(09/02/2014) In the Likeness of His Resurrection

Posted: September 1, 2014 in Adam, Inheritance, Resurrection, Salvation, Service, Spiritual Growth, The Fall of Adam, The Human Predicament
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Today, more points are shared on the new nature for Christian believers as well as the process of their salvation and spiritual growth.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  A Fallen Nature? (09/01/2014)—(4.)  A person should not worry that they have not properly received, or are losing their salvation because their lifestyle no longer seems comfortable, and easy.  Becoming certain of ones salvation is an aspect of the many fundamental changes that must occur within each believer.  The premise and starting point for ones emotions and thoughts must arise from the new spirit they now contain.  A believer’s physical world will not be changed.  Outward circumstances and conditions must be discerned and valued in terms of their expression of eternal life from GOD.  Rather than through constant contentment, happiness, joy and prosperity, the permanent changes wrought by divinity as ones salvation are recognized through affliction, embarrassment, hardship, and suffering that reveal familiar things to be contrary to ones new nature.  Situations and things formerly accepted as being part of who you are (e.g., use of alcohol and cigarettes, flirting, gossiping, lying) or as desirable, natural and normal, are seen to be profane, ungodly, and without spiritual power.  Believers know their salvation by their desire for change, for sacred knowledge and for correct fellowship with experienced believers as well as by disinterest and distancing themselves from carnal and worldly things that increasingly are no longer satisfying.

(5.)  You could say the visible process of salvation that will be seen in public is that of declaring oneself to be a new person by continually speaking in agreement with sacred truth, and displaying specific attitudes, behavior, and conduct with spirit content from GOD.  Instead of relying upon what family, friends, and people say—or even ones own feelings and thoughts—those who have come to Christ anchor their lives in the word from GOD that they have received.  As created beings and living creatures we are all challenged to understand, and then choose the course of our lives.  However, coming to the point of understanding—going beyond merely having correct data, needed facts, information, and knowledge—typically demands multiple choices that (at least, at first) are confusing, destructive, and misdirected.  Multiple experiences of conflict among our feelings, disappointment, and uncertainty also are authentic and genuine aspects of salvation and spiritual growth for many Christian believers.  The believer is able to “stay the course” by ignoring and looking away from “self”, and instead focusing upon the service and work they must do as agents and representatives of Christ.  Consider again 2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, Romans 8:  1-9, 2nd Peter 1:  4 and Romans 6:  3-14, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  For he that is dead is freed from sin.  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you:  for ye are not under the law, but under grace.  (Romans 6:  3-14, KJV)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  The Adamic or fallen condition for mankind was established by transgression of divine law, and the violation of sacred trust. A new, correct, intimate and lawful relationship for humanity has been introduced as a covenant through Jesus Christ, who has appeared as the heir to Adam (and whom we therefore call the Son of Man, and the Second Adam), the heir to King David, and the Son of GOD.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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