In CHRIST JESUS Be Not Naive, But Prudent.
In CHRIST JESUS, Be Not Naive, But Prudent.
The naive believes everything, But the prudent man considers his steps. A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless. Proverbs 14:15-16.
Naive: Having or showing a lack of experience, judgement, or information; Credulous: willing to believe or trust too readily, especially without proper or adequate evidence; Gullible.
Prudent: Sensible, Shrewd, Wise or Judicious.
Sow with a view to Righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek The LORD Until HE Comes To Rain Righteousness On you. Hosea 10:12.
To grow with the purpose of Righteousness, to reap in agreement with kindness, that is, in conformity with kindness; mercy, goodness, faithfulness, can only be planted and nurtured, grown and harvested ( being to maturity ) in humility, and this we learn through, coming from JESUS CHRIST. All things in all matters Pertaining To GOD is Given Of GOD Alone; The Fruit Of The HOLY SPIRIT, Given By Grace through faith in The SON Of GOD; our Great GOD And SAVIOUR, CHRIST JESUS; The Author And Perfecter Of faith.
Even The faith itself is nothing of ourselves, being The Gift Of GOD. We are made complete in humility.
...For By Grace you haved been Saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, It Is The Gift Of GOD; 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... Ephesians 2:8-10.
...But The Free Gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one 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... Romans 5:16.
..."I Praise THEE, O FATHER, LORD Of Heaven And Earth, that THOU Didst Hide These Things from the wise and intelligent and Didst Reveal Them To babes. "Yes, FATHER, for Thus It was well-pleasing In THY Sight. "All Things have been Handed Over To ME By MY FATHER; and no one knows The SON, Except The FATHER; nor does anyone know The FATHER, Except The SON, and anyone To whom The SON Wills To Reveal HIM. "Come to ME, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I Will Give you Rest. "Take MY Yoke upon you, and learn From ME, for I Am Gentle And Humble In Heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. "For MY Yoke is easy, and MY Load Is light." Matthew 11:25-30.
"I Permitted MYSELF to be sought by those who did not ask; I Permitted MYSELF to be Found by those who did not seek ME. I Said, "Here Am I, Here Am I,' To a nation which did not call on MY Name. Isaiah 65:1 ( Romans 10:20 ).
And in this, all thanks, praise, and glory are to GOD Alone, through JESUS CHRIST. And through The faith comes The Love Of GOD, Poured out within our hearts through The HOLY SPIRIT ( Romans 5:5 ), the Love Which, in us, fulfills the requirements of The Law ( Romans 8:4-14, Romans 13:8-14, Galatians 5:14 ). Saved By Grace through faith. Faith; thus and only thus are we under Grace, and no longer under The Law.
As how Paul here wrote to The Church at Thessalonica is what should be true to be said of all who call on The Name Of The LORD JESUS CHRIST, and will be of those who walk in Truth just as Truth Is In JESUS:
We ought always to give thanks to GOD for you, Brethren, as is fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows greater; therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among The Churches Of GOD for your Perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure... 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4.
What many Christians seem not to grasp is that we can stray from The faith, and even, how it is we can stray from The faith in how we are living, that we can suffer shipwreck in regard to our faith ( 1 Timothy 1:18-19 ); we can fall from Grace. And repentance, this too being Given Of GOD ( 2 Timothy 2:24-26 ), is needed. ALMIGHTY GOD Is Merciful, Perfect In Patience, Gracious, HIS Lovingkindness Everlasting. And we are to be imitators of GOD, as Beloved children ( Ephesians 5:1-2 ).
...If, however, you are fulfilling The Royal Law, According To The Scripture, "You shall love your neighbour as yourself," you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by The Law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole Law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. For HE WHO Said, "Do not commit adultery," also Said, "Do not commit murder." Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of The Law. So speak and so act, as those who are to be Judged by Law Of Liberty. For Judgement will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; Mercy triumphs over judgement. James 2:8-13.
n.b. The wretch who types these words is not of those who believe, as some will maintain, that only a select few are Called to Salvation. This would mean that the rest have, since The Foundation Of the world, been damned to hell. I speak of those, for example, who will use and miss quote such Scripture as Romans chapter 9 as being 'Scriptual evidence' of this belief of theirs. But if this were true, then The Infallible Word Of The Living GOD would not state, even, could not state;
My little children, i am writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have An ADVOCATE With The FATHER, JESUS CHRIST The Righteous; and HE HIMSELF Is The Propitiation For our sins; and not For ours only, but also For the whole world... 1 John 2:1-2. That is, to any who will call upon HIS Name in truth. It is JESUS Alone WHO Delivers any From The Wrath To Come ( 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 ).
...But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds Promise for the present life and for The Life To Come. It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. For it is for this that we labour and strive, because we have fixed our hope on The Living GOD, WHO Is The SAVIOUR Of all men, especially ( most of all; in the greatest degree ) Of believers ( those trustworthy, faithfull ). Prescribe and teach these things... 1 Timothy 4:7-11.
...But do not let this one fact escape your notice, Beloved, that with The LORD one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years one day. The LORD is not slow about HIS Promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:8-9.
For GOD So Loved the world ( the inhabitants of the earth ), that HE Gave HIS Only Begotten SON, that whoever ( each one who, everyone who, any who, all who ) believes in HIM should not perish, but have Everlasting Life. "For GOD did not send The SON into the world To Judge the world, but that the world should be Saved through HIM. He who believes in HIM is not Judged; he who does not believe has been Judged already, because he has not believed in The Name Of The Only Begotten SON Of GOD... John 3:16-18.
..."Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! For why will you die, O house of Israel? "For I have no Pleasure in the death of anyone who dies," Declares The LORD GOD. "Therefore repent and live." Ezekiel 18:31-32.
And if it were as some will teach and preach, that The Grace Of GOD is not afforded to all, then how does our LORD'S Words Speak, Written in John 3:17, "For GOD did not send The SON into the world To Judge the world, but that the world should be Saved through HIM. ? If The FATHER did not send The SON Into the the world to Judge the world, then how may any preach that some are Judged with having no hope of Salvation? No one knows the secrets of mens hearts but GOD Alone. And these things HE Will Reveal At The Revelation Of The LORD JESUS CHRIST ( Romans 2:1-16, Revelation 22:11-16 ).
Verse 18 of John chapter 3, "He who believes in HIM is not Judged; he who does not believe has been Judged already, because he has not believed in The Name Of The Only Begotten SON Of GOD, Speaks of those who will deny The LORD JESUS CHRIST. To have not believed in HIM, being to deny JESUS CHRIST, does not merely mean those who have never called upon HIS Name. This Judgement will be, at The Last Day, even to any who have believed in vain, that is, those who in their ' belief ' are without purpose, without effort, in the time of their flesh their faith lay idle; they have vainly believed; GOD'S Grace toward them proved vain. Again, only GOD Knows this of each and every soul.
My shield is with GOD, WHO Saves the upright in heart. GOD Is A Righteous Judge, And A GOD WHO Has Indignation every day. If a man does not repent, HE Will Sharpen HIS Sword; HE Has Bent HIS Bow And Made It Ready. HE Has Also Prepared for HIMSELF Deadly Weapons; HE Makes HIS Arrows Fiery Shafts. Behold, he travails with wickedness, And he conceives mischief, and brings forth falsehood... Psalm 7:10-14.
...What if GOD, although Willing To Demonstrate HIS Wrath and To Make HIS Power known, Endured with Much Patience vessels of wrath prepared for Destruction? And in order that HE might Make Known The Riches Of HIS Glory Upon vessels of Mercy, which HE Prepared Beforehand for Glory, whom HE Also Called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles... Romans 9:22-24.
It is the stubbornness of an unrepentant heart that will reap the whirlwind, the stiffened neck that will bring Destruction upon his own head. And GOD Alone Sees the end from the beginning.
To believe in JESUS CHRIST means to know HIM, to live to GOD through HIM; By Grace through faith walking as HE Walked; imitators of CHRIST ( 1 Corinthians 11:1 ); being effectual doers and not forgetful hearers who delude themselves, meaning, the deluded are those who reckon wrongly of what means to be Saved, what means to walk rightly with GOD, what means faith in JESUS CHRIST, and deceive themselves in ignorance of The Truth. Pride and arrogance, the deeds of the flesh will inevitably do this.
..."Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. "So then, you will know them by their fruits. "Not everyone who says to ME, 'LORD, LORD,' will enter The Kingdom Of Heaven; but he who does The Will Of MY FATHER WHO Is In Heaven. "Many will say to ME on That Day, 'LORD, LORD, did we not prophesy in YOUR Name, and in YOUR Name cast out demons, and in YOUR Name perform many miracles?' "And then I Will Declare To them, 'I never Knew you; depart from ME, you who practice lawlessness.'... Matthew 7:19-23.
It is not The Gifts that Save, be it The Gifting of Apostle, Prophet, Teaching, of Miracles, Healings, Tongues, or Interpretations. Nor does having, that is, possesing them, mean proof that any have been Justified in that their Eternal Salvation is Sealed. Our Justification is by faith because GOD The HOLY SPIRIT Works in us By Grace through faith in JESUS CHRIST; Thus we are Sealed. These Gifts are, for the equipping of the Saints for the work of Service, to the building up of The Body Of CHRIST; until we all attain toThe Unity of The faith, and of The Knowledge Of The SON Of GOD, To a mature man, to The Measure Of The Stature Which Belongs To The Fulness Of CHRIST. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine ( false doctrine ), by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking The Truth In Love, we are to grow up in all into HIM, WHO Is The Head, CHRIST, From WHOM The Whole Body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part ( which is, you and me ), causes The Growth of The Body for the building up of itself in Love... Ephesians 4:12-16.
Love; The Love Of GOD By Which the requirements of The Law are fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh, but According To The SPIRIT; By Grace through faith.
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.
The word ' If ' is such a powerfully defining word, yet its authoratitive meaning and purpose in a sentence can be easily ovelooked.
We are to devote ourselves to the Apostles teaching ( Acts 2:42 ), and nothing else. These are The Sound Words, Those Of our LORD JESUS CHRIST; The Doctrine that Conforms to godliness ( 1 Timothy 6:3-6 ).
...Retain The Standard Of Sound Words Which you have heard from me, in The faith and Love Which Are In CHRIST JESUS. Guard Through The HOLY SPIRIT WHO Dwells in us, The Treasure Which has been Entrusted to you. 2 Timothy 1:13-14.
...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 To whom did HE Swear that they should not enter HIS Rest, but To those who were disobedient? And we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief... Hebrews 3:12-19.
This Rest is in JESUS CHRIST: HE Is our Rest; By Grace through faith.
...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. Therefore we who have believed enter that Rest, just as HE Has Said, "As I Swore In MY Wrath, they shall not enter MY Rest," although HIS Works were Finished From The Foundation Of the world. For HE Has Thus Said somewhere concerning the seventh day, "And GOD Rested on the seventh day from All HIS Works"; and again in this, "They shall not enter MY Rest." Since therefore it remains for some to enter It, and those who formerly had Good News Preached To them failed to enter because of disobedience, HE Again Fixes a certain day, "Today," Saying through David after so long a time just as has been Said before, "Today if you hear HIS Voice, do not harden your hearts."... Hebrews 4:1-7.
Disobedience is unbelief, and for us, unbelief means not living by faith in The SON Of GOD, Whatever is not of faith is sin, and sin, apart from repentance, separates.
...For if Joshua had given them rest, HE would not have Spoken of another day after that. ( this being spoken to Jews who knew The Law ) There remains therefore A Sabbath Rest for the people Of GOD. For the one who has entered HIS Rest has himself also rested from his works ( Romans 3:19-20 ), as GOD Did from HIS. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that Rest, lest anyone fall through the same example of disobedience... Hebrews 4:8-11.
This Sabbath Rest Is In JESUS CHRIST: HE Is our Sabbath Rest.
"If because of The Sabbath, you turn your foot from doing your own pleasure on MY Holy Day, And call The Sabbath a delight, The Holy Day Of The LORD honourable, And shall honour it, desisting from your ways, From seeking your own pleasure, And speaking your own word, Then you will take delight in The LORD, And I Will Make you ride on the heights of the earth; And I Will Feed youThe Heritage of Jacob your father, For The Mouth Of The LORD Has Spoken." Isaiah 58:13-14.
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 ( Revelation 1:7-8 & 22:11-16; Grace Culminates ). 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 also in all behaviour; because It Is Written, "You shall be Holy, for I AM HOLY."
( Not the pronouncement of a declaration of an attribute automatically ascribed and maintained regardless of conduct, but Spoken as A Command; A Divine Order, e.g. Leviticus 11:44-45, Leviticus 19:2, Leviticus 20:7-8 & v26, Malachi 3:16-18, 2 Corinthians 6:14 - 7:1, Haggai 2:11-14, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Ephesians 5:1-21 )
And if you address as FATHER The ONE WHO Impartially Judges According to each man's work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay; knowing that you were not Redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with Precious Blood, As Of A LAMB Unblemished And Spotless, Of CHRIST. For HE Was Foreknown before The Foundation Of the world, but has Appeared in these last times for The Sake Of you who through HIM are believers in GOD, WHO Raised HIM From the dead And Gave HIM Glory, so that your faith and Hope Are In GOD... 1 Peter 1:13-21.
Our faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on The Power Of GOD ( 1 Corinthians 2 )
JESUS therefore was Saying To those Jews who had believed in HIM, "If you abide in MY Word, you are truly Disciples Of MINE; and you shall know The Truth, and The Truth Shall Make you Free." They answered HIM, "We are Abraham's offspring, and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that YOU Say, 'You shall become Free'?" JESUS Answered them, "Truly, truly, I Say To you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. "And the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain Forever ( John 1:12-13, 1 John 3:1-11 ). "If therefore The SON Shall Make you Free, you Shall Be Free Indeed... John 8:31-36. ( Romans 6).
The Epistle Hebrews though written to Jews is not to Jews only. Its instruction and warnings are for us all. Just as the examples in The Holy Scriptures of Israels mistakes have been Given To us, that we may take heed not to follow their example ( 1 Corinthians 10:1-15 ).
One could not say that the Epistles to The Church at Corinth were written to Gentiles, therefore the instruction and warnings written therein are not for Jews but for Gentiles only. So why would any believe that the Epistle Hebrews is to Jews only? The Word Of GOD is To all. "It Is Written, 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every Word That Proceeds Out Of The Mouth Of GOD.' " Matthew 4:4.And in CHRIST JESUS, there is no Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but CHRIST Is All, And in all... Colossians 3:11.
Those who continue to sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also may be fearful. I solemnly charge you in The Presence Of GOD And Of CHRIST JESUS And of HIS Chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in partiality. 1 Timothy 5:20-21.
All Scripture Is Inspired By GOD And Profitable for Teaching, for Reproof, for Correction, for Training in Righteousness; that the man Of GOD may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
The LORD GOD Knows And Sees the heart of everyone, there is nothing that can be hidden from HIS Sight. All things are open and laid bare to HIM. And The LORD GOD Sees the end from the beginning ( Hebrews 4:12-13 ).
...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.
That which is has been already, and that which will be has already been, for GOD Seeks what has passed by. Ecclesiastes 3:15.
"For HIS Eyes Are Upon the ways of a man, And HE Sees all his steps. "There is no darkness or deep shadow where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. "For HE does not Consider a man further, that he should go before GOD In Judgement... Job 34:21-23.
GOD Alone Is Both Lawgiver And Judge. It is not for any man to stand and judge the worth, even, the Salvation of another. To do so is contrary to Scripture:
Do not speak against one another, Brethren. He who speaks against a Brother, or judges his Brother, speaks against The Law, and judges The Law; but if you judge The Law, you are not a doer of The Law, but a judge. There Is One Lawgiver And Judge, The ONE WHO Is Able to Save And Destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbour? James 4:11-12.
...But he who is Spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no man. For who has known The Mind Of The LORD, that he should instruct HIM? But we have The Mind Of CHRIST... 1 Corinthians 2:15-16.
...HE Presented another Parable To them, Saying, "The Kingdom Of Heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. "But while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away. "But when the wheat sprang up and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. "And the slaves of the landowner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares? "And he said to them, 'An enemy has done this!' And the slaves said to him, 'Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?' "But he said, 'No, lest while you are gathering up the tares, you may root up the wheat with them. 'Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn." ' " Matthew 13:24-30.
...And HE was Saying To them, "Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it shall be Measured To you; and more shall be Given you besides; For whoever has, To him shall be Given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be Taken Away from him." Mark 4:24-25.
Be not naive, but prudent. It is by faith in The LORD JESUS CHRIST To any who will believe in HIM to Eternal Life; to hear HIS Words that they should not perish:
...But The Righteousness base on 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; for The Same Is LORD Of All, Abounding In Riches For all who will call upon HIM; for "Whoever will call upon The Name Of The LORD will be Saved."... Romans 10:6-13.
"Many will be Purged, Purified And Refined; but the wicked will act wickedly, and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have Insight will understand. Daniel 12:10.
And again, of this faith, The faith does not mean that The Law has been abolished. The Law has not been altered in the slightest:
"Do not think that I Came To abolish The Law or The Prophets; I did not Come To abolish, but To Fulfill ( Complete ). "For Truly I Say To you, until Heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from The Law, until All is accomplished... Matthew 5:17-18.
It is By Grace that we live through faith in The SON Of GOD, in order that the requirement of The Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to The SPIRIT. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are According to The SPIRIT, The Things Of The SPIRIT... Romans 8:4-5.
...Do we then nullify The Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish The Law. Romans 3:31.
It is through The Law that comes the knowledge of sin ( Romans 3:19-21 ), and if there is no Law, then sin is not imputed ( Romans 5:12-14 ). If then, as is the belief of some, and as some live believing, that for those in CHRIST The Law is ended, in that it is to hold no form of acknowledgement by Christians, even though they know that there is no partiality with GOD, how then will those be Judged who do not subject themselves to The Righteousness Of GOD; our LORD JESUS CHRIST?
What then means to suffer for The LORD? It is not only that we suffer persecutions as Christians, and that we are hated on account of HIS Name, Which Is Blessed Forever. Amen. But also we suffer through our dying to the flesh ( 1 Peter 4:1-2, Hebrews 12 ). This is not and cannot be a painless process.
Beloved, do not be suprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share The Sufferings Of CHRIST, keep on rejoicing; so that also at The Revelation Of HIS Glory, you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for The Name Of CHRIST, you are Blessed, because The SPIRIT Of Glory And Of GOD Rests Upon you, By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; but if as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but in That Name let him Glorify GOD. For it is time for Judgement to begin with The Household Of GOD; and if with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey The Gospel Of GOD? And if it is with difficulty that the Righteous is Saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner? Therefore, let those who suffer according to The Will Of GOD entrust their souls to A Faithful CREATOR in doing what is right... 1 Peter 4:12-19.
We ought always to give thanks to GOD for you, Brethren, as is fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows greater; therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among The Churches Of GOD for your Perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure. This is a plain Indication Of GOD'S Righteous Judgement so that you may be considered worthy of The Kingdom Of GOD, for Which you are indeed suffering. For after all it is Just for GOD to Repay With Affliction those who afflict you, and Relief To you who are afflicted and to us as well when The LORD JESUS Shall Be Revealed From Heaven with HIS Mighty angels In Flaming Fire ( Romans 12 ), Dealing out Retribution To those who do not know GOD And To those who do not obey The Gospel Of our LORD JESUS ( John 17:3 ). And these will pay the penalty of Eternal Destruction ( Romans 6:23 ), away from The Presence Of The LORD And from The Glory Of HIS Power, when HE Comes to be Glorified in HIS Saints On That Day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed ( Hebrews 9:28 ) - for our testimony to you was believed. To this end also we pray for you always that our GOD may count you worthy of your Calling ( Revelation 17:14 ), and fulfill every desire for goodness and The Work Of faith With Power; in order that The Name Of our LORD JESUS may be Glorified in you, and you in HIM, According To The Grace Of our GOD And The LORD JESUS CHRIST. 2 Thessalonians 3-12.
Those who forsake The Law praise the wicked, But those who keep The Law strive with them. Proverbs 28:4.
The Apostle Paul preached The Gospel of Salvation through faith in CHRIST. That those in CHRIST are not under The Law but under Grace.
Written in Galatians chapter 2 is when Paul opposed Peter, when Peter stood condemned in hypocrisy in fearing the Jews who came and separating himself from the Gentiles, being contrary to The Gospel, which is, that By Grace through faith in JESUS CHRIST all who believe are, being Renewed to a True Knowledge According To The Image Of The ONE WHO Created him - in which there is no Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but CHRIST Is All And in all. Colossians 3:10-11.
And Paul said, ..."We are Jews by nature, and not sinners from among the Gentiles; nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of The Law but through faith in CHRIST JESUS, even we have believed in CHRIST JESUS, that we may be Justified by faith in CHRIST, and not by the works of The Law; since by the works of The Law shall no flesh be Justified... Galatians 2:15-16.
And in another place, ...;for the demonstration of HIS Righteousness at the present time, that HE might be Just And The Justifier Of the one who has faith in JESUS. Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of Law? Of works? No, but By a Law Of faith. For we maintain that a man is Justified by faith apart from the works of The Law... Romans 3:26-28.
This 'Justification' means exactly, that By Grace through faith the requirements of The Law are fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but According to The SPIRIT ( Romans 8 ) . Saved By Grace through faith in JESUS CHRIST does not mean that The Law no longer holds consequence for disobedience, but that the requirements of The Law are met in those, being fulfilled by faith in JESUS CHRIST and because of JESUS CHRIST.
...And The Gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned ( Adam ); for on the one hand The Judgement from one resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand The Free Gift from many transgressions resulting in Justification. For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive The Abundance Of Grace And Of The Gift Of Righteousness 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 there resulted Justification Of Life To all men. For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through The Obedience Of The ONE the many will be Made Righteous. And The Law came in that the transgression might increase; but where sin increased, Grace abounded all the more, that, as sin reigned in death, even so Grace might reign through Righteousness to Eternal Life through JESUS CHRIST... Romans 5:16-21.
...For The Grace Of GOD Has Appeared, Bringing Salvation To all men, Instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, Righteously and godly in the present age, looking for The Blessed Hope and The Appearing Of The Glory Of our Great GOD And SAVIOUR, CHRIST JESUS; WHO Gave HIMSELF For us, that HE might Redeem us from every lawless deed ( lawlessness ) and purify for HIMSELF a people for HIS Own Possession, zealous for good deeds. These Things speak and exhort and reprove with all Authority. Let no one disregard you. Titus 2:11-15.
This is of those who live by The faith, thus comes The Sanctifying Work Of The HOLY SPIRIT By WHOM we are thus Sealed, HIS Sanctifying Work Being The Guarantee; By Grace through faith in The SON Of GOD:
...According To The Foreknowledge Of GOD The FATHER, By The Sanctifying Work Of The SPIRIT, that you may obey JESUS CHRIST and be Sprinkled With HIS Blood: May Grace And Peace be yours in Fullest Measure. 1 Peter 1:2.
...Much more then, having now been Justified By HIS Blood, we shall be Saved from The Wrath Of GOD through HIM... Romans 5:9.
..."Now The Salvation , And The Power, And The Kingdom Of our GOD And The Authority Of HIS CHRIST Have Come, for the accuser of our Brethren ( satan ) has been thrown down, who accuses them before our GOD day and night. "And they overcame him Because Of The Blood Of The LAMB and Because of The Word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death... Revelation 12:10-11.
"If anyone wishes to come after ME, let him deny himself and take up his cross ( die to self ), and follow ME. "For whoever wishes to save his life ( those disobedient to CHRIST, self-willed ) shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for MY sake and The Gospel's shall Save it. "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? "For whoever is ashamed of ME and MY Words in this adulterous and sinful generation, The SON Of Man will also be ashamed of him when HE Comes In The Glory Of HIS FATHER with The Holy angels."... Mark 9:34-38.
Faith in GOD means both to hear and do HIS Words, HIS Commandments. These are the ones who have passed from death into Life. These are the ones who shall never die:
..."But that the dead are Raised, even Moses showed, in the bush, where he calls The LORD The GOD Of Abraham, and The GOD Of Isaac, and The GOD Of Jacob. "Now HE is not The GOD Of the dead, but Of the Living; for all Live to HIM." Luke 20:37-38 ( Exodus 3:1-6 ).
"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.
These are the ones who love GOD. These are the ones within whose hearts The Love Of GOD Has Been Poured out through The HOLY SPIRIT ( Romans 5:1-5 ). By Grace through faith.
..."If you love ME, you will keep MY Commandments."... John 14:15. Complete obedience comes only through the believers love for GOD, and this love comes through The Love Of GOD, and The Love Of GOD is only Given By Grace through faith. And it is only By This that we may have obedience of faith, that our obedience is made Complete. But he who boasts, let him boast in The LORD. For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom The LORD Commends. 2 Corinthians 10:17-18. ...for through HIM we both ( Jew and Gentile ) have our Access In ONE SPIRIT To The FATHER. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints, and are Of GOD'S Household, having been Built Up Upon The Foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, CHRIST JESUS HIMSELF Being The Corner Stone, In WHOM The Whole Building, Being Fitted And Held Together Is Growing Into A Holy Temple In The LORD; In WHOM you also are being Built together Into A Dwelling Of GOD In The SPIRIT. Ephesians 2:18-22.
..."And we are witnesses of these things; and The HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM GOD Has Given To those who obey HIM." Acts 5:32.
..."Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see GOD... Matthew 5:8.
...And GOD, WHO Knows the heart, Bore Witness To them, Giving them The HOLY SPIRIT, just as HE Also Did To us; and HE made no distinction between us and them ( Jew and Gentile ), Cleansing their hearts by faith... Acts 15:8-9.
Test yourselves if you are in The faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that JESUS CHRIST is in you - unless indeed you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5.
Sin separates from GOD. Even in CHRIST it is possible and is that willfully sinning, and unconfessed sin causes a separation so that GOD will not hear. "We know that GOD does not hear sinners; but if anyone is GOD - fearing, and does HIS Will, HE Hears him. John 9:31.
...for not the hearers of The Law are Just before GOD, but the doers of The Law will be Justified... Romans 2:13. And the requirements of The Law are fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh, but According to The SPIRIT, that is, By Grace through faith.
Romans 1:28 - 2:16.
Because we in CHRIST are not under Law but under Grace, this does not mean in any way that The Law is no more. GOD HIMSELF Says so, Written in Matthew 5:17-18. One cannot speak against something that is not, and one cannot be a doer of something that is no more ( James 4:11-12 ). Those who do not live by faith in JESUS CHRIST as truly means to live by faith in The SON Of GOD; those who practice lawlessness, will be Judged by The Law as transgressors.
...Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what The Will Of The LORD Is... Ephesians 5:15-17.
Again, if The Law was abolished, then how else will those who live not knowing The Only True GOD And JESUS CHRIST WHOM HE Sent be Judged?
Finally, Brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and The GOD Of Love And Peace Shall Be With you. 2 Corinthians 13:11.
The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgement and sober for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has Received A Gift, employ It in serving one another, as good stewards of The Manifold Grace Of GOD. Whoever speaks, as it were, The Utterances Of GOD; whoever serves, By The Strength Which GOD Supplies; so that in all things GOD may be Glorified through JESUS CHRIST, To WHOM Belongs The Glory And Dominion Forever And Ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:7-11.
A call to repent?
...Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to HIM about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And HE Answered And Said To them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all Galileans, because they suffered this? "I Tell you, no, but, unless you repent, you will all like wise perish. "Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? "I Tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." Luke 13:1-5.
Repent; to think differently, to reconsider; morally, a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for wrong doing; Contrition; remorse; an uneasiness or hesitation of actions of wrong doing when knowing the rightness of an action being of what is morally acceptable.
Contrition; sincere remorse, sorrow for sin arising from a love for GOD and HIS Perfection.
Apart from repentance there can be no Forgivness of sins. "I Tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."
...and that repentance for Forgivness of sins should be proclaimed In HIS Name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. "You are witnesses of these things..." Luke 24:47-48.
It is to know what repentance means, and also what constitutes sin In The Eyes Of GOD. And GOD Will Tell us, By HIS HOLY SPIRIT. When we forsake our own ways and seek to know GOD then we shall know to both see and hear ( Jeremiah 29:11-13, Jeremiah 31:30-34 ). Pride, arrogance and conceit will hinder the fulness of this essential knowledge, because It Is GOD Given, and GOD Is Opposed to the proud ( 1 Peter 5:6-11 ). And this knowledge of what is sin is not by man's lowly standard of what is right and wrong, but In Righteousness And Holiness Of The Truth. As is to be by this same standard of measure to understand what truly means faith in JESUS CHRIST.
And in understanding this essential knowledge, for one cannot hope to Live apart from It, is how we may understand what means to deny The LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but in order that it might be shown that they are not all of us. But you have an Anointing From The HOLY ONE, and you all know. I have not written to you because you do not know The Truth, but because you do know It, and because no lie is of The Truth. Who is the liar but the one who denies that JESUS Is The CHRIST? This is antichrist, the one who denies The FATHER And The SON. Whoever denies The SON does not have The FATHER; the one who confesses The SON has The FATHER Also. As for you, let That abide in you Which you heard from the beginning ( Truth just as Truth Is In JESUS ). If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in The SON And in The FATHER ( John 14:23-24 ). And This Is The Promise That HE HIMSELF Has Made To us: Eternal Life. These things i have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you... 1 John 2:18-26.
No lie is of The Truth, and Truth Is Only In JESUS. The one who denies that JESUS Is The CHRIST means this one; his denial is that he is the one who refuses JESUS CHRIST, even, the one who never comes to HIM, so he lives his life in a lie, always apart from The Truth. And means this one, the liar; the hypocrite; the one who says he is a Christian but lives in denial of The Truth because he lives life in contradiction to JESUS CHRIST. And the denial means this one; the one who disclaims, that is, disowns ( having once owned ) The Knowledge of connection with JESUS CHRIST by refusal to hear when he rejects The LORD'S Claim And Authority over his life; disobedience to HIS Words, HIS Example; The Way In The Truth That Leads To Life: JESUS CHRIST.
"And This Is Eternal Life, that they may know THEE, The Only True GOD, And JESUS CHRIST WHOM THOU Didst Send." John 17:3.
..."And if anyone hears MY Sayings, and does not keep Them, 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, Has ONE WHO Judges him; The Word I Spoke Is What Will Judge him at The Last Day... John 12:47-48.
..."And why do you call ME, 'LORD, LORD,' and do not do what I Say? "Everyone who comes to ME, and hears MY Words, and acts upon Them, I Will Show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a Foundation upon The Rock; and when a flood rose, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. "But the one who has heard, and has not acted, is like a man who built a house upon the ground without any Foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great." Luke 6:46-49.
According To The Grace Of GOD Which Was Given To me ( the Apostle Paul ), as a wise master builder i laid a Foundation, and another is building upon It. But let each man be careful ( Beware, look to, regard, take heed ) how he builds upon It. For no man can lay a foundation other than The One Which Is Laid, Which Is JESUS CHRIST... 1 Corinthians 3:10-11.
Be imitators of me, just as i also am of CHRIST. 1 Corinthians 11:1.
Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to The Pattern you have in us... Philippians 3:17
...And Peter said to them, "Repent, and let each one of you be Baptized In The Name Of JESUS CHRIST For The Forgivness Of your sins; and you shall Receive The Gift Of The HOLY SPIRIT. "For The Promise Is For you and your children, and for all who are far off, as many as The LORD our GOD Shall Call To HIMSELF." And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "Be Saved from this perverse generation!" So then, those who had Received his word were Baptized; and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they were continually devoting themselves to the Apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer... Acts 2:38-42.
When The Scriptures Tell us, And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "Be Saved from this perverse generation!" So then, those who had Received his word were Baptized;..., we know that Peter was not speaking from himself.
..."MY Teaching is not MINE, but HIS WHO Sent ME. "If any man is willing to do HIS Will, he shall know of The Teaching, whether it is Of GOD, or I Speak from MYSELF. "He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but HE WHO Is Seeking The Glory Of The ONE WHO Sent HIM, HE Is True, and there is no unrighteousness in HIM. John 7:16-18.
And so it is to be for us all.
And as Peter writes, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but Imperishable, through The Living And Abiding Word Of GOD. For, "All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, But The Word Of The LORD Abides Forever." And This Is The Word Which was preached to you. 1 Peter 1:23-25.
And again, But know this first of all, that no Prophecy Of Scripture is of one's own interpretation, for no Prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men Moved By The HOLY SPIRIT Spoke From GOD. But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying The MASTER WHO Bought them, bringing Swift Destruction Upon themselves. And many will follow their sensuality ( pernicious ways; perdition; state of spiritual ruin; utter destruction ), and because of them The Way Of The Truth will be maligned ( reviled; abused, rejected ); and in greed ( covetous practices for greediness ) they will exploit you with false words; their Judgement from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. 2 Peter 1:20 - 2:4.
...For many walk, of whom i often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of The Cross Of CHRIST, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things ( who set their affection, their concern, their obedience, to worldly ways, their own ways; Jonah 2:8-9 ). For our Citizenship Is In Heaven, From Which also we eagerly wait for A SAVIOUR, The LORD JESUS CHRIST; WHO Will Transform the body of our humble state ( 1 Peter 5:6-11 ) into Conformity With The Body Of HIS Glory, By The Exertion Of The Power That HE Has Even To Subject All Things To HIMSELF. Philippians 3:18-21. By Grace through faith.
The Apostles words are The Sound Words, Those Of our LORD JESUS CHRIST and The Doctrine Conforming To godliness; "Remember The Word That I Said To you, 'A slave is not greater than his master.' ( MASTER ) If they persecuted ME, they will also persecute you; if they kept MY Word, they will keep yours also..." John 15:20.
And as it is that we are under Grace through faith in The LORD JESUS CHRIST; not under The Law of works, but under The Law of faith, the one who denies that JESUS Is CHRIST The LORD, The REDEEMER, The SAVIOUR, WHO Is The LORD our Righteousness before GOD, in this denial, he disclaims all participation as a Christian in Truth; denies being a Disciple Of JESUS CHRIST, by his renouncing his claim and right to Inherit The Promise Of Eternal Life through disobedience,
"He who believes in The SON has Eternal Life; but he who does not obey The SON shall not see Life, but The Wrath Of GOD Abides On him." John 3:36.
When The LORD our GOD Speaks, "Everyone therefore who shall confess ME before men, I Will Also Confess him Before MY FATHER WHO Is In Heaven. "But whoever shall deny ME before men, I Will Also Deny him Before MY FATHER WHO Is In Heaven...", Matthew 10:32-33, HE is not merely Speaking of those who have never confessed HIM with their mouth As LORD and believed in their heart that GOD Raised HIM From the dead ( Romans 10:9 ), but HE Is Speaking Of any who will live in disobedience to HIM, and that means to all that HE Says; no selectiveness, no partiality in The Instruction. For The Scripture Says, "Whoever believes in HIM will not be disappointed." Romans 10:11.
..."For the lips of a priest should preserve Knowledge, and men should seek Instruction from his mouth; for he is the messenger of The LORD Of Hosts... Malachi 2:7.
Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behaviour his deeds in the Gentleness Of Wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down From Above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But The Wisdom From Above Is First Pure, then Peaceable, Gentle, Reasonable, Full Of Mercy and Good Fruits, Unwavering, without hypocrisy. And The SEED WHOSE Fruit Is Righteousness Is Sown in Peace by those who make peace ( Galatians 3:16 ).
What is the source of your quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; you commit murder ( Matthew 5:21-22, 1 John 2:9-11 ). And you are envious and cannot obtain; you fight and quarrel ( Galatians 5:13-15 ). You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not Receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend on your pleasures ( John 14:13-15 ). You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward GOD? ( John 17:14-20 ) Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of GOD ( 1 John 2:15-17 ). Or do you think that The Scripture Speaks to no purpose: "The SPIRIT Which HE Has Made To Dwell in us Jealously Desires us"? But HE Gives A Greater Grace. Therefore Says, "GOD Is Opposed to the proud, but Gives Grace To the humble." Submit therefore to GOD. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to GOD And HE Will Draw Near To you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in The Presence Of The LORD, and HE Will exalt you. James 3:13 - 4:10.
..."Come to ME, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I Will Give you Rest. "Take MY Yoke upon you, and learn From ME, For I Am Gentle And Humble In Heart; and you Shall Find Rest for your souls. "For MY Yoke Is Easy, And MY Load Is Light." Matthew 11:28-30.
Sow with a view to Righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek The LORD Until HE Comes To Rain Righteousness On you. Hosea 10:12.
For Thus Says The LORD To the men of Judah and To Jerusalem, "Break up your fallow ground, And do not sow among thorns. "Circumcise yourselves to The LORD And remove the foreskins of your heart, Men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, Lest MY Wrath Go Forth Like Fire And Burn with none to quench It, Because of the evil of your deeds." Jeremiah 4:3-4.
But now in CHRIST you who formerly were far off have been Brought Near By The Blood Of CHRIST. For HE HIMSELF Is our Peace, WHO Made both One, and Broke Down the barrier of the dividing wall, by Abolishing In HIS Flesh the enmity, The Law of Commandments in Ordinances, that In HIMSELF HE might Make the two into One New man, Establishing Peace, and might Reconcile them both In One Body to GOD through The Cross, by It having put to death the enmity... Ephesians 2:13-16.