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Christ Gave Us Everything

June 5, 2017

Greetings,

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.  Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”                  2 Peter 1: 3-4

In Christ we are made totally complete and we lack nothing we need for life and godliness.  His divine power equips us to face life head on and grow in grace and knowledge during the process.  Knowing Jesus is all we really need in this life.  He builds on this knowledge and makes us whole, complete and mature.  This knowing is not just a simple head knowledge; it is intimate and deep.  It is to know Him as in touching and experiencing Him in all His fullness and glory.  His sheep literally hear His voice and obey.

Everything we need is found in Him.  We do not need a Pastor or anyone else to lead or teach us.  Christ Himself via the Holy Spirit will disciple and train us to become whatever He desires us to be.  Sure it is great when brothers or sisters come alongside us to encourage us in our walk and faith, but only He is our source and fulfillment.  Having healthy peer relationships is awesome, but make sure that no person ever takes a place over us; because that position is for Christ and Christ alone.

If Christ is our only Head and Leader…. He will reveal to us and in us the totality of His great and precious promises and by these promises we are able to participate in the Divine nature.  How awesome is that?  Christ in us…The Hope of Glory! Surrender to His Leading and pursue Him in His fullness and all things shall be revealed for and in us.  Being in Christ is all we ever need. However, even in Him sometimes I struggle, but when I stumble He always picks me up.  Today and always I shall seek His Face and no other.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

p.s.  So watch out and beware of people who say that we NEED them or their teaching or anything else other than Christ alone in this life. You don’t need to buy anyone’s books, tapes, or videos.  If Jesus is your Head and you are connected to the pure and simple Body of Christ that is more than enough for life and godliness until HE returns and leads us into Glory.

 

 

 

 

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14 Comments
  1. How perfectly beautiful, Christopher. Such a reassurance, such a challenge. I appreciate how you draw out of scriptures the reality that we stand in direct relationship to our Lord Jesus by the holy Spirit and that no one can take that place without interfering with our relationship to Him.

    Thanks brother!

    Win

    • Win, thank you so much for you confirmation and encouragement. I appreciate you brother!

  2. tom ball permalink

    To deeply know Jesus may also require prayerful and conscientious engagement with the Bible, and the nurturing guidance of those a bit farther along the path than we. “Forsake not assembling yourselves together, as the heathens do. Paul himself appointed pastors and teachers etc. to help guide the church. The solo Christian relying on his own understanding of who God is and what God likes, may like the single branch in the campfire flame, smolder out if removed from the rest of the sticks in the fire. Perhaps.

    • Yes Tom, using the bible as led by the Spirit is quite important to our growth in Christ. WE also need one another in the Body of CHrist, even those gifted pastorally. We need helpful guides, but not rulers.

    • "BK" permalink

      Hi, Tom. I use the campfire analogy myself….love it. I have seen in the scriptures how elders were brought and prayed over but haven’t been able to find where it was pastors and teachers specifically? They were called overSEERS so they kept watch over but I could never find where they were overRULERS. Small point to some but kind of big for me. In the verse you mention in Hebrews 13 it does say ‘admonishing one another’ instead of listen to the pastor or teacher. Again, not so big to some but a point I find important. Again, I do agree we need the members of the body to build itself in love. I know we know Christopher does too! Love, “BK”

  3. Rich Chamberlin permalink

    Actually, he says ALL words ( promises) he gave us were given TO HIM by his father. Me thinks our failure to remember/ appreciate this point may help explain our ineffectiveness

  4. Judy Baker permalink

    To know Jesus as your savior and have a relationship with him is awesome. He is the Head of our preaching work and Jehovah God only listens to our prayers through him ..as he is perfect. As God’s only begotten Son ( the only one created by God alone, the rest were created by Jesus and His Father) Jesus has the closest relationship with His Father. They are one in agreement of all things. To see how Jesus so loved the ones His Father gave him is evident by his last recorded prayer at John 17 before his death. How he poured his heart out to His Father to watch over the ones He gave him because of the wicked one here on earth and Jesus willingly came to earth to be born a human and give his perfect life a ransom for our lives shows how much Jesus loves mankind. And Jehovah for allowing His Beloved Son to go through such torture after suffering & teaching so many of His Fathers Love and forgiveness by example..brought me closer to knowing Jehovah… and I have to say .. opened my heart and mind to a love and deep appreciation for both. I never knew God had a name until I read it at Psalms 83 :18, Exodus 6:3, Isaiah 12:2 ; 26:4. All I had been taught was about Jesus. It opened my eyes heart and mind to draw close to both ..learn about them .. and it answered all my questions. Then to receive the Holy Spirit helping guiding directing is so powerful. The peace that excels all thought .. . For me personally it took Jesus and His Father along with His Holy Spirit to truly awaken me

    • Thank you for that testimony Judy. I am glad to have The Father, Jesus His Son and the Holy Spirit in the core of my very being.

  5. "BK" permalink

    I like the verse in Ephesians 3 that says God is “above all, through all and in you all….”. I think you deal with two things here that are different in my eyes. One is those who demand your ‘need’ for them and their input into your life; and the other is your need to hear when God speaks through someone (even a ‘pastor’). I totally agree on not being snared or intimidated on those who make the demand. I believe if I am submitting to one who Christ is speaking to me through then for that moment I am ‘under’ them….but not THEM but God Who is speaking through them. When the speaking is done, the ‘submission’ is done. Hoping that makes some bit of sense. Love, “BK”

    • Makes total sense in the Spirit BK.

      • "BK" permalink

        Yes because when we take it out of the realm of Spirit and convert it to law it is death. In the Spirit we all WANT to submit one to another in and out of love. Hierarchy never works. Never has, never will. Love, “BK”

      • Hierarchy never works! That is right BK! Let the freedom of Christ reign and ring!

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