You turned to God: 1 Thessalonians 1.9-10

“For people everywhere report how you welcomed us and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus our deliverer from the coming wrath.”

1 Thessalonians 1.9-10

Paul’s description of conversion included the hope of eternal salvation at Jesus’ coming. Serving and waiting are two important aspects of the Way. Serving is charged and motivated by the second coming. The waiting is defined by the living God who gave life to his Son and who will also give it to us.

A more important fact than present suffering at the hands of enemies is the coming wrath in the final judgment. What must we do to avoid the latter?

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Adequate evidence

By Johnny O. Trail — Our family has a dog named Sadie.  It is a running joke in our family to regularly say, “Sadie is a dog.”  It is a statement of an obvious truth.  She looks like a dog, barks like a dog, eats like a dog, and acts like a dog.  She is a dog.

Lately, we have been reassessing this conclusion.  One of our sons has said, “Sadie is a goat.” Another child has said, “Sadie is a cat.”  Still, another son has stated, “I don’t really know what she is.” Of course, we do all of this in jest.  My children know the differences between a cat, a goat, and a dog. They also know what defines a dog as being a dog.

Suffice it to say, there is plenty of evidence to demonstrate that Sadie is a dog.  If enough evidence exists to prove something as being factual, then it must be accepted as the truth.  One cannot deny that our dog, Sadie, is a dog.  There is too much evidence to refute that fact.

The same principle is true in regards to scriptural considerations.  If there is enough evidence to demonstrate that something is being accurately and truthfully represented from God’s word, it must be accepted at fact and practiced as outline in the Bible.  That is, there are truths in God’s Holy Writ that are undeniable. Continue reading

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When one comes back to the truth, this happens …

Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him backlet him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19-20 NKJV)

What results from one returning to the truth out of error? No less than four things (according to the above verses); plus one I can’t keep from including:

  • a personal blessing
  • a reversal (a personal and honest acknowledgement) that leads to freedom from the trap of the particular error
  • salvation (deliverance) from the cost of the error (spiritual death)
  • the hiding (a veiling, or doing away with the knowledge) of a multitude of sins
  • a reason for the angels of Heaven to rejoice!

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”” (Luke 15:10 NKJV)

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‘Slaves to righteousness’ Romans 6.19 VOTD

“(I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh.) For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.”

Romans 6.19

Conversion defines our relationship to sin (separation) and to righteousness (decision to live right).

What is involved in presenting our members as slaves to righteousness?

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Wipe your internet presence clean with one click. And your sins with one dip

click-hereIt’s the real deal, supposedly. These folks will find all your accounts on the web, through a Google login, and wipe your internet presence clean. They don’t say if they’ll get you off Google as well. But it really tempts one, does it not?

There is a good side to the internet. At times, however, we don’t see it. We get bombarded by the bad side, and offers like the one made by the site above appeal to those who are tired of it all. Continue reading

#baptism, #conversion, #forgiveness, #obedience

Events and our reactions

anger

Our interpretation of events around us, and the language we use to describe them, determine our emotional reaction to them.

How we place ourselves in relation to those events colors our emotions. If we selfishly put ourselves in the center of all that happens, we will take the actions and comments of others personally. So we will feel anger, frustration, and resentment that events did not conform to our expectations. With self in the center, objectivity is lost.

Expressing such emotions will not defuse them, but will only cause them to root themselves more deeply in our soul. Thus, we reinforce our behavior of interpreting events through the lens of self.

Through our conversion to Jesus Christ, he becomes the center of our being and the lens through which we see all events. The sovereign control of God becomes our focus. So there is no one technique, nor a set of them, for a more healthy reinterpretation of events, but rather a transformation into a new man that looks at people and events from a new light.

And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised. So then from now on we acknowledge no one from an outward human point of view. Even though we have known Christ from such a human point of view, now we do not know him in that way any longer. So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away—look, what is new has come! 2 Cor 5.15-17

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Fleshing out conversion

turn-signalWe hold half-formed ideas about many words. For some, conversion hides one of those nebulous meanings. Its basic meaning is turning or change.

Think of converting an automobile motor from gasoline into natural gas. In order to do what it could not before, some things have to be tinkered with. And what it did before, it does no longer. To convert it over is not a complicated process, but not anyone can do it.

Converting a soul from sin and self, from the world and the flesh, in order to know and serve God is not only a personal decision on the part of the person, but a job only the Creator can undertake. Continue reading

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