Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Is This Godly?

Loving God the best way we can and still being rebuked... 

Can honestly say for myself and for so many others, that we took our relationship with God seriously and we wanted to be the best that we coud in his eyes and strived for it without hesitation. Even in us doing that we were rebuked and our love for God was always challenged and/or questioned. Just will not go to a church that demeans it's congregation and that asks us to bring in more people so they can get the same abuse.  

Romans 4 

7 "Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  
8 Blessed are those whose sin the Lord will never count against them."  
9 Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham's faith was credited to him as righteousness. 
10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 
11 And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 
12 And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised. 13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.
14 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 
15 because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

The treatment for all who were baptized into The Holy Spirit

Dead to sin , Alive in Christ and Slave to Righteousness  

Righteousness - It is an attribute that implies that a person's actions are justified, and can have the connotation that the person has been "judged" or "reckoned" as leading a life that is pleasing to God. Righteousness is also used as an attribute for God. No one is without sin 

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

With that said Disciples of Christ are righteous before God's eyes. Yes, we will sin, but in our hearts and minds with the Holy Spirit we pursue Godliness. Have heard some say "that's my shortcoming, my downfall" and do nothing to change it. A woman and man of God, will do it's best (no try) to get right with God. We want to goto Heaven!!! We are trying to live a life that is pleasing to God. If we demean and put down those who are trying to be righteous we are not in God's favor.  

For Psalm 2 speaks of one being shielded by God and receiving favor because of righteousness. Free from guilt or sin, when we are practicing righteousness. Again not saying that we do not sin, but we have God's grace and with that we can repent.  

Romans 6
3 Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 
4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.  

Stop treating Disciples of Christ like we were before baptism, but instead treat us the way you should with righteousness for we are baptized with the Holy Spirit. 

6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, [a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 
7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.  
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 
9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 
10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.  
14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. Slaves to Righteousness  
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 

17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 
18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.  
19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness.
20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 
21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 
22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in [b] Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Let us treat one another with Righteousness and obey from our heart's with Righteousness. Remember don't be quick to judge,all that have been baptized into the Holy Spirit are still your sisters and brothers in Christ even if they do not attend your church.


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