To Be Of Christ Those who are going to be of Christ shall first be filled (with the word of God) and then brought low (humbled) (Lk 3:5); It is these who are going to be prepared by the ways of the Lord so that they can bring forth the fruits of repentance (Lk 3:4&8); And all of this can only be done by a spirit (whom God sends unto us) to teach us the truth, because God must be worshiped in the truth (Jn 4:23-24). This prepared way, which is of repentance (Math 3:3&8), IS the narrow way which leads to life, which only “FEW” find (Math 7:14); This is why many believers who call Jesus Lord, and who may do many wonderful works in His name cannot enter into the kingdom, unless they can do the will of God (7:21-22); AND NNE CAN DO THE WILL OF GOD WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE DOCTRINE OF GOD (Jn 7:17). For many are called (to believe) but only few are chosen (to become Christian) (Math 22:14, Rom 9:11); For many believers are seeking to enter into the kingdom, but shall not be able (Lk 13:24); Why is this you ask? BECAUSE THE BROAD WAY (IS BELIEVING YOU CAN BE INSTANTLY BORN AGAIN THROUGH A PRAYER) AND THIS WAY LEADS TO DESTRUCTION (Math 7:13). These who are in the broad way are ever learning, but never able to come to the knowledge of this truth (2Tim 3:7); Consequently, this is why God Himself sends us a servant who is patient to instruct us, and through THIS process God grants repentance, so that we could acknowledge the truth, and be recovered from the snare of the devil’s will. (2Tim 2:24-26) Believers who cannot obey the words of God are walking in the imaginations of their own evil hearts (Jer 11:8); And this is because they don’t understand that in GOD’S PREPARATION, we are established in His wisdom, His understanding, and by His power (Jer 10:12 & 51:15); Meaning the power of God’s workmanship which creates Christ in us, which is His “GIFT” so that we would not boast (Eph 2:10, 8-9); And this “gifted workmanship” of God needs to be ASKED for (Jn 4:10). Believers who are in the broad way which is leading them to destruction (Math 7:13), Are those who think that they can bring Christ into their hearts (Rom 10:6-7), And all of this is because they are being taught by the enticing words of man’s wisdom, which has their faith standing in the wisdom of men, NOT IN THE POWER OF GOD (1 Cor 2:4-5, 4:19). Those who teach the truth, are teaching what the Holy Spirit teaches, which compares spiritual “scripture” with “scripture” from here a little, and from there a little (1 Cor 2:13, Is 28:10); Faith is all about dealing truthfully (Prov 12:22); This is defined as teaching the way of God truly (Lk 20:21); Meaning these are servants of Christ, NOT men pleasers (Gal 1:10). Because God has put His trust in these, they don’t please men by flattery, (or not telling them the truth which they need to hear) nor do they seek glory from men, but God only. (1Thess 2:4-6) These are gentle, and cherish (those that they are ministering to) as a nurse cherishes her children (by giving them what they NEED, not what they want) (2:7). And they can do all of this because they have been crucified with Christ, so that they are no longer living (for their own selves, in their own will) but Christ is living in them (so that they could live unto God for others) and the life they are now living is by the faith OF Christ (not their own faith) (Gal 2:20) ; And these have learned “HOW” to come from (their) faith to (Christ’s) faith. (Rom 1:18) Without going through this crucifying process, we are still living for “OUR OWN” selves, rather than Christ living in us, and over us, so that we could live unto God for others, and no longer call ourselves a “sinner” , making Jesus the minister of sin, which GOD has FORBIDDEN Him to be (Gal 2:20 & 17). Those who are seeking to be justified by Christ, (not self-justified) are NOT “sinners” (Gal 2:17). Sinners THINK that they can “PUT ON” the new man without FIRST “putting off” the old man, and they don’t understand that doing this, causes them to perish (Math 9:17, Lk 5:37) (because they think that they can have 2 natures). Because of God’s mercy, “sinners” need to be called to repentance so that they could LEARN how to not be this sick (Math 9:13-12, Mk 2:17, Lk 5:32). Are you learning that you must FIRST “mortify” your old nature so that God’s wrath won’t come upon you because of disobedience?? Then you know, and understand that these sins need to be “put off” FIRST: covetousness, idolatry, inordinate affection, anger, malice, and lies, so that you can “put on” because of your election: mercy, humility, longsuffering, forbearance, forgiveness, and love (Col 3:5-14). And after all of this, we can have the peace of God ruling in our hearts, within gratitude, because the word of God is now richly dwelling within us so that we can teach these things unto others (3:15-16); Because we know nothing about love unless we know that love edifies others in the wisdom and knowledge of God, by writing these things down for others (so that they may meditate and study) (2Cor 8:1, Es 9:30, Eph 4:29, 4:16, 1Thess 5:11, Rom 15:2, 1Tim 1:4) THIS DOCTRINE CAUSES DIVISIONS AND OFFENCES TO THOSE WHO HAVE NOT LEARNED THIS, (OR NOT WILLING TO LEARN) AND THESE ARE TO BE AVOIDED AND MARKED BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT SERVING OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (Rom 16:17-18) Servants of Christ can do the will of God from their hearts, because they are into pleasing God, MORE than pleasing men (Eph 6:6).