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To be found in CHRIST, not having my own righteousness.

Brethren,

Isn't it absolutely true, that we were each created for The GLORY Of GOD?



           Absolutely!"



And being certain of this; "isn't it also as true, that when we believed The GOSPEL of CHRIST,  GOD approved of us?



                 Yes?



 And being approved of, didn't GOD entrust us with The GOSPEL to speak, not as pleasing men, but GOD Who tests our hearts?"



[With that said, and knowing that there are many, who have walked with GOD before us.



While I was reading through The BIBLE, I was greatly impressed by the stories of those who walked with GOD before us, and brought GLORY to HIM.



Yet, of all those people, I was most impressed by the LIFE of the apostle Paul."



So much so, that I often ask The LORD through prayer to give the entire BODY of CHRIST the same focus and obedience, so that we might respond to HIS WORD through FAITH."



That we would know, that HE sending us out as sheep in the midst of wolves, to reach this lost and dying generation."



For HE says to us, in John 20:21


"PEACE to you!  As The FATHER has sent ME, I also send you.



[On the surface, that might seem like a noble request on my behalf."


But after further examination of my plea,  I hope that everyone understands, that it's actually the desire of GOD’S Heart ❤️."



The LORD wants to use everyone, who is willing to serve HIM; so that we might bring GLORY to HIM."



Thus, HE speaks these WORDS to us who are willing, through Colossians 2:5-6



For though I AM absent in the flesh, yet I AM with you in SPIRIT, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your FAITH in CHRIST.


As you have therefore recieved CHRIST JESUS The LORD, so walk in HIM.



[And knowing that JESUS CHRIST, is The WORD of The LIVING GOD; and The LIGHT of the world. 🌎



We are to walk in The LIGHT, by walking in obedience to CHRIST.



For when Saul of Tarsus, was converted on the road to Damascus, and saw a great LIGHT that shone from HEAVEN; he asked two questions when he was knocked off his horse.



The first was, “Who are YOU, LORD?”


And when Paul realized that he was in The Presence of Almighty GOD, only one question seemed appropriate to ask]: “LORD, what do YOU want me to do?”



[Paul recognized that obedience to The WORD of The LIVING GOD, was to be his primary focus, and his priority, if he was to follow CHRIST, 


as LORD."



So Paul's aim, became not only to know The TRUTH of GOD. But once HE knew CHRIST; also to serve HIM."



For CHRIST, is the TRUTH of what a good GOD accomplished on a Cross, in order to take away the sin of the world."



And once Paul was convinced of this, he knew that at the fulfillment of time, he wanted to be found in CHRIST - The WORD of The LIVING GOD."



Not having his own righteousness, which he thought was obtained through keeping the law.


But that which is obtained through FAITH in CHRIST.


And for this, he was willing to suffer the loss of all things.



Philipians 3:8-10 reveals what I'm saying like this]:  Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of CHRIST JESUS my LORD,  for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain CHRIST and be found in HIM, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through FAITH in CHRIST,  the RIGHTEOUSNESS which is from GOD by FAITH;  that I may know HIM and the POWER of HIS  RESURRECTION, and the fellowship of HIS sufferings, being conformed to HIS death.



[And that's, how I pray, that the entire BODY of CHRIST, would be found.



For everyone who is found in CHRIST, will not have to face GOD'S Judgement."


For we have passed from death to LIFE!"



Yet, how does one know, "if he will be found in CHRIST?"



Well, by embracing what GOD says through 1st John 3:14-15.


where GOD reveals everyone who has passed from death to LIFE, by saying]:  We know that we have passed from death to LIFE, because we LOVE the Brethren.


He who does not LOVE his Brother abides in death.


He who hates his Brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has Eternal LIFE abiding in him.  🤔



[That's how we know, Beloved, that we are of The TRUTH, and that we have passed from death to LIFE.



And because we have, we LOVE our Brethren. "So we don't lie to them." Nor steal from them, or desire anything, that belongs to them.



For we walk in The LIGHT of GOD’S WORD, by keeping HIS commandments.



For we LOVE GOD; and prove our LOVE for HIM, by keeping HIS commandments.


 


For HE says to us in John 14:21]:  “He who has MY commandments and keeps them, it is he who LOVES  ME. And he who LOVES  ME  will be LOVED by MY FATHER, and I will LOVE him and manifest MYSELF to him.”



[Our obedience to GOD, Beloved Brethren, expresses our LOVE for HIM, and enables us to experience HIS  PEACE.



Such a PEACE,  Beloved Brethren, that it manifests GOD'S  PRESENCE in our lives."


For what PEACE can anyone have or experience, when they hate GOD? 



And they prove thei hate for GOD, by walking in obedience to the powers of darkness. Whose head, is Satan himself!" 



In other words, "Disobedience can by no means, prove a sincere LOVE for GOD." 



For HE makes it abundantly clear by saying these WORDS, in John 14:15]:


"If you LOVE ME, keep MY commandments!"



[So all who wish to LOVE GOD, would do well to ask the same question that the apostle Paul did in Acts 9:6]: “LORD, what do YOU want me to do?”


And the response is given through 2nd Timothy 4:5]:


 


But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an Evangelist, fulfill your Ministry."



[And in our LOVE for GOD; let us respond by saying: Yes, LORD



JESUS


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