We are called to be Holy and as a result of that holiness, proclaim the gospel of God, given of Jesus Christ. The gospel of Christ as a result of that holiness will be recognized as true reality of knowing Jesus Christ. Knowing the reality of our Father in heaven is not a result of human defined goodness, or human defined holiness, or human defined heaven or hell. Gained knowledge is through a redemption that is given and defined by Him. It is a result of A Spirit Driven Life as defined by God and given as the gospel of Jesus Christ through the greatest gift of God, the Holy Spirit of Witness.
The need to perceive this is the most vital need of salvation today. As true Christians, we have to get used to and recognize that redemption is the only reality and foremost precursor of knowing and proclaiming the gospel. Personal holiness is a result of redemption; certainly not the cause of it. If we place our faith in human reasoning and traditions for holiness, we will fail in receiving God's salvation. The calling will not be received and obscured by humankind's reasoning.
The Apostle Paul did not say that he separated himself for the purpose of spreading the gospel and he knew by his own reasoning and traditions how to proclaim God's Word. He said, "but when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by His grace," Galatians 1:15. Paul was not founded in the gospel through his own definitions. Rather, after his birth, God called him according to His grace and mercy.
As long as our eyes are focused on self, we will never get close to the full reality of redemption given of Christ. Self-proclaimed Christians or Christians proclaimed as such according to the standards of human reasoning fail. They place their desire for their own brand of holiness above their desire to truly know God. The majority of Christians today proclaim, "All I want is anything God can do for me to make me more desirable in my own eyes and the eyes of others.” You can sense that attitude within through their actions and how they talk. This a sure sign that the reality of the gospel of Jesus Christ is no where near them. God cannot deliver me while my interest is merely focused on me. Paul was not conscious of himself. He was "recklessly" abandoned, totally "surrendered," and "separated" by God for one purpose—to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. That takes A Spirit Driven Life to achieve.
The gospel is foremost the reality of redemption in our Lord Jesus Christ. Not sanctification, because that is a result of the redemption. All that are truly redeemed are commissioned to lift up Jesus Christ, the gospel, and as gospel implies, the good news of knowing Jesus Christ in one's life. It is an injustice to say that Jesus Christ labored in redemption to make me a saint. Jesus Christ labored in redemption to redeem the whole world and to place it perfectly whole and restored before the throne of God.
We burden God daily, from morning till night, asking for things for ourselves! The gospel teaches how to live with abundance and how to be abased, and these traits come and go in our lives. The reality is, focus on others and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ's redemption, and all things will be added according to God's grace and mercy in our lives. All according to His will for our lives on this earth. His will and purpose for our life is simple. Repent and surrender "self" totally, and He will give you over to Jesus Christ. A Spirit Driven Life is a Holy Spirit driven life for the end purpose of redemption and spreading the gospel of redemption.
A true servant of Jesus Christ is one who is willing to experience martyrdom for the reality of the gospel of God. Are you willing to go that far? When a moral person is confronted with contempt, immorality, disloyalty, or dishonesty, they are so repulsed by the offense that they turn away and in despair close their heart to the offender. But the miracle of God's redemptive power results in a true Christian facing the worst and most wicked offender and showing the love of Jesus Christ. Truly living in Jesus Christ, one can never exhaust the depths of His love. The Apostle Paul did not say that God separated him to show what a wonderful person he was, but “to reveal His Son in me.” That is the gospel to reveal to others.
"But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother. Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not," Galatians 1:15-20.
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Good article Brian! Personal salvation comes first then God;s salvation which reaches to the ends of the earth. 1 Corin.10:24-Let no one seek His own, but each one the other's well being. (33) Not seeking My own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. I totally agree with what you wrote here: ("Jesus Christ labored in redemption to redeem the whole world and to place it perfectly whole and restored before the throne of God.") We even have His word on it! Is. 49:8-I will preserve You and give You as a covenant TO RESTORE THE EARTH! Blessings, Sharon
Thank you Brian for an article I will save and use again and again. You have done many a great service, and I do hope all types of Christains will use it now or later.
I have three questions:
1. What does the word "difinations" mean?
2. Do you think your comments apply to our leaders, and further - if I may press the point - were we rights as Americans to invade Iraq to liberate it from one of many bad leaders?
3. Are you a member of a Catholic Church or were you exposed to this Church?
Congratulations on a fine contribution that is relevant and useful, starting with myself. Neil Deo