The Perfect Church Of The Holy Scriptures.
The Perfect Church Of The Holy Scriptures
We are The Church, The LORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF Being The CORNER STONE, The Firm FOUNDATION;
According To The Grace Of GOD Which was Given To me ( GOD'S Gifting To Paul, an Apostle; [ Ephesians 4:7-16 ]; The Church Is Founded upon the Apostles and Prophets, made known, Disclosed To them By The SPIRIT; 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 upon The Foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, CHRIST JESUS HIMSELF Being The Corner, In WHOM The Whole Building [ meaning the on going construction; edification ], being fitted together is growing into A Holy Temple In The LORD; In WHOM you also are being built [ constructed ]together into A Dwelling Of GOD In The SPIRIT. Ephesians 2:19-22. And see 3:5 ), as a wise master builder i laid A Foundation, and Another Is Building upon it ( GOD; CHRIST in you, via The Gifts Through HIS HOLY SPIRIT, Ephesians 4:7-8, 1 Corinthians 12:11, 1 Corinthians 3:7 & v9 ). But let each man be careful how he builds upon it ( By Grace through faith The Empowering Of The HOLY SPIRIT; 2 Peter 1:2-11, 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, as opposed to striving in the flesh in the ways and wisdom, the precepts of men ). For no man can lay a foundation other than The One Which Is Laid, Which Is JESUS CHRIST (John 14:6, John 10:27-30, Matthew 7:24-27, John 8:31-32, 2 Timothy 2:19 ). 1 Corinthians 3:10-11.
Therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and slander, like newborn babes, long for The Pure Milk Of The Word ( guileless, unadulterated, sincere Truth Of Logic ), that By It you may grow in respect to Salvation, if you have tasted ( Job 34:3-4; perceived the flavour of ) The Kindness Of The LORD. And coming to HIM as to A Living Stone, rejected by men, but Choice And Precious In The Sight Of GOD, you also, as living stones, are being Built Up as A Spiritual House for a Holy Priesthood, to offer up Spiritual sacrifices acceptable to GOD through JESUS CHRIST. For This Is Contained In Scripture: "Behold I Lay in Zion A Choice Stone, A Precious Corner, And he who believes in HIM shall not be disappointed." This Precious Value, then, is for you who believe. But for those who disbelieve, "The Stone which the builders rejected, This Became The Very Corner", and, "A Stone of stumbling and A Rock of offence" ( Luke 20:9-18 ); for they stumble because they are disobedient to The Word, and to this they were also appointed. But you are a Chosen race, A Royal Priesthood, a Holy nation, a people for GOD'S Own Possession ( Titus 2:11-15 ), that you may proclaim The Excellencies Of HIM WHO Has Called you out of darkness into HIS Marvelous Light ( CHRIST In you, The Hope Of Glory ); for you were once not a people, but now you are the people Of GOD; you had not Received Mercy, but now you have Received Mercy... 1 Peter 2:1-10.
During HIS Discourse, Written for all to hear in Matthew 5 & 6, The LORD Says, "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your Heavenly FATHER Is Perfect." ( 5:48 ). What HE Says, Written in this verse, is, 'Therefore you are not to be found wanting, that is, you are to lack nothing in your completeness, just as your Heavenly FATHER lacks nothing in HIS Completeness.'
This is impossible for man to attain to, but not so with GOD, WHO Freely Gives us All Things with The LORD JESUS CHRIST ( Romans 8:29-32 ), ...But GOD, Being Rich In Mercy, Because Of HIS Great Love With Which HE Loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, Made us Alive Together In CHRIST ( By Grace you have been Saved ), and Raised us Up With HIM, And Seated us With HIM In The Heavenly, In CHRIST JESUS, in order that in the ages to come HE might Show The Surpassing Riches Of HIS Grace In Kindness Toward us In CHRIST JESUS. For By Grace you have been Saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, 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 2:4-10.
This does not say that we have completeness just as GOD HIMSELF Has Completeness, but we are to not be found wanting in our completeness in The Way Of The Truth That Leads To Life; JESUS CHRIST, in The Power Of The HOLY SPIRIT. GOD IS I AM.
But what we are told is that now, we are to lack nothing in our completeness; we are to be perfect, as our Heavenly FATHER Is Perfect. There are no excuses to not be complete; perfect. If GOD Tells us how we are to be, then it can only be that it is attainable for us to be just how GOD Says we are to be. GOD would never Give To us Instruction that we could not possibly attain to. GOD will never do this, man will do this, even the law of man, the precepts of man will do this, just as The Law Of GOD is impossible in all Its requirements for any to remain spotless and blameless in their obedience to, whilst being apart from The LORD JESUS CHRIST.
It is only that in the flesh this is absolutely impossible. But By Grace through The faith that is in The LORD JESUS CHRIST, GOD Freely Gives HIS HOLY SPIRIT To all who will ask of HIM, in Truth ( Romans 8:3-4, Luke 11:13 ).
Therefore, my Brethren, you also were Made to die to The Law Through The Body Of CHRIST, that you might be Joined to Another, to HIM WHO Was Raised from the dead, that we might Bear Fruit for GOD. For while we were in the flesh ( all the time we live by the flesh ), the sinful passions, which were by ( reason of ) The Law ( v7-8 ), were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. But now we have been released from The Law ( if we live not according to the flesh, but By The SPIRIT ), having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in Newness Of The SPIRIT and not in oldness of The Letter. Romans 7:4-6.
Throughout The Holy Scriptures we are told that all matters pertaining to GOD are Accomplished in The SPIRIT, and by nothing of the flesh whatsoever;
"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.
..."But when HE, The SPIRIT Of Truth, Comes, HE Will Guide you Into All The Truth; for HE will not Speak on HIS Own Initiative, but Whatever HE Hears, HE Will Speak; and HE Will Disclose To you What Is To Come. "HE Shall Glorify ME; for HE Shall Take Of MINE, and Shall Disclose To you. "All Things That The FATHER Has Are MINE; therefore I Said, that HE Takes Of MINE, and Will Disclose To you." John 16:13-15.
..."And behold, I Am Sending Forth The Promise Of MY FATHER Upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are Clothed with Power From On High." Luke24:49.
...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. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on The SPIRIT Is Life And Peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward GOD; for it does not subject itself to The Law Of GOD, for it is not even able; and those who are in the flesh cannot please GOD. However, you are not in the flesh but in The SPIRIT, if indeed The SPIRIT Of GOD Dwells in you. But if anyone does not have The Spirit Of CHRIST ( 1 Corinthians 2:16 ) he does not belong to HIM... ...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 ( you most certainly will die eternally ); 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 8:5-9 & v12-14.
For i will not presume to speak of anything except What CHRIST Has Accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, In The Power Of Signs And Wonders, In The Power Of The SPIRIT;... Romans 15:18-19a.
...Now we have Received, not the spirit of the world, but The SPIRIT WHO Is From GOD, that we might Know The Things Freely Given To us By GOD, Which Things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in Those Taught By The SPIRIT, Combining Spiritual with Spiritual ( not flesh with Spiritual nor vice versa ). But a natural man does not accept The Things Of The SPIRIT Of GOD; for they are foolishness to him ( as in apparent foolishness ), and he cannot understand them, because they are Spiritually Appraised... 1 Corinthians 2:12-14.
...As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is The Heavenly, so also are those who are Heavenly. And just as we have borne the image of the earthy, let us also bear The Image Of The Heavenly. Now i say this, Brethren, that flesh and blood cannot Inherit The Kingdom Of GOD; nor does the perishable Inherit The Imperishable. 1 Corinthians 15:48-50.
As an example of how one is in The SPIRIT as opposed to being in the flesh, ...Therefore, i was not vacillating ( to fluctuate in one's opinions, fickleness of mind ) when i intended to do this, was i? Or that which i purpose, do i purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yes, yes and no, no? But as GOD Is Faithful, our word to you is not yes and no ( because Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy live faithful in CHRIST doing The Will Of GOD Empowered By The HOLY SPIRIT ). For The SON Of GOD, CHRIST JESUS, WHO was preached among you by us - by me and Silvanus and Timothy - was not yes and no, but yes In HIM. For as many as may be The Promises Of GOD, In HIM They Are Yes; wherefore also By HIM Is our AMEN ( JESUS CHRIST ) 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 1:17-22.
By its definition, a pledge can be forfeited ( The Guarantee Is The Work Of The HOLY SPIRIT ). And we can wander from The Narrow Path, suffer shipwreck in regard to our faith, stumble, fall from Grace, begin to strive in the flesh in matters pertaining to GOD. Then it is we will be fickle, we will waver, apart from GOD our yes will not be yes and our no will not be no, but we will say and not do, we will do and not in accordance with GOD'S Way, and so, in hypocrisy walk in futility. We will not judge with equity, we will show partiality in The Instruction; we will not be able to obey GOD, because it is in GOD'S Strength, GOD'S Power Alone that we may obey JESUS CHRIST and so have The Forgivness of sins ( 1 Peter 1:2 ). Through disobedience to The Word we shall be found as transgressors of The Word, and if transgressors then we shall be Judged by The Law. There is no partiality with GOD ( Romans 2:5-13 ), and as we are to be imitators of GOD as Beloved children ( Ephesians 5:1 ), so then, there is to be no partiality with us either, nor will there be if we are walking in Truth just as Truth Is In JESUS.
It is clear then, that this perfection; completeness, that we, individually being the living stones, A Royal Priesthood; ( Now you are CHRIST'S Body and individually members of It. 1 Corinthians 12:27 ), who, as One in Unity Of The HOLY SPIRIT, in love;( being diligent to preserve The Unity Of The SPIRIT In The Bond Of Peace. Ephesians 4:3 ), make up The Church, HIS Body, this which GOD Says that we are to attain to cannot be acquired according to the flesh; for it does not subject itself to The Law Of GOD, for it is not even able; and those who are in the flesh cannot please GOD. And our most Gracious GOD Gives repentance to the humble soul, for the Forgivness of sins ( 2 Timothy 2:21-26, Luke 24:47 ).
Are you so foolish? Having begun By The SPIRIT, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain ( Mark 8:34 - 9:1, 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 ) - if indeed it was in vain? Does HE then, WHO Provides you With The SPIRIT And Works Miracles among you, Do It by the works of The Law, or By hearing with faith? Even so Abraham believed GOD, and it was Reckoned To him as Righteousness. Therefore, be sure ( absolutely know, perceive, become acquainted with ) that it is those who are of The faith who are sons of Abraham... ...But i say, walk By The SPIRIT, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against The SPIRIT, and The SPIRIT Against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are Led By The SPIRIT, you are not under The Law. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident ( plainly recognised ), which are: immorality ( adultery, fornication, and figuratively idolatry ), impurity ( physical or moral uncleanness ), sensuality ( licentiousness, wantonness, insolence toward GOD'S Way ), idolatry ( image worship, whatever is placed above complete devotion to GOD ), sorcery ( witchcraft, drugs ), enmities ( hatred, hostility ), strife ( variance, contentions, wrangling, quarreling ), jealousy ( envious and contentious rivalry ), outbursts of anger ( passion; inordinate affections; depraved; vile; Colossians 3:5, wrath ), disputes ( partisanship, fractiousness, intrigue by contention ), dissensions ( division, sedition ), factions ( dissensions arising from diversity of opinions and aims, disunion, heresy ), envying ( spite, ill will ), drunkenness ( intoxication ), carousing ( revellings ), and things like these, of which i forewarn you ( say beforehand, to predict ) just as i have forewarned you that those who practice ( do ) such things shall not Inherit The Kingdom Of GOD. But The Fruit Of The SPIRIT Is Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no Law. Now those who belong to CHRIST JESUS have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires ( 1 Peter 4:1-2, 1 John 2:3-6 ). If we live By The SPIRIT, let us also walk By The SPIRIT ( If we say we do, let it be evidenced; let us show by our actions, not in word only, but in word and deed ; Philippians 2:1-5, Colossians 3:17 ). Let us not become boastful ( 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 ), challenging one another ( Galatians 5:15 ), envying one another ( James 3:13 - 4:12 ). Galatians 3:3-7 & 5:16-26.
Practicing the deeds of the flesh: all uncleanness.
The Fruit Of The SPIRIT: Completeness.
Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. Say to those with anxious heart, "Take courage, fear not. Behold, your GOD Will Come With Vengeance; The Recompense Of GOD Will Come, But HE Will Save you." Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb will shout for joy. For waters will break forth in the wilderness And streams in the Arabah. And the scorched land will become a pool, And the thirsty ground springs of water; In the haunt of jackals, its resting place, Grass becomes reeds and rushes. And A Highway will be there, A Roadway, And It Will Be Called The Highway Of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on It, But It Will Be For him who walks that Way, And fools will not wander on It. No lion will be there ( 1 Peter 5:8-11 ), Nor will any vicious beast go up on It; These will not be found there. But The Redeemed will walk, And The Ransomed Of The LORD will return, And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With Everlasting joy Upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy ( Psalm 16 ), And sorrow and sighing will flee away. Isaiah 35:3-10.
Knowledge makes arrogant, but Love edifies ( 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 ). If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know; but if anyone loves GOD, he is Known By HIM. 1 Corinthians 8:1b-3.
Just because one may say that they are a Christian, just because one may go to a Church ( building ) every week, just because one has been Baptized, this does not go to say that they know The LORD GOD. It is not the hearers who are Justified ( By GOD ), but the doers who will be Justified ( By GOD ), GOD Is Just And The Justifier Of the one who has faith in JESUS ( Romans 3:26 ). And if any die after living not knowing The LORD, then on That Great And Terrible Day HE Will Reciprocate, and Say, "I Never Knew you; depart from ME, you who practice lawlessness." Matthew 7:22-23.
...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 only in JESUS CHRIST, by those who walk not according to the flesh, but According To The SPIRIT. Love.
"For MY people are foolish. they know ME not; They are stupid children, And they have no understanding. They are shrewd to do evil, But to do good they do not know." Jeremiah 4:22
MY people are destroyed for lack of Knowledge. Because you have rejected Knowledge, I also will Reject you from being MY priest. Since you have forgotten The Law Of your GOD, I also will Forget your children. The more they multiplied, the more they sinned against ME; I Will Change their Glory into shame. They feed on the sin of MY people, And direct their desire toward their iniquity. And it will be, like people, like priest; So I Will Punish them for their ways, And Repay them for their deeds. Hosea 4:6-9
For if after they have escaped the defilements of the world By The Knowledge Of The LORD And SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST, they are again entangled in them and are overcome ( to continue, to be found, to be fulfilled, to be wrought in them), the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known The Way Of Righteousness, than having known It, to turn away from The Holy Commandment Delivered To them. It has happend to them according to the True proverb, "A dog returns to its own vomit," and, "A sow, after washing, to wallowing in the mire." 2 Peter 2:20-22.
The one who loves GOD is Known By HIM because the one who loves GOD will keep HIS Commandments ( John 14:15, John 14:21-24 ). The one who loves GOD will love his Brother also ( 1 John 2:7-11 ). The one who loves GOD will do no wrong to his neighbour ( Romans 13:8-14 ). The one who loves GOD knows GOD; he has The Witness in himself; JESUS CHRIST; Eternal Life ( 1 John 5:7-12 ).
Do not be deceived, GOD is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption ( moral decay ultimately leading to destruction; eternal misery in hell ), but the one who sows to The SPIRIT Shall From The SPIRIT Reap Eternal Life ( The SPIRIT Given As A Pledge, HIS Work in the heart of the one who lives by faith in The SON Of GOD being that Guarantee of Receiving The Promise ). And let us not lose heart in doing good ( for the one who endures to the end shall be Saved ), for in Due Time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are Of The Household Of The faith. Galatians 6:7-10.
To the pure ( the clean; one who imparts no uncleanness, purified as by fire, free from corrupt desire ), all things ( that they are/ which they do ) are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess to know GOD, but by deeds they deny, being detestable and disobedient, and worthless for any good deed. Titus 1:15-16
Hypocrisy: of a reply, an answer; then play-acting; hence pretence; hypocrisy; the practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc, contrary to one's real character or behaviour.
But The SPIRIT Explicitly Says that in latter times some will fall away from The faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,... 1 Timothy 4:1-2.
Hypocrite: corresponding to hypocrisy, used of one who conceals by pretence. To pretend, simulate, as would an actor.
Woe to you, scribes and pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of The Law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! Woe to you, scribes and pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and selfish-indulgence. You blind pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also. Woe to you, scribes and pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. Even so you too outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness... Matthew 23:23-28.
Again, The Law has not been abolished,
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. "Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and Glorify your FATHER WHO Is In Heaven ( 1 John 1:5-7 ). "Do not think that I Came To abolish The Law or the Prophets; I did not Come To abolish, But To Fulfill. "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. "Whoever then annuls one of the least of these Commandments, and so teaches others, shall be called least in The Kingdom Of Heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches ( James 1:21-27 ), he shall be called great In The Kingdom Of Heaven. "For I Say To you, that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and pharisees, you shall not enter The Kingdom Of Heaven... Matthew 5:13-20.
And how may any know whether they fulfill The requirements of The Law, but by The faith that is in JESUS CHRIST? Quite simply, one cannot, ..."But This Is The Covenant Which I Will Make with the house of Israel after those days," Declares The LORD, "I Will Put MY Law within them, and on their heart I Will Write It; and I Will Be their GOD, and they shall be MY people. "And they shall not teach again, each man his neighbour and each man his Brother, saying, 'Know The LORD,' for they shall all know ME, from the least of them to the greatest of them," Declares The LORD, "for I Shall Forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." Jeremiah 31:33-34.
And This Is The Promise Which HE HIMSELF Made To us; Eternal Life. These things i have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. And as for you, The Anointing Which you Received From HIM Abides in you ( who obey GOD; Acts 5:32 ), and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as HIS Anointing Teaches you about All things, and Is True and is not a lie, and just as It has Taught you, you abide in HIM. And now, little children, abide in HIM, so that when HE Appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from HIM in shame At HIS Coming. If you know that HE Is Righteous, you know that everyone who practices Righteousness Is born Of HIM. 1 John 2:25-29.
"Therefore you are to be perfect, as your Heavenly FATHER Is Perfect." Matthew 5:48.
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.
Do you feel Conviction when you think, speak, or act contrary to The Example Given Of GOD for all, without exception, to follow; The PRINCE; CHIEF LEADER, AUTHOR, WHO Is JESUS CHRIST? ( Acts 5:31 ). If indeed you recognize when it is that you think, speak, or act contrary to CHRIST? The HOLY SPIRIT Is HE WHO Will Convict us when we do so, so that we may know not to do so, so that we learn, that we may By Grace understand what The Will Of The LORD Is. And when we have sinned, we repent, that we may have Forgivness . The heart that truly desires to know GOD as means to know GOD, to serve GOD, will do this, his heart before GOD will not allow him to refuse it. He will listen to reproof and recognize when he is in error, Let the Righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It Is oil upon my head; Do not let me refuse It, For still my prayer is against their wicked deeds. Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock, And they hear my words, for they are pleasant. As when one plows and breaks open the earth, Our bones have been scattered at the mouth of Sheol. For my eyes are toward THEE, O GOD, The LORD; In THEE i take refuge; do not leave me defenseless. Keep me from the jaws of the trap which they have set for me, And from the snares of those who do iniquity. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, While i pass by safely. Psalm 141:5-10.
Pride, arrogance, conceit, will neither hear nor see, that it may see to recognize, hear to understand, to be aware of the dangers. The HOLY SPIRIT Warns, HE Also Gives Discernment. It is that we empty ourselves of ourselves, giving all to GOD, a sacrifice.
And the heart that truly desires to know GOD will know this also; that GOD Tests the Righteous;
"The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; WHO can understand it? "I, The LORD, Search the heart, I Test the mind, Even To Give To each man according to his ways ( Romans 1:21-32 ), According to the results of his deeds ( Romans 2:5-13 ) ... Jeremiah 17:9-10.
Yet, O LORD Of Hosts, THOU WHO Dost Test the Righteous, WHO Seest the mind and the heart; Let me see THY Vengeance Upon them; For to THEE i have set forth my case. Jeremiah 20:12.
Hear a just cause, O LORD, Give Heed To my cry; Give ear To my prayer, which is not from deceitful lips. Let my judgement come forth From THY Presence ( now, to us, Matthew 18:19-20 ); Let THINE Eyes Look With Equity. THOU Hast Tried my heart; THOU Hast Visited by night; THOU Hast Tested me and dost find no evil device in me; i have purposed that my mouth will not transgress. As for the deeds of men, By The Word Of THY Lips i have kept from the paths of the violent. My steps have held fast to THY Paths. My feet have not slipped. Psalm 17:1-5.
Vindicate me, O LORD, for i have walked in my integrity; And i have trusted in The LORD without wavering. Examine me, O LORD, and Try me; Test my mind and my heart. For THY Lovingkindness is before my eyes, And i have walked in THY Truth. I do not sit with deceitful men, Nor will i go with pretenders. I hate the assembly of evildoers, And i will not sit with the wicked. I shall wash my hands in innocence, And i will go about THINE Altar, O LORD, That i may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And declare all THY Wonders ( Psalm 1 ). O LORD, i love The Habitation Of THY House, And The Place Where THY Glory Dwells. Do not Take my soul away with sinners, Nor my life with men of bloodshed, In whose hands is a wicked scheme, And whose right hand is full of bribes. But as for me, i shall walk in my integrity; Redeem me, and be Gracious To me. My foot stands on a level place; In the congregations i shall bless The LORD. Psalm 26.
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 upon The Foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, CHRIST JESUS HIMSELF Being The Corner, In WHOM The Whole Building, being fitted 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 2:19-22.
..."But This Is The Covenant Which I Will Make with the house of Israel after those days," Declares The LORD, "I Will Put MY Law within them, and on their heart I Will Write It; and I Will Be their GOD, and they shall be MY people. "And they shall not teach again, each man his neighbour and each man his Brother, saying, 'Know The LORD,' for they shall all know ME, from the least of them to the greatest of them," Declares The LORD, "for I Shall Forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." Jeremiah 31:33-34.
...Do we then nullify The Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish The Law. Romans 3:31.
...for they shall all know ME, from the least of them to the greatest of them," Declares The LORD,...
"But do not be called Rabbi ( do not be known by an official title of honour, nor take one upon yourself ); for ONE Is your TEACHER, and you are all Brothers. "And do not call anyone on earth your father; for ONE Is your FATHER, HE WHO Is In Heaven. "And do not be called leaders; for ONE Is your LEADER, CHRIST. "But the greatest among you shall be your servant. "And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted... Matthew 23:8-12.
GOD exalts the humble; lifts up, raises to dignity, honour and happiness, and he will in his humility always give GOD The Glory. The proud doer exalts himself, speaks from himself, and seeks his own glory, and GOD Is Opposed To the proud.
As the Apostle Paul states, If i have to boast, i will boast of what pertains to my weakness. 2 Corinthians 11:30; he will boast of his frailty, the feebleness of his flesh, and yet look at what and why he endured ( see 2 Corinthians 11:22-29 ). And again he says, ...Most gladly, therefore, i will rather boast about my weaknesses, that The Power Of CHRIST may Dwell in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9b; he will rather boast about his complete reliance, his complete dependancy on CHRIST JESUS knowing that apart from HIM he can do nothing, and this, so that HIS Power may indeed Dwell in him. Therefore i am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for CHRIST'S Sake; for when i am weak, then i am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10.
"I Am The True Vine, And MY FATHER Is The Vinedresser. "Every branch in ME that does not bear Fruit, HE Takes away; and every branch that bears Fruit, HE Prunes it ( Purges, Cleanses of filth, impurity, etc ), that it may bear more Fruit. John 15:1-2. This is of The Process, the Renewing of the inner man, The Washing Of Regeneration And Renewing By The HOLY SPIRIT By Grace through faith ( Titus 3:4-8 ), that we may attain to this perfection; this completeness that GOD Speaks that each and every one of us is to attain to. The branch; the one in The LORD JESUS CHRIST that does not bear Fruit, The FATHER Takes away, HE Removes.
"You are already Clean Because Of The Word Which I Have Spoken To you. "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 ( the angels; Matthew 13:37-43 ) gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned... John 15:3-6.
When you hear it said ( and so very sadly, you will ), 'There is no such thing as a perfect Church,' and, 'There can be no such thing as a perfect Church,' do not believe them. Rather, believe GOD,
..."Therefore you are to be perfect, as your Heavenly FATHER Is Perfect." Matthew 5:48.
And if any will still refute this, then they simply do not believe GOD. Who but a foolish man dares contradict ALMIGHTY GOD and lower GOD'S Standard to that of the flesh? Know that this belief, this thinking, is nothing of The faith and speaks nothing whatsoever of what means faith in GOD. Read Isaiah 59, and fear.
Just as The Scriptures; The GOD Breathed Word, Says of Noah, These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless ( perfect ) in his time; Noah walked with GOD. Genesis 6:9
Just as The Scriptures; The GOD Breathed Word Says, of GOD Speaking To Abram, Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, The LORD Appeared To Abram and Said To him, "I Am ALMIGHTY GOD; Walk before ME, and be blameless ( perfect ). "And I Will Establish MY Covenant Between ME and you, And I Will Multiply Exceedingly."... Genesis 17:1-2
This is just as GOD Speaks To us in The New Covenant, who are Saved By Grace through The faith, that we may walk before GOD spotless and blameless. We are HIS Workmanship, By Grace through faith. It is not by what we can ever do in our flesh ( 2 Peter 3:14-18, Ephesians 2:8-10 ) .
...Even so Abraham believed GOD, and it was Reckoned To him as Righteousness. Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons Of Abraham. And The Scripture, Foreseeing that GOD Would Justify the Gentiles by faith, preached The Gospel beforehand To Abraham, "All the nations shall be Blessed in you." So then those who are of faith are Blessed with Abraham, the believer. Galatians 3:6-9.
Just as The Scriptures; The GOD Breathed Word Says, of Solomon speaking to all the assembly of Israel, ( and of the same is to us, By Grace through The faith ), ..."Blessed Be The LORD, WHO Has Given Rest To HIS people Israel, According To All That HE Promised ( Matthew 11:28-30 ); not One Word has failed Of All HIS Good Promise, Which HE Promised through Moses HIS servant ( John 5:46, Acts 3:22, Acts 7:37, Deuteronomy 18:18-19 ). "May The LORD our GOD be With us, ( Matthew 28:18-20 ) as HE Was With our fathers; may HE not leave us or forsake us ( Hebrews 13:5-6 ), that HE May Incline our hearts To HIMSELF ( Romans 5:1-6 ), to walk in all HIS Ways and to keep HIS Commandments and HIS Statutes and HIS Ordinances ( John 14:15, John 15:1-17, Romans 13:8-10 ) , Which HE Commanded our fathers. "And may these words of mine, with which i have made supplication before The LORD, be near to The LORD our GOD day and night ( John 12:44-50, John 14:23-26, John 15:20, Matthew 7:24-27 ), that HE may Maintain the cause of HIS servant and the cause of HIS people Israel, as each day requires, ( Matthew 5:16 ) so that all the peoples of the earth may know that The LORD Is GOD; There is no one else. "Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted ( perfect ) to The LORD our GOD, to walk in HIS Statutes and to keep HIS Commandments, as at this day." 1 Kings 8:56-61
And just as the Apostle Paul writes, in The SPIRIT, Finally, Brethren, rejoice, be made complete ( make one what he ought to be; perfect ), be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and The GOD Of Love And Peace Shall Be With you. 2 Corinthians 13:11.
This perfection then, is Of GOD and not from ourselves. As the Apostle Paul writes, ...For i know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the wishing is present in me, but the doing of the good not. For the good that i wish, i do not do; but i practice the very evil that i do not wish. But if i am doing the very evil i do not wish, i am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wishes to do good. For i joyfully concur with The Law Of GOD in the inner man, but i see a different Law in the members of my body, waging war against The Law of my mind, and making me a prisoner of The Law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that i am! WHO Will Set me Free from the body of this death? Thanks be to GOD through JESUS CHRIST our LORD! So then, on the one hand i myself with my mind am serving The Law Of GOD, but on the other, with my flesh The Law of sin. Romans 7:18-25.
Then he continues to write, in what we have as Romans chapter 8, of how it is we may not do the things that we please; the deeds of the flesh ( Galatians 5:16-18 ), and this, by walking According To The SPIRIT, that the requirements of The Law are fulfilled in us. That only thus there is now no condemnation for those in CHRIST JESUS, who walk according to The SPIRIT Of GOD. In CHRIST JESUS, GOD Condemned sin in the flesh ( Romans 8:3 ), and that means, all sin. There is no excuse for any to not be as GOD HIMSELF Says we are to be; Conformed To The Image Of HIS Beloved SON ( Romans 8:29 ); perfect; complete. And that means in all our living, all we are.
Be imitators of me, just as i also am of CHRIST. 1 Corinthians 11:1.
And as we are to be imitators of GOD as Beloved children ( Ephesians 5:1-17 ), By HIS Power Which Works Mightily in those who will forsake their own ways, who will lay all down, who will willingly empty themselves of themselves, and desire from the heart to do so, this being an acceptable sacrifice to GOD, we shall be able to be so, because as The Holy Scriptures State Of GOD,
..."As For GOD, HIS Way Is Blameless ( Perfect ); The Word Of The LORD Is Tested; HE Is A Shield To all who take refuge In HIM. "For who is GOD, besides The LORD? And who is a rock, besides our GOD? "GOD Is my Strong Fortress; And HE Sets the blameless ( perfect ) In HIS Way. 2 Samuel 22:31-33
As For GOD, HIS Way Is Blameless; The Word Of The LORD Is Tried; HE Is A Shield To all who take refuge In HIM. For who is GOD But The LORD? And who is a rock, Except our GOD. The GOD WHO Girds me with Strength, And Makes my way blameless? ( perfect )Psalm 18:30-32
And just as The Examples Given in Scripture,
"As for you, my son Solomon, know The GOD Of your father, and serve HIM with a whole heart and a willing mind; for The LORD Searches all hearts, And Understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek HIM, HE Will Let you Find HIM; but if you forsake HIM, HE Will Reject you Forever. 1 Chronicles 28:9
...Then the people rejoiced because they had offered so willingly, for they made their offerings to The LORD with a whole heart, and King David also rejoiced greatly... 1 Chronicles 29:9
It Is GOD Alone WHO Declares And Makes These Things So,
..."And The Glory Which Thou Hast Given ME I Have Given To them; that they may be one, just As WE Are ONE; I In them, And THOU In ME, that they may be Perfected In Unity, that the world may know that THOU Didst Send ME, And Didst Love them, Even As THOU Didst Love ME... John 17:22-23 ( John 13:34-35 ).
I urge you therefore, Brethren, By The Mercies Of GOD, to present your bodies a living and Holy sacrifice, acceptable to GOD, which is 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 what The Will Of GOD is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. For through The Grace Given To me i say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgement, as GOD Has Allotted To each A Measure Of faith. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are One Body In CHRIST, and individually members of one another... Romans 12:1-5
...Therefore, having These Promises, Beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and spirit ( words, deeds and thoughts, feelings, decisions, knowing, desiring and acting ), perfecting Holiness in the fear of GOD. 2 Corinthians 7:1
So, To all, GOD Says, Therefore you are to be perfect, as your Heavenly FATHER Is Perfect." Matthew 5:48. ( 1 Peter 1:13-25 ).
Now may our LORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF And GOD our FATHER, WHO Has Loved us And Given us Eternal Comfort And Good Hope By Grace, Comfort And Strengthen your hearts in every good Work and Word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17.
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