Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at Faith, Hope & Love P39 (07-15-20)
As we think through this triplicate, of faith, hope and love, let us focus in on love. What really is love? We read that God is love but can we comprehend that? We would not even know what love is until God first demonstrated His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Someone might dare to die for a righteous man, but for a sinner (Romans 5:7)? That shows us that God’s love is not like our love. His love is unconditional, not dependent on what we do, but only on His character, of the one, Jesus Christ, who demonstrated His love to us. This is what, in the Greek language, is called Agape love.
The kind of love we are familiar with is called, in the Greek language, Phileo love. That is where we get the word philanthropy, giving to benefit the human race, or Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. But these are really not the pure kind of love as Agape love is. Most of the kind of love we have is conditional love. … Listen to Broadcast & Read More
Call-In Classic Christianity Radio – Bob George P551 (07-09-20)
It takes time to grow and mature in Christ. Oftentimes, when you have been a Christian awhile, you will hear common questions being asked by many people, generation after generation. Certain verses or passages of scripture, when not understood in its context, in the totality of the cross, of being made complete in Christ, being under a New Covenant, not under an Old Covenant, you are likely to have a faulty interpretation of scripture. The key to understanding, first of all, is to be born again of the Spirit. Assuming that is so, then you have the mind of Christ, and the Spirit will lead you into truth.
The problem that many people have is that they rely on denominational persuasions of men. They listen to too many preachers out there, and do not get into the word of God themselves. Ask the Spirit of God to reveal the meaning of the word of God to you. He is the only one you can rely on to reveal the truth, the meaning of the word of God, to you.
Classic Christianity – Book of Romans P52 (03-09-20)
In Romans 12, we learned what true worship is. True worship is making your body available on a continual basis to Jesus, who lives in you, to live His life through you. It is giving access to Him. We were and never are able to live the Christian life. Jesus explained to us how we were created to function in the parable of the vine and the branches. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. The vine produces the fruit and the branch bears the fruit. The same way in the life of someone who is born again. We cannot produce the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Jesus living in us, is who produces the fruit. A branch can only bear the fruit, and the only way that it can bear the fruit is by abiding in the life of the vine to let it live its life in and through you. We cannot produce the fruit.
The Holy Spirit in the man is indispensable to the proper functioning of the man. We were not designed to determine right from wrong … Listen to Broadcast & Read More
Classic Christianity – Book of Romans P48 (02-26-20)
Paul addresses the attitudes of the heart in a believer, resulting in actions of love toward one another, the body of Christ. Christ Jesus is the head of the church and we are the body. As the body of Christ, we belong to one another, and should be acting in love for one another. When one part of the body hurts, we hurt with him. When one part of the body rejoices, we rejoice with him. We each are given spiritual gifts for building each other up; prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading, and showing mercy. Even if one aspect is not our spiritual gift, we learn from one another, and become just as effective, as we observe how one another operates in their gift. In this way the body builds itself up in love as each part does its work. So let us look at these attitudes and actions of love; sincere in love, hating what is evil, clinging to what is good, being devoted to one another in love, honoring one another above ourselves, with spiritual fervor, serving the Lord, joyful always, praying continuously, giving thanks in all circumstances, helping … Listen to Broadcast & Read More
Classic Christianity – Book of Romans P32 (01-21-19)
As we read in Romans 8, there is life in the Spirit. Formerly, the mind of the lost person was hostile to God. We do not naturally think of ourselves as hostile to God, but we are. The law is set against us and so we would rather plead ignorance. Then we can at least plead ignorance. But if we are properly trained by the law to lead us to Christ, then the law served its purpose to convince us that we are dead and in need of life.
We used to live according to the flesh, when we were lost, because that is all we had. But then when we were born again, the Spirit of God came to indwell us. We were set free from the law of sin and death because in our weak state we were never able to live up to the demands of the law. The Spirit of life came to live in us to produce love in and through us, as we learn to trust God.