Monday, July 16, 2012

My New Identity in Christ


Lisa Ruby said...

What does "healed by his stripes" mean? Some teach that physical healing is in the atonement -- that every Christian has the "right" to be physically healed. This is not scriptural.

Also, where does Scripture indicate that God's love for his children is unconditional?

"Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." Jude 1:21

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 1 John 5:3

The idea that God's love is unconditional ties right in with security-in-sin gospel that is so popular in the falling away church establishment. God loves us so much he works 24/7 to keep us from falling and to convince us of sin, of judgment and of righteousness, but he does not permit us to reap eternal life if we choose to sow to the flesh without repentance. (If we live in the Spirit we must walk in the Spirit.)

The statement that says "I am delivered from all dark powers" is conditional.

Col. 1:10-11 tells us some important things to know about those who are delivered from the power of darkness: "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;"

These are just a few thoughts on these affirmations. Not trying to be critical of you for posting this. Just noticing some things.

I just think that some (not all) affirmations are actually untrue because they don't include the qualifiers needed for the affirmation to be true -- such as "I am overcoming the world". This is something that has to actually be done by the Christian as he "walks in the Spirit." It is not automatic just because they are "in Christ."

Bible Believer said...

Yeah you brought up some good questions Lisa, its true not all Christians are healed, Paul had a life-long infirmity but it did not mean he was wicked.
I agree, maybe I should have rethought this one, there is a little bit of that easy believism taint on there. So I take your points as well meant. As I have written on here, considering the verses warning about falling away and the rest and ones about examining ourselves if we are in the faith, this definitely needs more balance.

Course I almost didn't post it because it says "I AM", and I thought Christianity isn't all about "you" or how do I say "SELF". LOL [you know where people self seek] but thought it had some positive messages. I do like to post some biblical encouragement things on here too, but yes this one I questioned a little bit too.