Dear Friend in Christ,
Paul’s scriptural journey to growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior is provided in letter form below.
Dear Friend in Christ,
Jesus Christ is the end of the Law, so that there may be Righteousness for everyone who believes. This was by grace, it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. Don’t you know my dear friend that you yourself are God’s temple and that God’s spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that His life may be revealed in our mortal body.
Therefore, if you are in Christ, you are a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! When God, who set me apart from birth and called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him to the Gentiles, I did not consult any man. I know for certain that I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!
Please listen, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, what truly counts is a new creation. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength.
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. To this end I labor, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me.
Remember you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it through you.
– Apostle Paul
Now that’s an illumination of a revelation.
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