Saturday, January 30, 2016
¿Personal Relationship? or Common Salvation??
Today I would like to explore the idea of having a 'personal,' relationship with Christ.
To stand on: God stopped speaking with men directly because of the foolishness of the Children of Israel from after He spoke the 10 commandments. Exodus 20:1-20 (they did not want to hear the voice of God they requested that Moses speak with them... Jesus was the answer to that request!)
Now on to the Epistle of St. Jude:
"Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." Jude 1:1-3
A 'common salvation,' he wrote.
Personal and Common are not synonymous.
Personal, is when something affects or is designed towards a particular person rather than a anyone else.
Common on the other hand, is defined as: belonging to, open to, or affecting the whole of a community or the public.
Salvation Cannot be thru a personal relationship, and yet be called, "Common ."
《Based purely on logic, the premise of a needing to have a personal relationship is an Oxymoron!》
Let us also check out the Apostle Paul who worked hard to keep the church under 1 gospel thru the resistance of some Gentile converts.
"Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the COMMONWEALTH OF ISRAEL, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;" Ephesians 2:11-13, 18-19
The commonwealth of Israel! There's a phrase I'd be willing to bet, 90% of all Christians have Never heard. If you're not apart of this commonwealth, you remain an alien and stranger. However, when you follow Christ (the Real Christ), you are no more strangers and foreigners but fellow citizens of the household of God.
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