“The whole of the Christian faith is based on certain historical realities, occurrences and statements that happened sometime in the past. These events have to do, fundamentally, with the identity of one man, Jesus of Nazareth. Can we trust the information we have about Him?”
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“Old self” is dead, having been crucified once-for-all with Christ.
“New self” is the new life we now have in Christ: new heart, new mind, new spirit, and the Holy Spirit.
Saved (made a new creation, through new birth in Christ) once-for-all in Christ’s once-for-all sacrifice and eternal priesthood.
All sin(s) forgiven; full fellowship now; no longer slaves to the reign of Sin (original Sin, Adam’s); now held captive by the reigning Lord of Life.
Forever are we reconciled…this is something we will reckon with daily.
As a people with new hearts/minds under a New Cov’t, we are therefore now bearing a new image (identity) that actually shapes our self awareness as Saints (no longer Sinners, in the NC sense).
Question: “Does the Law serve ‘to correct and discipline’ Christians?”
Answer by St. John’s (abbreviated):
We are God’s children now…and hoping in Him…purifies us;
…believing in his Son Jesus Christ…is obedience. (1Jn 3:2,3,23)
We live through Him…believing the love that God has for us
…having confidence for the day of judgment
…having no fear in love…for His perfect love casts out fear.
We love because He first loved us in Christ. (1Jn 4:9,16-19)
We overcome the world, [flesh and devil]…by being born of God.
The victory? Our faith…believing that Jesus is the Son of God! (1Jn 5:4-5)
So then: Whoever has the Son has Life! (1Jn 5:12)
We are from God! Not as those living under the power of the evil one. (1Jn 5:19)
My confidence: Having faith in Christ, we know ourselves to be alive toward God and neighbor, governed by the Rule of His Spirit, even now. (mjm)
Rev 11:17 We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign.
This alone is reason enough for disciples of Christ to give thanks and take comfort! His power to ultimately change all things and authority to rule over all things is wondrous, indeed.
Unfortunately, how His present reign is manifest is missed or distorted, leaving genuine followers of Christ mistaken and/or confused about their involvement in His kingdom.
Here’s another interesting session of programming that was aired on Issues, Etc. (http://www.issuesetc.org/ondemand.html). The topic has to with one (of many) question that tends to dog us: Repentance, What Is It?
Go here: http://188.8.131.52/podcast/158020509H2p.mp3
Rod gives us a substantially biblical definition of what repentance is, as well as explains what it is not (but is commonly believed to be). The conversation affirms that Christ alone (His person/His accomplishment) is Our hope, not you, not I.
Octavius Winslow once wrote:
“As our deepest sorrow flows from a sense of sin, so our deepest joy springs from a sense of its forgiveness…This comfort have all the saints. Your sins, O believer, are forgiven. ‘I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins,’ says God (Isa. 44:22). You are not called upon to believe that God will pardon, but that He has pardoned you. Forgiveness is a past act; the sense of it written upon the conscience is a present one. ‘For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified’ (Heb. 10:14), has forever put away their sins…
“Thus, beloved, God comforts His conscience-troubled people. He loves so to speak to their hearts! Is it any delight to Him to see you carrying your burden of conscious sin day after day and week after week? Ah, no! He has procured the means of your pardon at a great price-nothing less than the sacrifice of His beloved Son- and will not the same love which procured your forgiveness, speak it to your heart?…Is sin your trouble? Does conscious guilt cast you down? Look up, disconsolate soul! There is forgiveness with God. It is in His heart to pardon you.”
John Piper once said:
“Beholding the glory of the Lord, we are being changed from one degree of glory to the next,” Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:18. And we see the glory of the Lord, as he says five verses later, in the knowledge of the gospel of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
“So fixing our minds and our hearts mainly on the center of the Bible—which is Christ crucified, risen, reigning, and providing an alien righteousness that we have by faith alone—this glorious center of the gospel is where hope is awakened, preserved, kindled, and assurance is maintained.