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Completely Conformed

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At rebirth believers are complete in salvation (we will never be more saved in our spirit than we are now), and in our spirit being we have been fully “conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom 8:29) via being “partakers of His divine nature” (2Pet 1:4), which in my understanding exists via the “new nature”; which new nature (“new man”) is created by the Spirit and in Whose image is Christ (Rom 8:29; Col 3:10).

Completely conformed in our spirit, but progressively conforming in our walk. The walk alters not the conformation but the comprehension of our conformation alters our walk!

This of course does not design the intention that the creature (man) becomes divine, but only as it is written—taking our part in being recipients of the provisions from the divine nature and not becoming divine, i.e. being holy, righteous, justified and sanctified—but never “divine.”

Being divine is reserved solely to the Trinity (Father, Son and Spirit), for possessing divinity requires never having had a beginning but has existed “from everlasting (eternity past) to everlasting” (eternity future).

The longer believers live in this life, the more they manifest this completeness—by their walk, which is unceasingly progressive in learning and appropriation (applying). The sole relation which the walk of the believer has with salvation is that of “justifying,” which in this sense means to manifest or display, and this parallels “by works a man is justified” (Jam 2:25), e.g. works show (manifest or display) one has been made righteous.

The other sense of “justify” is that which only the Lord Jesus effects (produces—Rom 3:24; 5:9; 8:30; 1Cor 6:11; Tit 3:7), which believers can only manifest but never produce (same as the branch only “bears” - Jhn 15:8, for only the vine produces). The manor of our walk will always be commensurate with the level at which is our understanding concerning our faith in Christ’s expiation, and of our comprehension concerning the completeness of our Father’s acceptance in Him!

Therefore, everyone born-again has been perfected in their spirit being, which will be fully manifested at the “Resurrection of the just” (Luk 14:14), due to the absence of the corruptible body and the sinful nature (“old man”). All that remains for believers here is to continue to mature in our “walk in the Spirit” (Gal 5:25), which God uses to glorify Himself and His Son, via strengthening the saved and drawing the lost!
 
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Therefore, everyone born-again has been perfected in their spirit being, which will be fully manifested at the “Resurrection of the just” (Luk 14:14), due to the absence of the corruptible body and the sinful nature (“old man”). All that remains for believers here is to continue to mature in our “walk in the Spirit” (Gal 5:25), which God uses to glorify Himself and His Son, via strengthening the saved and drawing the lost!
very well said brother,

could you possibly list some ways believers become more mature in there walk?

thanks
 
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very well said brother,

could you possibly list some ways believers become more mature in there walk?

thanks
Hi Dave, and thanks for your reply and question! What I've found to be the best for the last 40 years is re-reading the Word of God (esp. the NT). I mark where I leave off and that way not only do I have to decide where to read but I also take it all in. The more we are exposed to the Word, the more we can grow because since it's what God used to draw us, it's also what He uses to mature us.

If we're already sufficiently knowledgeable of the Word we still need the exposure for growth to continue to increase our dept of understanding, and the materials I share have been the best help for me the last 20 years or so because they are mostly from an era (1600-1800's) predating the recent increase of false doctrines.

Using a good Bible commentary is more significant than most know and without this resource it will be a very slow climb (I've been using early commentaries, such as John Gill and Albert Barnes).

God's blessings to your Family!
 
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Try reading at least one chapter out loud every day.

God lead me to a speaking one night and the Pastor speaking was totally walking in the Anointing of Christ.

He began talking how the Bible was meant to be read out loud and how it was in the beginning and how our minds stop wandering when we speak so as to pay attention.

He was right.
It really makes a huge difference.

Just wanted to share that.
Blessings
 
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@Dave M
Try reading at least one chapter out loud every day.

God lead me to a speaking one night and the Pastor speaking was totally walking in the Anointing of Christ.

He began talking how the Bible was meant to be read out loud and how it was in the beginning and how our minds stop wandering when we speak so as to pay attention.

He was right.
It really makes a huge difference.

Just wanted to share that.
Blessings
Hi W4F, and appreciate your reply and comment! Yes, I also believe that the more involved (speaking, writing, hearing) we are in our exposure to God's Word, the more the Spirit can use to "sear" it in our conscience!

Blessings!
 

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