hat does it take for me to live by the gospel? How can I possibly be worthy of the intense gift of God’s grace to such a sinner as me. Well, let’s begin with the observation that it must be possible because we’re told to do it. Let me add a note about the context here, this is to the congregation at Philippi, but of course we are members of the body of Christ each one of us, and so must take this lesson to heart together.
Wouldn’t it be something to have a boot-camp like experience where we had to work through obstacles and like the military the point would be team building? At the end of the day a pastor would have the task of summing up the day with a sermon on this verse. I think people ...view middle of the document...
To theologians this is called passé non peccare Latin for ‘possible not to sin’. This is contrasted with Christ who is non passé peccare or ‘not possible to sin’.
I need to look at each situation in my life and ask the Lord how I can pass this test. First, however, I have to be committed to doing the right thing. I have to have a preconceived idea that I want to please the Lord and follow Him as closely as possible. Of the many consequences of trying to live this way is the idea, the spiritual stamina, and resources needed to write this book and follow it through to completion.
TO HELL AND BACK
20 among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
1 Timothy 1:20 (ESV)
he discipline of the Lord is a terrible thing. These two gentlemen did not (could not) lose their salvation and please note that the desired effect was that they would learn and presumably be restored to fellowship. But the effect of the devil having his way with you is a terrible thing. Do I sound like I know what I am talking about. Yes, I have had this experience. I was not walking with the Lord like I should have been. Sure I was going to church every week and we (my wife and I) seemed to be doing ok, for us anyway. I was doing really well at work when out of the clear blue some non-Christian said something that was very derogatory about the Lord, and sure enough not long afterward I found myself saying the same thing. That was something like 15-16 years ago, and only recently have I put 2 and 2 together and realized that what I have been through is a result of my bad judgment way back then.
6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.|
1 Timothy 3:6-7 (ESV)
My wife and I were both in positions of leadership training in our church. She was the head of our children’s program and I was allowed to teach our Bible studies some times. And sure enough don’t you know I wasn’t ready for such positions and relationships as we were allowed to have and I got a big head. And we all know what goes before a...