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Risen with Christ!

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If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)

A Christian is already living in Resurrected Life NOW.

We are not talking of physical life here. This is about our spiritual life.

This is what it means when a person must be “born again”. Born a second time.

A true Christian is living what is actually an Imputed Life.

Which can only be true if God has declared us to be both Crucified and Risen. We can only be risen with Christ if we have already been crucified, dead, and buried.

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Faith in Our Own Good Intentions

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When churches preach against selfishness, they assume that a Christian will be ashamed and then do selfless things.

That is the theory.

But there is a fatal flaw in this thinking.

The Christian cannot overcome his “self”. Only the Lord is able to accomplish this.

Only by yielding ourselves to His working within us are we able to do anything that is good. And keep from doing anything that is bad.

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A New Christian License to Sin

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I’ve been listening to a lot of preachers these days who are trying to establish a new principle of Christian living.

Namely, that Christians should not be critical or divisive in their speech. As in criticizing a leader or teacher within one’s own church. Or by criticizing a well-known preacher, writer, or ministry. Especially a leader or ministry that is respected by one’s own church.

The basis for this new principle comes from the idea that Christians are to be known “by our love”. By our love for each other. And by our love for all the people in the world.

This love principle is contrasted against being known by our correct orthodoxy or accurate interpretation of scripture, or our defense of some doctrinal position. Which are each, supposedly, based on our own preferences or “tribal” affiliations.

But is this “non-critical” posture really biblical? Is this truly what the Lord has told us to do?

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The Church of Science

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I was watching a YouTube video the other day about ET spacecraft technology. It was very compelling. The gist of it was that man has been using technology supplied by “aliens” for quite some time.

This has been something I’ve followed for many years. Namely, the idea that man has been visited by benevolent “space brothers” who are trying to help man. To bring man back from the brink of his own destruction. From all his messing around with nuclear weapons and environmental pollution.

Kind of like the movie, The Day the Earth Stood Still. The black and white 50’s version.

Where we are welcomed into the great league of galaxies to join our “brothers” in the stars.

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The Words of Life

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He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” (Romans 4:9-24)

Abraham’s faith, which is what this verse is discussing, was based upon “that which was spoken“. (vs. 18) This has always been the basis of true faith. Believing what God has spoken.

In our case today, true faith is based upon that which God has written. What He has inspired or breathed out.

True faith is based upon every word of God.

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The Total Sufficiency of Christ

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When we speak of salvation through Christ, we mean salvation through Jesus Christ exclusively.

As in Christ alone, by Faith alone, by Grace alone, according to the Word of God alone.

Those who have been truly born again understand this.

But most of those in this world, who call themselves “Christians”, haven’t the slightest idea what this all means.

And therefore, they remain lost in their sins.

Despite making an outward profession of “knowing”, “loving” or “believing in” Jesus.

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“Partnerships” in Jesus’ Name: Conclusion – True Love

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Our compassion for the problems and suffering of others can tempt us to disobey the word of God.

It is very possible to think that helping others should take precedence over matters of spiritual truth. And that “love” is not bound by any “law”.

But is that really what the Bible says?

Are we truly showing the love of Christ to others if we disobey His word in order to do something in His name?

Or is this some other kind of love altogether?

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The Tyranny of Conscience

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Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:” (I Timothy I:17-20)

The problem here has to do with an absence of faith rather than conscience.

And it is a common problem that sincere believers must face. Some more than others.

For a good portion of my young Christian life, I was afflicted by a kind of hyper conscience over a great many things. And on a couple of occasions, it almost destroyed me. 

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“Partnerships” in Jesus’ Name

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I’ve been listening to this language of “partnering” coming from the leadership of my church. Which is the same rhetoric coming from a wide assortment of popular Christian leaders.

By “partnering”, they mean joining together with other organizations to accomplish some good thingin Jesus’ name.

These good things might range from working with local homeless shelters, food banks, addiction ministries, helping the poor, helping abused women, feeding starving children, or even joining with national or international groups providing aid to impoverished countries; or maybe just standing along-side some activist group trying to affect social or political change – once again, in Jesus’ name.

A common justification for this joint participation is that the organization we are partnering with is supposedly a “Christian” ministry that is doing “great good”. Which could, supposedly, do even greater good if more churches would join in their work.

However, does the Bible actually have anything to say about How we are to minister to others? Or with Whom we are to partner? Or Not to partner?

Has the Lord given us any clear guidelines or limitations for us to follow?

Or does our desire to help and to be good humanitarians take precedence over all other concerns?

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