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God's delight

Discussion in 'Christian Anthropology DIR' started by RedDragon94, Mar 31, 2016.

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  1. RedDragon94

    RedDragon94 Love everyone, meditate often

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    I was thinking, how many of us believe that God delights in us as Christians?

    I know as a Christian I've been prone to stray and look at other worldviews rather than cling to Christ because of my sin. This is a struggle for me. It seems like one sin leads to another, my lust leads me to doubt and then to idolatry. I become dissatisfied with Christ because of my failures, I want him to change me now. But lately, I've been reminded that I don't have to earn God's approval. (Ephesians 2:8-9) This has totally changed my perspective on the Christian life. When a non-Christian sins, what happens?
    1. They fulfill the desires of their flesh, but not their soul.
    2. They bring God's wrath upon themselves.
    3. They sever themselves even further from God.
    That last one is key to understanding what sin does in the lives of people who are unregenerate. When a person who is unregenerate apart from the justifying work of grace sins they fulfill their destiny. Condemnation is really separation from God. So when an unregenerate person sins they bring condemnation on themselves. What happens when regenerate Christian sins?
    1. They grieve the Holy Spirit. (But they do not extinguish him)
    2. They (hopefully) confess their sins.
    3. Grace is given to them.
    As you can see the two effects are oceans apart. Whereas sin severed a human being from God before, sin has no power over a person, meaning that nothing can separate that person from the love of God. (Romans 8:38-39) If this is true, God delights in the Christian no matter what their performance is like. If I go to other sins because of my sin seeking to be less of a hypocrite in that way I actually look more hypocritical in the eyes of God. And who's approval am I seeking?
    God doesn't ever look down at you as a Christian and give you a middle finger whenever you do something wrong. He does not take delight in the death of the wicked but desires that they come to repentance. (Ezekiel 33:11)
     
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  2. URAVIP2ME

    URAVIP2ME Veteran Member

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    whirlingmerc Well-Known Member

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    Depends what you mean

    God delights in those who fear Him... that doesn't mean God delights in everyone

    Ps 147
    10His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
    11but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,
    in those who hope in his steadfast love.
     
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    Valjean Veteran Member
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    Who can post in a "Christian anthropology" DIR? Christians? Anthropologists? Christian anthropologists?
     
  5. Desert Snake

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    The Anthropologists have to be Christians.
     
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    Desert Snake Veteran Member

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    And yet, so many choose not to follow the Master. *shrugs*
     
  7. URAVIP2ME

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    How can God delight in the Christian 'No matter the performance' when those of Hebrews 6:4-6 can't be forgiven.
    To me, those Christian's performance committed the unforgivable sin of Matthew 12:32.
    Repent so as Not to perish (be destroyed) - 2 Peter 3:9 - does Not mean once saved always saved.
    Rather, as Jesus said that the one who endures to the end is saved according to Matthew 24:13.
    Endure to the day of death, or endure to the soon coming ' time of separation ' to take place on Earth, when Jesus, as Shepherd, separates the figurative humble sheep from the haughty goats - Matthew 25:31-33,37 - before Jesus' ushers in global Peace on Earth among people of goodwill.
     
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