Sunday, September 19, 2010
“The Christian Thinker – 101”…Blog [5/?]
Perhaps allow me to share… some of ‘my schooling’; in the Holy Word of God. No, I did not graduate from Bible College; and did not, attend a Bible Seminary. Nor did I follow the ‘Denominational’ teachings of some Church. I did ‘not’ sit under the particular teaching of any one person. I do ‘not’ hold to the “Armenian” or the “Calvinist”… “Teachings or Interpretations” of the Scriptures. Many get involved in this ‘mindset’ and cannot break free; to their detriment. They simply “Hold” to what they have been taught; and it colors their view of the Holy Scriptures.
*** (Psalms 119:97-to-104) MEM: Oh [Lord] how I love Your Law! = It is my meditation = all the day.
(Psa 119:98) Through Your Commandments = You [Lord] = make me wiser than my enemies, = for they are ever with me.
(Psa 119:99) I have = ‘more’ understanding = than ‘all’ my teachers; = for Your testimonies = are my prayer [Lord].
(Psa 119:100) I understand ‘more’ = than the old [mature] men, = because = I keep Your Commandments [Lord].
(Psa 119:101) I have = kept my feet = from every evil way, = so that I = might keep Your Word [Lord].
(Psa 119:102) I have ‘not’ departed = from Your judgments; = for You [Lord] have taught me.
(Psa 119:103) How sweet are = Your Words [Lord] = to my taste! = More than honey to my mouth!
(Psa 119:104) Through Your Commandments [Lord] = I get understanding; = therefore I hate every false way.
There is absolutely… ‘nothing wrong’ with the True Biblical teaching of some Pastors, in some of the Churches. Those ‘Godly Men’; led by the Holy Spirit of God, do in fact, facilitate ‘Spiritual Growth’ to the Glory of God; and the Spiritual Growth of ‘some’ of the members. But, those teachings… are “Never”… to take the place of God’s Holy Word. We, who are Born Again by the Holy Spirit of God… have God’s Holy Spirit… to teach us; the Truth of the Word. Pastors and Godly Bible Teachers are only ‘an adjunct’… to such teaching. That teaching… should “NEVER”… take the place of the Holy Word of God. Remember, “Only ONE” is ‘Perfect’… and they Nailed “HIM”… to that “Old Rugged Cross”… in ‘our’ place!
*** (Ephesians 4:11-12) And truly He [God] gave some = to be apostles, = and some to be prophets, = and some to be evangelists, = and some to be pastors ‘and’ [and not in the Greek NT] teachers, [SB: Pastor/Teachers]
(Eph 4:12) for the perfecting of the saints, = for the work of the ministry, = for the edifying of the body of Christ.
*** (John 16:13) However, when He, = the [Holy] Spirit of Truth, has come, = He will guide you into all Truth. = For He shall not speak of Himself, = but whatever He hears, = He shall speak. = And He will announce to you things to come.
(John 16:14) He will glorify Me [Jesus], = for He will receive of Mine = and will announce [reveal] = it to you.
(John 16:15) All things that the Father [God] has are Mine [Jesus]. = Therefore I [Jesus] said that He [The Holy Spirit] will take of Mine = and will announce it to you.
*** (Isaiah 8:20) To the Law = and = to the testimony! = If = they do not speak = according to this Word, = it is because = no light is in them.
What about the “Free Will” of Mankind…? Some 'extraneous' teaching leads one to believe that mankind… “Does ‘Not’, have a Free Will!” Nothing could be further from the Truth. Many look at the Bible as just an answer book, and when it does not give them the answer; they are looking for, they ‘Falsely Claim’… that it does not say this or that. Many do not stud the original “NT Greek” and “OT Hebrew”… but simply draw wrong conclusions from their ‘English’ translation of the Scriptures, some are good and some are very bad.
“The Bible”… is a book of “Spiritual Principles: and the ‘history’ of God’s working with His creation, mankind. Open your Bible and look at “Three Verses” and tell “IF”… they do in fact… speak about “Free Will” of Mankind. They are: James 1:22 = Luke 6:46 = 2John 1:8-to-11. Anytime the Scripture says… “Thus says the Lord”… that is a choice [418 times]… “To Obey” or “Not to Obey!” What is it, that confuses this… ‘free will’ issue; could it be as simply as… “Predestination or Election?”
*** (Ephesians 1:5) Having predestinated us = unto the adoption of children = by Jesus Christ to Himself [God], = according to the good pleasure of His will,
*** (2Peter 1:10) Therefore, brothers, = rather be diligent to make your calling = and election sure, = for if you do these things, = you shall never fall.
God’s Plan… is for “Everyone” to come to Salvation in Christ. But God has given mankind that choice of “Free Will”. God has even revealed Himself through His Creation order [Psalms 19:1-to-6]. He had chosen His People Israel… to be His witness and His example to the Nations. [2Chronicles 6:32-33]. Israel being delivered from Egypt by the ‘10’-plagues; had God had dealt with Israel ‘10’-times and they would not listen. [Numbers 14:21-to-21] Even when Christ Jesus came as their Messiah, Prophet and King of Israel… they would not listen; to Him. [Romans 9:24-to-27].
*** (Ezekiel 33:11) Say to them: = As I live, says the Lord Jehovah, = I have no delight = in the death of the wicked, = except in the turning of the wicked from his way [Repentance], = and so to live. = Turn, = turn from your evil ways; = for why will you die, = O house of Israel?
*** (2Peter 3:9) The Lord is not slow = concerning His promise, = as some count slowness, = but is long-suffering toward us, = not purposing that any should perish, = but that all should come to repentance.
*** (Acts 17:30-31-32) Truly, then, = God overlooking the times of ignorance, = now He strictly commands = all men = everywhere = to Repent,
(Act 17:31) because He has appointed a day = in which He is going to judge the world = in righteousness = by a Man [Jesus] = Whom He appointed, = having given proof = to all = by raising Him from the dead.
(Act 17:32) And hearing of a resurrection of the dead, = some indeed mocked; = and others said, = We will hear you again concerning this. [Free Will?]
*** (John 1:9-to-12) He [Jesus] was the true Light; = He enlightens = every man = coming into the world.
(John 1:10) He was in the world, = and the world came into being through Him [Colossians 1:12-to-17], = and the world did not know Him.
(John 1:11) He came to His own, = and His own = received Him not. [Free Will?]
(John 1:12) But as many = as received Him, = He [Jesus] gave to them = authority to become = the children of God, = to those = who believe on His name, [Free Will?]
*** (Psalms 98:2-3) Jehovah [God] = has made known = His salvation; = His righteousness = He has unveiled = to the eyes of the nations [Gentiles].
(Psalms 98:3) He has remembered = His mercy and His Truth = toward the house of Israel; = all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of Jehovah.
The Gospel… both the Good News and the Bad News… has been shared with the Word, and they have rejected it. It is so very simple to understand “Election.” ‘YOU’ have One Vote: ‘Jesus’ has One Vote; and ‘Satan’ has One Vote. “Whosoever”… gets the most “Votes”; has the Election, the rest simply ‘choose’… Damnation in the Lake of Fire, [Revelation 20:10-to-15] tormented day & night… forever and forever.
*** (Romans 6:16) Don't you know that when = you = offer yourselves to someone = as obedient slaves, = you are the slaves = of the one you obey = either of sin, which leads to death, = or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
Recently, someone… said to me… “What about those that ‘do not’ come to Christ; did Christ die for their sins also…? Is there a “Limited Atonement”… ‘only’ for those that come to Christ Jesus? Absolutely Yes! Perhaps I may share with you a ‘simple’ understanding of this fact?
1. I give you a check for… “10,000 US dollars!”
2. You thank me and… ‘Never’ cash that check!
3. You think that it is charity; but I tell you it is ‘grace’… with no strings attached.
4. Still… you want to succeed on your own, with the help of no one.
5. You die…!
6. Your heirs close your estate… and find my check to you… for the money.
7. They go to the Bank… and try and ‘cash’ the check… made out to you.
8. The bank ‘informs’ them… sorry the person is dead; these funds are… “Non-Transferable!”
That is a ‘word picture’… of “Salvation”. God calls “All” mankind to Himself. “Most” refuse His gift of Grace; in payment for their… “Sin / Sins.” Their ‘Refusal’ to cash their check [Salvation], the… “Gift of God”… will leave one… without the ‘eternal’ payment for their… “Sin/Sins!” This… Atonement by Christ Jesus for YOU… is paid for by the… “Death, Burial and Resurrection of Himself”… But… “Rejected by You!” Where then do you expect to spend eternity… after spitting in the face of God and refusing His gift of Grace to you? This is the Gospel… that we communicate as… “Evangelism = You are Witnesses of these Things… “Luke 24:44-to-49”
*** (Hebrews 10:28-to-31) He who = despised Moses' Law = died without mercy = on the word of two or three witnesses.
(Heb 10:29) Of how much worse punishment, = do you suppose, = will he be thought worthy of punishment, = the one who has trampled the Son of God, = and who has counted = the blood of the covenant = with which he was sanctified = an unholy thing, = and has insulted the Spirit of grace?
(Heb 10:30) For we know Him [God] = Who has said, = "Vengeance belongs to Me, = I will repay, = says the Lord." = And again, = "The Lord shall judge = His people."
(Heb 10:31) It is a fearful thing = to fall into the hands = of the living God.
*** (1Corinthians 11:30-31-32) That's why = so many of you are = weak and sick = and a considerable number = are dying.
(1Cor 11:31) But if = we judged ourselves correctly, = we would not be judged.
(1Cor 11:32) Now, = while we are being judged by the Lord, = we are being disciplined = lest we be condemned = along with the world.
Can it be any simpler than this…? Yes...! Now after reading this… do you ‘really’ believe that Mankind does ‘NOT’ have a… “Free Will?” You chose to read this… didn’t You… by you free will?
*** (Matthew 7:13-14-15) "Go in = through the narrow gate. = For the gate is wide = and the road is spacious = that leads to destruction, = and many people are entering by it.
(Matt 7:14) How narrow is the gate = and how constricted is the road = that leads to life, = and few are the people who find it!"
(Matt 7:15) "Beware of false prophets = who come to you in sheep’s clothing = but inwardly = are savage wolves. [Why a warning if there is No free will?]
*** (John 3:19-20-21) And this is the condemnation, = that the Light has come into the world, = and men loved darkness = rather than the Light, = because their deeds were evil.
(John 3:20) For everyone = who does evil = hates the Light, = and does not come = to the Light, = lest his deeds should be exposed.
(John 3:21) But he who practices Truth = comes to the Light = so that his works may be revealed, = that they exist, = having been worked in God.
Continued in next Blog [6/?]
Thank you for your Ear!
In Christ, Roger / Jeremiah 33:3.