Theory vs Practice

Why am I a Christian? What does it mean and in a technical world with science and new discoveries, is there any place for religion?

A lot of dialogue would be provoked from those statements, but I just wanted to explain one simple fact about why I am (me.. Mark Vejvoda) a Christian.

I love Jesus experientially.

So much could be said just about that statement alone but let me mention a few things to illustrate this. The Christian life is not a set of static rules or beliefs (though these are used to expose that which is Christian from that which is not). The Christian life is found “in Jesus”. What does it mean to be a Christian? Jesus is living “in you”. How do I know if He is living in me or not? Your life will prove it, it is that simple.

1 John 1:5-8  This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

We need not seek more knowledge of the Bible or how to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit (nothing wrong with those things in themselves), or even find out how to be a good Christian, what we need continually is “Christ in you”.

Romans 8:10  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

The theory shows us the evidence, the practice “is” the evidence. So what is more important, the theory or the practice?

Romans 2:13-16  (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

There is inherently “nothing good” in us by nature. But when Christ is in control and living in the heart of a man it cannot be hidden by the life that man lives:

Phillippians 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

God gives both the desire and the ability, this does not come from our own self. Thus when failure is seen in the life of a Christian just know it is only because the Christian himself acted in his own nature. But if there is any good, any victory in the life of a Christian it is only because that Christian “died to his self” and gave Christ authority to live through him. This is a moment by moment activity, not a one time event. Thus one may be able to appreciate the old saying:

I am saved, I’m being saved and I shall be saved.

To conclude I quote from the Amplified version of the Bible:

1 John 5:18 We know [absolutely] that anyone born of God does not [deliberately and knowingly] practice committing sin, but the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over {and} protects him [Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil], and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him {or} touch [him].

The practice of Christianity is the birth of the life of Jesus, his Person, his Spirit living in you. The letter of Christianity brings out murder, the crusades and all other kinds of evil because the theory without the practice is death.

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