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What Is The Most Important Righteous Requirement Of Gods Law?
To live "under the law" is to live under the expectation of fulfilling God's moral standards through one's own human ability. However, rather than experiencing the joy of a clean conscience, we sometimes feel enslaved to legalism and guilt.
The problem is not with God's moral standards but with the sinful nature of humanity.
James 1:14-15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Therefore one is to walk by means of the Spirit, (which is eternal) and not walk by means of the flesh (which is death).
Both are systems that are complete in themselves. To understand one is to also understand the other.
If one chooses to walk by the Spirit, then of necessity one has to avoid walking in the flesh.
To walk in this case means to organize one's life around one of these governing principles.
For instance, for walking by means of the Spirit, the governing principle is the ministry of the Spirit of God in one's life. To walk by the flesh is to succumb to the moods and appetites of the flesh.
When that is done, the flesh will produce very predictable habits or works.
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envying, murders, drunkenness, revelling, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Likewise walking by means of the spirit will produce these predictable habits of works.
Galatians 5:22-23. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Jesus was the only man who ever lived that never committed a single sin, and that's why He was the perfect candidate to die for our sins.
Romans 8:3-4 "For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit".
Salvation depends on the mercy of God, not on merits from good deeds or sacrifice of people. We don't earn salvation like a diploma, that's a free gift.
But God allows His people to be tempted . His purpose is not to intimidate us or trick us into "wrong decisions". Instead, He intends to strengthen us, and teach us to depend on His counsel and guidance.
John 3:16. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Because of Christ, we know that obedience to God includes trusting in the cross of Christ for salvation. Those who reject this provision are choosing eternal death.
That's why it is extremely important that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior!
Just think, if you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, God is so merciful that He will easily forgive you of your sins, because Jesus took the punishment that we deserved when He was on the cross.
That's what it means when people say "He died for us". All we have to do is sincerely and meaningfully confess our sins to God, repent and ask for forgiveness.
Romans 3:23. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
With exception to our Lord Jesus Christ who is also the son of God and man.
David Hopkins is a "Christian Article Writer" who specializes in helping people remember to glorify God in everything that they do, so they don't miss out on any of His wonderful blessings.
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Josephs Life-a Series of Coincidences
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of Joseph. If you read and really understand this story, you will see that nothing is coincidental and that all things work according to God's plan.
Some people may ask how do we serve God and am I serving God correctly? Well lets look at what the Bible says about serving God. Lets start by knowing what a Blessing it is to serve him.
Unholy Shadows: Gnosticism
One cannot begin to appreciate the early struggles of Christianity for existence without at least a rudimentary knowledge of its formative history. Thus, it behooves us to take a brief look at Gnosticism and its challenge to early Christianity.
In Divers Places
Isaiah 65:17-65:25In Divers Places. A Look at prophecy and today's headlines.
How to Study the Bible 5 Keys
This article was inspired by a book by E. W.
What Is True Egalitarianism?
Why did the founding fathers of the United States consider egalitarianism to be such a necessary value? True egalitarianism is based on tolerance for differences. It is a principle of integrity much more than a rule of law.
Development of Liberal Theology: An Overview (Part 2)
The American theologian Horace Bushnell also played a vital role in the advancement of liberal theology. Bushnell's liberalism included historical tradition and took into account the emotional nature of religion.
The Rapture of the Church
The Rapture of the Church will be the most startling event to happen in all of human history. Millions will disappear in "the twinkling of an eye.
The Unjust Steward
In my opinion, this story has two very powerful spiritual principles that God wants us to get a hold of. These two principles are spelled out at the end of this passage.
Treachery in the Midst of the Land
The term Scripture uses to describe the activities of those who attempt to sell-out Israel comes to mind. "Treacherous!"Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is being underhanded, deceptive, manipulative, and threatening.
Left Behind! Who Me?
The popularity in the past few years of the apocalyptic fiction series Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins in indicative of the fact that people would rather believe a lie told to them in a sexy, slick way then believe the truth of the Word of God that has been staring them straight in the face for centuries.Many Christian groups today propound that one day soon and it seems like the more money that is needed by the preacher the closer the day is that all Christian believers will be gathered together and thus disappear from the earth and that all of the unbelievers of the world will be left behind.
Christian Book Stores are a Great Indicator of the Popularity of the Religion in Demography
Have you ever wondered how exactly would someone find out which parts of a city or even a state is more religious than another? As an Internet enthusiast I always figure there is some help rendered for such research in any walks of life from websites. The one particular topic I chose to write for this article is how to find out which locality is good for targeting your website advertisements.
Can Jewish Americans Still Have Devout Catholic Friends?
America is dividing again. Jewish Americans are finding it hard to discuss issues with devout Catholics who go with the flow and support the new Pope, Benedict XVI a former Hitler Youth.
Rebuilding Society and The Tax Protest Movement: Part Three
Part Three continuedIt is important to recover and relearn the "original intent" of the founding fathers. Study in this area is valuable.
Is God Prejudiced?
The first thing I would like to do is give mans meaning of prejudiced.1.
Do You Know What It Takes To Crucify The Flesh?
The flesh is the part of us that resists our transformation into the new person in Christ.And since this is the case the devil wants to use the pleasures of our flesh to keep us enslaved to our old habits and sinful attitudes.
Rudraksha Beads - For Health, Wealth & Spirituality
The Tears of Lord Shiva that are Rudraksha, are the original Vedic Beads of Power worn by the Yogis of India and the Himalayas for thousands of years to maintain health and to gain self empowerment and fearless life on their path to Enlightenment and Liberation.The Electromagnetic Properties of the Rudraksha Beads improve concentration, focus and mental stamina.
Cut Off Your Hand!
Cut off your Hand!Arguably the most bizarre command of Christ is found in Matthew 5:29-30, where he tells us to pluck out our eyes or cut off our hands if they cause us to sin. "It is better to enter heaven blind and lame," he says, "than to have a healthy body and be cast into hell.
Prophetic Ministry: Affirmations From Scripture to Teach Us Who We Are In Christ
To learn who you are in Christ, you must know what God says about you. The Holy Bible tells us to do many things.
Women in Religion
During the debate in the Episcopal Church over whether or not to allow a homosexual bishop, a woman was presenting the argument against allowing a homosexual bishop. She stated that the Bible declares homosexuality to be wrong, which it does.
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