Saturday, December 27, 2014

Be Like Christ

What it means to truly be a Christian

Christian = doesn't sin intentionally

Sure, we all stumble, and that's what grace is about (1 John 2:1), but that's not an excuse to do wrong or please the selfish earthly desires (1 Peter 4:1-2, Galatians 5:13, Romans 6:1-7). If someone is using grace as an excuse to do wrong, that person never truly knew Christ (1 John 3:6, Mark 8:34-38). God knows if a sin or wrongdoing was REALLY committed unwillingly or unknowingly (Hebrews 4:13, Proverbs 20:27, Proverbs 24:12, Proverbs 15:3, Ecclesiastes 12:14, Psalms 7:9).

Think about it like this:

God knows what is on our hearts (Psalms 139:2). He knows what our actual intentions truly are, and we can't fool Him about if something was an accident and if we are truly sorry (Luke 3:8, Revelation 2:1-29). It doesn't matter if someone can trick and deceive every person on earth, God is the One who knows (Proverbs 22:12, Psalms 25:3)!

The gift of grace and mercy from God is what saves us, and this comes from faith in Jesus, yes (John 3:3-16, Ephesians 3:12, 2 Peter 2:20). However we need this grace and mercy continually no matter what we have done, not only because of our personal past transgressions, but also for the Adam and Eve original sin (Romans 5:12-21). That's the point of faith in Jesus- so we can live the lives God wants us to and escape that life of sin, destruction, and ultimate death (Psalm 68:20, Romans 8:6, Philippians 3:17-19). Once we have new life through the Spirit we will use it to spread love and bring glory to the Lord, not to continue in our old sinful ways (Matthew 5:16, 1 Peter 2:1-12)!

God forgives us? Yes, God forgives sinners of their past sin, and Christians of their honest mistakes, but not evil liars who give only part of themselves to God and the rest of their lives to sin or to those who never want to repent (Matthew 7:21-27, Psalms 7:12, 1 John 2:6-29). God doesn't promise forgiveness to people who only care about looking righteous to other people and seeking praise from people here on earth (Luke 16:15, Matthew 6:16-18, Galatians 1:10). Repentance isn't just asking for forgiveness, it is showing God the desire for forgiveness by changing our hearts and lives (James 2:14-26, Matthew 3:8, Acts 22:16). We must love each other and treat others the way we wish to be treated. Don't let anyone fool about that, this is the Teaching you have had since the beginning (Mark 16:16, Matthew 7:12, 1 John 2:7).

That's what the Bible says about grace and salvation through faith in Christ and keeping God's commands. This is possible through prayer, living by the Word of God, and faith in the Lord's Son Jesus Christ.

Matthew 3:8 NKJV↓
“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,”
Mark 16:16 NKJV↓
“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”
Acts 22:16 NKJV↓
And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Romans 5:12-21 NKJV↓
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. And the gift is not like that  which  came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which  came from one offense  resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which  came from many offenses resulted in justification. For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment  came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the  free  gift  came  to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Galatians 5:13-26 NKJV↓
For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 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; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who  are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
1 John 2:1-7 ERV↓
My dear children, I write this letter to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone sins, we have Jesus Christ to help us. He always did what was right, so He is able to defend us before God the Father. Jesus is the way our sins are taken away. And He is the way all people can have their sins taken away too.   If we obey what God has told us to do, then we are sure that we know Him. If we say we know God but do not obey His commands, we are lying. The truth is not in us. But when we obey God’s teaching, His love is truly working in us. This is how we know that we are living in Him. If we say we live in God, we must live the way Jesus lived.   My dear friends, I am not writing a new command to you. It is the same command you have had since the beginning. This command is the Teaching you have already heard.
1 John 3:1-10 ERV↓
The Father has loved us so much! This shows how much He loved us: We are called children of God. And we really are His children. But the people in the world don’t understand that we are God’s children, because they have not known Him. Dear friends, now we are children of God. We have not yet been shown what we will be in the future. But we know that when Christ comes again, we will be like Him. We will see Him just as He is. He is pure, and everyone who has this hope in Him keeps themselves pure like Christ.   Anyone who sins breaks God’s law. Yes, sinning is the same as living against God’s law. You know that Christ came to take away people’s sins. There is no sin in Christ. So whoever lives in Christ does not continue to sin. If they continue to sin, they have never really understood Christ and have never known Him. Dear children, don’t let anyone lead you into the wrong way. Christ always did what was right. So to be good like Christ, you must do what is right. The devil has been sinning since the beginning. Anyone who continues to sin belongs to the devil. The Son of God came for this: to destroy the devil’s work. Those who are God’s children do not continue to sin, because the new life God gave them stays in them. They cannot keep sinning, because they have become children of God. So we can see who God’s children are and who the devil’s children are. These are the ones who are not God’s children: those who don’t do what is right and those who do not love their brothers and sisters in God’s family.
Matthew 28:20 NLT↓
"Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 7:21-27 NKJV↓
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

1 Peter 1:13-23 ERV↓
So prepare your minds for service. With complete self-control put all your hope in the grace that will be yours when Jesus Christ comes. In the past you did not have the understanding you have now, so you did the evil things you wanted to do. But now you are children of God, so you should obey Him and not live the way you did before. Be holy in everything you do, just as God is holy. He is the One who chose you. In the Scriptures God says, “Be holy, because I am holy.”  You pray to God and call Him Father, but He will judge everyone the same way—by what they do. So while you are visiting here on earth, you should live with respect for God. You know that in the past the way you were living was useless. It was a way of life you learned from those who lived before you. But you were saved from that way of living. You were bought, but not with things that ruin like gold or silver. You were bought with the precious blood of Christ’s death. He was a pure and perfect sacrificial Lamb. Christ was chosen before the world was made, but He was shown to the world in these last times for you. You believe in God through Christ. God is the one who raised Him from death and gave honor to Him. So your faith and your hope are in God. You have made yourselves pure by obeying the Truth. Now you can have true love for your brothers and sisters. So love each other deeply—with all your heart. You have been born again. This new life did not come from something that dies. It came from Something that cannot die. You were born again through God’s life-giving Message that lasts forever.


Jesus Christ is the Messiah. In His name I pray that if you have taken the time to read this, you will continue to seek the Lord even more by reading the Bible. Desire the kingdom of God above all things, and our Lord Jesus will show you the Way, the Truth, and the Life. May His peace and mercy be with you! God bless!

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A servant of the Lord, believer in Jesus Christ, and His loving student. I stand by the Word of God to read, pray, and obey. iLearnFromJesus! All thanks and praise belong to our Father, who rules with wisdom, power, and love!! May the peace and grace of Lord Jesus be with you!------------------------------------------Ecclesiastes 12:14 NKJV----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.