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Now what happened?
You were sealed into the Church, the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. Eph. 1:13 - “In whom you also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.”
You received a new nature. II Cor. 5:17: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”
We now have two natures - the old sinful nature, plus the new nature. After we get our new bodies, we will no longer have the old nature that is constantly trying to pull us back. Praise God for that!
Now through the Holy Spirit, Christ lives in you. Col. 2:20 - “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”
Who is Christ? God - the Son. Where is he? - In your heart. Then, is there anything impossible for you? NO! Because Christ (God) is in you. Gal. 1:27 - “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Phil. 4:13 -“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
Christ is now your Savior, and had saved you from an eternity of Hell.
Now He wants to become your Lord, and he becomes that when you yield your body, soul, and spirit to Him. God desires to have nothing but His will in your life. Romans 12:1 - “I beseech you therefore, brethern, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice holy acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service.”
Let’s review again what it takes for a Christian to grow from a babe in Christ to a mature Christian. II Peter 3:18 - “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ...”
(1) Our first point of growth to become a mature Christian is Food - Reading and studying the Bible; first the milk of the Word (the easy things); then the meat (on to the more difficult things) such as our next lesson will be; future events.
Only Christians can understand the Bible, because we have the Holy Spirit as our teacher. I Cor. 2:14 – “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto Him; neither can be know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Make it a practice to read some of the Bible everyday, preferably in the morning before the rush of the world gets to you.
I suggest for the new Christian to read first of all the Gospels of John then the Epistles, Ephesians, Phillipians, Colossians; then the entire New Testament; then the whole Bible. It is good to set a goal to read the Bible through at least once a year. This is the only book that never grows old. There is always something new for you each time you read it. Daily read: 3 chapters in the Old Testament, 2 chapters in the New Testament. This will take you through the Bible in one year.
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