Children Of GOD
Children Of GOD
“Glory to GOD In The Highest, And on earth peace among men with whom HE Is Pleased.” Luke 2:14.
To The Church Of GOD Which HE Purchased With HIS Own Blood; Can you stand in the place of such men as the Apostles John, Peter, and Paul?
The question asked is not being asked in regard of these men Of GOD being as they were in the time of their stay in this world, Apostles Of JESUS CHRIST By The Will Of GOD, but is asking can you stand in their place as a die struck, as a stamp; a model for imitation of a Saint; a child Of GOD?
Be imitators of me, just as I also am of CHRIST. The Apostle Paul In The SPIRIT ( 1 Corinthians 11:1 ).
Our sinning is most certainly inevitable. Though we must not be and should never be of the attitude of accepting we will sin and that our sinning is always going to be inevitability in our walk. The heart that believes such as this is not a heart after GOD’S Own Heart, because it has never been GOD’S Intention for HIS children to remain in their sins. The one who will proclaim forgiveness is constantly theirs since they first confessed JESUS as LORD, with no further need in their walk to recognize sin, repent, to confess, to ask forgiveness, such a one is a liar and The Truth is not in them. Such thinking is not Scriptual. No matter how often or how loudly they may state that they are a Christian, The Truth is not in them, for JESUS CHRIST Is The Truth. Given this, with such a one, is it at all feasible to truly believe that they are In CHRIST, and CHRIST in them? Or is it more feasible to believe that such a one is indeed in need of repentance? GOD’S Word will show it and The HOLY SPIRIT Will Give Understanding of it; By Grace through faith.
There are many who are very good at quoting The Promises Of GOD whilst not understanding what the requirement is that any may obtain The Promises Of GOD; that they may make GOD’S Promises their own to Receive Them. Well, Scripture States JESUS CHRIST Is to all who obey HIM The Source Of Eternal Salvation! ( John 3:36, Hebrews 5:9 ).
“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.
They may even quote ( and I have heard ) such as Romans 11:29, …; for The Gifts and The Calling Of GOD Are Irrevocable… to maintain that no matter what they will do in their walk they are destined to be In HIS Presence for all Eternity. This is such a gross distortion, misunderstood, miss-use of The GOD Breathed Word.
…But The Lovingkindness Of The LORD Is From Everlasting To Everlasting on those who fear ( revere ) HIM, And HIS Righteousness To children’s children, To those who keep HIS Covenant, And who remember HIS Precepts to do them… Psalm 103:17-18.
…For as many as may be The Promises Of GOD, In HIM They Are Yes; Wherefore also By HIM Is our AMEN to The Glory Of GOD through us. Now HE WHO Establishes us with you In CHRIST and Anointed us Is GOD, WHO also Sealed us and Gave The SPIRIT in our hearts as a Pledge. 2 Corinthians 1:20-22. ( this too is also a much misunderstood and misquoted portion of Scripture ).
Pledge; the Greek word, Arrabon; a pledge, earnest.
Pledge: a solemn promise or agreement to do or refrain from doing something. Something delivered as security for the payment of a debt or fulfilment of a promise, and subject to forfeiture on failure to pay or fulfill the promise. One who becomes surety for another.
…”It Is The SPIRIT WHO Gives Life; the flesh profits nothing; The Words That I Have Spoken To you are Spirit And Are Life. “But there are some of you who do not believe.”… John 6:63-64.
And who is our AMEN but The LORD JESUS CHRIST?
It is GOD’S Divine Power Which grants To us Everything Pertaining to Life and godliness, Through The True Knowledge Of HIM WHO Calls us By HIS Own Glory And Excellence. By these, HIS Precious And Magnificent Promises are Granted To us so that By Them we may become partakers of Divine Nature ( 2 Peter 1:1-11 ).
“And to the angel of The Church in Laodicea write:
The AMEN, The Faithful And True Witness, The Beginning Of The Creation Of GOD, Says this: ‘I Know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot. ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I Will Spit you Out Of MY Mouth. ‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I Advise you to buy From ME Gold Refined By Fire, that you may become Rich, and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eyesalve to anoint your eyes, that you may see. ‘Those whom I love, I Reprove And Discipline; be zealous therefore, and repent. ‘Behold, I Stand at the door and Knock; If anyone hears MY Voice and opens the door, I Will Come Into him, and Will Dine With him, and he With ME. ‘He who overcomes, I Will Grant To him to sit down with ME on MY Throne, as I Also Overcame And Sat Down With MY FATHER On HIS Throne. ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what The SPIRIT Says To The Churches.’ ” Revelation 3:14-22.
It is essential that we are tried and tested, that we are refined, that the dross may be removed; our hearts Cleansed; that we may indeed overcome; die to sin and live to Righteousness. How else may one be Conformed to The Image Of HIS SON? GOD HIMSELF Made Clear through HIS Holy Prophets that this will indeed take place ( i.e. Zechariah 13:7-9 ), and now is the time.
‘In CHRIST’, means not to be apart from CHRIST, which means in all the believer’s living, which includes what we believe in and accept as GOD’S Truth; This is abiding In HIM and HE In us, or not. CHRIST Is Instrumental; The Means To The Acquiring of Every Spiritual Blessing In The Heavenly, Which GOD The FATHER HIMSELF Has Invoked The Advantage; Bestowed By Blessing, To those ‘In CHRIST’; To those‘with CHRIST’.
If in our living in The Name of a Christian we are walking contrary to CHRIST ( all that is disobedience to The Will Of GOD ), then how is it we can believe we are truly abiding ‘In CHRIST’? After all, the meaning of ‘Christian’ is ‘a follower of CHRIST’. And to be a follower of CHRIST means a person who imitates, copies, taking and wilfully accepting JESUS CHRIST as the model for imitation; The Perfect and Only Example there is. We believe this, then GOD Works this. We refuse this then it is we make GOD a liar. We then are the liar and no liar has Eternal Life abiding in them.
‘Be imitators of me, just as I also am of CHRIST.’ 1 Corinthians 11:1.
…‘He who overcomes, I Will Grant To him to sit down with ME on MY Throne, as I Also Overcame And Sat Down With MY FATHER On HIS Throne. ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what The SPIRIT Says To The Churches.’ ” Revelation 3:21-22.
…Since then we have A Great HIGH PRIEST WHO Has Passed Through The Heavens, JESUS The SON Of GOD, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a HIGH PRIEST WHO cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but ONE WHO has been tempted in all things as without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to The Throne Of Grace, that we may Receive Mercy and may find Grace to Help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16.
Hold fast your confession. That is, keep hold of, retain your acknowledgement of The Truth; The faith. Do not forsake it.
I solemnly charge In The Presence Of GOD And Of JESUS CHRIST, WHO Is To Judge the Living and the dead, and By HIS Appearing And HIS Kingdom: preach The Word; be ready in season out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure Sound Doctrine; but to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from The Truth, and will turn aside to myths… 2 Timothy 4:1-4.
Hear The GOD Breathed Word. We must endure Sound Doctrine, that is, we must suffer; bear with uncorrupted Instruction. The Christian walk is not an easy one and there are no easier or simpler paths any may take on it which lead to Life ( Matthew 25, Mark 4:1-34, Luke 14:25-35, 19:11-27 ).
…”For whoever does The Will Of GOD, he is MY Brother and Sister and Mother.” Mark 3:35.
…”Abide In ME, and I In you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither you, unless you abide In ME. “I Am The Vine, you are the branches; he who abides In ME, and I In him, he bears much fruit; for apart from ME you can do nothing. “If anyone does not abide In ME, he is thrown away as a branch, and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. “If you abide In ME, and MY Word abides In you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be Done For you. “By this Is MY FATHER Glorified, that you bear much Fruit, and prove to be MY Disciples. “Just as The FATHER Has loved ME, I Have Also loved you; abide In MY Love ( Love Reciprocated ). “If you keep MY Commandments, you will abide In MY Love; just ( inasmuch, even ) as I Have Kept MY FATHER’S Commandments and abide In HIS Love. “These things I Have Spoken To you, that MY Joy may be In you, and your joy may be Made Full… John 15:4-11.
Verse 6 here of John chapter 15 states, ‘If anyone does not continue with ME, does not remain with ME, they are cast away as a branch ( broken off ), indeed, they become helpless and useless; and the same are gathered, and cast away into the fire, indeed set on fire, consumed.’
How and why does one suppose they become helpless? It is not through obedience of faith they become helpless or hopeless. That would be impossible.
“Truly, truly, I Say To you, he who believes in ME, The Works That I Do shall he Do also; and Greater than These shall he Do; because I Go To The FATHER. “And whatever you ask In MY Name, that Will I Do, that The FATHER May Be Glorified In The SON. “If you ask ME anything In MY Name, I Will Do.
“If you love ME, you will keep MY Commandments. “And I Will Ask The FATHER, And HE Will Give you Another HELPER, that HE May Be With you Forever; The SPIRIT Of Truth, WHOM the world cannot Receive, because it does not Behold HIM or know HIM, you know HIM because HE Abides With you, and Will Be In you. John 14:12-17.
Believe ( this means having faith in The LORD JESUS CHRIST as truly means faith ) so that you shall do. Not might do, not maybe do, but, shall do.
This is just Awesome! The word here in John 14:12 ‘shall’ is in the Greek ‘Poieo’. ‘Shall he do’means that you, abide to do, bear to do, cause to do, continue to do, commit to do, gain to do, fulfil to do, hold to do, keep to do, make to do, observe to do, ordain to do, perform to do, provide to do, purpose to do, shoot forth to do, tarry to do, work to do, yield to do. And GOD cannot lie.
Obey and Receive. Do not obey and do not Receive ( Acts 5:29-32 ). “You will know them by their fruits”
And what are The LORD’S Words in the verses we have preceding verse 4 of John 15? In verse 2, “Every branch in ME that does not bear Fruit, HE ( The FATHER ) Takes Away; and every branch that bears Fruit, HE Prunes ( Cleanses, Purges ) it, that it may bear more Fruit. This is of, The Washing Of Regeneration And Renewing By The HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM HE Poured Out Upon us Richly Through JESUS CHRIST our SAVIOUR ( Titus 3:4-8 ).
…“By this Is MY FATHER Glorified, that you bear much Fruit, and prove to be MY Disciples.”…
…”MY sheep hear MY Voice, and I Know them, and they follow ME; And I Give Eternal Life To them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of MY Hand. “What MY FATHER Has Given ME is Greater than all; and no one is able to snatch out of The FATHER’S Hand. “I And The FATHER Are ONE.” John 10:27-30.
It is GOD Alone WHO Bears Witness that we are HIS children. If we will testify and bear witness of ourselves it counts for nought. Our WITNESS Is In Heaven, and our ADVOCATE Is On High.
…If we receive the witness of men, The Witness Of GOD Is Greater; for The Witness Of GOD Is This, that HE Has Borne Witness concerning HIS SON. The one who believes in The SON Of GOD has The Witness in himself; the one who does not believe GOD has made HIM a liar, because he has not believed in The Witness that GOD Has Borne concerning HIS SON. And The Witness Is This, that GOD Has Given us Eternal Life, and this Life Is In HIS SON. He who has The SON has the Life; he who does not have The SON Of GOD does not have the Life… 1 John 5:9-12.
…The SPIRIT HIMSELF Bears Witness with our spirit that we are children Of GOD, and if children, heirs also, heirs Of GOD and fellow heirs With CHRIST, if indeed we suffer with in order that we may also be Glorified… Romans 8:16-17.
It is The Purpose Of GOD, Predestined By The MOST HIGH HIMSELF, that we die to sin and live to Righteousness ( Romans 6 ). And we shall, yet only By Grace through faith. From the first, when we believed and confessed, being Baptized In The Name Of The FATHER And Of The SON And Of The HOLY SPIRIT, it was an appeal to GOD for a good conscience through The Resurrection Of JESUS CHRIST. And this is a continual walk all the days we sojourn here.
…Therefore, since CHRIST Has Suffered In The Flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for The Will Of GOD… 1 Peter 4:1-2.
We are to subject ourselves, that is, wilfully live being under obedience to The Righteousness Of GOD; and The Righteousness Of GOD Is JESUS CHRIST.
Believe, obey, then Receive.
As a professing Christian sin should grieve us, even, make us miserable. For it is as grieved at sin as we are is both why and how we may seek to put to death the deeds of the flesh By The HOLY SPIRIT.
…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. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have Received a spirit of Adoption as sons by Which we cry out, “ABBA! FATHER!” The SPIRIT HIMSELF Bears Witness with our spirit that we are children Of GOD, and if children, heirs also, heirs Of GOD, and fellow heirs with CHRIST, if indeed we suffer with in order that we may also be Glorified with… Romans 8:12-17
‘If’, the condition, the requirement, the stipulation.
‘Of’, used to indicate derivation, origin, source. Used to indicate substance. Used to indicate identity. Used to indicate possession, connection, association. Used to indicate inclusion. Used to indicate qualities or attributes.
We may only do so and be so By Grace through faith! This means not living in a manner which ultimately makes Grace void. Never believe any who will state that Grace cannot be made useless, ineffectual; vain. Sin reigns in death just as Grace Reigns through Righteousness, and the righteous will live by faith; by faith towards faith. No man can state otherwise and be standing in Truth just as Truth Is In JESUS ( Romans 5:21, Romans 1:16-17, Proverbs 30:5-6 ).
Bearing in mind always that the letters of the Apostles though written concerning every soul of man were and are written to The Church,
Now I make known to you, Brethren, The Gospel which I preached to you, which also you 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.
...Therefore, we are ambassadors for CHRIST, as though GOD were Entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of CHRIST, be reconciled to GOD. HE Made HIM WHO knew no sin, sin on our behalf, that we might become the Righteousness Of GOD In HIM. And working together, we also urge you not to receive the Grace Of GOD in vain – for HE Says, “At The Acceptable Time I Listened to you, And on the day of Salvation I Helped you”; behold, now is “The Acceptable Time,” behold, now is “The day of Salvation” – giving no cause for offence in anything, in order that The Ministry be not discredited, but in everything commending ourselves as servants Of GOD, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in sleeplessness, in hunger, in Purity, in Knowledge, in Patience, in Kindness, In The HOLY SPIRIT, in Genuine Love, in The Word Of Truth, in The Power Of GOD; by The Weapons Of Righteousness for the right hand and the left, by Glory and dishonour, by evil report and good report; as deceivers and yet True; as unknown yet Well-Known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death, as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many Rich, as having nothing yet possessing All Things. 2 Corinthians 5:20 – 6:10.
… I Advise you to buy From ME Gold Refined By Fire, that you may become Rich, and white garments, that you may clothe yourself ( Revelation 19:7-8 ), and the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eyesalve to anoint your eyes, that you may see… Revelation 3:18.
‘In’, used to indicate inclusion. Used to indicate qualification as of situation, condition, relation, manner, action, etc.
The Apostle Paul wrote as he did and as we have as Romans 7:14-25, but Paul is by no means speaking such as is preached and taught and believed by many today. Not here in this letter nor in any other of his writings, because as with all Scripture, from Genesis through to Revelation, it is GOD Speaking through man to make known to man. Hence why there is not one single contradiction held within The Holy Scriptures. Any contradictions and conflictions in understanding are merely through unknowledgeable and false ‘teachers’ which abound.
The LORD GOD is not a GOD of confusion but of Peace, as in all The Churches Of the Saints.
…”Enter by The Narrow Gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. “For The Gate is small, and The Way is Narrow that Leads to Life, and few are those who find It…” Matthew 7:13-14.
Paul states clearly in verse 23 of Romans chapter 7 that sin in the members of his body makes him a prisoner of the law of sin which is in his members ( through which sin is accomplished ). In verse 24 Paul speaks these words, ‘Wretched man that I am’ because he is afflicted by this and he is miserable enduring such troubles ( because sin truly grieves him ). To this he then states the question, ‘Who will set me free from the body of this death?’ ( he does not condone sin in any form, neither here nor in any other of his letters because to do so is simply not Of CHRIST ) he then gives the only answer to his question that can be given, ‘Thanks be to GOD, through JESUS CHRIST our LORD.’
To call JESUS CHRIST our ‘LORD’ in the manner Paul does here is that he is willingly calling HIM Supreme Authority and Controller of not only his life but acknowledging HIM ultimately as such over all. ( One day soon every knee shall bow to HIM ). This is Paul’s faith in GOD and HIS Glorious Gospel. Hence why he writes as he has and does, not only in what we have as Epistle to Romans but in all his letters.
Today many will distort the meaning of The GOD Breathed Word, just as they were doing even as the Apostles sojourned here ( 2 Peter 3 ).
For example, as is Written on into what we have as Romans chapter 8, words such as verse 14, For all who are being Led By The SPIRIT Of GOD, these are sons Of GOD, are true only of those such as John, Peter, and Paul. They are not true of any who merely name themselves ‘Christian’. And the Words Given By GOD and Written through men In The SPIRIT are clear; Sin = Death.
A Saint is only truly defined as a Saint as is Written in The Holy Scriptures; The GOD Breathed Word, by the actual definition as defined by GOD HIMSELF. This being, Saint; a most Holy, sacred ( both physically pure and morally blameless ) one.
What makes any ‘Chosen’, that is, of the ‘Elect’ is that they both hear and respond to GOD’S Calling. Both the hearing and true response are required, and this is a continual walk.
…Therefore putting aside all filthiness and that remains of wickedness, in humility receive The Word Implanted, Which Is Able To Save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of The Word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves… James 1:21-22.
Even when one may sin, when one stumbles, when one may find they are in error, by Grace through faith GOD Gives repentance to the humble heart of that humble soul. It is a continual walk; the day by day renewing of the inner man ( 2 Corinthians 4:16 ) that we may indeed be Conformed to The Image Of HIS SON ( Romans 8:29 ). All of which is Foreknown By ALMIGHTY GOD, The Only ONE WHO Sees the end from the beginning. It’s that simple.
For an example of turning away from sin and back to GOD, The Words Of our LORD And SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST To Peter;
“Simon, Simon, behold, satan has demanded to sift you like wheat; but I have Prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your Brothers.” Luke 22:31-32.
Peters response, I believe, was from his heart and he truly believed he meant every word he then stated to The LORD JESUS in reply;
“LORD, with YOU i am ready to go both to prison and to death!” Luke 22:33.
We know the outcome. As with all things spoken By GOD they never fail, and Peter denied The LORD. ( whenever and however we sin we too live denying The LORD, even, live taking HIS Name in vain; Exodus 20:7 ). In verse 62 of Luke 22 we are shown just how his denial of The LORD JESUS grieved Peter;
‘And he went out and wept bitterly.’
Here we are shown that a particular act of sinning does not mean that the one in error is a complete failure or even not of The faith. The LORD Said To Peter, “… but I have Prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your Brothers.” What The LORD Said To Peter is HE had Prayed that the constancy of Peters profession of conviction of The Truth ( his faith ) would not fail, cease, die. And the time he reverts back / turns back again, he was to establish / render constant his Brothers ( those Of The Same FATHER ).
Here The LORD Spoke that Peter would both suffer momentary failure and return, and of course though we were not there at the time, from Scripture, we know with all certainty that he did.
If anyone sees his Brother committing a sin not to death, he shall ask and Will For him give Life To those who commit sin not to death. There is a sin to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not to death. We know that no one who is born Of GOD sins; but HE WHO Was Born Of GOD Keeps him and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are Of GOD, and the whole world lies in the evil one. And we know that The SON Of GOD Has Come, And Has Given us Understanding, in order that we might know HIM WHO Is True, And we are In HIM WHO Is True, In HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. This Is The True GOD And Eternal Life. Little children, guard your-selves from idols. 1 John 5:16-21.
“Whoever will call upon The Name Of The LORD shall be Saved.”Romans 10:13. This does not mean the one who once called upon The Name Of The LORD and then strayed from The faith never knowing nor understanding repentance and forgiveness of sins or the one who has fallen away.
If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to; but if anyone loves GOD, he is Known By HIM.1 Corinthians 8:2-3.
“If you love ME, you will keep MY Commandments.” John 14:15.
…But you, Beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the Apostles Of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there shall be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of The SPIRIT. But you, Beloved, building yourselves up on your most Holy faith; praying In The HOLY SPIRIT; keep yourselves In The Love Of GOD, waiting anxiously for The Mercy Of our LORD JESUS CHRIST To Eternal Life… Jude:17-21.
…Nevertheless, The Firm Foundation Of GOD Stands, Having This Seal, “The LORD Knows those who are HIS,” and, “Let everyone who name’s The Name Of The LORD abstain from wickedness.”2 Timothy 2:19
“…Everyone who is Of The Truth hears MY Voice.” John 18:37b.
“For many are Called, but few Chosen.” Matthew 22:14.
‘Chosen’, ‘Elect’; the Greek word, ‘Elektos’: Matthew 22:14 / Matthew 24:22, 24, 31 / Mark 13:20, 22, 27 / Luke 18:7 / Romans 8:33 / Romans 16:33 / Colossians 3:12 / 2 Timothy 2:10 / Titus 1:1 / 1 Peter 1:1-2 / 1 Peter 2:4, 9 / 2 John: 1, 13 / Revelation 17:14.
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping according to THY Word. With all my heart I have sought THEE; Do not let me wander from THY Commandments. THY Word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against THEE. Blessed Art THOU, O LORD; Teach me THY Statutes. With my lips I have told of all The Ordinances Of THY Mouth. I have rejoiced in The Way of THY Testimonies, as much as in all Riches. I will meditate on THY Precepts, and regard THY Ways. I shall delight in THY Statutes; I shall not forget THY Word. Deal Bountifully with THY servant, that I may live and keep THY Word. Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful Things From THY Law. I am a stranger in the earth; Do not hide THY Commandments from me… Psalm 119:9-19.
Blessed The GOD And FATHER Of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO Has Blessed us With Every Spiritual Blessing In The Heavenly In CHRIST, just as HE Chose us In HIM before The Foundation Of the world, that we should be Holy and blameless before HIM In Love. HE Predestined us to Adoption as sons Through JESUS CHRIST to HIMSELF, According to The Kind Intention Of HIS Will, to The Praise Of The Glory Of HIS Grace, Which HE Freely Bestowed On us In The Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6.
To understand what is Truly Spoken here, we must see to understand what Truly means such as to be, ‘In CHRIST’, what means to be, ‘Holy and blameless before HIM In Love’, what means when Scripture Speaks, ‘Through JESUS CHRIST’, and what truly, truly means, ‘to The Praise Of The Glory Of HIS Grace, Which HE Freely Bestowed On us In The Beloved. ’
It is not good and is of no benefit to any to just look at Scripture in part and want to hear such as, for example, here in Ephesians 1:3-6, ‘WHO Has Blessed us With Every Spiritual Blessing In The Heavenly’, and, ‘just as HE Chose us In HIM before The Foundation Of the world’, and, ‘HE Predestined us to Adoption as sons’, and, ‘Which HE Freely Bestowed On us In The Beloved’,believing that this speaks of Salvation being assured without understanding it, even, hearing it with the understanding of the context of The GOD Breathed Word in whole. This being just as GOD States and not as man interprets.
One cannot choose to hear and be truly hearing without also hearing to fully understand, that we should be Holy and blameless before HIM In Love and According to The Kind Intention Of HIS Will, to The Praise Of The Glory Of HIS Grace.
Even if one will go to the original Greek so as to discern, it is always to be knowledgeable of WHO Gives Understanding, WHO Reveals The Mystery, and that The GOD Breathed Word Holds so much Depth in understanding that mere fleshly logic applied cannot even begin to unravel The Mystery ( 1 Corinthians 2 ). To isolate and hear what we want to hear rather than to hear what The GOD Breathed Word Speaks is to not even beginning to be on the right Path to and for Understanding. To walk such a path as this is wrought in danger, to be distorting The Holy Scriptures, even to one’s own destruction ( 2 Peter 3:14-18 ).
It is good to always remember, GOD does not condemn, it is we, who when and if standing condemned, have condemned ourselves. GOD Freely Gives all we will require ( Romans 8:32-39 ).
‘In CHRIST’, means not to be apart from CHRIST, which means in all the believer’s living; Abiding In HIM and HE In us. CHRIST Is Instrumental; The Means To The Acquiring of Every Spiritual Blessing In The Heavenly, Which GOD The FATHER HIMSELF Has Invoked The Advantage; Bestowed By Blessing, To those ‘In CHRIST’; To those‘with CHRIST’.
If in our living in The Name of a Christian we are walking contrary to CHRIST ( all that is disobedience to The Will Of GOD ), then how is it we can believe we are truly abiding ‘In CHRIST’? After all, the meaning of ‘Christian’ is ‘a follower of CHRIST’. And to be a follower of CHRIST means a person who imitates, copies, taking and wilfully accepting JESUS CHRIST as the model for imitation; The Perfect and Only Example there is ( 2 Peter 1:1-11 ).
…Therefore, having these Promises, Beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and spirit, perfecting Holiness in the fear of GOD. 2 Corinthians 7:1.
And if we will do all this which The GOD Breathed Word Tells us we are to do, and it becomes apparent that one who is in error and to whom we are speaking in The Name of a Christian to show them error, in the manner just as The GOD Breathed Word Instructs us to speak ( Colossians 4:6 ), yet that one indeed proves to be a factious man; following false doctrine; that which does not align to JESUS CHRIST, then after a first and second warning we are to turn away from such a one by way of and for the purpose of earnest request ( Titus 3:10-11 ). Because this one is not abiding ‘In CHRIST’ , by his words and deeds he is not actually confessing JESUS CHRIST Has Come In The Flesh, even though he himself may say he does, and for such a one who is sinning thus then repentance is required.
All this is Instruction, To us From GOD, Contained In Scripture. To be ‘In CHRIST’ means we will both hear and do; obey, and always desire to do so even though we will get it wrong along the way, and we must not fear man to do so. “…Everyone who is Of The Truth hears MY Voice.” John 18:37b.
To you who will believe in and will teach and preach this ‘Once Saved always Saved’ to any who will hear you, I say to you and indeed to all, if you believe of yourself that you are of The faith, then examine yourself to see if JESUS CHRIST Is In you ( 2 Corinthians 13:5 ), and in like manner admonish those also to whom you will preach and teach, ‘Once Saved always Saved’. Do not preach and teach ‘Once Saved always Saved’ without preaching the many warnings contained in Scripture of the consequences for disobedience, if indeed you hear them yourself. The Apostles never taught this as we will have it preached today, because JESUS CHRIST never spoke such words apart from the warnings also of disobedience and its consequences.
…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 ( Israel; Exodus - Deuteronomy ) provoked ME.” For who provoked when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt 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 with those who were disobedient? And we see that they were 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 hear. Therefore we who have believed enter that Rest… Hebrews 3:12 – 4:3a
We are to preach The Gospel, preach and teach JESUS CHRIST, Called to live to be Conformed to HIS Image, to adhere to Sound Doctrine; HIS Teaching; the Apostles teaching. What is it you yourself are living actually believing in? Are you ‘In CHRIST’ that such Scripture as, Blessed The GOD And FATHER Of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO Has Blessed us With Every Spiritual Blessing In The Heavenly In CHRIST, truly belongs to you and is of you? Are you abiding In JESUS CHRIST, and HE In you that you are bearing Fruit, so The GOD And FATHER Of our LORD JESUS CHRIST is Purging you that you bear more Fruit?
Blessed The GOD And FATHER Of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO Has Blessed us With Every Spiritual Blessing In The Heavenly In CHRIST, Ephesians 1:3.
‘just as HE Chose us In HIM before The Foundation Of the world, that we should be Holy and blameless before HIM In Love’ Ephesians 1:4.
‘agreeably to The Fact that HE Chose us ( who are ) In HIM ( Knowing beforehand who would not hear and respond and who would hear and respond to The Calling; nevertheless, The Calling is to all: John 3:16-18, John 3:36, John 5:25, Acts 10:34-48, Acts 17:30-31, Acts 26:29, Romans 4:17-18, 1 Timothy 4:10-11 ) even before The Conception of the world and the harmonious order of things Made, which we should exist in, Sacred; physically pure, morally blameless, without blemish in HIS Sight, in HIS Presence by, in, with, Agape’ Ephesians 1:4.
Verse 3 states that The GOD And FATHER Of our LORD JESUS CHRIST Has Bestowed Upon us Every Spiritual Blessing of what Pertains to Heaven, of what is In Heaven, By The Only Means Possible to Acquiring Them, Where They are Freely Bestowed; In CHRIST;
HE WHO did not spare HIS Own SON, but Delivered HIM Up For us all, how will he not also With HIM Freely Give us All Things? Romans 8:32.
Verse 4 of Ephesians 1 continues to state this being agreeable to The Fact that we are thus the Chosen, being those who both hear and respond, thus we are ‘In HIM’, not apart from HIM, even before the conception of the harmonious order of things first Created, ( yet corrupted at the fall; also Foreknown By GOD ) and was GOD’S Plan that we too should exist in, being physically pure and morally blameless, without blemish in HIS Sight.
So if you believe in ‘Once Saved always Saved’, and forgiveness is yours without the confessing of sin, without the asking of Forgiveness ( 1 John 1:9 ), or whatever else is contrary to Sound Doctrine, with not knowing GOD’S Warning or Discipline when you err ( Jeremiah 31:33-34, & 32:40 ) how then is it you yourself are walking in The Name Of JESUS CHRIST? What is it that you do and you yourself deem to be what is, before GOD, ‘good and acceptable and perfect’?
“And to the angel of The Church in Sardis write:
HE WHO Has The Seven Spirits Of GOD, And The Seven Stars, Says This: ‘I Know your deeds, that you have a Name that you are alive, but you are dead. ‘Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds Completed In The Sight Of MY GOD. ‘Remember therefore What you have Received and heard; and keep, and repent. If therefore you will not wake up, I Will Come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I Will Come Upon you. ‘But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with ME in white; for they are worthy. ‘He who overcomes shall thus be Clothed in white garments; and I will not Erase his name from The Book Of Life, and I Will Confess his name before MY FATHER, and before HIS angels. ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what The SPIRIT Says To The Churches.’ Revelation 3:1-6.
Is it to your own standard or is it to GOD’S Truth of what is good and acceptable and perfect? JESUS CHRIST Is our Perfect Example of what is and of what is not, of what means abiding In HIM and HE in you, or not abiding In HIM, even, living estranged from HIM.
I urge you therefore, Brethren, by The Mercies Of GOD, to present your bodies a living and Holy sacrifice, acceptable to GOD, your Spiritual Service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be Transformed by the Renewing of your mind, that you may prove ( towards you both testing and recognising ) what The Will Of GOD Is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2.
…For everyone who partakes of milk is not accustomed to The Word Of Righteousness, for he is a babe. But Solid Food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses Trained to discern good and evil. Hebrews 5:13-14.
Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober, fix your hope completely on The Grace to be Brought To you At The Revelation Of JESUS CHRIST. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts in your ignorance, but like The HOLY ONE WHO Called you, be Holy yourselves in all behaviour; because It Is Written, “You shall be Holy, For I AM HOLY.”… 1 Peter 1:13-16.
This Word, The Word Written, “You shall be Holy, For I AM HOLY,” Is By Commandment. It is not Spoken as a statement of what you automatically are because you profess to have once confessed with your mouth JESUS As LORD, were Baptized, born again, so you yourself deem yourself to be a Christian; a follower of CHRIST, though sadly I have heard it stated and taught as such before. But for clarity, for Truth, hear these Scriptures also; Leviticus 11:44, Leviticus 19:2, Leviticus 20:7-8, Colossians 3:12, and align them to 1 Peter 1:16.
“You will know them by their fruits”
For This Is The Will Of GOD, your Sanctification; that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in Sanctification and Honour, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know GOD; that no man transgress and defraud his Brother in the matter because The LORD Is Avenger in all these things, just as we told you before and solemnly warned. For GOD has not Called us for the purpose of impurity, but In Sanctification. Consequently, he who rejects is not rejecting man but The GOD WHO Gives HIS HOLY SPIRIT To you… 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8.
Do not give the devil an opportunity in anything.
…And do not grieve The HOLY SPIRIT Of GOD, By WHOM you were Sealed for The Day Of Redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamour and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as GOD In CHRIST also has Forgiven us. Therefore be imitators of GOD, as Beloved children; and walk in Love, just as CHRIST Also Loved us, and Gave HIMSELF Up For us, An Offering And A Sacrifice to GOD As A Fragrant Aroma… Ephesians 4:30 – 5:2.
‘Only acknowledge your iniquity, That you have transgressed against The LORD your GOD And have scattered your favours to the strangers under every green tree, And you have not obeyed MY Voice,’ Declares The LORD. ‘Return, O faithless sons,’ Declares The LORD; ‘For I AM A MASTER To you, And I Will Take you one from a city and two from a family, And I Will Bring you to Zion.’ “Then I Will Give you shepherds after MY Own Heart, who will feed you on Knowledge and Understanding… Jeremiah 3:13-15.
When shown to be in error, apart from repentance, no one can hope to have as GOD Says here HE Will Give, I Will Give you shepherds after MY Own Heart, who will feed you on Knowledge and Understanding. This is because stubbornness, a hardened heart and a stiffened neck will mean such a one cannot hear GOD’S Heart so to have the Knowledge and Understanding of GOD’S Truth.
GOD Is Opposed To the proud, but Gives Grace To the humble ( 1 Peter 5 ).
Finally, Brethren, pray for us that The Word Of The LORD may spread rapidly and be Glorified, just as also with you ( who hear ); and that we may be Delivered from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith. But The LORD Is Faithful, And HE Will Strengthen And Protect you from the evil… 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3.
The only way you may have peace that such as verse 3 here of 2 Thessalonians chapter 3 is yours, is by keeping your eyes fixed on JESUS, The Author And Perfecter Of faith ( Hebrews 12 ).
“Glory to GOD In The Highest, And on earth peace among men with whom HE Is Pleased.” Luke 2:14.
The Grace Of The LORD JESUS Be With the Saints. Amen.