by David Brenneman
By no means do I ascribe to myself any given title. That's not for me to do. It is the Spirit of God who is within me that says that God recognizes me as a child of God by virtue of salvation in Christ Jesus.
What we are called in Christ Jesus are saints. After Apostles came and went, Elders, Pastors, Teachers came next. A Men of God, empowered by the Spirit to teach the Word of God in truth.
Deacons and Deaconesses came about because to tend to the day to day needs of people on top of preaching and teaching was too much. This is the only exception to women serving, outside of women teaching women. Women are not to be Elders, Pastors or Teachers of men. In the original language of the Bible, Elder/Pastor/Teacher is a male. Timothy was the first real Pastor and was taught by Paul on perpetuating the order of the Church as given by the Spirit of God. Many try to dispute what I have just stated, and some may attempt to contend with me on this. Rest assured I stand on the Word of God as written. There's no need for elaborate discussion on a topic that God made so clear to understand for those who truly are in Christ.
But why call this post: Why?
Good question. As I have said before, God the Spirit directs what comes out in these posts. So far over 1,300 posts to at least 25 percent of the countries of the world.
God is taking what's been typed by me places that I could never go on my own.
Some may want to argue this point or that about the Bible passages brought up or as to this or that doctrine. Some may want to talk about what manor of form the return of Jesus Christ will take or of when it will happen. Some point to the current persecutions that the Church faces in the world. In reality it's both the news networks and social media that give a false sense of the level of persecutions that are happening. As in all stories that grab our attention, if it bleeds it leads.
I know that I know that I know. Jesus told me decades ago that not unlike Zechariah, who was promised that he wouldn't see death before he saw the Lord’s Christ, I would see the return of Jesus Christ in my lifetime. In the seasons of my life the Spirit has been doing great things in my life to bring about the current result. He has proven beyond any doubt that what comes each day isn't of me. I really am not that good on my own. Truth be known I have been trying since my Junior High school years to write a book. Any kind of book. I could never get my thoughts in order enough to make it work. I have dozens of books started. To me, to read what comes out of me each morning astounds me.
The urgency is present within me, on top of what's said, to present the message: "I am coming soon." Debates about timing aside, that message is the most important to me. My Savior is coming soon. The urgency of being found by Him to be doing the work He’s called me to be doing is there. The urgency to be faithful is greater than seeking success in this world's ideas of success.
My Dear Reader, why? It's because I indeed share with my Savior Jesus Christ, that I really do wish that none would perish but that all would come to Him for salvation. Jesus Christ, changed my life, not because of anything special within me, but because of everything He did in spite of me. My good works could never gain me entry into Heaven. My good works on their own are as filthy rags. Only what's been done in Christ Jesus, by way of the Spirit of God, matters. After coming to Christ for salvation, the Spirit set His seal upon me. God's own identifying mark. I was adopted into the family of God. Became a joint heir with Jesus Christ. In Christ I became royalty! My sins were forgiven, my future is Heaven. I certainly praise God for what He's done.
What God's done for me, through me, and to me, can be for all who come to Christ in faith for salvation. What He has in mind for you will probably be something unique to you. The Bible says that He places each person in the body of Christ as He sees fit.
My why is very obvious and very important to me. Jesus loves you so I love you. Jesus did it all to make it possible for you to enjoy that love in this life and the life to come, eternal life. Jesus said that by no means would He cast out any who come to Him for salvation.
The other side of the question of why remains with you.
For those who are claiming to be in Christ but aren't living it: why? What is keeping you from the righteous life that God desires for you? Let go of whatever it is, cast it far from you.
For those who haven't yet decided to come to Christ for salvation yet: why? What thoughts are you entertaining that make you think that it's not for you? Without salvation in Christ Jesus, the sentence of death remains upon all who reject that salvation. Upon physical death the sentence is carried out. Refusal is denial is rejection. Saving you was so important that Jesus faced your death sentence for you. But you must choose to come to Christ to receive that gift.
In Romans 10 the Spirit makes it very clear and easy. "But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”"
So a 'why' can have many parts, many things revolve around it.
Outside of salvation in Christ Jesus I am indeed a sinner worthy of death. In Christ all that God the Father sees is the righteousness of God in Jesus.
You, who find this, you who read this are the rest of my "why". You.
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