For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your Heavenly FATHER Knows that you need all these things. "But seek first HIS Kingdom and HIS Righteousness; and all these things Shall be added To you. "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:30-34.
Verse 34, if we worry about such comparatively trivial things, we shall be selfish in our thinking in many things, our own conceits; a little leaven leavens the whole lump! Where would/how could such thinking draw the line in what is living By Grace through faith and what is the worlds thinking, the worlds ways, what is not of faith? Verse 33, but if we trust in GOD and seek first and foremost The Royal Power HE Freely Will Bestow, indeed, HIS Righteousness; HIS Justification, Which comes only through faith, then, as Paul writes to The Church at Philippi, And my GOD Shall Supply All your needs According To HIS Riches In Glory In CHRIST JESUS. Now to our GOD And FATHER The Glory Forever And Ever. Amen. Philippians 4:19-20.
Both material and Spiritual things.
It is to notice in Philippians chapter 4 of what Paul is thankful of and seeks first for those of The faith at Philippi, Not that i seek the gift itself, but i seek for the profit which increases to your account. ( v17 ). Not the material things given for his own needs ( which GOD Had Supplied for Paul's needs through The Church at Philippi at the right time ), but Paul rejoices in what their giving is to GOD, ...a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to GOD ( v18 ).
Paul learned to be content in whatever circumstance he found himself. I know how to get along with humble means, and i also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance i have learned The Secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through HIM WHO Strengthens me. ( v 12-13 ).
This is a selfless heart. This is one who has learned these things, this 'Secret', and learned only through The faith; through The Working Of GOD.
We may suffer in our walk, The LORD Tells us that we will! We may go without and suffer need if GOD so allows it as HE Did with Paul, but GOD Says that HE will never leave us nor forsake us. All that we need HE Will Give To us ( What we actually do need and what we want can be two completely different things ). Through such sufferings our faith is strengthened, our reliance upon GOD; our faith in CHRIST grows. So we too may say, 'I can do all things through HIM WHO Strengthens me.'
These things we cannot know if we listen to what the world says and we trust in the world's ways, if we turn back to the world and do not continue in faith. To live by faith is by no means easy. Dying to the flesh cannot be a painless process. And when we fail, when we get it so very wrong, when we will stumble in the flesh, it is because being of faith to the preserving of the soul, through which GOD Says HE will never leave us nor forsake us ( Hebrews 13:5-6, Psalm 37:23-34 ), GOD Says To us as HE Said To Paul, "MY Grace Is Sufficient For you, for Power Is Perfected in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9.
Saved By Grace through faith, as opposed to a 'teaching' that is preached and believed on by many, Salvation because of Grace.
One teaches Atonement, Propitiation for sin, where Grace Culminates; ends in The Inheritance, The Promise being Received because of The Working Of GOD through faith. And the other teaches Atonement, Propitiation for sins in that once you are Saved you are Saved, regardless of conduct, because of GOD'S Grace To and Love For you.
Therefore if any man is in CHRIST, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold New Things Have Come. Now All Things Are From GOD, WHO Reconciled us to HIMSELF Through CHRIST, And Gave us The Ministry Of Reconciliation, Namely, that GOD Was In CHRIST Reconciling the world to HIMSELF, not counting their trespasses against them, and HE Has Commited To us The Word Of Reconciliation... 2 Corinthians 5:17-19.
We are only Reconciled to GOD Through CHRIST if we abide In HIM, and HE In us; By Grace through faith; This Is The Word Of Reconciliation. The branch cannot Bear Fruit of itself, unless it abides in The Vine; The LORD JESUS CHRIST, and the branch that does not abide In HIM dries up, and is burned.
This Scripture in 2 Corinthians 5:17 Speaks of The Initial Sanctification. Then begins The Process, through faith The Washing Of Regeneration And Renewing By The HOLY SPIRIT ( Titus 3:4-8 ). Sin defiles, makes unclean, but GOD Gives repentance. This Is Grace. Not that we may continue in sin, but that we may By Grace through faith die to sin and live to Righteousness ( Romans 6 ). Apart from repentance there can be no Forgivness of sins. Apart from repentance we remain soiled. All things are possible for GOD. There is nothing impossible for HIM To Do. But GOD cannot deny HIMSELF; GOD cannot work in sin. Repentance is needed. With GOD There Is Abundant Redemption, and HE Longs To Be Gracious To us.
GOD Knows your heart, and HE Is Perfect In Patience, but not one of us knows when our soul shall be Required of us. Therefore, Just As The HOLY SPIRIT Says, "Today if you hear HIS Voice, do not harden you hearts as when they provoked ME, As in the day of trial in the wilderness, Where your fathers tried ME by testing ME, And saw MY Works for forty years. "Therefore I Was Angry with this generation, And Said, 'They always go astray in their heart; And they do not know MY Ways'; As I Swore In MY Wrath, 'They shall not Enter MY Rest.'" Take care, Brethren, lest there should be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart, in falling away from The Living GOD. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is called "Today," lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become Partakers Of CHRIST, if we hold fast the beginning of our Assurance firm until The End; while it is said, "Today if you hear HIS Voice, Do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked ME." For who provoked when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? And with whom was HE Angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And To whom did HE Swear that they should not enter HIS Rest, but To those who were disobedient? And we see that they aere not able to enter because of unbelief.
Therefore, let us fear lest, while A Promise remains of entering HIS Rest, any one of you should seem to have come short of It. For indeed we have had Good News preached to us, just as they also; but The Word they heard did not profit them, because It was not united by faith in those who heard... Hebrews 3:7 - 4:2.
The one who knows GOD is Known By HIM. To know GOD one must believe in HIM. And through believing in HIM ( Saving Faith ) HE Freely Gives us All Things With HIS SON.
"If you love ME, you will keep MY Commandments." John 14:15.
...By This The Love Of GOD Was Manifested In us, that GOD Has Sent HIS Only Begotten SON Into the world so that we might Live Through HIM. In This Is Love, not that we loved GOD, but that HE Loved us And Sent HIS SON The Propitiation For our sins. Beloved, if GOD So Loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has beheld GOD at any time; if we love one another, GOD Abides In us, and HIS Love Is Perfected In us. By This we know that we abide In HIM And HE In us, because HE Has Given us Of HIS SPIRIT... 1 John 4:9-13.
We need to grasp this truth; that we, on our own, have nothing whatsoever worthy of GOD. But HE Loves us So Much that HE Gave HIMSELF, HE Humbled HIMSELF, Suffered And Died For us, so that we may know HIM, that we may love HIM, so that we might be with HIM Forever.
HE Has Done It All. Ours is to believe in HIM; Faith. This Is HIS Amazing Grace.
For this reason also, since the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with The Knowledge Of HIS Will In All Spiritual Wisdom And Understanding, so that you may walk in a manner worthy Of The LORD, to please in all respects, Bearing Fruit in every good work and increasing in The Knowledge Of GOD; Strengthened With All Power, According To HIS Glorious Might, for The Attaining of All Steadfastness And Patience; joyously giving thanks to The FATHER, WHO Has Qualified us to share in The Inheritance Of the Saints In Light. For HE Delievered us From the domain of darkness, And Transferred us To The Kingdom Of HIS Beloved SON, In WHOM we have Redemption, the Forgivness of sins... Colossians 1:9-14.