1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.
16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
There is only but one way to God the Father and that way is through His beloved Son (John 14.6). This path reflects the truth about the faith that we need to have, and walk by to be able to be part of the body (the church) of our Lord Christ Jesus so that through His teachings and commandments written in the New Testament we will be able to walk the way that helps lead us to God our Father (Mark 8:34, John 3:1-7, John 15:7-14, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:38-44, Romans 3:21-26, Romans 8:14, Romans 10:17, Ephesians 4:1-6).
To walk on the right path to God our Father you first need to receive the faith that comes from the Gospel of His beloved precious Son our Lord Christ Jesus (Romans 10:14-17) then you must accept the gift of salvation and become a disciple (a Christian) of His beloved precious Son our Lord Christ Jesus (Matthew 10:24, Matthew 10:37-42, Matthew 12:46-50, Acts 2:38-44, Acts 11:25-26, Acts 14:21-23).
We are to learn to deny our self of ungodliness and worldly desires (Titus 2:11-15 NASB) living sensibly, righteously and godly placing God our Father, His Son our Lord Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit first in our lives above everything else (Matthew 6:33, Matthew 10:37-39, Matthew 22:37-39, John 14:21, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 2 Corinthians 6:16, Ephesians 2:21-22). We are to learn to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow the examples that our Lord Christ Jesus has given us to follow and learn from (Matthew 16:24-27 ). We are to learn to do the will of God our Father and strive forward to becoming a good and faithful servant to our Lord Christ Jesus (Matthew 25:23).
We have the inspired word of God and the body of believers to help us. The body of faithful baptized believers are the men, women and children of age that have heard the Gospel, believed the Gospel, were baptized and now part of the body (the church) of Christ found within the Churches of Christ and individual homes around the world that follow the New Testament commandments and teachings that were revealed by the Holy Spirit of God (John 14:15-21, John 15:10, Acts 2:42, 2 Peter 1:20-21) and not doctrines that have been introduced by mankind. (Matthew 7:15-20, Matthew 15:7-9, Ephesians 4:17-19, Galatians 1:6-10, 1 Timothy 1:3-11, 1 Timothy 6:3-5, 2 Peter 2:1-22).
We always need to grow in the word (2 Timothy 2:15), and in love (Matthew 5:43-48, Mark 12:30-34, Luke 6:27-36, Luke 7:39-50, John 13:34-35, Romans 8:35-39, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 4:1-2, 1 John 2:15-16, 1 John 4:7-21), and in grace and knowledge (Matthew 5:6, John 1:12-18, Acts 15:11, 2 Corinthians 8:7, Ephesians 1:6-10, 2 Peter 1:5-11, 2 Peter 3:18), and in mercy (Matthew 5:7, Matthew 12:7, Matthew 18:33, Luke 6:36, Luke 10:25-37, Galatians 6:16, Ephesians 2:2-6, James 2:13, James 5:11, Hebrews 4.16, 1 Peter 2:9-12, Jude 1:17-23) and in the body (Romans 6:1-14, Romans 8:1-11, Ephesians 2:13-16, Ephesians 4:15-16) so that we can proclaim the Lord's death (1 Corinthians 11:26) until He comes to bring us home and to help grow the Kingdom of God our Father by helping guide others to Him through His beloved Son.
We need to study and mature in the word and love of God, bearing the fruit of the spirit trying to be humble, grateful and faithful, being a loving and caring Christian, being honest with ourselves and others, seeking and saving the lost, encouraging and comforting each other, helping each other, loving our neighbor, a voice of comfort, someone to pray for them and showing perfect courtesy to all people.
We are to be a light in the world and salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13-16).
These scriptural passages are just but a few of the things the Lord has given to us to follow (Matthew 6:1-9, Matthew 6:19-34, Matthew 7:1-14, Matthew 7:24-27, Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 14:7-24, Luke 16:13, Luke 16:19-31, Luke 17.7-10, Luke 19:10-27, John 4:24, John 5:20-32, John 12:25-26, John 14:11-21).
The most wonderful gift that is being given to us, is to be saved and redeemed so that we have peace with God our Father, His Son, the Holy Spirit and to be able to look at your life with joy that is inexpressible with a hope that far exceeds any hope that you can ever imagine, a home in the new heavens and new earth with God our Father, His Son, the Holy Spirit and the biggest and most wonderful loving family we could ever imagine.
This reward and gift outweigh any type of pain, suffering or persecution that we might go through in this life (Matthew 25:21, John 15:7-11, Romans 14:17-18, Romans 15:13, Galatians 3:14-20, Ephesians 4:1-3, Colossians 1:10-14, Hebrews 13:12-17, James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 1:3-7, 1 Peter 1:13-22, 1 Peter 2:11, 1 John 1:5-10).
To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen
The path to the reward of these things is narrow and hard to find as our Lord has stated in this scriptural reference:
13 "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few".
The only true path to salvation is the path that God has given us through His Son our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. That path is the Gospel, which means a "Reward of Good Tidings" about the Kingdom, Jesus our Lord and Christ and God. We need to trust in God our Father, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and believe in His inspired word (Isaiah 61:1-11, Matthew 4:23, Mark 1:1, Mark 1:14).
The scriptural reference of 1 Corinthians 14:33 is a good place to begin and it has such a wonderful truth and the right path that leads to God.
33 God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
"all the churches of the saints"
God is telling us that when you become a disciple (Christian) you also become a saint in His eyes due to the repentance, confession, and baptism that you obeyed being cleansed of your sins through the blood of His Son. What a wonderful thing to be looked at by God our Father, His Son and the Holy Spirit as a saint.
Looking at the definitions described in Hebrew and Greek;
From the Hebrew "חסיד"
Strong's number "H2623"
Definition: faithful, kind, godly, holy one, saint, pious
From the Greek "ἅγιος"
Strong's number "G0040"
Definition: derived from G0053, sacred (physically, pure, morally
This is how God our Father sees us through His Son, even if we find it difficult to believe it is something that we strive for knowing that we are not perfect. In Philippians 3:13-21 the Apostle Paul is letting us know to forget our past and to strive forward for spiritual perfection, to grow in maturity and hold true to where you have come so far and remain steadfast in the faith. Apostle Paul also wanted us to imitate him and keep our eyes on those who walk the same because there are so many who do not. Our citizenship is in heaven and we need to remember that. James stated in James 1:4-12 that we need to let steadfastness have it's full affect and be perfect and complete lacking in nothing. That after we have passed the test, we will receive the crown of life.
These are just but some of the Scriptural references to becoming a disciple, a Christian and receiving the gift of Salvation and wearing the name of our Lord Christ Jesus; (Daniel 7:18, Daniel 7:22, Matthew 10:24, Matthew 10:34-39, Matthew 16:24, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 6:40, Luke 19:9, John 4:23-24, Acts 2:38-42, Acts 9:36, Acts 11:23-26, Acts 20:7, Acts 26:28, Acts 28:28, Romans 1:1-7, Romans 6:3, Roman's 8:27, Romans 12:13, Romans 13:14, 1 Corinthians1:2, 1 Corinthians 1:9, 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, Galatians 3:6-14, Galatians 3:27, Galatians 5:16-26, Ephesians 4:15, Ephesians 4:17-32, Colossians 1:12-14, Colossians 3:1-17, 1 Thessalonians 5:9, Titus 2:11, Hebrews 5:13-14, 1 Peter 4:16, 1 Peter 2:1-12).
Looking at Isaiah 9:6-7, God the Father letting us know that this prophecy is of a child that would be born to us that was God with us and the government would be on his shoulder and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
What amazing wonderful words that describe our Lord Jesus Christ who became the gift of salvation. This is the most precious gift that anyone could ever give and for anyone to ever receive. To receive this gift, you need to know how to receive it and how to hold onto it. The Holy Scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments tell us exactly how to receive and hold onto to this gift.
18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The “rock” that the Lord is referring to is best explained by the Sacred Texts. In (Psalms 118:22-24, Matthew 7:24-25, Ephesians 2:19-22) the members of the household of God are described as being built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets and the Lord Jesus Christ himself is the cornerstone and that through Him the whole body is being joined together and grows as a Holy temple to the Lord.
22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 23 This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
The members of the body are spread across the world and are joined together as one body, one faith, one baptism, one hope, one spirit, one Lord and one God our Father (Ephesians 4:1-6).
The English word "church" is not what most people understand what the meaning is to be.
The word church comes from the Greek word "ἐκκλησία"
Strong's number "G1577"
Derived from compound of two segments: ek, a preposition meaning “out of,” and a verb, kaleo, signifying “to call” — hence, “to call out.” defined as an assembly, a religious congregation, people called out from the world and to God, the outcome being the Church (the mystical body of Christ) – i.e. the universal (total) body of believers whom God calls out from the world and into His eternal kingdom.
The meaning surrounding the word “church” is still being distorted to establish false teaching's and false religions. The word church is not defined by a physical building or a structure, it is the faithful body of believers that have been baptized into Christ, placed into the body by God, are called out of the world to fulfill the work of the Lord.
As you continue to study the Sacred Texts you will also come to know the truth about the false teachings that surround the divine gifts of healing, prophecy, and tongues. These divine gifts were to cease and would be no longer needed as written in (1 Corinthians 13:8-10) and (1 Corinthians 13:13) as the Holy Spirit revealed through the inspired writings of Apostle Paul. These divine gifts ceased when the "Perfect” came, the “Perfect” is the New Covenant or New Testament writings that were revealed by the Holy Spirit through the inspired writers of the New Covenant or New Testament. These divine gifts ceased when the Apostle John had completed the writing of the epistle of Revelation.
The “One Spirit” is the Holy Spirit, and that is the Spirit that is indwelled in you when you are obedient to the Gospel of our Salvation by believing in the Gospel, repenting of your sins, confessing that Jesus is the Christ the Son of Living God, and being baptized (fully immersed in water). To hold onto to your salvation, you need to continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast and not moved from the hope of the gospel, be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and put on the helmet the hope of salvation, and take up the sword of the spirit which is the word of God.
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