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    Deconstruction Part 2: Into Apostolicity

    I am taking a break.
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    I do not argue with your long post on our Advocate. Indeed IF we sin He will be our Advocate to restore us. This is what happened with Peter and Paul when they fell from their ES state. I have already said we share in the energies of God to be as Him in holiness with a pure heart that does not...
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    Any 'appearance' of God to us humans is earth shattering. It is like nothing else. However, teaching is so bad in Evangelicalism, which is where I ended up - Calvinism that is, that we make assumptions and indeed our lives have been changed. But we are not much use to God yet in that state.
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    Deconstruction Part 2: Into Apostolicity

    Yes it was mind blowing. I knew I was on holy ground.
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    Yes to each one, but with a condition that they have been fully sanctified.
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    Deconstruction Part 2: Into Apostolicity

    I never read the Bible beforehand. I had been reading books about Buddhism etc.
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    Deconstruction Part 2: Into Apostolicity

    The sin nature is to be crucified with Christ - dead. When it is gone there is no sin.
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    Deconstruction Part 2: Into Apostolicity

    @Ritajanice I knew I had encountered Christ one evening in September - 23rd it was 1973 after an atheist upbringing but meeting two 'born agains' for the first time. I had been searching other religions but they contradicted what Jesus said so that evening I asked God if He was there to show me...
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    "Galatians 2:11-14: Even after Pentecost, Paul rebuked Peter publicly for hypocrisy, showing that believers, including prominent apostles, could still act in ways contrary to their beliefs. Human Nature and Sanctification:" Yes as I said, one can lose the blessing but hopefully be restored...
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    If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1John 1:8. As we know, good exegesis consists of using the inductive method, in taking many scriptures, and deriving a general conclusion from them. ‘The number, clarity and relevance of those many passages is crucial...
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    Deconstruction Part 2: Into Apostolicity

    Yes Johann, I know the Reformed teaching on this as I used to believe it. So a Reformed Greek Bible scholar pulls no weight for me as there is so much disagreement among theologians. Yes believers grapple with sin in their lives while they are carnal and usually remain so, even becoming worse...
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    When I say first encounter, I am looking at scripture and that first meeting with Christ when He said to the disciples 'follow Me'. As we can see from them they argued among themselves and fought for prominence showing they still had their sin natures. That ceased at Pentecost. Yeah I know, I...
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    Deconstruction Part 2: Into Apostolicity

    A lot of confusion is caused because believers have that first encounter with Christ, think they are saved (when biblically it means saved from sin and not just the guilt or penalty). They assume all of the scriptures that only apply to those who are granted the true union with Christ and argue...
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    The early church understanding is, that we get to share in God's energies, but not His essence, if we are willing/consent to see our old man as crucified. This does not happen when we first encounter Christ as have not yet experienced just how unable we are to keep His commandments so that the...
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    Deconstruction Part 2: Into Apostolicity

    Deification in the Early Church In the introduction to The Study of Holiness from the Early Church Fathers by J. B. Galloway(Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2014), we read: “If the teachings of the modern holiness movement are correct concerning the doctrine of holiness and the baptism with the Holy...
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    A STUDY OF HOLINESS FROM THE EARLY CHURCH FATHERS By J. B. GALLOWAY CHAPTER FOUR Clement of Alexandria A LINK IN THE EARLY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS His full name was Titus Flavius Clemens. He was a celebrated Greek father of the Early Church, of about A.D. 153 to 217. It is uncertain whether he was...
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    Deconstruction Part 2: Into Apostolicity

    Early Christian Spirituality. The early church writers, following on from scripture, the apostles and the apostolic fathers, in the tradition that is spoken of, handed down in verbal as well as written form and which is found throughout the Divine Liturgy, found in their writings, and concerns...
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    Deconstruction Part 2: Into Apostolicity

    WARNING FROM POLYCARP. "Christ will not die again on behalf of those who now commit sin because death shall have no more dominion over Him...Therefore we should not be puffed up....but we should beware lest somehow after we have come to the knowledge of Christ, if we do things displeasing to...