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7th Change of Heart - Faith and the Law - The Way to Christ

Added: 22.11.2010
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"Who is in Christ, is a new creation. What is the old has gone, the new has come" (2. Corinthians 5:17).

One may not say the exact time and exact location, or fails to identify the chain of circumstances that led to his conversion, this does not prove that it is not reversed.

If the heart has been renewed by the Spirit of God shall bear witness to life itself. The change is reflected in the character, in habits, in the meeting. Shows clearly, the striking contrast between what was before, and they are now. Nature does not show the occasional good deeds or bad deeds infrequent, but everyday speech and conduct.

Who controls our hearts? While dealing with our thoughts? Who are we talking about? Who are our deepest feelings and our best strength? If we are to Christ, they cling to our thoughts to him and seek him as our feelings. Everything we are and what we are dedicated to Him. We want to be according to His image, to show his spirit, do His will and in all his love.

Those who become new creatures in Christ Jesus, bring the fruits of the Spirit, which is "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" (Galatians 5,22-23). Cease to find pleasure in the old vices, but for faith in the Son of God will walk in the footsteps of Christ, reflect his character and will be pure as He is pure.

Things that once hated they now love, and what had once loved, they now hate. People are proud and confident they become real and humble. The drunkard becomes sober, the libertine man morally pure. One leaves the extravagant habits and ways of the world. Christian does not seek "external trappings, but the ornaments will be" what is hidden in the heart of what is imperishable, and a gentle and quiet spirit "(1 Peter 3,3.4)

Repentance can not prove otherwise than an amendment, which it operates. Restores a sinner his promise to God, return if you steal, confesses his sins when, loves God and his neighbor, he can be sure that he has returned from death to life.

If you come as a wandering, wicked beings to Christ and becomes one of the participants in the forgiving grace, bursts out of our hearts with love. Any burden will be light to us, because the yoke that Christ imposes is easy. Duty becomes pleasure, offering joy. The path, which seemed shrouded in darkness, the sun's rays illuminate justice.

The beauty of Christ's nature is reflected in his followers. Do the will of God was pleased to Christ. Love for God and zeal for the glory of God, were the main motives in the life of our Savior. Love embellished and upgraded all of its actions. Love comes from God. Unhallowed her heart can not give birth and go. It can be found only in the heart where Jesus reigns. "We love because God first loved us" (1 Jn 4:19). In the heart of a renewed love of the divine grace is the driving force behind the negotiations. Changing the nature, control motives governing affection, overcoming hostility and nobler sentiments. If this is love in your heart and beautifies life has a refining influence on our surroundings.

There are two errors that must be faced by the children of God - especially those who just started to believe in the grace of God - especially protected.

The first mistake, of which she was mentioned, is the belief in man's own strength and in his own works, a belief that their man can be reconciled with God. Who is trying to obey the law and become a saint's own works, attempting to impossible. Everything that a man held without Christ, is tainted by selfishness and sin. Only faith in Christ's grace can bless us.

A second no less dangerous error is the belief that Christ has freed man from the conservation law of God, a faith that we become participants in the grace of Christ and that our actions with our redemption have nothing in common.

But note that obedience does not imply a mere formal compliance orders, but of charity.

The law of God is an expression of the true nature of God, is the epitome of great principles of love, and it is the foundation of the Government of God in heaven and on earth.

If our hearts are newly created in the image of God, it is inculcated in the soul of divine love, is it possible that God's law is not reflected in life? If the principle of love instilled into the hearts, if one is reborn in the image of him that created him is fulfilled the promise of a new contract.

Hebrews 10.16 - "I give them my laws into their hearts and write them in mind."

And when the law entered into the heart, will shape his life. Obedience - the service of love and devotion to love - is the true sign of discipleship. Scripture says:

1 John 5.3, 2.4 - "There is the love of God that we keep his commandments." "Who says I know him, but does not keep his commandments is a liar and there is no truth in him." It's just faith and belief that our obedience to the exemption from the participants is the grace of Christ that allows us to be obedient.

Salvation will not gain his obedience, because salvation is a free gift of God that we accept by faith. Obedience is the fruit of faith.

1 Jan 3,5.6 - "And you know that the Son of God appeared to take away sins, and there is no sin. Those who remain in the Son, not sin and he who sins, seen him or known him."

This is the true touchstone. If you abide in Christ dwells in us a love of God, our feelings, our thoughts, our intentions and our actions are in accordance with the will of God as expressed in the commandments of God's holy law.

1 Jan 3,7 - "Little children, let no man deceive you: he is righteous, who does justice - as he is righteous."

Justice is defined by the holy law of God, which is expressed in the Ten Commandments given at Sinai. Phantom faith in Christ, which claims that the man was released from the obligation to obey God, not faith, but arrogance.

Ephesians 2.8, James 2.17 - "For by grace are you saved through faith," but "as well as belief, unless the acts themselves, is itself dead."

Jesus said about himself, before he came to earth:

Psalm 40.8 - "To fulfill my God, thy will is my desire, thy law is within my heart."

And before ascended to heaven, said: "...

John 15.10 - I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. "

1 John 2,3-6 - Holy Scripture says: "By this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments ... He who says he abides in him must live as he lived."

1 Peter 2.21 - "For Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example to follow in his footsteps."

The condition of eternal life is the same today as it was always - remained the same as it was in Paradise before the fall of our first parents. It is absolute obedience to the law of God, perfect righteousness. If he had been granted eternal life in other circumstances, it would risk the welfare of the whole universe. It would open the way for sin, which would become all the misery and grief immortal.

Before his fall Adam could obedience to the law of God to create an equitable nature. That failed, however, and for his sin became our sinful nature, so it can not be fair under its own power.

Because we are sinful and unholy, we can not perfectly obey the holy law. We do not have justice, we could stand up to the requirements of the law of God. But Christ has prepared for us a way out. He lived on earth in the middle of the same trials and temptations we face ourselves. Yet he lived a sinless. He died for us and now we offer that will take upon him our sins and gives us his righteousness.

Hand in If he is and accept it when your Savior, you will be regarded as his just due, whether it is your life itself sinful. Christ's character stands in place of your character, and God accepts you as you were guilty.

And this, Christ gives a new heart. Faith dwells in your heart. By faith, you must observe this union with Christ, and every day you have to obey their will to His will, and if you do so, Christ will work in you to will and act of his will.

You may then say: "... and the life which I now live I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). Similarly, Jesus told his disciples: "It's not you who speak, but you speak in the Spirit of your Father" (Matthew 10:20). He is a Christ in you, you show that same spirit and do good deeds - deeds of justice and obedience.

We do not own anything, what we can boast. We have no reason to exaltation. Our only reason for hope in Christ's righteousness, which we added in the one place the Holy Spirit working in us and through us.

When we speak about faith, it must be borne in mind that there is a difference. It kind of faith, which is totally different from the true faith. The existence and power of God, the truth of God's word as fact, that even Satan and his hosts can not be denied. The Bible says that "even the demons believe and shudder" (James 2:19), it is not faith.

Where is the only faith in God's word, but subordinate to the will of God, subjection to God is where the heart where it is deprived of feelings, there is true faith, a faith that works by love and purifies the soul. Such faith is renewed heart to the image of God. A heart that, in not resurgent state subject law of God, nor can the truth, now rejoices in his holy commandments and calls along with the Psalmist: "How I love your law! Every day I think about him" (Psalm 119.97) . And justice is fulfilled in us, "who will not follow her, but according to Spirit" (Romans 8:1).

There are those who have tasted the forgiving love of Christ and who would really like to be God's little children, but yet realize that they are imperfect, that their life is not without flaws, and easy to doubt whether their hearts renewed by the Holy Spirit.

Such'd like to say: Do not despair, not fluctuate. Often we will need for your shortcomings and mistakes in the fall weeping at the feet of Jesus, but we must not succumb to despondency. Even if we overcome the enemy, we are doomed. God will not forsake us, and cast off. Christ is on the right hand of God and represent us.

Beloved disciple John wrote:

1 Jan 2,1 - "I am writing this to you, you may not sin. But if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."

And do not forget the words of Christ: "Father himself loves you." (John 16.27). He wants to adopt again, he wants you to see the reflection of your purity and holiness. If you allow him to continue the good work already begun in you until the day of Jesus Christ. Pray fervently, believe more fully. If we cease to believe in their strength, let us believe the more the power of our Redeemer and we glorify Him Who is our health.

More closer to Jesus, the more defects will be wearing the notes, because our common sense to improve and perfect addition to the nature of Jesus proves our imperfection in a clearer light. This is proof that Satan's deceptions are losing their power, the animating influence of the Spirit of God awakens us.

The more of us to him and the word of God Pudi felt needs, the more fully the nature of Christ and know that we will more fully reflect his image.

Extract from the book Journey to Christ - E.G. White

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