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1. First point, which must be understood - The Gospel was prepared before the foundation of the world. Even as early as Gen.3 a hint of The Gospel of Jesus Christ was shown with the idea of the crucifixion with the bruising of the heel. In Malachi 4, and Romans 9, we are shown that before Jacob (Israel) and Esau were born, that God loved Jacob, but hated Esau, even before either child had chance to do good or evil. Thus God ordained Jacob by predestination.
2. The Gospel was given first, before God's law. God's Promise to Abraham was by Faith, and Abraham believed, and it was counted to Abraham as righteousness. Those in Christ Jesus have believed on that same Faith as The Gospel was preached to Abraham according to Apostle Paul...
Now this statement may appear to be easy to understand and accept....but in todays religious anti-truth quagmire...it has become unacceptable.
So then this is a good place to examine the distance that so many have fallen away from the teachings of Jesus. May this examination lead some people to reconnect with Jesus Christ and the truth HE testifies of.
Is a humble person seen as humble because they act in humility? Should we allow ourselves to be indoctrinated to think otherwise?
If a person acts with mercy, are they not to be seen as merciful? Does not the adjective inform the noun?
So then up is still up and down is still down....even in the church?
Is a person who acts with righteousness a righteous person?...ok watch...
Jas 4:11, Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
Jas 4:12, There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
God is the righteous judge; who will bring every evil deed into account.
Seeing that the Trinity has been under assault for centuries, I think its imperative that those of us who believe in the triune Godhead stand up against those who oppose this core belief.
God is one God.[Deuteronomy 6:4] Yet, in the Godhead, there are three Persons...
God the Father
God the Son
God the Holy Spirit
God the Father is not the Son or the Holy Spirit
God the Son is not the Father or the Holy Spirit
God the Holy Spirit is not the Father or the Son
Yet, these Three are One God. Not three Gods, but One God, one Being. This diagram is the best illustration I have seen concerning the Trinity...
One member on here states that...
Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
John's baptism was for the remission of sins, to cleanse Israel as priests in the coming Davidic kingdom, in which, Israel would reign with Christ on earth.
1:8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
John baptized with water according to the covenant and the law. Jesus would baptize not with water, but with the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost came on the disciples at Pentecost according to the New Testament. The New Testament was only for Israel and Judah. By the Holy Spirit, Israel would be given a new heart and would be able to keep the law.
Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
If the law could have given life there would be no need for a cross. In other words if the law could have crucified the old sin-nature, there would be no need for a cross.
If the law could have saved humanity out of their sin, there would be no need for a cross. The only change for mankind comes at the cross, there is no other deliverence provided whereby man can live. The Apostle Paul would say! and that life is Christ. There is no other life, you cannot find a life other than the Christ-life in scripture. That life as a born again Christian has become...
I am not a builder, but I’ve knocked up a few dog boxes over the years. A building inspector would not have been impressed but the dogs loved them. Set me loose on a larger project however like a house, or even a garage, and it will soon become apparent that I am not even vaguely familiar with the laws and principles that govern design, architecture, carpentry, engineering or any other associated trade. I would be quite hamstrung by my lack of familiarity and knowledge.
A skilled tradesman however, through his knowledge, experience and obedience to the the laws that govern the building trade can erect a house that is safe and habitable, and he may also add his own personal touches to enhance it’s appearance.
The same with music. One...
I was just wondering, as I see some of our threads here are 14 pages long x 20 posts a page...
Has coming to this forum, and reading other people's posts , thoughts, and argument ever changed your mind on what you perviously believed?
If we all come with a closed mind, what good do we do for each other?
I think in all the years that I have been here, I have only seen about two people mentioned that they have learned something from someone else!
I can say - I HAVE. There are about five brothers over the years ( some no long posting) but some still here, that I have learned from , and have caused me to 'pause'.
I do get blessed and challenged my some of the posters.
We've seen our country and others take a nosedive in morality and I wondered if it was caused mostly by Pastors and Churches turning from the steadfast truth of Scripture to compromising with the world. The church has seemed to lose its restraining power against evil.
We're warned that there is a departing from the faith in the end times but even with this Scripture many pastors - and Christians - don't seem to grasp that we're part of the problem and acknowledge clear Scripture verses. Are they - and we - such conformists that we no longer want to bear the shame of the cross or to be different from others?
1 Timothy 4:1 - Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that...
Romans 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
God is not done with unbelieving Israel.
Romans 11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
The remnant is believing Israel and also believing Gentiles. God has always made provision for the Gentiles to be saved through Israel.
11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
The election, the Jewish and Gentile believing remnant, has obtained to righteousness by grace through faith. Unbelieving Israel has been blinded.
11:11 I say then, Have they...