[NLT] 1 Timothy 3:14 I am writing these things to you now, even though I hope to be with you soon,
[NLT] 1 Timothy 3:15 so that if I am delayed, you will know how people must conduct themselves in the household of God. This is the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth.
It is evident [there is no doubt] that there is an expected way how a Believer ought to behave. Plethora of Instructions in the Epistles did justice to that already!
However, whenever you see a believer misbehave and become unruly like the Corinthian Church, you’d hear things like:
"Are you genuinely born again?" "Can we call you a Believer?" "And yet you call yourself a Christian"
Now If a 7 yr old boy assumes 4-point kneeling position, neighing and galloping in your living room with his 5 yr old brother on his back
He is a boy (Nature)
He behaves as though a horse (Conduct)
Does the above senerio makes the boy a horse? No nah
When you get to the scene what should you do?
Would you say stuffs like:
“Are you genuinely a boy?”
“Can we call you a boy?”
“And yet you call yourself a boy”
Or rather say:
“Hey! Stop it! Don’t be silly”
“C’mon stop it! You’re a boy! Not a horse! “
“Oya behave like the son you are!”
The latter was exactly what Apostle Paul did to the unruly Corinthians Church:
He called them Saints He called them Washed, Santified, Justified etc. He called them the Temple of the Holy Ghost He emphasised their reality to them He used words like "Don't you know that...?" He emphasised who they are in Christ
He taught them all the above to correct their unruly conduct.
He taught them instead of making them feel condemned.
We labour so much to emphasise “the Work/Walk” yet forgeting that FRUITS is a function of GROWTH which is a consequence of RIGHT DIET (sound/wholesome teaching of the Word)
The Believers’ conduct [The fruits / the Walk/the WORK] is NOT instantaneous at Salvation!
Spiritual Growth is NOT part of THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST, It’s the Believers RESPONSIBILITY hence the Pauline Prayers in the Epistles. I’d recommend it for every serious believers to read and pray them in tongues daily.
Pauline Prayers for Revelation knowledge 🎯Ephesians 1:16-23 🎯Ephesians 3:14-20 💯Colossians 1:9-14 🎯Philemon 1:4-6 🎯Philippians 1:9-11
This Spiritual Growth is however achieved through:
- Sound Teaching [from Able Ministers of the New Testament]
- Reading, Studing and Meditating Word and
- Prayer (Not other secret ingredient)
Philip asked in Acts 8:30 “Understandest thou what thou readest?” This shows that you need someone to help your understanding hence the need to be properly taught.
When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive and HE GAVE GIFTS AS MEN to what purpose?
[KJV] Ephesians 4:12 For the PERFECTING OF THE SAINTS, for the WORK OF THE MINISTRY, for THE EDIFYING OF THE BODY OF CHRIST:
Saints needs perfecting? Wow
It’s good to note then that we’re called Saints not because we’re already “perfect people”
Now through sound teaching, the Believers grow to maturity
[KJV] Ephesians 4:13 Till WE ALL COME in the UNITY OF THE FAITH, and of THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON OF GOD, UNTO A PERFECT MAN, unto THE MEASURE OF THE STATURE OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST:
Unity of faith is not denominations merging together, It’s doctrinal semblance!
The Knowlege of the Son of God makes one perfect
The “measure” here doesn’t mean Christ in you will grow in proportion No!
Rather you will grow in appreciating the fullness of Christ already in you!
READING, STUDYING & MEDITATING ON THE WORD
Oh I really Love how Bro James explains this concept! He talks about being a doer of the Word and not just an hearer
[KJV] James 1:21 Wherefore LAY APART all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and RECEIVE WITH MEEKNESS THE ENGRAFTED WORD, which is ABLE TO SAVE YOUR SOULS.
[KJV] James 1:22 BUT BE YE DOERS OF THE WORD, and NOT HEARERS ONLY, DECEIVING YOUR OWN SELVES.
Verse 21 means don’t be arrogant/rebellious to the engrafted Word!
Verse 22 says “Don’t just hear the Word only“
This means you MUST hear the Word first!
It also says after/beyond hearing “BE A DOER” [of the same]
It also says [by hearing only without the doing] you’re deceiving your own selves
This meant you’re acting who you are not [you’re acting beside yourself]
Now he continued by illustrating the facts above [hearer only vs doer of verse 22] in verses 23-25 let’s look at it
THE HEARER ONLY
[KJV] James 1:23 For if any be a HEARER OF THE WORD, and NOT A DOER, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
[KJV] James 1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway FORGETTETH WHAT MANNER OF MAN HE WAS.
The only reason why this man will behave contrary to his nature (hence decieving his own self) is because “HE FORGETS THE MANNER OF MAN HE WAS”
HE FORGETS HIS TRUE NATURE AS REFLECTED TO HIM IN THE MIRROR!
End of story, No other reason!
THE HEARER PLUS DOER
[KJV] James 1:25 But whoso LOOKETH into THE PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY, and CONTINUETH [therein], HE BEING NOT A FORGETFUL HEARER, BUT A DOER OF THE WORK, this man shall be BLESSED IN HIS DEEDS.
Who is a The Doer Contextually?
- Someone who HEARS THE WORD
- Someone who LOOKS at the Perfect Law of Liberty [The Engrafted Word]
- Some who CONTINUES TO LOOK at the Law of Perfect Liberty [the Mirror of the Word]
- Some who is NOT A FORGETFUL HEARER
- Some who DOES THE WORK [Continues to look]
Then His DEEDS [actions; conduct] is Blessed!
Blessed here does not mean “empowered to Prosper” No!
It means His actions/conduct/deeds becomes “spoken well of” in essesnce commendable!
PRAYER IS A CONSTANT
The Epistles were quite instructive about PRAYER especially in the Spirit and this can never be taken lightly. No shortcut nor special formula to substitute this!
[NIV] 1 Thessalonians 5:17 PRAY CONTINUALLY [without ceasing]
[NLT] Ephesians 6:18 PRAY IN THE SPIRIT AT ALL TIMES and ON EVERY OCCASION. Stay alert and BE PERSISTENT IN YOUR PRAYERS FOR ALL BELIEVERS EVERYWHERE.
[KJV] Jude 1:20 But ye, beloved, BUILDING UP YOURSELVES ON YOUR MOST HOLY FAITH, PRAYING IN THE HOLY GHOST,
Are the above just theories without practicals?
[KJV] Acts 6:4 But we [the Apostles] will GIVE OURSELVES CONTINUALLY TO PRAYER, and to THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD.
[NIV] 1 Corinthians 14:4 Anyone who SPEAKS IN a TONGUE EDIFIES THEMSELVES, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.
[NIV] 1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank God that I SPEAK IN TONGUES MORE THAN ALL OF YOU.
Kindly Check this Out “TONGUES VERSION 2.0”
Now If Jesus drove out merchants out of the temple saying “my house shall be called a house of prayer…”
and the Epistles explicitly reveal to us explicitly how “Our Body is now the Temple of the Living God” [Temple of the Holy Ghost]
What exactly does that make you?
A living, breathing, moving Prayer [Power] house! You can’t escape it!
Start with the Pauline Prayers for Revelation knowledge at least 1 hour daily [just in Tongues] for yourself and Believers Everywhere for the next 6 months..
Then just continue looking at the Law of Perfect Liberty… You’ll experience growth surpassing that which you’ve had in years!
So if a Believer is acting contrarily divergent [not conforming] to his Nature, why?
- He’s not being fed with wholesome teaching hence remains a “Spiritual babe”
- He himself has failed to listen, look, continue to look long enough hence the reality of his nature is yet to dawn on his consciousness
- He’s needs to be more deliberate in praying always.
What’s the Solution?
Keep teaching that Believer wholesomely and let him continue to listen, look and look with Prayers [based on the understanding of Scriptures]
He will eventually become what He hears no matter how long it takes!
When a Believer behaves like a believer, it is important to note that it does not make him holier, more accepted [in the Beloved],nor more righteous no!
The Believers conduct DOES NOT in any way make you more or less what you are already!
There’s no big deal for a Believer to act like one, It’s just a reasonable thing to do! Romans 12:1-2 [I hope to do Exegesis on this soonest]
If the 7yr old boy illustrated earlier behaves like a 7yr old boy, that’s just normal. In fact the concern would be if he starts behaving like a 3 yr old boy.
Let’s say my dad is a Mathematician and a Physicist but I have no interest in Maths and Physics not to mention knowing little, it DOES NOT make me less his son… I’am still a SON REGARLESS!
But Let’s say I have much interests in Maths and Physics and He taught me to the point that I became the Best student in Maths and Physics. My performance (deeds) would be well spoken of by people and I’d bring glory to father’s reputation also
BUT those who knows my Father as a Reknowned Mathematicians/Physicist would say;
"why not" "he's just like his father nah" "he's the true SON of his father" "if he's not the best we should query why"
Also my father’s expectation would not be anything less of being the very best!
As such is the Believers conduct hence Matthew 5 says
“Your father is good, your father is loving, your father is perfect, He sends rain to the just and unjust alike etc.”
so Behave like your Heavenly Father!
[NLT] Matthew 5:43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy.
[NLT] Matthew 5:44 But I say, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES! PRAY for those who persecute you!
[NLT] Matthew 5:45 In that way, YOU WILL BE ACTING AS true CHILDREN OF YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN. For HE GIVES his sunlight to BOTH TO THE EVIL AND THE GOOD, and he sends rain on the JUST and the UNJUST ALIKE.
Hence we forgive because we’ve been forgiven!
We don’t struggle to forgive, in fact we struggle not to forgive!
We don’t say “our enemies to fall down and die” haba we demonstrate our father’s nature to them (Romans 5:8)
We don’t strive with fellow men, we deal peacefully with them
We don’t struggle to love, we just can’t help it but love why?
God’s love has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:5)
Acting who you are not is the big deal! That is who you truly are
But it takes a lot of effort to pretend to be who you are not!
It takes a lot of effort to keep up with fake lives, trying to appear pious
There’s no big deal in acting who you really are!
It’s just our nature!
I hope it’s clear?
Now someone may ask, are there no punishments for doing wrong or rewards for right deeds?
Let me say prestissimo, HEAVEN IS A PLACE OF REWARD! It’s not a reward in itself.
Every believer became a Citizen of Heaven the day He Believes the Gospel.
[NLT] Philippians 3:20 But WE ARE CITIZENS OF HEAVEN, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.
If you’re an American Citizen [home or abroad], do you struggle for American Visa at all?
He’s seated with Christ in the Heavenly,
[NLT] Ephesians 2:6 For HE RAISED US FROM THE L DEAD ALONG WITH CHRIST and SEATED US with him in the HEAVENLY realms BECAUSE WE ARE UNITED WITH CHRIST JESUS.
Do you strive to attain where you’re already seated?
We’re eternally [irreversibly] United with Christ [Christ is the head, we are His body]
Can your head be in the US while your leg is in the UK?
Wherever the head is, the body is!
He has come to Mount Zion, the City of the Living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem
[NLT] Hebrews 12:22 No, YOU HAVE COME to Mount Zion, to THE CITY OF THE LIVING GOD, THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, and to countless thousands of angels in a JOYFUL GATHERING.
[NLT] Hebrews 12:23 You have come to the ASSEMBLY OF GOD’S FIRSTBORN CHILDREN, WHOSE NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN. YOU HAVE TO COME TO GOD HIMSELF, who is the judge over all things. YOU HAVE COME TO THE SPIRITS OF THE RIGHTEOUS ONES IN HEAVEN WHO HAVE now BEEN MADE PERFECT.
Kindly Check out my posts on The Rapture for more insights
Also see Is Your Name in the Book of Life?
That being said… Now let’s see Scripture
1 Corinthians 3:9-15 KJV
For WE ARE LABOURERS TOGETHER WITH GOD: ye are GOD’S HUSBANDRY, ye are GOD’S BUILDING.
 According to THE GRACE OF GOD which is GIVEN unto me, as a WISE MASTERBUILDER, I HAVE LAID THE FOUNDATION, and ANOTHER BUILDETH THEREON. But LET EVERY MAN TAKE HEED HOW HE BUILDETH THEREUPON.
 For OTHER FOUNDATION CAN NO MAN LAY than THAT IS LAID, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST.
 Now if any MAN BUILD UPON THIS FOUNDATION gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be REVEALED BY FIRE; and the fire shall try every man’s work of WHAT SORT IT IS.
 If any man’s WORK ABIDE which he hath built thereupon, HE SHALL RECEIVE A REWARD.
 If any man’s WORK shall be BURNED, he shall suffer loss: BUT HE HIMSELF SHALL BE SAVED; yet so as by fire.
Let’s not do too many explanation here:
- The foundation has already been laid which is Christ. No other foundation!
- What are you building on it?
Things of earthly value that wouldn’t last or things of Eternal Value?
If you build with things that will ABIDE [i.e has eternal value], there’s a reward for you in heaven!
If you become so efficient in doing what you shouldn’t have done by building with things that will not abide forever (earthly values)…,
YOU HAVE NOT LOST YOUR SALVATION!, your works will NOT ABIDE so NO REWARD FOR YOU IN HEAVEN yet YOU WILL BE SAVED!
Is that clear?
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