Spiritual Warfare   

 

Spiritual Warfare:  The World, the Flesh, the Devil & the Glory of God

    
Spiritual warfare for the Christian is about truth and falsehood, love and hate, good and evil, and the integrity of God's Word. These aspects are experienced in the realms of the world, the flesh, the devil and his devil spirits. Our weapons of warfare are found in the Wisdom of Christ: God's Word & Holy Spirit
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Biblical Doctrines
 
 

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     Biblical Doctrines for the believer in Christ

The Biblical doctrines covered below are Salvation, Sanctification, Justification, Righteousness, and Redemption.  These biblical doctrines are the sonship rights of every believer in Christ.  It is important for all Christians to become thoroughly familiar with these doctrines in order to stand firm in our daily spiritual warfare against the lies of the evil one and maintain our true freedom in Christ.

Salvation, Sanctification

     Salvation is the free gift of God to all those who by faith accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Through salvation, we are completely and eternally delivered from the destruction of sin, sickness and death, through the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ, and are given eternal life.  We are spiritually reborn with the seed of God, and when we receive His Holy Spirit, we become the sons and daughters of God, sanctified or set apart for God.  We are sanctified by the Holy Spirit, in which we are sealed unto the day of our complete redemption.

 Salvation - Act 4:12 - Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Salvation --1Th 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 

 Salvation -- Tit 3:5 - Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  

        We are eternally saved solely through the work of Christ.  In our present state, we are kept by the power of God through faith.  (1Pe 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time). We continue to seek God's deliverance and wholeness.  The purpose of the Lord is stated in the gospel of Luke,

Luk 4:18 - The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.

Sanctification - Eph 1:13 - In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.

Sanctification -- 2Th 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

        We are eternally sanctified by God's Holy Spirit unto our full redemption through Christ alone.  In our present state, we need to sanctify ourselves to God by renewing our minds to God's Word and allowing our lives to be led by God's Holy Spirit.  This is called "Progressive Sanctification," whereby we reconcile our lives according to God's truth, since God already reconciled us to Himself through Christ. 

(1Th 4:4  That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; & 3Jo 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth)

2Co 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Justification, Righteousness and Redemption

 We receive our gift of salvation and are sanctified by God's Holy Spirit at conversion because we were redeemed by the blood of Christ, in which we have been justified and declared righteous in the sight of God.

      Justification is God’s free gift of grace; whereby, we are declared free from all of the guilt and penalty of sin, through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.   By this, believers in Christ stand before God completely justified or blameless, washed and sanctified, and are given the Righteousness of Christ through God's free gift of His Holy Spirit, being free from sin and the power of sin.  Justification and Righteousness are solely based on the work of God’s grace through faith in His Son Jesus Christ, and by this we have peace with God and life eternal. 

     Humanity in all its efforts to secure justification  and righteousness through religious or other standards of conduct will never be acceptable in the sight of God, for man cannot redeem himself.   Redemption means that we were bought back with a price through the shed blood of Christ.  Since man can do nothing to save himself from doom, Christ, being perfectly righteous, took the penalty or paid the price of our sin and redeemed or rescued us from its curse and saved us.  We are now in right standing with God, and free to live unto God, the Justifier of all those who trust in Christ.  It is only when we live or follow our carnal nature that we experience broken fellowship with God and a sense of condemnation, this being our state, but our standing of righteousness before God is permanent, and a free gift from God, eternal in Christ.

Justification -- Rom 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

We are eternally justified in our standing before God solely through the work of Christ.  In our present state on earth, when we sin, we seek God's forgiveness through Christ and remain in fellowship with Him until our full redemption at Christ's return.  Through repentance (turning away from sin) and turning toward God we are continually cleansed by the blood of Christ. 

(1Jo 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin).

Righteousness -- Phi 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

We stand eternally righteous before God solely through the work of Christ.  In our present state on earth, until our full redemption, we walk in the righteousness that has been freely given to us by renewing our minds to God's Word and allowing ourselves to be led by His Holy Spirit.  We need to put off the "old man" sin nature and put on the "new man" created in God's righteousness.  However, at Christ's return we will be completely redeemed and will no longer struggle with the old man nature. 

(1Jo 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.)

Redemption -- Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

We have been redeemed, or rather bought back  "purchased with a price," that price being the spilled blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

 

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1Jn 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.


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