Category: <span>Walk, for Christians</span>

On our Romans 7 discourse, Expositors comments, “…it is the cry of a human soul, if ever there was a personal cry. the passage betrays a kind of conflict far deeper and more mysterious than merely that of “I ought” with “I will not.” –It is a conflict of “I will” with “I will not”; of “I hate” with “I do.” Romans 7:19 illustrates this, “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. “ Troublesome, the divided mind looks like this: On one hand, we want to do good. On the other hand, however, evil over-rules the good intentions, resulting in injurious or bad actions. Perhaps we determine harder to do the good we want. Before long we witness the weakness of our will as we surrender again to that troublesome, pernicious, destructive, baneful display. We need an…

Eve was the mother of all living. Many years later, one of those “living,” Mary, became the mother of Christ — and the mother of all those living in truth. That truth, enduring for all generations, has seen many an opposing foe. However that truth cannot be extinguished, it marches on and on. John, who had received the book of Revelation contained in our Bible, wept in chapter 5 at the prospect of a certain scroll, one held in God’s hand, going unopened. He wept at the possibility of truth stifled in time, reality extinguished for the redemption of mankind, past, present and future. But, in Revelation 6 a seal is opened of that scroll of heaven. The Lamb has prevailed to open the scroll, it’s seals are removed one by one. Upon the opening of seal #1, “…behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a…

God’s love covers a multitude of sins. The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it. Proverbs 16:14  A person brings in a propitiation, anger is pacified. Yes, the sin, the offense, the fault — he removes it from the equation. There is no imputation of sin. God has called us to a tender reply, even a show of weakness. It repels the malignant part in the other, as it sides with the sinner, not to condone his sin, or sinful behavior — but to identify with it as also me-owned, admitting fulness of potential to self-display the very same sin — at any moment. I have always been amazed at God’s words to Cain in Genesis 4:6; “‘Why hast thou displeasure? and why hath thy countenance fallen? ” YLT. Cain displayed dismay, even anger and sorrow at the rejection by God of his…

Restoration must be included in all of a Christian’s thinking, since he or she will need it many times. Psalm 23 teaches us that God “restores our soul.” In Psalm 51:12 David prayed after he had fallen into sexual sin. God had sent Nathan the prophet to David in an effort at restoration. David was living in denial. Nathan told David a story of deceit and abuse — and then came the words to David. “thou art the man.” from 2 Samuel 12. It worked, and David prayed to God: Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: “Restore unto…

The perfect love of Jesus casts out fear. 1John 4:10-18 makes this clear.  “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” “We love because he first loved us. “v19 ESV Propitiation?  “ …the scriptural conception of the verb is not that of appeasing one who is angry, with a personal feeling, against the offender; but of altering the character of that which, from without, occasions a necessary alienation, and interposes an inevitable obstacle to fellowship.” quote is from Vincent “Word Pictures.” Christ, our sin-bearer, altered the character of sin by becoming sin for us, and taking it to a bloody cross, so sin died. Access to the Father resulted. So:   “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever…

Sin describes a continual attempt at hitting a target but a constant missing of that target. More than isolated failures ,sin actually combines the stigma of “missing the mark” with every thought or subsequent action which proceeds from an unregenerate person. It always misses because it can only function from its inherent nature — one tainted by the power of self-perception and adding self-evaluation to all of its functioning. This “conscience” of man, which was added to mankind at the fatal eating of the knowledge tree in the garden, gave man a scale of “good” versus “evil” for all future self-evaluations. So, this moral compass of man, conscience, educates itself with childhood taboos, classroom ethics, family rules, church taught laws and guidelines, cultural “yea and nay” and of course the guide of economic living — the model of finding provision for food and shelter. All of these are necessary paths…

Love is long spirited. “When tempering your anger, you do not immediately avenge the wrong, but you leave an opportunity for repenting to the one who has transgressed.” Origen Love pervades and penetrates the whole nature, it mellows anything harsh or austere.” Trench Love does not desire to make war upon the good it beholds in another — and to trouble that good and make it less. Shakespeare Love is not a braggart, does not sound it’s own praises or show off. Vincent Love does not self-display, employing rhetorical embellishments in extolling (glorifying), one’s self excessively. Thayer Love does not make sacred things “natural, “to cause a thing to pass into nature. ” Thayer Love does not run the risk of bringing the virgin daughter into shame, as in 1Corinthians 7:36.(a daughter who has passed the marriage age and father has not yet given her to marry.) He doesn’t shame…

Deuteronomy 28:14 reminds us, “… thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them. ” But, “the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath.” v. 13. We walk circumspectly; we walk in love. We walk in His light; we walk by faith. We stand in liberty; we put on the armor of light — in patience we possess our souls. We walk, not as the Gentiles, in the vanity of their mind — we neglect thoughts and paths that minister questions, that end up in circles, or unresolved conflicts. If we walk to please people, we become slaves to them. The right pathway is one which glorifies God only. Is that path proceeding to…

John 8:31 -12 teaches us: “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. “ Sadly, others, in 2Timothy3:7 were: ” Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” New Testament writers faced falsehoods of all kinds. The subtlety of Gnosticism was addressed often by both Paul and John. Gnostic elites claimed to own “salvation by knowledge.” Their name which means, “good knowledge” implies this. .newadvent.org “A gnostic learner entered a knowledge-path which would lead to a deeper knowledge which could not be attained to without the path, since indeed, the leaders had not even seen it in totality as of yet. So a gnostic is on a path of “knowing.” Of course there was some promise of a future “utopian” ideal which…

  Colossians 2:9-10 teaches,  “For in him (Christ),  dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.    ‘ A difficult passage, what does it mean for us? John Gill explains the theology of it: “the manner in which fullness dwells in Christ, is “bodily”; not by power, as in the universe, nor by grace, as in the saints, nor by any glorious emanations of it, as in heaven, nor by gifts, as in the prophets and eminent men of God, nor by signs symbols, and shadows, as in the tabernacle and temple, but, essentially and personally, or by personal union of the divine nature, as subsisting in the Son of God to an human body, chosen and prepared for that purpose. In addition Christ has:  a reasonable human soul; which is the great mystery of godliness, the glory of the Christian religion, and what qualified Christ for, and recommends him…