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  • « Romans Chapter 9 | Main | Testing Traditions: The Love of God and the Will of Man »

    The Condition of ... and Cure for Fallen Humanity

    The Bible declares that sinners are helpless and lost ... not in need of help, but of rescue. While all other religions teach what a man must do to help himself attain salvation, Christianity declares that man is beyond being able to respond to commands or help. We need a Savior, not someone to help us save ourselves. So a Christian is not made first by someone who follows Jesus' life and example. That is an impossible standard for the natural man. No ...There would be no need for rescue unless a person was lost and completely helpless. When someone has swallowed water, is unconscious and floating to the bottom of the ocean drowning, you do not first ask him if he wants rescuing. That would not be helpful and a waste of precious seconds. No, without asking you jump in a rescue them. Spiritually we are helpless and lost, so Jesus does likewise. Before he is our teacher, he is our rescuer, our Savior. That is our primary need.

    Ephesians 2:5 but the whole first half of the chapter. Also the entire book of Galatians. Romans 1-3. Titus 3:3-5; 2 Timothy 4:18; 1 Cor. chapters 1&2. The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing..." John 6:63

    Posted by John on January 26, 2013 05:57 PM

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    I would be even stronger.

    Here is a pithy saying dropped into my mind years ago as I contemplated this reality in here: ("if you do not die and go to heaven before you die, when you die you do not go to heaven").

    I came into an understanding of the death to self life in christ from pondering these verses:

    But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Ephesians 2:4-6 ESV)

    For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. (Hebrews 4:8-11 ESV)

    In fact the more I ponder the implied death to self life in Christ to God's Glory manifested through me, too, in those verses and others beside them I tremble before The Lord !

    I see more and more just how much I am a strong willed selfish soul in desperate need of daily salvation!

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