The Sufficiency of Christ

2 Corinthians 3:5 – Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.

We can rejoice and be exceedingly joyful!

2 Corinthians 7:4 – Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you; I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Praise God for the manifold blessings that are ours in Jesus Christ!

Ephesians 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly things in Christ.

2 Peter 1:3-4 – According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,

God supplies all our needs!

Philippians 4:19 – But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Psalm 50:14-15 – Sacrifice praise unto God and pay thy vows unto the most High and call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

He’s working ALL things for good!

Job 42:10, 12, 17 – And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning…
So Job died, being old and full of days.

Romans 8:28-29 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose… to be conformed to the image of his Son.

Luke 12:31-32 – But rather seek ye the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

We (saints) are complete in Christ!

Colossians 2:10 – …and ye are complete in him…
Hebrews 13:20-21 – Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Heb 13:21  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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God as All in All

   
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As a lost person I thought primarily only of myself… and I gloried in myself!   Ephesians 5:29 – For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it
When God redeemed me I thought mainly of my personal salvation … and I gloried in God’s love for me!   Galatians 2:20 – am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Then I studied more Scripture and learned of the body of Christ … and I gloried in God’s love for the saints!   Revelation 21:2 – And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Then I studied more and learned about the lost and witnessing … and I gloried in God’s love for the lost!   2 Corinthians 5:19 – Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Then I studied more and learned about my brethren giving their lives for the gospel … and I gloried in God’s love in the saints for the lost!   Acts 1:8 – But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Then I studied more and learned prophecy of the end of the age … and I gloried in God’s sovereignty!   Matthew 24
Then I studied more and learned about the “lost 10 tribes” and saw in history their prophetic fulfillment even though today … and I gloried in God’s promises to Abraham roughly 4500 years ago!   Isaiah 55:5 – Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. Exodus 48:19
Then I studied more and learned about the jubile and how God wants us to experience a personal jubile … and I gloried in God’s ways of reconciliation, restitution, and forgiveness!   Jeremiah 34:8-10 – This is the word that came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, after that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them…
Then I studied more and learned about the creation jubile from Genesis 9:8-17 to Revelation 4:7-8 resulting in God being all in all… and I gloried in God Himself!   1 Corinthians 15:28 – And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
     
     
     
Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.    
Jeremiah 9:23-24    

Karma Proves God’s Existence

Subtitle: If religion is a crutch then karma is an excuse for the conscience

I’ve heard people refer to karma frequently as of late. The world’s definition of karma is – “action, work or deed. It also refers to the principle of causality where the intent of an individual action influences the future of that individual.”

Hmm, let’s think that through. If I commit a good act to my neighbor, Richard, what or who causes that to come back to me as goodness in any other form? If there is no God and we evolved from nothing then there’s nothing coordinating or controlling my good action to have it come back to me.

Outside of Richard simply returning the favor, how could impersonal evolution control/create/etc. anything return good to me? It can’t- by definition.

Few people fight against the idea of karma since it seems like a just concept; since they innately know the idea is good and desirable they mostly accept it.

So the world’s definition of karma is self-contradictory and nonsense (meaning it makes no sense).

Instead, let us reason together (Is 1:18) and think a little further. The idea implies and requires an intelligent, powerful, all-knowing, and perfectly judicial being (not simply a force as it has no consciousness since it has no mind) since knowledge of the original act is required, plus all-knowing to determine the best way to return the act, plus power to actually bring about the reciprocating act, and finally perfect moral character in order to return the perfect amount and effect of the reciprocating act in exact proportions.

Since evolution does not qualify let us look around the universe to see if perhaps something else does qualify…

What or who else is intelligent, powerful, all-knowing, and perfectly judicial?… Why, the Bible tells us that God is! And God’s definition of karma is, “for whatever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” – Gal 6:7.

Everyone innately agrees with this concept because their God-given conscience bears witness that this is true.

Therefore, the concept of “karma” proves God’s existence because your conscience bares witness of God and judges you as to whether you’re good enough to get to heaven or not (Ro 2:15).

The ultimate finality of God’s divine law of “reaping what you sow” (aka, “karma”) will be consummated at the end of the age when every knee shall bow and declare that, “Jesus is Lord” through the Great White Throne judgment (Rev 20:11-15) where God will mete out His divine judgment based on your works.

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Whose Words?

  1. What’s in a word?
  2. Do words matter?
  3. When a believer teaches whose words should he use?
  4. Can he use his own?
  5. What happens if he uses his own in place’s of God’s?
  6. Do man’s words supplement God’s or do they take away from God’s?
  7. Do man’s words have power or only God’s?

Let’s study (2 Tim 2:15) Scripture and rightly divide (2 Tim 2:15) what God would have us know (Col 1:9-10) and live by faith (Ro 1:17)!

  1. First off, let’s look to some fundamentals regarding words.

God’s words are not our words and His thoughts are not our thoughts – Is 55:9-11 –

God’s words are complete, holy, perfect, plain and simple, and are settled in heaven forever:

Deu 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Deu 28:14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Pro 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Pro 30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Isa 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Isa 28:9-10 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

Mat 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

Mat 22:33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.

Mar 1:22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.

Mar 11:18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.

Only today are constantly trying to destroy those who speak God’s words.

Luk 4:32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.

Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Only God’s words have power. We hear of someone giving a ‘powerful sermon’, or ‘his words moved me’ – I hoped he was quoting God’s words and not his own!

Joh 7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

Joh 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

Mat 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

Joh 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Mar 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

Act 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

Act 6:7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.

Act 12:24 But the word of God grew and multiplied.

Act 13:5 And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.

Act 13:5 And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.

Act 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

Act 17:13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.

Act 18:11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

Act 19:20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Joh 4:41 And many more believed because of his own word;

Joh 4:42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

1Co 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

1Co 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

1Co 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

1Co 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

1Co 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

1Co 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

1Co 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

1Pe 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Rom 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

1Ti 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

1Ti 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

1Ti 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

1Th 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

Heb 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

1Jn 2:14b …and the word of God abideth in you…

Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone,

but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Pro 4:2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

Sinner or Saint? Or Both?

Is a Christian a sinner or saint? Or both? Are we saints who occasionally sin? Or sinners who occasionally act saintly?

Let’s find out from Scripture. First we’ll look at verses that describe the sinner. Then we’ll look at verses that describe the saint. Then we’ll look at verses that have a time element to them. Then we’ll look at verses that mention both. Lastly, we’ll look at verses that talk about acts of sin and how to rectify/understand them as Christians.

Sinner occurs 69 times in Scripture; saint 98 times- 36 times in the Old Testament (I won’t list all the verse; just a significant number)

Verses that describe the sinner:

1Sa_15:18 And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.

Psa_37:28 For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

Psa_97:10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

Psa_104:35 Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.

Isa_1:28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.

Isa_13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

-sinners will be utterly destroyed; the will be consumed out of the earth; they forsake God and will be consumed; and in the Day of the Lord will be eternally destroyed.

-Does God hear your prayers? Then you’re not a sinner since God cannot hear the prayer of sinners.

Heb_7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

-Jesus is separate from sinners- are you separate from Jesus?? Or is Christ in you; are you part of His body; and He’ll never leave you or forsake you?

Do any of these attributes/events/destinations apply to a saint?

**Therefore a saint cannot possess any of these attributes/events/results- only sinners can.

Verses that describe the saint:

Deu_33:3 Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words.

2Ch_6:41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.

Psa_116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

Rom_1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1Co_1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

1Co_14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

2Co_1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:

Eph_1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

Eph_4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Php_1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

Php_4:21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus.

Col_1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1Th_3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

Phm_1:5 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints

Rev_5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

Rev_19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Do any of these saintly attributes/events/destinations apply to sinners?

**Therefore a sinner cannot possess any of these attributes/events/results- only saints can.

Verses that have a time element:

Psa_51:13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

Rom_5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Eph 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

1Jn 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. –this is the saint who does not sin.

-therefore when a sinner is converted he becomes a saint; Christ died for us when we were sinners, after which we become saints.

**Therefore in the lives of people they go from being a sinner to being a saint. There’s a time-line involved that defines what and who a person becomes/is before and after salvation.

Verses that mention both:

1Sa_2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

Psa_1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

-thus the righteous don’t stand in the way of sinners.

Pro_13:6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

-thus God’s attribute of righteousness in the saint keeps him; while the sinner is overthrown by wickedness.

Pro_13:21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.

-thus evil pursues sinners; the saint will be repaid.

Ecc_2:26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail

-thus God gives wisdom to saints; and travail to sinners.

Ecc_8:12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:

-thus sinners evil multiples while it will be well with saints.

Mat_9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Mar_2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Luk_5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

-thus Jesus only calls sinners (of who everyone is initially) to repentance to be saved; once they’re saved they’re saints and are righteous and no longer need repentance.

Luk_6:33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.

-thus saints’ behavior is contrasted with sinners.

Luk_15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

-thus the sinner is contrasted with saints who are now just and need no repentance for they have repented unto salvation.

Joh_9:31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

-Paul recognized our 2 natures.

1Pe_4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

2Pe_2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

-this is the sinner who sins -saints are not of the devil

1Jn 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

…but this is the saint who does not sin. Sinners are not born of God.

**Therefore there’s a difference between the sinner and the saint. There’s contradictory states, identity, judgments, treaments/blessings, and final eternity.

**Therefore a sinner cannot be free from, or have victory over, sin; while the saint is freed from the bondage and wrath of sin.

Conclusions:

If you are a sinner you will be consumed out of the earth (meaning hell).

If you’re a sinner then you’re not righteous, just, good, redeemed, or justified in God’s eyes.

If you’re a sinner Paul’s epistles are not written to you since they are addressed to the saints.

Try substituting the word saint for sinner (or vice-versa) in any verse and see if it’s truth- impossible!

You’re either wicked, condemned, have God’s wrath abiding on you, headed for destruction (hell); or you are righteous, redeemed, saved by Jesus from God’s wrath, and headed for heaven! You can’t be both.

If you’re a sinner you’re not a saint.

If you’re a saint you’re not a sinner! So rejoice evermore!!!

1 Th 5:16 Rejoice evermore.

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Addendum A

This a little bit more in-depth of how then God commands a saint to respond to temptations and so he understands ‘who’ sins.

Verses that mention acts of sin and how we are to respond/understand them:

Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

-Paul knows that his crucified sin nature sins; not his new creature in Christ new nature.

Rom 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

-Again, Paul knows it’s not his new nature that sins but his old nature.

Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

-Paul notes his new nature; his re-born, regenerated, saint identity.

Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

-Paul contrasts the two natures.

Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

-Paul concludes that he is wrteched in this state… but! God did not leave us wretched He provided for this at the cross; our answer lies in the previous chapter, Ro 6:1-22:

Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

-Paul knows he is free from sin because his old sin nature was crucified on the cross and his new nature is free from sin.

Rom 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

-God tells us to reckon, or realize/know/apprehend/understand/walk by faith that the old man is dead and has no power, therefore we have victory over all temptation and sin.

The Fear of the Lord

I.) This phrase occurs 30 times in Scripture and ‘fear God’ 101 times. The first occurrence is found in 1 Samuel:

1 Sam 11:7  And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen. And the fear of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out with one consent.

The Fear of the Lord is both a necessary and desirable thing.

If it wasn’t necessary then we wouldn’t have a holy, perfect, and righteous God whose thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways not our ways. We’d have a false, pagan god of our imagination, which is what ever lost person has – they have no real fear because they have no real god.

If it wasn’t a desirable thing we wouldn’t have a glorious God worthy to be worshiped.

I think of the times when men are most fearful. And it is when confronted with the only holy and just God:

Moses – Exo 3:6  Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

Isaiah – Isa 6:5  Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

Peter – Luk 5:8  When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

Paul – Act 9:6  And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

John – Rev 1:17  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

And wouldn’t you be fearful in their shoes? Remember your most fearful time? I remember mine – when reading the Gospel of John in my living room alone after the Holy Spirit brought conviction of sin and I realized I was going to hell.

What could my reaction be other than fear? I found out for the first time that I had transgressed God’s Ten Commandments innumerable times and that the wages of sin is death, and I was headed for hell.

And that was good, for by the fear of the Lord men depart from iniquity!  Pr 16:6.

Fear brings warning and seriousness. And that’s what the Holy Spirit does through our conscience when the Law does its work. Conviction falls, our will is broken, our hearts are contrite, and we are humbled from our proud state, from which God can gives grace, mercy, and forgiveness (James 4:6).

We then cry out, “What must I do to be saved?!” (Acts 4:12, 16:30)

Other mentions of the fear of the Lord include:
Mat 10:28  An fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Heb 10:31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

2Co 5:11  Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…

Other things the fear of the Lord accomplishes are…

It enables us to depart from evil:
Job 28:28  And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

It gives us wisdom:
Pr 1:7, 1:29, Psa 111:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever

It teaches us what to hate:
Pro 8:13  The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

II.) But what about after we are saved? As saints there is now no more condemnation, wrath, guilt, or judgment. Are you still fearful? What kind of fear it is? What situation(s) bring it on?

We see an interesting thing where fear becomes our ally:
Act 9:31  Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

Hmm, how can that be? How can fear not be fearful anymore??

Because of the truth of God Himself! Given to us in His Word!

Because he has forgiven us:

Psa 103:3  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Because we know there is now no more condemnation, wrath, guilt, or judgment:

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

1Th 1:10  And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Heb 10:22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Because He has already perfected every saint:
Heb 10:14  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Because He is merciful and gracious towards us saints:
Psa 103:8  The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

Because He has not remembered our iniquity:
Psa 103:12  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

He has not rewarded us according to our iniquity:
Psa 103:10  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

He knows our frame; that we are frail:
Psa 103:14  For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

He pities us because of it:
Psa 103:13  Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

His mercy is everlasting:
Psa 103:17  But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;

Therefore we can rightly take rest in our God:
Psa 103:4  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Moreover, we now do not fear man!
Heb 13:6  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

It helps our witness:
1Pe 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

God’s love in us drives out all fear!
2Ti 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

III.) How does God help us not have fear after we’re saved?

88 times in Scripture God commands us to ‘fear not’/’be not afraid’!

Fear comes from the flesh, which is imaginations, so we know that whenever we fear, it is from the falsehoods from the flesh:

Psa 53:5  There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.

 2Co 10:3-5  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 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;

 2Ti 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 1Jn 4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

My personal favorite is:
Joh 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Joh 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

Therefore, we can bless Him from the bottom of our soul!

Psa 103:22  Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

Praise God!

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Welcome to my new blog on WordPress.com. I am excited to share with you the gospel of Jesus Christ and the glories of being a Christian!

Since God redeemed me in October of 1994 I have been overjoyed! So much so that I love sharing about my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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In Him, rejoicing all the way,

Bob

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