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 WHAT IS A BIBLE CHRISTIAN?     III

” Not of This World…”   John 17:6

7.HIS CARGO IS NOT OF THIS WORLD (SYSTEM):   Everything we can view with the human eye will some day deteriorate, rot or cease its reality. So the Bible Christian clearly well knows that his  real treasures  are not earthly possessions  which will cease at  his heavenly home-going.   But as a citizen of an eternal world, he has eternal cargo he can take with him to heaven.  Our Lord spake of these eternal possessions when  he said in Matthew 6:19-20, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth where moth and rust  doth corrupt, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven  where moth and rust doth not corrupt and where thieves do not break through and steal.”  The apostle Paul wrote about these eternal treasures in 2nd Corinthians 4:18, “While we look not on things which are seen, but at things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

8.HIS CONFORMITY IS NOT OF THIS WORLD (SYSTEM):  The Apostle Paul instructed believers with this strong admonition:  ” I beseech you therefore, brethren by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto Go, which is your reasonable service. 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.

The world “conform” in this context means ” to fashion, make or shape like another.”  The Bible Christian NEVER seeks to fashion or shape his/her life like that of the secular world. The dedicated saint does not allow his life to be controlled  or dictated  to by the ungodly world. He know that the fashions of this world are  transitory and pass away (1st Corinthians 7:31).  The clothing styles reflects the spirit (trend)  of the age, and the Bible Christian NEVER permits the sensual dress (apparel)  of the day to reflect his/her life style.

9.HIS CONTEMPLATIONS  ARE NOT OF THIS WORLD (SYSTEM):  For the Bible believing Christian, his hearts’ affection are not based on this worlds’ material items. He does not live with earthly values in mind, but with heaven’s eternal treasures in view. Yes, the Bible believing Christian emulates the instructional advice  of the Apostle Paul in Colossians 3:1-2, which reads, “ If ye then be risen with Christ , seek those things which are above where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affections on things above, not on things of the earth.”

10.HIS COUNSEL IS NOT OF THIS WORLD (SYSTEM): The Bible believing  Christian gets his counseling from the Cross and not from the couch! not from psychologists but from preachers. He does not go to the world to obtain their advice, he goes to the Word of God.  He does not get his spiritual  advice from radio talk shows, he obtains it from Godly local Church pastors. He does not receive his guidance from secular seminars (motivational speakers), but from Scriptural sermons.

The Psalmist, penned these verses (Psalm 1:1-3) of sound Scripture counsel when he said, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law does he meditate day and night.” In Psalm 74:24 where the psalmist penned these instructive words, ” Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterwards receive to glory.”  In the New Testament we have the Apostle James provide believers with inspired instruction when he wrote, “If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

11.HIS CONTENTMENT IS NOT OF THIS WORLD (SYSTEM): Many young couples today insist on having every new gadgets and the latest piece of technological  equipment now. They borrow way beyond their abilities to repay, both work two jobs, send their children to day-care centers, they purchase a quarter of a million dollar homes that they can not afford,and then they spend all their time at home in 12′  by 12′  room where they navigate their internet or waste their time with the social media “NOTHINGS” (on face book, or twitter or some new communication gimmick). In contrast to this wasted technology and social media; the bible believing Christian has a mind set on what the Apostle Paul  by inspiration of the Holy Spirit penned to the Philippians, in Philippians 4:11 he said, ”  I have learned in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content.” The Apostle Paul has learned that the real issue that produce contentment  and thanksgiving CANNOT  be purchased with MONEY, credit cards as so many individuals think today.

To be continued……………….

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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