Yes, the Apostle Paul Was Perfect | Bible Study on Philippines 3:12

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Philippines 3:12 is often used by the “perpetual sinning” crowd to argue that the Apostle Paul never stopped sinning. But lets examine this passage closer.

The truth is that Paul had attained moral perfection, as he said:

Phl 3:15 – Let us therefore, as many as BE PERFECT, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

Phl 3:16 – Nevertheless, whereto WE HAVE ALREADY ATTAINED, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

But he had not yet attained physical perfection:

Phl 3:11 – If by any means I might ATTAINED unto the RESURRECTION of the dead.

Phl 3:12 – Not as though I had already ATTAINED, either were already PERFECT: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

In context, Paul claimed he had attained moral perfection in the sense of sanctification, but not bodily perfection as that is glorification at the resurrection. Sanctification happens in this life. Glorification happens in the next. One is moral and the other is physical.

In reference to glorification Paul used this Greek word:

“τελειόω teleióō, tel-i-o’-o; from G5046; to complete, i.e. (literally) accomplish, or (figuratively) consummate (in character):—consecrate, finish, fulfil, make) perfect.” (Strongs)

In reference to his present life he used this word:

“τέλειος téleios, tel’-i-os; from G5056; complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); neuter (as noun, with G3588) completeness:—of full age, man, perfect.” (Strongs)

This is the same word used in Mat 5:48 – Be ye therefore perfect (τέλειος), even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect (τέλειος).

Paul is saying in Philippines 3:11-12 that he has attained the perfect demanded in Matthew 5:48. What he had not yet attained was a glorified body – the consummation of our salvation. But he had attained perfection of moral character.

In short,  Paul said in his present life he had attained the perfection that Matthew 5:48 required, but he still presses on to attain the resurrection of the body. His character was perfect but his body wasn’t yet.

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“My atonement is more substitutionary than yours” – Vicarious Substitutionary Atonement – Penal vs Governmental | Jesse Morrell

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THE GOVERNMENTAL VIEW IS MORE SUBSTITUTIONARY THAN THE PENAL THEORY

If you deserve penalty and Christ took that penalty, that is only one substitution – Christ is your substitute in suffering the penalty you deserve.

But if the atonement substitutes penalty all together, it’s four fold:

  1. Christ for sinners,
  2. Pain on the cross for the agony of hell.
  3. Six hours for eternity,
  4. Calvary for the lake of fire.

A substitute FOR penalty is a greater substitution than a substitute IN penalty.

The penalty that sinners deserve is not a six hour crucifixion, but the agony of hell for eternity in the lake of fire. Christ did not take our penalty, He substituted it.

SO I told a Calvinist:

“My atonement is more substitutionary than yours.”

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Does Command Imply Ability? Philosophical vs. Theological Presupposition | Bible Study

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DOES COMMAND IMPLY ABILITY?

If the ruler is unjust, no.

If the ruler is just, yes.

Exo 5:16 – There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people

Deu 30:11 – For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee (פָּלָא to be beyond one’s power, be difficult to do), neither is it far off.

The Commandments of God are just so they always imply ability. That makes any transgression of His commandments inexcusable and unjustifiable.

 

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Faith is a Free Will Choice of Man Not An Irresistible Gift from God? Bible Study | Calvinism Refuted

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Believing is a choice, not an irresistible gift. 

Jesus commanded men to believe:

Mar 1:15 – And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Jhn 20:27 – Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing

Jesus rebuked men for not believing:

Mar 16:14 – Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen

Luk 24:25 – Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken

Jesus even marvelled that men did not believe: 

Mar 6:6 – And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

God condemns those who do not believe, holding them responsible:

Mar 16:16 – He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

All of this is consistent with, and indicative of, faith being a free will choice of man. It makes no sense at all in the perspective that faith is an irresistible gift from God, making unbelief God’s fault for not granting the gift of faith.

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Who Changes the Human Heart? Monergism vs Synergism Regeneration | Bible Study

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WHO CHANGES THE HUMAN HEART?
God or man?

Circumcision of the heart is always a synergism between God and man.

GOD:

Deu 30:6 – And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

Eze 11:19 – And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:

Eze 36:26 – A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

MAN:

Deu 10:16 – Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked

Eze 18:31 – Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

Jas 4:8 – Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

So man’s resistance is to blame if his heart isn’t changed:

Act 7:51 – Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

Rom 2:5 – But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God

Man controls the state of his heart:

1Ki 8:61 – Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.

Pro 7:25 – Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.

Heb 3:12 – Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God

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You Can Be Perfect | Bible Study

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YOU CAN BE PERFECT

If men were perfect in the Old Testament, how much more can we be in the New

Gen 6:9 – These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

Gen 17:1 – And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

Deu 18:13 – Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God

2Sa 22:33 – God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.

1Ki 8:61 – Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day

1Ki 11:4 – For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father

1Ki 15:14 – But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days

2Ki 20:3 – I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore

1Ch 29:9 – Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.

Job 1:1 – There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil

Job 1:8 – And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Job 2:3 – And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause

Psa 37:37 – Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace

Psa 101:2 – I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

Isa 38:3 – And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

Mat 5:48 – Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect

Luk 6:40 – The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master

Phl 3:15 – Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you

1Jo 2:5 – But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

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Can A Holy Spirit Filled Believer Lose His Salvation? Are We Not Sealed by the Holy Ghost? Jesse Morrell Explains Conditional Security

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A fellow believer asked me through Facebook  these questions relating to “Once Saved Always Saved” vs. “Conditional Security.”
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1. ” At what point do you lose it [salvation], how many sins do you have to commit exactly?”
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A believer is condemned whenever he deliberately disobeys God, as “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (Rom 1:18), and “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luk 13:3). Forgiveness always comes after repentance, never before. God has wrath for the impenitent and mercy for the repentant, so when a believer is in sin they stand condemned until they repent.
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The Biblical principle is this: wrath for the impenitent and mercy for the repentant. “But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God” (Rom. 2:5). “Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee” (Acts 8:22). “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (Pro. 28:13).

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Paul was explicit in telling the churches, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived” (1 Cor. 6:9). He then went on to list certain types of sinners, like fornicators, adulterers, etc. He wasn’t warning unbelievers of these things, but believers. If a believer becomes a fornicator or an adulterer, they will not inherit the kingdom of God unless they repent of their unrighteousness and become righteous again by faith in Christ.
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Saul and David both sinned, but one was restored and the other one wasn’t because one repented and one didn’t. Judas and Peter were both Apostles, both betrayed the Lord, and yet one was restored and the other one wasn’t because one repented and one didn’t. If a believer sins and doesn’t repent, he’ll die in sin and be condemned. If a believer sins and repents, he is restored.
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“Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20
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Jesus told a parable of a prodigal son, who left the father for a life of sin, and then when he returned the father said, “For this my son was dead, and is alive again” (Luke 15:24). In the Greek, “alive again” means “alive for the second time.” He had a relationship with God, he lost his relationship with God, then his relationship with God was restored. This is what happens when a believer forsakes God for sin and later repents and comes back.
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Consider also how the unforgiving servant, in Matthew 18, was first pardoned of his debt but than because he didn’t forgive others, he lost his pardon and had his debt reinstated. Jesus then warned the father would do the same to us if we did not forgive. Evidently, our salvation and security is conditional upon not committing the sin of unforgiveness.
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2. ” If we are sealed by the Spirit unto the day of redemption, how can we become unsealed and where does it say that in scripture.”
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Simeon was a sorcerer who became a believer (Acts 8:13), was baptized (Acts 8:13), and was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:15-17), yet he afterwards committed sin and so Peter told him that he needed to repent of his wickedness in order for God to forgive him (Acts 8:22).
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Evidently, being a Holy Spirit filled believer does not mean that you have all your future sins already forgiven, or that you do not need to repent and seek God’s forgiveness if you sin.
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The Bible tells us not to grieve the Holy Spirit because He is the means by which we are sealed, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Eph 4:30). The implication to me is that since He is our seal, we do not want to grieve Him. If we grieve Him, we risk losing Him as our seal. You don’t want to lose the Holy Spirit, “But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul” (1 Sam 16:14).
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Paul said to believers:
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Col 1:23 – If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister
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Paul encouraged Holy Spirit filled churches to continue in the faith and in the grace of God:
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Act 13:43 – Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
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Act 14:22 – Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
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Evidently, Holy Spirit filled believers have a choice to continue in the faith or not, to continue in the grace of God or not.
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That means that the Holy Spirit influences your will, but not irresistibly, as the Bible says you can resist the Holy Spirit:
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Act 7:51 – Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
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We are sealed and secured by the Holy Spirit, given that we do not grieve and resist Him through sin. If we sin, the Holy Spirit will convict us and chasten us, because we are in danger of dying in sin and going to hell.

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“But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world” (1 Cor. 11:32). If we do not repent and heed the chastening of the Lord, the implication is that we will be condemned.

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Notice the conditions mentioned in this verse: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Rom. 8:1). The condition of not having any condemnation is that you walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. If you walk after the flesh, you are condemned. This is what Paul warned believers in the same chapter, “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live” (Rom. 8:13).

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This explains why Paul said, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, myself should be a castaway” (1 Cor. 9:27).

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The primary texted that convinced me of the believers conditional security, or of the possibility of losing your salvation, is Hebrews 10:26-31:

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“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

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Notice the author said “if we,” so he included himself. It speaks of someone who “received” the knowledge of the truth, not merely heard it. The word “received” in that passage means to take, to claim, to procure, to choose, etc. It is the same Greek word found in this passage, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). Notice also this passage speaks of one who “was sanctified” by the blood of Christ but now tramples it underfoot by sinning.

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So Hebrews 10:26-31 is saying if a saved believer willfully sins, trampling the blood of Christ which had sanctified them underfoot, they will face “sorer punishment” than those who merely sinned against the law, and have the “judgement and fiery indignation” of God to look forward to. The damnation of a “sinning Christian” (a backslider) who sins against the Gospel that saved him is worse than the damnation of a sinning heathen or pagan who merely sinned against the law.

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“For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them” (2 Peter 2:21).

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~ Jesse Morrell

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What is Imputed Righteousness? Justification by Faith rather than Works of the Law | Jesse Morrell

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IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS

The Bible says our faith is imputed as righteousness, not that Christ obeyed the law for us and that His obedience is imputed to us for us to be justified. That would be justification by works of the law.

Romans 4 is clear that God imputes our faith as righteousness. Abraham was justified before the Torah existed by faith, so Paul argued that the Gentiles do not need to obey the Torah and be circumcised to be justified, they simply need living faith in Christ.

The Bible says by faith Abraham obeyed God, so it is living faith that results in a holy and obedient life that God imputes as righteousness. We have a righteousness which is of faith, not by works of the Torah.

The whole doctrine of “the imputed righteousness of Christ” assumes that you can be justified by works of the Torah performed vicariously in your place by a substitute. The Bible teaches no such justification – a justification by works of the law.

The idea that a believer can live in daily sin and “God looks at him and doesn’t see his sin, God sees the imputed righteousness of Christ instead” is total heresy and blasphemy. God is not an idiot. God is omniscient. The Bible says nothing is hid from His eyes. When God looked at the churches in Revelation, He said I know thy works be zealous therefore and repent.

Sadly, many people who are living in sin are “trusting in the imputed righteousness of Christ” and they will be in for a very shocking revelation on judgment day, when it becomes manifest that God did see their sin and they didn’t have living faith that God imputes as righteousness.

~ Jesse Morrell

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Change of Address for The National Street Preachers Conference

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UPDATE

Change of Address

Hi Everyone,

We had to change the address for this years conference.

The new address is:

619 W. Main St. Suite C Arlington TX 76010

This is a vacant church that we will be renting for the 3 day conference.

It’s perfect for us. Arlington is right in between Dallas and Fort Worth, the two places we will be having outreaches.

Join us March 29-31 for the first National Street Preachers Conference in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

COST:

This event is free to the public.

SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY March 29th:

Morning Session at the church from 8:00am – 10:00am.

Outreach to the University of North Texas from 11:30am – 4:00pm.

Evening session at the church from 6:00pm – 10:00pm

FRIDAY March 30th:

Morning Session at the church from 8:00am – 10:00am.

Outreach to the University of North Texas from 11:30am – 4:00pm.

Evening session at the church from 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Night Outreach at Sundance Square Fort Worth 10:00pm – 12:00am.

SATURDAY March 31st:

Morning Session at the church from 8:00 am to 12:00pm

Afternoon Outreach at the Grassy Knoll in Dallas (where JFK was assassinated) from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm.

Night Outreach at Sundance Square Fort Worth 8:00pm – 12:00am.

CHURCH LOCATION:

619 W. Main St. Suite C Arlington TX 76010

Call 203-444-1912

LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING

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A Refutation to Gnosticism – Sinful Body Heresy Refuted by Jesse Morrell

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A REFUTATION TO GNOSTICISM – SINFUL BODY HERESY

Gnosticism says that you cannot live a holy and sanctified life in this world because you have a “sinful body,” and have to wait until you are free from your body by death.

The Bible contradicts this Gnostic heresy by teaching that you can live a holy life while in the flesh, sanctifying your body to God.

Gal 2:20 – I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Rom 6:19 – I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

Rom 12:1 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

1Th 5:23 – And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

A holy life is to be lived here and now:

Tit 2:11-12: For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world

Beware of the antichrist spirit which is in the world that teach this Gnostic philosophy of a “sinful body,” which means you cannot live a holy life.

1Jo 4:3 – And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

2Jo 1:7 – For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

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