Progressing In The Truth Forms Christ Within Us

February 5, 2014

Friends,
God’s Word commands us to listen to good advice and to be humble enough to accept instruction so that we will attain wisdom. (Pr. 11:2 & 19:20) However, it appears that most people are not doing this. Oh, they may seek out teachers, but it is so as to get spoon-fed those things which they want to hear. (2 Tim. 4:3) Listening to those who are truly Spirit-filled and are trying to point out to them what the Word of God does in fact teach, is something they passionately avoid. Being sin-enslaved hypocrites, they have no room in their hearts for Christ’s words of Truth. (John 8:37) Because of this, they have no anointing of the Spirit by which to discern falsehoods. (1 John 2:26,27)

Indifferent to the danger they put themselves in as they ignore Jesus’ words to leave their blind guides (Mt. 15:14), these infants “gather about themselves” (2 Tim. 4:3), especially from the internet, teachers of Scripture who are void of understanding those things which they so confidently assert. (1 Tim. 1:7) “Meaningless talk” (v. 6), “godless chatter” (6:20), and “ridiculous arguments” (2 Tim. 2:23) they delight to indulge in –just like a “fool [who] takes no pleasure in understanding but only in airing his own opinions.” (Pr. 18:2) Though they spend much time studying, they refuse to accept and come into the Truth (2 Tim. 3:7), thereby refusing the Instructor and Life. (John 5:37-40)

But what does a humble and wise man do? He seeks the Truth. He goes to his Creator and, renouncing his offenses against the Holy Sovereign of the universe, he asks to be pardoned, washed clean of sin, and be given the indwelling Counselor to whom he pledges to submit. (Ps. 51:1-12) If his pledge is genuine and he walks in obedience to Christ’s teaching, to the Spirit’s voice, and to the Word, then the Spirit of God will, at the time of His own choosing, make His home there within that man. (Isa. 30:21 // John 3:3-8 & 10:27,28 & 14:15,16,23)

Contrary to what most teach, being “born of the Spirit” (John 3:8) –at which time we enter the Kingdom of God where “Christ is formed in us” (see Gal. 4:19) so that we become “a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17)– comes about, not through a claim, but through strenuous effort toward pleasing God. (Mt. 11:12 // Acts 14:22 // 2 Peter 3:14) Entering the Rest –who is Christ (Isa. 28:12 // Mt. 11:28-30 // Heb. 4:3) and His spiritual Kingdom (Luke 17:20,21)– is a striving (Heb. 4:11), a suffering (1 Peter 2:21 & 4:1,2), and a refining that both forms and proves faith’s authenticity. (1:7)

We are birthed through the Word of God (who is Jesus –John 1:1,14) by ingesting it, obeying it, and in humility, letting it purify us as it takes root in us, maturing us so that we produce righteous fruit. (Luke 8:11-15 // Ja. 1:18,21,22 // 1 Peter 1:22,23) If this does not happen, we will be cut off from Christ, thrown into the fire, and burned. (Luke 13:5-9 // John 15:1-10 // Rom. 11:22)

Definitely the insolent do not want to hear these things. They don’t want to because they want to continue on their own way –while also being able to claim being born again, of course. Sad. Incredibly sad. What more can be done for such people? Yes, prayer and patience. But, if they continue to foolishly and arrogantly deaden their ears, their hearts will only become harder, until, one day, they will have fully and forever severed themselves from God’s voice, the Truth, and the only Means of salvation. (Eph. 4:17-5:17)

Let us all be humble, then, and take warning, and be very careful how we live –not as unwise but as wise. (Eph. 5:15) For if we do not watch our conduct and our doctrine closely, and persevere and progress in the Truth, we cannot be saved. (1 Tim. 4:15,16)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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