Sunday, March 10, 2013

A.D. (Anno Domini) -- In CHRIST JESUS (Part 2)

B.C. -- Before CHRIST
Depraved sinner (lust, porn), immoral adulteress, gossip, murderer, self-righteous, fornicator, liar, thief, pride, bitterness, unforgiveness, child-abuse, self-pity, self-love, idolatry.
A.D. (Anno Domini)--In CHRIST JESUS
Although i was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; i obtained mercy because i did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our LORD was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in CHRIST JESUS. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that CHRIST JESUS came into the world to save sinners, of whom i am chief. (1 Timothy 1, NKJV)
Redeemed -- bought with a price: the infinitely precious blood of JESUS. "In HIM we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins." (Ephesians 1:7, NIV)
For GOD saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was His plan from before the beginning of time—to show us His grace through CHRIST JESUS. (2 Timothy 1:9, NLT)
JESUS: "I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of GOD." (John 3:3, NLT) All praise to GOD, the Father of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. It is by His great mercy that we have been born again, because GOD raised JESUS CHRIST from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3, NLT)
All praise to GOD, the Father of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with CHRIST. (Eph 1:3, NLT)
In CHRIST we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will. (Ephesians 1:11, NIV)
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His SON, that He might be the Firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:29, NKJV)
Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. (Romans 8:30, NKJV)
Blessed, forgiven, justified, sanctified, adopted, glorified...
i am -- IN CHRIST!
Friend of GOD, not of this world, SPIRIT-filled...
i am -- IN CHRIST!
It is GOD who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13, NKJV) HE was shown to be the SON of GOD when He was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy SPIRIT. HE is JESUS CHRIST our LORD. (Romans 1:4, NLT) I pray that GOD, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy SPIRIT(Romans 15:13, NLT) Through the power of the Holy SPIRIT who lives within us, carefully guard the precious TRUTH that has been entrusted to you. (2 Timothy 1:14, NLTBut you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy SPIRIT. (Jude 1:20, NLT)
blessed saved redeemed chosen called slave born-again predestined new-creation adopted forgiven justified sanctified glorified friend-of-GOD not-of-this-world

Salvation is by GRACE alone through FAITH alone IN CHRIST alone.

A man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in JESUS CHRIST, and we have believed in CHRIST JESUS, that we might be justified by faith in CHRIST and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of GOD, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in CHRIST JESUS, whom GOD set forth as propitiation (satisfaction) by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance GOD had passed over sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in JESUS.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have PEACE with GOD through our LORD JESUS CHRIST -- Who is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to GOD through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, JESUS CHRIST the righteous. For there is one GOD and one Mediator between GOD and men, the Man CHRIST JESUS, who gave Himself a ransom for all. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.  (from One Perfect Life, by John MacArthur, selected passages from pp 508, 509, 510)

There is therefore now NO condemnation to those
who are IN CHRIST JESUS. (Romans 8:1)

Friday, March 8, 2013

B.C. -- Before CHRIST (Part 1)

GOD shows His anger from heaven against sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about GOD because He has made it known to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky.  Through everything GOD made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing GOD.

Yes, they knew GOD, but they wouldn't worship Him as GOD or even give Him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what GOD was like. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living GOD, they worshiped idols. So GOD abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other's bodies. 

They traded the truth about GOD for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things GOD created instead of the Creator Himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! 

That is why GOD abandoned them to their shameful desires. Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge GOD, He abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of GOD, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. (Romans 1, NLT)

Everyone has sinned; we ALL fall short of GOD's glorious standard. No one is righteous -- not even one.  No one is seeking GOD. ALL have turned away; ALL have become useless. No one does good, not a single one. (Romans 3, NLT)
How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer! How you are cut down to the ground. For you have said in your heart: "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of GOD; I will sit on the mount of the congregation; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High." (Isaiah 14, NKJV) Self-righteousness, self-aggrandizement, self-seeking...PRIDE.

All that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. (1 John 2:16, NKJV) Gluttony, greed, (self-) glory.
JESUS: "But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Matthew 5:28) 

Pornography is the lust of the eyes. Pornography is as adultery to the married person. Pornography is as sexual immorality (fornication) to the unmarried person.

A gossip goes around telling secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence. (Proverbs 11:13) They visit me as if they were my friends, but all the while they gather gossip, and when they leave, they spread it everywhere. (Psalm 41:6) Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 
(James 1:26) (all NLT)

...this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act...such should be stoned. (John 8:4-5, NKJV) 
For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.  (Acts 8:23, NKJV) Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like...those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of GOD. (Galatians 5:19-20, NKJV)
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44, NIV)

For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of CHRIST and GOD. (Ephesians 5:5, NKJV)

For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. (James 3:16, NIV) No immoral, impure or greedy person--such a person is an idolater--has any inheritance in the kingdom of CHRIST and of GOD. (Ephesians 5:5, NIV)

But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:15, NIV)

Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, 'You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn't you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?' Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt.

JESUS: "That's what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters
 from your heart." (Matthew 18:32-35, NLT)

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. (John 10:10, NIV) A gossip is a thief who steals a person's reputation.

For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. (2 Corinthians 7:10, NKJV)

JESUS: "But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell." (Matthew 5:22, NLT) Deep-seated malice is from the heart, which is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Abortion--killing babies inside the mother's womb--is murder. A backstabber is a murderer at heart.

...slaves of depravity—for "people are slaves to whatever has mastered them." Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog returns to its vomit," and, "A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud." (2 Peter 2:19, 22, NIV)

Such is the person Before CHRIST.