1 Corinthians 12
Now there are diversities of graces, but the same Spirit;
And there are diversities of ministries, but the same Lord;
And there are diversities of operations, but the same God, who worketh all in all.
And the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man unto profit.
Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the body, are more necessary.
And such as we think to be the less honourable members of the body, about these we put more abundant honour;
and those that are our uncomely parts, have more abundant comeliness.
But our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together,
giving to that which wanted the more abundant honour,
That there might be no schism in the body; but the members might be mutually careful one for another.
For those of you who are not Christian Agonists, does your religion "speak to you as to spiritual"(pneumatikos)?(I Corinthians 3:1-3) Who defines your Christian faith? Spiritual faith(pistis)
(i.e. divine persuasion) must be determined on a personal basis, by the individual (through faith as a gift from God) and his God, and may not be
determined by any organized religion or otherwise for the individual, but as a calling from God through the Holy Spirit, with instillment and revelation
and use of the Christian gospel and constant striving to bring oneself nearer to God, a process called divinization, making divine, theosis, or deification,
and is a spiritual pilgrimage in which each person strives to both become more holy and more Christ like within Christ(i.e. hagiasmos),
done through the transforming effect of Divine Grace with a spiritual knowing, by instillments and revelations that are poured by or caught from the Holy
Spirit, not taught by man.
In further understanding, "Pure religion(thréskeia)
and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to
keep himself unspotted
from the world"(James 1:26-27), and "by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your
spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of
God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."(Romans 12:1-2)
The Christian Agonist predates all traditions and teachings of Christian religions of men attempting to force Christianity into the molds and forms
of religions of men as the apostle Paul refers to as a "self-made religion(ethelothréskia)"
(Colossians 2:23). The Christian Agonist remain today under mandate to "strive(agonizomai) to enter in at the strait gate"(Luke 13:24) through
faith "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity(deilia), but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."(2 Timothy 1:7), "And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands"(2 John 1:6). The biblical expression “to gird up the loins” meant that the person was
ready for service, to work, to think, to strive, to spiritually fight for service to his God, as a "girt one of the loins"(Proverbs 30:31 - YLT). As a Christian Agonist, we must do whatever it takes to focus
our thoughts and actions on those things that allow us to serve God completely and without hindrance. "And therefore we also having so
great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the
fight proposed to us:"(Hebrews 12:1). The Christian Agonist is founded only by God and based in Scripture, instillment and
revelation through the Holy Spirit with the understanding of the agonizomai and agon towards salvation through the Holy Spirit on to Christ within the one
true Church, the body of Christ, and not of traditions of religions and churches. With the wisdom and understanding “that no man can say that
Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost”(1 Corinthians 12:3) that is no man may come to Christ or be a member of the Church (i.e. the body of Christ) but by and through the Holy
Spirit first with the understanding that "God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them,(1 Corinthians 12:18) and that "God has put the body
together'(1 Corinthians 12:24) as well as the understanding that faith is a gift from God, and never something that can be produced by people, as Jesus
said to the blind men “According to your faith be it unto you”.(Matthew 9:29) Then only through God can you become a member of the Church, that which is
Christ, and it is not that you can become a member of any church or any religion of man to be saved and a part of Christ, without going through the Spirit to Christ.
Christian living is a constant and difficult
struggle for the Christian Agonist, an agonizomai within an agon against ‘yourself’, and the Christian Agonist must "fight(agonizomai) the good fight(agon)"(1 Timothy 6:12) and have "fought the good fight(agon)"
(2 Timothy 4:7)
as the understanding of which the apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27:
1 Corinthians 9:23-27
23 And this(pas) I do for the gospel's(euaggelion) sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery(agonizomai)
is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight(pukteuó).
I, not as one that beateth(deró) the air:
27 But I keep under(hupópiazó)
my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway(adokimos).
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Ministering as a Christian Agonist denomination of faith
Serving the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Africa
as a Christian Agonist Ministries
"If you know that he is righteous, you should also know that he is the Father of everyone
who does what is right."(1 John 2:29)
"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."(1 Thessalonians 5:21)
"Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils:
freely have you received, freely give."(Mathew 10:8)