“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
Dear Friends and Visitors,
I pray that today’s post will find you walking in the grace of Jehovah and the Spirit of His Son—Jesus Our Christ. I have exciting news for those of you who have offered to contribute to The Third Cross Congregation’s Blog-Website so many around the world have come to appreciate. You are blessed! The Spirit has inspired me to create a “Guest Writer’s Page” on our Blog beginning March 1, 2012. I so look forward to this opportunity for many of you to submit “a written commentary and-or elaboration” on future posts, as well as, any of over 200-posts in our Archives.
Every day upwards of 14-million persons worldwide are on the Internet seeking inspiration and guidance toward the grace, goodness and glory of God, Jesus Our Christ and the Holy Spirit. Your individual support and future efforts will contribute greatly to the privilege of participating in God’s Kingdom work and fulfillment of the Great Commission, “to preach the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth.” There is no question that as Christians we are to make every effort to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12), but we do not have do it alone. In the New Testament Gospel we are told for the unsaved to have what we have, growth in godliness, requires exertion on the part of every Christian.
There will be a few requirements that each commentary must meet before it is posted and I will bear final responsibility in deciding what gets posted. The requirements are simple:
1. The commentary must clearly be in reference to a posting currently on our Blog or in the Archives and must include the title of the post. All commentaries must be submitted in English as a Microsoft Word document (MS-Word 2003-2010) only. Pictures, graphs and relevant graphics may be imbedded within the document. 2. All commentaries are subject to minor grammatical editing and spelling corrections. A verifiable email address must accompany each submission and those without a verifiable email address will be deleted without further consideration. 3. A picture of the Author (300×300) may accompany the commentary—please include your given name—no aliases or avatars—email address, website or blog address may also be included as a part of the signature line. 4. All commentaries become a part of the permanent Archives of The Third Cross Congre-gation and “no guarantee of publishing and-or compensation” of any kind is offered or promised. 5. All commentaries considered for inclusion on the “Guest Writer’s Page” must be sent as an attachment to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Should further clarification be required please contact me: email@example.com I look forward to hearing from you.
The Apostle Paul tells us to: “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12) he does not mince words, we have work to do—and what exactly is the work? Paul goes on to explain: “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (v.13). It is often, said: ‘we work out what God has worked in.’ Well, what has God worked in and what are we therefore to work out? God works His work in you—which is the work already accomplished by Christ. Jesus likened the pain of Christian growth to “gouging out an eye” and “cutting off a hand”—indicating that growth in godliness is work and requires parting with things we initially think we cannot do without or can do alone.
Christ’s subjective work in us is his constantly driving us back to the reality of his kingdom work for us. This is why in his Lectures on Romans Martin Luther wrote, ‘To progress is always to begin again.’ Real spiritual progress, in other words, requires a daily beginning again. There is no question that Christian’s are to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians. 2:12) and that we are to help our brothers and sisters, saved and especially unsaved, to grow in their knowledge of God’s will.
The “Guest Writer’s Page” is another step in our growth, progress and work in Christ Jesus who strengthens one and all. “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’s name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ