“Our Responsibility As Believers”
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me.” (Phil. 4:13) Who can do all things? “Why, God can, of course!” some might say. And that’s true. God can do all things. But that is not what that verse we quoted says! It says that “I can do all things.” You need to see that you have the responsibility to do the things that the Word of God says that you can do. “But, Brother Bill”, some might say, “I don’t have the strength or ability to do ‘all things!'” The Word didn’t say to use your strength or ability, it said to do all things through Christ which strengthenth us. Whose strength? Jesus’! Whose ability? His! Not ours! Notice Eph. 4:10, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” Who is to be strong? YOU! How are you to be strong? In the power of His might! Notice once again, it is your responsibility to be strong, not God’s! Too many Christians are asking God, “Why don’t You do something in my behalf?” God has already done something for you. He sent His Son, Jesus, to the cross for you. He shed His blood for you, what else does it take in your estimation?
No, now that God has provided for all things (2 Peter 1:3) it is up to us to appropriate them by acting on the Word of God. WE must do it. It is our responsibility! Let’s look at Eph. 4:22, “That ye put off concerning the former conversation (behavior, in the Greek text) the old man…” Now verse 24…”And that ye put on the new man…” Who is responsible to do the putting off and the putting on? Once again, YOU! But weren’t we made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus? (2 Cor. 5:21) Yes, we were, “created in righteousness and true holiness.” as verse 24 of Eph. 4 goes on to say.
But, we are to put on that new man! We are to conform our behavior to that new man that we now are. How? By walking in the Spirit. (Rom. 8:1-17) Lean to your spirit man, the new man that you are. Don’t lean to your understanding. (Prob. 3:5) It is your responsibility!
Items of Interest in This Issue
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