Examining the “10 needs we must understand and live after choosing to serve the Lord” Part 7

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One of my posts on 28 April, was entitled COVID-19 Is a Slow-Motion 9/11 in it Pastor Sam Rohrer of the American Pastors Network set forth 10 definitive needs every “Christian” must understand and live by after choosing to serve the Lord.¬†I thought I would look at each one individually over the next two weeks.

{Note because of my deployments and the urge to write a typical devotional this is taking an extending time to complete ūüôā }

Accept the reality that persecution is coming and is normal for the believer and those still standing for truth.

(All who live according to God commands will suffer persecution‚ÄĒ2 Timothy 3:12; the enemies of truth will persecute you‚ÄĒLuke 21:12; John 15:20)
2 Timothy 3:12, Luke 21:12, John 15:20 (AMP and RVR 1960) 

CONTEXT: 

If you having been reading this series especially Part 4 or Part 5 you will have a good understanding of why so many “Christians” are unprepared for any trouble in their lives never mind persecution.¬†The soft peddling of the Gospel has left the church woefully unprepared for the attacks that are coming it’s way.

In arguably the greatest sermon ever preached, Jesus makes it clear persecution is both a blessing and a fact of life for “TRUE BELIEVERS”, Mathew 5:10-11 (AMP):

Blessed [comforted by inner peace and God’s love] are those who are persecuted for [a]doing that which is morally right, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever]. 11 “Blessed [morally courageous and spiritually alive with life-joy in God’s goodness] are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil things against you because of [your association with] Me. 


 

TEXT BREAKDOWN: 

2 Timothy 3:12

The entire 3rd chapter of 2nd Timothy is a reminder of coming troubles and persecutions. Paul writing to his young apprentice says that everyone who willfully and joyfully peruses godliness will be hunted and persecuted. Yup that is the “Good News” I wanted to hear :).¬† Of course that is why so many pulpits are silent on the matter they are afraid of offending someone or scaring off someone. It is time they Preached the Whole Council of God and let God deal with all the rest.

Luke 21:12-19

Jesus is telling His trusted disciples be forewarned folks are going to hate you and come after you for my names sake. This time of persecution will provide a great opportunity to share the Gospel message but you must be prepared, for the coming evil and the coming opportunities.

 

John 15:18-21

If the hated and persecuted Him, and we are to follow His example what would make us think they (the world) would not come after us? Do we really believe the world has morally advanced since the days of Jesus? Tell me it is not so!!! Yet somehow we seem to ignore this? 


APPLICATION:

As a believer and follower of Christ we must accept that some form of trouble (not necessarily persecution) is coming into our lives. If you are living the ‘good life’ and are free from all such issues, it is NOT because you have enough faith, or are really blessed (that is not in the book) it is because your are not doing anything significant for the kingdom to warrant attention from those who would trouble you.¬†

Ask yourself is it time I got off the bench and started doing more for the kingdom and God’s Glory (never my own)¬†


OTHER RESOURCE:

What Is Christian Persecution?


The List
  1. Develop a healthy fear of God.¬†(Have no other god before Me‚ÄĒExodus 20:1-6; Obey God, serve Him and fear Him‚ÄĒDeuteronomy 13:4; Rehearse history and teach of God‚Äôs power so your children learn to fear God‚ÄĒDeuteronomy 31:13; It is whole duty of mankind‚ÄĒEcclesiastes 12:13-14)
  2. Re-embrace the biblical authority of Scripture.¬†(All Scripture is profitable for life and living‚ÄĒ2 Timothy 3:16: Living it establishes a person‚Äôs path‚ÄĒPsalm 119:11)
  3. Know that the ‚ÄėChurch‚Äô is disobedient, lethargic and asleep. (Christ‚Äôs warnings to the seven churches and to Laodicea‚ÄĒRevelation 2-3; Revelation 3:14-22)
  4. Be aware that 70% of the pulpits in America are occupied by ‚Äėhirelings.‚Äô¬†(Hirelings refuse to warn of spiritual danger and the wolves‚ÄĒJohn 10:12-13)
  5. Be bold to identify and call out the false prophets in the wolves among us.¬†(Christ warned of the false prophets and wolves‚ÄĒMatthew 7:15, Matthew 10:16, Matthew 24:24; Jesus warned of mass deception in the last days‚ÄĒMatthew 24:4-5)
  6. Understand that national blessing or national judgment hinges on the actions of the remnant. (‚ÄúIf my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒ2 Chronicles 7:14)
  7. Accept the reality that persecution is coming and is normal for the believer and those still standing for truth. (All who live according to God commands will suffer persecution‚ÄĒ2 Timothy 3:12; the enemies of truth will persecute you‚ÄĒLuke 21:12; John 15:20)
  8. Discover that the preparation for prayer and meeting God‚Äôs requirements for prayer is far more important than the act of praying.¬†(God demands a broken spirit and obedience before sacrifice‚ÄĒPsalm 51:16-17; God demands we pray His way: No unconfessed sin‚ÄĒPsalm 66:18)
  9. Realize that the continuance of freedom is a result of God‚Äôs blessing, which hinges on obedience and conformity to God‚Äôs commands.¬†(Don‚Äôt forget that all blessings came from God and if you forget and become ungrateful, God will replace blessings with bondage‚ÄĒDeuteronomy 8:1-20, 1:19-20; 30:1-20)
  10. Understand that the choice for president or other elected leaders, while critically important, is secondary to repentance toward God and the choice for God. (Obey, and I‚Äôll make even your enemies to be at peace with you‚ÄĒProverbs 16:7)

Daily Devotional ‚Äď The Holy Spirit Part XII

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We continue our series on The Roles or Work Of the Holy Spirit. As I noted I found this list, there are many others, called 70 Functions of the Holy Spirit and while I have some reservations that some of the items on the list (could easily be taken out of proper biblical context) it can be a helpful tool. We however will only look at a few of the many roles the Holy has concentrating on those in a believers life including those as;

He ministers truth. (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13)

He teaches. (Luke 12:12; John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 John 2:27)

He restrains. (Acts 16:6)

The Holy Spirit brings direction and guidance. (Mark 13:11; Acts 10:19; 11:12; 21:11; 1 Timothy 4:1)

The Holy Spirit invites us to walk with Him. (Romans 8:4-5)

The Holy Spirit produces fruit in our lives. (Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:9)

He washes, sanctifies, purifies and justifies. (Romans 15;16, 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:2,22)

The Holy Spirit builds us together for a house for God. (Ephesians 2:22)

The Holy Spirit gives comfort, health, and strength. (John 15:26; Acts 9:31)


Yesterday my wife and I had to take a road trip to help a stranded Pastor so I didn’t get time to write. In Tuesday’s part VI of our series on the Roles or Work of the Holy Spirit we discussed how The Holy Spirit produces fruit in our lives. (Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:9). Today we will be looking at the Role the Holy Spirit plays in washing, sanctifying, purifying and justifying our lives, so let us break them down:

Washing:

‚ÄúI will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses‚Ķ . I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.‚Ä̬†–¬†Ezekiel 36:25‚Äď27¬†

Most folks falsely believe that the “washing of the Holy Spirit” is a New Testament thing. A through reading of the Whole Counsel of God ILO the cursory view to many take reveals God has been operating this way from the beginning. God’s chosen have always been washed clean and the Holy Spirit has always been a key component of the process. God the Holy Spirit brings true cleansing and renewal, cleaning completely¬† that we consider the stench of sin as out of place in our lives driving us to a life for Christ. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Sanctifying: 

¬†I use this term a lot it means to be set it apart for special use; to ‚Äúsanctify‚ÄĚ a person is to make him holy. True Christians are set apart from their former sinful lives by the blood of Jesus and sanctified (made holy) in an ongoing process by the Holy Spirit. I have said it before this is no snap your fingers make it happen thing, it is a life long process we are in it for the long haul.¬†¬†2 Thessalonians 2:13 (AMP) But we should¬†and¬†are [morally] obligated [as debtors] always to give thanks to God for you, believers beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through the¬†[a]sanctifying work of the Spirit [that sets you apart for God‚Äôs purpose] and by your faith in the truth [of God‚Äôs word that leads you to spiritual maturity].¬†¬†Footnotes:¬†There are two kinds of sanctification: first, positional sanctification means¬†set apart for God¬†and in some instances¬†set apart for God‚Äôs purpose; second, practical sanctification is a progressive process and means¬†growing in righteous living. This is dependent on a person‚Äôs reliance on the Holy Spirit.

Also see Romans 15:16, 1 Peter 1:2

Purifying:

ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren.‘ — 1 Peter 1:22 (KJV)¬†at first glance it looks to read like we have a part in the purification of our souls? Yet God declared us clean with Christ’s blood so that can’t be, and we know our still present sin nature would prevent us from doing this on our own so what does this really mean. It means,¬†when we are obeying, in this case by outwardly demonstrating our love of the brethren, we are not sinning and therefore living a purified life via the influence (Truth) of the Holy Spirit.¬†¬†

Also see Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John¬†‚ÄĒ Alexander Maclaren

Justifying: 

Unlike Sanctification that is a process Justification is an act Romans 5:1. It is an act of free grace toward sinners who deserve eternal punishment Romans 3:23-25. Justification is an instantaneous legal act of God in which he (1) thinks of our sins as forgiven and Christ’s righteousness as belonging to us, and (2) declares us to be righteous in his sight. Wayne Grudem Systematic Theology (pg. 723)

Paul states bluntly that God ‚Äújustifieth the ungodly‚ÄĚ Romans 5:5 Such hope [in God‚Äôs promises] never disappoints¬†us, because God‚Äôs love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. It is by Faith alone in Christ Alone to the Glory of God alone.¬†

See 1 Corinthians 6:17, Galatians 2:16, Romans 1:17; Romans 3:28, Eph 2:8-9

Also see these:

Justification of the Ungodly Web Page by C. H. Spurgeon

A Defense of the Doctrine of Justification by Faith in Jesus Christ PDF by John Bunyan

CONCLUSION: The Holy Spirit plays a key role in changing and transforming a believers life. This again is not some magical or mystical power given to “certain” believers, the Holy Spirit indwells ALL true believers. He transforms and reforms ALL true believers staring at he beginning with Justification and working through out their lives in Sanctification.¬†¬†

Sunday’s Sermon

1 CORINTHIANS 2:14

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14

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“Natural or Spiritual!”

 

By Charles Haddon Spurgeon Sep 1, 1861;

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:14

Sermon No. 407 From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 7

 


Highly recommend additional Reading

The Godly Man’s Picture by Thomas Watson, or Some Characteristic Marks of a Man who is Going to Heaven

Watson carefully illustrates 24 traits of a godly Spiritual man. 

The Godly Man’s Picture (Modernized)

 

 

Worthy of God – Digno de dios

 We are charged in all parts of our life to exemplify Christ

Estamos encargados en todas las partes de nuestra vida de ejemplificar a Cristo

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11 así como sabéis de qué manera os exhortábamos, alentábamos e implorábamos[a] a cada uno de vosotros, como un padre lo haría con sus propios hijos, 12 para que anduvierais como es digno del Dios que os ha llamado[b] a su reino y a su gloria. (LBLA)

 

Because God who has called us from sin and redeemed us is Holy; we too are called to live a Holy life.

Porque Dios que nos llamó del pecado y nos redimió es Santo; nosotros también estamos llamados a vivir una vida santa.

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sino que así como aquel que os llamó es santo[a], así también sed vosotros santos en toda vuestra manera de vivir; 16 porque escrito está: Sed santos, porque Yo soy santo.

 

We should never have to boast of our Christianity, others should see it in us and God should be the proud Father bragging on us. 

Nunca deberíamos jactarnos de nuestro cristianismo, otros deberían verlo en nosotros y Dios debería ser el orgulloso Padre que se jacta de nosotros.

17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth. 2 Corinthians 10:17-18

Pero¬†el que se gloria, que se glorie en el Se√Īor.¬†18¬†Porque no es aprobado el que se alaba a s√≠ mismo, sino aquel a quien el Se√Īor alaba.

 

We should live each day as Paul did with this conflict in mind; that to live and serve Christ is a great blessing, yet to die and be with Him in glory someday all the more. 

Deber√≠amos vivir cada d√≠a como lo hizo Pablo con este conflicto en mente; que vivir y servir a Cristo es una gran bendici√≥n, pero morir y estar con √Čl en gloria alg√ļn d√≠a m√°s.

21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21

 

 

 

Adding To God’s Tool Box Part II

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A few weeks ago I published an article I entitled God’s Tool Box¬† based upon one of my favorite verses 2 Peter 1:3. I made the statement In my opinion this should be a verse every new believer learns early on because it is packed with reassurance that we can live the “Christian” life no matter how hard it gets.

I followed it up last Saturday with a Series I have called “Adding to God’s Tool Box” Today I want to look at verse 6 or Part II of what goes into the tool box.

So far in the tool box of Righteousness we have Faith, the precious hope of eternal life with God in eternal bliss. We have Virtue,¬†the ability to be good, act morally at all times showing kindness and reflecting the example Christ left for us. Finally we have Knowledge,¬†this is the Godly knowledge, the knowledge found in God’s Holy Word that helps us to be more than conquerors.¬†

Today we begin by adding¬†self-control:¬†self-kon-trol’ (egkrateia/ Greek):¬†Rendered in the King James Version “temperance” (compare Latin temperario and continentia), but more accurately “self-control,” as in the Revised Version (British and American) (Acts 24:25;¬†Galatians 5:23;¬†2¬†Peter 1:6); adjective of same, egkrates, “self-controlled” (Titus 1:8¬†the Revised Version (British and American)); compare verb forms in¬†1¬†Corinthians 7:9, “have …. continency”; 9:25, the athlete “exerciseth self-control.” Self-control is therefore repeatedly set forth in the New Testament as among the important Christian virtues. Temperance is moderation in thought, word, or action. Those who practice temperance are self-controlled and show restraint in their passions and behaviors.¬Ļ

This can be a challenge in the world we live in, surrounded by so many stupid people. Yes you read that correctly, I said STUPID, I define them as those who refuse to use knowledge gained or refuse to attempt to gain knowledge available. Those who insist on texting and driving cut you off and then curse and flip you off, those who have no common decency in a restaurant and play their cell phone music load, Those who mimic the talking heads in the media, classrooms and PULPITS across America and do not take the time to be Bereans and check out the truth for themselves. 

It is very easy to just want to go off on these folks, and as my sending Pastor remarked before sending us off to the mission field “You are a hard man Mike, a hard man.” He is 100% correct and I am hardest upon myself for I realize the world is not SAVE BY GRACE,¬†and in their sinful nature they can be expected to act Stupid. I do not think it is being a “bad Christian” to point out these errors, rather how you do it. Is it with moderation in thought, word, or action?

The next tool is endurance, we are in this for the long haul. No matter how long our life shall last (and we have no way of knowing when the master will call us home) we must endure (be persistent, never give up, persevere, have stamina,) till the end. every time I think of this two bible references come to mind, Job who endured the highest highs and lowest lows of any man ever and never turned from God. Then there is the Apostle Paul when he speaks on the reason for his enduring all in 2 Timothy 2:8-13.  Paul makes it simple he says if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us; v.12 
Paul endures because his eye is on the prize eternal bliss in Heaven with his Lord and Savior. 

The final tool today is godliness, do not be confused as some would have you believe, (Copland, Myers and others) that you too can be a god.  what is being spoken of here is adding more than mere moral or human goodness to your arsenal of tools. This is the moral or Spiritual goodness that reflects the nature of our Triune God Himself. 

John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

¬Ļ from Got Questions

 

Your Work

We seem to be raising a generation that does not feel it needs to work, that everything should be handed to them, that they are entitled to every thing. The problem is that is contrary to what the bible teaches. 

GOD’S PLAN

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MAN’S IDEAL

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WHY GOD IS CORRECT

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What does the Bible say about work?

What is a sluggard? (Lazy in the Bible)

 

Adding To God’s Tool Box Part 1

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A few weeks ago I published an article I entitled God’s Tool Box¬† based upon one of my favorite verses 2 Peter 1:3. I made the statement In my opinion this should be a verse every new believer learns early on because it is packed with reassurance that we can live the “Christian” life no matter how hard it gets. Today I want to begin looking at verses 5, 6 and 7 or what goes into the tool box.¬†

First however I would be remiss if I just skipped over verse 4, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. It is clear that it is ONLY through his precious and very great promises, you (we) may become partakers of the divine nature. We can have all the tools we want but without Christ they are useless in the end. 

Before God saved us by His Grace alone we had no real Faith or if we did it was at best misguided. We lived for self not Christ. Now our faith needs to be bolstered or strengthened so we can live for Him. Here the first tool is Virtue. 

What is Virtue; Websters 1828 Dictionary defines it as: 

3. Moral goodness; the practice of moral duties and the abstaining from vice, or a conformity of life and conversation to the moral law. In this sense, virtue may be, and in many instances must be, distinguished from religion. The practice of moral duties merely from motives of convenience, or from compulsion, or from regard to reputation, is virtue, as distinct from religion. The practice of moral duties from sincere love to God and his laws, is virtue and religion. In this sense it is true,that virtue only makes our bliss below. Virtue is nothing but voluntary obedience to truth.

Virtue therefore is being good, acting morally at all times showing kindness and reflecting the example Christ left for us. 

The second tool added today is Knowledge. I am not sure why this one word (defined here) is such a sticking point for so many today. I here it over and over again, I do not need any formal education, or I don’t need to go to cemetery because I have the Holy Spirit as my teacher. Folks even use that as an excuse for not assembling together in church.¬† All of these excuses are UN-BIBLICAL. Jesus spent years learning before His ministry began, the Apostles learned for 3 years under Jesus before being sent out. The Apostle Paul, one of the most educated Jews of the time spent an additional 3 years learning before he began His ministry are we better than him?¬†I am not tooting my own horn, I have spent the last 21 years studying God’s word first and foremost in an effort to insure I am doing His Will and daily He reveals something new to me. Many times it is on a verse just like this, that I have read a hundred times or more.

Sir Francis Bacon was the first person attributed to the phrase “Knowledge is Power’. It dates back to 1597 when he published the maxim in his book, “Meditationes Sacrae and Human Philosophy. He was referring to worldly knowledge how much more so Godly knowledge, the knowledge that helps us to be more than conquerors.¬†

John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible

And besides this, giving all diligence,…. “Or upon this”, as the Syriac and Arabic versions read, bestow all your labour, diligence, and care; namely, on what follows, and that from the consideration of what goes before; for nothing can more strongly animate, and engage to the diligent exercise of grace and discharge of duty, than a consideration of the high favours, and free grace gifts of God, and the exceeding great and precious promises of his Gospel:

add to your faith virtue; or “with your faith”, so the Arabic version renders it, and the like, in the following clauses. They had faith, even like precious faith with the apostles, not of themselves, but by the gift of God, and which is the first and principal grace; it leads the van, or rather the “chorus”, as the word rendered “add” signifies; and though it is in itself imperfect, has many things lacking in it, yet it cannot be added to, or increased by men; ministers may be a means of perfecting what is lacking in it, and of the furtherance and joy of it, but it is the Lord only that can increase it, or add unto it in that sense, and which is not the meaning here: but the sense is, that as it is the basis and foundation of all good works, it should not stand alone, there ought to be virtue, or good works along with it, by which it may be perfected, not essentially, but evidentially, or might appear to be true and genuine; for by virtue may be either meant some particular virtue, as justice towards men, to which both the grace and doctrine of faith direct; and indeed pretensions to faith in Christ, where there is not common justice done to men, are of little account; or, as others think, beneficence to men; and so the Ethiopic version renders it, “proceed to bounty by your faith”; and faith does work by love and kindness to fellow creatures and Christians; but this seems rather designed by brotherly kindness and charity, in¬†2 Peter 1:7¬†or boldness, courage, constancy, and fortitude, which ought to go along with faith. Where there is true faith in Christ, there should be a holy boldness to profess it, and constancy in it, and courage to fight the good fight of faith, and firmness of mind to stand fast in it, notwithstanding all difficulties and discouragements; or virtue in general here meant, not mere moral, but Christian virtues, which are the fruits of the Spirit of God, and of his grace; and differ from the other, in that they spring from the grace of God, are done in faith, by the assistance of the Spirit of Christ, and by strength received from him, and in love to him, and with a view to the glory of God; whereas moral virtues, as exercised by a mere moral man, spring from nature, and are performed by the mere strength of it, and are destitute of faith, and so but “splendida peccata”, splendid sins, and proceed from self-love, from sinister ends, and with selfish views:

and to virtue, knowledge; not of Christ, mentioned¬†2 Peter 1:8¬†and which is included in faith, for there can be no true faith in Christ, were there not knowledge of him; but of the will of God, which it is necessary men should be acquainted with, in order to perform it; or else though they may seem zealous of good works, their zeal will not be according to knowledge; they ought to know what are virtues or good works in God’s account, and what are the nature and use of them, lest they should mistake and misapply them; or of the Scriptures of truth, and of the mysteries of the Gospel, which should be diligently searched, for the increase and improvement of knowledge in divine things, and which has a considerable influence on a just, sober, and godly living; or by knowledge may be meant prudence and wisdom, in ordering the external conversation aright towards those that are without, and in showing good works out of it, to others, by way of example, and for the evidence of the truth of things, with meekness of wisdom.

 

 

Follow in His Footsteps

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For [as a believer] you have been called for this purpose, since Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may follow in His footsteps. (AMP)

Since I can remember, I have heard folks say that being a Christian means being a follower of Christ. I do not want to here today get into how imprecise that is, instead I would like to focus on what it means to be a follower of Christ.

The word follower has so many meanings. It can be used to describe someone who literally trails behind another, someone who adheres to the principles of another, one who beys or worships another, a disciple of a system, a companion or friend and a few others. The second meaning in Websters 1828 dictionary has the best application to verse 21: One that takes another as his guide in doctrines, opinions or example; one who receives the opinions, and imitates the example of another; an adherent; an imitator. So we are to imitate Jesus, but how so?

The Apostle Peter under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tells us a great deal about the character of Jesus while he was on earth in the next two verses of Chapter 2 (1 Peter 2:22-23 ). These traits that we are to follow included:

    • He committed no sin:¬†That is a standard no man (or woman) can live up to yet everyone who calls themselves a Christian should be endeavoring to live for.
    • Deceit ever found in His mouth:¬†never ever misrepresented the truth in any way shape or form, not even tells the story about the really big one that got away. Again it is a standard that no human ever lives up to in their entire (birth to death) life.
    • While being reviled¬†and insulted (SUFFERING) he did not respond in kind:¬†First note that Christ suffered during His ministry on earth and if you are a “true follower” you too should expect to suffer. What distinguishes a true Christian from those pretenders is how they respond in their troublesome times.
    • Made no threats [of vengeance]: Jesus used self control, he did not lash out at those who would oppress him unfairly. Life is not always fair, how you respond to those who would¬† disagree with your Biblical Worldview or a post on Facebook lets everyone know who you really are.¬†
    • Entrusted Himself to Him who judges fairly:¬†Most importantly through it all, Jesus trusted God the Father not the earthly judges who presided over Him but He who ruled in Heaven who’s plan was before time as we know it. It is in Him, His plan no matter our circumstance that we need to have our confidence daily.

Despite what many today profess to know about following Jesus, true followers always turn to the Word of God for His examples to live by not the examples man thinks He would live by today. 

Today’s Study help is Alexander MacLaren’s Expositions Of Holy Scripture on 1 Peter 2:21. * Note it is long so follow the link at the end to continue reading ūüôā

CHRIST THE EXEMPLAR

These words are a very striking illustration of the way in which the Gospel brings Christ‚Äôs principles to bear upon morals and duty. The Apostle is doing nothing more than exhorting a handful of slaves to the full and complete and patient acceptance of their hard lot, and in order to teach a very homely and lowly lesson to the squalid minds of a few captives, he brings in the mightiest of all lessons by pointing to the most beautiful, most blessed, and most mysterious fact in the world‚Äôs history–the cross of Christ. It is the very spirit of Christianity that the biggest thing is to regulate the smallest duties of life. Men‚Äôs lives are made up of two or three big things and a multitude of little ones, and the greater rule the lesser; and, my friends, unless we have got a religion and a morality that can and will keep the trifles of our lives right there will be nothing right; unless we can take those deepest truths, make them the ruling principles, and lay them down side by side with the most trivial things of our lives, we are something short. Is there nothing in your life or mine so small that we cannot bring it into captivity and lift it into beauty by bringing it into connection with saving grace? Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example. This is the first thing that strikes me, and I intend it also by way of introduction. Look how the Apostle has put the points together, as though there are two aspects which go together and cannot be rendered apart, like the under side and the upper side of a coin. ‚ÄėChrist also suffered for us,‚Äô and so for us says all the orthodox. ‚ÄėLeaving us an example‚Äô–there protests all the heretics. Yes, but we know that there is a power in both of them, and the last one is only true when we begin with the first. He suffered for us. There, there, my friends, is the deepest meaning of the cross, and if you want to get Christ for an example, begin with taking Him as the sacrifice, for He gave His life for you. Don‚Äôt part the two things. If you believe Him to be Christ, then you take Him at the cross: if you want to see the meaning of Christ as an example, begin with Him as your Saviour. ‚ÄėBecause Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow His steps.‚Äô These are the words, and what God hath joined together let no man put asunder. With these few remarks I shall deal with the words a little more exhaustively, and I see in them three things–the sufferings of Christ our gain, the sufferings of Christ our pattern, and the suffering of Christ our power to imitate…¬†Continued at Source¬†

 

 

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5 But whoever habitually keeps His word and obeys His precepts [and treasures His message in its entirety], in him the love of God has truly been perfected [it is completed and has reached maturity]. By this we know [for certain] that we are in Him: (AMP)

David Guzik :: Study Guide for 1 John 2

C. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him: John also makes the link between our obedience and our love for God. A perfected (the idea is mature) love for God will show itself in obedience, and the presence of this obedience and love gives us assurance that we are in Jesus (By this we know we are in Him).

i. Mark it, when one becomes a Christian, there is a change in their relationship with sin. Sin is not eliminated in the believer until he comes to glory, but their relationship to sin is changed when they truly become a Christian.

– A Christian no longer loves sin as he once did.

– A Christian no longer brags about their sin as he once did.

– A Christian no longer plans to sin as he once did.

– A Christian no longer fondly remembers his sin as he once did.

– A Christian never fully enjoys his sin as he once did.

– A Christian no longer is comfortable in habitual sin as he once was.

ii. “The Christian no longer loves sin; it is the object of his sternest horror: he no longer regards it as a mere trifle, plays with it, or talks of it with unconcern ‚Ķ Sin is dejected in the Christian’s heart, though it is not ejected. Sin may enter the heart, and fight for dominion, but it cannot sit upon the throne.” (C.H. Spurgeon)

 

Called to be Holy

vs.13 Prepare your minds, being sober minded (serious) about Godly matters

vs.14 Be like obedient children and stay away from former worldly temptations

vs.15 God is Holy, He is your example for you to be holy too

vs 16 He has called us to be Holy

vs. 17 When you stand before Him, stand in awe of He who saves,

vs. 18-19 He redeemed us with a high cost, the Blood of His Son

vs. 20-25 This was God’s plan from the beginning before the foundations of the earth were formed.

“1 Peter 1:13‚Äď25 describes how Christians‚ÄĒthose God has caused to be born again‚ÄĒshould live now. We must mentally engage in setting all of our hope in God‚Äôs future grace for us. We must choose to act as those who are God‚Äôs own people, rejecting the evil desires that drove our actions before we knew better. Our choices matter. Our God placed a high value on our lives, paying for them with the blood of Christ. Since God has made us able, we must now strive to earnestly give love to each other.”