My friends, sadly much of what
circulates regarding the Christian experience and the path to
fullness in the Lord Jesus Christ is at best
distraction and at worse, heresy. This has always been so it
seems, even from the evidence of Scripture. In this
regard, I have listed what (in my opinion anyway) are some essential
resources that will aid us in following our Lord faithfully and truthfully
in this pathless wilderness, onward to the hope that is set before us -
His Glorious Coming in His Kingdom.
Now many of these
writings are meat indeed, and will perhaps challenge many of your
assumptions regarding the faith once delivered. Please don't suffer the
temptation to reject them speedily because they might not line up with all
you have been taught, or that which you old dear. Spend some time here and
you will begin to recognize certain themes coming into view - Jesus first
and only as the living way to righteousness and blessing, the imperative of
following the narrow path, an emphasis on the coming of the Lord, and our
coming out of this present world, The Kingdom of the Heavens and our hope
therein, the judgment of the saints, the imperative for us to revisit and
study the Old Testament types for a more complete view of God's plans and
purposes, in the Scripture's pronounced emphasis on sanctification (walking
in faith and righteousness as a new creation in Christ) over and beyond
regeneration (becoming a new creation in Christ through the regeneration of
the spirit - being born from above).
It is my sense that the Church of Jesus
Christ has largely abandoned these essential themes to its spiritual peril.
We must place the importance and emphasis only where our Lord places it in
His Word, not on what might appeal to man's ticklish ears or children's
desire for the warm flowing milk of an easy Christianity.
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