go site Such occasions are a test of integrity. We aim for unity with other believers, if it is possible to do so without forfeiting the first principle of purity. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Some Christians want unity to the point of shading the truth or letting sin and false doctrine continue rather than reproving it.
Whenever we sacrifice purity for the sake of peace, we lose both. What is the end result of the decision? What is its ultimate fruit? Who will it help and how? These questions can shed light on important decisions. Another important clue: Open doors. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.
Notice Paul mentions adversaries. Sometimes we misunderstand and suppose opposition is a sign that the leading is wrong. The reverse is often true. We are in a spiritual conflict with the devil and can expect resistance to what God wants us to do. Does all this guarantee perfect accuracy in knowing God's will? God wants the element of faith to be present in our walk with Him. Some insist on absolute certainty before launching out in faith on any decision. If we were always sure, how could faith be involved? Genuine faith steps out, believing that God is leading, and trusts him to correct mistakes.
Those who yearn for a perfect system of guidance are involved in a futile search. Any who claim to have found one are self-deceived. Our faith must ultimately rest in God's ability to direct us rather than the principles themselves. The Bible says we are saved by faith, we walk by faith and live successfully through faith.
If we are going to be reformers in our generation, then it is imperative we understand faith and understand it very well. More ridiculous ideas about faith exist than people.
Have you heard any of these? Faith is not faith unless connected to a promise from God. Faith is therefore simply trusting God to keep his promises. We struck up a conversation with a man at the next table. He was a local businessmen and a Christian as well. In Romans Four, Paul uses the example of Abraham who hoped to have a son. But when the promise came, Abraham had something solid to stand on. That promise turned his hope into faith. How do we recognize promises from God that apply to us? From the Word, through our quiet time.
How does this work? We approach out quiet time with anticipation, expecting the Holy Spirit to lead us to promises as they apply to our present reality. This can be a neglected practice among some, which is why we highlight it throughout this book. Belief does not hover aimlessly in mid-air, but plants itself in the firm foundation of. People often use the word faith when they should be using other words.
Counterfeit faith leads to disappointment. Biblical faith does not mean believing something without evidence or logical proof. If God can create a universe, he can surely keep a promise.
Biblical faith has three components: Data, reason and trust. Reason sees the connection between his promises and his ability to keep them. Trust means we rely on the promise regardless of circumstances. Jesus is that practical when it comes to applied faith. In Luke , he sent out his disciples with nothing. Upon their return, he established a principle for walking in faith. There may be times God sends us to do a job with no tools in hand.
These are rare. The ordinary way to walk in faith is to add sensible planning to a promise from God. Some movements display brash confidence or engaging charm when talking about faith. Immature believers can be deluded into supposing this is faith, when it may be nothing more than crowd manipulation.
Then comes a promise from God. Finally, we stand on that promise regardless of circumstances or human limitations. Fads lurk around churches, probing for an entrance like a virus. If not detected, they may even propagate themselves from the pulpit. We stumbled across one such fad while visiting some churches.
The teaching stressed we look at the corruption of our hearts until we feel despair, as we realize what sinners we are. This despair is supposed to drive us back to the cross, where we cry out to the Lord for forgiveness. He then grants grace and restores our joy. Supposedly, this cycle should be a habit in the Christian life, the key to victorious living. Is there anything wrong with that? It would be better to ask if there were anything right with it. Its like sticking your head in a garbage can and then coming up for air once in a while.
Living like that would drive anybody crazy. The teacher was right in saying our hearts have a lot of hidden sin. Our remaining corruption is always worse than we thought. He was wrong in assuming we are supposed to dwell on it. Which is our identity as Christians?
Are we sinners pursuing grace? Or are we saints with remnants of corruption? The point: Sin does not identity Christians as sinners, any more than it condemns them. Christians take their identity from their union with Christ, not from Adam. Living a life of repentance, as described above, is a subtle form of works-righteousness because it turns a feeling into a means of grace.
What is that feeling? This mindset robs grace of its sovereignty by making it dependent on our ability to repent properly. It amounts to a subtle denial of the sufficiency of the cross, the acceptance of the Father and a misrepresentation of the entire concept of grace. In works-based religions, pain is an essential ingredient.
It supposedly attracts the favor of a deity. Pain produces the humility necessary to evoke the sympathy of their deity. In some religions, people crawl on their knees or whip themselves.
Christians know better than to beat themselves with whips. Some, however, whip themselves with words. The truth is, we can never whip ourselves enough. We can never be humble enough because we can never be anything enough. Though humility is a virtue, it is not the way God provides grace.
The only vehicle of grace the New Testament recognizes is faith.
The New Testament does not authorize Christians to live a life of repentance by groveling. We would find it front and center in the epistles. Instead, we see exhortations to stand firm in our identity as saints of God, with authority over the world, the flesh and the devil. How many epistles are written to sinners?
How many to saints? All of them. Does this mean we should never call ourselves sinners? We certainly may. If we are referring to the remaining corruption in our nature, it is perfectly appropriate.
We are in a lifelong struggle against the sin remaining in our flesh. This corruption is truly sinful. If we are referring to our status before God, it is inappropriate to call ourselves sinners. We find little in the New Testament about Christians repenting.
One would expect to read a lot about it, considering how much we sin. However, just as sin does not define us as sinners, so repentance is not the main concern of the Christian life. Why should we bother to repent if we have such an exalted status in Christ? For one, we fail to live up to our new identity. This may happen by making our faults our focus. Another good reason to repent is because even though God is no longer our judge, as the Father he still disciplines us. Though we are clothed with the righteousness of Christ, this will not prevent him from applying the rod.
Avoiding spankings is always a good idea. That hurts us spiritually, emotionally and sometimes even physically. Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.
The focal point of biblical living is our union with Christ and the freedom it brings. Freedom from what?
From any sense of condemnation. Free to do what? Approach God with confidence. Repent for not living like free people. The New Testament clearly teaches us to relish our new identity in Christ, without trivializing our remaining corruption. When is it appropriate to repent for our remaining corruption? To illustrate: We drive a car by looking forward through the windshield. Once in a while, we glance in the rearview mirror to see where we have been. If we concentrate mainly on the mirror, we will crash. God provides special times for us to consider our sins and failures. During our quiet time, the Holy Spirit will occasionally point out areas in our life that need repentance.
This may not happen every day. Does this mean we are sinless that day? If we pick a rotten apple out of a barrel, should we assume it is the only one? Maybe so. Or, it may represent the whole barrel. In the case of human nature, the latter is more likely. The apostle Paul makes it clear we should examine ourselves at this time. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. Other ways exist, such as sermons, counseling or the working of the Spirit in our conscience during the day.
We repent and then go back to the usual business of enjoying our freedom in Christ and our identity as saints. Freedom can be alarming. It makes some feel insecure because they see how it could be abused. Teachings about identity in Christ and freedom are not a license to sin. They are close enough to it, though, to confuse some people. The apostles warned against using freedom as a pretext to indulge the flesh. This warning proves freedom is exactly what they meant. The only right teaching is the one that would provoke that question in the first place. Those alarmed at potential abuses will restrict themselves by rules to feel secure.
Ironically, the Word of God gives Christians the freedom to do that to themselves if they want to. It does not give them the freedom to do it to others. Normal Christian living focuses much more on our identity, privileges and status in Christ than our remaining corruption.
We are to live a life of joy in this identity with a life of repentance secondarily. This is a far-reaching freedom that stimulates growth through relationship, not rules, looking to the future more than the past. We do not remember from whom this is quote, but thought it worth repeating. Used by permission of NavPress — www. This type of schizophrenic lives a life of alternating emotional highs and lows. Evidently this author superimposed his pathology on the Bible to justify it, since he was never able to overcome it.
The psychologist said the author wrote his material during the high periods of his cycle and never really came into the victory he promoted in his program. For courtesy, we will not mention the name of this author, who is now deceased. These are 1Tim. Even these are doubtful in their interpretation. Though we see Christians in the New Testament sinning, they are not called sinners due to being justified by faith in Christ.
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