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Walter Kirchbauer

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« on: November 20, 2015, 12:08:29 PM »

The wisdom of the fathers

"Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Acts 2.28
 When someone wholeheartedly acknowledges that Christ is not only their atoning sacrifice but also the Lord of their whole life, they also become receptive to the word "repent" as well. That means changing their wrong thoughts.
 Firstly, in regard to God and the Lord Jesus Christ, as if He had not planned only the very best for us;
 secondly, in regard to sin, as if it were harmless;
 thirdly, in regard to ourselves, as if we could be saved without being thoroughly converted.
 All these completely wrong notions must be given up and be replaced by the right thoughts.
 Firstly in regard to God, that He loves us unreservedly,
 secondly, in regard to sin, that it separates us from God; and
 thirdly in regard to ourselves, that we are on the path to hell if we not leave our sinful life.

"Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.
 Mt. 13.12
 The readers of these devotionals are people who want to make progress in their spiritual life. Those who not only wish this but really want it, must take to heart the above verse, that is, they must faithfully deal with the received light and knowledge by obeying it. Then they will receive more. Who, however, tramples the received knowledge under foot and ignores it, must not be surprised if they lag behind in their inner development and get darkened in their mind.

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Mt. 13.44
 With this parable the Lord want us to make aware that His person and His Kingdom are worth more than all we can possess in this life. Moreover, it shows us that only a complete surrender of all we have and are will us make heirs of the Kingdom and its gifts.
 (by Christian Roeckle)