The Cross and the Comforter

10C’s of in a nutshell the Christian view of Life and Living.  To briefly
summarize the Bible on this must not be complicated, yet it can not be
too simple since it takes the 66 books of the Bible to completely explain
the will and way and plan of God for the life and living for all humanity.  
{also considered as the subject of “The Cross and the Comforter”, since
the “cross” summarizes not only what Jesus did for atonement,
justification, redemption in His death on the cross for our sins and
salvation, but also the cross and the Comforter of the Holy Spirit makes
complete the truth about our complete salvation in the One Baptism of
Galatians 2:20}.  If we must have a theology then it must be a Bible
based theology with preference for the “sound pattern of words” used in
the Bible, otherwise we quickly degenerate into a cult or something
similar.

CHRIST  [1]   --    Even as there is no word Christian without Christ, so
there is no Christian life and living without the foundation in the virgin
birth, sinless life, teachings, miracles, death on the cross, resurrection,
ascension to heaven, and the promised return of Christ.

CONVERSION  [2]  --  There must be a drastic change in the view of
life and living, so drastic that Jesus taught that adults must become
again like little children under God and through the Lord Jesus Christ.   
Even as the Apostles in writing Scriptures of the Bible expressed
salutations as “bondservants” of God and Christ, even so all those who
would become disciples after them, according to Jesus, must be
converted.
“Assuredly I say to you, unless you are converted and become as
little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”
(Matthew 18:3
)

“COME AND SEE"  [3] --  Jesus invented pragmatism in the first
century, telling his first disciples to “come and see”, actually to live with
Him for almost 3 years to learn discipleship from what He taught, what
He did, the way He died on the cross, His miracles, His resurrection and
Ascension; and so the COME is being extended today as Jesus through
the Holy Spirit tells each would be believer with the right attitude of the
repentance of conversion and faith of conversion that God the Father
and Himself with come into their heart personally to live with him.  How
Christ can reveal Himself to individuals today without the world seeing,
Jesus explained in John 14:22-24:
“Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, ‘Lord {see here is another
servant like little child, alias a disciple, calling Jesus Christ “Lord”}
how is it that you will manifest Yourself to us {more pragmatism},
and not to the world {the Contrast with the Christian and the world
is always there in the Bible, then and today}?  Jesus answered and
said to him {even as many of the most awesome teachings of
Jesus were delivered to one person in response to a question, but
also for the benefit of the other listening disciples and us, so
Jesus deals individually through the comforting Holy Spirit with us
today}, ‘If any man loves Me, he will keep my word {this is part of
the Cross of obedience and discipleship}; and My Father will love
him, and We will COME to him and make Our home with him.”  
(John 14:22-24)

CALL  [4]  -- The “come and see” is also a personal call to all humanity,
anytime and at any place in the world, as “faith cometh by hearing and
hearing by the word of God”; and it is the call of hope, the hope a new
life and way of living on this earth and eternal life to come.
“…the eyes of your understanding being enlightened {more of the
come and see of today}; that you may know {more personal
experience} what is the hope of His CALLING, what are the riches
of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the
exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe,
according to the working of His mighty power {a subtle
introduction to the presently available power of the Holy Spirit, our
COMFORTER, which is coming up in the list 0f 10C’s}…”  
(Ephesians 1:18,19)

CONFESSION  [5]  -- The way of salvation that starts the Christian
way of life and living, continues it, and completes it is the way of
believing and confessing salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.

“But what does it say {the word of God and of faith in the Bible say
to the individual}?  {And the answer comes back from the word in
Deuteronomy 30:14—about as far back into the word as you can
get!}  ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that
is, the word of faith which we preach) that if you CONFESS with
your mouth {somebody has to hear it from you, and that prime
somebody is Christ and the Father} the Lord Jesus and believe in
your heart that God has raised Him from the dead {always back to
CHRIST, CHRIST, and more CHRIST!}, you will be saved.”  
(Romans 10:8,9)

NOTE:  Not perhaps you will be saved, or maybe you will be saved,
or there is the probability that you will be saved, but as part of the
same word of God in the NT, YOU WILL BE SAVED!

CROSS  [6]  -- It is not all comfort and ease as there is a unique and
individual cross for every Christian as part of Christian life and living.  
True the COMFORTER, the Holy Spirit, comes into your heart to live
with you bringing the Father and the Son with Him, and true the
Comforter also goes along side you as “the paraclete”, the other Jesus
on earth to help you when you do not push Him way to “grieve Him”; and
that paradox of CROSS and COMFORTER is as mysterious, except by
personal experience, as how the Christian “dies in order to live”, or how
the Christian dies to life in order to live to fuller life.  Jesus taught:
“And he who does not take his cross and follow after me is not
worthy of Me.  He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses
his life for My sake will find it.”  (Matthew 10:38,39)
And—
“Come to Me {the CALL of the CROSS and COMFORTER}, all you
who labor or are heavy laden
{the worker has the advantage over the
rich as does the individual who recognizes the heavy laden}
, and I will
give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you
{the yoke of obedience, the
cross, and discipleship}
and learn from me {knowledge of our Lord
Jesus Christ, and more knowledge leads to godliness, the cross, and
beyond to “brotherly kindness and love”  (II Peter 1:6.7) , and you can
certainly learn personally from the One that is inside your space
}, and
you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my
burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)
And—{as you are crucified personally with Christ, you come to
experience and continue to experience the One Baptism of salvation}
“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.”  
(Galatians 2:20)

COMFORTER [7] – The Holy Spirit, our Comforter who took the place
of Jesus on earth, the One inside us with “the divine nature”, and the
“paraclete” Who goes along beside us to help us.  Again, it is Jesus
talking:
(1).  The Holy Spirit as Comforter and Helper.  Until you can get rid of
the unfortunate “Holy Ghost” translation of the KJV, probably from
Shakespeare who was on the King James translation committee, you will
neither gain the respect of the Holy Spirit nor get the full knowledge of
the truth of the truthfulness.  Ralph Herring in “God Being My Helper”
expressed the whole truth about the Spirit as none others in our
generation.  While we respect their dedication and commitment to Christ
and the cross, generally, those same worshippers who confuse speaking
in known tongues, as the disciples did on the day of Pentecost in order
to communicate with the Jews of the dispersion there for the day of
Pentecost, with their outbursts of speaking in unknown tongues which
magnify themselves, are the same people who chose “ghost” over
Spirit.  How confused denominations and churches can get when they
substitute “ghost” for Holy Spirit is exemplified by the claim of the LDS
that they only receive the Holy Ghost and all others receive the Holy
Spirit.  {Thank you, LDS.}  Those are also famous for their forgetfulness
after those moments of unknown tongues, and as they go out to live in
“godliness, brotherly kindness, and love”, using such claimed
manifestations of the Spirit for proof of salvation like our Roman Catholic
friends use the confessional to give them comfort in the midst of habitual
sin.
“But when the Comforter comes, whom I shall send to you from
the Father, the Spirit of truth Who proceeds from the Father, He
will testify of Me.”  (John 15:26)
(2). It is God the Holy Spirit that came to take the place of Jesus on
earth, and it is He and He only who “convicts the world of sin, of
righteousness, and of judgment”.  We work in vain without His help!
“And when He has come {this, of course happened on the first day
of Pentecost after the Ascension}, He will convict the world {there
it is again the CONTRAST between the Christian and the world} of
sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment…”  (John 16:7,8)
(3). The Holy Spirit guides, teaches truth, and “glorifies”  and makes
declarations of truth about Jesus--
“However when He, the Spirit of truth {careful to allow the
knowledge of truth and of our Lord Jesus Christ to take the lead
over other claimed outbursts of the Spirit}, He will guide you into
all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority
{even as Jesus
spoke and taught in the authority of the Father, so does the Holy Spirit}
,
but whatever He hears, He will speak
{oh, if Christians and others
could only realize that Jesus first and then the Spirit only spoke what
they heard and hear from the Father—“the teachings are not mine, but
of the Father Who gave them to Me”}
; and He will tell you things to
come
{careful here to magnify truth by not confusing illumination with
revelation which came only through Prophets, Jesus, and the Apostles
}.  
He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to
you.” (John 16:13,14)
(4). The Holy Spirit seals up for salvation, unhampered unless you grieve
Him with habitual and unconfused sin to God the Father through Jesus,
until the day of complete salvation of redemption, that is the complete
buying back of the soul, spirit, and body to likeness in God and our Lord
Jesus Christ.
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good
for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.  
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you were
sealed for the day of redemption.”  (Ephesians 4:29,30)

CONTRAST [8] – Now, right now while we are in a section of the last
teachings of Jesus on earth and from John 16, etc, we should contrast
the “world” with Christian life and living, as Jesus Himself did; and further
begin some convictions of what the world is and means, among other
things in order to keep, like Pastor James said, “ourselves unspotted
from the world” (James 1:27) as part of “pure religion and undefiled”.
NOTE:  Granted that while up until now, all the words of C’s have
been straight from the Bible, the word “world” is found
innumerable times in the Bible, and “Contrast with the World” is
the real subject here; and next in line of C’s, we will come to
CONFORMITY, as in “Be not conformed to the world, but be
transformed by the renewing of your mind”, which is so Bible and
in the sound pattern of words of the Bible that it is Bible!  There
are so many ways that the Christian way of life and living is
commended as a CONTRAST of non-CONFORMITY to the world,
so numerous to name except for a few:   Paul told the Ephesians
that they showed a lack of proper learning of Christ when they
lived in a worldly fashion like the “other Gentiles”  (Ephesians 4:17-
21}; and by the way in that same passage illustrated how the
knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ is so personal, pragmatic, and
a matter of COME and See—“..if indeed you have heard Him and
been taught by Him {you see Jesus did not come to Ephesus in
body form, He will later at the Second Coming, amen!}, as the truth
{here the Comforter can help you, for real truth is real comfort} is
in Jesus.”
(1).  “all that will godly (the godliness and difference and contrast
is a difference that the world can not endure} in Christ Jesus will
suffer persecution”.
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated
you {the world is an it while Jesus is the great Me, by contrast; and
“greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world”}.
2. The Christian view of life and living is summarized from the
Bible, and in the sound pattern of the words of the Bible as “in the
world” but “not of the world”—in the words of the Apostle John,
the apostle of live, “Love not the world, neither the things of the
world.  All that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the
eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but of the world.  
The world passes away and the lust thereof, but he that doeth the
will of God abides forever.”  (I John 2:15-17)  Jesus continues from
John 15:18-25:
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own {you can tell
false teachers today like the false prophets of Jeremiah and of the
OT because the world loves them and flocks to them and buys
their best sellers because of their popularity}.  Yet because you are
not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the
world hates you.
 {Can’t you see the CONTRAST with the world,
because they see and hear Jesus in you, they can not endure, and that
intolerance turns to hate.  By the way a contrast of the American
Democratic Faith as not the same as Christian faith,  is that among other
differences, it is a faith of and in the world.}

“Remember the word that I said to you, the servant is not greater
than his Master
{again the CROSS and servitude to Jesus and the
yoke of Jesus
}.  If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute
you.
 {The Christian must worry when not persecuted in any way by the
world, when the world is so with him that he is considered more a part of
the world in which he lives and makes his living.}
 If they kept My word,
they will keep yours also.  But all these things they will do to you
for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.
Another CONTRAST with the world and the way the world apart
from Jesus thinks, they have no real personal knowledge of God
the Father if they do not know Jesus!
(3). The CONTRAST of the CHRIST and the world is the contrast of
knowing sin and not knowing sin as sin against God the Father.
“If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but
now they have no excuse for their sin.  He who hates Me, hates My
Father also.”
The world and many Christians just can not get this connection
between the Father and the Son correct, what you do with One you
do with the Other, for the Father says in the Word that They are
inseparable and “that every knee should bow and every tongue
CONFESS that Jesus is Christ {the Messiah} to the glory of God
the Father”; and for the glory of the Father.  You who think you
can worship God apart from our Lord Jesus Christ are just plain
fooling yourself even as the most religious people of all time, the
Pharisees and other Jews at the time of Jesus, faked themselves
out saying, “God is our Father”; and Jesus had to correct them by
saying, “You are of your father the devil, and the works of the devil
you do.”
(4). The world seeing, hearing, and knowing about Jesus makes
them sinners, and now Jesus through the Holy Spirit, the
COMFORTER, convicts the world of sin.
“If I had not done among them the works which no one else did
{still another CONTRAST between Jesus, all other religions, and all of
the world that no other works have ever been seen like those of Jesus,
amen!}
, they would have no sin  {This is another reason for
persecution, the world can not endure to have their sins made known to
themselves.  The concept is if they don’t know it can not hurt them, and
once they know, they think, then they are in trouble.}
; but now they
have seen and also hated Me and My Father.”  (John 15:18-24)

CONFORMITY [9]  --
“I beseech you therefore, brethren {this is for Christian brothers in
Christ}, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a
living sacrifice
{more of the CROSS, servitude and obedience to
God and Christ, the yoke, and then getting into sanctification and
godliness}
, holy {yes there is some sanctification and godliness},
acceptable to God,
{acceptable to God because it is efforts to be
like God, who demands “Be you holy as I am holy”}
, which is your
reasonable service
{reasonable because of all Christ has done for
us on the CROSS, is doing now to rescue us from a life of habitual
sin and with the help of the COMFORTER}.
“And do not be CONFORMED to this world {there is the CONTRAST
with the world, against Jesus and God again}
, but be transformed by
the renewing of your mind
{again knowledge and more knowledge in
the mind is far more important than any unknown tongue that no one in
the congregation can understand, and certainly is not being
communicated in any known language to those on TV}
, that you may
prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  
(Romans 12:1,2)
NOTE:  We come back to where we started on CHRIST and “the
hope of His CALLING”, also a matter of conformity to Christ by
transformation and renewal of mind, and of the great hope and
hopes of that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God!

CHALLENGE [10]  --  Would be added here, and is the tenth of the 10
C’s; but space nor time would permit the same justice to the subject that
is already done, and available to you in the book by SunGrist_Bible, and
available in paperback on amazon.com and on www.biblecombibleman.
com in PDF format, that is FRIENDS OF JESUS, a CHALLENGE
sufficient for the Falling Away.

NOTE:  An 11th is added for a necessary bonus, for CONTINUING
of the Christian way of life, that of "Continuing Faith".  And this
inspires a 12th, CONTACT, a personal contact with God through
Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit--real and personal
relationship with God and Christ throught prayer and Spirit led
Bible study and illumination,  indispensable to a real and
continuing Christian Life.  But we must add one more C for
Completness, the COMPLETE work of the Trinity in your personal
salvation.

COMPLETE --  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy
Spirit, all should be respected, appreciated, and glorified in a
personal knowledge and experience of your salvation--past,
present, and future.  As someone summarized salvation, "God the
Father thought it, God the Son bought, and God the Spirit wrought
it."  To have the contact mentioned above through successful
prayer and Bible, the Trinity works in the opposite direction:  The
Holy Spirit, our Comforter helps you prayer as you ought to;
prayer God hears and heeds come through the Son of the Cross,
who ever lives at the right hand of God to make intercession for
our sins; and as Jesus taught in the model prayer, "Our Father
which art in heaven", goes to the head of the Trinity, our Father, a
word for God, "Abba" that naturally flows from a born again heart!