God Has a Process for Spiritual Growth

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God has a process for spiritual growth, and He reveals that process through Scripture. It all begins when He speaks to us either through Scripture or one of the means of divine revelation mentioned in Scripture. (John 10:27) Jesus is the good Shepherd, and He’s always leading, teaching, and correcting those who follow Him and listen to His voice. (John 18:37) That Word that God speaks is the living Word, the Christ. (John 1:1) When God speaks, faith comes. (Romans 10:17) And faith gives us access into His grace. (Romans 5:2) Grace then does His works through us. (1 Corinthians 15:10) However, He won’t force Himself on us, but we must yield the members of our bodies to Him. (Romans 6:13) This is the gift of righteousness. (Romans 5:17) The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. (Romans 5:5) He won’t force us, but we must willingly submit to Him to the point of obedience as He plants the living Word into our hearts. (Matthew 13:3) His goal is that Jesus Christ will be fully formed in us. (Romans 6:13) Our fleshly nature dies a bit with each time we respond in submission and obedience to the righteousness of Christ. (Mark 8:34-35) In this way, we are purifying the Lord Jesus Christ in our hearts. (1 Peter 3:15) We are being transfigured into the same image from glory to glory by the Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
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Scientia, “Real Faith & Reason Journey”
DIRECT LINK TO BOOK – http://RealReality.org/Real_Faith_and_Reason_Vol_1_-_Scientia.pdf

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God Has a Plan

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God created a perfect world. No pain, suffering, death, unhappiness, sin, or any such problems existed in the original creation. At the beginning of creation, God created Adam and Eve, the first man and woman. Satan came in the form of a serpent and lied to Adam and Eve, the first people God created. Adam and Eve decided to believe Satan rather than God. They decided to obey Satan rather than God. A spiritual law (reality) exists that whoever you yield yourself as a slave to obey is the one whose slave you are. Adam and Eve became slaves of Satan. All their children became slaves as well. Since Adam had been set by God as ruler over all of creation, the entire creation came under the power of Satan. That’s how pain, misery, suffering, and death started. Only God could reverse the situation. As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive.

While God is merciful, He is also just. He’s the Judge of all things and the only one who can judge rightly. Hitler will meet his righteous judgment. However, every person has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Whatever isn’t of faith is sin, and faith comes by hearing God’s voice. Who hasn’t had thoughts or said words that came from a source other than God’s leading? No one is innocent. Righteous judgment means that the person who sins will die. The person who sins will die a physical death and a spiritual death. God has revealed that hell is real. Even a moment in this spiritual fire would be beyond description. No earthly suffering could possibly compare. No one goes to hell prepared for what hell is like.

God is love. He loves us. He didn’t want that terrible end for us. From the start, God promised a Savior. Over time, He revealed that He, God Himself, would have to pay the price of our sin. He was the only one who could pay that price.

For this reason, He took on the form of a human being as Jesus Christ. He never obeyed Satan once but only spoke the words of the Father and only did the acts of the Father. He reversed the sinful deeds of every person from Adam to the end of time. He was obedient to the point of suffering and dying on the cross while bearing the weight of the sin of every person who ever lived. The Father is Holy and had to turn away from His Son on that cross. In this, every part of the Godhead suffered on that cross. God suffered for your sin and for mine. Christ overcame death. He rose from the dead and ministered to many after His resurrection. Then, He ascended into heaven. Later, He sent the Holy Spirit to lead and teach all those who follow Him. He ordained spiritual gifts, ministries, offices, and orders for the Church.

And yet, He doesn’t force Himself on anyone. He gives everyone a chance. Everyone will have a chance to accept Him or reject Him. Those who reject Him are choosing hell. They don’t want to serve God. God’s nature is such that He doesn’t force anyone into submission. Indeed, the nature of submission is such that it must be voluntary. Love must be voluntary. And yet, God tells us that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess to the glory of God.

For this reason, we seek to persuade people to come to Christ. We extend an invitation for them to know Jesus Christ personally. Since God doesn’t coerce anyone to come to Him, neither do we. We let people know about the good news. God reveals that those who reject Christ do so because their deeds are evil. They love darkness rather than light. God’s judgment will be absolutely just and fair, but He has paid the price. The good news is that Jesus paid it all. All who will may come. All who come are born again and have the opportunity to grow up into the fullness of Christ.

When we’re born again, we’re born as babies in Christ. After we’re born again, God is looking for maturity. Our focus turns to growing to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. And yet, many Christians remain as babies in Christ. They never experience spiritual growth.

Spiritual growth takes place by listening to the voice of Christ and yielding to Him. It’s not by following a set of laws. It’s not by learning some doctrines or theologies. It’s by yielding to Christ. It’s in allowing God to flow through us in love by the Holy Spirit. It’s in discerning the body of Christ and walking in submission to the Holy Spirit. This growth is by grace, and the grace is through faith. On the other hand, failure to listen to God’s voice causes spiritual immaturity. Speculations that go beyond what God has revealed are one of the main causes of divisions in the church. Divisions in the body of Christ are a sign of spiritual immaturity.
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Scientia, “Real Faith & Reason Journey”
DIRECT LINK TO BOOK – http://RealReality.org/Real_Faith_and_Reason_Vol_1_-_Scientia.pdf

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Rejecting Christ

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When an unbeliever rejects the testimony of the follower of Christ, that unbeliever is rejecting Christ directly. By rejecting Christ, the unbeliever is rejecting the Father God directly.
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Scientia, “Real Faith & Reason Journey”
DIRECT LINK TO BOOK – http://RealReality.org/Real_Faith_and_Reason_Vol_1_-_Scientia.pdf

This is because the testimony of Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophecy. The Holy Spirit is directly speaking through the follower of Christ if it is a true testimony and if the follower of Christ is following Christ at the moment. We are commanded to speak as the oracles of God. God tells us that whatever isn’t of faith is sin, and faith comes by hearing the utterance of God, and faith gives access to grace that speaks through us. In fact, no one can say, “Jesus is Lord” but by the Holy Spirit.

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Come Believing

Everyone who is born again has come to Christ believing. The Father drew them to Christ, and they came to hear the voice of Christ.

Scientia, “Real Faith & Reason Journey”
DIRECT LINK TO BOOK – http://RealReality.org/Real_Faith_and_Reason_Vol_1_-_Scientia.pdf

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