THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING
by Charles (Chuck) Robey
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The proof is in the pudding". If so, how does this old cliché fit the Christian world ?
First, let me give you my generic answer, then we can discuss how it pertains to the Christian committee.
Basically, the proof of the pudding" is in the eating. In other words the true value or quality of something can only be judged when it's put to use. The meaning is often summed up as "the results are what count."
With respect to Christianity, let us draw a parallel between a "Carnal" Christian and a "Spirit Filed" Christian.
What is the difference between the two ? Simply put, a carnal Christian is characterized by the flesh and not spiritual, just merely human or temporal. Whereas, a spirit filled Christian is just that, one filled with God's Holy Spirit. ( Romans 8:5-8 )
Oh a carnal Christian may attend church, even sometimes each time the door is open. He or she may give to the church, and be at peace with their enemies. They seem to have no quarrel with sin. And aside from a few semimetal jesters, they seem to not have had a deep experience with the gospel. ( 1 John 2:19 )
Paul seemed to have had a problem with some carnal Christians in the city of Corinth. (1 Cor 5:11-13). ( 2 Cor 12:20- 13:5 )
Not like the carnal Christian, a spirit filled Christian is dedicated to the work of the gospel, and the gospels saving of souls. "Being spirit filled is actually a command for every believer. But what is it like? How can you recognize it? ( Ephesians 5:18 )
A spirit filled life will foster true genuine fellowship among fellow believers, as the Holy Spirit draws people together. ( Ephesians 5:19 ). A spirit filled believer is also free to worship God.( Ephesians 5:20 ) And a spirit filled life produces true evangelism. ( Acts 4:31)
Also, unlike the carnal Christian, the filling of the Holy Spirit is a gift. Although one has the indwelling spirit when saved, this same spirit needs to be cultivated. ( John 7:37-39 ) ( Ephesians 3:16-17 )
You see, the blood that was shed by Christ on the cross, cleanest our sins but by the power of God, we as the believers, now daily long for and receive an impartation of power from on high. This spirit that lives within us. (1 Cor. 6:19) ( Psalm 42:1-2 )
Also, unlike a carnal Christian, A Spirit-filled life will always result in a life that is filled with the fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22) Some other traits of a spirit filled life are found in the follow scriptures:
One who is constant prayerful contact with God throughout the day (1 Thess 5:17).
One who is loving to those around him (Gal 5:22).
One who Is at peace with life (Gal 5:22, Rom 8:6).
One who has songs of God and Jesus on his lips throughout the day (Eph 5:18-19).
One who is joyful (Gal 5:22).
One who is not at odds with God (Rom 8:6-7).
One who is constantly thankful for what he has and what he is (Eph 5:18-20).
One who Is humble to those around him (Eph 5:18-21).
I guess you noticed that I failed to give as much press to the carnal life as I did the spiritual life. The reason is obvious, as it's just a matter of priorities. The spirit filled life is the more important of the two. The most important aspect of the Christian life is the relationship you have with your Heavenly Father. Being spirit filled is not your position within the church. It is not, how well you keep the church by-laws, or how much money you give. It is your relationship with God, His son and His Holy Spirit.
So, now do you get the picture. A picture of a stable mature Christian eating from a big bowl of God's spiritual chocolate pudding, and then yelling out for seconds You see, you have to taste God's spiritual pudding, to prove it in your life.
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