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Below are some Scriptures which show that the life of a Christian parallels the life of Christ:  His life, His death, His resurrection are all examples of how the True Disciple will live!

CHRIST’S DAILY LIFE AS A SERVANT

If we really want to be like Jesus on this Earth, we should remember that He was humble, He was obedient to God’s will always, and He came to serve man-kind.

Philippians 2, ESV

5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

In the same way that Christ served God and man, so Christians must desire to be humble, we must desire to do God’s will, and we must desire to serve others.

Matthew 23, ESV

11 The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Philippians 2, ESV

3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…

CHRIST’S EXAMPLE OF FAITH

The Lord Jesus Christ did not just tell us what to “do” in order to be saved, but He showed us “how” to do it.

Hebrews 12, ESV

2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

“Eyes on the prize, Eyes on the prize” is the pep-talk that I give to myself when things are difficult.  By keeping my eyes on the prize … which is the salvation of my soul (1 Peter 1:9) … I can keep myself encouraged to not grow weary in doing good (Galatians 6:9), even as Jesus did in order to get through the shame and agony of the Cross.

CHRIST’S DEATH

The Old Testament Prophets and the New Testament writers tell us of Christ’s death by crucifixion.   How many Believers today know, or understand, that we too must die to our own wills and live only for God and for God’s purpose?

Galatians 2, ESV

20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Luke 9:23, ESV

23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

Christ speaks of a DAILY dying to our own wants and desires in order to follow Christ and do God’s will,  and if we will follow this pattern of putting our flesh and desires to death daily, we can then expect to be resurrected in the same way that Christ was.

CHRIST’S RESURRECTION

Hosea 6, ESV

1 “Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him.

Even as the Lord Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day, so the Body of Christ will be raised on the “third day”.

According to 2 Peter 3, 1 day is like 1,000 years and so it is thought that the resurrection of the Body of Christ (which is the resurrection of True Believers from the grave, along with the rapture of True Believers who are alive from the Earth … 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17) will occur during the “third day”, or the third millennium, after Christ’s death:

2 Peter 8, ESV

8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

But can any of us expect to be resurrected like Christ was, if we will not follow the other patterns of Christ? The pattern of faith to over-come hard trials, the pattern of obedience to God and denying our own desires?  Can any of us really believe that we will be resurrected like Jesus Christ without living like Jesus Christ?

We can live assured that if we LIVE like Jesus Christ, we will indeed be resurrected like Jesus Christ, because the life of every True Believe is to follow Christ’s pattern and be a living example to the world of Who Jesus Christ really is.

1 John 4, ESV

17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.

1 John 2, ESV

6whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

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May God’s grace and peace be upon all who believe God at His Word and who desire to be just like Jesus!

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Many times, Christians do not stop to consider the real reason why bad things are happening to them.  Of course we have an enemy and “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” in our lives, (Ephesians 6:12), however, how many times do we consider that WE might be the cause of our troubles?

Consider the below Passage of Scripture:

5  – and the men of Ai killed about thirty-six of (the people of Israel) and chased them before the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them at the descent. And the hearts of the people melted and became as water.

6  – Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the Lord until the evening, he and the elders of Israel. And they put dust on their heads. 7  – And Joshua said, “Alas, O Lord God, why have you brought this people over the Jordan at all, to give us into the hands of the Amorites, to destroy us? Would that we had been content to dwell beyond the Jordan!  – Joshua 7

Joshua, like many of us, did not even think about the possibility that the Israelites were to blame for their defeat in their battle against Ai!  How proud … or how ignorant … and the same goes for us!

Many times we moan and wonder “Where is God in the middle of my trouble? Doesn’t He hear my cries to get me out of this? Doesn’t He care at all?” and yet, many times, we never even dare to think that something is wrong with US.  Perhaps WE are doing something that is causing defeat in our lives or trouble to follow us.

Really?  Are you wondering how this could be true for a New Covenant Believer, since Jesus paid to break the curse off us and to bring us blessings? (ie: Galatians 3:13)

Let’s consider this next Passage:

6  – Now these things took place (to the Israelites) as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. 7  – Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” 8  – We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. 9  – We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, 10  – nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. 11  – Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. 12  – Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.  – 1 Corinthians 10

The Old and New Testaments are for our instruction

The Old and New Testaments are for our instruction

Twice Paul states that the Old Testament is written for us to learn from!  The Old Testament stories of the Jews destruction and failings are written to warn us to avoid doing the same thing, lest we too incur judgment, at best, or the Wrath of God, at worst!

Yet too many Christians live their lives any ol’ way they want and expect that God’s blessings should still follow them.  I even hear some quote the Promises of God while fully expecting the Promises to be reality in their lives, and they can’t figure out why in the world the Promises don’t manifest in their lives and why they can’t get a break in life … or a “break-through” as charismatics like to say 😉 .

1 Corinthians 11 teaches:

30  – That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.  31  – But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32  – But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

You see, it is actually God’s mercy when we don’t get a break-through, if we are living in consistent sin.  He is trying to get our attention!  He is trying to draw us to our knees, in prayer and in repentance!  And He would like for us to pick up His Word and read it, so that He could actually speak to us and discipline and correct us through His Word!

21  – Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. – James 1

The Word will enlighten us regarding where we are going astray, and the Word has the ability to “save” our souls.  In other words, the Word of God is the power of God to not only enlighten us to see where we are wrong, but it has Godly power to actually change us on the inside.  How else does the Fruit of the Spirit start to grow in us?  It is a wonderful, mysterious thing, that God can actually CHANGE us on the inside just by us reading His Word!

 The Lord spoke to Joshua, but only after Joshua stayed on his face before the Ark of the Covenant until evening! (read Joshua 7).  And the Lord said:

10  – The Lord said to Joshua, “Get up! Why have you fallen on your face? 11  – Israel has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings. 12  – Therefore the people of Israel cannot stand before their enemies. They turn their backs before their enemies, because they have become devoted for destruction.  – Joshua 7

Stay on your face before the Lord, in His Word!  Stay on your face before the Lord, in worship! And stay on your face before the Lord, in prayer UNTIL you HEAR from the Lord about what is going on!  He might say, “Stay in faith, this attack is from the enemy” but He just might say, “Clean up your life in such-and-such an area”.

Of course …

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.  – Hebrews 12:11, NIV

God bless you as you seek for answers regarding trials in your life and as you walk towards your heavenly goal, and may God free you from any gripping sin that wants to destroy you.   Amen.

 1  – Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of bodya and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.  – 2 Corinthians 7

 

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There’s some great news being proclaimed lately.  It is the message that if I will just obey God and if I am “willing to trust Him, (I) will have the best this life has to offer — and more.”  Now isn’t that something to shout about!  (Quote made by Pastor Joel Osteen, as seen on the front page of his  January 2013 website*)

In my last two posts, I wrote about the Jesus of Social Issues and the Jesus of Self Esteem.

Credit:
http://www.billionairebelief.com/tag/rich-jesus/

In this post I will write about the third Jesus who is preached in many of today’s churches.  He is:  The Jesus Who Will Bless Me, Abundantly and Extravagantly, Above All I Can Ask or Imagine!

Having listened to Word of Faith teaching for many years, I know all the Scriptures which show that God blesses His people, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament.  But I want to ask today’s reader, “Is this the number one reason why Jesus Christ died a horrific and painful death on the cross?  Did He die to make you rich, or to give you a very comfortable, blessed life now?”

Sadly, I have many, many friends who would say, “Yes” to this question.  But dear readers, the answer to this question is actually, “No”,  for the Bible plainly teaches that Jesus Christ died, first and foremost, to pay the punishment due us for our sins:

Isaiah 53 —

5 – But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.   6 – We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

And 1 Corinthians 15 —

3 – For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures

Now some of the older charismatics / christians may give this answer, since churches used to proclaim the Gospel a little more clearly in the old days, but some of the newer christians (especially charismatic christians) may not have a good grasp on this number one truth, even as I have heard with my own ears.

A second point, which can be included in the number one reason regarding why Jesus Christ died, was to rescue us from the punishment that our sins deserved … which is eternal Hell!

John 3 —

18 – Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son

And Mark 16 —

16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Credit:
The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (1852),
by British Artist John Martin (1789-1854)

Hell is real, Hell is eternal, and Hell is painful, as mentioned many, many times in Scriptures.  Some Scripture verses may be seen clearly, in my COMMENTS to “the Good Tale” at the end of my article HERE.   I should probably post these Scriptures in an Article of its own, showing that this is yet another Jesus that is being preached in many churches.  It could be titled, The Jesus Who Would Never Send Anyone To Hell.  But I digress…

The second most important reason why Jesus Christ died a painful death on the Cross was so that we would be converted from sinner to saint, and thus freed from the power that sin holds over the sinner.

By accomplishing these wonderful Truths in the life of any person, the newly converted person’s response is usually (and should be) to live a life that shows that God is real by doing “good works” and/or to live a life that shows his/her thankfulness to God for forgiving them, and to live a life that desires to help others hear about this Good News!  Even as the New Testament teaches over and over again:

Titus 2 —

14 – who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
15  – These, then, are the things you should teach.

Or as 1 Peter 2 states —

9 – But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
10 – Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Does this sound like a really dumb and boring way to look at Christianity to you? Is it odd or strange to think that the life of a Christian is to simply “do good deeds”?

Maybe thinking of it this way,  can make it a little easier to understand:  Christ died to save us from the punishment that our sins deserve and rescue us from eternal Hell.  When He did such He turned us into new people who now love to glorify and thank God for doing this;  people who just love to show the rest of the world how kind God is in that He changes people from sinners to saints and saves them from being people who can’t help but sin into people who are freed from the power of sin with all the pain and sorrow that sin brings;  people who are so happy that they have been freed from the punishment of Hell in the next life.

Now many Earthly blessings DO flow out of this new relationship with God:  there is a peace and a joy that can be ours when one is saved and freed from Hell; there can be wonderful physical healings that take place; answered prayers can come from God; and yes, even help with financial needs!  But these blessings flow from a correct relationship with the Biblical Jesus Christ.

So again, it must be stated, that the Bible does not teach anywhere that Jesus Christ died to make us rich or even to supply all of our carnal desires!

Taking the punishment for our sins, so that we could be transformed into the likeness of Christ while we are on Earth, and to enable us to have an inward ability to obey God’s commands are what Jesus Christ died for.

The mindset of the converted Born Again Christian, is to keep ones mind on the things that matter to God most: our maturity and growth as we become more like Jesus Christ and the bringing of others to the knowledge that they too can be saved from Hell:

Romans 8 —

10This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 

And

29 – For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
30 – And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. 

These Romans 8 verses are extremely clear in their showing what God meant for us after He saved us:  we are to grow up to be like Jesus Christ, our example and elder brother, after being justified by and made righteous by Christ’s blood, and so to live for Eternity with God!  Now that TRULY IS something to shout about!

Credit:
http://www.joytime.org/
read-the-bible-in-2013/

Please meditate on this dear reader, by reading your entire New Testament from start to finish, in order, in context, not jumping from your favorite promise to the next promise, without reading all of the contextual Scriptures surrounding the Promises.  You truly will be amazed at the Jesus Christ of the Bible as you see the real purpose of His life, His death, His burial, and His resurrection.  It was NOT to make us comfortable during this Life.  You are being sold a LIE by current day preachers and teachers.

And if you became “born again” by believing that Jesus died to give you a good life now then I ask a very serious and important question:  Are you truly Born Again?  Can one be truly Born of the Spirit by believing in a Jesus Who is different than the Biblical Jesus.

And thus the reason for these last few posts, for if people are becoming followers of a non-Biblical Jesus, are such people really christians?  Paul stated:

Galatians 1 —

Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 – But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!
9 – As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned

If Paul taught that the teachers of wrong gospels are to be eternally condemned, then what of their followers?  I sadly believe, the followers could also be condemned, for they probably have not had a True Born Again experience, being Born Again into a relationship with the Real Jesus Christ of the Bible.

Don’t let this article make you so mad that you won’t take a moment to think on my questions.  If you are following and obeying the True Jesus Christ of the Bible, then the questioning of your faith will stand up to this test.  But if you find that when you read the New Testament and start to study the Bible so that you can know God and obey Him according to His directives, if you find you have been duped into praising and believing a wrong version of Jesus, or a non-Biblical Jesus, then you should be extremely glad that you’ve found this out now and not at the Judgement Seat of Christ.

2 Corinthians 13 —

5Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. (!!)

Lamentations 3 — 
40 – Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord 
Psalm 139 —
23 – Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns;

24 –  See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way

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Are you saved AND rapture ready?

Does the  Letter to the Colossians  show that one is able to FALL AWAY from salvation, thus showing the “once saved always saved” theology as non-Scriptural?

Consider the following Scriptures:

Colossians 1:22, 23 —
“…He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach — IF INDEED YOU CONTINUE IN THE FAITH FIRMLY established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard …”

I must make note here, that I am NOT preaching some Legalistic approach to Holiness;  some “do this, don’t do that” gospel in order to make your salvation sure in your own mind and in the eyes of God.

We MUST remember the other Scriptures in Colossians which tell us we HAVE BEEN made right in God’s sight through the blood of Christ:

Colossians:1:22
“yet He has NOW reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him HOLY and BLAMELESS and BEYOND REPROACH … ”

Colossians 2:10
“and in Him you HAVE BEEN made complete”

Colossians 2:11-14
“and in Him you WERE also circumcised …. having BEEN buried with Him in baptism, in which you WERE also raised up with Him through FAITH in the working of God …. When you WERE dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He MADE you alive together with Him, having FORGIVEN us ALL our transgressions, having CANCELED out the certificate of debt …”

Note the PAST TENSE wording used in the above verses, and elsewhere in the Bible.  We ARE forgiven.  We ARE made clean by the blood of Christ.  But now we must WALK in that wholeness which He died to give to us, as a sacrifice of thanksgiving, for all that He has ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED for us.

Also note Colossian 2:20-23
“If you HAVE DIED with Christ to the elementary principles of he world, why …. submit yourself to decress, such as, ‘Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!’ … These are matters which have, to be sure, the APPEARANCE of wisdom in SELF-MADE religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of NO VALUE against fleshly indulgence.”

So, again, this Scripture is reminding us that just the ‘putting the body under subjection’ does not mean we are ‘walking in the Spirit’, or even pleasing to God.  Attitudes count.  Thoughts and heart condition counts.  Just setting up rules and regulations to ‘check off’ and make sure we keep, is not a way to be ‘walking in the Spirit’.

But Colossians 3  teaches us HOW we can “walk in the Spirit” and avoid gratifying the lusts of the flesh:

Colossians 3:1-4
Therefore if you HAVE BEEN raised up with Christ, KEEP SEEKING the tings ABOVE …. Set your mind on the things above … For you HAVE died and your life IS hidden with Christ in God … Therefore CONSIDER the members of your earthly body as dead to  immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed … since you LAID aside (already done) the old self with its evil practices and HAVE put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him …”

As we meditate on the things that God HAS done for us, it raises a huge gratitude in us.  Our minds get renewed to the Truths of God, and we see that we are indeed already SET FREE.  The lusts of the flesh start to have less a hold on us, as our gratitude grows and as our realization grows that we are FREE, CLEANSED, WHOLE, HOLY, and BLAMELESS.  Who wants to be entangled in the filth of the world, when you start getting a full revelation of the great things God HAS done for us!  Who needs to obey the lusts of the flesh, when one gets a revelation that one HAS BEEN already set free by the death of Jesus!

This is what Paul is talking about when he says  we “HAVE put on the new self  who IS being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him” {Colossians 3:10}.  As we renew our thinking, our thoughts WILL pull our bodies in line with the Words and desires of Christ.

Note:  Lust BEGINS in the thinking!   The Battlefield is in the Mind, as one author has written!  So when our mind gets renewed to the TRUTHS that we ARE free and cleansed and holy, our MINDS will keep our bodies in check.  Again, set your mind on things above, so as not to gratify — or THINK ABOUT — the lusts of the flesh!

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With all the above said, we still must strive to walk in Holiness for
“He who does wrong WILL receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done and that without partiality.”
{Colossians 3:25}
Grace and mercy to all who read this Blog …. to understand how to walk in the Spirit and please the Lord, and to be rapture ready!  Amen.

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All “Scripture  taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE(R).  Copyright (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission.  http://www.Lockman.org”, unless otherwise noted


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Are you saved AND rapture ready?

Lets look in the Letters to the THESSALONIANS
to see how Paul taught these Believers to ‘walk’ while waiting for the Lord’s 2nd coming.

1 Thessalonians 2:11-12
“just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, so that you would WALK IN A MANNER WORTHY of the God Who calls you nto His own kingdom and glory.” {I believe this teaching should be proclaimed a little more loudly for today’s Body of Believers, reminding us that  Paul implored or pleaded with the Thessalonians to walk in holiness and  to walk in a way that was pleasing to the Lord …  a message,  I believe , which is almost forgotten in today’s Christian Living.}

In 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13, holiness is so important to Paul  that he continually prays that:
“… He may establish your hearts without blame IN HOLINESS before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.” and then Paul goes on to instruct the Believers to walk more in the holiness which he hears they are already walking in!  He reminds the Believers that, “this is the will of God, your SANCTIFICATION…” and goes on to list what the sins are, which we should be free from / abstain from  {1 Thessalonians 4:3-6}.

1 Thessalonians 4:7 -8
“For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in SANCTIFICATION”
{Could I re-write Paul’s admonition in my own words and state:  for God has not called us for the purpose of living however we want, doing whatever we want, thinking that  afterall, God forgives and the blood covers us.}For he who rejects this (teaching) is not rejecting man, but the God Who gives His Holy Spirit to you.”

2 Thessalonians 2:13
“But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for SALVATION THROUGH SANCTIFICATION by the Spirit and faith in the truth.”

So it seems that the   Letters  to the Thessalonians does not teach that HOLINESS is NECESSARY for salvation, but it sure reminds Believers that holiness IS God’s WILL for us, and so I “encourage” the Body  with the same reminder as Paul wrote:

Since we are of the day, let us be SOBER …  For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” {1 Thessalonians 5:8-11}

“… admonish the unruly (undisciplined).” {1 Thessalonians 5:14}

”  abstgain from every form of evil “ {1 Thessalonians 5:22}

“Now may the God of peace Himself  SANCTIFY you ENTIRELY; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” {1 Thessalonians 5:23}

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On Another Topic …
Do the Letters to the Thessalonians also show that one is able to FALL AWAY from salvation, thus showing the “once saved always saved” theology as non-Scriptural?

Consider the following Scriptures:

1 Thessalonians 3:5
“For this reason, when I could endure it no longer, I also sent to find out about your faith, for fear that the tempter might have tempted you, and our labor WOULD BE IN VAIN.” {How could Paul’s labor be in vain, except that he preached to a group who ‘got saved’ and then “fell away” after going through trials and persecutions? Even as he goes on to state:}  “for now we really live, IF you STAND FIRM in the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 3:8

1 Thessalonians 4:8
“So, he who rejects this (teaching of holiness, as outlined in verses 4:1-7} is not REJECTING man but the God Who gives His Spirit to you.” {Question:  does the REJECTING of God means one turns their back on their entire salvation?  The Letters to the Thessalonians do not state such, however, I am studying ALL the New Testament Scriptures to see if such is the case.  My findings will be posted as I have time.}

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In Conclusion ….
Something I believe the Body of Christ is lacking today, is the incentive to walk in holiness  which comes when one is focused on the Lord, even thinking that PERHAPS TODAY Christ could return in the sky to take His people, the Church,  home to Heaven.

Could this be why Paul teaches so much about the Rapture and the Return of the Lord to the Thessalonians ALONG with the preaching and exhorting of HOLINESS?

1 Thess 1:9-10
“For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, AND TO WAIT FOR HIS SON from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, Who rescues us from the wrath to come.”

I believe this to be a good way to keep ourselves encouraged to do good works and live in holiness:  by remaining  focused and waiting on the 2nd coming of Jesus.

For  as we live  our lives waiting for Him, expecting Him at any moment, we will  keep our lives “in check”, not giving ourselves over so quickly and easily to the sins of the flesh, but waiting for Him in purity, so that we would “not be ashamed at His appearing” {1 John 2:28}.

Grace and peace … and sanctification 🙂 ….  to all who long for His appearing.

Amen.

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