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Who Is A True Christian

There are many people in the world who claim to be Christian.

As an individual, not based on religions, traditions, or doctrines, who is a True Christian?

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 ---Rob on 11/19/16
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David, the passage you gave seems to say that if in Christ, you never again sin. But that is not the case at all. We are all sinners and live in this sinful body until we die physically. We are covered with the righteousness of Christ. But underneath that righteousness is a sinner with the ability to sin. And all sin.
Jesus was not a sinner. He is God. So we cannot interpret any passage that says He is a sinner because God is not a sinner.
Now maybe you believes He sins because Jesus is not God to you, but an angel (Jehovah Witness teaching). That is why you are confused.
---Luke on 12/18/16


Samuel & Mark
Few people have been born of God. I happen to be one who has.
Why me?
Am I better than you, am I more deserving than you?
Not at all, If anything, your probably more deserving.

So...
Why me?
Because when I came to Christ, I followed Gods Holy Spirit, not one of your doctrines. I wasn't in a Church, so I was able to be led down, what Christ called, the narrow path. The wide path was simply not an option for me.

I didn't know where it would lead. I followed the path because I felt a peace, a peace I had never felt before. I fell in love with God, and like a son, wanted to please him. Then one day, that sin that kept me from pleasing him, was gone, and 15 years later, has not returned.
---David on 12/18/16


Most scholars believe the verse you refer to means to live in sin. Or to not to die to self and live in sin. Some refer to it as living in habitual sin. ---Samuel

Samuel
If you believe this, Do you also believe when the Bible says Jesus did not sin, it means he did sin, only he didn't make it a habit?
Aren't those born of a God, born of the same Holy seed as Christ?

If Gods seed is Holy, how can those born of it, sin?
---David on 12/17/16


There is more then one understanding of that verse. Your problem is that your understanding makes John Contradict himself.

1 John 2:1,2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

John plainly says we can sin.


Most scholars believe the verse you refer to means to live in sin. Or to not to die to self and live in sin. Some refer to it as living in habitual sin.

So you need to see and read the context.

Merry Christmas.
---Samuelbb7 on 12/17/16


Is that what you want me to hear and believe, that we stop sinning once we are in Christ? Please show me, BCV, where it says that.---Mark_Eaton

(1 John 3:9) Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin, for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
---David on 12/17/16




If you are not a slave of sin, why do you believe you sin?
---David on 12/16/16

What is your point?

Please stop beating around the bush and just come out with the statement of faith you want me to know or think about.

You said "Jesus taught it, so you and I will know when we are adopted into the family of God". But you left out the rest. You left out "when we are adopted into the family of God and stop sinning".

Is that what you want me to hear and believe, that we stop sinning once we are in Christ?

Please show me, BCV, where it says that?
---Mark_Eaton on 12/16/16


We all have weaknesses. ---Mark_Eaton

Mark
This is true, but you can not be adopted into the family of God, with yours. Jesus tells us, everybody who sins is a slave of sin, and you, like many people, don't believe it. Mine is not a judgement of your faith, it's an admonishment, to bring light where there is darkness.

You can say, "I'm a sinner", but you can not say, "I'm a servant of sin", when that's what a sinner is. Jesus taught it, so you and I will know when we are adopted into the family of God (John 8:34-35).

It would also help me to gain a better understanding of your faith, if you would answer the question.
If you are not a slave of sin, why do you believe you sin?
---David on 12/16/16


If the sin which lived in you, has died, who do you battle, if your enemy is dead? ---David on 12/15/16

It seems you do not understand and 125 words is not enough to discuss in detail.

Did God call us to perfection? Did Jesus ever tell us to be perfect (except Matt 5:48 which talks about perfection in your love)?

If your answer is no, then what you are doing is bringing condemnation on the BOC by pointing our weaknesses.

We all have weaknesses. I have seen you point out Romans 7 in other blogs with describes St. Paul weakness.

James 3:2 says we all stumble in many things.

The Apostles and writers of the NT were not any different from us.

Stop focusing on your sin and focus on Jesus.
---Mark_Eaton on 12/15/16


Jerry, you say:
"The "saved" are not mentioned in these verses"

Jerry, those in the kingdom of heaven are already saved. You cannot be in the kingdom of Heaven if you are not saved. And so if you are the least in the kingdom of heaven doesn't mean you lose your salvation. Just least in the kingdom. It does not mention anything about those not saved, those outside the Kingdom of Heaven.
---Luke on 12/15/16


We no longer have to continually walking in enslavement to sin.---Mark_Eaton

Mark
Did you stop sinning, after you believed you were saved?
If sin never stopped, didn't you continue to sin?
Now if sin continues in someone who calls Jesus, "Lord", why do they sin, when Sin is against God?

A Battle is between two opposing forces,.... true?
Don't you feel the need to battle against sin?
If the sin which lived in you, has died, who do you battle, if your enemy is dead? Did David continue to fight Goliath after he removed his head?
---David on 12/15/16




In the New Earth there will be no death. So animals won't be killed to give humans meat to eat. So no meat of any kind. Just like in the Garden of Eden.

Your point about addiction and free to live without sin are true Mark. you made the point.

Agape
---Samuelbb7 on 12/14/16


What a coward!
---Jerry6593 on 12/14/16

No discussion on my issue? Right back at you.

We have discussed your question. At length in many other blogs.

I do not feel compelled to follow a fool into his folly. You can believe anything you want. I choose to be called to liberty, not legalism.

Your legalism reminds me of a story. A Jewish man comes to Christ, dies, and on the way to heaven meets St. Peter at the gates. He smells something heavenly and asks what it is. Peter says BBQ pork. The man turns his nose up at it. But Jesus walks over and tells the man that pork was always allowed and that he missed out enjoying a life of BBQ.
---Mark_Eaton on 12/14/16


What would you say to a alcoholic having a beer, proclaiming they have no addiction?
---David on 12/14/16

The meaning I was looking to pass along was that habitual sin enslaves.

Romans 6 says we are slaves to obedience to whatever we continually present ourselves to. If we continually present ourselves to sin, we will be slaves to sin. However, we have been set free from sin by Jesus and now can choose to present ourselves to obedience of righteousness.

We continually present ourselves to righteousness as children of God, and are now slaves of righteousness.

You are trying to bring condemnation to the body of Christ.

We no longer have to continually walking in enslavement to sin.
---Mark_Eaton on 12/14/16


You seem to have little experience with enslavement or strongholds and addiction.Mark_Eaton

Mark
I appreciate a good analogy, and yours isn't bad, but there's a problem with it. We are born into sin, so wouldn't the one who drinks in your analogy, be an alcoholic, having the drink?

What would you say to a known alcoholic, sitting with you having a beer, proclaiming they have no addiction? And would you tell the self admitted alcoholic, it's now okay to drink occasionally, because if you admit to being an alcoholic, you are no longer an alcoholic?

Aren't you are a self admitted sinner, saying the same thing about sin?
If not, why do you sin, why do you do, what you do not want to do?
---David on 12/14/16


mark: "Sorry, but that is YOUR issue."


What a coward!


---Jerry6593 on 12/14/16


Well Mark you make a good point. But I don't believe we should drink alcohol at all. Yet your analogy is a good one. For those who agree with you. I can see the truth in it. Agape.
---Samuelbb7 on 12/13/16


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Many like to go down the path of re-translating an already translated Bible.
---David on 12/13/16

I merely pointed out something you were omitting or ignoring.

You seem to have little experience with enslavement or strongholds and addiction.

Habitual sin causes enslavement, strongholds, and addiction.

Let's look at the example of drinking. We are not prohibited from drinking. Jesus drank wine and was accused of being a wine-bibber.

However, we are prohibited from being drunk. Why? Because we are controlled by the drink when we are drunk.

The same is true of habitual sin. We can sin occasionally without being enslaved but if we sin habitually, we will get pulled into a stronghold or addiction.
---Mark_Eaton on 12/13/16


Please address the issue of the apparent contradiction of Christ's words in my quote vs. yours.
---Jerry6593 on 12/13/16

Sorry, but that is YOUR issue.

My issue is that God's focus for us is on love, mercy, and service. It is on continued relationship with Him, showing love for all people, and forgiveness of each other.

Your focus is on forced obedience, legalism, and religious control.

You are the contradiction, not Jesus.
---Mark_Eaton on 12/13/16


The Greek verb translated as commits is in the present participle form which means continued action or action having no end. ---Mark

Mark
I assume you believe you are saved. Now since the day you were saved, haven't you continued to sin? If you have, it has not ended, has it?

When you sin, do you sin against your will? If you do, doesn't the very fact it is against your will, prove your a servant of sin? If you are not a servant of sin, and the sin which lived in you, has died, tell me why you continue to sin?

Many like to go down the path of re-translating an already translated Bible. If you ask someone to translate for a Spanish person who speaks to you, don't they translate it the context of your language?
---David on 12/13/16


Mark: Thanks for the lesson, but I don't get your point. Please address the issue of the apparent contradiction of Christ's words in my quote vs. yours.

I was asking Luke:

"You are adding to Scripture. The "saved" are not mentioned in these verses (Mat 5:17-19). Indeed, it is the LOST who break God's Ten Commandments and are called least by those angelic beings in heaven. How could you get this so backwards?"

Got any lessons for these?



---Jerry6593 on 12/13/16


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John 8:34. You sin, but you believe you are not a slave of sin.
---David on 12/12/16

You are misinterpreting John 8:34.

John 8:34 "...He who commits sin is a slave to sin"

The Greek verb translated as commits is in the present participle form which means continued action or action having no end.

If we look at the verse in this way and start with its context at verse 31, Jesus tells the crowd if they continue in His word, they are His disciples. Just as if they continually commit sin, they are slaves to sin.
---Mark_Eaton on 12/12/16


And yet, you all continue to deny what Jesus taught in (John 8:34). You sin, but you believe you are not a slave of sin.

Every time you sin against your will, this fact is proven to you. And yet you continue to deny this truth, even though God has revealed this sin in you, so you know of your slavery.

Can a single one of you tell me, if your not a slave of sin, why do you sin against your will, and sin against God? For your own sake, admit to it, believe what Jesus taught us, and kill the sin which so obviously lives in you.
---David on 12/12/16


My Jesus does not contradict Himself. Does yours?
---Jerry6593 on 12/10/16

First, let me give you a lesson.

The first time you read something in the Bible it is expounded, the second or third time your read the same thing it is being interpreted.

God gave the law. Primarily, it told us what God wants from us.

But by the time Micah writes, God is interpreting what He wants and tells us "to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God"

Jesus tell us in Matt 22:36-40 the two commandments that all the Law and Prophets hang on.

And Paul tells us in Romans 13 that love is the fulfillment of the Law.
---Mark_Eaton on 12/12/16


Luke:

"Jerry, the passage you gave
Mat 5:17-19, is speaking about least in the Kingdom of heaven. meaning those who have been saved already."

You are adding to Scripture. The "saved" are not mentioned in these verses. Indeed, it is the LOST who break God's Ten Commandments and are called least by those angelic beings in heaven. How could you get this so backwards?



---Jerry6593 on 12/12/16


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Jerry, the passage you gave
Mat 5:17-19, is speaking about least in the Kingdom of heaven. meaning those who have been saved already. Just to make that clear to you. It is not talking to those who are not saved. Verse Math. 5:20 explains that.
Second, when a person is born of the Spirit, the Holy Spirit is guiding him to righteous acts. When he disobeys God corrects him. If you are not corrected, then you are not a child of God. Hebrews 12:7-12.
---Luke on 12/11/16


Rob, no one knows who is a true Christian. No one can see the inside of the heart of man, only God can do that. He changes the heart. As believers we can judge only the outside, what they do and how they live. That's all we can go by.
But each one of us is commanded to make our call and election sure. The word tells us,
"Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure" 2 Peter 1:10.
It is our duty to seek assurance of our salvation with diligence.
---Luke on 12/11/16


I am so happy you now agree with me. When we are Born Again we are saved and will out of love do works. Amen.---Samuelbb7

Samuel
Not quite in agreement.
You believe you are born again, then through works, mortify sin.
I believe we must mortify sin, to be born again.

In (1 John 3:9) does it say those born of God will continue to sin, or does it say those born of God do not sin, and can not sin?

(Romans 6:7) says if sin has died, you are free of sin.
If sin has died in you, why do you sin?
If you are free, as you believe, isn't your sin done willfully?
If this is true, you are on a dangerous path of no return (Hebrews 10:26).

But we both know, with you, (John 8:34) is the truth.
---David on 12/11/16


Our works do not save us, but at the same time, we can not be saved without Works. Our acts of righteousness do not save us, they mortify the sin which lives in the sinner. (Romans 8:4 & 8:13)

Have you ever noticed how God involves our conscience when he commands us? He does this because conscience involves the heart. (Romans 2:14-15)

Therefore every command we keep, given to us by Gods Holy Spirit, is kept out of love.(John 14:21). This how God heals our hearts (Matthew 13:15).
---David

I am so happy you now agree with me. When we are Born Again we are saved and will out of love do works. Amen.
---Samuelbb7 on 12/10/16


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mark e: "You know, there was a group of guys in Jesus time that focused on legalism and not love."

Their legalism was based on their own, man-made laws - not God's Law. Jesus corrected them. Do you also fight against God's Law by upholding man-made institutions that seek to abrogate God's Law?

Please address the issue of the apparent contradiction of Christ's words in my quote vs. yours. My Jesus does not contradict Himself. Does yours?



---Jerry6593 on 12/10/16


Legalism is trying to save yourself by works---Samuelbb7

Samuel
Your a good man, and I know you hate it when you sin. Because I love you, I am trying to show you how to make that hope a reality.

Our works do not save us, but at the same time, we can not be saved without Works. Our acts of righteousness do not save us, they mortify the sin which lives in the sinner. (Romans 8:4 & 8:13)

Have you ever noticed how God involves our conscience when he commands us? He does this because conscience involves the heart. (Romans 2:14-15)

Therefore every command we keep, given to us by Gods Holy Spirit, is kept out of love.(John 14:21). This how God heals our hearts (Matthew 13:15).
---David on 12/10/16


Love keeps the law. Because the law is not against love but shows love in action.

Legalism is trying to save yourself by works.

Love is obeying GOD because you love him and others. Love truly obeys. Romans 13.

1John 5:2,3 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
---Samuelbb7 on 12/9/16


Are you implying that Christ's words that you quoted CONTRADICT His words that I quoted?
---Jerry6593 on 12/9/16

No, I am implying your focus is on legalism and not love.

You know, there was a group of guys in Jesus time that focused on legalism and not love, justice, and mercy. Jesus has some choice names for them:

Blind guides
Blind fools
Hypocrites
Serpent & Vipers
Whitewashed Tombs
---Mark_Eaton on 12/9/16


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mark e: "Yet, you omit these passages:"

I didn't "omit" anything! I can't fit the entire Bible into 125 words. Are you implying that Christ's words that you quoted CONTRADICT His words that I quoted? I don't see a conflict. Do you?



---Jerry6593 on 12/9/16


Good points Michael and Mark.

We need to speak in love and be loving.

Agape
---Samuelbb7 on 12/7/16


If what most see as Christianity is true, why would anyone want it? Maybe we need the right Bible rightly divided presented with the right heart.
There's a lot of fakes and flukes claiming Christianity, but only one Biblical Christianity. It requires right division of the word of truth. Find it and be fully persuaded in your own mind (Rom 14:5).
Every reason not to be saved is a lie. Let God be true and every man a liar (Rom 3:4).
The truth is there will be a day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to Pauls gospel (Rom 2:16). Christ died for your sins, and resurrected from the dead (1 Cor15:1-4) so that he could freely give grace, righteousness, and eternal life is the gospel that saves.

---michael_e on 12/7/16


And shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven...
---Jerry6593 on 12/7/16

Yet, you omit these passages:

John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another"

and this:

Matt 7:12 "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets"

and this:

Matt 22:40 "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets"
---Mark_Eaton on 12/7/16


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Mark: "I have read many of the posts to this blog and few have used the words of Jesus to answer the question."

Joh 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Mat 5:17-19 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.



---Jerry6593 on 12/7/16


Samuel
Everyone who receives the gift of Gods Holy Spirit, is made aware they are a slave of sin, through a single commandment. It is only when we try to stop sinning and serve God, that we become aware of our sinful bondage.

Before we receive Gods gift, we live in ignorance of this slavery to sin, believing we can stop the moment we decide to follow Jesus Christ. But you and millions of other Christians, know this is not so, even though we deny it to ourself.

An interesting parallel to this is the alcoholic, the drug addict or the smoker. They too think they can quit whenever they desire, learning of their bondage, only when they try to quit.
---David on 12/7/16


Who Is A True Christian?
---Rob on 11/19/16

I have read many of the posts to this blog and few have used the words of Jesus to answer the question.

I offer the words of Jesus to define who is a Christian:

Luke 9:23 "Then He said to them all, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me".
---Mark_Eaton on 12/6/16


"Who Is A True Christian?"

One who follows the teachings and example of Jesus Christ.


---Jerry6593 on 12/6/16


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Correction, "Versus"

Samuel
I have never met you, and I know something about you, that only you and God know. You have a single sin in your life, a sin you try your very best not to commit. You have other sins, but these sins are sins you can overcome.

My brother, I had one of these sins too, and so did Paul (Romans 7:8-25).
Why is the sin still there after all these years?
God has left it there to show you your condition, a condition you deny to yourself, because you follow one of mans doctrines.

You believe sin has died in you, but the symptoms (Sin), prove sin lives in you. When you accept this fact, and follow what Gods Holy Spirit is teaching you, then it will die.
---David on 12/5/16


Sometimes the Old Man takes over. Not often but sometimes. Each day I must die to self. --Samuelbb7

Samuel
Exactly right. But the death of our old nature can take months or even years. It depends, on how long it takes someone to learn how to follow the instruction of the Holy Spirit, verses, one of mans deedless doctrines, when it is deeds, which put to death our sinful nature. (Romans 6:16)

In (1 Peter 4:18) we see the righteous, the unGodly....and the sinner. We all know who the ungodly are, but who are the righteous? If someone sins, wouldn't they be the sinner?

The righteous? The Answer can be found (1 John 3:9-10) KJV.
---David on 12/4/16


/David because I have to die to self daily. Sometimes the Old Man takes over. Not often but sometimes. Each day I must die to self. But we must remember what is written.

1John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

We are to aim to sin not.

Agape
---Samuelbb7 on 12/2/16


It has to be true. Since Jesus said it. My understanding is that those who live in sin is who it is talking about. What do you think it means?---Samuelbb7

Samuel
Since Jesus says "Everyone", I think everyone who sins is a slave of sin.
You sin, and yet you do not want to sin. Why do you sin, if you do not want to sin?

Doesn't the very existence of sin in your life, sin done against your will, prove sin still lives in you? If it didn't, you wouldn't sin. This is what Paul said caused his sin, when he fought against it. (Romans 7)

If sin has died, why does it still manifest sin in you?
---David on 11/30/16


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It has to be true. Since Jesus said it. My understanding is that those who live in sin is who it is talking about. What do you think it means?
---Samuelbb7 on 11/29/16


Samuel
In (John 8:34) Jesus says "Who so ever commits sin, is a slave of sin.
Do you see his statement to be True, or False?
---David on 11/26/16


I think a TRUE CHRISTIAN from a Bible view is one who LOVES GOD and FEARS GOD above all else fulfilling the command to love, the first and greatest command being to love God with all one's heart and the second like it, to love one's neighbor as oneself AND to "pick up your cross and follow me" storing one's treasure in heaven, and less on earth. I myself am not heavenly rich, but am full of hunger that is not yet satisfied, meaning I don't feel very fed and I am short on the love bit. My eyes have grown dull. I see NO TRUE CHRISTIANS anymore. We are recognized by our fruit and our fruit is "filthy rags". Thus, we are to boast in the Lord and not ourselves.
---mike4879 on 11/26/16


Even most evil people love certain folks, and do good works for many. And God still feeds and waters them though they are mostly evil.---aservant

True, and another good point. I struggled with the same thought for many years. But I came to realize the key to understanding this comes from the use of the word, "Master".

When you have a master, you'll subject your "will", to the "will" of your master. Now since a follower of Jesus Christ doesn't want to sin, and Jesus does not want them to sin, but they continue to sin, against their "will", who is their true master?

In (Romans 7:14-21) Paul' shares his experience before sin died, when sin was still his master.
---David on 11/26/16


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1John 2 answers that question.

1John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

We are to die to self daily.

1Corithians 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

But while we live. We will make mistakes. Agape
---Samuelbb7 on 11/25/16


. . . born into sin? And what fruit do we bear . . . when we make Christ our Lord, we marry out of love, and the fruit we bear will be righteousness.
---David on 11/24/16


Even most evil people love certain folks, and do good works for many. And God still feeds and waters them though they are mostly evil.

Those of us who sincerely love and follow the Lord still sin often, in words, thoughts, and deeds. And we continue to sin until the Lord magnifies and intensifies our Spirit - Dt 30:6, Eze 11:19-20, 36:26-27.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good (including one's evil) to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
---aservant on 11/25/16


Romans 7:6
But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held, that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.---Samuelbb7 on 11/23/16


Samuel
If you still sin, though you say righteousness is your new master, doesn't your sin prove you are still serving the old master?

Before you answer my brother, remember what Jesus taught in (Matthew 6:24), "You can not serve two masters."
---David on 11/24/16


//Most marriages during Paul's day, were arranged marriages.
In an arranged marriage, the wife didn't have a say as to who the ir husband would be. Back then, Marriages were not made for love, they were made for the purpose of having children (Bearing Fruit).---David on 11/24/16

But don't you think Paul knew about arranged marriage?

Yet he told both men and women NOT to get married if possible.
---Nicole_Lacey on 11/25/16


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There can be no adultery without a formal covenant. -aservant

Aservant
You bring up an interesting point in Paul's marriage analogy, that many miss, bringing a better understanding to the analogy.

Most marriages during Paul's day, were arranged marriages.
In an arranged marriage, the wife didn't have a say as to who the ir husband would be. Back then, Marriages were not made for love, they were made for the purpose of having children (Bearing Fruit).

Did we have a choice when we were born into sin? And what fruit do we bear, when sin is our master? In keeping with the marriage analogy, when we make Christ our Lord, we marry out of love, and the fruit we bear will be righteousness.
---David on 11/24/16


There can be no adultery without a formal covenant. -aservant

Aservant
You bring up an interesting point in Paul's marriage analogy, that many miss, bringing a better understanding to the analogy.

Most marriages during Paul's day, were arranged marriages.
In an arranged marriage, the wife didn't have a say as to who the ir husband would be. Back then, Marriages were not made for love, they were made for the purpose of having children (Bearing Fruit).

Did we have a choice when we were born into sin? And what fruit do we bear, when sin is our master? In keeping with the marriage analogy, when we make Christ our Lord, we marry out of love, and the fruit we bear will be righteousness.
---David on 11/24/16


Feed on Hebrews 12:4-11, 1 Peter 3:4, and 1 John 4:17, with James 1:19-20 and Ephesians 4:31-5:2 and 5:21, with 1 Peter 5:3.

"'Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.'" (Matthew 11:29)

We in Jesus are gentle and lowly like Him in us sharing with us how He is, in our nature. Jesus is growing in us as our new inner Person > Galatians 4:19.

"Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4:17)
---Bill on 11/24/16


when we act against our sinful nature, and live in obedience to God, we are in effect, committing adultery against our sinful nature.

In (Romans 7) . . . Paul also equated this to committing adultery. ---David on 11/23/16


Rom 7 is speaking about dishonoring covenants, which the Law commands the covenantee to faithfully honor. There can be no adultery without a formal covenant. Few people enter formal covenants with Satan (the motivator of sinful nature). To those, there can be no adultery against sinful nature.

Those in covenant with Satan = adultery against God. "Adultery" against Satan is not sin. No Law supports honoring any covenant with Satan.
---aservant on 11/23/16


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No David we are living for Jesus as he directs. We are not committing adultery against the old man. He is dead and buried in the waters of Baptism.

Romans 7:6
But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held, that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

WE love so we obey Romans 13.

The problem was with us not the law.

Romans 7:12
Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

We serve in love of GOD and others. Because we are Born Again by the power of the Holy Spirit. We will walk in love. if we are Born Again.
---Samuelbb7 on 11/23/16


He can do both. He is not limited to how He solves our problems.
---aservant


Sure he can do both, but God has a reason for using us to serve this purpose. For this is how we who were once servants of sin (unrighteousness), become servants of Righteousness.

An act of righteousness (obedience to the commands of God) is an act against our sinful nature. And when we act against our sinful nature, and live in obedience to God, we are in effect, committing adultery against our sinful nature.

In (Romans 7), Paul also equated this to committing adultery. And what happens to sin in his analogy, when we commit this adultery?
Anybody want to answer?
---David on 11/23/16


There is only one way to be a Christian and that is accepting Christ as your personal Savior.

Anything else is false!
---WIVV on 11/22/16


Thank you David and Amen.

Happy Thanksgiving.
---Samuelbb7 on 11/22/16


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shall God send his Heavenly servants, with backpacks full of food to Earth, or shall God call upon those who call themselves his servants, here on Earth, to answer those prayers?
---David on 11/22/16


He can do both. He is not limited to how He solves our problems.
---aservant on 11/22/16


Samuel & Joseph
Thank you
Many folks are not taught the meaning of the first part of the Lord's Prayer, in (Luke 11:2). Where Jesus tells us Gods servants here on Earth, are to serve him on Earth, as his servants serve him in Heaven.

Everyone has their worries, and when they worry, most will turn to God in prayer. When someone prays for food to feed their family, shall God send his Heavenly servants, with backpacks full of food to Earth, or shall God call upon those who call themselves his servants, here on Earth, to answer those prayers?
---David on 11/22/16


Wow lots of great answers I can agree with.

Keeping the love god and love others. Showing by deeds not just words. So much to agree with.

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
---Samuelbb7 on 11/21/16


We need the right Bible rightly divided presented with the right heart.
There are fakes calling themselves Christianity, but there's one Biblical Christianity. It requires right division of the word of truth. You need to find it out and be fully persuaded in your own mind (Rom 14:5).
The truth is there will be a day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to Pauls gospel (Rom 2:16). Christ died for your sins, and resurrected from the dead so that he could freely give you grace, righteousness, and eternal life is the gospel that saves.
If you trusted the power of God unto salvation, which is the gospel,(Rom 15:1-4) then you have received the love of the truth and know why everyone should be saved in Christ.
---michael_e on 11/21/16


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who is a True Christian? ---Rob on 11/19/16

Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Only those whom God has given His Holy Spirit to live inside their bodies are True Christians.
---aservant on 11/21/16


David on 11/21/16>>>AMEN.
And man serves GOD, The Father, through his service to others. May the Father continue to reveal those who are truly His children, by the love they share with their fellow man. Love worketh no ill, does no harm, does no wrong.
---josef on 11/21/16


David on 11/21/16>>>AMEN.
And man serves GOD, The Father, through his service to others. May the Father continue to reveal those who are truly His children, by the love they share with their fellow man. Love worketh no ill, does no harm, does no wrong. The Spirit itself bears witness through our mental disposition and general attitude of love towards others, that we are children of GOD.
---josef on 11/21/16


Cluny, why do you always post hostile replies and lies? ---Steveng on 11/20/16

Perhaps he is insecure, or feels inferior. Though he believes he follows the dictates of the RCC, he doesn't obey God.

Rom 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love, in honour preferring one another,

Php 2:3 . . . but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

He likely does not have God's Holy Spirit living inside him to turn him from evil. If this is true, then he is still lost, and is in GREAT NEED of prayer so he will stop doing the bidding of Satan.
---aservant on 11/21/16


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A true Christian is a follower of Christ. One who serves God, in deed, and not only in word. If Christians made themselves Gods servants, the unbeliever could see Gods love through them.

Those I have helped, Thank me for my help. But I tell them I did not help them because I was good. I tell them God commanded me to help them, I am merely Gods answer to their prayers for help.

They look at me, then remembering they did pray for Gods help. When Gods servants act on Gods commands, those weak in faith, learn that God does answer prayers.
---David on 11/21/16


Those who keep the 2 commandments of Jesus are Christians.

1John 3:22-24

we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

And this is His commandment:

that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him.
---Haz27 on 11/21/16


rob ask, "As an individual, not based on religions, traditions, or doctrines, who is a True Christian?"

First, perfect question.

A Christian is one who has been saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone standing on Scripture Alone for the glory of God alone...

Praise god
---john0346 on 11/20/16


Cluny, why do you always post hostile replies and lies?



Rob, here are a few answers to your question.

Matt 7:16-27 "By their fruit you will recognize them..."

John 15:12-17 "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you..."

1 John 4:8 "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Col 3:8-10 "But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice,.."

Matthew 5:44 "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you,.."


Unfortunately, Rob, love has practically evaporated from the earth as we witness a great falling away from the faith.
---Steveng on 11/20/16


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Romans 8:16 - The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit , that we are children of God :
---RichardC on 11/19/16


Only God knows, Rob. Certainly not you.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/19/16


One who loves his fellowman without hypocrisy, dissimulation, feigned showing, or reason, not necessary in their own strength, if that's indeed possible, but loves them with the love of the Father, from the Father. The love of the Father, as I know and understand it, is simply the desire, inclination, willingness, and tendency to do for others, that which is uplifting, edifying, helpful, and generally beneficial. This love, in the world, unfortunately, seems to be a very rare concept. Yes, I know, "seems to be" is in and of itself a worldly concept, yet it is one that I am having trouble overcoming, even in Christ, because I truly wish, if you will, things were not as they appear.
---josef on 11/19/16


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