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Biblical True Spirituality (Two of Me!)

Biblical True Spirituality ( Two of Me! )

According to Biblical True Spirituality, the Christian lives in the paradoxical reality of being a Sinner (in Adam) and a Saint (in Christ) at the same time – based on the whole counsel of the Holy Scriptures, specifically on ROMANS Chapters 6, 7 & 8.

“My conscience does not render a positive verdict in God’s courtroom when I look inside myself. The only reason I can sleep well at night is that even though my heart is filled with corruption and even though I am not doing my best to please him, I have in heaven at the Father’s right hand the beloved Son, who has not only done his best for himself but has fulfilled all righteousness for me in my place.” – Dr. Michael Scott Horton

Three Phases of Sanctification: God’s Written Word presents three different aspects of Sanctification: (1) Positional Sanctification; (2) Progressive Santification and (3) Future Perfected/or Final Sanctification.

The biblical word for sanctification is hagiazo and means “to set apart” for God or special purpose, figuratively “to make holy or sacred.”

The Tenses of Sanctification: CHRIST is our Sanctification!

Like salvation, which has a past, a present, and a future aspect, Sanctification does as well.

> The Three Tenses of Salvation:

Past –Saved from the penalty of sin (Justification by Grace through Faith in Christ)

Present –Saved from the power of sin(Sanctification by Grace through Faith in Christ)

Future –Saved from the presence of sin(Glorification by Grace through Faith in Christ)

And, Sanctification has Three Tenses as well, according to the Holy Scriptures.

1. Past Sanctification: Positional sanctification is past (and permanent): we were set apart in Christ at our spiritual regeneration & conversion.

2. Present Sanctification: Progressive sanctification is present: we are daily being conformed to His image,in Godliness. We are still in union with Christ living in the realities of Romans chapter 6, 7, 8 – all at the same time!

3. Future Sanctification: Ultimate sanctification is future: one day we shall see Him as He is and we shall be like Him. There will be no more sin in thought, word, or deed, or even in motives — and no “old Adam/old man” to make us even want a shred of that old, shoddy condition(sinfulness).


Christ Died For Sinners!

Christ Died For Sinners!

According to Holy Scriptures, Jesus died for …

Us all (Isaiah 53:6) His people (Matthew 1:21) All who are weary (Matthew 11:28) Many (Matthew 20:28) His people (Luke 1:68) All the people (Luke 2:10) The lost (Luke 19:10) All who receive him (John 1:12) The world (John 1:29) Everyone who believes (John 3:15) The world (John 3:16) The world (John 3:17) Whoever believes (John 3:18) Whoever believes (John 3:36) The world (John 4:42) Whoever hears and believes (John 5:24) The world (John 6:33) He who comes and believes (John 6:35) He who believes (John 6:47) The world (John 6:51) The sheep (John 10:7) The sheep (John 10:11) The sheep (John 10:15) My sheep (John 10:27) He who believes (John 11:25) The Jewish nation (John 11:51) The scattered children of God (John 11:52) His friends (John 15:13) Everyone who calls on the Lord (Acts 2:21) The Church of God (Acts 20:28) The ungodly (Romans 5:6) Sinners (Romans 5:8) God’s enemies (Romans 5:10) Many (Romans 5:15) All Men (Romans 5:18) Your brother (Romans 14:15) The weak brother (1 Corinthians 8:11) All (2 Corinthians 5:14) All (2 Corintihans 5:15) The world (2 Cor 5:19) Paul (Galations 2:20) The Church (Ephesians 5:25) All men (1 Timothy 2:6) All men, especially those who believe (1 Timothy 4:10) All men (Titus 2:11) Everyone (Hebrews 2:9) Many people (Hebrews 9:28) The unrighteous (1 Peter 3:18) False prophets (2 Peter 2:1) Us, and the whole world (1 John 2:2) The world (1 John 4:14) …. For all (1st Timothy 2:6; Isaiah 53:6). For every man (Heb. 2:9). For the world (John 3:16). For the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). For the ungodly (Rom. 5:6). For false teachers (2 Peter 2:1). For many (Matthew 20:28). For Israel (John 11:50-51). For the Church (Eph. 5:25). For me (Gal. 2:20).


There Is No Sin That I Have Done – By David L. Ward (Music Video)

There Is No Sin That I Have Done

On the Album “Merciful to Me” by Reformed Praise
Written by Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward
© 2008…

—- LYRICS —-

There is no sin that I have done
That has such height and breadth
It can’t be washed in Jesus’ blood
Or covered by His death.
There is no spot that still remains,
No cause to hide my face,
For He has stooped to wash me clean
And covered me with grace.

There is no wrath that I will know,
No wormwood and no gall;
For though such wounds and grief I earned
My Savior bore them all.
There is no work that I must add
To stand before His throne.
I only plead His life and death
Sufficient on their own.

There is no love that I desire
But Jesus’ warm embrace.
While now I know His love by faith
I long to see His face.
There is no song that I will sing,
No melody but this,
That my Beloved, He is mine,
For He has made me His.


Mercy & Compassion Triumphs Over Judgment

Mercy & Compassion Triumphs Over Judgment

Are you part of a christian community that is characterized more on condemnation (legalistic or moralistic) then on compassion, grace, mercy, freedom, joy and truth?

2 Corinthians 3:6 > “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

Psalm 145:9 > “The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 > “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.”

Mark 1:41 > Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!”(NLT)

Mark 6:34 > “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.”

1 Peter 3:8 > “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.”


Christ’s Humanity is God’s Love In The Flesh

Christ’s Humanity is God's Love In The Flesh

“The stark actuality of Christ’s humanity, his flesh and blood and bone, guarantees to us that we have God among us. If that humanity were in any sense unreal, God would be unreal for us in him. The full measure of Christ’s humanity is the full measure of God’s reality for us, God’s actuality to us, in fact the measure of God’s love for us. If Christ is not man, then God has not reached us, but has stopped short of our humanity – then God does not love us to the uttermost, for his love has stopped short of coming all the way to where we are, and becoming one of us in order to save us. But Christ’s humanity means that God’s love is now flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone, really one of us and with us.”
– Thomas Torrance (1913-2007)


Quote By Robert Farrar Capon (1925-2013)


“Our pride drives us to establish our own righteousness. We strive all our life to see ourselves as keepers of rules we cannot keep, as loyal subjects of laws under which we can only be judged outlaws. Yet so deep is our need to derive our identity from our own self-respect – so profound our conviction that unless we watch our step, the watchbird will take away our name – that we will spend a lifetime trying to do the impossible rather than, for even one carefree minute, consent to having it done for us by someone else.” – Robert Farrar Capon


Two Ministry: Law and Grace

Two Ministry: Law and Grace

2 Corinthians Chapter 3

7 Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? 9 For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. 10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory. 12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one[c] turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord[d] is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,[e] are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

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