LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Are you taught by God?

John 6:45 It is written in the Prophets, 'And they will all be taught by God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me—

1 Thessalonians 4:9-10 Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, (10)for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more,

In the photo above children are being taught about God. In John 6:45 and 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10 shown above, the Bible teaches that believers will be successfully taught by God. 1 Thessalonians 4:9 affirms that believers are taught by God to love one another. When we looked at Romans 8:14, we learned that the children of God are led by the Spirit of God. Those that are led follow, and those that are taught learn from the Holy Spirit. The Christian walk consists of following the leading and applying what is learned. John tells us in 1 John 3:18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. John is telling us that love is shown by action and not just by word and talk. John in 1 John 4:7 (below) and Paul in Ephesians 2:5 trace the source of this love back to the power of God through being born again.

Is this what believers should do but, in some cases, do not do? No, the Bible, teaches that all believers respond to God’s leading and teaching by responding with a love that not only talks the talk, but it walks the walk. It is a love of action. John affirms that all believers participate in this love, 1 John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. (8)Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is the same message that is taught over and over in Scripture. Those born of God will always show the results of their new Sprit led nature. John is stating very clearly that whoever does not love with deeds, does not know God and has not been born again.

Paul, in 1 Thessalonians 4:10 above, points out that believers should co-operate with the grace of the Holy Spirit and love more and more. This points to the fact that believers are not perfect and, while they are being taught by God and led by the Spirit, they should participate in the sanctification that is being worked in them by the Spirit. Because as Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 4:3: For this is the will of God, your sanctification.

Praise God that his regenerating power saves us to eternal life and from the power of sin. It justifies and sanctifies those born of God. Grace produces faith which overcomes the world, 1 John 5:4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith. There is power in the blood of Christ and it never fails. Never!


Blogger mark pierson said...

Wayne, good points.

We are now in the kingdom of Christ. The indwelling Holy Spirit leads us as we learn of Christ from scripture. He then transforms us into His image, that image of Christ that we see in scripture. We look like subjects of that kingdom as we walk in Christ's footsteps. Christ taught us how to walk after Him, following Him, obeying Him. It is all recorded in scripture. Then the Holy Spirit enlightens us to Christ's teachings, and thereafter enables us to walk in those ways. Hence we show the world what subjects of Christ's kingdom act, walk and talk like.

While on earth Christ constantly said that He only taught what the Father had taught Him. When we obey the Holy Spirit we are obeying Christ. So in obeying Christ one obeys the Father, and walks in the ways the Father would have His people walk. Kingdom living to say the least.

July 01, 2007 5:05 PM

Blogger jazzycat said...

Very true. Being converted means being changed and having a new attitude, new interests, and a new focus. Not being changed means there was no conversion.

July 01, 2007 10:46 PM

Blogger Dawn said...

I'm happy to say that I am taught by God! He's changed my desires. He's opened my eyes to truth! Praise His Name!

July 02, 2007 10:35 AM

Blogger jazzycat said...

I think your love shines through in your writing Dawn. You are encouragement to me.

July 02, 2007 2:26 PM


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