Come up higher

Our soul needs to come into alignment with the Spirit. But we often to try an conform the Spirit to fit our soul (mind, will, emotions). It’s like the wife (chruch) trying to lead her husband (Jesus).

But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit. 1 Cor 6:17

So our spirit is one with the Lord, but our soul still needs to be transformed. How? By the renewing of our minds. We replace the lies of this world with the truth of God’s Word. We go to Him, we follow Him, and we come up higher.

He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will” Romans 12:2

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Cor.3:18

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My thoughts on Christianity versus other religions

First, it’s important to recognize that we are a 3 part being made in the image of God.

1. God is spirit/Holy Spirit – We have a spiritual body.

2. God the Father is a soul “the will of God.” – Our soul is made up of our mind, will, emotions.

3. Jesus/God came to earth in the flesh – We have a physical body.

God 3 in 1 – Jesus came in the flesh. 1 John 4:1 The Holy Spirit descended on Him.  Matt 3:16 And He came to do the will of the Father who sent Him. John 6:38.

“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:17

Our spiritual condition

In Christianity, when you choose to ask Jesus Christ to enter into your heart, the two become one.  It is by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ that He brings life to our spirit. In Him,  we are made complete. Like in a marriage, we now have what He has.  Note here too,  He has given us His Name – Jesus. John 14:13-14

“Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” Romans 6:8

“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Cor 5:17

Yet, our soul man (mind, will, and emotion) still must be renewed to come into alignment with the Word and the will of the Father.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Roman’s 12:2

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Cor 3:18

3. Our physical body

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;” 1 Cor 6:19

“Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies.”1 Cor 15:43-44

So here we see that the soul and body are ultimately brought into completion with our Spirit in Christ.

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philip. 1:6

“I am in them and you in me--so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:23

With all this in mind, how does Christianity differ from other religions?

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Faith in works or Faith in Jesus Christ.

We are all (our body, soul, and spirit)  born under the law of sin and death. separated from God.   “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins.” Eph 2:1

In other religions, the Gnostics for example, people seek to become “like God” or “God like” through things such as good works, prayers, rituals, invoking secret knowledge, or other forms of enlightenment. All which may have an effect on the soul man, but does not result in eternal life.

Only in Christianity do we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior. Thus Christians are referred to as the Bride of Christ (two becoming one) and the body of Christ.  The law was brought so we would acknowledge our need for a saviour, repent, and open our hearts allowing Jesus to live in, with, and through us.

But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit. 1 Cor 6:17

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” John 5:24

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor. 5:21

….But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor 6:11

Again, many religions deal with matters of the soul man (mind, will, emotions). But they can never create us to be “good enough” or to be “like God” to overcome the law of sin and death.  To be separated from God is to be separated from life itself, and there is only one way back to the Father and that is through His Son.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

“For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” f 12The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” g 13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” h 14He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.” Gal 3:12-14

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.Eph 2:4-10

As Christians how should we view ourselves?

As still living under the Law of Sin and death, unclean. Where our spirital condition is liken to leprosy and we are constantly working, trying to be good enough?

Or as living under the Law of Grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Knowing, our sins have been washed away. That through Chirst, we are healed, whole, and Holy. Now, clothed in His Righteousness.

Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor. 6:9-11

Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?Galatians 3:3

I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” Galatians 2:21

Because how we view ourselves maybe indicative of what we really believe, and to truly be set free we need to believe the truth. This belief is in God and in His Word/Jesus.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; …

It is only by His righteousness we stand.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” John 11:44


I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, Isaiah 61:10

Seeking His Righteousness BY faith.

What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Romans 4:3

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:…..Romans 3:22

This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. Philippines 3:9

See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright– but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness. Hab 2:4

…”By His Stripes we have been Healed”

When Christ entered our heart, our spirit became healed, whole, and complete. But our soul (mind, will, and emotions) takes a little longer to come into alignment with the Word.

A perfect example. …we often view ourselves as broken when in fact the Word tells us that, “By His stripes we have been healed.” This is a spiritual healing.

Our soul needs to come into alignment with our spirit and the Word, not the other way around. So should we believe we are broken or healed?

We renew our minds with the Truth. What we believe matters because Life is found not by how we feel but by His Word.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Roman 12:2

In Fight or Flight, We always Stand

At first glance Jesus and the apostles appear to be pretty docile. They were often subjected to unfair and unjust treatment, and never really seemed to “fight” back. Sometimes they would even flee from dangerous situations.

We read verses like,

But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. Matt. 5:39

And

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Matt 5:44

On the surface they seem to convey a submisive and passive way of being. But given some consideration, I find the reality to be quite the opposite.

The Bible is not instructing us to submit to sin or sinful people, but to stand on God’s Word/Truth and submit to God..

I truly believe we will never fight harder or suffer more as when we choose by standing up for Truth and stand against sin. That’s is what we see in the life of the Jesus and the apostles.

Wheather in fight or flight may we always Stand.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Tim 4:7