reply to post by DarkKnight21
Great thread. For me, I see in this that we are being shown our own utter lack of ability to follow these words in full. The first few times I read
the sermon on the mount, I realized that this is not something we can do fully. Jesus came to fulfill this law Himself. By speaking these words, he
is reaffirming the fact that we must step away with him rather than try it on our own. For the Christian, we are charged with rising to Christ, but
this is not something we can do here and now. The Holy Spirit is here now as a comforter while we wait. This Holy Spirit is then something we
receive as our own Spirit when God sends the Son to us face to face over the next 1000 years. Salvation comes at the appearance of Christ according
to Hebrews 9:28. Until then, we have been waiting. You must be born again. In Acts 24, Paul speaks of the last days when the righteous and wicked
are raised together back to life. Isaiah 26 speaks of this same event. Job said:
I know that my redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
26 And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh I will see God;
27 I myself will see him
with my own eyes —I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!
Revelation 1:7 states that, all eyes will see and all knees bow when Christ comes again, even the wicked generation that pierced Christ. How can this
be unless we are all here now to see it happen? 7 billion souls are here now. I don't this number as random. The resurrection has happened. Elijah
prepared the way. How do I know Elijah prepared the way? Read 1 Kings 17 and make the connection with John the Baptism, water and baptism being the
immersion of the soul as the child is brought back to the mother's arms.
Paul said this in Acts 24
I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets, 15 and I have the same hope in God as these men
themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.
4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the
world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you
sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble
yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
We cannot rejoice or take joy in this world, even when we feel like we are above sin and death. I think James is pointing out that we are to see
ourselves as we are--sinners. On our best day, we should still grieve, mourn and wail at the fact that we cannot save ourselves. It's not about what
we do, but about what has been done for us. As a reflection of our humility and vision of our true nature, God steps in and lifts us up. We do not
do it ourselves. Faith is the key and love is the law to be fulfilled.
Another relevant set of verses comes from Galatians 3
23 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law
was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to
Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
In light of the words that continue to tell us that we can never make it to heaven apart from the perfections listed in these verses, how then can we
make it? Faith. God develops our faith over time. The only thing that hinders him taking the spirit back to himself is our own pride. That's the
key in the end. It's not what we do, but what is done for us. With God, all things are possible.
I thank God that we are not justified by works. Faith is God's work in us.
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