Purpose of the Bible and Grace
The Bible is a spiritual book to be spiritually understood and applied by the HolySpirit (1 Co2), instructing the natural man how to become a totally new spiritual creation, thereby becoming spiritually related to and empowered by God the Father who is in heaven so we may live as children of God. The Bible calls this grace .
This is basically the content of the Lord's Prayer (Lk 11:1-13) and the teaching of Paul in (Rm 8, 12:1-2, 1 Co2, 2 Co5:7,17, Eph 2:8-10).
Peter ends his second letter with the words "But grow in grace, spiritual strength and recognition and knowledge and understanding of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, honor, majesty and splendor both now and to the day of eternity, Amen." (Amplified).
The result of this transformation by grace is a transformed being who then lives according to the teachings of Jesus on the sermon of the mount (Mt 5-7), being spiritually matured by the power / grace of God from faith to faith. This is how Paul defined the gospel (Rm 1:16-17). Failure to become spiritually transformed leads to a spiritually unfruitful life with no spiritual fruit or rewards; only the expectation of being saved, yet by fire (1 Co 3).
Jesus taught that we are condemned or justified according to our words (Mt 12:31-37). Paul distinguishes these words as whether they are humanly or spiritually taught and revealed (1 Co 2:13-14). Upon being spiritually awakened, or what Jesus called being "born again", we can begin this spiritual journey of spiritual transformation into a new creation of and by God our Father in heaven.
© by George Blasy 2016. Used by permission.
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