What do you see in the new testament church that you no longer see in the church you know today?

I have long since looked at the biblical account of the Church of God. The things that they did, things that where part of their daily lives, the love for one another, the genuine struggle and fight to keep it pure and on the true path to God and Godliness. You see every day people experiencing God in everyday life. You see the people who had once been despised and outcast from society become part of a family, the family of God and begin to see their lives transformed.

They became a family marked by their love and their sacrifice for one another and by the power of the Spirit of God operating among them. But lets look at what specific things we can identify as, no longer part of what the church is today or no longer the same as it was back then.

What do you see as missing or changed behavior or practices of the church then and now? Lets identify everything we can and what little steps each of us can take in becoming re-builders of the ancient ruins of the new testament church.

Acts 2: 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

I see a lot of teachers but not a lot of people devoting themselves to the teachings of apostles. That’s the pastors job right? Wrong! Even the style of teaching we do see is modeled after the roman style of religion, the style of their Gods. Something corrupted in style, that has an impact. Its no minor thing to adopt the style of the worship of false gods, but it has become so ingrained, that what once was has been totally left in ruins. How to identify what was and rebuild it? How can you rebuild the new testament church model of teaching?

I see some fellowship (friendly association) on Sundays when you are stuck in the same building together but how many of the people are true friends sharing the rest of their lives as you would with someone you where truly friends with? Imagine growing up in a family that did not bother to take their meals together, did not bother to share their day to day lives with each other how empty that would be. Church is the assembly of the family, and what makes someone family is the closeness and the care, and with that goes the prayer. How can you and i help move the church from a non profit organization that meets up on Sunday trying to look their best to a family where all your ugly comes out and still you have a place where you belong at the table? How can you rebuild the fellowship of the family of God’s children?

Jesus and Buddha

Buddhism teaches that Life is Dukkha (suffering) Because of change, since everything is dependent on something unreliable.

This word Dukkha is translated as life is suffering. Some say stress or dissatisfaction. The idea is that physical emotional and mental pain is life. Dukkha-dukkha The reason for that pain is impermanence, that all things change. Viparinama-dukkhaThat everything depends on something else that is changeable and unreliable. Samkhara-dukkhaThe answer offered for this life of suffering is don’t cling to anything your life will be better. An equivalent modern day adage is to “Live in the moment”

As a Christian we can relate to these truths but we understand them from a different perspective.

Buddha assumes life is suffering because we cling to things in a changing world where nothing is unchanging, nothing reliable. But the bible has us look to why it is unreliable. We see a world corrupted by sin that results in death. Jesus might have responded to Buddha saying sin leads to suffering and its spiritual and physical consequences are death and death is suffering.

Sin for those who don’t fully understand, is spiritual imperfection Anything that is not motivated by love, not done in faith and not with the keeping of conscience is sin. There are specific commandments but those are meant to expose what should just be, when your heart is right. They exist to show us our enslaved condition as part of this broken world through our inability to keep them. To make clear the human condition requires something more then just ourselves as our foundation.

The reality that things change is still true. Most things people build their lives on will change. Like building a house on a foundation of sand. When the storms of life come that house of your life will fall in ruin. But instead of not clinging to anything as Buddha suggests we very cling to something with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength. We cling to something unchanging solid and unmoved by the storms of life.

Buddha saw the world as unstable and our lives without a secure and unchanging foundation to rely upon. But there are those who have tasted, seen and have come to know the unchanging perfect love of the eternal God. If that is you then you know what I am talking about. Everything for you has forever been changed. When we place our hope on the secure foundation of the rock of ages we have found our way to the eternal God, who is love Then we know. It is by choosing the door that is Jesus, the promised one, Son of God we can know the peace that surpasses understanding. We begin to experience that something certain that remains standing when all else falls.

It is all about knowing the power of Gods unfailing love. A love so strong as to send the first born son of God into the world in the lowly form of a man. So that in body that He might demonstrate that perfect love. And become the means for man to reconnect to God not simply as creature but as children. Jesus lived that example to show the way and then satisfy justice for our sins. Paying the life debt of our souls and making the way clear for those who would one day become children of God. “No greater love has any man then this that he lay down his life for his friends” – Jesus. It is by faith in that love of God poured out we are able to receive it. It is by confessing Jesus as the new Lord over our life that we become His. In becoming his we become united to Him in spirit and are saved out of the death of this world into a new life in spirit as Gods own children.

In the end we children of God are called to live in the moment as well. Not in the surrender to the reality that life is changing and full of suffering or to the abandonment that nothing can be relied on , built on or clung to without it changing and leaving us disappointed and suffering. No; we live in the moment and surrender the outcome to the reality that we are so loved. That as children of God our lives our in his hands and not our own. That is how the psalmist can say “Though I we walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil because you are with me”. That love changes how we see life and how we live it. Even in our failing we are comforted by Gods love through his discipline and direction. Just more continuing evidence that he loves us. We who are Gods experience His blessing and come to recognize the voice of His spirit in all the different way He says He loves us.

For those children of God mature enough and considered worthy to suffer, we suffer. For loves sake we offer our lives as sacrifice in an unstable world that has lost its foundations. So others may know the strength and security of the perfect love that casts out all fear. So they may become partakers of what is eternal life, the spirit and nature of God himself.

I believe Jesus would tell Buddha that love is life and God is love. That it is the only unchanging thing to cling to and build your life securely on in a broken, dead and dying world.

Out Forgiving God

Can you bless who God has not blessed?

Can you forgive who God has not forgiven?

Do you really need to forgive everyone everything for your own benefit?

There is a self centered false teaching out there that says just that. It is very destructive doctrine that has hurt a great many people.

It is easily addressed with a few simple questions:

Does God forgive everyone?
Should we forgive like God does?
Should we try to out forgive God?

The bible has all the examples for forgiveness:

If your brother repents.

If you brother repents yet again.

If repentance is from the heart and not just words.

If action in keeping with repentance follow it was genuine.

If they do not know what they are doing no repentance is required.

If not one of the above, you should retain the sins of others so heaven may retain them and come against them.

Proper responses when retaining the sins of others:

Are you confessing your own sins to one another?

Are you doing good to unrepentant sinners?

Are you praying for God to grant them repentance?

Are you going to confronting them in their sins privately?

Are you going to confronting them in their sins as a group?

Are you ready to break fellowship with the unrepentant?

Do you care enough about their souls to turn them over to Satan?

All the above is spiritual warfare for the purpose of making peace and restoration of the sinner with God. First in their own life, then it flows from there to: family, church, and society.

To forgive is to set free, to be at peace with, to welcome someone for their sake at your expense. Letting go of any debt they may owe you because of past wrongs.

It is never self serving, it is sacrificial.

If you don’t want to forgive and do not want repentance and change for them and are unwilling to even consider restoration even when their lives have truly changed. That is where the verse “forgive us our trespass as we have forgiven those who trespass against us” come into play.

If God forgives us when we repent we too must also forgive others when they repent. If Christ forgave us our sins in ignorance we too must do likewise. But the willful sinner, the one working for the enemy as his servant, seeking to destroy your life. Those who live in that state God would not forgive, so why would you?

This doctrine of false forgiveness has left Gods people unequipped to deal with the enemy.

If you are busy forgiving evil you are not fighting against it you are welcoming it.

welcoming it into you life, family, church and society.

The purpose of life, marriage and family in Gods kingdom.

For Christians life is not just for living as you please. The life of Jesus is the example of how to live before God in total faith and submission, entrusting your lives and souls to God. We all learn as did Jesus obedience through suffering. Some are even considered worthy to fill up what was lacking in the sufferings of Christ. As Christians we are given all we need to live that life, all we need for godliness. But this direct spiritual relationship with an invisible God is hard to see. Enter the Christian marriage. One of the most powerful visible testimonies of how man is to relate to God though Christ Jesus. As Christ submitted to Gods authority in all things and embraced the loving sacrifice on behalf of us in order to present us clean perfect and spotless so too men who would be husbands must submit to God in doing this very same thing for their wives. Just as Gods love requires faith to receive it and become pleasing in his sight so to do wifes require faith to submit to the husband as unto Christ and allow the will and plan of God to unfold in their lives. They live as examples and as a testimony of how we are to relate to be pleasing to and be blessed by Christ Jesus. The to must mutually submit to God in living out this Gospel testimony before the world that we call marriage if they wish it to be blessed. The husband as Christ living out sacrificial love in holiness before God. The wife as the church living out the submission of faith in that love. These things are built into our very nature even the ungodly know it and despise it in many cases. But the marriage is the foundation of the relationship between Christ and the Church built into creation itself.

In the same way the family is the example and testimony of the greater family of God. The example of how God relate to his children, loves them, discipline them, encourages them to grow, trains them up and readies them. The example of how the spirit comforts and helps explain Gods will and ways to all his children. The testimony of the family is the living example of the Church. God is not some abstract being defined by some man made doctrines that no one can relate to. God made it clear that His nature is that of a good father and He built that into His creation and that is why we have fathers. He relates to his children as family seeking for them to them grow up into the fullness of their potential godliness. Their is rank in the house based on maturity. Their is the first born who is over all the other children. They all are of the same holy seed of the father all are what he is and all bear in themselves his nature.

How a family functions is how a church should function and is the missing part of how you see church functioning in the new testament that is largely missing today. Not that hey had it right in the beginning, be we are closer to the end. Perhaps God can have at least one right clean ready example of a man, of a marriage, of a family of a church. Yes Family by its nature can be noisy and a bit messy when everyone is given the opportunity and expectation to contribute to one another using their gifts. Fathers usually do the heavy lifting, lead the family into things it needs to grow and watch for trouble and deal with it when it shows up. The motherly spirit if given room to do so, sees to it that everything flows as it should and each one has what they need when it is needed so they can play their part in the family. Structure is created to invite the children to participate in being a family and mature in the process while trying to minimize chaos and conflict. Eventually the kids mature enough to run much of the show and the fathers can sit back and focus on greater things and simply keep a watchful eye out for the enemy to show up.

I desire a relationship with God that is the testimony of my life. I desire a marriage not for the purpose of being married like everyone else but as a living Gospel testimony like a city on a hill. Two people commuted to doing it Gods way or not at all. Leaving the outcome and the blessing in his hands, fearful to lay a faithless hand on a holy thing. I desire a family as an example of how the church should function focused on the least first and on building up. Where the slightly more mature child is the example to his younger sibling and each one can give what they have received. Where a father can watch one of his little one tear down the vain plans of the enemy and put him to open shame.

I desire a family of God in fellowship with other families of God, extending outward and touching lives as it goes. A healthy living example of how it should be, of how it could be, if only we let go of ourselves and surrendered to Gods ways until blessing came from His hand alone.

I don’t know if there are others out there with this vision and desire growing in side of them. But if it is in you I would like to know you. I would like to see what God would do with such people, Because I do believe He deserves at least one example of how it could be. I know sin gets in the way especially if you have been lied to that you will never overcome sin in this life. But there are those of us who are mature enough to live and die by His will in order to see Him have at least one example for Himself. One example to show to the world.

I came to a place where my focus became how a wife could be pleasing in my sight and out of that I was turned to how can I be that way to God and make him feel what I would feel with a woman that my heart could trust in. Its about her faith in me being reliable even when life gets stormy It is about how she looks at me knowing my love is behind everything even when I am angry. It is her faith in God and in Christ at work in me and in my love for her that lets my heart trust her with everything without fear she would loose sight of my love. I want to make God feel that way about me. This is what came out of all of that desire to be pleasing. That He deserves at least one man, One marriage, One family, One Church and I want that to start with me. I want to see the years the locust have eaten restored and more.

Not sure if there is a lot of time left to live this out before He returns. But why else would you get married and raise up a family in days like these if not to light up the world in its darkest hours.

But who am I? Just a nobody with nothing in the hand of God seeking to live the life of Christ Jesus.

“For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever and ever”

Fearful expectation of judgment

Some bible verses can be very scary if you do not understand. Our faith in Gods love poured out at the cross helps us to see past those fears so we can look and understand how this can be the way of the God who is love?

“If we deliberately go on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins remains, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume all adversaries.” – Heb 10:26-27

Have you ever “deliberately sinned?”

Do you know the truth?

Will you faced with no hope, only the fearful expectation of Judgement?

If you dont understand Hebrews 10:26 you may be thinking just that. Yes we should have a healthy fear of God but it should be a fear based on the tuth of who he is and who we are in relation to Him. Lets start with this verse. All who have there hope in Him purify themselves just as he is pure. – 1 John 3:3 Let me make this clear, If you are perusing this purification in hope you are not in the willful pursuit of sin! Also please note a transliteration of Heb 10:26 would read “willingly for sin”.

What is sin? Broken cisterns is what we usually associate with sin. The outward things our faithless sin leads us to, in order to find sastisfaction outside of God and his ways. But sin is always in the why! The motives that bring us to these broken places looking for water to sastisfy our thirst. The outward things may remain the same while the reason we find ourselves going there may change.

We also need to understand this verse based on the fact that God gave us the foundations of repentance to go to when we sin. Even if we are to mature and cease returning to those foundations, eventually stop starting over they are still there for us. Mercies new ever morning because of the cross of Christ and the faithfulness of God. All sin is a faithless heart motive joined to our will and is acting against God. We who are born again are like Lazarus in his grave clothes. Alive but wrapped in the trapings of our former death. This willfully being for sin is talking about putting those grave clothes back on and returning to death once we have been made alive and set free from our sins.

There is another comparable verse. Heb 6:3-5 Which makes it clear what the knowledge of the truth actually is and what is meant by willful sin. in Heb 10 the call is to hold tightly to your hope. the same hope by which you have taken up your purification. Heb 6 the statement is to those who have fallen away from faith. What disqualifies Satan from the foundations of repentance? He knew God and was a partaker of the power of God. He knew better. What truth of who God is in relations to him would set him free? Man on the other hand qualifies for repentance in his ignorance of the truth of God and his power.

IMO the reason why we seldom see the power of God operating in the life of believers is because their still remains something in their hearts that could result in them finding themselves in this Heb 6 situation. A loving God is not about to give a loaded spiritual gun to a spiritual infant who has yet to learn to stand let let alone stop needing to wear spiritual diapers because they have not learned how to keep their own body and deal with sin.

Still bessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. But the purpose of the gosple is the rich fullness of salvation. It is there for all who ask, seek, knock and choose to take the promise land by force. That promised land is the fullness of the stature of Christ in you and dare i say even being filled up to the fullness of God. Either the kingdom of God in you is suffering violence as you surrender yourself to sin or is acting forcefully violently against sin in your life and taking over your personal promised land ridding it of all faithlessness which is sin. If ti was simply a matter of cutting off your hand or plucking out your eye it would be easy. But with that same level of violence and force we must persue excising sin from the heart. The working out of our salvation with fear and trembling to be sure our deciptful hearts do not leave us saying Lord Lord and hearing depart from me I never knew you because of our pratce of sin has hardened us to the reality of who we really belong to.

A Fathers Cry!

Daughter oh daughter walk in the God bless-ed way.

Where faith holds tight and darkness rues the day.

Sing the praises of his love for each and all to hear.

For only faith may know love let me make that much clear.

Your faith is what makes you beautiful in his eyes.

Its submission to his love is what makes you his bride.

Their is a curse against these things that you must fight.

By it you will reason that something else is right.

But truth is a spirit and we experience its light.

In it you can see him in the dark of your night.

In spirit you know him, without confusing whats right.

Let the faith in your eyes call your warrior to the fight.

Be Angry…

Did you know the bible contains the command Be Angry? – Eph 4:26

The command to Be Angry is given in the context of us you ridding yourselves of the old self, ( the old ways) and putting on the new self, which is the likeness of God.

So how are we to be angry?

The scripture says to be angry without sin.

But who is angry without sin?

Was Jesus angry without sin? Was God angry without sin?

To be angry without sin is to be angry like God is angry and like Jesus our example was angry.

What are we to be angry about?

What is God angry about? What is Jesus angry about?

Different things, just read you bible about it, but basically angry against sin and evil. Especially when sin was standing where it should not be standing and causing others to be kept from coming to God.

Why be angry at all?

What Good and Godly outcome is to be achieved by You and I Being Angry?

The Bible context for the command to be Angry speaks of not letting Satan get a foothold. Not letting Satan have a place to stand.

I believe that means in our personal lives our families our churchs and our society.

OK so perhaps now your angry with some godly reasons and without sin and are feeling like you totally should be angry. Now what?

What do we do with that anger?

The scriptures instruct us to not let the sun go down on our anger.

Well What does that mean?

Well to get to that we need to learn the basics of what God created anger for?

What does it do to us? What does anger do to God, Oh my?

It motivates us to take action against what is wrong.

Just like God anger moves Him to action against sin.

You cant simply put away righteous anger about what is wrong without taking action against it can you? Do we have an example of God getting angry and doing nothing, just swallowing it or trying to let go of it for his own well being? No.

The bible says that if you know what is good to do and do not do it to you it is sin.

Being Angry about sin and not taking the actions against it and doing what you know you should is one way you can let the sun go down on your anger. But it is also why we may find ourselves with Satan standing in or lives where he should not be allowed to remain.

I thought christians should not be angry ever.

I am of the opinion that too many Christians have bought into the lie that we should not be angry, ever.

That there no right anger for us. That we should be at peace even tolerating evil and sin…

The bible teaches in teh very same context to put away all anger. But it uses a diferent word for anger in that case. The context also makes clear we are talking about putting away fleshly and putting on the Godly. So it make total sense that one kind of anger we want to put away and another kind of anger, the kind without sin we are to embrace and let it move us to act against sin and deny Satan a place to stand in our lives.

We are angry as Christians in our Spirit because God would be angry and Jesus would be angry but we try not to be angry and do nothing. As a result we let the sun Go down on our anger without the necessary action needed to deal with the issue.

Too many have bought the lie that Anger, something which God created in us for our good, and Jesus demonstrated for us as a right example, is somehow inherently bad. So we have let Satan not only get foothold but we tolerated him building strongholds in our lives homes churches and society.

It is true that you should not be quick to anger. In fact anger is more of a break glass emergency function to move us to action before its too late.

It is also true the anger of man does not bring about he righteousness of God.

But we are not commanded to Be Angry in the anger of man.

Do you think God is giving us permission to be angry in a wrong way or for selfish reasons? That its ok as long as we suppress and it don’t act on it and put it away before the sun goes down?

I used to believe that when I just believed without getting it from God and His word myself. Some times one wrong thing learned long ago can mess up the course of our lives.

To be angry without sin is to be angry in a right heart. Because sin is all about the heart, that is what God is looking at. I suspect many struggle with the wrong kind of anger, because they have not learned how put away all the wong ways of being angry and put on Gods way to give Anger its rightful place.

Thats my perspective.

Be angry, yet do not sin; on your bed, search your heart and be still. Selah Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the LORD.

– Psalm 4:4-5

Search your heart, did you do all that was right to do today, then you made your sacrifices of righteousness and can be still, let go of that anger and trust in the lord for the outcome.

Note: You have a God given sphere of authority. Anger and action have a scope. Things we can directly act upon, things we cant. Some things we can do and we should act on. Other things we can NOT change directly. Then prayer by itself becomes our action and we can still let our heart be still having done what was in our power to do.

How the seed of the Gospel becomes a holy Child of God

The word of the Gospel is the seed of life in God.
Once we receive it we become pregnant with hope.
It unites with us and connects us to God through Faith in Christ.
Here we are called to abide in the vine , the umbilical of faith in Christ Jesus.
We are rooted and grounded in Gods love, through the life giving blood of Christ Jesus until the spirit of God in Christ is fully formed in us.

Whatever the Gestation period is spiritually we must abide in him until we are ready.
Then we are born into the light, as the morning star dawns in our hearts.

Through much pain and difficultly this hidden life comes to light.
The word says not to be surprised at the suffering that come upon you at first, its the curse or result of sin. Just as physical childbirth is cursed with pain because of sin, so too is the spiritual childbirth. But then we take our first spiritual breath, the holy kind. We become an active partaker of the life that was being formed in us by faith.
Then it is milk milk and more milk baby. The milk of the word to sustains us and make us grow.

Soon after that Its baby food, the pre-chewed word of God given to you by your spiritual parents who brought you into this life with the gospel, and your shepherd-pastors and teachers.
Lots and lots of poopy diapers later ( new baby believer are messy ) Just ask any experienced parent/shepherd/pastor/teacher you are fat and healthy with the word of God.

Eventually we get our spiritual teeth and learn to chew our own food. ( gets even more messy ) But soon no more relying on pre-chewed food, we are equipped to chew on Gods word ourself now.

We now get our spiritual food direct from the source, rather then with your pastors drool in it. Though they still may take you to different pastures and watch over you as you chew and talk with your mouth full about what you are munching on in gods word to each other. The need to have someone else predigest the word of God for us and spit it out for us to eat is at an end. As is the failings of what we have been taught wrong, continuing to rule our lifes. Because whatever sins and lies that afflicted your pastors and teachers, gets into what they chewed up for us to eat. Each of us will have to stand before God on our own. You cant point at your parents/shephard-pastors/teachers and say it was their fault, even if it was.

But before you know it fat happy babies become toddlers and begin taking their first baby steps of faith. Learning to walk in the spirit of self control, through bumps and boo-boos, triumphs and failures. Here Satan spends a lot of time trying to convince us that the only reason we fell down was because we tried to stand up and if we just stopped trying to by like our Father God we would be just fine. But we have faith so we think we can, we think its God but the only way to know for sure is to step up and step out and experience the truth for ourselves. It is a time of testing the spirits and getting to know Gods nature, character and voice personally in our learning what is and what is not Him. We do so by trying to walk it out for ourselves and learn as we stumble towards God how to stand like Jesus.

Soon enough we become stable in our faith and are growing in strength and maturity, taking on the stature of Christ Jesus and learning how to run with it. Too often in haste and a whole new set of problems. As we start to enter spiritual maturity we learn to wait on the Spirits green light and stop at His Red ones. We learn to keep our body in holiness which is how we worship God in spirit and truth. Including the truth of who we are and are not. “Much more then a song because a song in itself is not what you have required” Heart of worship – M.W. Smith
We begin putting away the childish rush into sinful ways and wasteful vain and things that we want and that once entertained us but lacked the substance of the life and love of Christ.

In Maturity we are soon choosing suffering over the passing pleasures of sin because we love Him back, with a love that is being perfected through those same sufferings.
Once having drawn near to God, having cleansed our hands and purified our hearts, now possessing a love ready to suffer we are ready to be placed into service in our fathers house. No longer a child to be cared for but a servant son/daughter to take on the responsibility of care for our younger brothers an sisters and the keeping of our fathers house and defense of kingdom.

Eventually we cease from sin so we might begin to Give God glory with the rest of our life’s
Our focus is turned to training for spiritual war and getting filled up to all the fullness of God for that very purpose
Our will and labors in faith become focused on completing our course and neglecting nothing of the salvation provided to us for our eternal life and our Godliness.

For we seek the approval of our Father and his praise of “well done” over all the world has to offer.

Draw near to God, OK but How?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

OK but How?

Cleanse your hands, you sinners,are your hands dirty with sinful deeds? (Stop!)

And purify your hearts you double-minded. – is your mind still turning back to what is impure? (Stop!)

Limited success?Grieve, mourn and weep. About it.

Turn you laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.

Because if you humble yourself in this way before the lord over your sin He will lift you out of it – James 4:8-10

The Underground Church.

It is Interesting how the New Testament Church was a combination of the “Classical” model and the “non standard model” of clandestine operations.

The classical model is built ground up from growth around a common issue and the non standard is managed by trust in individuals who have long standing relationships and similar ideologies rather then a top down government like management structure.

The first is hard to identify and stop and the second is hard to infiltrate.
Of course we are all friends on social media now so it should be easy to do both.

Is everybody ready?

All well equipped for when the doors are chained and your pastors and leaders are simply missing?

You all know what to do, right?

Three parts sin, three parts salvation

We can see three parts of sin described in the bible:

The past tense of sin – Death the power to enslave and kill body and soul. (the penalty of sin )

The present tense of sin – Iniquity and its unrighteous root in the heart. (the nature of sin)

The future tense of sin – Transgression and it’s corruption of mind and body. (the future consequences of sin, greater and greater corruption)

We also see three parts of salvation:

You are saved – Salvation past tense. The defeat of the power of the law and sin and death by God and his Christ on the cross. Taking away the just sentence of death we all deserve and putting it on Jesus. Taking away the separation from God and making available the eternal spiritual life of God to all those who believe and take this new life by dying their old ones by coming under new spiritual ownership. Compelled by faith in the love of God we have tasted we surrender all.

Some do not even get this far but this is what most of us think about when we say I am saved.

But wait! There’s more…

You are being saved – Salvation present tense. This is where people get confused. It is like being given a sum of money to do business with and putting it to work and making a profit or burying it in the ground and neglecting it. The bible says You work out your salvation with fear and and trembling. Why fear and trembling? Because there is something to be gained and lost in the balance and it has to do with your salvation. What you will become and to what extent you be persevered complete or suffer loss. The good works that we do, are not just outward efforts. They are the stature of Christ has been realized in us that flows out. That wood hay and stubble that gets burned away, it impacts our salvation directly. That is why it says if all your works are burned away you will still be saved though as if through the fire, suffering loss. – 1 Cor 3:14-15 Your works are realizing Christ in You in full, making use of your salvation. You have work to do, to be sure you lay hold of what Christ laid hold of your for. That being the life of God and Godliness. The Apostle Peter says that you have been given everything you need regarding this life. Lets be sure to lay hold of the eternal life in full and loose nothing of our salvation to the purifying fire of God. – Mat 25:18

You will be saved – Salvation future tense. The destruction of our corrupted bodies, the destruction of the remainder of the wood hay and stubble that still remains from our old nature, that we failed to replace with the fullness of Christ. Did we simply neglected it or did we not want to pay the price and suffer the cost to get there or did we let ourselves be deceived by those who fear touching godliness more then touching sin? When the day comes we will be holy if not by the water of the Spirit now then by the fires of Gods presence burning away all that remains unsaved in us. When all is done What will be left after the fires of purification will be what we become in heaven, the spirit of us made holy by God. Then we will receive a new spiritual body that goes to fit. – 1 Thes 5:23

Why wasent I told?

Because so many are deceived and fearful that if you do anything with the salvation Jesus gave you would you some how be earning it.

They can not separate working for it to pay for it with the quality of your own efforts, from celebrating in it and making full use of ever last bit, in order to neglect nothing that was provided.

It is like going to a wedding feast and being sad and only drinking one tiny sip of wine to wash down a little crumb of cracker. When the feast is the most expensive feast ever known, the very life of God and godliness laid before you to eat your full in celebration of the victory of Christ Jesus!

it is hard to comprehend the full extent of the salvation plan of God, harder still to believe it so you can have it all. Many will be content to go into the presence of God poor in spirit, still theirs is the kingdom of God so they are blessed. But much much more is their for you if you want to celebrate in it all.