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Based on Malachi 3:16-18 I believe the Lord will harken to us as we consider his word together.
Amen Fred, so does the word lead us to a necessity of our obeying GOD, or to a place of abandonment to GOD that we might be found obeying, trusting, and loving Him in truth. That abandonment to GOD compels us to get off the throne of the life given us, and enthrone His Son. Have we gone through that door, straight gate? Or are we still alive walking as best we can? Is it finally a statement of who we are, or who GOD is?
so does the word lead us to a necessity of our obeying GOD
The Lord is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17)
We receive the Spirit through the hearing of faith, and we are bountifully supplied with the Spirit through the hearing of faith.
Obeying the word by keeping the law is the work of the flesh. Receiving the Spirit through the hearing of faith is to live Christ.
Galatians 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Yes dear brother, I agree100%. How to relate to these things through our Lord is a real testing ground IMO. James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. I see nothing for any of us apart from the mercy of GOD. Yet, that being true, how we can be hindered from a pure/mature walk with GOD through any compromise. Who is sufficient for these things = Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.