I COULD NEVER UNDERSTAND THE “BLAB AND GRAB GOSPEL” Why? Because I thought it to be arrogant. I believe I am in Christ once I become a believer. Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” No longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me. I become a “son” of God through the adoption process. Luke 1:12, “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.” He gave us power to become sons. Romans 8:14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” If I no longer live to my flesh, if I am crucified with Christ, if I am now led by the Spirit of God, then I cannot simply decide what I want and “name it and claim it”, blab it and grab it”
The church has lost the beauty of seeking God, like spending time with Him to learn of Him and waiting on Him until He answers, opens the door, or shows us the way! In our quick-moving world where everything is instant: food is fast, internets are faster and the demands of our flesh are quickly gratified, we are ignorant of the “sonship” requirement. We think we can transfer this lifestyle into one with our God,￼ but God set up the pattern of how He wants to have a relationship with His people at the beginning of time. He remains the same. He will not change for any culture. Jesus was the patterned Son and our example of how He walked with His Father. He was not flippant in His speech or actions. His words were carefully crafted, after separating and spending time with His Father. This was a practice He learned as He grew in wisdom￼ and stature. It took time to cultivate the relationship He had with His Father. He told the people of that day, many times, He did not speak on His own nor did He act on His own. John 12:50, "For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. And I know that His command leads to eternal life. So I speak exactly what the Father has told Me to say.”
The reason we share so many different doctrines and opinions of Christian religion is that we either don’t spend time enough with Him or we are satisfied to take someone else’s word, instead of seeking the Lord ourselves. It takes time and we are not accustomed to this process.
Jesus died on the cross for us, not only to cleanse us from our sins but to open an opportunity to become “sons” of the Father, our Creator, allowing us to have a relationship with Him and the privilege to know Him!
He has also given us a commission: Matthew 28:20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
2 Corinthians 5:20-21, 20 "So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,[d] so that we could be made right with God through Christ."
We are His ambassadors. Everything we say and do should be to glorify God, but we have to learn to be LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD! We cannot just say what we want and speak how we feel. We must be disciplined to speak for Him. We cannot be effective if we choose to live out of our emotions or flesh. Only if we know Him, can we do exploits by Him.
John 5:19-20, "Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself, if not anything He may see the Father doing; for whatever He does, these things also the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing, and the Father will show Him greater works than these so that you will marvel."
OUR FAITH IS DISCIPLINED IN WHAT HE SHOWS US TO DO AND SAY!! WE DO NOT LEAD—WE ARE LED!