THOUGHTS TRUE SALVATION

# FREEDOM FROM RELIGIOUS MINDSETS

THREE PRINCIPLES TO GRASP -

 

MAN IS THREE DIMENSIONAL:

 

* MAN HAS A SPIRIT -

 

THE SPIRIT OF MAN IS CREATED AS THE DWELLING PLACE OF GOD -

 

* MAN IS A SOUL -

 

THE SOUL OF MAN IS IN ESSENCE WHO YOU ARE AS A PERSON - YOUR CHARACTER, NATURE AND UNIQUE PERSONALITY ALL FORM A PART OF YOUR SOUL (WHO YOU ARE), AND SO DOES YOUR BELIEFS, THOUGHTS, ACTIONS, WORDS AND  BEHAVIOUR.

 

* MAN LIVES IN  A BODY -

 

THE BODY RESPONDS TO THE SOUL IN PRODUCING WHATEVER THE SOUL IS CONTROLLED BY - GOOD OR EVIL. ESSENTIALLY THE BODY BEARS THE FRUIT OF EITHER RIGHTEOUS OR UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

 

 

 

------------------------------------------ THE SPIRIT

 

 

 

- THE SPIRIT OF MAN IS WHAT IS BORN-AGAIN, BY RECEIVING THE LIFE AND PRESENCE OF GOD.

 

THIS IS THE GRACE WORK OF GOD THAT NOTHING CAN BE ADDED OR TAKEN AWAY FROM.

 

"No one is able to come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me attracts and draws him and gives him the desire to come to Me" - John 6:44

 

 

IT IS THE OPEN DOOR OR OPPORTUNITY THAT WE ARE GRANTED BY HIS GRACE, WHERE THE "LIGHTS ARE SWITCHED ON" AND WHERE OUR SPIRIT COMES ALIVE WITH GOD'S SPIRIT, TO BE ABLE TO SEE OUR SINFUL STATE, TO RECOGNISE HIS HOLINESS AND TO COME TO REPENTANCE AS A RESPONSE TO HIS GIFT OF GRACE TOWARD US, WHERE WE YIELD OUR LIVES UNTO HIM (GIVE OURSELVES UNCONDITIONALLY IN OBEDIENCE TO HIS WILL) TO BE WASHED AND CLEANSED BY HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST THROUGH HIS SACRIFICE ON THE CROSS.

 

 

"Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot  SEE (ORIGINAL LANGUAGE - HE HAS NO REVELATION INTO) the kingdom of God.” - John 3:3

 

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. - John 3:5

 

 

 

------------------------------------------ THE SOUL

 

 

 

- THE SOUL IS OUR NATURAL BEING CONSISTING AND IS THE PART OF US IN NEED OF SALVATION. GOD COMES TO LIVE IN OUR SPIRIT IN ORDER TO SAVE OUR SOUL AND TO SANCTIFY OUR BODY.

 

FROM THE MOMENT WE RESPOND TO GOD'S WORK OF GRACE WITHIN US, WE CHOOSE TO GIVE OURSELVES TO HIM FOR HIM TO INFLUENCE US WITH ALL THAT HE IS AND TO TRANSFORM US INTO HIS LIKENESS.

 

WHEN WE YIELD OURSELVES TO THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN US (DWELLING IN OUR SPIRIT), OUR SOUL WILL BE INFLUENCED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD AND WE WILL BE TRANSFORMED INTO HIS LIKENESS IN HAVING OUR MIND RENEWED AND OUR ENTIRE BEING INFLUENCED  OR FLOODED WITH HIS BEING TO GROW INTO EVERYTHING HE IS IN HIS CHARACTER, NATURE & PERSONALITY.

 

THIS PROCESS OF DAILY BEING TRANSFORMED IS CALLED "SALVATION" -  OR BEING SAVED AND IT IS WHAT IS REFERRED TO  AS "WORKING OUT YOUR SALVATION" BY ALLOWING THE HOLY SPIRIT TO GUIDE YOU, TEACH  YOU AND TRANSFORM YOU ON A DAILY BASIS AS YOU GROW INTO THE CHARACTER, THE NATURE AND THE PERSONALITY OF GOD.

 

OUR SALVATION IS WORKED OUT IN US TO THE MEASURE THAT WE ARE WILLING TO YIELD (GIVE OURSELVES) TO THE HOLY SPIRIT TO TRANSFORM US INTO NEW CREATION BEINGS, LIVING IN HARMONY WITH HIS PRESENCE WITHIN US.

 

 

 

------------------------------------------ THE BODY

 

 

 

- THE BODY IS WHERE WE BEAR FRUIT IN OUR ACTIONS, WORDS, THOUGHTS AND BEHAVIOUR.

 

THE BODY IN ITSELF HAS NO DECISION MAKING POWER - IT MERELY RESPONDS TO WHOEVER CONTROLS OUR SOUL. WHEN OUR SOUL IS YIELDED TO THE INFLUENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (BY BEING SAVED), OUR BODY RESPONDS IN BEARING RIGHTEOUS THOUGHTS, RIGHTEOUS ACTIONS AND RIGHTEOUS BEHAVIOUR - BEING INFLUENCED WITH GOD'S CHARACTER, NATURE AND PERSONALITY.

 

WHEN WE WALK IN THE FLESH (LIVE IN HARMONY WITH OUR NATURAL AND CARNAL DESIRES), BEING INFLUENCED BY OUR OWN PASSIONS AND BEING LED BY THE WILL TO GRATIFY WHAT SERVES TO PLEASE OUR FLESH - THE BODY RESPONDS WITH WORKS OF SIN AND UNRIGHTEOUSNESS (UNRIGHTEOUS FRUIT).

SPIRIT

SOUL

BODY

Needs to be

Born-Again

Needs to be Saved

Needs to be

Sanctified

God's Domain

Your Nature, Character

& Personality

Bears the fruit of the soul in manifested words & deeds

 

------------------------------------------ SALVATION - A WORK OF RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR SPIRIT, SOUL & BODY

 

 

 

"I pray that God, who gives peace, will make you completely holy. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept healthy and faultless (BE SANCTIFIED) until our Lord Jesus Christ returns." - 1 Thessalonians 5:23

 

 

- GOD INTENDED TO SAVE AND TO PERFECT THE ENTIRE MAN.

 

HE DID NOT WANT TO PERFECT ONLY THE SPIRIT OF MAN, BUT ALSO SAVE AND SANCTIFY HIS SOUL AND SANCTIFY HIS BODY ALSO. FOR THIS WORK THE HOLY SPIRIT NEEDED TO BECOME A PART OF US, INDWELLING US, SO THAT HE MAY INFLUENCE OUR LIVES DAILY WITH ALL WHO GOD IS IN PERSON, THEREBY TRANSFORMING US FROM LIVING AS NATURAL MEN AND WOMEN, CONTROLLED BY THE CARNAL INFLUENCE OF THE WORLD WE WERE BORN INTO - TO BECOME MEN AND WOMEN WHO WALK IN THE SPIRIT, BEING LED, TAUGHT AND TRANSFORMED INTO THE VERY CHARACTER, NATURE AND PERSONALITY OF GOD HIMSELF. THIS PROCESS LEADS TO OUR BODIES PRODUCING THE FRUIT WORTHY OF REPENTANCE!

 

SALVATION THEN HAS TO BE UNDERSTOOD AS A PROCESS WHEREBY WE YIELD OURSELVES TO LIVE IN HARMONY AND IN UNION WITH CHRIST EVERY DAY, ALLOWING HIM TO GUIDE AND DIRECT US IN HIS WAY, AND TO TRANSFORM US INWARDLY BY HIS SPIRIT WITHIN, TO BE CHANGED INTO HIS LIKENESS AND BECOME THE VERY EXPRESSION OF HIS GRACE-WORK IN US, AS SONS OF HIS SPIRIT IN THE EARTH - FULLY MIRRORING HIS PRESENCE AS HE FORMS HIMSELF IN US.

 

THE PURPOSE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN US IS TO INFLUENCE US , TO INFUSE OUR CHARACTER WITH HIS CHARACTER. TO INFLUENCE OUR NATURE WITH HIS NATURE AND TO INFUSE OUR PERSONALITY WITH HIS PERSONALITY - WE HAVE BEEN BORN-AGAIN TO LIFE IN UNION WITH THE SPIRIT OF OUR FATHER, AND WE ARE SAVED TO BE RECONCILED WITH HIM TO BECOME HIS LIVING EXPRESSION IN THE EARTH -

 

WE ARE SONS TESTIFYING TO HIS LIFE!

 

SALVATION IS NEVER A ONCE OFF EVENT - RATHER IT IS A DAILY PROCESS THAT UNFOLDS INSIDE OF US. THE SAME IS TRUE FOR CHRIST GROWING IN US, AS WE ARE JOINED TOGETHER WITH HIM -

 

JESUS SAID - "WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING!"

 

WE REMAIN DEPENDANT UPON HIM FOR HIM EVERY DAY AS WE ARE BEING BROUGHT INTO HARMONY WITH OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.

 

 

- Johann van der Hoven

 

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