by Daniel Stringer
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Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
Let us not love with words or tongue alone, but with action and in truth, and this then is how we know that we belong to the truth; For Christ said, “ If you love Me, you will obey what I command, and I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth. And righteous action is evidence of genuine faith. So then; The thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love, as a friend of God, being that one's relationship toward God is one of complete acceptance in all of God's truths. “If not;” Then it only corrupts the whole person, and is in fact lead by demonic, useless, and dead spirit. And false faith is parallel to false love, and this is how one in Christ ought recognize the Spirit of truth or the spirit of falsehood. It is foolishness and hypocritical for anyone to criticize someone for any fault while remaining blind toward our own considerable faults, and is in fact one's own persistent and pervasive rebellion against the truth, and also one whom does such things neglects and or misunderstands the justice and complete love of God. This is the reason Christ said; “We are to guard our hearts above all else, for it is the wellspring of life,” and if we then store up good things in our hearts, then our words and actions will be good. “ For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” Thus then we nullify the word of God if we do not; For out of the heart then only comes evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, and slander. All of which comes from an impure heart towards Christ Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit. “ But if we walk in the light, as Christ is in the light, we have fellowship with one another. For God is light, in Him there is no darkness at all.” If we then claim to have fellowship with Christ, yet still freely choose to walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. Here there are two lifestyles explained and completely understandable to all. The former is by holiness and truth, the latter is characterized by wickedness and error. We then must make an “inner commitment” to Christ in all actions and thoughts. The kind of obedience and commitment God expects from His covenant people is to have a defining and proper relationship with God, in all of God's commands. For God has shown to all mankind what is good; And what does the Lord God require of all? To act justly and to love mercy, to hate sin, not the sinner, and walk humbly with our God. So then; Among all there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people, and those whom continually persist in committing such things only then want them more than they want God, and only then put such things in place of God. Therefore; The truth of this is that whomever does such things is in fact excluding God, whom therefore excludes them from the Kingdom of Heaven and or there Inheritance. The truth of this ought to shake our souls to the core of our being, for holiness living involves being consecrated to the Lord God's service and being separated from the commonplace of others who are not. So we are then to be totally consecrated to God, and our holiness is to be expressed in every aspect of our lives lived, because of who God is, and what He has don for us. God's people then, must dedicate themselves fully to Him as an absolute moral, virtuous life lived. The Lord emphasizes the importance of obedience to His covenant in order to experience it's blessings rather than it's curses, and the true integrity of the upright guides them whom do so, but the unfaithful to God's word will be destroyed by their duplicity, whom only seek things for their advantage, and faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. For true faith expresses itself through love, and true faith is not mere intellectual assent, but a living trust in God's grace that expresses itself in and through acts of love, and a true Christians liberty is not license to freely sin but true freedom to serve God and one another in love, and as free Children of God; But we are never to use our gift of freedom as a cover-up for the self-indulgence or justifications for doing so, but instead to live only as servants of the living God, for God, and not that for any of mankind, but that only to God as instruments of righteousness. For true slavery to God produces holiness, and the end of the process is eternal life, but there is no eternal life without holiness, and those whom have been justified will surely give evidence of the fact by the presence of holiness in their lives whom do. For God did not call any to be impure, but instead to live a holy life. Therefore; Whomever rejects God's instruction does not reject man alone, but God also, whom gives you His Holy Spirit. And we are to be imitators of God, and have a forgiving spirit, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, and surrendered His life for the sake of others, as an offering and sacrifice to God, His Father, and that in turn pleases the Lord God. Christ then represents the product of a godly life in it's truest form of virtues of character of good fruits demonstrated for all to follow as an example and commitment toward God, and let us all remember that no branch by itself can bear fruit. For Christ said to us as He did in action toward the Father; “ Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love.” So then; Let us never forget, that true obedience, and true love go together, for without the other, truly we have then nothing. So then; Clearly know that we are to live forever, in order to glorify God, for the glory of God. And by the faith we have in God, we are to live in the light of God's truths. We are to refuse to allow sin reign in our lives at all cost, but to instead, offer ourselves to God as a living sacrifice, just as Christ did for us. For the life Christ lived, He lived to the Father, and in the same way we also are to live, and by faith we are to live in the light of such truth, in Christ, for Christ, as an inner commitment to Him,and Him only. For God's wrath comes on those whom are disobedient, and we as Children of God, are not to participate in the sinful lifestyle of unbelievers. For those whom live in God's light produce only the fruit of moral and ethical character, while those who live in darkness do not. For the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth. Likewise; as Christ's attitude, we to must also have the willingness to suffer for doing good, for such suffering enables true believers to straighten out their priorities such as, sinful desires and practices that once seemed so important for self justification and satisfaction, but then after doing so seems insignificant when realizing that one's life is in jeopardy, not only in this life but also the everlasting. For all evil desires ought never overpower the will of God, and ours for Him, which is the determining factor in one's life, and salvation is a gift of God in response to one's faith in God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ. And the truth of this is that one's faith in Christ, is a direct result in a changed life that is lived only in obedience to Christ as Lord, and true believers in Christ, ought never throw morality to the wind of arrogance in such truth. To the contrary then if be so; believers in Christ only exchange one's sinful acts for righteousness as their master, and the truth of this then is that the contrast between sin and obedience is that sin is disobedience to God. And true faith in Christ does not refuse to face reality, but instead looks beyond all difficulties to God and His promises, whereas good works are only then human attempts to try and establish a vain claim on God for justification, and the truth here is, the sinful mind is in fact hostile to God, and the mind does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so, and those whom are controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. Also: One's rejection of any inspired writings that are from the Holy Spirit of truth means then, one that does, does so freely, willingly, and knows only then very little about Christ, or instead chose not to abide in Christ, yet claim to know Him well, only then lie, and so then, those whom proclaim they know Christ publicly and yet reject the ways in which to live, or by the commands of God and the Holy Spirit, are then completely guilty and without any excuse, but in fact reject God the Father, Christ, and the Holy Spirit directly. And a sinful nature such as this, is bound up with only then death, and is in fact complete hostility, insubordination, and is unacceptable for God. True worship then, must be in keeping with God's nature, which is spirit, and truth is associated with Christ, and if anyone does not have the Spirit of God in them, then they do not belong to Christ; And Christ said clearly for all of mankind to know and abide to this truth being said, and that be this; “ If you love me, you will obey what I command, whoever has my commands and obeys them, is the one who loves me.” So then; The love for Christ and keeping then His commands, cannot be separated because “love and obedience for Christ are linked together,” and if a believer in Christ claims to have insight and much knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, yet does not live by them nor applies them in their lives, then this action indicates plainly and openly to all whom do see the truth of God, that their actions and conduct are in fact only then showing evidence of their blindness of themselves and to the truths of God. Likewise with the act of baptism, being that it is not always from a pure heart toward Christ, but instead only an act. However; if it is from a pure heart toward Christ, then it is a symbol of salvation and a pledge of a good conscience toward God, being a commitment on the part of the believer in all good conscience to make sure that it becomes a reality in their lives; Although, baptism is not a means by which we enter into a vital faith relationship with Jesus Christ, if it too is not from a sincere heart or faith in Christ, just as it is in a marriage covenant, being the purpose of a union to produce the fruits of holiness, for the two become one body in Christ and belong to each other exclusively in a relationship that allows no intrusion. For my lover is mine and I am theirs.
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives but total well-being and inner rest of spirit, in fellowship with God. Amen
Daniel David Kings
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