The Bible Study Guide that we are using in our devotions covers the three primary goals that God has for us. God’s goals for us should be the highest priority for each one of us who call ourselves Christian. Our Father God’s goals for us are all Jesus Christ based, and are Holy Spirit implemented in line with God’s Word.
- To love God. We get to enjoy and experience God self as we love Him above all and with our all, being wholly and passionately devoted to Jesus self. Mark 12:30; Psalm 73:25; John 17:26.
I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be lead astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. – 2 Corinthians 11:2-3
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.’ – Mark 8:34-35
I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord,
for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish,
that I may gain Christ and be found in him. – Philippians 3:8-9
- To know God. Appropriately knowing God is the foundation on which we are to stand, the foundation on which all of our living by God self is to be built. Our Father God wants us to rightly know Him through His Son, His Spirit and His Word. Job 42:5; Jeremiah 4:22, 9:23-24, 33:3; Hebrews 1:1-3; Matthew 11:25-27; John 1:1, 17:17; 2 Peter 1:2-4.
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have send. – John 17:3
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.– Hebrews 1:3
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me. – John 10:14; emphasis added
- To live God. Father God wants us to live by Jesus self is our new God Life and our new Godly living. Christ himself in Person and in action is what God made Christianity to be, what it must be! For this reason the Holy Spirit came: To ensure that Christ self will be our Life and our daily living.
The glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. – Colossians 1:27
That they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ. – Colossians 2:2
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God. – Galatians 2:20
*Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you – unless, of course, you fail the test! – 2 Corinthians 13:5
Christ, who is your life. – Colossians 3:4
To live is Christ. – Philippians 1:21
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” – John 14:6; emphasis added
In order to live by Christ himself is our new God-Life, we need to be trained by the Holy Spirit to know – and to live out.
To be a Christian is to humbly live through Christ himself: In total dependence on the Holy Spirit, and in full adherence to the Holy Scriptures. As we live by grace, through faith, and in obedience, we live the life of Christ. The true Christian life is to be lived by faith from Christ, through Christ, and to Christ – who Himself came to reside here in us to be our Life. The real Christian life is the Christ Life, lived through the Holy Spirit by faith in obedience to Christ is All and is in all. The meaning and application of Christianity is Christ himself is the all and in all of all in God’s kingdom. Please Holy Spirit, teach us and transform us to live by Jesus self is our Eternal Life, is our All and in all.
Father God does not want His children to merely live a changed life. Rather, God wants us to live an exchanged life! Through the cross and resurrection all of our wholly sinful self has been exchanged with all of holy Christ self. The very heart and soul of Christianity is to live true to ‘I in Christ and Christ in me’, as implemented by the Holy Spirit through faith. By grace we have been made ready to practically live by Jesus in Person and in action. Let us turn away from living for God by our religious self, fully turning to living by God self. Living by God self is the same as living by the Holy Spirit. Living by God self is equal to living by Christ is All and in all, ever living by ‘not I, but Christ; Bible Study Guide