from the Word of Truth November 22, 2013Posted by Streim in Listening To God, Living in the Real World, One True Gospel.
Tags: Bible, Christian living, Finding The Savior, grace, Hope, Jesus Christ, Joy, peace, The Truth
Romans 10:9-17 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved . For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, ‘Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written ,‘ How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!’ But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, ‘Lord, who hath believed our report?’
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
We are all called to spread the Word of the Gospel. It is not just missionaries, pastors and teachers… but for everyone who has been bought by the blood of Christ and adopted into the family of God. Not just any man’s or woman’s gospel , but the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ given to us by the Father… the Almighty LORD God in heaven! May you all be blessed as you joyfully share the message of God’s grace to a sinful world. ♥ Streim
I interrupt this series…NO I AM Ending It! September 26, 2013Posted by Streim in Bible Study, Life Lessons From the Word, Listening To God, Living in the Real World, Trusting God.
Tags: Bible, Christian living, D. Bonhoffer, doctrine, Encouragement, Exhortation, forgiveness, friends, God Almighty, Gospel, grace, Growing in Grace, Holy Spirit, Hope, Jesus Christ, Obedience, peace, preachers, prophets, theologians
interrupt end this series “Sound Biblical Doctrine vs. Man-Made Doctrine” because in my time of studying the Word (both Old Testament and New Testament) for this series, I’ve realized through our Father’s glorious love, grace and patience the series was initiated as a response to a blogger and NOT as a response to God’s guidance.**
I’ve struggled with frustration, indignation and down-right anger at those who are distorting the Word of God for their own personal benefit or agenda. My frustration led me away from the ‘HOPE and PEACE’ of the Truth. The only truth is God’s Divine plan for reconciling sinful men/women to Himself through the shed blood of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross at Calvary. So, I am simplifying my posts (keeping it simple Streim) from here on out.
I am not a prophet, nor a preacher, nor a leader… so I’ll leave the heavy “doctrinal” stuff to them; BUT I won’t shy away at all from the Truth of God’s Word. I see the greatest failure in today’s Christianity is the average Sunday morning pew sitter is not making time to feed on the Word! If you are not dependent upon God’s Word for your spiritual relationship and growth with the Lord Jesus and our Father, something or someone else is more than willing to fill that need. Beware fellow adopted brethren, we have an enemy who lurks around just waiting to be that something or someone!
“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” Matthew 24: 4-5
“Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked Him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?” And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many.” Mark 13:3-6
“ And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them.” Luke 21:8
I suggest that these passages be read in context, in a ‘reliable’ version/translation of the Holy Bible. If you are a born-again (changed from within), bought with a great price (the blood of the Lamb of God) adopted child of the Father (through His grace), you are given the indwelling presence if His Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit that discerns all things, including the Word of Truth, when you ask in the name of Jesus for the glory of God! ( John 3: 3-7; 1 Corinthians 6:20 and 7:23; 1 Peter 1:19; Revelation 12:11; Romans 8:15 and 23; Acts 2:38 and 4:31; Ephesians 5:9; Matthew 7:7 and 11; Matthew 21:22 and 24; 1 John 5:14-16)
( here’s a piece of what I was going to post for ‘grace’ doctrine–maybe it will be insightful to some one)
In this time when all sound Bible/Christian beliefs are under attack in one way or another, it’s expected that “God’s grace toward man” would be challenged. In my last post, I gave the definition of God’s grace toward man. I believe God’s grace toward mankind is 100% UNMERITED. Why? Because there is nothing that we as sin-filled creatures could ever do that is deserving of the LORD God’s favor. In the Old Testament, the LORD God gave Moses the ‘law’ for people to live by, however even the most favored men in the Old Testament (for example King David) couldn’t follow every dotted ‘i’ and crossed ‘t’ of the law. John 1:16-17 says ” And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” Yes, Jesus Christ was full of grace and truth which is how we are able ONLY to receive it through Him.
Because not one person born could or would completely follow the law, there was a void between God and man. This void is beyond our comprehension, because the LORD God said ” my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways…” (Isaiah 55:8-9) But in all His love for man, despite their sinful, desperately wicked hearts and hatred of Him; He gave us forgiveness through the shed blood of Jesus Christ–His only begotten Son on the cross! It’s a ‘gift of grace’ available to anyone and everyone who chooses to “accept” it for themselves. You see as with any gift, it the person chooses not to accept, then it’s NOT theirs! Is that too simple for some of my more theological readers. If so, remember what Jesus said about children… ” unless we become like little children we can not see the kingdom of heaven…”. Jesus Christ was grace personified!
A well-known Christian martyr of 19th century theology, Dietrich Bonhoeffer spoke these words in one of his famous writings “The Cost Of Discipleship” “Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.” and “Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our church. We are fighting today for costly grace.”
He wrote this in the 1920′s. Here, nearly 100 years later, blood bought adopted children of the LORD God are still contending for ‘costly grace’ and standing up for what they know to be true. Let each of us examine ourselves. Are we “responding to God’s guidance” and living completely in Him or being deceived because we are “responding to men”. ** May you be blessed each morning anew when you start your day with the Word and prayer. Now that’s the breakfast of spiritual champions. ♥Streim
Sound Biblical Doctrine vs. Man-Made Doctrine (the 1 st. “G” word) September 17, 2013Posted by Streim in Bible Study, Listening To God, Living in the Real World, Sharing The Gospel, The Grace of God.
Tags: Bible, blood, Christian living, false teaching, God Almighty, Gospel, grace, Hope, Jesus Christ, Love, Puritan, The Truth, Thomas Goodwin
When Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the ‘tree of knowledge of good and evil (as we saw in the last post) they immediately KNEW they were naked! (Genesis 3:7-8)
Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.” Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.” And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”– therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man… Genesis 3:9-24a
The “G” Word: GOD’S GRACE
What impresses me here is God killed innocent creatures, shed their blood and made clothing to cover man’s sin! I believe this “shedding of innocent blood” is the first Biblical account of the Eternal Holy God Almighty GRACE. Grace: showing unmerited favor toward man.
In every book of the Old Testament we read of those who loved and obeyed God offering blood sacrifices for various reasons. Examples: to thank God for provision of needs; to ask forgiveness of sins; when seeking wisdom from the LORD. To ask for ‘grace’! God’s grace leads us to the one TRUE Gospel which is next in the series. In the nest several posts, we will examine the Biblical (God’s) view of the Gospel and man’s sinful way of altering it to make it more palatable for people.
Thomas Goodwin, a Puritan theologian said it very well! “Grace” is more than mercy and love, it super adds to them. it denotes, not simply love, but the love of a sovereign, transcendly superior, one that may do what he will, that may wholly choose whether he will love or no. There may be love between equals, and an inferior may love a superior; but love in a superior, and so superior as he may do what he will, in such a one love is called grace: and therefore grace is attributed to princes; they are said to be gracious to their subjects, whereas subjects cannot be gracious to princes. Now God, who is an infinite Sovereign, who might have chosen whether ever He would love us or no, for Him to love us, this is grace.”
“Grace began the day man fell into sin” © Streim
Praying you will read the Word daily, searching for the truth in these times when so much “false” ideas are being read, preached and taught. It is only by searching the Word and having a quiet personal time in prayer daily that we are able to hang onto “hope that lies within us…” Sending love to my blood bought adopted brothers and sisters in Christ around the globe and to those who are searching for the Truth that sets us free from the penalty of sin! ♥Streim