Fullness Of The Stature
No matter your denomination, and no matter your bible version, we as believer's all have 2 things in common.
One, : is that we were dead in sin, hopeless and lost, and needing to be forgiven and saved.
Two, : all of us, (born again) ether by death, or by rapture, are going to meet Jesus The Christ, face to face.
So, i always tell all who will listen, ither in a group, or one by one, that "you need to thoughtfully live your Christian Life, the best you can, as if you are going to die today and meet the Lord and give account of your deeds- works - motive(s).".
And that is because you just might.
Trust me when i tell you, that all the people, every single one that is not an infant, who are found in the obituary page today, had no idea yesterday they would be found in it today.........Follow me?........Good.
Saint, you are exactly one stopped heartbeat, at all times, from meeting JESUS...so, thats important to consider from time to time, as this knowledge can help you understand what not to do, and what TO do with your TIME.
The bema seat, the judgment seat of Christ, or whatever you need to call it, .... there is coming to you, ready or not, a meeting with your Lord regarding what you have done for him, "in the body", on this earth, after you were saved. He is going to judge your works, and if your motives for doing some of it were vain glory, selfish ambition, or "look at me" opportunities, then our NT tells us that in the sifting fire of Jesus's Righteous analysis, these works of yours, (your lifestyle included).. SOME OF THEM.... will be deemed "wood, hay and stubble".........But, the others.....the other works you did for your Lord, out of Love, and out of a pure motive that was not selfish or self centered, will be DEEMED BY JESUS as jewels, as precious stones, as gold., and you can study all this out, simply by doing a deep study of the "judgement seat of Christ", and just run the verses (study) and ask God to give you wisdom and enlightenment about all this that is coming your way.
So, having said that, let me now get to the purpose and point of this Thread...... which is.... There is this verse....>"absent from the Body, and present with the LORD".....given by Paul, which is of course a fact and confirmation regarding what i just told you, = where you are going as soon as you die or as soon as Jesus cracks the sky and takes us, his redeemed Bride, all up high.
And what exactly do i want to show you..... is this.
I want to show you an understanding about how you are to comprehend what is meant by 2 verses....
1.) "grown or matured into the fullness of the measure of Christ"... and.... 2.) "conformed into the image of Christ".
So what is all that?
Well its very simple and i'll tell you.
Im giving out Light, so be discerning.
As you know, from the moment of your new birth, (born again), All Believers began a physical and spiritual journey that is taking you (transforming you) from your old adamic nature and remaking you day by day, "from glory to glory" into the IMAGE of Christ.
And what is Christ's image?......... Well, in this instance this word means, "just like" or "same as"....or, "exact nature", "perfect/precise likeness". And all this means is that God, who began a good work in you, (salvation) will be faithful to complete it, totally, when you get you new body and enter the literal 3rd Heaven, where Jesus is along with all those of faith who have gone before, as well as the heavenly host of Angels and others.
Saint, imagine seeing winged Cherubs in the air..... Imagine a place where you never get tired, have no worries, and dont need sleep and have a body that is just like the Body of Jesus........Imagine a place where you can have a chat with The Apostle Paul, St. Francis, John The Baptist, both Mary's, John the Apostle..... Imagine Saint, that you can tell Jesus how much you love Him, and see Him SMILE and tell you that He loves you and is so glad you are THERE..
How about all that?....... Philippians 4:8
Now, quickly, as its nearly 12:00, and many of you are looking at your watches. ... :)........... How are we to understand what it means to be made into the image of Jesus, and what is that like, regarding a human being, when the process is finalized?.....> How will you know you are there?.......Have you ever wondered this?....Well great, as now you can know.
There are 2 understandings of how to understand what it means for YOU to have ARRIVED to a final evolution, INTO the fullness of Christ, while you are down here on the earth, in your earth suit.
1.) Paul explains here, the final level of Christian Maturity... = "it is no longer I who live, but CHRIST who lives in me and through me".
2.) "long- suffering , with JOYFULNESS"....
So, those 2, when you have come to the place in your Christian maturity when those 2 verses are YOU, then you are become, "the fullness of the image of Christ"
You have arrived.
You are THERE.
So, where are you? ????????????????
How far along are you, Saint?
You can check your progress into the fullness of the stature of Christ, by truthfully accessing yourself based on these two criteria.
And if you are not quite there yet, then God bless you as you press toward the mark for the high calling of God, which IS to become,= the fullness and the image of Jesus as much as possible, even tho its YOU, as a HUMAN.
Here is your spiritual level reality check... : Help yourself to a check up.
1.) Are you so dead to self and lust of the eye and the pride of life.... and so heavenly minded and completely non-conformed to this world and its FLOW, that your mind has become the mind of Christ to the degree that you seem to feel connected to the pain in others who are hurting around you ??? , And, furthermore, all you want is more of God and His presence, more Righteousness, more Enlightenment, and can't wait to get to heaven, and would go right now if God would let you do it?
2. ) Are you right now, able to endure any and all SUFFERING...... physical, mental, emotional, even torture, ... does not matter the type... and still have the JOY of the LORD springing up like a deep well inside you spirt and emotions, that overrules and overcomes all your negative feelings?
I'll see you on the way there....... as we keep on going.........:)
Hi everyone, I’m new to this forum! I’m so thankful for God’s work in my life and where’s He’s currently brought me. I got caught up in addiction for a couple years but He’s delivered me and set me free, Amen! I’m currently serving in a ministry and will be going out on missions this summer to Morocco, Turkey, Isreal, and Kyrgyzstan!
God is Faithful!
Hi I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and Personal Savior over a year now. But struggled with my faith, I don't want my faith to be based on feelings which only last for a moment. I am right now on the worship team in my church I attend.
I am longing to do the will of my Heavenly Father Jehovah and to follow Jesus Christ as my Lord. I want to have that intimate relationship with him and never leave his presence. But now I have a problem, people know of my past and right now I feel like I am fighting a battle all alone. Even members in my church are saying that it is too late for me that there is no hope for me. To my face they encourage me, but when I am away from them, they keep saying this things and saying that i can never change and that i went to far from God. Since more than one person keeps saying it is too late for me, is that a confirmation? Wat would one do in my place? Would God reject me?
Do you love yourself?
Before you can love your brother you must love yourself first.
Do you love your brother?
Before you can love God you must love yourself and your brother first.
Do you love God?
If you want to start thinking about loving God you must love yourself and your brother first.
"For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith." - 1 John 5:3-4
"In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest:
Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother." - 1 John 3:10
To say or to think you love yourself, brother, or God is one thing... You can say whatever you want.
"If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true." - John 5:31
Then we need a second witness, that will confirm if what you are saying is true.
"It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true." - John 8:17
"And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him." - Acts 5:32
If anyone loves his wife, he will seek to please his wife. If anyone loves Christ, he will seek to please Christ.
And how do we please Christ?!
"He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked." - 1 John 2:6
"Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." - James 2:17
Many people claim to love Christ, but few are looking forward to please Him.
Why?! Because many do not love Him.
Love -> "does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;" - 1 Corinthians 13:5
When we start talking about to strive and desire wholeheartedly what is good and to purify our hearts many people feel offended and start making excuses to justify themselves.
"Many will say to Me in that day,
‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
And then I will declare to them,
‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’" - Matthew 7:22-24
Why are they offended?! They heard and heard and just ignored all the warnings and refused to repent. And decided to resume their lives led by lawlessness (flesh, themselves).
"but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation" - Mark 3:29
"And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." - John 3:19
"He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy." - Proverbs 29:1
Repent, and desire to love one another. To love in deed and in truth, as Christ loved us.
"By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." - John 13:35
Desire to love Him, to love His words and commandments... To live for ourselves, our evil pleasures and desires of the flesh is just a waste of time.
I see people who received healing from the Lord, received many good things, experienced many wonders in their lives...
But now they have abandoned the Lord, the Lord is calling them to repentance and they are resisting... They say: I prefer to live here, "eating and drinking", living for myself; the Lord understands...
I say to you:
"for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking,
but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." - Romans 14:17
"Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in
you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes." - Luke 10:13
Do not be deceived, do not fight against the truth. Doing such will only lead you to destruction.
"For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth." - 2 Corinthians 13:8
Consider the amazing love God is having for us... He needs nothing from us, for all things are from Him and He loves us so much that He wants us to live with Him, to have life indeed.
He gave His only begotten Son to die in our place, to pay The Price, so we all could have life and live for Him.
"But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the
Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him." - John 4:23
We are trapped in the flesh, the flesh only lead us to death...
All its passions and evil desires will soon end, and you will die. Do not be deceived by it.
"What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death." - Romans 6:21
Just believe in the Lord, He will change your life for the better and you will start living for real.
Repent, repent of your sins and say: I want to live, I want to have life... Forgive me and give me life, Lord Jesus!
Surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ... Let Him reign over your life... No matter what you have done: Just repent. He loves you!
"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." - Galatians 2:20
And you will tell me: When will be my time. When?
I tell you: Your time is when you believe.
"Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens." - Romans 9:18
The Lord Jesus calls you today... What do you want from Him?
"...According to your faith let it be to you." - Matthew 9:29
"for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." - Luke 19:10
Only He has The Power to raise you from the dead; eternal life is guaranteed in Him. And only in Him.
"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
"But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you." - Romans 8:11
Carved images and idols can do nothing for you.
"They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see;
They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell;
They have hands, but they do not handle; Feet they have, but they do not walk;
Nor do they mutter through their throat. Those who make them are like them;
So is everyone who trusts in them." - Psalm 115:5-8
The Lord Jesus is the one who has power to heal, save, and make everything new.
"And this is eternal life, that they may know You,
the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." - John 17:3
"And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me." - John 12:45
You have something that make you suffer, you are thinking about it right now...
The Lord Jesus is touching and healing you right now, at this very same moment.
Are you feeling this?! Feel and receive, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Repent, believe in the Gospel. And have life.
"And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’" - Luke 10:9
"Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins;
and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." - Acts 2:38
"So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us" - Acts 15:8
God bless you in Jesus' name!
Hello everyone! Since I was last here, I fled my abusive ex and moved to another state. I am now living and working in a Christian homeless ministry and life is amazing! Best of all, the Lord healed my body and this has been medically verified! I am off oxygen and living a normal life! Praise the Lord!!