Very often sincere, Bible believing Christians become discouraged with their failures because they are "striving" to be perfect in their own strength. Perfection, in the spiritual sense, is merely a whole-hearted maturity in Christ. As long as we live in this world, we will be faced with temptations, and at times yield to them. The purpose of this brief study is to magnify the glorious victory and power we can have by being covered with the attributes of Christ's Righteousness instead of centering our attention on our failures. "For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power." Colossians 2:9-10. In the most elaborate temples of earth [in comparison, Scripture tells us that we are the temple of God - 1 Cor. 3:16], there are both inside [internal] and outside [external] pillars; which in this study are compared to some of the Unseen Majestic Pillars Of God which are constantly active in sustaining and supporting our spiritual life. These majestic attributes belong to the Trinity alone, but provide guardianship to our spiritual souls within our body temple.
Internal Offense Pillars
There is only One Whole, Holy God with the unbroken complexity for "whosoever" is elected and chosen of Him! He is the Sovereign God - reigning over all. Within the New Covenant Sovereign Law of Grace, there are only two commandments Jesus said apply: "Thou shalt love the lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Matthew 22:37-40.
C. H. Spurgeon makes the following comment regarding the Biblical narrative of Ruth and Orpah which illustrates the divided heart likened to nominal Christians today: "At first both of them [Ruth and Orpah] declared that they would cast their lot with the Lord's people; but upon still further consideration Orpah with much grief and a respectful kiss left her mother-in-law, and her people, and her God, and went back to her idolatrous friends, while Ruth with all her heart gave herself up to the God of her mother-in-law. It is one thing to love the ways of the Lord when all is fair, and quite another to cleave to them under all discouragements and difficulties. The kiss of outward profession is very cheap and easy, but the practical cleaving to the Lord, which must show itself in holy decision for truth and holiness, is not so small a matter. How stands the case with us, is our heart fixed upon Jesus, is the sacrifice bound with cords to the horns of the altar? Have we counted the cost, and are we solemnly ready to suffer all worldly loss for the Master's Sake? The after gain will be an abundant recompense, for Egypt's treasures are not to be compared with the Glory to be revealed. Orpah is heard of no more; in glorious ease and idolatrous pleasure her life melts into the gloom of death; but Ruth lives in history and in Heaven, for Grace has placed her in the Noble Line whence sprung the King of kings. Blessed among women shall those be who for Christ's sake can renounce all; but forgotten and worse than forgotten shall those be who in the hour of temptation do violence to conscience and turn back unto the world. O that .... we may not be content with the form of devotion, which may be no better than Orpah's kiss, but may the Holy Spirit work in us a cleaving of our whole heart to our Lord Jesus."
The Seven-Fold Characteristics Of The Holy Spirit - Eyes Of Omnipresence
"And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch [Jesus Christ] shall grow out of his roots: and the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of the Lord [Reverence]" (Isaiah 11:1-2). Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, was completely replete within and throughout Himself as the Chief Corner Stone. Jesus said: "What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the Head of the Corner [Corner Stone]? Whosoever shall fall upon that Stone shall be broken [forgiven of their sins]; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder [be eternally lost]." Luke 20:17-18 (lps).
The Apostle Peter puts it this way: "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a Spiritual house, an Holy priesthood, to offer up Spiritual Sacrifices [all purposed giftings within one's body], acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a Chief Corner Stone, elect, precious; and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the Stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the Head of the Corner, and a Stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the Word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed." 1 Peter 2:5-8 (lps).
This explains why so many well-meaning - but unstudied - nominal Christians fail to become "lively stones" as [they] go with this world's spirit, and are ground-to-powder because of [their] un-understanding which further misdirects [them]. Thus they give to the world a false presentation of "The Christ" of Biblical acclaim! Growing up likened to Christ has nothing to do with church membership, numbers, names, acquaintances, etc., within any worship setting or familia blood-lines in the New Testament Covenant of the "Authoritative Message" given to The Disciples.
The Fruit Of The Spirit
The Fruit Of The Spirit Scripture refers to is BEING loving, joyous, peaceful, patient, gentle, good, having faith in God, meek, and moderate in all things - of which there is no condemning law! See Galatians 5:22-23. This Fruit is often misunderstood as busily doing good, self-righteous works and keeping busy with religious activities which is referred to in Isaiah 64:6 as "filthy rags." Thus onlookers become discouraged with nominal Christianity calling church-goers "hypocrites" and/or resorting to verbal bashing! "Carnality of religiosity formatting" makes friends with "the world's carnal desires"; hence, no better suited and pleasing to a Holy God!
Nominal Christians can say [they] have the Fruit Of The Spirit; but unless [they] utilize God's Seven-Fold Eyes of Omnipresence combined with His Fruit of The Spirit, the Fruit does not mature and reproduce therefore [they] worship Almighty God in vain with worthless Fruit as an abundant-mirage. This results in "insincere game playing" which the Omniscient and Omnipotent God never indulges Himself in, with, for, through, of, from or to [them]. When one comes to the Truth Of God's Presence, he/she will also understand why so many churches today are spiritually sick, poor, dying or dead in offensive trespasses against a Holy Covenant Sovereign God!
In other words, The Father's Seven-Fold Eyes Of Omnipresence, through the Holy Spirit is the Root Foundation; Christ - The Vine - is the Building; and Authentic Christians are the finishing and furnishings, with the Fruit to serve in the "Kingdom Of God."
External Defense Pillars
"All the attributes of Christ, as God and man, are at our disposal. All the fulness of the Godhead, whatever that marvellous term may comprehend, is ours to make us complete. He cannot endow us with the Attributes of Deity; but He has done all that can be done, for He has made even His Divine Power and Godhead subservient to our salvation. His Omnipotence, Omniscience, Omnipresence, Immutability and Infallibility, are all combined for our defense. Arise, believer, and behold the Lord Jesus yoking the whole of His Divine Godhead to the Chariot of Salvation! How vast His Grace, how firm His Faithfulness, how unswerving His Immutability, how infinite His Power, how limitless His Knowledge! All these are by the Lord Jesus made the Pillars of the Temple of Salvation; and all, without diminution of their infinity, are covenanted to us as our perpetual inheritance. The fathomless love of the Saviour's heart is every drop of it ours; every sinew in the Arm of Might, every Jewel in the Crown of Majesty, the immensity of Divine Knowledge, and the sternness of Divine Justice, all are ours, and shall be employed for us. The Whole of Christ, in his Adorable Character as the Son of God, is by Himself made over to us most richly to enjoy. His Wisdom is our direction, his Knowledge our instruction, His Power our protection, His Justice our surety, His Love our comfort, His Mercy our solace, and His Immutability our trust. He makes no reserve, but opens the recesses of the Mount of God and bids us dig in its mines for the hidden treasures. 'All, all, all are yours,' said He, 'be ye satisfied with favour and full of the goodness of the Lord.' Oh! How sweet thus to behold Jesus, and to call upon Him with the certain confidence that in seeking the interposition of His love or power, we are but asking for that which He has already faithfully promised." - C. H. Spurgeon, Morning Devotional For May 18.
Confide In Order To Abide
"Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as His Divine Power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." 2 Peter 1:1-4.
Herein lies the HELP [Heaven's Eternal Loving Power] of the Called-Out Born Anew Christian to victoriously overcome evil propensities of every type and kind. The Apostle Paul explains it this way: " For we know in part, and we prophesy in part: but when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." 1 Cor. 13:9-12.
All Glory To God
We again quote from the famous English Preacher, C. H. Spurgeon in his morning devotional for August 16. "God's glory is the result of His nature and acts. He is glorious in His character, for there is such a store of everything that is holy, and good, and lovely in God, that He must be glorious. The actions which glow from His character are also glorious; but while He intends that they should manifest to His creatures His goodness, and mercy, and justice, he is equally concerned that the glory associated with them should be given only to Himself. Nor is there aught in ourselves in which we may glory; for who maketh us to differ from another? And what have we that we did not receive from the God of all grace? Then how careful ought we to be to walk humbly before the Lord! The moment we glorify ourselves, since there is room for one glory only in the universe, we set ourselves up as rivals to the Most High. Shall the insect of an hour glorify itself against the sun which warmed it into life? Shall the potsherd exalt itself above the man who fashioned it upon the wheel? Shall the dust of the desert strive with the whirlwind? Or the drops of the ocean struggle with the tempest? Give unto the Lord, all ye righteous, give unto the Lord glory and strength; give unto Him the honour that is due unto His name. Yet it is, perhaps, one of the hardest struggles of the Christian life to learn this sentence - 'Not unto us, not unto us, but unto Thy name be glory.' It is a lesson which God is ever teaching us, and teaching us sometimes by most painful discipline. Let a Christian begin to boast, 'I can do all things,' without adding 'through Christ which strengtheneth me,' and before long he will have to groan, 'I can do nothing,' and bemoan himself in the dust. When we do anything for the Lord, and He is pleased to accept of our doings, let us lay our crown at His feet, and exclaim, 'Not I, but the grace of God which was with me!'"
It is the causative effects of the Alone Attributes Of The Trinity that human beings have their existence; and moreover that the Called of God have that unrelenting love, power, redemption, and victorious sanctification towards Christ's Holiness - Acts 17:28. These pillars, though unseen, are standard-bearers for and to all the Called of God - come what may! They are also conclusive of the heart being completely circumcised; meaning cut off from sinful desires. Romans 2:29; Philippians 3:3.
"So what should we say about this? If [Since] God is with us, then no one can defeat us. God let even his own Son suffer for us. God gave his Son for us all. So with Jesus, God will surely give us all things. Who can accuse the people that God has chosen? No one! God is the one who makes them right. Who can say that God's people are guilty? No one! Christ Jesus died, but that is not all. He was also raised from death. And now he is on God's right side and is begging God for us. Can anything separate us from the love Christ has for us? Can troubles or problems or sufferings? If we have no food or clothes, if we are in danger, or even if death comes - can any of these things separate us from Christ's love?" Romans 8:31-35 (EB) (lps).
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