CONTRASTED LIVES (Part#3) 7-10-2011

posted Jul 5, 2011, 2:57 PM by Dale Barnes
When, in 1776, the Colonies broke away from the English crown; it was not to form another country with the same type of bondage and control.  It was to form a new government that men might be free to live in liberty. In the same way, we have been set free under a new covenant with God, not to live a self-centered life.  That is what we had before coming to Christ.  We have been set free to trust and follow the one who has loved us and gave himself for us.

The apostle tells us. “it is God who works in us to will (desire) and to do his good pleasure.” (Phil.2:13)  God’s purpose is to conform us to the likeness of his Son.  He wants us more and more to be like Jesus. (Ro.8:29)  We are told that everything works together for our good (those who love God) to bring this to pass. (Ro.8:28)  

The apostle writes; “He(God) redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles(nations) through Jesus Christ, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.” (Gal.3:14 NIV) The blessing of Abraham is that he (and you and I) are made right with God by faith. (Gen.15:6)  This made it possible for us to receive the Holy Spirit in the same manner, by faith. The Holy Spirit  brings with him all the benefits and blessings of this new life with God.      

By the Spirit, God shows us the things freely given through Christ. He makes them real. (1 Co.2:12)  He teaches us. He leads us. He shows us things to come and helps our memories.
He brings the fruit of his being into our lives; love, joy, peace, patience, etc. (Gal.5:22-23)  He makes the Christian life meaningful and real.  As we trust Christ, the one who died in our place and rose again, the Holy Spirit will faithfully do his work.  He is faithful!