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What Do The Following Laws Mean To You?-11

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These laws are concepts from the Bible. I need your help please to come up with a clear definition of what these law concepts actually mean.
I would appreciate you commenting and expressing your own understanding of the law concepts listed below.
What do the following laws really mean to you?
Please leave a post with your personal view. Thanks for your participation and help!!

1. The concept of Law.

2. The concept of Natural law.

3. The Law of Sin.

4. The Law of Love.

5. The Law of Life.

6. The Law of Liberty.

7. The Law of Death.

8. The Law of The Mind.

My Assurance is Being “In Christ Jesus”-10

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What does it mean to be “in Christ Jesus”?

Being “in Christ” is everything for the Christian. When we learn to simply Trust Jesus with our lives, and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, we will then gladly choose to allow Jesus to make us “just like Him”! Period! Through The Holy Spirit, He will then come and abide “inside us” giving us His complete victory. He alone will transform us into His image. He alone will make us just like Jesus. He alone is the victor! And He alone will work out His triumph— “in Christ Jesus.” Colossians 1:27.1John 3:1-2.

So the result is “there is now no condemnation” for those that have an intimate, personal relationship with Jesus. This is being “in Christ Jesus”!! Romans 5:1-5, Romans 8:1-4, 11.

Our Fantastic Assurance of Being “in Christ Jesus”!

I. Assurance of Salvation. Here is how Dr. Timothy Jennings puts it: “In my model we have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, and that’s it. Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. “This is life eternal that they might know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3). When we “know” God as Jesus revealed Him to be and trust Him, then we have confidence, faith, or trust in Jesus’ ability to “save” (salvage) us! Our assurance or confidence is in our Savior (just like the thief on the Cross) not in a legal payment.” All I can add is, Praise God!!

II. Assurance of sins forgiven. When we trust Jesus with our lives, then we are assured of sins forgiven. Only through Jesus can we be brought into unity with God. But thanks be to God, Jesus will draw us to Him!! It’s only by the goodness of God that Jesus leads us to Him. When I choose Jesus then, Jesus alone, will cleanse me from all sin! John 12:32, Romans 2:4 Ephesians 1:7. 1John 1:9.

III. Assurance that we have Peace with God. Jesus has freed us from our guilt! “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”; believers can come boldly to the throne of Grace with full assurance of salvation. By faith, we have direct access to Jesus Christ!! This is true because we come on the basis of what Christ has done for us and not on our own personal performance! Praise God! Romans 5:1-2.

IV. Assurance that “In Him” “we are sealed” with The Holy Spirit. “’In Him’ you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; ‘in whom’ also, having believed, you were ‘sealed’ with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14, Revelation 7:1-4, Revelation 9:4-6.

V. Assurance that we don’t have to save ourselves. We have made salvation woefully complicated. We have brought our own ideas and opinions to the discussion. When I choose to Trust Jesus with My Life, then Jesus and Jesus Alone will save me!! He is my Savior! “In Christ,” Jesus wants us to sit down and enjoy what He has already done for us. We are not to try to work at attaining these blessings. I can’t add anything to the equation of Salvation no matter what I do! “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.” Once we trust Jesus with our lives, He freely gives us all things which are bestowed “through Christ” and His Cross. 1Corinthians 1:30-31. Luke 2:10-11. Hebrews 4:1-8.

VI. We have “Assurance that Jesus alone is reconciling us to Him”! “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” 2Corinthians 5:18-19. Jesus wants to heal us completely from the virus of sin. Reconciliation is a change from enmity to friendship and is brought about by God alone. “In Christ” we become a new creation. This is possible only through the compelling love of Jesus. He will draw us to Him with an everlasting love. His transforming, reconciling love is through His Holy Spirit. 2Corinthians 3:18. Are you baptized by the Holy Spirit? John 1:29, 33, Luke 3:16, Acts 1:5, 2: 1-4, Ephesians 5:18, 6:18, Luke 11:13, Galatians 5:22-23.

The truth is, that Jesus wants to literally live out His life in us giving us His victory! This is “being in Christ Jesus” Colossians 1:27. Romans 8:1-4.

VII. We have Assurance that Jesus is writing “His laws” (plural) in our minds. Yes laws plural- His laws of love and liberty. By completely healing us, Jesus will remove selfishness from our minds and will restore in us the living law of love and liberty. Praise God! Hebrews 8:10, 10:16, 2 Corinthians 5:17. (More on the concepts about the laws of love and liberty in future studies)

When we are “in Christ Jesus” He will manifest Himself in and through us. It’s Christ alone who heals us!! It’s Christ alone who restores His image in us!! This is why there is no fear, anxiety, worry or burden abiding “in Christ Jesus”. It’s all about Jesus. We simply allow Him to do these things in and through us by The Holy Spirit. Romans 8:1-5, 11.


Courtesy Dr. Tim Jennings and ComeAndReason.com
Courtesy Dennis Smith and Holy Spirit Ministries.spiritbaptism.org

Great News About The Judgment! 9-S

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1. Jesus is my Lawyer. My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate (Lawyer) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.1John 2:1.
2. Jesus is my Judge. For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to The Son John 5:22.
3. Jesus is my assurance of Salvation. 1John 5:11-13 He who has the Son has life. I have “assurance” of salvation when I “trust” Jesus with my life, that’s it. John 3:16. Why not discover how God’s awesome love makes a real difference in your life.
4. How do I learn to trust Jesus? And this is eternal life, that they may know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3. I don’t have to worry about saving myself!
5. How do I get to know Jesus? Spend time with Jesus! Read God’s Word and pray. As I love I will know God. 1John 4:7-11, 20-21.
6. Great News:Jesus will save me! I don’t have to save myself!
7. Yes, I want to take more time , to really know & love Jesus

The last great work of the church before the end of time is to show a dying brutal world that God truly is love. My words could not adequately tell you about the difference God’s gentle awesome love will make in your life. The love of Jesus changes you. My heart is full of joy because of it! This is truly The Gospel proclaimed in Revelation 14!!

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God… for God is love. 1John 4:7-8.

Salvation Essentials-8

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Wishing for Spring!!

Because of our Eternal Salvation,it seems to me that an understanding of the following questions is essential!! What is your view? Please express your thoughts by leaving a comment. Do you agree with the questions? What is your belief about each question? Where do the 10 Commandments fit in? Thanks for leaving a post. Your views are helpful for a clear understanding of Salvation!!

Salvation Essentials

1. What does it mean to have faith in Jesus?

2. When can I have assurance of my Salvation?

3. Am I saved right now? Please explain your answer.

4. What does it mean to be in Christ?

5. How do I become in Christ?

6. How do I have a saving relationship with Jesus?

Our Only Hope Is “In Christ Jesus”-7

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But now “In Christ Jesus” you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13.
The mystery of The Gospel has now been revealed which is: “Christ in you” the Hope of Glory. Colossians 1:27

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together “with Christ” (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places “in Christ Jesus”, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us “in Christ Jesus”. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:4-9. Colossians 3:1-4.

First, at the very core of the Gospel presentation is God’s agape love, unconditional, self-emptying and everlasting. Jeremiah states: “The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying:

“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you”. Jeremiah 31:3.
This agape love is the very heart of The Gospel. Amazingly, God uses His creative power to draw us to His love. Romans 1:16-17, 20. Ephesians 2:1-6, Titus 3:3-5.

Secondly, still at the core of The Gospel, is the means of our salvation which is: “Christ in you” the hope of glory. The concept of “in Christ” is throughout all of Paul’s writings and is mentioned more than 160 times. Paul’s writing make up almost half of the New Testament and this exciting theology of “in Christ” is running through them all. We find the idea is expressed with slightly different wording such as “in Christ Jesus” or “in Him” or “by Him” or “through Him” or “in the Beloved” or “together with Him” “with Jesus” etc.

We have absolutely nothing as Christians except what we have received “in Christ Jesus”. Everything we enjoy, experience, and hope for as believers is ours “only in Christ”. “But of Him” “you are in Christ Jesus”, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD”.1Corinthians 1:30-31.It is all about Jesus and nothing we can do in the area of putting forth effort. I simply trust Jesus for His victory. Our only Hope is “in Christ Jesus” Alone!!

Jesus Himself first introduced the truth “in Christ Jesus”, when He told His followers,” Abide in Me” John 15:4. He further emphasized this truth by stating in verse 5: “Without Me you can do nothing”.

Abiding “in Christ” is the foundation of The Gospel experience. Abiding “in Him” is that persistent remaining right where we are “with Jesus” forever. In other words we choose to remain “with Jesus” trusting “in Him”. Abiding “in Christ” is trusting “in Jesus” with my life— completely. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You”. Isaiah 26:3. Our victory is attributed to God and God alone and nothing WE HAVE DONE OR WILL EVER DO. Christ is everything to the believer. Our victory is “in Him”. As long as I choose to remain “in Him” He will work out His victory inside me. Romans 8:3-4, 11.

What the New Testament means to be “in Christ”.

I. When Christ died, he died for all of humanity and all of humanity died with Him. Romans 4:23-25, Romans 5:15, 18. Paul uses the symbol of baptism to make his point. Colossians 2:12-13.

II. Likewise when Christ arose from the grave, all of humanity rose with Him. Hebrews 9:24-28. Hebrews 10:11-14. Romans 5:15-21.

III. Abiding “in Jesus”, is to remain on a continuous basis with Him. Because I remain “with Jesus” always, the Holy Spirit will then work out His victory inside me. Praise God!! John 15:4-11, Romans 8:3-4, 9-11. 2 Timothy 1:13-14, Colossians 1:26-27. “Christ in You” the Hope of Glory! Titus 3:3-8.

IV. When I am “in Christ” He transforms me into His image. 2 Corinthians 3:18. What does He transform? It’s my mind. Romans 12:1-2. The study of the mind, especially the hierarchy of the mind, will be pursued in future studies. It is “life changing” when we understand how God will make us just like Jesus and ready for His soon appearing. 1 John 3:1-2.

V. The Great News of The Gospel is a truth that applies to all humanity, but ONLY those who believe will actually be saved. John 3:16-21, 34-36. Not a single person will be lost from Heaven because He or She is a sinner, but because of unbelief- willful, persistent, and ultimate rejection of the Truth as it is “in Christ Jesus” Ephesians 4:21, John 3:18, 36, John 16:8-9, Mark 16:15-16, Hebrews 2:3, Hebrews 3:19, 4:1-3.

VI. “In Christ,” Jesus wants us to sit down and enjoy what He has already done for us. We are not to try to work at attaining these blessings. Once we trust Jesus with our life, He freely gives us all things which are bestowed “through Christ” and His Cross. We are forgiven by Trusting Jesus. We are made righteous by Trusting Jesus, we have eternal life by Trusting Jesus, and we are victorious over temptation and sin by Trusting Jesus. We are fully dependent on Jesus and not on our own efforts to obtain Salvation. The victory is attributed to God alone; not attributed to anything we have done or ever will do!! We simply Trust Jesus with our life and that’s it!!! 1Corinthains 1:30-31, 2:2. 1Thessalonians 5:23-24.

VII. The conclusion is simple: Being “in Christ” is everything for the Christian. When we learn to simply Trust Jesus with our life, we will gladly choose to allow Jesus to have complete control, period. Through The Holy Spirit, He will then come and abide “inside us” giving us His complete victory. He alone will transform us into His image. He alone will make us just like Jesus. He alone will work out His victory inside us. Truly then, we are “in Jesus”. It is far more difficult to be lost than to be saved!! John 3: 16-17,2Corinthians 3:18, 1John 3:2, 1John 5:11-13. Praise God for His indescribable Gift for all who trust Jesus with their life. Our effort is to choose to abide “in Jesus” and know Him. John 15:4-7, 19-17. John 17:3.

The wonderful good news of The Gospel is that just as all are condemned to death by one man Adam, so God has redeemed all in one man Jesus Christ. In reality, Jesus became us, and we became one “in Him”. How awesome is that? John 17: 20-26.

So, by His perfect life, which met the positive demands of the law, and His sacrificial death, which met the justice of the law, Christ re-wrote our human history. And in His resurrection, He changed humanity’s status from one of “condemnation” to one of “peace with God”. This is what constitutes the extravagant Good News of The Gospel!! 1Corinthians 1:30-31, Ephesians 1:3-6; 2:5, 6.

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift to every human being! 2 Corinthians 9:15. Praise God for the Never Failing Love of Jesus!!

The good news of The Gospel of Christ is a truth that applies to all humanity, but, only those who believe will actually be saved. The saved are those who trust Jesus with their lives!! The saved are those who know Jesus intimately. The saved know Jesus by experience. The saved love God with all their heart’s and loves others like themselves. Romans 3:26. This is the truth Jesus wants to live out in your life!

When we are “in Christ Jesus” He will manifest Himself in and through us. This is why there is no fear, anxiety, worry or burden abiding “in Christ Jesus”. It’s all about Jesus. We simply allow Him to do these things in and through us!

Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.Hebrews 2:17

Sources:
Courtesy Dr. Tim Jennings and ComeAndReason.com
Courtesy Dennis Smith and Holy Spirit Ministries. spiritbaptism.org

PASS THE BISCUITS

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When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every
now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made
breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago,
my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely burned biscuits in
front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all
my dad did was reach for his Biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my
day was at school.

I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember hearing my
mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I’ll never forget
what he said: “Honey, I love burned biscuits.”
Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he
really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said,
“Your momma put in a long hard day at work today and she’s real tired.
And besides… a burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!”

You know, life is full of imperfect things… and imperfect people. I’m
not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries
just like everyone else.

What I’ve learned over the years is that
learning to accept each others faults and choosing to celebrate each
others differences, is one of the most important keys to creating a
healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

So…please pass me a biscuit. And yes, the burned one will do just fine!

4.But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,…7.that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8.For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that

7. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9.In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 1John 4:7-9.

WOW!! 1John 4:8 plainly states that we know God by loving, for God in fact is love!!!
I truly want to fall deeply in love with Jesus so I can be kind and more loving to others! This is The Gospel of Jesus in action!!

How about you?

Jesus – Only Jesus!!

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“I am convinced that there is nothing more important in life than Jesus. Seeking and finding Him is the most important thing. He is indeed the pearl of great price”!
Lloyd Grolimund
Senior Pastor
Wahroonga Seventh-day Adventist Church
Sydney
Australia

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD Jeremiah 29:11-14


Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Shabbat Shalom!!

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Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them.

Hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.’ Ezekiel 20:12,20.

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3.

Shabbat Shalom To All

Your Sins Shall Be White As Snow!!

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This is not suppose to happen in Texas!! But here it is. These Pics are from my Texas yard!!
This beautiful very white snow reminded me what Jesus will do for us if we only ask Him!!

Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the LORD,

“ Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18.

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9.

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17.

Praise God for His wonderful love!! He want to live out His life of sweet victory inside us!!

To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27

God’s blessings on all!!!!











For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 8:12.