Staying Clean and Pure From The World
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Staying Clean and Pure From The World
Now if Jesus had to live holy what about us. If Jesus the Son of God had to keep a life pure before his Father God; what about us?
Psalm 37:27 depart from evil, and do good and dwell for evermore.
Paul said in Roman 8:6 to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Carnality is when we serve the flesh. The flesh is that material body, as distinct from the soul or spirit. All beings possesses flesh, therefore mankind is frequently in contrast with God who is Spirit. Human nature, deprived of the Spirit of God is dominated by the appetites of the flesh and obeyed by the mind. We must not follow outside influences. We have to be careful of what we allow to enter our ear. There is a Church of the world and a Church of God set up by Jesus and is in Christ. If we are in Christ, we follow Him. If we follow the Church of the world we have habits that strangles out the Spirit. There is stuff in the earth we need to leave alone, the Church kills itself. Proverbs 14:12 there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Ecclesiastes 11:9 we are to let our heart cheer and walk in the ways of thine heart and in the sight of thine eyes but know thou that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put always evil from thy flesh. We are to set our affections on things above, not on things on the earth. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. If we do the will of God we are promised everlasting life. We do though have to see him according to the scriptures.
I Corinthians 15:1-7 Moreover brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand. By which also ye are saved if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures; and that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve. After that he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that he was seen of James, then of all the apostles.
From verse seven we will take a text Have You Seen Him? Our secondary text is predicated on the sayings of Paul from verses three and four According To The Scriptures.
This particular text here deals with Christís resurrection. Paul is speaking to the Church at Corinth concerning what is written of Christ, what did happen, and how they receive what they believe to be true. He was using his power of persuasion to get the people to desire what they know is of heaven; Christ.
The Scriptures are writings, the Books of the Bible that we have been commanded to search out. They cannot be broken up and is given by the inspiration from God through his Prophets and is fulfilled in Christ. Christ never deviated away from the Scriptures. He always said It Is Written! Along with Him the Scriptures were expounded upon by the apostles that said thus speakest the Lord God of Israel saying write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book according to Jeremiah 30:2. When Simon the sorcerer in Acts 8:18 saw that through laying on of the apostles hand the Holy Ghost was given he offered them money. He wanted the power to lay hands that the people would receive the Holy Ghost that he fulfilled his desire to make money. Peter told him that his money perish with him because he thought the gift of God could be brought with money. Our hearts must be right to receive the Word and Spirit of God. Just as Philip were led by the Spirit in Acts 8:29 to go, he was told where and who to join himself up to; we too have to be in the right place to receive of the Lord. We must learn to follow the Spirit of God and in following search the Scriptures to know them and do what they say accordingly.
Paul an Apostle having not walked with Christ as the others was born out of due season. Paul was not always a Christ follower, he was a Hellenizer, a Jew; one that gave Jesus and his followers pure hell. Satan was already judged but Paul, known as Saul then had a useful purpose with God and He was converted on the road to Damascus while on his way to kill Christians. He was very diligent in his acts. Jesus himself stopped this victorious persecutor by supernaturally appearing to him according to what Paul have written in the Scriptures. His own epistles tell of the story repeatedly, nothing wavering about it. Paul rested all his theology on the fact that he had seen the risen Christ who was the Messiah of Jewish promise and hope. Paul was the ablest mind in the world at this time because he was the foremost interpreter of Christ through all the ages. Jesus chose Paul to be the apostle to the Gentiles. The twelve apostles had failed to carry the Gospel to the world as Jesus had commanded them.
The least of all is how Paul felt he was because he had not walked with Jesus in the earth while he was here but the other apostles had. Paul however possessed a gift that Jesus could use. No one of the other apostles possessed the intellectual gifts and the preparation of Paul for such a task He was able to meet the rabbis on their own ground and to show the weakness of more Pharisaic externalism. He was able to speak as an educated man to man of culture in the Greco-Roman world. Paul was equipped with what Christ needed to go out into the world and meet every man at his own place; Jew or Gentile. The Gospel took on new power at every turn and Paul was soon to be the foremost spokesman for Christ in the Roman Empire.
Be who God called you to be and do what he told you to do and only that. Paul did what Christ called him to but he ran into periods of readjustment. He surrendered to Christ on the spot where Jesus challenged his path. But in Damascus he received the opening of his eyes, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and baptism. At once he began to testify in Damascus to his new faith in the light of his new experience, with considerable effect. Paul however needed mediation, teaching away from his old theology. He was sent to Arabia and was taught of the ways of God Theology that he would leave the old behind. When he came back to Damascus he had a clearer grip on all that was involved in his conversion to Christ. He went on through ministry and life knowing the more and more of Christ as he went. He preached Christ all his life, and it was always towards Christ, never away from Him. Christ henceforth will dominate his thinking and his living. Paul preached with such power the Jews sought many times to kill him. He was led to freedom even by Jesus himself to carry the Gospel to the Gentiles. God will keep you and send you but know and be who God called you to be and do what he told you to do and only that.
Can anyone believe what you say about your Savior? Everything Jesus said was written. All that Paul had to say was written. The Word of God also known as the Called Book; the Book of the Law, the Good Word of God, or the Holy Scriptures is there for a reason. The Word testifies of who God is in every aspect of this life. It tells of his works, doctrines, oracles and truth. It testifies of who Jesus is, what He came to do, what He did and what He commands us today to do. It teaches us of the Holy Spirit, how we need it, why, and how He will teach us all things and bring to our remembrance what we have heard and learned. Now we should be ready to go out and win souls but through our teaching and living can anyone believe what you say about your Savior? Can they believe that He is real in your soul? Is He really your heart and soul desire?
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