Obedient Steps of Faith – BT24
Without faith, we won’t get the nature of the Holy Spirit like joy and peace from love
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Paul emphatically stated that the “kingdom of God is absolutely-in-fact-NOT a matter of eating or drinking but of righteousness and/coupled peace and/coupled joy by the means of the Holy Spirit” (a). We’ve already seen from Obedient Steps of Faith – BT2 and – BT17, Paul’s many arguments like this that our righteousness comes from Christ’s righteousness. It doesn’t come from obedience to OT commandments or Traditions of the Elders that expanded on them, but in trusting-relying-faith in Christ, “who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and/also holiness/sanctification and/coupled redemption” (b) “so that IN Him we might ginomai emerge-and-change-to-become the righteousness of/belonging-to God” (c). Again, being changed into the righteous (right-living) nature of Christ’s Spirit by holy-sanctification is not a 1-time event but a process just as soteria salvation is – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16 for enduring faith. It’s not set in stone, but it “might” happen, because though we “emerge” as “New Creations IN Him” the word “might” only implies the possibility of “becoming the righteousness of/belonging-to God.” Acquiring the holy/sanctified nature of God does require koinonia co-participation/fellowship with God! Because the Spirit of the Father and Son is infinitely gentle (d), He will not strong-arm us into His nature! <Notes> a) Romans 14:17, b) 1 Corinthians 1:30, c) 2 Corinthians 5:21, d) 2 Samuel 22:36; Psalms 18:35; Isaiah 40:11; Matthew 11:29; 2 Corinthians 10:1; 1 Corinthians 4:21; Galatians 5:23, 6:1.
Also notice from above that “peace kai and/coupled joy by the means of the Holy Spirit” are also both linked by the conjunction kai to “righteousness,” clearly indicating the emphasis on “right-living” that has nothing to do with OT dietary Laws! But Paul also clearly indicates that this “peace and/coupled joy” are the principle ‘flavors’ of the “[singular] fruit of the Spirit that presently/ongoingly IS-defined-as/exists-as Unconditional-Love” (a) and thus associates being “pleroo filled-to-completion with pas ALL ‘kinds/types of’ joy and/coupled peace in/by/with The Trusting-Relying-Faith eis toward-reaching-the-goal-of you to abound in/by/with The elpis Hope (b) by the means of [singular] dunamis enabling-power of/belonging-to [singular] Holy Spirit” (c). <Notes> a) Galatians 5:22, b) of the Christian Faith; elpis hope is trusting-relying-faith for future events, c) Romans 15:13.
Therefore, “righteousness and/coupled peace and/coupled joy” come ONLY from trusting-relying-faith in The Unconditional-Love of God shown through-the-realizing-channel-of Christ and by the means of His Holy Spirit (a). They come ONLY by the means of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of God through Jesus, “no longer on the basis of works” (b). <Notes> a) Romans 1:17, 3:5, 21-22, 5:5, 10:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 5:22-23, b) Romans 11:6.
You won’t find real peace without the Spirit through trusting-relying-faith! We saw that above but also in many other verses (a). Peace is actually “multiplied-to-capacity to you in/by/with [singular] genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God and/coupled of Jesus our Lord” (b). Peace comes from Unconditional-Love after having trusting-relying-faith (c). <Notes> a) Romans 8:6, 15:33, 16:20; Ephesians 4:3; 1 Corinthians 14:33; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Philippians 4:7, 9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:20, b) 2 Peter 1:2; cf. 1 Peter 1:2; Jude 1:2, c) Galatians 5:22; Luke 7:50, 8:48; Romans 5:1, 6:23; 2 Timothy 2:22; Titus 1:4.
Until we have reconciled-peace with God by the death of His Son (a), we remain ungodly sinners and enemies of God, alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, and thus under the feet of God, still under the condemnation of the world (b). The apostle Paul writes, “Therefore, since we have been justified (c) by trusting-relying-faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (d). If you are a “child in The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” you can also experience “unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and/coupled Christ Jesus our Lord” (e). <Notes> a) Romans 5:10; Colossians 1:22, b) James 4:4; Romans 5:6, 8; Colossians 1:21, Matthew 22:44; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:43; Acts 2:35; 1 Corinthians 15:25; Hebrews 1:13, 10:13; John 3:17-18; Mark 16:16, c) acquitted of the charges of sin against us, declared or made in right standing with God, d) Romans 5:1, e) 1 Timothy 1:2; Titus 1:4.
Christ is our Sabbath Rest, not Saturday or Sunday: “God rested on the 7th day from all His ergon ‘doings/works’ . . . Since therefore it remains for some to enter the rest [of God], and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of apeithes disobedience . . . So then, there remains a Sabbath Rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his ergon ‘doings/works’ just as God did from His . . . Let us therefore strive to enter that Rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of apeithes disobedience” (a). That’s why Jesus invited us: “Come to Me, all who toil and are heavily-burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and/coupled learn [directly] from Me for I am gentle and/coupled lowly in heart, and you will find rest for you souls, for My yoke is easy-to-do and/coupled My burden is feather/cloud-light to carry” (b). <Notes> a) Hebrews 4:5-6, 9, 10-11, b) Matthew 11:28-30.
“Going in peace” comes after healing which comes after trusting-relying-faith (a). Peace comes after joy which comes after Unconditional-Love, the [singular] fruit-essence-nature of the Holy Spirit (b). In fact, we are strongly urged to “presently/ongoingly flee youthful passions; Now [strongly urged to] presently/ongoingly dioko ‘aggressively chase like a hunter pursuing a catch’ righteousness, trusting-relying-faith, unconditional-love, [and] peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a katharos ‘purged, clean, pure, unmixed – similar to holy’ heart” (c). <Notes> a) Mark 5:34; Luke 7:50; 8:48, b) Galatians 5:22; with agape love: Romans 1:7; 2 Corinthians 13:11; 2 John 1:3; Jude 1:2; 1 Peter 5:14; with faith, love: 2 Timothy 2:22; Ephesians 6:23, cf. Psalms 85:10, c) 2 Timothy 2:22.
You won’t find real joy without the Spirit through trusting-relying-faith! We saw that above, so do you also want to be one of these “disciples that pleroo filled-to-completion of/belonging-to joy and/coupled [singular] Holy Spirit” (a). “Joy of the Holy Spirit” comes from Unconditional-Love after having trusting-relying-faith (b), but there is also a “joy of/belonging-to The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” (c). This is how Jesus was able to face the cross: Jesus “had routinely set before Himself joy to humomeno patiently-endure-under-trial the cross, despising the shame” (d). <Notes> a) Acts 13:52, b) 1 Thessalonians 1:6; Galatians 5:22; Matthew 25:21, 23, c) Philippians 1:25, d) Hebrews 12:2.
Likewise, Peter says of the suffering Jewish-Christians in 1 Peter 1:4-9, “God “has given us a new birth into a living elpis hope (faith for the future) . . . into an inheritance . . . it is reserved in heaven for you, which is kept-guarded by the means of [singular] enabling-power of God through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith toward-reaching salvation to be revealed in the last time. In/by/with this you presently agalliao joyfully leap/exalt, although you are now having to suffer for a short time in various trials in order that the dokimion tested/proven genuineness of your trusting-relying-faith, more precious than gold, this routinely apollumi being permanently destroyed through-the-realizing-channel-of fire though routinely being dokimazo refined-to-pass-the-test-as-genuine [so that it] may be heurisko discovered-after-searching [that it is] toward-and-reaches epainos praise and/coupled glory and/coupled honor when Christ is revealed. [Until then], although you have in-possibility-NOT horao mentally observed/perceived-to-know/discern Him [as many Jews who physically saw Jesus], you actually, ongoingly are unconditionally-loving Him and/coupled although you are not in possibility now routinely horao observed/perceived-known/discerned Him, you nevertheless are routinely having trusting-relying-faith, agalliao joyfully leaping/exalting with inexpressible chara joy/delight and/coupled already have been [with ongoing results] routinely been rendered/esteemed glorious, presently/ongoing obtaining the outcome/end-goal of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith, the salvation of your souls (a).” After the jailer’s household was water-baptized after hearing the gospel logos message from Paul and Silas, “they agalliao joyfully leaped/exalted having already had [with ongoing results] trusting-relying-faith in God with all his household” (b). <Notes> a) psyche: mind, emotions, will – see Identity, b) Acts 16:30-34.