Obedient Steps of Faith – BT24: Faith required for Holy Spirit’s nature of Love with Joy & Peace
Obedient Steps of Faith – BT24: Faith required for Holy Spirit’s nature of Love with Joy & Peace
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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). <Notes> a) Romans 14:17, b) 1 Corinthians 1:30, c) 2 Corinthians 5:21.
Again, being changed into the righteous nature (right-living) of Christ’s Holy 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 from the waters” as a “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 our choice to routinely/habitually have a koinonia relationship with God! Because the Spirit of the Father and Son is infinitely gentle (a), He will not strong-arm us into living out His nature! <Notes> a) 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 coupler kai to “righteousness,” clearly indicating the emphasis on “right-living” that has nothing to do with OT dietary Laws! However, Paul also clearly indicates that this “peace and/coupled joy” are the principle ‘flavors’ of the “[singular] fruit/essence/nature 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 ‘of a kind/type/class of’ joy and/coupled peace in/by/with The Trusting-Relying-Faith (The Christian Faith) eis ‘toward-reaching-the-goal-of you’ to abound in/by/with The elpis Hope (The Christian Hope of glorification) (b)” to “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 thru-the-realizing-channel-of Christ and only 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 and only thru 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 is a “flavor” that comes from tasting the singular fruit of 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). <Notes> a) Hebrews 4:5-6, 9, 10-11.
That’s why Jesus invited all of us: “Come to Me, all who toil and are heavily-burdened [from 613 commandments of the Law], and I will give you rest. Take My yoke (training-harness) upon you and/coupled learn-the-essentials [directly] from Me for I am gentle and/coupled lowly in heart, and/thus you will find rest for you souls, for My yoke is chrestos ‘custom-fit, tailor-made, so comfortable and productive’ and/coupled My burden [of commandments] is feather/cloud-light to carry” (a). The cart can effectively be pulled by a novice horse yoked to an expert horse, but only if the straps and buckles properly fit – see only 2 commandments integrated into 1 per 1 John 3:23. <Notes> a) 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 were 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” (The Christian Faith) (c). This is how Jesus was able to face the cross: Jesus “had routinely/habitually ‘placed as substitution before the eyes to see’ Himself joy to humomeno ‘patiently-endure-under-trial/persecution’ 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 dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith eis ‘toward and reaching the goal of’ 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 [the impurities] routinely/habitually apollumi ‘being permanently destroyed’ dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of fire de indeed/moreover routinely/habitually being dokimazo ‘refined/purified-to-pass-the-test-as-genuine’ [so that it] may be heurisko discovered-after-investigation/scrutiny [that it is] eis ‘toward and reaching the goal of’ epainos praise and/coupled glory and/coupled honor when Christ is revealed.”
Peter continues: [Until then], although you have in-possibility-NOT horao [physically] observed/perceived-known/discerned Him [as many Jews who physically saw Jesus], you actually, ongoingly are unconditionally-loving Him and/coupled although you are in-possibility-NOT now routinely/habitually horao [physically] observed/perceived-known/discerned Him, you nevertheless are routinely/habitually having trusting-relying-faith, agalliao joyfully leaping/exalting with inexpressible chara joy/delight and/coupled already have been [with ongoing results] routinely/habitually rendered/esteemed glorious, presently/ongoing obtaining the outcome/end-goal of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith (The Christian Faith), the salvation of your souls (a).” The Holy Spirit joy was testifying to their obtaining salvation! <Notes> a) psyche: mind, emotions, will – see Identity.
Similarly, 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). They evidently got Spirit-baptized! <Notes> a) psyche: mind, emotions, will – see Identity, b) Acts 16:30-34.
Spiritual Education, Faith required for Holy Spirit’s nature of Love with Joy Peace Faithfulness and Self-Control, Holiness or Sanctification is a process like Salvation requiring enduring faith, Godliness or Holiness comes only by the Holy Spirit thru relationship by habitual faith, We can leap with Joy by the Holy Spirit