The Best Spiritual Things You Can Get


People search for knowledge and insight, and/or spiritual experience, or peace and holiness and righteousness, or assurance and clarity, as the greatest spiritual attainments.

People might seek for these things in many ways, in many different places.

But the best thing anyone can possibly receive is UNION WITH GOD through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

God is love.

Union with the God who is love is the greatest thing that can happen to anyone.

Union with God is joy unspeakable.

Union with God gives us the peace our souls crave.

The best possible thing for any human being is to live united with God our loving Father, in Christ our Savior, and the Holy Spirit, who indwells our spirit.

We receive EVERYTHING GOOD by God’s grace, through Jesus, by His death on the cross for all of our sins, through His burial, and through His resurrection.

We receive knowledge of the Gospel through the Scripture.

We receive salvation through believing in the Gospel of Jesus: 1st Corinthians 15:1-4.

We receive perfect sanctification through believing in Jesus’ Gospel.

Jesus Himself IS our sanctification.

We receive experience of God through his Holy Spirit in our the intuition of our conscience of our spirit, through Jesus’ Gospel, because we have been crucified with Christ, we have been buried, and we have been raised to eternal life through His resurrection.

Though we still sin, God daily forgives us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. God also tells us to confess our sins to one another. The forgiveness of God in the Lord’s Prayer is in the sense of daily practical fellowship, but we are forgiven for all our sins forever, past, present and future, in the moment of faith in Christ.

We are the holy children of God, through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God, indwelled by the Spirit of our Father.

When a person first comes to faith, he believes in Jesus, who died for all sins of everyone on the cross, was buried, and rose again on the third day.

And Paul the apostle tells us that Jesus, the Christ, did more than simply die for our sins.

Look deeper into what Jesus actually did for us.

The Bible tells us also that we were in Him in His death and resurrection, washing away all our sins past, present, and future, with His holy shed blood, and giving us a new life of eternal glory. (Galatians 2:20)

We receive this free gift forever and irrevocably in a moment of faith.

When we believe in Christ, in that moment, we repent or change our minds about unbelief about our sinfulness, and we change our minds in thinking that Jesus was just a man.

Repentance from sins and/or commitment and perseverance in holy living are not requirements ~for~ salvation. But they are the possible, but not required for salvation, natural outgrowth and working out of salvation. A holy life is God’s will for His children, made holy in Christ.

When we believe in Jesus, we are immediately spiritually baptized by the Holy Spirit into the death and resurrection of Christ. (This is not water baptism, but spiritual baptism.)

We are saved and preserved forever in Christ.

We are saved by sheer divine grace, there is no merit or worthiness in us.

The Bible says all of our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.

Jesus is the infinite and eternal and unimaginable divine pinnacle of all spiritual desires, who dwells in glorious white light forever and ever.

Jesus is forever worshiped and glorified by the angels in Heaven and by the saints in Christ.

In Christ are ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Through Jesus we receive forgiveness of sins.

Through Jesus we receive union with God.

Through Jesus we are destined for Heaven.

Through Jesus we commune with God the Father, through His Holy Spirit in our spirits, forever loved and at peace.

EVERYTHING SPIRITUALLY GOOD is given to us in Jesus who is God incarnate in human flesh, who died for all of the sins of everyone on the cross, who was buried, and who rose again on the third day.

Curtis Smale
All to the glory of God my Savior. John 6:47.

It All Boils Down To This


 

Spiritually, everything boils down to this: having faith in the God-man Jesus, crucified on the cross for all sins, and resurrected, for our salvation; loving God, and loving and forgiving others as yourself, as Jesus loves; believing and following the Word and Spirit as a redeemed child of God, by His grace; and eagerly looking forward to Jesus’ Return and Our Father’s promise of Heaven–our destiny.

–Curtis Smale

Is “Hell” Designed to Control People?


No, I don’t think that Heaven and Hell are made-up ideas designed to control people. I believe that they are realities because the Bible teaches that they are real places that people will go to in the afterlife.

One of the thoughts I’ve had on this subject is that the life we live in this world leaves so much to be desired that Heaven does not seem like a story. It seems like the fulfillment of all human hopes and wishes. There will be no death in Heaven. There will be no sin or evil in Heaven. There will be no pain or suffering in Heaven.

Heaven will leave nothing to be desired. Infinite fulfillment.

And Hell fulfills the God’s justice.

Unfortunately, without salvation through faith in Jesus, we would also be among those who will receive God’s just punishment because of their sins.

–Curtis Smale

Believe in the God-Man Jesus as Savior–Crucified for All of the Sins of Everyone, Buried, And Resurrected; Love with God’s Love; and Forgive, by the Power of the Holy Spirit, as a Child of God, Who Is Your Heavenly Father


If I needed to sum up what Christians and churches should be, these three things would be it.

Of course, there is Bible study, prayer, evangelism, worship and fellowship, and many other things, but based on the Bible, if I could pick three things that are really needed, these would be those.

Today’s churches focus on Lordship Salvation False Gospel, attendance–large crowds, theologically deficient ego-rock for songs, Family focus (what about all the single people like me?), Money and Entertainment and Politics.

My guess is Jesus is ready to spit many of them out of  His mouth after getting a taste of what they are doing. (see the book of Revelation)

Curtis Smale

“The Difference Between Belief, Opinion, Fact, and Truth”


So, what is the difference between “belief,” “opinion,” “fact,” and “truth”?

First, let’s look at some dictionary definitions.

Belief: 
a feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true; a feeling that something is good, right, or valuable;  a feeling of trust in the worth or ability of someone; a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing; something believed; especially :  a tenet or body of tenets held by a group

Believe: 
to accept or regard something as true

Opinion:
 a belief, judgment, or way of thinking about something : what someone thinks about a particular thing;
belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge

Fact: 
something that truly exists or happens : something that has actual existence; a true piece of information; something that has actual existence; an actual occurrence; a piece of information presented as having objective reality

Truth:
the truth : the real facts about something : the things that are true; the quality or state of being true;
a statement or idea that is true or accepted as true
b :  sincerity in action, character, and utterance
(1) :  the state of being the case :  fact (2) :  the body of real things, events, and facts :  actuality (3) often capitalized :  a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality
b :  a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true 

Most secular people today, and also many Christians, think that beliefs and opinions are identical. They also often think that facts and truth are the same thing. But there are very important distinctions between these four things.

A belief is something that is held to be true. It is distinct from an opinion in that it is often, especially in religious connotations, a tenet that regards the universal truth about objective reality. 

An opinion is a personal evaluation of someone or something that assigns a value or critique of that thing, such as a movie review.

A fact is a statement, usually about physical reality, such as a “scientific fact.” It is also often an accurate statement of events that have occurred.

“Truth” is the way things actually are, whether we like it or not. For example, either there is a God or there is not. One is true and the other is false. It cannot be both true and false that God exists. To assert that this is the case is to destroy rationality.

Two Notes: 
I disagree with the two areas of modern bias in the dictionary quotes above. A belief is not a “feeling.” (This is an attempt of modern unbelievers to make all beliefs a matter of emotion. They are not.

An older version of the ~same~ dictionary defines” belief” as, “an assent of the mind to the truth of a declaration, proposition, or alleged fact, on the ground of evidence, distinct from personal knowledge. I’d say that hits the target.

Secondly, under, “Truth,” I don’t know what a “real fact” would be in contrast to a “fact.” There seems to be a subtle scepticism as to what a “fact” is, included in this phrase.

–Curtis Smale