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The posts you have read or will read are meant to prepare us for times ahead yes, but as I said to someone the other day when asked about the rapture, “What is unacceptable to God then, is unacceptable to Him NOW.
If we are removed “pre-trib” that is great but what about between now and then? To God, is unforgiveness an acceptable condition in our hearts ever? Is hatred? Is bitterness? The Law of the Spirit of Life must be functioning in us, otherwise condemnation kills us. Romans 8:1-2 (NKJV, NASB)
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. “For” primary particle assigning a reason. Strong’s 1063. The question we must all ask ourselves is, “has it made us free, is it ruling our heart?” We are subject to one law or the other. Implementing one negates the other.
Our eligibility for the rapture, whenever it is, is absolutely linked to Christ first and then as we live, to our obedience, (John 3:36) to our embracing His Way, the only Way, implementing the Words of eternal life.
Keeping His Law of the Spirit of Life is how we avoid condemnation once reconciled to God by Christ’s death. This life-giving law is demonstrated by Christ’s life and confirmed in Roman’s 5:10 “…we are saved by His life.”
What if the sins that were forgiven us by God were our sins previously committed and now (after reconciliation to God through Christ) we must forgive to be forgiven? That is really great news unless you have trouble forgiving. “Sins previously committed” is what Paul said in Romans 3:25 NKJV and NASB. Look it up. In addition, forgiving to be forgiven is in the Lord’s Prayer and reiterated in the verse following as spoken by Jesus. Matthew 6:9-14.
Regarding doctrine it is possible God’s biggest mountain to move, in bringing His children to actual salvation, is traditional or doctrinal adoptions. We cast it in stone when God does not or we forget the interconnecting aspects of His Word; aspects meant to balance or formulate our doctrines. I believe establishing doctrines is our constant search for safe ground but what if understanding comes that changes our thinking? This has only happened a gazillion times in history.
“So we have been wrong?” I address this throughout the book. I supply our escape route. I blame it on God. He is willing to take the blame because His sovereignty rules and His love for us reigns. It is not that what we have understood did not help or that we were wrong. We were faithful to what we understood.
Now, our Father is expanding on the truth we have relied upon because the Truth is meant to achieve a higher standard than we realized. It is and has always been a Christ-like standard. What that standard may entail begins now with our everyday life experiences and deepens should the Lord tarry and our faith be tested on a more serious level.
Never-the-less, becoming proficient in Christ-likeness is expected of us from our beginning reconciliation until we die or are raptured, entering salvation, like Janis has.
Whatever life doles out, once reconciled to God, we are to submit to Christ’s (The Father’s) instructions because they are meant to “save us.” If we do not submit here why should God expect us to submit there? There will be no more rebellions in heaven. Whats more, our submission must be heartfelt. This is our victory or our death-knell. It is our choice.
Grace may actually have fogged the glass we have been looking through darkly! Yes, it is very possible! Abraham did not know what the future held exactly. Noah had never seen rain. Did the Disciples know in advance they would die serving Christ? We know they only saw partially until life after death was proven to them by Christ’s resurrection. Imagine if when you answered God’s call to reconciliation (salvation) you were told clearly, “OK, at some point you must be willing to lay down your life, to be murdered, to see your family murdered, to be martyred for your faith!” ALSO, during this, you must pray sincerely for the salvation of those killing you!.” Oh sure, that is good news! There is a reason we see darkly. Today, we have an advantage. Real life context helps. Today, we are seeing real life biblical context. It will either steel our convictions or corrupt our concepts. Apostasy is the latter.
It is hard enough to die to self spiritually. Many still find success fleeting. God’s grace is allowing us to practice grace by spiritually dying daily to offenses. Dying physically might be a relief after a lifetime of dying to self, enduring with love and intercession for those who (if we are here) will do harm to us. The fact that we are here now and understand cements our responsibility to fervently practice Christ-likeness now. Then is surely coming. “… and then the end will come. ” Matthew 24:14 (NASB)
The coming times will demand our understanding. Preparing now is paramount.
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