posted on Mar, 18 2012 @ 06:24 PM
Originally posted by jmdewey60
reply to post by sacgamer25
No one can be made Holy obeying the law.
It is through the Gospel.
I thank my God every time I remember you. I always pray with joy in my every prayer for all of you because of your participation in the
gospel from the first day until now. For I am sure of this very thing, that the one who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of
Hearing and obeying the Gospel.
Which in today's terms would be reading the New Testament.
I don't think you understand what I am saying. I am saying the Gospel is saying listen to the Holy Spirit and do what it says. By listening to the
Holy Spirit and doing what it says one is following the Gospel. The New Testament says that Christ was sending the Holy Spirit to teach believers all
truth. This is precisely why we don't need to argue over interpretation. All of us, who accept that the Holy Spirit dwells in us, do have the Spirit
in us. This is the basic premise of the New Testament. The New Testament says believe that you have received what you pray for and you have received
it. This gift is the Holy Spirit.
When we argue over interpretation we negate the presence of the Holy Spirit as our teacher and instead are looking to the bible for a set of rules
that we must follow. There is only one rule we must follow. Love our neighbor as yourself. In the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus makes it
clear that everyone who shows us love is our neighbor, even non believers. Paul further emphasizes this in his teaching.
This is the whole reason that we are to believe in Christ and the reason we are condemned if we do not. The only way to Holiness is to believe the
spirit of God dwells in you and that you are in fact listening to God and not trying to do it on your own. This is the reason no one can be made Holy
by the Law. Those who listen to the law are doing so by their own will. Those who listen to the Holy Spirit in them, and are guided by it, are
doing so by the will of God. It is only by doing the will of God that anyone can be made Holy. This is why Christ said he came to do not his will
but the will of the father.
You can continue to hold people accountable to a set of rules by trying to interpret the New Testament as a how to guide or you can listen to the Holy
Spirit that lives in you. However, the Holy Spirit leads you down the narrow path that leads to life. The Kingdome of God is within all believers it
is not bound to a book. Those that look inward to the Holy Spirit and do what it says have indeed entered the Kingdome of God.
The message is simple believe that the Holy Spirit lives in you and do what it says. If you believe this then you have believed in Christ and the
Gospel. The rest of what is being taught in the New Testament is more a way to distinguish between those who are following the Holy Spirit and those
who by their fruit prove they are not. If you claim that you are a believer but still sin you prove that you are not living by the Holy Spirit in
you. For anyone who is born of the Spirit will not sin. I have believed the Holy Spirit in me is stronger than the Spirit of this world. Although
like Paul I do not believe that I have overcome this world, I do believe that by continuing in my faith that the Holy Spirit will guide me I will
overcome this world. If I continue in my faith I believe I will enter into the Lords Sabbath rest. Doing so not by obeying the law, or by following
some perfect interpretation of the bible, but by letting myself die and allowing Christ to be my life.
The way of man is to do what is right. The way of God is to let Christ do what is right in your life. I continue to listen to the bible daily
because it provides me with hope and encouragement. I have stopped trying to be made perfect by understanding the words but rather am being made
perfect by listening to the words of the living God who speaks directly to me.
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