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2013-08-25 06:10:54 - Patricia Simmons
The disciples were going in completely the wrong direction and unless they made a complete about-turn, they were going away from the Kingdom of heaven and not towards it. As long as man considers his own self as the most important thing in the world, his back is turned to the Kingdom, and, if he wants to reach the Kingdom, he must turn around and face in the opposite direction. Jesus demands that the disciples turn, that is, that they change (convert, repent) from their worldly ambition and selfishness. Of course they cannot do this in their own strength – they must pray the kind of prayer that Jeremiah did when he said, “turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God” (Jer. 31:18). Only when the divine act of causing a person to be reborn (born “from above”) has taken place, is conversion, as an act in which man himself takes part, even possible (John 3:3,5). Jesus described this change as a work of the Spirit of God (John 3:5-6). Through the Spirit ongoing change takes place in Christians as we progress in the experience of freedom from sin and become more and more like Jesus (2 Cor. 3:18).Good word
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