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Who belong to Christ?

Discussion in 'Christian Theology Forum' started by arunangelo, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. arunangelo

    arunangelo Active Member

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    Those who belong to Christ have His Spirit (Romans 8:9). His spirit is the spirit of unconditional love that is eternal, merciful and sacrificial. Because He loved us, and therefore wanted to save us from eternal death, He took a human form, and not only bore all our sufferings, that our sins (against Him) created, but also accepted the most humiliating and painful death on the cross (Philippians 2:5-8). In doing this, God stayed faithful to the covenant with us, although we betrayed Him and were unfaithful to Him. His unconditional love also extended to those who crucified Him and humiliated Him. Therefore, even as He hung on the cross He pleaded to His Father for their forgiveness (Luke 23:24). Furthermore because He is merciful He does not condemn sinners (John 8:11). On the contrary, He came into this world to pay the price for their sins (Matthew 20:28). It may seem impossible for human beings to have such a spirit. Fortunately, because of Jesus’ sacrifice, His Spirit is instilled in every human heart. Therefore, those who sincerely desire it (because they have faith in it) can receive it. Furthermore, because Jesus sanctified our sufferings by taking them upon Himself; we can use suffering to become people with endurance, humility, meekness, patience, forgiveness and generosity. We can therefore find people exercise fidelity and selflessness by staying faithful to their marriage covenant even when there is abuse, betrayal and infidelity; exercise sacrifice by accepting great inconveniences in order to take care of severely disabled children or parents; and exercise mercy by not only forgiving their offenders of crimes as serious as the murder of their loved ones, but also by going out of their way to help them to recover from their criminal ways.
     
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