This is Christian letter to all St. Louisans and those of surrounding communities in the greater metropolitan area. It is a letter to all that live in and around St. Louis; a letter written to all denominations, all in denominations, all churches, all in churches, all that believe, and all that don’t, all in and around St. Louis.
[quote][b]Confidence Builders; the Mystique of Love[/b][/quote]
 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost those that come unto God by him.[/b][/quote]
The riskiest adventure for each and every one of us has, at one time or another, or to one degree or another, been our adventure into love. That’s where we risk our truth in the hands of another that just might be telling us a lie, feeding us a line about loving us when in reality their true motive is anything but love. They use us until they have everything they desire of us, and then burn their tires on our head as they leave.
Whoever said, “Love is a many splendored thing;” surely meant, “Love is a many splintered thing.” I bring this point up because many of us have such a relationship with God. Our love for Him is splintered, fractured, and marginal at best. After all, we’ve read the Bible and found inconsistencies that we can’t reconcile. How can we place our trust in one that seems to hover over us ready to strike us down, yet says He is love and that is what He is to us now and forever?
As with any heart love relationship we place ourselves at risk the very moment we tell someone we love them. Expressing a heart love to someone opens us up to the possibility of that someone leaving their footprints all over the most precious thing we have to offer them.
Risking all to love someone we can touch is difficult enough. Risking all to love someone we can’t touch is a difficult thing. Such is our way of looking at things. In addition we are perplexed because we can’t escape the duality of God’s nature as it appears in print, judgment and mercy. Here then is the problem we face, deciding which vision of God is our reality. We must choose.
Is He love or the Law of Sin and Death? Many of us grow up in a denomination that has made that determination for us. We find God by keeping the commandments he gave to Moses. Why? That pathway seems less risky than giving our heart love to one that just might reject it. We fear Him because of His wrath and much prefer to keep ourselves from that by getting under the comfort and shelter of the commandments He gave to Moses. Whew! We’re safe under the banner of those things promised us if we keep the Law of Moses! Our proof of that safety which comes to us by the commandment is our success in the world. We derive our comfort from that.
I say great! But I want you to answer a few questions for me. First of all, do you have a personal relationship with God the Father through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Does He walk with you and talk with and tell you that you are His own? Has the keeping of the law brought you that? Or is your relationship with God found in a piece of bread, unleavened cracker, a wafer, a ritual, a rite, or a recitation? What’s that you say? You also give bread to the poor, cloth the poor, visit those that are sick or in prison, tithe to the church and support missions?
I say great! But do you love God the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength according to the Law of Moses? That question is answered easily enough. Who directs and guides you each day? Do you acknowledge Him in all your ways? If so, how did His presence come to abide in you?
 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
 This is the first and great commandment.
 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
What’s that you say? You’ve tried, but…..it isn’t humanly possible? Why do you think that is? What’s that you say? That’s what His grace is for; to overlook the fact you can’t keep the whole of the law? Then how is it you are saved by the keeping of the Law of Moses?
Let’s take a closer look at what it is God wants from us from the perspective of the Old Testament and the New. Let’s simplify things and just say the truth of the matter. God wants us to love Him and one another and in so doing fulfill both the law of the Old Covenant and the New. The problem within each of us is that we can’t do it. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done. It just means we can’t do it. Sad huh?
[b]Let’s take a look at what our Lord teaches us about coming to Him via the law, Matt. 19:16-26.
 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, “Who then can be saved?”
 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”[/b][/b][/quote]
We see the problem with the young man as Jesus shows us him to us. He is rich. That is easy to see. But imbedded in the story is the problem we have with God and our obedience to Him even if we fulfill the majority of the law. When challenged we can’t die to those desires we naturally have as human beings. We must die to ourselves, but how? We need just look at key portions of verses 25 and 26.  Who then can be saved?  With men this is impossible;
[quote][b]I knew a man once who boldly proclaimed to his wife, “I’m going to put sin behind me!” The wife cocked her head, focused her eyes squarely on her husband’s and asked, “What are you going to do, write it on a paper and sit on it?” [/b][/quote]
[quote][b]Dying to self…that is the problem…The good news is that Jesus did not leave His disciples or us without hope. Also in verse 26 he tells us how salvation comes to us.  With God all things are possible. [/b] [/quote]
So what do we have in verses 25 and 26? We have the answer to our dilemma. It is God Himself that must save us. Now many would have us believe that somehow our salvation comes to us through our denomination and their teachings, and that God has instructed them how it is done, but I say to you in the strongest loving terms, “IT IS GOD THAT SAVES US!” And it is He that instructs us in how it is done BY HIS SPIRIT! He saves us not by the many good works we have done, but by the mighty power He displayed in Jesus when He raised Him from the dead.
I like what Peter had to say about the promises of God.
 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature.[/b][/quote]
We look back to Abraham, our fore runner in the faith, and we find God gave Abraham certain promises and because Abraham believed God would make those promises good, God did. The promises God gave to Abraham were great. The promises God has given to us are far and away much, much, greater. Peter tells us that it is through those promises God has made to us that we become partaker of the divine nature. Now let’s get back to God’s love for us. I like what the Apostle John said to us about the love of God.
 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. [/b][/quote]
[quote][b]For us to be God’s sons and daughters we must have His nature in us mustn’t we?[/b][/quote]
Such brings me to my next question. Can any of us make ourselves by our own doing God’s sons? Certainly we can do good works while here on earth as Christians, but not one of them changes our nature from human to divine, not a single one.
So how is it we become partaker of the divine nature? How does our nature become divine? Where does this new life come from, and what must we do to acquire it? As much as we all might want to we can’t reach out and touch God with our physical body or see Him with our physical eyes, but if we will believe in Him to make His home in us, He will touch us by doing so. By believing in God with all of our heart to do that which we cannot, save ourselves, we touch Him spiritually. And when we touch Him spiritually with our great need for Him, He touches us back with His great love for us!
Where I went to church as a child, boy, and young man it was the church’s policy that each boy or girl age ten attend a class on receiving salvation. I can’t recall exactly but it seems to me like there were from six to eight of us that were a part of the group I was in that attended that class. Fortunately we were taught correctly. Believe in Jesus from the heart, confess Him with your mouth and be baptized and He will impart to you His nature. I don’t know about the rest of them that were baptized with me that one Sunday morning way back when, but I just believed in my heart what I was taught. Then, when it came time for me to be baptized, when asked if I believed in my heart that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and that God raised Him from the dead, I said, “Yes, I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and that God raised Him from the dead.”
With that statement of faith confessed aloud and believed in my heart I was baptized. Like I said, I don’t know about any of the rest of them, but by the time I was home from church that afternoon I knew I was different. There was a love in me that wasn’t there before. And truthfully, from then until now, the only way I have ever known our Lord is as Love.
Since age ten, it hasn’t mattered how far I strayed, what I said, where I went, or what I did, at the end of each rope, the Lord was there for me, leading me through repentance, restoring my soul, and advancing me in knowledge of Him and His Kingdom, the last a thousand times greater than the first.
So what has God done on my behalf over a very long, very trying, and very difficult fifty years? He’s loved me with an everlasting love, unchanging, unwavering, long suffering, and immovable. What can I say except He has never failed me nor forsaken me. That good work He began in me fifty years ago He has continued to perform and no doubt will continue to perform it to the end of my days here. Why? Because He promised, and I believed, and have kept believing no matter what, even when tried by fire.
He has made me to have no hope apart from the hope I have in Him! He has made me to have no faith apart from the faith I have in Him! He has made me to have no love apart from the love I have in Him! He has made me to have no mind apart from the mind I have in Him! He has made me to have no life apart from the life I have in Him.
[quote][b]He has made us to be His love in that love He gave His “SON,” the same that made Them One, that bids us all to come, and also to be one! [/b][/quote]
 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
People! This is God’s purpose for you, to become one with Him in His Son!
As it is written, how can we neglect so great a salvation!!!???
Trust in God who is love and only love for you. Give Him all your love, and He will always live in you.[/b][/quote]
Love, In Christ Jesus, saint701