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  1. Praise the LOrd, brother! Is it so good to read the truth of the Gospel of Grace. I am encouraged.
  2. Amen sister! Praise the Lord. I love the way you have said this.
  3. VEry most excellent! OK—so the second question. We that are ‘In Christ’ when the Father looks at us, He sees the Righteousness of Christ that has been imputed to us. You have described this. Now, can our own righteousness meet this metric? Even though we are born again?
  4. 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,
  5. I see Him in His Creation all around. But in those times when I have doubts enter in--I am always reminded of the miraculous things that He has done with me personally that simply cannot be explained any other way. It started with how He first revealed Himself to me....and then on. I assure you that He exists and is very real.
  6. Why did Christ have to die on the cross? There is much that can be said, but at its most basic foundation, He paid a debt. For us. A debt owed to God for sin. That debt owed to God was 'death'. Death is where we were headed. God didn't want us to die because He loves us. John 3:16. So He sent His own Son (God) to pay this debt in full. Not in part, but in full. Christ balanced the books. The books that were very much in the red. We owed everything and Christ gave 'everything' to pay that price. To pay that debt. Look at Romans 4:4 below. This is important. Works is trying to pay a debt. This is what Paul was saying here. A works based doctrine is trying to pay a debt that has already been paid! Do you suppose that God had to die for us in order to only do part of the job of paying this debt? No! Do you suppose He made us 'born again' and 'washed by the blood' to say--I did my part, now move along and do your part. Finish it. My suffering and dying wasn't quite enough. It is a great shame when folks don't simply accept this wonderful Gift. It is a great shame when folks try to teach other folks not to simply accept this Gift. It is not too strong a statement to make to say that this is a rejection of Christ and His free Gift by Grace. This is very important. I want and God wants each of His sons to enter His 'rest'. The works based doctrine--no matter how subtle or to whatever degree, prevents His dear ones from entering that 'rest'. This is tragic, indeed. I little leaven leavens the lump. Please pause and and think about these things. Rom. 4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. Eph. 2:7 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 not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
  7. I understand what you are saying here. Let me ask a question. Why did the Father find it necessary to impute (cause to be made ours) Christ's righteousness to us?
  8. @BeholdHis question is a valid one that hopes to get one to face squarely what is obviously confusion. You would do well to keep your hand off of this. I suggest this to you because I care. Are you aware of the story of touching the ark? There is a very good lesson to learn there.
  9. Exactly---there is a very real effort of the enemy to get us off of the footing of Grace and Grace alone for our salvation. It comes in many forms, but always includes a 'doing something' or 'adding something' to that Grace in which we stand. We need to be firmly established in the Gospel. Firmly established on that footing. That it is only the free gift of Christ and His blood that is efficacious in the requirement to please God. We have to get this down pat. A free gift...no strings attached. If we remain there, then everything flows wonderfully without confusion and we have peace. If we even budge off of this and begin to adopt in our thinking that we need to do or add any 'but' whatsoever. Even a little thing--then we have moved from the Gospel of Grace. Once we do that--move off of the Grace footing, it invariably expands and we move further and further from Grace--to works. Beware, because it only takes a little bit of leaven to leaven the lump of dough. If you are born from above, you won't lose your salvation. This is impossible, because you were sealed with the Holy Spirit. However, your walk with Him will be diminished. Your experience of Him will be tainted. Instead, stand humbly before Him and admit you can do nothing without Him and confess that you understand that there is nothing you can do--because you know that the Father, through the Son has done it all for you. It is then 'when you have this down pat', that you will experience the true works that He ordained and the source of those works. May the Lord open our eyes and break down the strong towers that we erect in our feeble attempts to reach Him. Our flesh is proud and stubborn.
  10. And there it is right there! For sons of God, we need look no further. It's just that simple. For we who are In Christ the only place for us to look for righteousness is our Lord. Any manifestation of 'righteousness' that occurs through us, has its origin in Christ and is in fact 'Christ'. Never a separate thing apart from Him. If it is a separate thing than it is 'our righteousness'--which we know are as filthy rags. Right? So as we walk in manner that pleases Him and we do good things, we give glory to God for the source that infuses us with His Life and the righteousness that flows from Him. So we have moved on from 'things' to Life. The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the 'other' way. The Law of sin and death that gets its power from law keeping. Rom. 8:1 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. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
  11. In my experience tongues is one of the evidences of the indwelling Spirit and a great blessing and benefit to the individual. I assure you that tongues is totally under the control of the individual and not being in some kind of takeover trance like state that some folks talk about. It is an out flowing work of the Spirit within and as has been mentioned with scripture reference, edifying and praying and praising. When their are those who prophecy in a gathering, its not required in that corporate context, although sometimes less mature ones can be exuberant. It happens. Personally, I speak in tongues when alone and usually when either praising Him or when in what I call inspired prayer. To me—prayer is essentially agreeing with God. THere ar times when this is more profound and obvious. Sometimes—in those moments—that unction is present and it just flows. In control, but it is obvious that it is a moving of the Spirit. You are both a participant and a spectator. It really is a very remarkable experience and one feels quite full to overflowing. Not an easy thing to articulate. But very real. So this doesn't get out of control. See this scripture below. Paul is speaking for the context of an assembly. 1Cor. 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. 1Cor. 12:30 Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? Tongues in this context are for lack of a better way to explain--part of the gift of prophecy to the Church. Paul also said that he spoke in tongues, more than ye all. 1Cor. 14:18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all; 19 yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue. I suggest that Paul very rarely if at all spoke in tongues in the assembly and yet he said that he does "more than you all". So I suggest that this was the experience that I related earlier. A more personal experience. I don't know this for sure, but I think I understand Paul and I do know my own experience and that of others. Jesus himself mentions this: Mark 16:17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; But again remember, not everyone manifests the same gift(s). Seek the Lord to prophecy and to be a teacher. Realize that to prophecy is not necessarily to foretell, but also to forth tell. To speak a 'word' from the Lord under an unction of the Spirit for edification, instruction and encouragement. As always--Love trumps it all.
  12. @BethaThere are several places in scripture that show us otherwise. The following is one of them. Eph. 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, This is fundamental to the Cross of Jesus Christ. We were in Him of the Father when He was crucified, when He died and when He rose. We are now In Him. We died, we rose in Newness of Life and are seated with Him--NOW. This is the Gospel of the Cross. Your theology--and I have been watching you--is not the Truth. You seek to accomplish something that God has already done for those who are In Christ. Those who are 'Born from above'. The scriptures do not teach that we will some day walk our way to being 'In Him'. The scriptures plainly teach that the Father placed us there. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”
  13. AMen, brother. This is a great point. Just as He values each sparrow—how much more each of us. I am convinced that His love is such that his focus is entirely and completely on each of us. Impossible for men, but not for God. Oh the riches of His Grace. Our hearts leap toward Him and cry out.
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