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  • #31
    Calls sinners to Repentance ! cont 3

    So all God's Elect according to the Saving Purpose of God will be made experimentally sinners, those Christ came to save !

    Before this Sovereign work of the Spirit, Paul would not have considered himself a sinner against the tenth commandment of God's Law, lets read Phil 3:4-6

    4Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:

    5Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;

    6Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

    You see , this was Paul's thinking before how he thought when he wrote this in Rom 7:7-9

    7What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
    8But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.

    9For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

    Paul in his preconverted days as in Phil 3:4-6 points out, he would not have considered himself a covetous man, in violation of God's Tenth Commandment Ex 20:17

    17Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ***, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

    Now, if he was guilty in one point, he was guilty of all says James 2:10

    For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point[covet], he is guilty of all.

    Paul, though he did not realize it when he was performing that which he refers to in Phil 3:4-6, he was an idolater, look here Col 3:5

    5Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

    You see that ? Paul would have fought you tooth and nail if any would have labeled him an Idolater when he was a sincere faithful pharisee of the jews religion !.

    Man does not realize by nature his Idolatry in that way, for it's something that must be taught us by a Sovereign Work of the Holy Spirit and the Law of God.

    Remember, Jesus said, " I came not to call the righteous [insensible sinners] but sinners [sensible sinners by way of the Spirit and an application of God's Law] to repentance. Thats why Jesus said here Matt 11:28

    Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

    These are they who have been by the Sovereign Spirit been smitten by the Law, and they are burdened with a sense if their sinfulness before God, as the Publican Lk 18:13

    13And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

    You know what ? The publican did not realize it, but God had been already merciful to him , because he realized he was a sinner.
    "... I have my own private opinion that there is no such a thing as
    preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is
    called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly. It is
    a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else."

    Charles Spurgeon !

    Comment


    • #32
      The Transformation is coming !

      Phil 3:20-21

      20For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

      21Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

      The Transformation of our bodies, the elect of God, is an effect of Christ's Redeeming work of the Cross, and its destruction of death and the effects of sin. Now get this, the freewillers or arminians who think they are believers and will experience this transformation, they do not contribute the hope to Christ's Work alone that He accomplished for His People, but to their wise and freewill choice. They supposedly allowed this to occur or will occur to them by their freewill choice and belief, and others who will not experience it, it is because they did not allow it by not accepting Jesus Christ as their Saviour when they had the chance and opportunity as they did.

      You see, the Change or Transformation of the body of the redeemed into the likeness of the Lord's body of Glory is the final manifested triumph of His redemptive work over the power of death, which as a penalty of sin, came upon man's being, for the last enemy to be destroyed or subdued is death [physical], and the last victory won by the redeeming Lord of Glory, is the power of death in these vile bodies of His People, His Body the Church, by their Glorious Change into the likeness of His Body. This was David's hope also a OT Saint or Believer Ps 17:15

      15As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. He is referring to the Lord Jesus Christ here Ps 110:1

      Now the freewillers boast is that none of this victory over death for a person is possible to experience except by man's freewill accepting it, which is utter blasphemy and arrogance, and self exaltation..
      "... I have my own private opinion that there is no such a thing as
      preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is
      called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly. It is
      a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else."

      Charles Spurgeon !

      Comment


      • #33
        The Perfect Law of Liberty !

        James 1:25

        25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

        What is this Perfect Law of Liberty that James is speaking of ? You know many believe that James taught salvation by works or by keeping the Law, but that is no where near the Truth, and I know that those who teach that he does, they are under God's Judgment and will not be able to repent. However this Law is a Law of Righteousness, Redemption and forgiveness, made known through the Gospel !

        It is when the Law has been utilized by the Holy Spirit to do with it it's God given purpose, that is to lead the elect of God into a knowledge of sin, and give them Faith in Christ, who fulfilled the Law's demands in their behalf, as their Surety. It is not until we realize this, do we obey the Law from a correct motive of Gospel principles. That means those Christ died for have no obligation to law obedience in order make themselves acceptable to God. That is what Looking into the Law of Liberty means. Remember what Paul wrote Gal 5:1

        1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

        The words here stand fast give the same connotation as the words in James 1:25

        25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

        So James is basically saying the same thing Paul is saying in Gal 5:1, remember your Gospel Liberty !
        "... I have my own private opinion that there is no such a thing as
        preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is
        called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly. It is
        a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else."

        Charles Spurgeon !

        Comment


        • #34
          Created unto Good Works !

          Eph 2:10

          10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

          The word works here is the greek word ergon and means:

          business, employment, that which any one is occupied

          a) that which one undertakes to do, enterprise, undertaking

          2) any product whatever, any thing accomplished by hand, art, industry, or mind

          3) an act, deed, thing done: the idea of working is emphasised in opp. to that which is less than work

          The noun is preceded by the adjective good as in good works, and that word is agathos and means:

          of good constitution or nature

          2) useful, salutary

          3) good, pleasant, agreeable, joyful, happy

          4) excellent, distinguished

          5) upright, honourable


          This word is also translated well as in well doing as here Rom 2:7

          7To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

          Eph 2:10 good works is the same as Rom 2:7 well doing !

          Believers had been created in Christ Jesus unto well doing, well doing that God hath before ordained that they should walk in them or by them !

          I am going to share a couple of items that constitute the good works that believers had been ordained to walk in .

          The First Good work that a New Creation does it believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Believing is a work, something that man does. Anything man does, and particularly when He does what God commands, then he does a work, a deed, a performance, he does a good deed. James 1:25

          But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty[The Gospel], and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed

          John writes 1 Jn 3:23

          23And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

          Believing on the name of the Son of God is commanded by God, who will deny this in light of this verse ?

          Believing on Christ is the work of the intellect or the mind or the Heart. Paul writes that man believes with the Heart Rom 10:10

          10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

          Believing here is a well doing of the heart, a good deed or act !

          When the Philippian Jailor asked " What must I do to be saved "

          Acts 16:30

          30And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

          31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

          The word do here is the greek word poieō which means this:

          to act rightly, do well

          to perform: to a promise

          The word do is a verb and so denotes action !

          And Paul answered with an imperative " Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and though shalt be saved"

          The word believe here in the greek is an imperative, a command to do something, so its a work, an effort or performance of ones mind. God does not believe for one, that is something man must do.

          Again, believing is an action, a command is a duty, all this denotes a work, a good work !
          "... I have my own private opinion that there is no such a thing as
          preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is
          called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly. It is
          a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else."

          Charles Spurgeon !

          Comment


          • #35
            Created unto Good Works !

            We have been showing from scripture that Believing on Christ is a good work that those whom have been created in Christ, were created in order to perform. The good work of believing on Christ is one of many. It is a work or performance or action of the Mind or Heart, one of the very first things to do when given a New Heart and New Spirit Ezk 36:26-27

            26A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

            27And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

            The word do here is `asah and is translated perform 18 times in the OT as into perform God's commandments as here Deut 4:13

            13And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.

            Now, John in the NT writes that God has commandeth us to believe on the Name of His Son 1 Jn 3:23


            23And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

            But guess what else that word means other than perform? It means to work or in the context of work as here Gen 2:2

            2And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

            Ex 5:9

            9Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.


            Ex 31:5

            5And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.

            This establishes the fact that to believe, a command is classified as a work !

            The Phillipian Jailor's question, what must I do to be saved, denotes a work" What must I DO "

            Paul's response was a command "to believe" that denotes a work, a performance.

            So actions performed by the Heart or the Mind or the Soul, are works.

            So if someone says that they are saved from the penalty of sin and given Eternal Life, Because they believed, obeyed a commandment of God, as to Believe the Gospel or to believe on Christ, then that person is saying whether they agree with me or not here, whether they realize it or not, they are saying that they are because of a good work they performed, albeit it was with the mind or the heart. Once that happens, that person rejects Salvation by Grace through Faith , and if they continue therein with that thinking, then they are under the curse of the Law, because Salvation is by Grace, and not by ones good works Eph 2:8-9

            8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

            9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

            Gal 3:10

            For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

            As Long as we believe that we are saved by our doing, our faith, our repentance, or anything God commands, then that's the Principle of Law and Works !
            "... I have my own private opinion that there is no such a thing as
            preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is
            called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly. It is
            a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else."

            Charles Spurgeon !

            Comment


            • #36
              Created unto Good Works !

              Not only was Believing on Christ a good work that God commanded to be done after He creates us New, but another work is confession.

              Matt 3:6

              And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

              Thats a work because its an action being done by the subjects. They are confessing their sins. Now I am not talking about a Physical work, but a Mind work, a performance of the mind.

              We must not loose site of the definition of the word work used in scripture. It is the greek word:ergon:

              business, employment, that which any one is occupied

              a) that which one undertakes to do, enterprise, undertaking

              2) any product whatever, any thing accomplished by hand, art, industry, or mind

              3) an act, deed, thing done: the idea of working is emphasised in opp. to that which is less than work

              The word mind means:

              substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc.: the processes of the human mind.

              2.Psychology. the totality of conscious and unconscious mental processes and activities.

              3.intellect or understanding, as distinguished from the faculties of feeling and willing; intelligence.

              Next, Calling upon the Name of the Lord is a good work ! Its a performance.

              The same for Repentance, thats a good work. The term in scripture repent is many times associated with the word works.

              Acts 26:20

              But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

              Rev 2:5

              Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.


              Matt 3:8;Lk 3:8

              Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

              Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance

              The word fruits here is the greek word karpos:
              work, act, deed

              Repentance is a good work, a good deed. And God created His People anew unto these good works.

              Now be advised, if one believes and teaches that they are saved from sin because they performed the act of Believing, or confessing, or repenting, then you are claiming salvation by your good works, your good deeds.

              The Bible condemns that teaching and way of thinking. Salvation is by Grace through Faith, not of works Eph 2:8-9


              8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

              9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

              Titus 3:5

              5Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

              Not because of works of righteousness which we have done, like Believing, Repentance, our confessing, paul denies those things saves, but by God's mercy !
              Last edited by beloved57; November 21st, 2011, 03:49 PM.
              "... I have my own private opinion that there is no such a thing as
              preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is
              called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly. It is
              a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else."

              Charles Spurgeon !

              Comment


              • #37
                He taketh away the sin of the World !

                John 1:29

                29The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

                Yes, there is a world that the Son of God, The Lamb of God has done away with all of it's sin ! ALL OF IT ! All of it's unbelief, Idolatry, Coveteousness, Pride and so on. There will be nothing against this world John here is referring to Jer 50:20

                In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve.

                The world John means is the same One God so Loved Jn 3:16, it is the One Paul writes this of 2 Cor 5:19

                19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

                God did not count this world's sins against them. Thats what " not imputing their trespasses unto them" means !

                This is the World that Jesus gives [not offer] Life to Jn 6:33

                33For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life [Spiritual] unto the world.

                This is to the whole world of His Sheep, comprised of both jews and gentiles, His Israel of God.

                That word giveth means to give what is due, what is obligatory, like a reward. Yes, the Life that Christ gives this World in Jn 6:33 is due them, not because of anything that it has done or deserved, but because of His Giving His Life for it. Jn 6:51

                I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

                By Him so doing, He took away this Worlds sin issue Jn 1:29, and so, since no sin issues are against it, It demands that it be given Life. And Christ gives it Life. He saved this World from it's sins. Its the world of God's Elect, His Israel , His Church, His Sheep !

                Its not every single individual in the world without exception, because Jesus plainly says that some individuals will not see Life Jn 3:36

                He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

                So, these individuals are not part of that world in Jn 6:33

                33For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

                And of that world in Jn 1:29 !
                "... I have my own private opinion that there is no such a thing as
                preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is
                called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly. It is
                a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else."

                Charles Spurgeon !

                Comment


                • #38
                  The Lord's Portion is His People !

                  Deut 32:9

                  9For the LORD's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.

                  The word portion here means inheritance, which is Jacob His Chosen. Ps 135:4

                  For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.

                  Now God's Inheritance and Chosen in the NT is The Church Eph 1:4,18

                  4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

                  18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

                  Now are these Two different People's as God's Inheritance or His Portion ? Are these Two different Chosen ? God forbid, they are One and the Same. The Chosen Jacob of the OT is the Chosen in Christ of the NT, which also is the Church, they that belong to Christ; and those who belong to Christ whether Jew or Gentile are Abraham's Seed Gal 3:29

                  29And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

                  So fact is, that same Chosen Jacob which is God's Inheritance in the OT is the Same Group that is God's Chosen Inheritance in the NT, those Chosen in Christ Eph 1:4,18 which are the Seed of Abraham Gal 3:29 !
                  Last edited by beloved57; November 21st, 2011, 04:19 PM.
                  "... I have my own private opinion that there is no such a thing as
                  preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is
                  called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly. It is
                  a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else."

                  Charles Spurgeon !

                  Comment


                  • #39
                    The 144000

                    Rev 14:1

                    1And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.

                    No doubt this 144,000 is the same as that in Rev 7:1-4

                    1And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

                    2And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

                    3Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

                    4And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

                    Now if this 144000 is not the Church in symbolic language, then there is another group closer and nearer to Him, the Lamb, the Bridegroom than His Bride and Wife the Church whom is One with Him, Bone of His Bone and Flesh of His Flesh. Rev 19:7-8

                    7Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

                    8And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

                    Eph 5:29-33

                    29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

                    30For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

                    31For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

                    32This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

                    33Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

                    You see because this 144000 in Rev 14:4 is said to

                    4These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

                    Now thats very close to follow the Lamb withersover he goeth ! What about the Lamb's wife of Rev 19:7 Why doesn't She follow her Husband whithersover He goeth ?

                    The reason is , Thats who the Wife of the Lamb is, the 144000, that were virgins !
                    "... I have my own private opinion that there is no such a thing as
                    preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is
                    called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly. It is
                    a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else."

                    Charles Spurgeon !

                    Comment


                    • #40
                      The Gift of God is Eternal Life !

                      Rom 6:23

                      For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

                      The word gift here is the greek word charisma:


                      1) a favour with which one receives without any merit of his own

                      2) the gift of divine grace

                      3) the gift of faith, knowledge, holiness, virtue

                      4) the economy of divine grace, by which the pardon of sin and eternal salvation is appointed to sinners in consideration of the merits of Christ laid hold of by faith

                      5) grace or gifts denoting extraordinary powers, distinguishing certain Christians and enabling them to serve the church of Christ, the reception of which is due to the power of divine grace operating on their souls by the Holy Spirit

                      The word is translated Twice as Free Gift Rom 5:15-16

                      Its important to see here that the word offer is not included in the definition ! Of the other 15 times the word is used in the NT it never means a offer ! Its almost always means something freely given !

                      Now Adam gave God's People Death, but Christ gave God's People Eternal Life, as a Gift ! Jesus said that He giveth Life unto the world Jn 6:33

                      For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life[Spiritual] unto the world !

                      God giving Eternal Life through Jesus Christ is just as real and certain as receiving death through Adam ! Now was death merely offered to men or made available to them, depending on whether they will except it with their so called freewill ? No it was not, and neither is Eternal Life, a gift to those who will accept it by their freewill as false teachers claim, but it comes to them through Jesus Christ. Those who teach that Eternal Life is a Offer and can be accepted or rejected, they are liars and the Truth is not in them, men no more have to accept Eternal Life as an offer than they had to accept death as the wages of sin as an offer. For the wages of sin God gave death, and for the wages of Christ's death He gives Eternal Life. When God gave His Son, He gave the world He Loved Life Jn 6:33. Many will say, but you must believe to be saved, and that is so True, however you must have Life {Jn 6:33] to believe ! Living [Spiritually] precedes believing Jn 11:26

                      And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

                      The only ones who believe are the one's having or possessing Eternal Life Jn 5:24

                      Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

                      How can one dead in sin be hearing God's word. Jesus says that he that is of God heareth God's words Jn 8:47

                      He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

                      He that is of God means they possess Eternal Life, by being born of God the Spirit !
                      "... I have my own private opinion that there is no such a thing as
                      preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is
                      called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly. It is
                      a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else."

                      Charles Spurgeon !

                      Comment


                      • #41
                        The Gift of God is Eternal Life !

                        He that is of God means they possess Eternal Life, by being born of God the Spirit !

                        1 Jn 5:11 reads:

                        11And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

                        Notice again, John writes that the record is, God hath GIVEN not offered, us Eternal Life, which is in His Son, or Through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ as Rom 6:23b would state it " but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

                        These scriptures say the same, God gave us [those who are believing] Eternal Life, when He gave us His Son. Giving Christ produced and effected Eternal Life for " as many as the Father had given Him" Jn 17:2

                        2As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

                        Just as the wages of sin, what Adam did, caused the Elect to be born sinners and in spiritual death, likewise God's Gift, through Jesus Christ, causes the Elect, [Those given to Him by the Father] causes us to be born into Spiritual life. God had before the foundation purposed in Himself, for the Glory of all His Perfections and Attributes, Chose to Save Elect sinners through Jesus Christ.
                        "... I have my own private opinion that there is no such a thing as
                        preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is
                        called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly. It is
                        a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else."

                        Charles Spurgeon !

                        Comment


                        • #42
                          Do men by nature know the True God ?

                          Do men by nature know the True God ? Even the Father ! The answer is no, thats seen by Christ's statement Matt 11:27

                          27All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

                          Now this is not referring to God as a Creator, for men may know of Him in that respect Rom 1:21

                          21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

                          Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

                          But the knowing Jesus means in Matt 11:27 is a knowing in a salvaic way, as a Covenant God.

                          heathen know of a God in a Creational way, which leads to Idolatry Acts 17:21-23

                          21(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)

                          22Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.

                          23For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

                          Jesus also told ethnic jews who always boasted about being of Abraham's Seed, His Physical seed, Jesus says to them, a religious bunch Jn 8:19


                          19Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.

                          So NO men by nature, even religious jews in Christ time, do not know the True God, and as Jesus says, He must be pleased to reveal Him unto one before it can be a reality for anyone !

                          Matt 11:27

                          27All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

                          Mans freewill cannot attain to that which must be revealed supernaturally to him !
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                          "... I have my own private opinion that there is no such a thing as
                          preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is
                          called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly. It is
                          a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else."

                          Charles Spurgeon !

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                          • #43
                            The Blood and Water from His Side !

                            Jn 19:34

                            34But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

                            What does the blood and water really mean here when it flowed from the side of the Blessed Saviour ? The Blood represents The Redemption that He accomplished for the sins of all those He died for. They have been redeemed by His Blood.

                            Rev 5:9

                            And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

                            May I add, this blood redemption is not a possible redemption or a redemption made available, or merely offered, but a redemption that actually Redeemed those He died for TO GOD !

                            Eph 1:7

                            In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

                            Col 1:14

                            In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

                            The word redemption here has for its meaning this:

                            a releasing effected by payment of ransom

                            A releasing was not offered, was not made available, but was actually effected ! The word effected here means:

                            something that is produced by an agency or cause; result; consequence:

                            2. power to produce results


                            Now what does the Water mean ? it means Life, The Death of Christ gives to those He died for Redemption and Life, Spiritual Life !

                            You see, redemption is always from death or out of death Hos 13:14

                            I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

                            This results in Life ! He redeems His People out of Death into Life.

                            The water represents the water of Life ! Rev 21:26

                            And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

                            You see, redemption from death makes one spiritually thirsty..

                            Jn 4:14

                            But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

                            Notice Jesus said" The water that I SHALL GIVE UNTO THEM" He did not say, offer to them, or make the water available to them, but that he SHALL GIVE them.

                            The Life He shall give them ! For He giveth Life unto the World Jn 6:33

                            For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

                            And No, He does not mean every single individual in the world without exception ! But the World of His Elect, His Church,His Sheep, of every redeemed sinner from out of the Earth, as here Rev 5:9

                            9And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

                            Its that world, the world that shall sing that new song..

                            The Blood redeems from death, the water gives Life to the redeemed..
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                            "... I have my own private opinion that there is no such a thing as
                            preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is
                            called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly. It is
                            a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else."

                            Charles Spurgeon !

                            Comment


                            • #44
                              Is it God's Will for the non elect to believe the Truth ?

                              To those who are not chosen to Salvation by sanctification of the Spirit and Belief of the Truth, the Gospel is hid from them, it's a hidden wisdom, which God hath ordained only for His called and Chosen !

                              2 Thess 2:13

                              13But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:


                              The Truth of the Gospel vs 14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

                              Our Gospel is the Gospel that belongs to the Chosen of God !

                              The Gospel is hidden to some, those who are lost 2 Cor 4:3

                              But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

                              The word hid is the greek word kalupto and means:

                              to hide, veil

                              a) to hinder the knowledge of a thing


                              And the word is in the passive voice. The passive voice means:

                              The passive voice represents the subject as being the recipient of the action. E.g., in the sentence, "The boy was hit by the ball," the boy receives the action.

                              This means that the Gospel is being purposely hindered from them coming into the Knowledge of it. God is hiding it from them by means of the blindness that satan imposes upon the mind. vs 4

                              4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

                              Paul writes again 1 Cor 2:6-7

                              6Howbeit we speak wisdom[Gospel] among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

                              7But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

                              Notice he calls it the hidden wisdom of God ! The Gospel is the Wisdom of God, it originated of God Rom 1:1

                              Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,


                              It's the Gospel of His Kingdom, and He hides it from some Matt 11:25

                              25At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

                              If God wanted all men without exception to come to the Knowledge of the truth 1 Tim 2:4, then why does He hide or conceal it from the wise and prudent ?

                              Matt 13:11

                              11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

                              To some it is not given of God for them to know the Truth. If it is, there is a conflict with Matt 13:11 and 1 Tim 2:4

                              But the truth is, it just is not God's will for the Lost, the non elect, to come into a saving knowledge of the Gospel , of the Truth. The Gospel is the word of Truth Eph 1:13

                              13In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
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                              "... I have my own private opinion that there is no such a thing as
                              preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is
                              called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly. It is
                              a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else."

                              Charles Spurgeon !

                              Comment


                              • #45
                                The Perfect Law of Liberty !

                                James says something about the Perfect Law of Liberty James 1:25

                                25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

                                This scripture most certainly a reference to the redemptive privileges and benefits of the work of Christ, who has set free [liberated] all those He died for from the bondage of the Law. It, the Perfect Law of Redemption] is a Law of Redemption and Liberty Paul wrote Gal 5:1

                                1Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

                                James and Paul are speaking about the same Liberty !

                                But notice something, the Looking into the Law of Liberty is said to be a deed, which means a work !

                                The Looking means seeing, as to see the Son and Believe Jn 6:40


                                40And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

                                Now this word seeth here is the greek word theōreō and means:


                                to be a spectator, look at, behold

                                a) to view attentively, take a view of, survey

                                1) to view mentally, consider

                                And the word Looketh in James 1:25 is parakyptō:


                                metaph. to look carefully into, inspect curiously

                                Both words denotes attentiveness

                                James calls this looking into the Gospel of Christ's Liberty a deed and a work. When He writes " and a doer of the work" this merely means to continue believing,

                                Notice James 1:25

                                25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

                                A doer of the word, meaning the work of Faith !

                                Now, for those who believe they are saved because they believed the Gospel, something they did, then they believe they are saved by their deed, their doing of the work !

                                It cannot be made more plainer than this that believing is a work..
                                "... I have my own private opinion that there is no such a thing as
                                preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is
                                called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly. It is
                                a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else."

                                Charles Spurgeon !

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