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Love Is The Opposite of Control and Dependency-2a

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We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, 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. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

Celebrate  by asking Jesus to come into your heart this very moment!

Today is the day of Salvation!  1John 5:11-13

Jesus will make you just like Him.

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.  1John 3:2, 2 Corinthians 3:18.

And what is Jesus like?

Jesus  is Steadfast unfailing Love, a Love that will hold you together and never forsake you!!

When I thought, “My foot slips,”
your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. Psalms 94:18

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. 1John 4:7-8

The facts are that everyone will know that we are disciples of Jesus by the way we love one another!

By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”John 13:35

His love is The Gospel! That unfailing Love will draw me to Him and Save me!   John 12:32,  Romans 1:16-17.

 

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, 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. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

 When I thought, “My foot slips,”
   your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. 

Psalms 94:18 

  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Colossians 1:17  

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;

  2 Corinthians 5:14

When healthy love does not successfully emerge and instead selfishness dominates, dependency is frequently the result.

Love is doing what is good regardless of how one feels. Love is doing what is in the best interest of another and giving of oneself for another. Love is selfless. When we love, we live. When we stop loving, we die. Of course it is the infection of selfishness that is the complete opposite of true love.

Unfortunately all nature is infected with the virus of selfishness. This includes each one of us!! Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23.

Selfishness is the principle of taking, while love is the principle of giving.

And Love Is Other Centered!!  Philippians 2:1-4, 1John 4:8, John 3:16, 1Corinthians 13:5. Matthew 5:43-48, Philippians 2:5-8,12-13.

 

Love heals, while dependency destroys.

Love liberates, while dependency always seeks to control.

Love gives, while dependency constantly takes.

Love is fearless, while dependency is fear-ridden.

Love is interested in another, while dependency focuses on self.

Love is stable, while dependency wavers.

Love is orderly and reliable, while dependency is chaotic and unreliable.

Love is based on principle, while dependency is based on feelings.

Love is consistent, while dependency is inconsistent.

Love is honest and truthful, while dependency is dishonest and deceitful.

Love is patient, while dependency is impulsive.

Love is kind, while dependency is cruel.

Love is forgiving, while dependency is resentful.

Love protects, while dependency exploits.

Love sacrifices self, while dependency sacrifices others.

Love never ends, while dependency never lasts.

Love never fails, while dependency never succeeds.

“Courtesy Dr. Tim Jennings and ComeAndReason.com”

 

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, 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. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13, 1John 3:2, John 17:3

 

The Very Basis Of The Gospel Is To Know That God Is Love!

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The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power— including death.   Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

The last rays of merciful light, the last message of mercy to be given to the world, is a revelation of His character of love. The children of God are to manifest His glory. In their own life and character they are to reveal what the grace of God has done for them.  EGW COL 415

 

 

 

 

The Very Basis Of The Gospel Is To Know That God Is Love!

Knowing and Trusting In God’s Steadfast Love is the very basis of Salvation.  “For God so loved”—that He Gave. John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 13:5

“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.

            The Power Of God’s Love! Rom 8:37-39

 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the Day of Judgment, because in this world we are like him.  There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.     1 John 4:13-21, John 5:24

 

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son…   John 3:16-17

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died.   2 Corinthians 5:14

When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up.          Psalm 94:18

But all of us who are Christians have no veils on our faces, but reflect like mirrors the glory of the Lord. We are transfigured by the Spirit of the Lord in ever-increasing splendour into His own image.   2 Corinthians 3:18

God Loves You Just Like He Loves His Son Jesus!

The one thing above all others that Christ is desirous that we should know is that The Father has loved us even as He loved Him!

I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. John 17:23,26

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, 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. Salvation is Now!!   1  John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

The Extravagant Love of Christ

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The last rays of light that will fall on this darkened earth just before the end comes will be a revelation of God’s character of love. This is Bible teaching:

 

That last “revelation” will obviously be the same as the light of that “another angel” who comes down from heaven having great power. The “earth is lightened with his glory” (Rev. 18:1, 2). It’s not legalism gone wild, nor soft-soap emotionalism; it’s love (agape).

 

That “glory” in turn will obviously be the same as the message Jesus describes in John 12:32, 33: “‘I, if I am lifted up, will draw all to Myself.’ This He said, signifying by what death He should die.” That “love” which will “reveal the character of God” must be the same love that “holds together,” “controls” and “compels,” or motivates the ones who believe in Jesus. They are moved henceforth to live only for Him, “no longer for themselves” (2 Cor. 5:14, 15. There is tremendous power locked away in that “love” known as agape. Jesus longs to put His character in every believer! John 3:16

 

Again, that revelation of love in the last days must be what Paul meant when he said that he “determined not to know anything among [the Corinthians] except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). That was not extremism; it was only a “reasonable service” that Paul saw as appropriate to the extravagant love Christ had shown for him  ( Rom. 12:1). It was agape, not ordinary human love. Paul saw what we have not yet seen clearly.

 

In these last days when sin and selfishness will become so rampant, the Lord Jesus will be honored by those who “follow the Lamb [the crucified, risen Christ] wherever He goes. … They are without fault before the throne of God” (cf, Rev, 14:1-5). Whoever they are, there WILL be such a people who will glorify Christ! We might eventually be surprised who will end up in that group; let’s walk humbly before Him.

God has done this to demonstrate his righteousness both by the wiping out of the sins of the past and by showing in the present time that he is a just God and that He justifies everyone who has faith in Jesus Christ.  Romans 3:26 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

Jesus longs for you to come to Him so He can change you into His image and likeness thus  ready for Heaven!! 2 Corinthians 3:18, 2Corinthians 5:14-15,17,20, 1John 3:2

 

Issues In The Final Crisis- Comprehending God’s Everlasting Love-2

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The Apostle Paul challenges us to Comprehend God’s Unfailing Love Ephesians 3:18!

 

I pray that this Bible Study will guide you into a rich comprehension of God and His Love for you!! Jeremiah 31:3, Psalm 86:5,13,15

 

When the Everlasting Gospel is proclaimed to the entire world then the end will come and we will see Jesus!! Matthew 24:14, Revelation 22:4.

 

The everlasting Gospel is the creative power of God’s love to save every one of us!! Romans 1:16-17,20. Psalm 33: 6-9, 2Peter 3:9.

 

Think About It:

What is your view of God? What is your picture of Him?

1John 4:7-11,16

 

All of Jesus’ life was a demonstration of His love and a revelation of the character of God, His loving Father; that Father, full of love and compassion, is also our Father!    1John 4:8,16. All that Jesus did and still does for us flows through His Everlasting Love!!  Jeremiah 31:3, after all God Is Love!!

Think About It:

The one thing above all others that Christ is desirous that we should know is that the Father has loved us even as He loves His Son Jesus! John 17:20-26.

 

 

Revelation 14:6-7. The final message to this world is full of hope and is absolutely astounding: That message is one of atonement/reconciliation 2Corinthains 5:18-20.

In the final crisis the central issue is worship! Who has my loyalties?

 

Think about it!

 

What is the significance of the word “consist” in Colossians 1:17 and the word “compels” NKJV “constrains” KJV in 2Corinthians 5:14?

 

God Is Love! 1John 4:8,16! It’s God’s love that holds us together! What does that mean to you?

 

Once again, the one thing above all others that Christ is desirous that we should know is that the Father has loved us even as He loves His Son Jesus! John 17:20-26.

Think About It!

GOD’S LOVE IS ALWAYS OTHER CENTERED!!

1. God’s Love is Universal and other centered. He loves His entire Creation. John 3:16, 1Corinthains 13:5.

2. God’s Love is Personal. God knows me and desires an intimate relationship with me. He desires to save me so He can be with me! Thank God I don’t have to save myself!! Matthew 1:21, Jeremiah 31:3, Isaiah 49:14-16.

3. God’s Love is Pursuing. He actually allures us! Hosea 2:14-16,19-23, Ezekiel 16:1-14.

4. God’s Love is Changeless and Everlasting.  Jeremiah 31:3, God’s Love never changes, Malachi 3:6, Psalm 40:11.

5. God’s Love is non-condemning. John 3:16-17. God is greater than our heart  1John 3:20,4:4. Praise God that He knows everything about me and still loves me! In fact He loves deeply enough to die for me! His desire is to reconcile us and make us like Him. Reconciliation is the process that God uses to reestablish broken relationships. Reconciliation is to exchange hostility for a friendly relationship. We are not active in this process. This is the work of God alone in our behalf. That’s why it’s said we receive the reconciliation. Romans 5:11, 2Corinthains 5:14-21, 1John 3:2. Our part is to simply accept God’s free gift of reconciliation!! John 3:16, Romans 10:9.

6. God’s Love is Selfless. His mission: Save all of mankind. It’s like God said “I can’t live with out them so I will die for them”!! Luke 23:36,39. He loved us so much that He died for us while we were still sinners. Amazing! Romans 5:6-11, 1John 4:10,John 15:16

7. God’s Love Holds me Together and Sustains me! Colossians 1:17, 2Corinthians 5:14. Word Meaning: To consist and to compel is to hold together, to sustain, to urge on, to manage, direct, to control, and to guide.

It’s God’s unfailing love that holds us together and gives us His victory. John 16:33, Romans 8:3-4, Psalm 94:18.

Our part is to overcome (Revelation 2:7 etc) which simply means we will never let go of our hold on Jesus, even in the face of death. Jesus is saving us right now! Genesis 32:24-30, Jeremiah 30:5-7 (Jacob’s Trouble), Daniel 12:1, Matthew 24:21, Revelation 13:15,

8. When can I have assurance then of my Salvation?                             We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our life, and never let go of Him, 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 our future or ourselves. “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 alone! Hosea 6:1-3.

Here is really great news!! When it becomes the habit of the soul to converse with God, the power of the evil one is broken, for Satan cannot abide near the soul that draws nigh unto God. John 17:3

 

 GOD IS ALWAYS  STEADFAST LOVE—ALL THE TIME!!!    Psalms 94:18, John 3:16, 1John 4:8

Salvation Is By Faith Alone In Jesus—That’s It!!!

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We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, 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. Salvation is Now!!    1 John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

 

It is all Christ and nothing that we “do” in the area of putting forth effort.  We simply believe what God says. Praise God we don’t have to save ourselves.

She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.  Matthew 1:21, Luke 2:11, John 3:16,  Romans 10:9

 

 

Trusting In Jesus: John 11:26: You Never Die, Hebrews 4:3,10-12                         But You Must Continue Trusting In Jesus!

 

 It’s All About My Relationship!!  Am I Trusting In Jesus? John 17:3

 

The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power— Including death!!      Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

Sin Is Not Trusting In Jesus

Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.  And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me.  John 16:7-9

There Is Reason For Encouragement!!

  1. Romans 1:16-17,20
  2. Colossians 1:26-27,Philippians 2:12-13
  3. Matthew 24:14, Revelation 14:6
  4. Romans 3:21-22,Ephesians 2:8-9,Philippians 2:12-13
  5. John 3:16-17,Acts16: 30-31,Romans 10:9 ,Romans 5:1-5,6-8,9-11,20-21
  6. John 15:5,9-17,John 17:2,23
  7. 1John 2:28
  8. 1Corinthians 1:18,21-25,29-30, 1Corinthians2:2,9,16
  9. Romans 5:1-14,Romans 5:15-19 Romans 5:20-21

 

Full Assurance By Faith In Jesus Alone!!

 

  1. Hebrews 4:14-16
  2. Hebrews 9:11-15,27-28
  3. Hebrews 10:4,10,11-20,22-25
  4. Hebrews 1:9,Hebrews 10:34-39

For we continue to share in all that Christ has for us so long as we steadily maintain until the end the trust with which we began.  Hebrews 3:14 Phillips

Understanding John 3:16

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Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to him belong,
They are weak but he is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

What a great song. You have probably sung this song all of your life. Your affection for Jesus Loves Me, may have started as early as infancy when your mother rocked you to sleep. For many, the melody and the words are familiar, but the deep truths of the song have alluded them.

Before reading on, stop and let this phrase flood your soul: Jesus loves me, and Jesus loves you. He loves you with all of your struggles, and issues. He has loved you through the issues and trials, the failures, and the grief. He waits patiently for you to come to him, because He truly loves you.

John 3:16 is the best known verse in the world and like the song, familiarity with the words often mean that its truth can be overlooked:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

Read it again: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God loves you enough to give his Son for you.

What would it mean for you if you believed this enough to live like someone who is loved by God? And what would living like you are loved look like? How would this reality affect the way you pray?

Study material on John 3:16 excerpted with permission from the NIV Mom’s Devotional Bible (Zondervan, 2013).

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Let’s look at the context of John 3:16

Jesus’s conversation with the pharisee Nicodemus – the most famous conversation in the Bible.

John has more to say to us here than to describe God’s love and the matter of our conversion [in John 3:1-21]. The conversation with Nicodemus is a model conversation, a paradigm if you will, of Jesus bringing the light of God to one who is captive in darkness.

John has an interest in how Christ’s work extends to those in darkness even though he is “the light.” He speaks to Nicodemus at night. That is, Jesus must step into darkness itself in order to redeem those captive to it. This notion reminds me of Jesus’ saying in Mark 2:17: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have come to call not the righteous, but sinners.”

God is not demanding some moral or religious preparation from us that makes us interesting and acceptable to him. On the contrary, his mission is to enter the darkness and find us…

Of course when Jesus challenges Nicodemus that he must be “born again/from above” [3:3], he is making a fundamental statement about theological anthropology. That is, humanity is broken beyond all repair. God’s work in the world is not a question of fixing the part, but rebuilding the whole. It is described comprehensively as nothing short of another birth… As Augustine once taught, the problem with humanity is not that we sin, but that we are in a state of sin that needs a comprehensive solution. Nicodemus, then, and everyone in Jerusalem (2:23)—as well as everyone in the world (2:25)—lives with this infirmity…

The transformation offered to Nicodemus also opens the question of the nature of true religion. That is, religion is not necessarily a matter of personal knowledge or ethical behavior. Nor is it fidelity to religious traditions, no matter how virtuously they evoke higher ethical, religious behavior among us. Jesus is claiming that true spirituality is not discovering some latent capacity within the human soul and fanning it to flame. It is not uncovering a moral consciousness that is hidden by sedimentary layers of civilization’s corruptions. Nor is it inspiring aesthetic qualities that promote society in its finest form. It is not a “horizontal” experience that takes up the materials available around us in the world.

Rather, Jesus claims, true religion is “vertical.” It has to do not with the human spirit, but with God’s Spirit. It is a foreign invasion, sabotage of the first order. True religion unites humanity with God’s powerful Spirit, who overwhelms, transforms, and converts (in the full meaning of the word) its subject. Our role in this transformation is belief (3:16, 18), and yet it is a belief that is aided by God’s work within us since we live in the darkness and have our spiritual capacities handicapped by sin…

Will we step out of the darkness, out of the world, out of death, and place our [trust] on the truth of what Jesus says and who he is?

Study material on John 3:16 excerpted with permission from the NIV Application Commentary: John by Gary Burge (Zondervan, 2009)

Treasures From The Vine—God’s Perfect Work In Us!

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Religion is meant to be in everyday life a thing of unspeakable joy.

And why do so many complain that it is not so?  Because they do not

believe that there is no joy like the joy of abiding in Christ and in His love,

and being branches through whom He can pour out His love on a dying world.

-Andrew Murray, The True Vine

 

And every branch that bears fruit, he purges it,

that it may bring forth more fruit. – John 15:2

More fruit. – The Word comes with divine authority to search and test our life.  The true disciple will heartily surrender himself to its holy light and will earnestly ask that God Himself may show what may be lacking in the measure or the character of the fruit he bears.  Let us believe that the Word is meant to lead us on to a fuller experience of the Father’s purpose of love, of Christ’s fullness, and of the wonderful privilege of bearing much more fruit in the salvation of men.

More fruit. – The word is a most encouraging one.  Let us listen to it.  It is just to the branch that is bearing fruit that this message comes: more fruit.  God does not demand this as Pharaoh the taskmaster, or as Moses the lawgiver, without providing the means.  He comes as a Father, who gives what He asks and works what He commands.  He comes to us as the living branches of the living Vine and offers to work the more fruit in us, if we but yield ourselves into His hands.  Shall we not admit the claim, accept the offer, and look to Him to work it in us?

“That it may bring forth more fruit”: − Do let us believe that as the owner of a vine does everything to make the fruitage as rich and large as possible, the divine Husbandman will do all that is needed to make us bear more fruit.  All He asks is that we set our heart’s desire on it, entrust ourselves to His working and care, and joyfully look to Him to do His perfect work in us.  God has set His heart on more fruit; Christ waits to work it in us; let us joyfully look up to our divine Husbandman and our heavenly Vine, to ensure our bearing more fruit.

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Our Father which art in heaven, You are the heavenly Husbandman.  And Christ is the heavenly Vine.  And I am a heavenly branch, partaker of His heavenly life, to bear His heavenly fruit.  Father, let the power of His life so fill me that I may ever bear more fruit, to the glory of Your name.

 

 

 

Treasures From The Vine—More Fruit

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 San Francisco’s Famous Golden Gate Bridge

Religion is meant to be in everyday life a thing of unspeakable joy.

And why do so many complain that it is not so?  Because they do not

believe that there is no joy like the joy of abiding in Christ and in His love,

and being branches through whom He can pour out His love on a dying world.

-Andrew Murray, The True Vine

 

And every branch that bears fruit, he purges it,

that it may bring forth more fruit. – John 15:2

The thought of fruit is so prominent in the eye of Him who sees things as they are, and fruit is so truly the one thing God has set His heart upon, that our Lord, after having said that the branch that bears no fruit is taken away, at once adds: and where there is fruit, the one desire of the Husbandman is more fruit. As the gift of His grace, as the token of spiritual vigor, as the showing forth of the glory of God and of Christ, as the only way for satisfying the need of the world, God longs for and fits us for more fruit.

More fruit. – This is a very searching word.  As churches and individuals we are in danger of nothing so much as self-contentment.  The self-satisfied spirit of Laodicea – we are rich and increased in goods, and have need of nothing – may prevail where it is not suspected.  The divine warning – poor and wretched and miserable – finds little response just where it is most needed.

Let us not rest content with the thought that we are taking an equal share with others in the work that is being done, or that people are satisfied with our efforts in Christ’s service, or even that they point to us as examples.  Let our only desire be to know whether we are bearing all the fruit Christ is willing to give through us as living branches, in close and living union with Himself, and whether we are satisfying the loving heart of the great Husbandman, our Father in heaven, in His desire for more fruit.

 

 

Not “Our Job” To Point Out The Faults Of Others!

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It is not “our job” to point out the faults of others. However, too often, we feel it is ‘our duty” to do so. When God called us to be “fishers of men” He did not say “clean the fish!” Many who make it their job to point out the faults of others-will lose their own souls because they are so blinded by their own “self-righteousness.”

And by the way, The Bible Sabbath is a “Sign” that Jesus is changing us making us more like Jesus! Consider these Bible Verses: Exodus 31:13,17  Ezekiel 20:12,20Hebrews 4:4,10, 1John 3:1,2

Jesus said  “Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.  And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:1-3

 

Wow pretty straight talk don’t you think?

 

And consider this:  “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”. God’s love is always “Other Centered”!! If we allow Him inside us, He will make us just like Jesus!! 1John 3:1,2

 

I am so thankful Jesus  is focused on saving us rather than condemning us! In fact God does no judging at all but has left that task to His Son, Jesus, who wants to save all of us. John 5:22.

 

Jesus Alone Saves me- Period! There is nothing I can add to the equation. It’s all Jesus!

But when I think I have to save my self, an interesting set of events takes place.

 

It goes something like this: The effort to earn salvation by one’s own works inevitable leads men to pile up human exaction’s as a barrier against sin.  For, seeing that they fail to keep the law, they will devise rules and regulations of their own to force themselves to obey.  All this turns the mind away from God to self.  His love dies out of the heart, and with it perishes love for his fellow men.  A system of human invention, with its multitudinous exaction’s, will lead its advocates to judge all who come short of the prescribed human standard.  The atmosphere of selfish and narrow criticism stifles the noble and generous emotions, and causes men to become self-centered judges and petty spies.

 

“Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts.”                      1 Corinthians 4:5.  We cannot read the heart.  Ourselves faulty, we are not qualified to sit in judgment upon others.  Finite men can judge only from outward appearance.  To Him alone who knows the secret springs of action, and who deals tenderly and compassionately,  is it given to decide the case of every soul.

 

“Thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest; for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself, for thou that judgest doest the same things.”  Romans 2:1.  Thus those who condemn or criticize others,  proclaim themselves guilty, for they do the same things.  In condemning others, they are passing sentence upon themselves, and God declares that this sentence is just.  He accepts their own verdict against themselves.

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! Galatians 5:13-15

 

You are not able, of yourself, to bring your purposes and desires and inclinations into submission to the will of God; but is you are “willing to be made willing,” God will accomplish the work for you, even “casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:5.   Then you will “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:12, 13.

Praise God that He is the one who is changing us by His Holy Spirit!! 2Corinthians 3:18, 1Thessalonians 5:23,24

 

So then, First of all, Jesus is our Judge John 5:22. Secondly, Jesus represents us in the Judgment! In other words Jesus is our attorney! 1John 2:1 and Jesus wants to save all of us! Now what kind of a deal is that!!! All I can say is Praise God!! John 3:16-17, 2Peter 3:9.

Just Like Jesus! Does This Mean Sinless Perfection?

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Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. See 1 John 3:1-3. Matthew 5:48

Have you ever wondered who God is? God is love! 1 John 4:8, 16. God designed everything He created to operate in harmony with His law of Love which is His creation freely giving to others. In other words the very basis of God is Love! You can’t say that God has a characteristic that’s called love. He is in fact Love!! God’s Agape Love is defined as “Giving”! Period! This love does not seek its own good at all, but rather the good of others.1Corinthians 10:24 1Corinthians 13:5. Certainly The Law of Love can be seen in nature. Romans 1:19-20. But the most powerful demonstration of God’s love is the Cross of Jesus. For God so loved that “He gave for His entire creation”. See John 3:16.

Now then, who is man? We are all sinners who are selfish through and through to the very core. Jeremiah says our heart is “deceitful and desperately wicked and who can know it”? Jeremiah 17:9-10. I know that sounds awful but unfortunately it’s what Adam chose for all of us.  Romans 3:9-12, 23. Through the blood line of Adam, we all have inherited this virus called “selfishness”.  It’s natural for us to look out for number one instead of serving others. See Isaiah 14:12-15 .   In other words, Sinning is simply the natural thing to do, the easy thing to do! And that includes all of us!! Psalm 51:4-5.

So Sinner’s sin! Right? I wonder why we are so shocked, and ready to condemn, when we see sinner’s doing what they do best? Any ideas?

But praise God that through another man, Jesus Christ, all are made righteous. Romans 5:12-19. And thankfully, where sin abounds Grace abounds much more! Romans 5:20-21.

What does it mean to be just like Jesus?  1John 3:2. Does Jesus mean sinless perfection?

If God is defined as love, (1John 4:8,16) which He is, then it seems to me we must be like Him in love! We are to love as God loves!

Just how does God love? Matthew 5:43-48 has the answer.

First right out of the gate, Jesus is not talking about sinless perfection in verse 48. So just what is it that Jesus means? How do I become perfect?

Jesus says, in verses 43-45: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,that you may be sons of your Father in heaven;

Wow!! How simple is that!! You mean you are to Love those who hate you? Those Who use you, who persecute you and who curse you? And you will be perfect if you love like that? Exactly!!! Now that’s getting a little more difficult huh. Thankfully that’s how God Loves us!

It’s really easy to love all those who come to Church or Gospel Fellowship! Right? Not hard at all!! But Jesus says what virtue is that?

Sticking to the context of these verses we must agree that Jesus is saying  “when you love like me”, you are perfect or simply stated “MATURE”

In fact my good friend, The Apostle Paul, says that loving my neighbor fulfills all of the law!! Romans 13: 8-10, Galatians 5:13-14. Further, John argues that we know God through loving one another! 1 John 4:7-11.

Being just like Jesus then, (1John 3:2) is not complicated, as we often make it! It simply is loving like Jesus loves! Let me put it this way! I need to spend time with Jesus so He can teach me how to love just like Him! Jesus craves a relationship with you!  John 17:3,26.

Being perfect or mature is the process by which all those who, Trust Jesus with their lives,(Romans 3:26) will progressively become more and more loving! This is truly being “Just Like Jesus”!! This process is also known as Sanctification , becoming more and more loving ,which is becoming  more and more”like Jesus” and ready for His soon coming. It’s “in His Love” that Jesus makes us just like Him! Ephesians 1:4 It’s God’s Love that causes us to trust Him and walk the walk with Him! Ephesians 1:12-14, 2:4-10. Ephesians 5:2.

Here is how Dr Timothy Jenkins puts it:

“God’s Love Heals. Jesus desires to live inside us through The Holy Spirit, who daily will make me progressively more and more loving.  God’s plan is to take humanity, damaged by sin, born with natural inclinations toward self-seeking, infected with the law of selfishness, and restore in us His law of love and liberty.  The Lord does not want simply to put His law in the mind as an idea to be believed, but rather to re-create us in the fullness of His image as living conduits of His Love. His law of love will permeate our entire being and become the wellspring of all action.  He seeks to elevate us from our fallen state of selfishness with its slavery to fear, insecurity, and feelings, so that we will once again occupy our noble station in God’s order.  Removing the selfishness from our minds, He will restore in us the living law of love and liberty.  Then we will once again stand as intelligent, self-governed, self-sacrificing friends of God—as the living repositories of His great law of love and liberty”.

“Courtesy Dr. Tim Jennings and ComeAndReason.com”

But when do we reach sinless perfection?

Again quoting my friend The Apostle Paul with his simple answer: “In a moment of the twinkling of an eye at the last trumpet sound”. This is when Jesus appears for the second time! Facts are Jesus is about to come! 1Corinthians 15:51-54. So when this great cosmic event occurs “we shall all be changed” and never ever have to worry about sin again! Ever!! Nahum 1:9 Isaiah 11:9 Revelation  21:4 . Praise God!! And all of this is a free gift from Jesus to you and me!! Alleluia!!

So what are we waiting for? Now is the time for me to be more and  more loving and hence more just like Jesus!! Its a free gift too!! Ephesians 2:8-9

Its really great news that Jesus will save me if I simply allow Him to come inside me through the Holy Spirit and completely change me , making me just like Him!! My assurance of Salvation is “in Jesus”. 1 John 5:11-13.

In the end it’s all about Jesus!1Corinthians 1:29-31. He is my victory and everything to me! He patches up my broken relationship  (1Corinthians 5:17-21) with Him and makes me just like Jesus! 2 Corinthians 3:18. He will then live out His life inside me, through The Holy Spirit, (Romans 8:2-4, 9-11) making me more and more loving and ready to live forever and ever with Him! This is really great news!! This is The Gospel!!

Listen my friend why not let Jesus cleanse you, transform you, set your relationship with  right with Him, and fill you with His Holy Spirit. He will save you completely!  He will finish the good work in you which He has begun! Praise God! Philippians 1:6.

Now this very moment is the time to accept Salvation from Jesus! “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of Salvation” 2 Corinthians 6:2.

When Jesus comes, He will be looking for those who have trusted Him with their lives! Period!  Romans 3:26. Romans 1:16-17.

What must I do? Simply accept Jesus and trust Him with your life! Period!  Acts 16:30-31, Romans 10:9-10. He will even draw you to Himself and save you!! “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” John 12:32. John 6:40, 47.

So I ask again, What are you waiting for? Why not accept Jesus right now!! He longs for you to come to Him just like you are!!          Revelation 22:7,12,17,20

He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.
In God is my salvation and my glory;
The rock of my strength,
And my refuge, is in God. Psalm 62:6-7.

Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your unfailing love. Psalm 31:16 NIV.

Jesus is coming quickly!! Revelation 22:20-21.

Future blog discussions will include: 1. The concept of sin. What is sin? (John 16:8-9) How do you define sin? 2. What does it mean to overcome? What is your belief about overcoming? What does it mean to overcome as mentioned in Revelation 2:10-11, 3:21? 3.What does it mean to be transformed into the image of Jesus? What does Jesus transform in the process? 2Corthians 3:18.

Please leave your questions and join the discussion.

Thank you and may the Love and Peace of Jesus calm you in these troubled times!! Zephaniah 3:17. John 14:27.

Knowing and Trusting In God’s Steadfast Love Is The Very Basis Of Salvation

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For the love of Christ compels us…Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.    2 Corinthians 5:14,17

Jesus Just Wants To be Friends With You!!  John 15:14-15

 

 

Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the Everlasting Gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—

  Revelation 14:6, Matthew 24:14

 The Gospel Is Jesus!!

 “Knowing and Trusting In God’s Steadfast Love Is The Very Basis Of Salvation”!  How is this true?    

“For God so loved”  FirstHe GaveHe Forgave. John 3:16-17, 15:9,17, 17:20-26, 1 John 4:410,Romans 5:6-11, Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:12-17, Matthew 6:14-15, 5:43-48, Psalms 94:18, 1John 4:13-21,John 17:2-3,23, Romans 8:32,35-39

 The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power— including death.                                                          Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

The Heart Of The Gospel

Selfishness is at the very core of sin and in the end will destroy you! It is a virus that has infected all humanity! Romans 3:23,6:23, Matthew 25:41

 

Selfishness —Self-seeking—-displaced love, liberty, peace and life.                                                Romans 6:12,18-20, 1Corinthians 13:5

 

The result of self-seeking (Sin) is separation from God, absence of peace and a gross misjudgment of God’s character of Love.  Fear, guilt and separation control the sinner’s life. Romans 5:1-11 Justification means being “set right” or “put right.”

 

Sinners no longer trust God for their welfare. Fear causes self-seekers to take matters into their own hands—to trust in themselves. Thus the survival of the fittest emerges! 2 Timothy 3:1-5,4:10,Titus 3:3-8,Galatians 2:20

 

Removing the selfishness from our minds, Jesus will restore in us the living law of love and liberty.  Then we will once again stand as intelligent, self-governed, self-sacrificing friends of God—as the living repositories of His great law of love and liberty.                           John 17:14,15, 2Corinthians 3:18, 5:12-21.

 

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.        John 17:3

 

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, 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. Salvation is Now!!                    1John 5:11-13, 1 John 3:2, John 17:3

Jesus Is Looking For Friends!!

So it is—At the very heart of the Gospel is Jesus–Just Looking For Friends– Loving us and healing our broken relationship with His Steadfast Love–Love that is everlasting!!

Psalms 94:18    Jeremiah 31:3   Romans 3:26

 Jesus Just Wants To Be Your Friend!!

John 15:14-15

Will You Be His Friend?

Revelation 3:20


This is truly the Everlasting Gospel.   Revelation 14:6

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, 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. Salvation is Now!!   Psa 31:14,15,16,  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

Courtesy Come And Reason Ministries