… I am especially thankful for the convictions we receive through God’s Holy Spirit!
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… I am especially thankful for the convictions we receive through God’s Holy Spirit!
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For to me to live is Christ
Christ was his life “efficiently”, the efficient cause and author of his (Paul) spiritual life; he spoke it into him, produced it in him, and disciplined him with it: and he was his life, objectively, the matter and object of his life, that on which he lived; yea, it was not so much he that lived, as Christ that lived in him; he lived by faith on Christ, and his spiritual life was maintained and supported by feeding on him as the bread of life: and he was his life, “finally”, the end of his life; what he aimed at throughout the whole course of his life was the glory of Christ, the good of his church and people, the spread of his Gospel, the honour of his name, and the increase of his interest; and this last seems to be the true sense of the phrase here;
and to die is gain;
to himself, for death is gain to believers: it is not easy to say what a believer gains by dying; he is released thereby, and delivered from all the troubles and distresses of this life, arising from diseases of body, losses and disappointments in worldly things; from the oppressions and persecutions of wicked men; from indwelling sin, unbelief, doubts, and fears, and the temptations of Satan; he as soon as dies enters into the presence of God, where is fulness of joy, and is immediately with Christ, which is far better than being here, beholding his glory and enjoying communion with him; he is at once in the company of angels and glorified saints; is possessed of perfect holiness and knowledge; inherits a kingdom prepared from the foundation of the world, and wears a crown of life, righteousness, and glory; enters upon an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled; is received into everlasting habitations, into mansions of light, life, love, joy, peace, and comfort; is at perfect rest, and surrounded with endless pleasures. This is the common interpretation, and is countenanced by the Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions, which read, “to die”, or “if I die, it is gain to me”: but instead of reading the words as consisting of two propositions, they may he considered as one, and the sense be either this; Christ is gain to me living or dying in life or in death; for Christ is the believer’s gain in life; he is all in all, his righteousness, his wisdom, his sanctification, his redemption, his life, his light, his food, his raiment, his riches, his joy, peace, and comfort; he is everything to him he wants, can wish for, or desire: and he is his gain in death; the hope he then has is founded on him, and the triumphs of his faith over death and the grave arise from redemption by him; his expectation is to be immediately with him; and the glory he will then enter into will lie in communion with him, in conformity to him, and in an everlasting vision of him: or thus, for me to live and to die is Christ’s gain; his life being spent in his service, in living according to his will, in preaching his Gospel, serving his churches, and suffering for his sake, was for his glory; and his death being for his sake, in the faith of him, and the steady profession of it, would be what would glorify him, and so be his gain likewise; and this seems to be the genuine sense of the words, which contain a reason of the apostle’s faith, why he was persuaded Christ would be magnified or glorified in his body, whether by life or by death.
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JESUS IS OUR EVERYTHING ~ HE IS EVERYTHING WE HAVE EVER NEEDED OR EVER WANTED (He should be anyway!!!) WHEN WE KNOW THIS WE LEARN THAT THIS LIFE HERE ON EARTH IS TEMPORARY~LIFE WITH THE LORD IS ETERNAL~ AND WALKING WITH HIM HERE~IN THE NOW~ WILL GET US THROUGH ❤
I wanted to share a comment from the comment section of a post I had shared called Roman Catholicism vs. Biblical Teaching. I share this with the love of God’s truth-how Jackie felt is the path I was starting to take…BUT GOD! I, too, believed I was a Christian while practicing and trying to do everything the religion (not The Good Lord) required of me and said I needed to do.
My prayer is that if anyone reads this that practices this religion that they will see we do have a Way out-His name is Jesus-He has done AND finished everything we need to be saved-GUARANTEED! There is NOTHING you can do to save yourself ❤ There is nothing your “church” can do for you ❤ There is nothing your “Mary” can do for you ❤ There is nothing your “communion” can do for you ❤
❤ REST IN JESUS ❤
It’s true…as a former Catholic, I always considered myself a Christian…even when I was living a very sinful life (You don’t know what you don’t know). Catholics believe they are part of the one true church…started by Jesus. They believe if they follow the Catholic Church teachings, that’s the best they can hope for. They will never be good enough so they have to go to mass, receive communion, go to confession, keep the Holy day’s, keep the sabbath (but they changed that to Sunday so they really aren’t keeping anything…just more of their man-made traditions), and follow the 10 Commandments (they don’t even know and haven’t been taught about the other 600+ laws in the Old Testament!) so they can hope for Purgatory…where they will then “pay” for their sins in order to be worthy to go to heaven (someday). The problem is they aren’t aware that to break 1 law is to break them all…no one sin is greater or worse than another. ALL sin deserves God’s wrath and punishment. That is why it had to be the spotless lamb…the Son of God…He’s the only one who can take away the sin of the world. They have been deceived. If I hadn’t walked away from the Catholic Church years ago I probably wouldn’t ever have gotten to the point where I cried out to God and He granted me salvation! If I had kept going through the motions, trying to be good enough, I’d still be there. I got tired of trying and decided: you only live once; I might as well enjoy it. What a sinful twist my life took…but for the grace of God. I was in such darkness before He saved me!
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❤ PLEASE~ PLEASE~ PLEASE SEEK GOD~ NOT A RELIGIOUS SYSTEM ~FOR HIS CONCRETE TRUTH FOR ALL OF US ❤
Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. Jesus explained to His disciples that those who had seen Him had also seen the Father. Fortunately for us, the mystery of God’s countenance had been solved through His son, Jesus. In the absence of […]
Having therefore these promises
That God will walk in his temple, and dwell in his churches, be their God, and they his people, that he will receive them, and be their Father, and they his sons and daughters; which promises they had not in hope, as Old Testament saints had the promises of the Messiah and his kingdom, and as New Testament saints have of the resurrection, the new heavens and new earth, and of appearing with Christ in glory; but in hand, in actual possession; for God was really become their God and Father, and they were his people and children; they had had communion with him, and were received, protected, and preserved by him; which promises and blessings of grace, and which are absolute and unconditional, the apostle makes use of to engage them to purity and holiness; and is a clear proof, that the doctrine of an absolute and unconditional covenant of grace has no tendency to licentiousness, but the contrary: and that his following exhortation might be attended to, and cheerfully received, he uses a very affectionate appellation,
so they were of God, being his people, his sons and daughters, adopted, justified, called, and chosen by him; and so they were by the apostle and his fellow ministers, who, as he says in a following verse, were in their hearts to die and live with them; some copies read brethren, and so the Ethiopic version. The exhortation he urges them to, and, that it might be the better received, joins himself with them in it, is,
let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and
by “the filthiness of the flesh” is meant external pollution, defilement by outward actions, actions committed in the body, whereby the man is defiled; such as all impure words, filthiness, and foolish talking, all rotten and corrupt communication, which defile a man’s own body; as the tongue, a little member, when so used does, and corrupts the good manners of others; all filthy actions, as idolatry, adultery, fornication, incest, sodomy, murder, drunkenness, revellings and everything that makes up a filthy conversation, which is to be hated, abhorred, and abstained from by the saints: by “filthiness of the spirit” is meant internal pollution, defilement by the internal acts of the mind, such as evil thoughts, lusts, pride, malice, envy, covetousness, and the like: such a distinction of (Pwgh tamwj) , “the filthiness of the body”, and (vpnh tamwj) , “the filthiness of the soul”, is to be met with among the Jews; who say F18, that when a man has taken care to avoid the former, it is fit he should take care of the latter; they also call the evil imagination, or corruption of nature, “the filth of the body” F19. Now when the apostle says, “let us cleanse ourselves”, this does not suppose that men have a power to cleanse themselves from the pollution of their nature, or the defilement of their actions; for this is God’s work alone, as appears from his promises to cleanse his people from their sins; from the end of Christ’s shedding his blood, and the efficacy of it; from the sanctifying influences of the Spirit; and from the prayers of the saints to God, to create in them clean hearts, to wash them thoroughly from their iniquity, and cleanse them from their sin: besides, the apostle is not here speaking either of the justification of these persons, in which sense they were already cleansed, and that thoroughly, from all their sins and iniquities; nor of the inward work of sanctification, in respect of which they were sprinkled with clean water, and were washed in the layer of regeneration; but what the apostle respects is the exercise of both internal and external religion, which lies in purity of heart and conversation, the one not being acceptable to God without the other; he is speaking of, and exhorting to the same thing, as in the latter part of the preceding chapter; and suggests, that it becomes those who have received such gracious promises to be separate from sin and sinners, to abstain from all appearance of sin, and to have no fellowship with sinners; to lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of haughtiness, and, under a sense of either external or internal pollution, to have recourse to the fountain opened; to deal by faith with the blood of Christ, which cleanses from all sin, of heart, lip, and life; and which is the only effectual method a believer can make use of, to cleanse himself from sin; namely, by washing his garments, and making them white in the blood of the Lamb:
perfecting holiness in the fear of God;
by “holiness” is not meant the work of sanctification upon the heart, for that is wholly the work of the Spirit of God, and not of man; he begins it, carries it on, and perfects it of himself; but holiness of life and conversation is here designed, which in conversion the people of God are called unto, and which highly becomes them: and this they are to be “perfecting”; not that a believer is able to live a life of holiness, without sin being in him, or committed by him; this is in, possible and impracticable in the present life; but the sense of the word (epitelountev) is, that he is to be carrying on a course of righteousness and holiness to the end; to the end of his life, he is to persevere as in faith, so in holiness; as he is to go on believing in Christ, so he is to go on to live soberly, righteously, and godly, to the end of his days; which requires divine power to preserve him from sin, and keep him from falling; and the grace of God, the strength of Christ, and the assistance of the Spirit, to enable him to perform acts of holiness, and the several duties of religion, and to continue in well doing: all which is to be done, “in the fear of God”; not in a servile slavish fear, a fear of hell and damnation, but in a filial fear, a reverential affection for God, an humble trust in him, and dependence on him, for grace and strength; it is that fear which has God for its author, is a blessing of the new covenant, is implanted in regeneration, and is increased by discoveries of pardoning grace; and it has God for its object, not his wrath and vindictive justice, but his goodness, grace, and mercy. This shows from what principle, and upon what views believers act in a course of righteousness and holiness; not from the fear of hell, nor from the fear of men, or with a view to gain their applause, but as in the sight of God, from a reverential affection to him, a child like fear of him, and with a view to his glory.
Is this what happens when you do not take the “mark of the beast”?
The bishops, with the pope as their head, rule the universal Church.
God has entrusted revelation to the bishops.
The pope is infallible in his teaching.
Scripture and Tradition together are the Word of God.
Mary is the co-redeemer, for she participated with Christ in the painful act of redemption.
Mary is the co-mediator, to whom we can entrust all our cares and petitions.
Initial justification is by means of baptism.
Adults must prepare for justification through faith and good works.
Grace is merited by good works.
Salvation is attained by cooperating with grace through faith, good works, and participation in the sacraments.
No one can know if he will attain to eternal life.
The Roman Catholic Church is necessary for salvation.
Christ’s body and blood exist wholly and entirely in every fragment of consecrated bread and wine in every Roman Catholic church around the world.
The sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated in the sacrifice of the Mass.
Each sacrifice of the Mass appeases God’s wrath against sin.
The sacrificial work of redemption is continually carried out through the sacrifice of the Mass.
Christ, the head of the body, rules the universal church (Colossians 1:18).
God has entrusted revelation to the saints (Jude 3).
Justification is by faith alone (Romans 3:28).
Grace is a free gift (Romans 11:6).
Salvation is attained by grace through faith apart from works (Ephesians 2:10).
There is salvation in no one but the Lord Jesus Christ, “for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
The sacrifice of the cross is finished (John 19:30).
The once-for-all sacrifice of the cross fully appeased God’s wrath against sin (Hebrews 10:12-18).
These doctrines don’t date back all the way to Constantine, except for perhaps in seed form, but were slowly adopted over many years as various popes issued decrees. In many cases, the doctrines are not even based on Scripture but on a document of the church. Most Roman Catholics consider themselves to be Christians and are unaware of the differences between their beliefs and the Bible. Sadly, the Roman Catholic Church has fostered that ignorance by discouraging the personal study of the Bible and making the people reliant on the priests for their understanding of the Bible.
~Recommended Resource: Reasoning from the Scriptures with Catholics by Ron Rhodes
~SHARED FOR GOD’S LOVE-MERCY AND TRUTH ❤ ❤ ❤
I believe…shedding His Light on the dark corners of the practice of Roman Catholicism~those that truly belong to Him and truly are His people will “come out of her” .
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PRAISE THE LORD! Uncle Mike’s blood count numbers are the best they have been since when he got sick!!!