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Who did I hear today??

12-2-2008

Forgiveness is given, but If one wants to help one must do things better. I admit I am trying but having a very tough time, the communication barrier is one that plays a role. But Galatians Helped a lot

Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.

Gal. 6.

Since restoring is the responsibility of the church collectively, each individual must minister individually, based upon their specific gifts and calling. Each case, therefore, must be handled on the basis of the individual who has fallen and on the basis of the individuality of the one who seeks to minister grace.

The spiritual are urged to restore believers overpowered by sin. Since the term “restore” is a present imperative, it is not just a particular act which is required, but a process. Restoration does not happen instantaneously.

There is a very practical reason, however, why only the “spiritual” should seek to restore the one overtaken by sin. The “spiritual” are those who “walk in the Spirit” and who thus manifest the “fruit of the Spirit.” Since there is danger for those who seek to restore the sinning saint, only those sensitive to temptation and sin should dare to confront it. Since love, gentleness, goodness, and kindness are required for restoration, these fruits of the Spirit are essential.

But the entire Chapter, epistle, gospel, book, should be read for a better understanding. I only wish to assistcluster-5608532.png

It is the legalistic Christian who is the most condemning of others, especially to those who have fallen. This disdain for the “sinner” coupled with a pride in their own self-righteousness was characteristic of the scribes and Pharisees. This attitude is observable in the proud prayer of the Pharisee, who was grateful that he was not a sinner, like the publican (Luke 18:9-14). Paul is thus speaking of the self-elevation of pride which the legalist has in his own righteousness, based on law-works. It is self-righteousness which causes a man to think he is something special.

“He is nothing” who seeks to establish his own righteousness by his own works. “He is nothing” who takes credit for the results of the grace of God in his life But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Those who are instruments of God’s grace know that God produced the results for His own glory. Thus Paul tells us to focus on ourselves, on God’s work in and through us, for this results in boasting in God.(Rom. 12:3, 6)

How easy it is to respond to the sin of a fellow-saint by feeling smugly superior, and by looking down on him (or her). However, this response misses the point of Christianity. On the one hand, we are to bear the burdens of others, rather than to impose burdens on them (such as the burden of condemnation and the rigorous, excessive requirements of legalism). On the other hand, we should be humbled by remembering that just as God will not judge us in comparison with others, neither do we dare compare ourselves with others, especially those who have fallen into a certain sin (of which we are not guilty). If perfection is possible, why would Paul need to prescribe a process for restoring a saint who has fallen into sin? Even more problematic, if perfection is restricted to the “spiritual,” why, then, does Paul warn those who are spiritual that restoring the fallen sinner may lead them into temptation?

Once we become aware of the war within, and of our fallibility as Christians, we become more cautious about sin, recognizing how susceptible we are to it. Who lives more dangerously, the one who thinks he cannot fall, or the one who knows how easy it is to fall? The greater our sense of danger, the more cautious we will be concerning that danger. Thus, knowing the saint can (and all too often does) sin, gives him good reason to avoid temptation, and to be suspicious of his every motive and deed. Furthermore, when he does fall into sin, he knows that there is hope for his recovery.

Perhaps you have never come to taste of grace at all, and if this is the case, my prayer is that you will acknowledge your sin and will trust in the work of Jesus Christ, who died in your place. He took the condemnation of the law on Himself, so that you might possess His righteousness and live eternally with Him. Let us minister to those to whom our Lord ministered while He was on the earth. We are His body on the earth in His absence and we are to continue His ministry.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is revolutionary. It changes people’s lives for the good, and it delivers them from the wrath of God. We were slaves to sin. None of us was born in righteousness. We were born slaves in a miserable condition in which we could never deliver ourselves.
The individual who has put his trust in Christ has died to sin, and been made alive to God in Christ (Rom. 6:1-23).

God bless you for reading this…. I cannot continue for my heart aches as to what I have done, my eyes are so full thatI can  barely see. Please let as many as known to Christ and have the Holy Spirit within lead you all properly. I pray this in Christ Jesus’ name so we can overcome this battle together within Christ Jesus and our Heavenly Father.

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