Without the Spirit of God, we can do nothing. Can dead men make decisions? Can dead men activate their will and choose, against their nature, to turn toward God? No, of course not. First someone must make him alive, and then he can follow after his Lord. So, before a man can do anything, or make the first move toward God, he must be raised from his spiritual death.
But, it does not simply emphasize a second birth, but a spiritual rebirth, from above. When that happens, the Spirit of God is placed in the elect person who God determined to save, sent His Son to Justify, and whom He intends to Sanctify. The indwelling of the Spirit precedes everything else that happens to an individual in the process of salvation. Let me give you a Biblical example. The apostle Peter traveled with, lived with, and listened to Jesus for three and a half years.
Just prior to His crucifixion, Jesus said to Peter —. But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. Even though he was on an intimate basis with the Son of God, Peter was unconverted. He lacked the genuine faith. And, by the way, so did all the apostles. Because they had yet to receive the Holy Spirit. Flesh and blood are not sufficient to accomplish genuine conversion.
They may be sufficient to accomplish a psuedo-christianity, based on manmade traditions. But, they cannot ultimately please the Lord of Glory. On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit indwelt the Apostles and Peter stood before three thousand men, boldly proclaiming the faith of Christ, and instituting the New Covenant Church. And, for the rest of his life, right up to his death, Peter underwent the Sanctifying influence of God. Are you catching my drift?
The Holy Spirit must be residing inside a person before they can be converted to the Christian faith. Without the Spirit, we are powerless to rise up from our spiritual destitution and exercise the marvelous gift of faith. The events of Pentecost happened as soon as the Spirit of God indwelt the Apostles. It did happen separately. There were not two distinct, separate events. The Holy Spirit is a person, if you will.
And, wherever He is, He is fully there. Faith in Christ is impossible without the Spirit. Faith, itself, proves the Spirit.
This is the word that we have repeatedly encountered in Titus 1: It is synonymous with the last of the fruits of the Spirit, which is self control. This refers to a life of integrity and uprightness in your dealings with others. This refers to holiness and devotion to God, beginning on the heart level. It means to live a God-ward life, knowing that He examines your heart. You confess sinful thoughts to Him and live in the love and fear of God.
As Paul expressed his concern 2 Cor. If you live in the way that Paul describes in our text, denying ungodliness and worldly desires and living sensibly, righteously, and godly in the midst of this corrupt age, other Christians will call you a legalist. But you will experience the joy of close fellowship with the God who rescued you from sin and judgment. His grace motivates you to live differently than the world, and differently than those who profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him Titus 1: The forward look is toward the second coming of Jesus Christ.
The backward look is toward the cross and its implications on our lives. During His first coming, His glory was mostly veiled. But His second appearing will be in glory, bringing salvation to His people, but terrifying judgment to those who have not believed in Him. If you got a call this week from the White House, announcing that the President would like to stay in your home sometime next month meaning that your living room and kitchen would be on national television , I predict that you would do some housecleaning! Your home would sparkle because you knew that the President was coming.
Someone far greater than the President is coming! But the Greek grammar, has one article governing both God and Savior, which is best understood to refer to one person, not to two. That hope motivates us to clean house on any sins in our lives. Paul shows that this past grace that was shown to us produces godliness in us.
The word redeem would have gotten the attention of any slaves.
It was the word used of buying a slave out of the market so as to give him his freedom. Before we met Christ, we all were slaves of sin. He paid the redemption price in His own blood to free us from bondage to sin. How, then, can a believer go back into slavery to sin? He bought us from the slave market of sin and washed off our filth. Now we belong to Him as His personal possession.
He prizes us more than anyone prizes a valuable treasure, because He paid for us with His blood. Again, what a motivation to live to please Him! Before we partake, we are to examine ourselves and confess any known sins. As we think on the great sacrifice that our God and Savior made by giving Himself for us, it will draw our hearts toward Him in love and devotion.
It will make us long for the day of His appearing in glory, when we will be caught up to be with Him forever. Then it trains us to live in godliness.
It was also used to describe the fanatical Jewish sect that was devoted to ridding Israel of Roman domination. The Zealots were totally devoted to their cause, even to the point of risking their own lives to achieve their goals. You would not call them lukewarm!
Could you rightly describe yourself as a fanatic for good deeds? But if we have been bought out of the slave market of sin by the blood of our great God and Savior, we should be fanatics for good deeds. We ought to be totally devoted to serving our new Master. Peter, the apostle, described the work of ministry as stewardship of God's grace.
In continuation of our Grace Series, we want to look at the three major works of grace in the believer's life. You can click'on their titles to read. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God' - Ephesians 2: A ransom was needed one we couldn't pay to buy us out from suffering God's judgment for sin, which is death, and Jesus, the Son of God took our place. Do we have the liberty to do as we please because His grace covers us and God's mercy endures forever? Grace comes in again and we see its second major work in the Christian's life. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, ' God's grace helps us to endure and hold on to our faith in the face of these.
Grace enables us to do the work of God's kingdom. We don't remain babies forever. The apostle Peter, on his part, described the work of ministry as stewardship of God's grace. If you haven't done that, pray now surrendering to Him so that you can properly begin the journey of faith and enjoy the grace God has abundantly poured forth for us in Christ. Edith Ohaja Jan 23 Reply Thank you so much, my brother. While there is time You're awesomely blessed in Jesus' name. Ishiwu Victor Chinonso Jan 23 Reply The bible asked, "what will it profit a man to gain the whole world but loses his soul to the devil?
His grace can help us live in a way that is pleasing to Him.
Obetta Collins Odinakachukwu Jan 25 Reply it's good to always remember God in everyday of our lives: People tend to forget the teachings of our Lord in their pursuit of earthly things. Take a look at our world today, how many people have time to share the gospel? How many have time to entertain gospel preachers? They forget the popular saying that life without Christ is crisis. Make whatever wealth you want, but when you've not sought the face of God, you are as wretched as Edith Ohaja Jan 26 Reply Hmmmm!
These things you're saying need a megaphone, Collins, don't you think? Keep going and make it louder in Jesus' name. But remember the farmer eats the harvest before others. You are richly blessed in Jesus' name. Where will I be today without grace!! I found your blog today and I thank God for what He is doing through you. I have been blessed by your posts.
Thank you so much for being the light. May we overflow with grace as we go about our Father's business in Jesus' name. Edith Ohaja Jan 26 Reply Very true. Edith Ohaja Jan 26 Reply Amen.
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Where, indeed, shall we be without God's grace? Nice work big Mama. Kathleen Jan 27 Reply Grace: God's Riches at Christ's Expense.
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Thank you for a great post! Edith Ohaja Jan 28 Reply Thank you, Kathleen, for dropping by and for reminding me of that wonderful expression. Edith Ohaja Jan 31 Reply Amen! Ogbu Ezichi Feb 2 Reply The word 'Grace' is often teamed with mercy in the Scriptures - and that's such a great teaming! Grace itself is a major part of Who God truly is, and has been defined as: God's undeserved love and favour towards US!
That's what Grace is!
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To think that we have that at our disposal always! Ike Faustina Uchechukwu Feb 4 Reply Everything we are is by his grace and not by our effort or by our strength or by our good work.
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Edith Ohaja Feb 5 Reply Very true. C sirchuks Feb 5 Reply Aunty, how can someone with grace tend to run away from sins of the body, How can we protect the grace of God in us, how can we make one believe that we are living with Gods anointing grace. Edith Ohaja Feb 5 Reply J.