Obedient Steps of Faith – BT21:  Faith & love commandments only possible by the Holy Spirit’s Power

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT21:  Faith & love commandments only possible by the Holy Spirit’s Power



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See also Only 2 Commandments – BT7


Paul said:  “Trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love are [located] IN Christ (a) and “Peace . . . and/coupled unconditional-love meta ‘changed after being with’ trusting-relying-faith [coming] apo away-from God [singular] Father and/coupled [singular] Lord Jesus Christ” (b).  The NT’s only 2 commandments can only be done by the enabling-power of the Holy Spirit see Only 2 Commandments – BT7.  That’s why Paul proseuchomai conversationally-prays that God would grant Christians the Holy Spirit’s supernatural, enabling-power in our inner man so that Christ might permanently-inhabit in your hearts dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith (c). <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 1:14; 2 Timothy 1:13, b) Ephesians 6:23, c) Ephesians 3:14-17.


We each are given the EQUAL measure of The Christian Faith.  Paul says in Romans 12:3-10: “that everyone among you are NOT-in-possibility to think of themselves more highly than they ought to think, but instead to think with a sophroneo temperate/sound mind, each kata down-from/according-to a [singular] metron measuring-cup of/belonging-to (genitive of possession) [singular] Trusting-Relying-Faith (The Christian Faith) that God has already merizo ‘measured out into a distinguishable portion’.”


In those times the metron “measuring-cup” measured a standard EQUAL portion of grain or whatever that was being sold to insure fairness and equity for all – a quart is a quart for everyone!  It was also a weighting-mechanism used to insure that their scales were “balanced” or fair, one side EQUAL with the other (a).  But that’s not what a lot of churchmen believe – they believe they either got a bigger measure than the cup could hold or maybe they got multiple cups or that there different cup some bigger than others, even though no scriptures support this idea!


Instead God is the One who has distributed to each one of us so that Body-ministry is balanced, EQUAL, and thus fair and equitable – this is the basic idea of dikaiosis “justification” for “God’s krino judgments are always dikaios just/equitable” (b).  He is not measuring out VARIOUS portions of trusting-relying-faith with this metron device as too many translations erroneously imply.  The ‘genitive of possession’ means the metron measuring-cup belongs to a “[singular] Trusting-Relying-Faith,” which up until this verse is Paul’s way of referring to The Christian Faith, those living under the “Law of Faith” rather than any other religion or philosophy’s trusting-relying-faith in their writings, etc. (c), which is akin to Jude 1:3’s “The Trusting-Relying-Faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.”  <Notes> a) Matthew 7:2, 23:32; Mark 4:24; Luke 6:38; John 3:34; Romans 12:3; 2 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 4:7, 13, 16; Revelations 21:15, 17, b) Revelation 15:3, 16:7, 19:2; cf. Psalms 111:7 [just-judgment: mishpat, krino], 119:137, c) Roman 1:5, 8, 12, 16-17, 3:21-22, 25-28, 31, 5:1-2, 9:30, 32, 10:6, 8, 17, 11:20.


It is NOT the nature of a dikaios just or “impartial” (a) God to merizo measure-out DIFFERENT portions to each of His people – that’s what the “robbers and thieves” were doing in the Temple that Jesus drove out (b) – but an EQUAL portion to each.  Furthermore, the Holy Spirit’s characteristic/flavor of “faith/faithfulness” (c) is from the whole Person of the Spirit and thus not a force or substance – Christians get the whole Person, not pieces of Him!  That’s the EQUALITY in mind!  <Notes> a) Deuteronomy 10:17; 2 Chronicles 19:7; Luke 20:21; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Galatians 2:6; cf. 1 Timothy 5:21, b) Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46; John 2:16, c) Galatians 5:22.


That’s why many scholars think, as I do, that in Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace (feminine) you have been saved dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of [feminine] trusting-relying-faith” (feminine), and/coupled THIS (neuter) absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek ‘out-from’ yourselves; [it is] the doron ‘uncaused or un-coerced gift’ of God, absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from [your] ergon ‘doings/works’ in order that in-possibility-NOT one [person] may boast,” it is NOT the faith or the grace that is the gift of God because the genders do not match, but the entire phrase “saved . . . faith.”  The entire soteria salvation “process of being delivered, rescued, and restored to wholeness” is a “doron ‘uncaused or un-coerced gift’ of God” and not the result of us earning favor as a conditional, merited wage due us (a). <Notes> a) Romans 4:4.


The very definition of charisunconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” means “unconditional, unmerited, undeserved, and unearned.”  That’s why we can’t “boast” even of our trusting-relying-faith, and thus the reason Paul says in Romans 12:3 to “NOT-in-possibility think of yourself more highly than you ought to think.”  Body-Ministry grace-gifts all part of God’s “doron ‘uncaused or un-coerced gift’ to us!  And I believe this is because the metron “measuring-cup” merizo measures-out EQUAL portions of the SAME grace-gift of the Spirit belonging-to The-Trusting-Relying-Faith, The Christian Faith, IN Christ to us all EQUALLY, because we all have the SAME whole Person of the Holy Spirit!  With the Spirit, we all have EQUAL access to ‘flavors’ of the Spirit’s Unconditional-Love including faith/faithfulness per Galatians 5:22-23.  That’s not what makes us different!


Additionally, although the AMOUNT of the Spirit’s Grace-Gifts from the whole person of the Spirit doesn’t differ, the praxis FUNCTION in us individually does!  Paul continues in Romans 12:3-10, “For just as in one [physical] body we have many members and/coupled the members do absolutely-in-fact-NOT all have the same praxis function (a), so that we, though many [members], are One Body in Christ, and/thus individually members reciprocally of/belonging to one of another.  Having charismata grace-gifts that are diaphoros different-in-kind (not amount) kata ‘down-from or according-to’ the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace didomi ‘bestowed upon us’ (as a gift; see note ‘a’) to us, let us USE them:  prophecy kata ‘down-from or according-to’ the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace didomi ‘bestowed upon us’ (as a gift; see note ‘a’) to analogia ‘move from one point of logical reasoning up to another’ of/belonging-to The-Trusting-Relying-Faith, or service-ministry [then use it] by-the-means-of The Service-Ministry . . . [list of other grace-gifts for Body-Ministry with the same ‘if then use it’ format] . . . [Let] unconditional-love be unupokritos ‘un-hypocritical, thus sincere’ . . . devoted to one another by-the-means-of philadelphia brethren-love, proegeomai ‘leading the way by example’ by-the-means-of honoring reciprocally of/belonging to one another.”  That’s the solution to wanna-be leaders thinking too highly of themselves who want to hog the ball from verse Romans 12:3 above!  <Notes> a) as a gift:  cf. Matthew 4:9, 7:11 19:21; Luke 1:32, 11:13, 12:32; Ephesians 4:8; Psalms 67:19; Acts 24:26.


It’s NOT The-Trusting-Relying-Faith that is different, or even our metron ‘measuring-cup amount’ of it, or even the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace didomi ‘bestowed upon us’ (as a gift; see ‘a’ above), and neither are the grace-gifts by quantity any different, because by definition they simply kata “come down-from” [singular] undeserved, unmerited, unearned, unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace.  We each get the whole person of the Holy Spirit and the same quantity of the Spirit’s grace-gifts!  What is diaphoros different-in-kind, just as there are diaphoros different-in-kind members in a body, is the praxis function of each of the Spirit’s grace-gift<Notes> a) praxis: functions, implying sustained activities, deeds, and/or responsibilities – see Matthew 16:27; Luke 23:51; Acts 19:18; Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:9.


These different “functions” correspond to the diaphoros different-in-kind charismatagrace-gifts.”  The Greek word charismata comes from charis, which is our word for unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace. These “grace-gifts” are given to us solely by the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of God, by the Spirit of God, thus the term “grace-gifts,” to carry out God’s will in His Church.  So much is written about these Spirit’sgrace-endowments” in the NT (a), but one thing is clear about them – they absolutely have nothing to do with our personal “might and power” or fleshly talents, skills, dedication, and service, or that God likes or loves any one of us more or less than another.  If any of this were true, the grace-gift would no longer be unmerited, unearned, undeserved, or unconditional – see Grace-Gifts. <Notes> a) Romans 1:1, 5:15-16, 6:23, 11:29, 12:6; 1 Corinthians 1:7, 7:7, 12:4, 9, 28, 30, 31; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6; 1 Peter 4:10.




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Spiritual Education, Faith & Love commandments only possible by Holy Spirit’s power, Equal measure of Grace and The Spirit of The Christian Faith so God is Impartial, Spirit is a person so everybody gets the whole with it EQUAL access to Faith/Faithfulness, Some people are ambitious to hog the ball but this isn’t Body-Ministry, The amount of Spirit’s grace-gifts doesn’t vary either, The function of the grace-gifts vary, All God’s gifts of Spirit nature & functions are by grace so not based on our merit

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