Friday, April 9, 2010

Belief or unbelief (Are you minding the Spirit?) Pt.1

The Bible teaches that Salvation to the human soul is eternally extended to all men that believe in the person of Christ. The gift of Salvation received into the soul of man comes through a believer’s trust and acceptance of the redemptive work of Christ for the forgiveness of sins. Belief provides a union between the heart of a believer and the personality of Christ. Minding the Spirit of God proves man’s belief in the person of Christ. Salvation of the human soul is received “When” man believes in Christ not “because” man believes.

• Eph 1:13…the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise

• Heb 10:39… But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul

Man’s belief goes beyond understanding who Christ is and what Christ did at Calvary. Man’s belief is consent of the human will to a living Christ. Belief is man’s renunciation of sin and disobedience through acknowledgment of Christ. Belief is an every minute, every hour, consciousness and obedience to the omnipresence of a living Christ. Belief in Christ… and obedience to His Divine presence “Is not… a part time relationship”.

It must be understood God does not take away His Salvation from the soul of a believer. Men do however depart from Salvation through sin and disobedience. How? By unbelief… which is contempt of the human will?

• Heb 3:12…take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Unbelief allows sin and disobedience to separate the soul of man from his union made with the Spirit of God. Separation from the presence of an Eternal Christ through unbelief is called, “Death”. This spiritual death is why the Bible teaches,

• James 1:15… when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

• Rom 6:23… the wages of sin is death;

Death separates the unbeliever from an Eternal holiness found in the person of Christ. Unbelief is separation from the union made between the soul of man… and the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Belief in Christ allows a penitent man to receive the holiness and mercy of a living Christ. Holy living and mercy found in Christ allows the believer to be saved and preserved blameless until the coming of our Lord.

• 1 Thess 5:23…and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ

• Jude 1…to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ

Eternal Salvation of the human soul is everywhere present for those who believe in Christ. Salvation never departs from any believer that trusts and obeys Christ. Why? Belief keeps a believer conscious to Him and in harmony to the Holy Spirits presence. Believing produces obedience to Christ because the believing will is subject to the power of Holy Ghost. A believer minds the Holy Spirit out of trust in Christ. Obedience keeps the believer in right standing with God. Salvation of the human soul is never lost if man obeys God. Men do however leave salvation … through unbelief which is disobedience to Christ.

You cannot separate unbelief and disobedience as they are one in the same. Likewise you cannot separate belief and obedience as they are one in the same.

A believer because of unbelief departs from the saving Grace of God because of a willful act of sin or disobedience to God. Through man’s unbelief in Christ the deceitfulness of sin will always manifest. Sin is a willful act of disobedience to God and is the product of an unbelieving heart.

• Heb 3:12…take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

• Heb. 10:26…For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

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