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  1. The epistle to the Ephesians has already carried us to the height of our Christian position. Consequently, we have no further step to take in this direction; but as ever, the carrying out of the truth thus revealed is now to be proved in practice. Hence Colossians gives us, in fact, if not exactly the walk through the world, at least the furnishings for that walk. A consequence of this is, that we necessarily find the truths of the former epistles brought forward into this one. The growth truths of Romans, Galatians and Ephesians are all found in Colossians. With Romans, we have th
  2. Even knowing for certain that God—without fail—always brings us successfully through every discouraging and discomforting difficulty, it doesn’t ease much of the “hardness” in what the trial brings. It can often shorten the soak-time when remembering all of this, but nothing is supposed to detract from the exact level of difficulty God tailor-fits for each believer and each trial (1Co 10:13). This is what produces in us a desire to maintain stable dependence on God and continue to receive ever-increasing conformity “to the image of His Son.” It is in how “patiently” (Rom 12:12) w
  3. In Romans Eight we get the believer escaped from sin as a master, and the Law as a husband (concerning the Jew), in his new place in the Lord Jesus Christ. Being in Him, the believer is a spiritual person, no longer in the flesh (Ro 8:9), and the flesh is discharged as well as sin and the Law; that is, we are no longer under the old master, the old Adamic life and nature (“dominion”; Ro 6:14)! The flesh (old man), thus condemned in the death of the Cross, could never have yielded any fruit of allegiance to God (Rom 8:7), so that we say, it was “bad rubbish” in itself and to be free of it is “g
  4. As babes-in-Christ in the outset of receiving salvation (whom this article addresses), it is normal and acceptable to be preoccupied with appreciation for the blessings. But as we grow in our faith and in the image of Christ we learn the goal of becoming more occupied with the Blesser than the blessings, and thus begins the gradual and ever increasing lessons from the Word of God and its Author—the Spirit of God (2Ti 3:16; 2Pe 1:21). I would suspect there is a consensus among believers that setting our thoughts on God and where He is possesses the most encouragement which can poss
  5. I want to address the title before it’s mistaken. The intention of “responsibility” has to do with the fact that man has no part in effecting nor retaining salvation, only in receiving and manifesting it in the obedience of its doctrines! I suspect that the understanding of many in Christianity may not reach the full implication concerning Grace and the Law, until the Millennium. There is an obvious general lack of differentiation between the administrations of Grace and Law among a great number of those within Protestantism. This has been obvious (especially seen in the term ‘Judeo-Christian’
  6. After being saved, it then is all about growth in the Lord Jesus (Eph 4:15), and the greater this growth the more we are used of God. One of the most significant aspects of faith is that it will be used solely in this life, for then we shall walk by sight, but now it is our walk of faith and what it produces that glorifies God! I also believe that how we walk in our faith will determine our “reward” (1Co 3:8, 14), which I believe will be in the form of authority (e.g. Mat 25:21). Of course, our constant motive in all things is to be God’s love in us to others, and the more active we are in thi
  7. The willing of the soul and the desire of the “old man” are separate entities within the believer in Christ! With the unsaved, unregenerate soul they are coalesce in their operations. Those reborn do not will after the desires of sin nature. But the unbeliever, being bereft of the new nature and unconcerned for holiness, must will after the desire of the Adamic-nature—being yet under its “reign” and “dominion” (Ro 6:12, 14); and to willingly desire after the old man is where its dominion of sin lies, just as not to will after the desires of the old man is where freedom from sin’s dominion is d
  8. Our fellowship to the Father will be its closest when we are absented of the “old man” and the mortal body (Rom 8:11). But His fellowship to us is the same now as it will be when we are finally in His presence. It is not as assuring to know how He is taking us through this life as it is just to know He is ever with us, now and forever (Matthew 28:20; Heb 13:5); not in His presence, which is in heaven, but in His Holy Spirit, Who has eternally united us with Him. So, let us appropriate the security and the joy of the Spirit’s presence in us, through Whom the Father provides all things (2Pe 1:3)
  9. Hi, and appreciate your instructional comment! Even though gratitude comes most difficulty during the trials, it carries most meaningfully during the "hardness" (2Ti 2:3); as it always hurts least and teaches us the most in patiently waiting it out, by "casting" it on Him" (1Pe 5:7).
  10. In one capacity or another every believer can and should maintain a perpetual amount of “joy” and “gratitude” if there is to be normal spiritual “growth” in the Lord Jesus (Phl 4:4; 1Th 5:18). It would be falsely sought in presenting cause to withhold these two cherished attributes toward God—as there is nothing in which the Father does not mean good for us, seeing all is orchestrated as such concerning every situation; and maturity here accords with the level of understanding Romans 8:28, that this promise is availingly true and operates unceasingly every moment for the believer.
  11. The Lord Jesus is not now on earth. He has ascended into heaven. What a very peculiar position then is mine hear! Sensible of the worthlessness of the first man, and of the absence of the Second. My own life—that of the first man, I have; the One I love—the Man who has glorified God upon the earth—I find no longer here. How can I get on?—only as united to that One in the glory. He is my Christian Life. Once with Him I can walk here, not to cultivate my old life, but to manifest His, which is mine in Him. Thus the Lord Jesus says, “For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also m
  12. It has been wisely said that “the lost need saved, and the saved need delivered,” and “the Blood procures pardon for sin; and the Cross procures power over sin!” The Blood for our forgiveness (Eph 1:7; Col 1:14); the Cross for the old man’s restraint (still on the Cross - Ro 6:6; Gal 5:24), and it is here—in the desire after God (Phl 2:13)—that all is evaluated. The primary growth issue is not so much in the avoidance of sinning, which lessens more all the time in the believer’s walk, but in the desire not to sin! Paul’s desire not to sin is demonstrated in his exclamation of “who
  13. Mark how distinctly Paul associates us with the Lord Jesus in Colossians 3:3. He said Christ is hid in God; well, He is your “Life” (v 4), and your life is hid there too. But the Lord Jesus is going to appear; and when He does, “ye shall also appear with Him in glory.” There is complete oneness with Him now for life. It is not just union, but complete association with the Lord Jesus Christ in glory (presently connected by the Spirit to Him and His, who are here and in heaven—NC). It is this which gives its character to the believer, and shows what his life is: “that the Life also o
  14. Hi, and thanks for your comments! God bless!!
  15. The natural man (e.g. natural man as opposed to spiritual man - 1Co 2:14, 15), yet in the carnal mind (unregenerate – not the same as carnal babes in Christ - 1Co 3:1, 3) has only natural faith and not spiritual faith, which is “fruit” (work) of the Spirit – Gal 5:22. The unsaved are “carnally minded,” and the saved are “spiritually minded” (Rom 8:6). All have natural faith but not all have spiritual faith (2Th 3:2 – the majority of mankind will ever be devoid of spiritual faith – Mat 7:13, 14). One can think they believe in God with the natural faith, which will manifest itself vi
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