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But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

-Romans 4:5

Grow Up Christians! We Must Live Up to the ‘Truth’ of the Gospel Every Day

Written by Jamie Pantastico

On October 3, 2020

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Sharing the “Truth” or Christ or the gospel is letting people around you in your everyday experience know that Christ loves them, and that He died for them, paid the price for ALL their sin, and that He defeated all the powers of Satan and death when He was raised from the dead. And that all God wants from them is to believe (have faith) in that “Truth”.

‘but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— ‘

Ephesians 4:15

What Saith the Scripture?…

Ephesians 4:15a

‘but, speaking the truth in love…

Not with the idea of creating controversy, or argument, but rather in the spirit of love we (each and every believer) should be sharing the Gospel with the lost world around us. We are to get so skilled with the Gospel and supporting Scriptures that in our everyday experience we are ready and able to share our faith.

Ephesians 4:15b

…may grow up…

It means what it says! Grow Up! The moment we’re saved we are all babes in Christ (I Peter 2:1-2; I Corinthians 3:1-3) but we can’t stay babes. If you have children when they are 3 or 4 years old you don’t want them to grow up but you know they have too. And it’s the same way spiritually, God intends that babes in Christ begin a growth process and mature and grow up into Him. To the point where we are totally dependent on Him, and what are the next three words in that verse?

Ephesians 4:15c

…in all things…

In other words, being “Christian” isn’t just for Sunday’s…! We’ve been given a new life and we live that new life in this world among lost people and our Christian walk is to live up to the Truth of the gospel. No matter who we are or where we are; whether you’re a stockbroker in New York City, a police officer, a stay-at-home mom, a farmer in Oklahoma in the middle of nowhere, or a bus driver in Arizona. It does NOT MATTER. The believer is to always be growing up in Christ and let the growth permeate into every aspect of our lives ‘having our conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ (Philippians 1:27).

Ephesians 4:15d

…into Him who is the head—Christ

Christ is the Head of the body, the Body of Christ, which is the Church. Scripture is so clear on the doctrine of the body of Christ; that it is grace age believers who make up the Body of Christ.

I Corinthians 12:12

‘For as the body (Paul is using the human body as an example) is one and has many members (and what does a body have…fingers, toes, eyes, legs, etc.), but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 

The Body of Christ is not made up of the most worthy, the Body of Christ is not made up of great evangelist or only theologians, but rather the Body of Christ is made up of every believer from the greatest to the least of all believers since Paul began preaching the gospel of grace. And we all function as one.

Now verse 13, a crucial Bible verse that clarifies that there is only one baptism that really counts.

I Corinthians 12:13

‘For by one Spirit (The Holy Spirit) we were all (not just the super religious or those with seemingly special knowledge but ALL who believe the gospel of grace are immediately baptized into the body of Christ) baptized into one body— whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. ‘

 

Lastly, we have 1 Corinthians 12:27 that sums up the doctrine of the body of Christ.

‘Now you (remember who Paul is writing too??? us) are the body of Christ, and members individually. ‘

I Corinthians 12:27

 

‘but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— ‘

Ephesians 4:15

 

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Jamie Pantastico

Mesa Bible Study

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Salvation is a FREE GIFT from God. You don't have to do anything but believe by faith that God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead 3 days later.

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SALVATION

Salvation is a FREE GIFT from God. SALVATION IS BY FAITH ALONE & FAITH IS BELIEVING WHAT GOD SAYS.

  1. God declares all mankind sinners and we all fall short of Glory of God. Romans 3:23
  2. The payment for our sin is death. Romans 6:23
  3. But God...because he loved you so much sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to die in your place, for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead three days later. 1 Cor 15:1-42cor 5:21

All God asks is that you believe by faith alone in 1, 2, & 3. That you're a sinner, separated from God but God sent his Son to die for your sins, was buried & rose again 3 days later.

'that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. '

Romans 10:9

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