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.

My Current Views on Theological Issues


 

My Current Views on 18 Theological Debates Discussed in the Book, “Across the Spectrum,” published by Baker Academic, 2002, by Gregory Boyd and Paul R. Eddy

1. Inspiration of Scripture: All Scripture is God-breathed–infallible and inerrant. Modern copies have variants.

2. Providence of God: God oversees all, allows good and evil, and will judge all sin and sinners. God has given free will agency to humans.

3. Foreknowledge of God: God knows all that will happen ~and~ all that could happen, but won’t. Nothing is a mystery to God or unknown regarding human choices–or anything.

4. Age of the Earth: According to the Bible’s genealogies, the Earth is about 6,000 years old.

5. Divine Image: man is made in God’s image: spirit, mind, emotion, free will, creativity, personality and more.

6. Human Constitution: Man is three parts (not two): spirit, soul (mind and emotion, personality, free will), and body.

7. Christology: Jesus often did not choose to use His divine powers.

8. Atonement: Substitutionary Sacrifice.

9. Salvation: Most people do not want God.

10. Sanctification: Positional ~and~ Progressive.

11. Eternal Security: Irrevocable preservation–believers are sealed in salvation forever by God.

12. The Destiny of the Unevangelized: Inclusivism. God has not left Himself without a witness. Dreams, visions, faith in non-explicit knowledge possible for salvation through Christ.

13. Lord’s Supper: Symbolism for Memorial of Jesus’ death on the cross.

14. Baptism: there are at least nine baptisms in the Bible. Water baptism is not part of salvation. Those who believe in Christ for even a moment are permanently and irrevocably and eternally baptized into His death and resurrection at the moment of belief.

15. Charismatic Gifts: God still does miracles, but not always in an apostolic way.

16. Women: Equal in value to men, but not the same in function. God says that women are biblically not allowed pastorship in the church, or leadership in the home over a man.

17. Millennium: The 1,000 years is symbolic of the reign of the Spirit of Christ in the church and in the world. There is no literal 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth coming in the future.

18. Hell: Eternal Conscious Torment, of the body and soul for sinners who reject belief in God and/or Christ, because of their sins, and the fact that they have rejected Jesus as their personal Savior from their sins and the consequences of the punishment for their sins.

–Curtis Smale