Many who proclaim Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour for Salvation turn right around and deem the Cross of Christ as insufficient for their Sanctification. Presented with humanistic psychology to overcome that which the Word of God has declared as sin, they sincerely and zealously go forth serving another master.
“3 According as His Divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that has called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:3-4
We either believe that the Lord has given us all things that pertain unto life and holiness or we believe the philosophies of psychology to give us all things that pertain unto life and holiness but we can’t believe both.
Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross that we may have all things that pertain to life and holiness. It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to circumcise our heart and remove that which is unpleasing to God…NOT rehabilitate the old but create in us a NEW heart; one that desires to partake in God’s Divine Nature having escaped the corruption of this world. Hating the old and loving the newness of life afforded us through the Cross of Christ, we stand…stand in His glory, not our own. Our weaknesses are no longer denied but recognized and His strength made perfect as the power of Christ rests upon us. It is the moving and operation of the Holy Ghost Who is superintending the work of God in our hearts as we look unto the Cross of Christ for all that we need pertaining unto life and holiness. Precept upon precept and line upon line, our faith is authored and will soon be finished when our faith becomes sight and we behold the Lord Jesus Christ.
“16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
ALL Scripture, not some, is given by inspiration of God. We either believe this to be true or we believe this to be a lie. We cannot serve two gods. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
-Donna Clark Warren
It is the “Fruit”, not fruits and this Fruit is of the Spirit, not man. Such fruit manifests as we are led by the Spirit of God IN Christ Jesus.
Led by the flesh, we vainly attempt obedience to laws in order to produce fruit. Knowing what we should do and how we should be, our members war against the law of our minds to do that which is good and brings us into captivity to the law of sin.
“But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 7:23-24
Led of the flesh and under law, we produce fruit unto death…spiritual death as our sin nature once again begins to reign in our heart.
“25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death.
3 For what the Law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 7:25-8:4
The Holy Spirit is given latitude to produce His Fruit in us and superintend all things according to God and Holiness when we are submitted unto God. We can only be submitted unto God when we are IN Christ Jesus, baptized into HIS Death (Romans 6:4) for the penalty of sin to be paid (Salvation) and the power of sin to be broken (Sanctification). Then and only then is the righteousness of the Law fulfilled and we are afforded the ability to partake in God’s Divine Nature. This is the Power of God to us who are saved. The Cross of Christ, be determined to know nothing else.
-Donna Clark Warren