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Wednesday, 28 October 2020 20:07

Becoming the Christian God Wants You to Be

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I discovered several valuable lessons about living a Christian life as I studied about the adoption of the new Christian by God upon salvation. It left me wanting to learn more about the unity of believers and how it related to the lessons I had learned. Christian virtues came next and then a study about forgiving one another. I realized I had a series developing on a theme of Christian growth. I had not planned a series, but one topic led to the next. The series seemed complete after a studying of contentment through the peace of God.

Summary

The passage of Colossians 3:12-17 is such an integral part of the book that is difficult to divide this section into a smaller unit to study. The context covers most of the book. Yet we learn so much by examining these few verses closely. Upon salvation we “put on a new self.” (Colossians 3:10) Then we put on 6 virtues.

Thursday, 10 September 2020 18:49

You are God’s Temple

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Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?

1 Corinthians 3:16 (NET) [1]   [2]

Some of the wonders of the world, both modern and ancient, are structures people have built. Considerable pride of human accomplishment swells up within those who marvel at them. Indeed, they are impressive.

Adoption explains much about salvation.

Understanding all that happens to a person and their soul upon salvation is a complex subject. Systematic Theology devotes a whole section called “soteriology” to it.

Friday, 10 January 2020 00:01

What Happens To Our Sins?

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What happens to our sins when they are forgiven? The Bible uses several ways to explain the separation of our sins from ourselves to relieve us of their burden.

The work Christ accomplished on the cross was prefigured in the Old Testament law through ritual cleansings. Lev 14:31, Lev 16:30 and Num 8:21 talks of cleansing a person of their sins through atonement. Psalm 51:2 says, “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin.” Here the cleansing is accomplished by a thorough washing.

Monday, 14 October 2019 23:43

Not Ashamed Proud

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An investigation of the Bible's double negatives like "Not ashamed" that often become positive with emphasis and are often misunderstood by modern Bible readers.

If you can bear with my math background for a moment and recall that a negative times a negative  {(-1) X (-1) = 1}  is a positive. It’s just amazing how that works.  It’s like going to the opposite of your left.  This kind of thing is also commonly used in language.  The negative of a negative. Now, if I tell you something is not negative, you would probably understand it as a positive rather than a neutral. Enough of the abstract, let’s get back to the real world where this concept influences language.