For us to truly live by faith is to do our best to live a life beyond the labels of the knowledge of good and evil, success and failure, right and wrong, male or female, jew or gentile, black and white.
To live by faith is to live a life led and guided by the Holy Spirit. And the HS will always show us which path to take. It is a Spirit of God’s will and order.
Romans 8:28 NIV“And we know that in ALL THINGS God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
One may say, “Wouldn’t living a life beyond the labels of good and evil just make us like a bunch of idle zombies?”
I prefer the term like “sheep” vs. zombies. Lol
The goal is to be reverend and still like sheep to be led by love versus what we are use to in being led by fear, anger, vengeance or hate. The ability not to prove who is right or wrong, but rather to be a light of God’s promises.
It is simply about maturity. Maturity may NOT always change the circumstances in your life, however it does change our hearts and how we process the circumstances and how we respond to them.
Living a life of “labels” will eventually produce compassion when it will eventually fail.
The difference in our life of living beyond these labels simply places our compassion first vs. last.
Galatians 3 NIV
“23Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
26So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
Acts 2:38 NIV
“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
We can rationalize and argue this verse about baptism all we want, but sooner ot later our “faith” has to line up with the “Word”.
Only one was given the honor to hold the keys of Heaven, and it was Peter. If there was someone I would listen to, it would be the one Jesus gave the keys of heaven to.
And there is NO Pastor or church organIzation that has the right to change it.
It is the “name above all names”, let us honor it in baptism where it is literally our testimony of our marriage between Christ and the sinner.