What Christianity Is All About
Christianity is not about ceremonies, traditions, feelings or meaningless promises. It is all about God having His righteous way instead of sinners having their own unrighteous way. He has power to help us to stop sinning and to do what is right. He wants us to obey Him. In and of ourselves and our flesh we do not have this power. When we receive Jesus He makes us new creatures who are willing and able to do right.
Jeremiah 13:23: Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
Ephesians 5:9: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
God wants us to obey Him and serve Him instead of unrighteousness. He wants Jesus to have preeminence over believers and take away the power of sin to reign over them (to have dominion over them).
Colossians 1:18: And he (Jesus) is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Romans 6:12-14: Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Matthew 6:10b: . . . Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Luke 6:46: And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
John 10:27: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Luke 9:23: And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
John 5:14b: . . . Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more,
John 8:11b: . . . Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Romans1:1a: Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, . . .
Titus 1:1a: Paul, a servant of God, . . .
James 1:1a: James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, . . .
2 Peter 1:1a: Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, . . .
Jude 1:1a: Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, . . .
Revelation 15:3a: And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, . . .
Job 1:8a: And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, . . .
The only believer I can recall the Bible reporting who did not become a servant of God was the thief on the cross who died before he had an opportunity to serve God.
Our flesh, yours and mine, wants to have its own way. When we receive Jesus into our hearts, a battle begins. Our hearts, where Jesus dwells want God to have His way and our flesh continues to want its way. We must choose many times every day whether to do what God wants or what our flesh wants. He knew we would not always succeed and when we do sin He wants to forgive it and give us a fresh start in doing righteousness.
1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 2:1: My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
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