Who is in Control? God or man? Nature or God? Satan or God?
“For OF Him, and THROUGH Him, and TO Him, are ALL things to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”
Scriptures give us at least six principles which teach us that the Sovereignty of God in Providence runs throughout the word of God as the undergirding of all things and the salvation of His people!
It is impossible to have a hopeful sense of security, peace, stability, and assurance while living our lives in our present day, crazy, insane world without a knowledge and understanding and appreciation of the Sovereignty of God in providence!
Do we have trouble during these days of Covid-19 and the Riots and Terrorism expressed during the Protests , putting it all together into one coherent system? Do we understand God’s message of hope and grace that is in the Gospel (Good News)? Point: God controls all things!
I. GOD HAS A DEFINITE PLAN AND PURPOSE FOR THIS WORLD!
“He is of ONE MIND, and who can turn HIM? And what HIS soul desireth, even that HE does.”
Catch this: God HAS a plan! He is of ONE MIND. His plan is unchangeable. God’s plan will Succeed and His Plan INCLUDES ALL THINGS! Nothing escapes His plan.
EPHESIANS 1:11 – “…..BEING PREDESTINATED ACCORDING TO THE PURPOSE (OR PLAN) OF HIM WHO WORKS ALL THINGS AFTER THE COUNSEL OF HIS OWN WILL.”
ROMANS 8:28 – “And we know that ALL THINGS work together for good to them that love God, to them who are CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.”
The Pelagian (people who deny the above scriptures), denies that God has a plan. The Arminian (most of the evangelical community today) denies the plan is specific and inclusive of ALL THINGS.
Notice some other scriptures for your study;
God does things DELIBERATELY – PSALM 115:3
God does as HE PLEASES – Psalm 135:6
God does ALL THINGS according to His own Eternal knowledge, power and desire – Isaiah 46:10; and Acts 15:18
OTHER VERSES: Deut. 2:30; 1 Samuel 16:14 – These will not fit the modern systamatic theology and statements of faith today.
A classic illustration of the sovereignty of God in accomplishing HIS purposes is found in 11 Samuel 17: 1-14.
In case you have not read the first article on the “body, soul and spirit”, I would encouage you to do so prior to reading this particular one on the soul of a redeemed saved person. But a few reminders, if you have, concerning the tripartate being called man (mankind both sexes male and female)!
The following information is not a total compilation and in debth exposition of the matter before us. These matters are a mystery, but we certainly have a lot of truths that stand out in contrast to what is popular today concerning the matters at hand. Hopefully these words will entice you to go further into the study of the body, soul and spirit and help us all discover through the Spirit more about His wonderful work which we NOW HAVE which is VITAL and ALIVE at this very moment.
Also, God loves all of Us, and to HIM all of US is pure, holy, sacred, sanctified, and new. Even though SIN dwells in our Old Man which we died to and dwells in our FLESH (where Sin dwells), the make up of our body consisting of flesh, bones and skin and blood is NOT sinful, but now owned by God and considered His Holy Temple, but sin dwells still in the unregenerate body seeking to do wrong, for it is a power and entity allowed to remain by God until we are either put back to dust and then resurrected or translated into the air with HIM if He comes back. REMEMBER AND I SAY ALWAYS REMEMBER: Paul the Apostle states categoricially that we are NOT IN THE FLESH BUT IN THE SPIRIT NOW!!
IT IS NOT THE WORDING, ‘THE NOW, AND THE NOT YET” BUT NO, THE RIGHT NOW. THE ONLY NOT YET, IS THAT OUR BODIES NEED TO BE GLORIFIED AND RESURRECTED OR TRANSLATED, AND OUR PRESENCE INTO THE VERY HEAVEN OF HEAVENS LITERALLY BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT.
YES, IT IS FORENSIC, BUT TO USE THAT TERM, AS IF THE MATTER IS NOT RIGHT NOW, IS ERROR OF THE HIGHEST ORDER. BECAUSE THE WORD SAYS, WE ARE WITH HIM RIGHT NOW IN THE HEAVENLIES, WHETHER WE SENSE IT OR NOT, IS NOT THE ISSUE, ALTHOUGH YOU AND I SHOULD, BUT THE DISBELIEF THAT EXISTS IN THE WORD SPOKEN IS THE PROBLEM. A LACK OF FAITH IS EXISTING AND IS A PROBLEM, IN THAT NOT ENOUGH FAITH IS BEING EXERCISED IN HIS WORD.
The body we inhabit is actually one unified part of the whole. We are not seperate, but intertwined, a complete unit. It is not like we are floating around inside of a skin, bone and blood vessel, but all of our being is integrated as one being. However, each of the three parts, even though united, do have seperate functions and activities they are engaged in bringing about the complete unified work it was designed to do, and to be as a person.
God created our total being for His own purposes and glory. The body belongs to HIM now, as we are through the new birth, sons of God, born again new creatures or a new creation. God LOVES our bodies, and makes our bodies now His Temple. See: 1 Corinthians 6:15.
1 Corinthians states “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Catch that! Our bodies are now Holy, Living, and Alive because of HIM! They are now acceptable unto Him! God loves your body. It is NOT sinful, it is NOT wicked, it is NOT filthy, it is NOT depraved. What GOD has made HOLY and UNDEFILED let not man do otherwise! The body I live in is Sanctified!!! Nothing wrong with me now because Jesus made me whole! I am NOT in the Flesh so states Paul in his epistle. LISTEN QUICKLY TO THIS: WE ARE NOT TO SEEK TO TAKE OWNERSHIP OF OUR BODIES AND MAKE THEM SOMETHING THEY ARE NOT!!
We can try and hijack what God has purchased and taken control of and say it is terrible, wicked, sinful and all of that, but God say’s otherwise. IT IS HIS TEMPLE AND IF WE SAY THAT, WE ARE DEFILING AND MAKING BAD REMARKS ABOUT GOD’S HOUSE!!! DO YOU RECOGNIZE YOU ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD???
Yes, we are presented by sin temptations, and we have struggles but that is ‘sin’ an entity which is separate from our bodies, seperate from our very new creature which we are for we are IN CHRIST JESUS! We do have the struggles from such sinful temptations and sometimes we do sin and fail. But that DOES NOT CHANGE WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT GOD HAS MADE YOU! OUR IDENITY IS NOW BEING IN CHRIST JESUS.
NOTE: ROMANS 6: 12-13 -“LET NOT SIN THEREFORE REIGN IN YOUR MORTAL BODY, THAT YOU SHOULD OBEY IT IN THE LUSTS THEREOF. Neither yield you members as instruments of unrigheousness unto sin; but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are ALIVE from the Dead, and your members as instruments of righeousness unto God.”
Are you now ALIVE or DEAD? Are you now the TEMPLE of GOD or is that later? God says in both cases you are alive NOW! Are you righteous NOW are later? God says you are NOW! No jumping back and forth. No falling out of grace into condemnation and sin, but staying right where God put you, SAVED, Holy, Sanctified and ALIVE!
Remember our bodies are “bought with a price” and God owns our bodies, and uses them as His Temple NOW. Yes, it is a body of skin and bones and will decay and return back to dust. But that doesn’t mean it is Sinful, for SIN is a ENTITY in and of itself which dwells in the body and makes it home there to lure the body and our soul and spirit to fail God and sin through various tempations and trials. But our identity is always Holy, Righteous, Sanctified, Without Sin in the NEW MAN who has been MADE ALIVE in CHRIST! THINK ABOUT IT!!! IF YOU THINK LIKE A LOT OF FOLKS DO THAT YOU ARE A FILTHY, WICKED SINNER, THEN YOU ARE MAKING GOD’S HOLY TEMPLE A SINFUL POT OF WICKEDNESS IN WHICH HE IS ALSO LIVING IN, BUT TO THE CONTRARY, HE KEEPS US FROM THE DEATH IN THE POT, AND SURROUNDS US WITH HIS ETERNAL PRESENCE RIGHT NOW IN OUR BODIES.
Back when Paul wrote his epistles and John also, the Gnostics were popular and spreading their heresies and false teachings into the very churches. They majored on the spirit of man and considered all of our bodies, that is every particle of our bodies evil and sinful. Not so! The church rejected that heresy long ago. Matter, our composition of skin, and bones and blood is NOT sinful. SIN IS SINFUL! SIN IS A SEPERATE ENTITY WHICH WORKS TO CREATE SINFUL FRUIT AND USES THE LAW TO DO IT, BUT THE BODY DOES NOT DO THAT, SIN DOES THAT. IT IS SIN THAT IS THE PROBLEM NOT OUR BODY! EVEN THOUGH IT IS WEAK AND DECAYING AS IT IS.SIN SEEKS TO TAKE OUR NORMAL HUMAN DESIRES AND APPETITES, AND OUR NATURAL HUMAN NEEDS, SUCH AS SLEEP, HUNGER, REST, ETC., AND CREATE A SINFUL FRUIT REACTION.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
“And the very God of peace, sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Verse 24 reads, “Faithful is HE that calls you, who also will do it!”
THE SOUL IS LIKE A MIRROR. IT REFLECTS THINGS. IT REFLECTS EXPERIENCES – SIN – GOOD – CELEBRATIONS – ANGER – JOY – ETC. IT IS ALSO PART OF THE NEW PERSON IN CHRIST. BUT IT FUNCTIONS WITHIN THE BODY AND OPERATES LIKE THAT. THE SOUL IS NOT EVIL EITHER. IT IS ALIVE IN CHRIST. WE GROW SPIRITUALLY STRONGER AS THE SOUL IS NURTURED AND CARED FOR THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT. Even in Jesus as He lived in that body which was perfect GREW in wisdom and even Grieved in His spirit, was disturbed in his spirit just like the Apostles did. So, those things are NOT sinful. Having to sleep, and eat and rest were normal things in perfect body which HE had. NO sin within His body like there is in ours! THE FIVE SENSES ARE INVOLVED AS THE SOUL FUNCTIONS.
SOME SCRIPTURES TO STUDY CONCERNING THE SOUL:
Hebrews 4:12; Hebrews 6:19 – “Which HOPE we have as an Anchor of the Soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the Veil.”
This is importantmatters: Notice that the SOUL is “sure and steadfast” and it “enters” into the very Holy Place behind the veil.” This is the REAL setting in heaven as we are there with Christ right NOW, but the O.T. picture or portrayed this. SIN could not enter into the very Holy of Holies! Special spiritual work on the High Priest at that time was granted to him to go into that place once per year. Outside in the other portions of the Temple others could be – but NO ONE allowed in there or they would be burned to a crisp! Judged! NOW, note the SOUL which is regenerated and living in the Body (our flesh and bone body) is “inside of Christ” inside of the Veil! THAT IS SOMETHING ELSE – WOW!!
THIS HOLY SOUL OF OURS IS AT WAR WITH SIN ALONG WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT WHICH IS IN US. NOTICE: 1 PETER 2:11;
“……..ABSTAIN FROM FLESHLY LUSTS, WHICH WAR AGAINST THE SOUL.” SO, THE SOUL IS AGAINST THE SIN, AGAINST THE DEVIL, AGAINST THE DEMONS EVEN AS JESUS CHRIST IS! WE DO BATTLE.
OUR PERSONAL FAITH HAS BROUGHT TO SALVATION OF THE SOUL. NOTICE: 1 PETER 1:9, “Receiving the END of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”
Catch this: 1 Peter 1: 22: SEEING YOU HAVE PURIFIED YOUR SOULS IN OBEYING THE TRUTH THROUGH THE SPIRIT UNTO UNFEIGNED LOVE OF THE BRETHREN, SEE THAT YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER WITH A PURE HEART FERVENTLY: “BEING BORN AGAIN, NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED, BUT OF INCORRUPTIBLE, BY THE WORD OF GOD, WHICH LIVES AND ABIDES FOREVER. “
As saints we can express flesh but that is NOT our idenity in Christ!! Here is our new identity as it is functioning: “Romans 8:5; “For they that are after the flesh (lost people) do MIND the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit (saved people) the things of the Spirit.”
Check out these verses also: Romans 7:25; 1 Corinthians 2:16; Romans 12:2 – Decisions and choices come into play.
BOTTOM LINE POINT:
THERE IS NO CIVIL WAR GOING ON BETWEEN OUR NEW BORN BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT WHICH ARE THE POSSESSIONS OF GOD. THE STRUGGLE IS WITH SIN AND THE TEMPTATIONS TO SIN, ALSO THE DEVIL AND THE WORLD, SEND TO US SIGNALS TO DO WRONG. IT IS NOT THAT OUR BODIES ARE EVIL, OUR SOULS ARE EVIL, OUR SPIRIT IS EVIL AND OUR HEART IS EVIL. NO, FOR THOSE ARE BORN AGAIN AND HAVE BEEN PLACED INTO THE HOLY OF HOLIES WHERE JESUS CHRIST IS, WHERE THE FATHER IS, WHERE THE HOLY SPIRIT IS! THAT IS RIGHT NOW!!
THE BODY IS NOT SINFUL, WICKED, AND EVIL! GOD LOVES OUR BODIES. THEY ARE HIS TEMPLE. THE BODY IS SANCTIFIED, HOLY AND PURCHASED BY GOD FOR HIS USE.
THE SOUL AND SPIRIT ARE NOT EVIL AND BAD. THE SOUL AND SPIRIT ARE BORN AGAIN AND ARE IN CHRIST JESUS! THEY ARENEW CREATIONS, THEY ARE IN CHRIST, THEY ARE SANCTIFIED, HOLY AND PURE.
THE MIND IS NOT EVIL, WICKED, LOST, OR POLLUTED, BUT RATHER WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST. IT IS A REFLECTIVE PART OF THE SOUL WHICH REALIZES AND WORKS WITHIN US DURING ALL OF LIFE’S EVENTS. BUT IT TOO IS OWNED BY US, AND OWNED BY OUR VERY NEW PERSON WHICH IS BORN AGAIN.
SIN IS THE PROBLEM. WE DON’T WANT TO SIN, WE ARE ON CHRIST’S SIDE, WE ARE HIS OWN PROPERTY, WE ARE NOT IN THE DEVIL OR IN BONDAGE TO SIN, WE ARE FREE FROM SIN! BUT WE HAVE SIN (SARX) CONSIDERED THE ‘FLESH’ WHICH PAUL STATES IS WHAT WE ‘ARE NOT IN’, BUT RATHER WE ARE IN THE SPIRIT. WE ARE NOT SATAN’S ANYMORE. SIN IS SATAN’S BUT NOT US OR OUR IDENTITY!!
THE BODY IS NOT BORN AGAIN YET, BUT IS SET APART FOR GOD’S TEMPLE. IT IS NOT UNHOLY. IT IS HOLY, A SACRED TEMPLE FOR CHRIST’S USE! BUT WITHIN THAT BODY, AND CLOSE AT HAND IS OUR REDEEMED AND PURE, CONSECRATED, BORN AGAIN, SPIRIT FILLED, HOLY, SANCTIFIED SOUL (MIND) AND SPIRIT. YES, WE ACKNOWLEDGE ‘SIN’ THAT IS LEFT WITHIN US, AND HOW IT OPERATES, HOW IT WORKS AGAINST GOD AND US ALSO WHO ARE IN CHRIST.
AND IT DOES ACT OUT ITS SINFUL PURPOSES IN OUR BODIES AS IT REMAINS THERE. GOD CHOSE TO ALLOW SIN TO REMAIN IN OUR BODIES UNTIL WE EITHER PASS ON TO GLORY BY WAY OF THE RESURRECTION OR TRANSLATION, OR PHYSICAL DEATH (BODY GOING BACK TO DUST TO REMAIN UNTIL THE RESURRECTION, BUT OUR SOUL/SPIRIT GO TO CHRIST AND WE ARE GIVEN A SPIRITUAL TEMPORARY BODY UNTIL THE RESURRECTION.
As Paul the Apostle stated about the struggle going on in His born again status as a new person in Christ, this sin dwelling in his body gave him problems. He didn’t want to do evil, because he now was a child of God, a Spirit filled man, a born again man, with a “set apart body of skin and bones” sanctified for holy use by the Spirit, and a soul and spirit which is pure and holy and righteous.
But he said it was NO longer him sinning now, (that is His new identity in Christ, the born again soul and spirit) but rather Sin that dwelled in his physical body and it is called the Flesh! So this complex being called ME and YOU being saved by grace, are considered totally absolutely NEW and not a mixed breed of sin and holiness together (God forbid such a foul thought), which would make God unable to complete His new birth, but some terrible monster of a person with sin and foul rebellion and evil lurking all the time in the “new born sons of God” a totally wrong evaluation and interpretation of scripture!
Saved people would NEVER have any assurance. Saved people would never be at peace with God, Saved people would never be joyful and happy and satisfied with Jesus! Mixed mongrol status is absolutely almost blasphemy of our entire status before God if we think such! No wonder Saints are always depressed, down in the dumps, always unsure, always wondering why they are so bad, and so evil and always thinking how foul they are!!!
If you don’t understand the simplicity of the Gospel work which made you totally free, totally holy, totally redeemed, totally unshackled, totally born again, and the non born again body of skin, bones and blood, has been purchased and is now owned by the Holy Spirit, as His Temple, you will always be defeated, feeling let down, have a lot of confusion, and trouble!
For no one is able to say, SIN did not operate its works against the new man and the Holy Spirit every day of our life. It always works! But if we allow it to work, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that all of those SINS have been forgiven and are removed from us and from the sight of God forever!
He holds them NOT against us at all. Yes, we let Him know we struggle with the sin in the body, but we know He has forgiven us and that we are ON HIS side and Love Him and are sorry for the problems we have with it. But our identity now as sons of God is not the ONE who sides with Satan and Sin, but rather the Sin itself which works with and for Satan is to blame and be held as evil and wicked which it is!
Much is lost when we do not see all of this. Many of our brethren throughout the centuries just never could get a understanding of all of this. They knew the Bible said we are new creations, pure, holy, sanctified, just, beyond reproach, forgiven of ALL sins past, present and future, but yet they also knew sin was there and it fleshed out all the time in professing Christians.
So, they invented a lot of things to make it more comfortable for them because they didn’t know what to do with it all. They taught some aspects of the truth such as “we are justified by faith alone” and say but that is Forensic terms (which it certainly is), but they leave it there as a item of some thought like all is well even though my soul spirit and body engage in sin personally as if the Redeemed One isn’t really redeemed enough, and the sins are not forgiven enough, we still have it “not yet” but someday in the future. The ONLY NOT YET, is that our bodies of flesh and blood are not changed, but only ‘set apart’ by God for His Temple NOW in this state we are in waiting for the Glorification day.
So we can see that is NOT what the words actually state like many think. It is NOW that we have eternal everlasting life and NOW we are in the presence of God seated with Christ in the heavenlies. It is NOW that we are IN Christ, and In God and IN the Holy Spirit. It is NOW that we abide in Him and He in us. WE don’t drop in and out of Christ Jesus ever! He keeps us from falling and will present us Faultless before His Throne in Christ Jesus. Yes, sin abides and works at fulfilling its lusts in our bodies and it does, but it is NOT OUR IDENTITY AT ALL.
We the new man and pure holy people of God do not wish to even allow and entertain it like it is. We reject it. We despise it. We stand against it with God! So, until the glorification our three part personhood which is totally redeemed and forgiven will not get out of this troublesome problem of temptations and struggles and sometimes failures as we live in this body. And that will be deliverance from this wretched body called the flesh where sin abides, and it is by Christ Jesus this happens.
A WORD FROM GOD, WHO IS ACUTELY AWARE OF THE WORLD AND ITS ACTIVITIES!
I. 2020 VISION IS NOT WHAT IT ALL APPEARS TO BE!
Today, all of us go to the “eye” doctors having check-up’s to see if we need glasses or more powerful glasses so we have 20/20 vision. The nation (USA), today, living out the rest of the 2020 year, has a large segment that think they have a ‘new’ vision for this nation that is to be adopted and followed by all of its citizens. But that vision is flawed. The glasses they were are not strong enough, and their vision is blurred, in fact, it is blindness that is going on rather than a clear bright vision for the moment or the future.
Listen to this my Christian friends and fellow travelers with Jesus! God has NOT commanded you or enlightened you to get involved in any SINGLE PROTEST OR MARCH THAT IS GOING ON TODAY IN THE WORLD. In fact, you are out of order, not able to see the way, the truth and the life clearly. That is, if you are involved on the streets today in the USA! That is, unless it is absolutely for the opporunity to witness Christ, preach Christ sharing the Gospel to lost pagans who are marching, protesting, commiting acts of terror and violence.
God states to you DO NOT go with them, but rather, seperate yourselves from such activities and shows of defiance, rebellion, and utilization of the weapons of this world system. That is NOT what we are about dear friends.
Listen to God as He speaks through the Apostle Paul, a former terrorist and supporter of murdering people, but now, not engaging in those things every again!
“For though we walk in the flesh (a physical body), we do not war after the flesh (physical body and its desires and appetites): For the WEAPONS of OUR WARFARE are NOT carnal, but MIGHTY through GOD to the PULLING down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every THOUGHT TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST.” 2 CORINTHIANS 10:3-5
God has not called or instructed you to fight and get involved in such marches that are taking place today with the pagans! In fact, during Christ’s day, during the Apostles day’s, there were riots and divisions in the streets many times but NEVER ONCE were the saints of God to get involved in such things. Our work is done through FAith, through prayer, through preaching and teaching the word of God and the Gospel to pagans, not joining in with them through marches and getting into lustful attitudes and hate speech activities along with violence and other mayhem activities.That is sinful and one should stay clear of such, but if led by the Christ to witness to those on the streets doing such, they you go and preach and witness verbally to the, or stay out of the entire matters.
Studying past ministers and evangelists over time in the body of Christ, we have some examples also of their work for Christ during such commotions. Primarily the riots and marches took place in their ministries BECAUSE of their preaching Christ to people openly and in the streets. Men like George Whitfield and even John Wesley had mobs that would attack them while they were preaching. But those men were not on the riot and protesting side with the pagans, but rather were only witnessing Christ Jesus verbally to people.
The narratives being spoken by all of those out on the streets today is a mixed message at best, but mostly not a vision which gives glory to God, nor does it work, nor will it work whatever they are speaking. Most of it is designed to bring hate, disunity, racism, selfish lusts desired, being made much of by others rather much of Christ Jesus or God, etc.! Their message is not a 2020 Vision of clarity which God would give to human beings. Rebellion, stiffnecked hard hearted surrly unruly angry people do not bring forth any goodness that comes from God at all. It is all self centered and majors on things like “me, my, mine, and self centered pursuits, and petty things that do not last, such as power, money and control of others)! Desiring to be lifted up and made much of and give me this and give me that is a sin of covetousness and lust from such turn away my friends!
If any legitmate problems exist any pagan or Christian in the USA has a court of law and Governmental places for redress and help. Going through proper civil channles is always the way God would sanction such activities.
In fact, much of the things we have done toward us, we are to not get up tight and run to the Lawyers for law suits either!! Better to take some evil and wrong, and serve God rather than to try and act out vengeance upon others.
II. GOD WARNS PEOPLE TO TURN FROM THEIR REBELLION AND SEEK HIM AND HIS WAY, RATHER THAN SATAN AND HIS WAY!
2 Peter 2:10 reveals God’s evaluation of those who rebel, march and protest with anger and stubbornness demanding their way. He said, “….chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and DESPISE GOVERNMENT. Presumptuous are they, self willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.” We live in a day when this is the common sport of the hour, from the media down to the street marches and protests and terrorism.
We are called to keep our eyes on eternity and the City of God above which is our eternal home with God and Christ Jesus! But most it seems put all of their dreams and hope in the ‘now’ rather than the future. Possessions, situations, locations, positions, etc.!
They ask others and even our Government to be what this side of heaven will never be able to be! A broken system or not, it can’t be what it can’t be!
In fact the following good things we engage in can’t ever be a paradise and heaven; such things as a good marriage, good relationship with our children; a beautiful home; a great job; making high income; and having a great relationship with your peers or the boss at work. None of these are perfect, they are all flawed and broken and will decay and fall away and cannot offer us paradise and joy and delight that lasts.
So forgetting who we are , what we were created for, how we were made to live and be on this planet, and forgetting God and what is to come, we make ourselves and those around us CRAZY! We actually go insane to some degree in life.
Unrealistic expectations, becoming easily tempted and falling into all types of sin; depending on others who will eventually fail us and not looking to Christ brings depression, uncertainties, insecurities, despair, and eventually what you see in the protests and riots today!
God is clear. This is NOT paradise. I often hear that pharse spoken by some when asked how are they doing, and they say, “Great, just another great day in Paradise”! Really??? Not on your life. This sin-scarred mess we are in down here isn’t all there is! Scripture is clear. This is preparation time for the glory that awaits HIS people as we prepare for the City of God which has foundations and whose maker is God! It won’t decay, won’t fall down, will always stand and it will be perfect.
Someone said, “Long-view living is wise living”! That is GODWARD LIVING. It is hopeful living, and through faith we see that which is invisible! The great saints of the Bible spoken about saw that; Abraham, Moses, Issac, Jacob, David, Paul, John, James, the twele Apostles, Mary, Sarah, and on and on the list goes! Are you and I in that great crowd of witnesses? I hope so! I pray so! For it is real, and it awaits those who put their faith and trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior and our Great God! IT COMES ONLY BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH.
PRAY FOR OUR PRESIDENT, OUR OTHER LEADERS IN THE THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT; PRAY FOR THE POOR LOST SOULS ON THE STREETS WHO KNOW NOT CHRIST BUT ARE BEING LED BY THEIR FLESH AND DEMONS OF THIS WORLD! PRAY FOR THEIR SALVATION AND PRAY THAT GOD WOULD RAISE UP MEN AND WOMEN TO WITNESS VERBALLY TO THEM THE GOSPEL OF JESUS, RIGHT WHERE THEY ARE! KNOWING ONLY THAT GOD CAN SAVE AND WE CAN’T! BUTGIVE OUT THE WEAPON OF OUR WARFARE, THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Centuries ago, God looked down on the earth and this is what HE said about it to Noah:
“Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with VIOLANCE. God looked on the earth, and behold it was CORRUPT; For ALL Flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth, and God said to Noah, The END of all flesh has come before me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them, and behold I am about to destroy them with the earth.” Genesis 6: 11-13.
God gave mankind 120 years after that statement while Noah prepared an Ark, for God was going to bring a total Earth Flood which would destroy all living creatures that lived on the whole earth, inlcuding all of mankind except Noah and his family. Evidence is everywhere that a world-wide total flood over all the earth took place. Animals preserved in strange places, sea shells on the top of mountains, you name it there is evidence. But more so, the actual word of God states it! All because of sin and corruption expressed in violence.
At this very moment, THE JUDGE OF ALL THE EARTH MAY BE RISING FROM HIS THRONE AND PREPARING TO DO SO AGAIN, BUT NOT WITH WATER, BUT FIRE. NOTICE THE WORD OF GOD PROMISED BY GOD TO THE INHABITANTS OF THIS WORLD OVER 2000 YEARS AGO:
“But by His(Jesus) Word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for FIRE, KEPT for the day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men. ……..But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with INTENSE HEAT, AND THE EARTH AND ITS WORKS WILL BE BURNED UP. ……..LOOKING FOR AND HASTENING THE COMING OF THE DAY OF GOD, BECAUSE OF WHICH THE HEAVENS WILL BE DESTROYED BY BURNING, AND THE ELEMENTS WILL MELT WITH INTENSE HEAT.” – 2 PETER 3:10-12
Today, at this very moment, such things are going on all over the earth in every nation, but especially here in the USA! Violence, hate, corrupt activities, burning of police vehicles, buildings burnt, etc., and all forms of sin and corruption exist and is being fleshed out openly as I write these words. Men and women have turned from God and become violent and evil as sin expresses itself through their very lives on the streets of the nation. But GOD is going to come and burn up all things including the wicked and Satan, whom will be cast into the Lake of Fire!
So, as the word of God states, “THE JUDGE IS AT THE DOOR’ AND WILL BE ENTERING INTO OUR WORLD OF SIN, TO JUDGE ALL FOR THEIR UNGODLY DEEDS, AND BURN UP THIS PRESENT EARTH AND MAKE A NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH WHERE THERE WILL BE NO MORE SIN AND PAIN AND SUFFERING AND NO MORE SATAN AND DEMONS AND EVIL.
IS THAT GOING TO BE TODAY, OR SOON? FROM ALL VISIBLE OUTWORKINGS OF SIN IN PEOPLE TODAY, IT APPEARS TO BE COMING VERY SOON. God doesn’t change in His character and His views on Sin and violence. He may change His dealings with man as He so chooses but His purpose and ways do not Change in His character and being as God! He is NOT pleased, and HE is angry with the wicked EVERY DAY and they are UNDER HIS WRATH AT THIS VERY MOMENT WHICH NEVER LET’S UP UNLESS THEY REPENT AND TURN TO HIM FOR FORGIVENESS AND BE CHANGED BY CHRIST.
A ray of hope is still existing at this moment however. For 2 Peter did say God has a purpose to save the rest of those sheep He will call and save from destruction.
It reads in 2 Peter 3:9 – “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” This was given to the saints who were concerned about other people who were lost and not saved yet, perhaps even their loved ones, etc., came to mind quickly. So, God let’s them know HE will SAVE the ONES whom HE has chosen and NONE of them will perish whose names are written in the Lambs book of Life before the foundation of the world.” Also, He will not allow the saints to perish, but keep them from the wrath and anger and condemnation of the Father exercised upon the lost.
So, if you who read this article and message around the world, if you HEAR HIS calling, COME to Him now and HE will save and pardon you for your sins as you call upon Him confessing Him and trusting Him as (Christ) your Lord and Savior and God you will be saved.
Is this statement true? Is it Biblical? Did God really teach this? The statement I speak of is this: “You are sometimes in the Spirit and sometimes in the flesh”!
Let’s examine this statement and see what God has to say about it all! Notice this scripture verse:
Romans 8:9 – “However, you are NOT IN THE FLESH BUT IN THE SPIRIT, IF INDEED THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLS IN YOU! But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.”
Should just end it there, for that is the total answer, period! The Statement that is currently being taught all over the kingdom of God today is wrong! It is amazing how folks can’t understand clear words and very easy to read words, from scripture. But, spiritual truths are not understand by the lost, that is for sure, and weaker brothers and sisters in the faith, have to learn to undo a lot of the things they get today from all false and misleading sources, for we depend exclusively on the very word of God in scriptures.
I. DO WE SOMETIMES THINK WE ARE IN THE FLESH AND SOMETIMES IN THE SPIRIT?
What is taking place in the scripture is that God is showing us the difference between a lost person and a saved person. A lost person is always in the FLESH dead to God and spiritual matters, but alive to sin totally. All that a lost person does is sin! He or she is in a State of Sin! No holy acts, no righteousness, no real good deeds valued by God as good, for all he or she does is for self and sin. David, in the Psalms stated we are all born in sin, that is conceived in sin. Sin is a state of being and a force that dwells in us all which is evil. It controls our very nature and desires, until Christ Jesus unshackles us and frees us from theFlesh (sarx in Greek or Sin)! We are in Freedom and let us not use our freedom by returning to the flesh (sin) allowing it to function, but rather, mortifying it, putting it to death and walking in the Spirit Who is in us and we are in Him!
Sinners set their minds and hearts on fleshly carnal things all the time. It is 24/7! All self centered. Not God centered ever! All have sinned and all have fallen short of the glory of God.
Believers however are those who set their minds upon things of the Spirit. Notice Romans 8:5:
“For those who ARE according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who ARE according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”
These words describe our identity and our position right now this very minute. We are one or the other. Notice what walking and being in the Spirit looks like in Romans 8: 8-9;
“…and those who are in the flesh CANNOT PLEASE GOD. However, YOU ARE NOT IN THE FLESH BUT IN THE SPIRIT, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if ANYONE does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does NOT BELONG TO HIM.”
There is no “in and out” deal going on here. We are one or the other! No middle ground! Our LOCATION is in the Spirit, and I might say also, in the Lord Jesus and in the Father also.
LET’S NOTE HOW THIS DESCRIPTION IS REVEALED TO US IN THE BIBLE:
BEFORE SALVATION: AFTER SALVATION: SCRIPTURES:
In the flesh In the Spirit Romans 8:9
In Adam In Christ 1 Cor. 15:22
A slave to sin A slave to righteousness Rom. 6:17
In dark kingdom In His kingdom of light Col. 1:13
Dead to God Alive to God Eph. 2:1,5
Romans 8:6 reads, “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is LIFE and PEACE.”
The reality about this is we are aliens in this world and on this planet now. The fleshly lusts war against us, not with us – 1 Peter 2:11. Our old man, the flesh, is still there in the flesh and bones, and it is called the flesh and is carnal. Sin dwells there but NOT in the NEW BORN creation or New Person we are due to regeneration and the new birth, for we are now in Christ Jesus and we have the imputed righteousness and imparted righteousness also, from Christ Who is holiness and is pure and holy and sanctified now, making us one and the same!
IN CHRIST and IN GOD the Father and IN the HOLY SPIRIT.That does NOT mean we are God or Divine in that sense, but it does mean we are new creations and sons of God and children of God, a new person and not what we were before sinners, but rather, saints! The new person created is now struggling and fighting sin, Satan and the world system, and when temptations come to our normal pure and natural human desires, (our humanness), we, the new person, fight to mortify the temptations allurements and through the Holy Spirit in us we put to death those desires.
If we fail to do so, then that SIN in our body called the Flesh (Sin or Sarx) expresses itself in our physical body becoming sinful acts, but that does not impune, or contaminate or make us fall and become lost sinners, and wicked, foul, detestable impure and unholy individuals again need to be reborn!
God forbid! We are still righteous, pure, holy, chosen ones of Christ and IN HIM and as safe as we would ever be from condemnation and wrath, but our body which houses this thing called sin does the sinning and is considered still fallen and unregenerate. We wait for this wonderful resurrection or translation or being able to leave this body and be with Christ longing for the NEW BODY without sin to envelope us and we live in that new spiritual body created by our Lord which will be in the future.
Dear fellow saints, we must get this down well. If not, we become confused, we begin to speak as if we are still like we were prior to our salvation making us think we are enemies of our Lord, even perhaps not even being saved, having huge guilt problems, and our minds and hearts full of many false doctrines produced in fact by the voice of our enemy who teaches us such! Certainly, we agree the facts of life, and the scriptures do teach we can allow sin to take place in our bodies after we have been saved or born again (regenerated). But the FACT is we have now a duality existing.
A new born child of God, pure, holy, sanctified, make alive spiritually by the Power which resurrected Christ Jesus from the dead, and God is in us and abides in us and we in Him! So we (the new born) sons and daughters of God and Christ are kept from sin, but the Sarx (sin) in the flesh does exert itself in our bodies. In that sense (since we are all one entity (body, soul, spirit, and flesh and bones) do have sin in us, but NOT IN THE NEW PERSON WHO IS IN THE SEED (CHRIST JESUS) and IN THE SPIRIT OF GOD. Anything else produces a very wrong conception i.e., making us fall out of Christ and out of God, which would mean being lost and under bondage of sin again, or perhaps some thought of a hybrid situation making even God sin and Christ sin because we are absolutely IN HIM and such sin would implicate HIM because HE said we are IN HIM and He in us and making us Holy, Pure and sanctified individuals.
Gets real messy when one does this. We seek then to wallow around in our sins all the time analyzing and examining all the time sin and its components, when we should be looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith and looking for that City of God and majoring on Love and serving Jesus.
II. NO GOING IN THE DOOR AND OUT OF THE DOOR! OUR REDEEMED SOUL/SPIRIT AND HEART ARE NOW REDEEMED AND HOLY, BUT THE FLESH IS STILL DEAD IN SIN UNTIL IT GOES BACK TO THE DUST AND IS RESURRECTED OR TRANSLATED IF CHRIST COMES WHILE WE ARE STILL ALIVE ON EARTH.
This is how we are now in our bodies here on planet earth. We have conflict and struggles because of that diametrically different state or identity we have. The flesh struggles against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh.
That is why Paul could say in Romans 8 when he desires to do right sin is always present and he doesn’t always conduct right and holy things, but he said it was SIN doing it and not him because He was a lover of God and a redeemed soul and spirit living in that Eternal Life posture right then at those moments in time.
God was in him and he was in God. God cannot sin and will not allow His new creature be tainted with sin either in that sense. But we are allowed to see and in our mind allow sin to operate from time to time in the flesh which is still unregenerated. Our new man is regenerated and that means has Eternal Everlasting HOLY life forever.
A prayer: Father, thank you for saving me, changing me, making me a new creature or creation and thank you for my new identity and new spiritual location in your Spirit. Thank you that you will NEVER leave me, nor I leave you, for you KEEP me from falling and will present me faultless before your throne and even now our Lord Jesus you are my advocate before the Father regarding your atonement for all of my past, present and future sins committed in my body. Remind me to set my MIND on YOUR Spirit, because I have new life and a totally new identity now in Your Spirit. In Jesus Name, Amen!
Today, as in the past history of the world, apostasy and heresies flourish. But it seems the visible local congregations are worse today than ever before, for they have a lot of truth taught, but mixed in with the truth, is a lot of error. One of the biggest errors is just no trusting (believing) in the fact that God has really changed the sinners innermost being, the soul, the spirit, and the heart has been made NEW! Sin dwells within the flesh, but the body of skin and bones, houses the totally new born one who is completely and totally Pure, Holy, Sanctified, Redeemed, Forgiven, and ALIVE forever In Christ! Not just a promise for heaven tomorrow or the future, but RIGHT now we possess those great wonderful works of Christ!
A second big error exists which is the denial that a lost, spiritually dead, sinner is really unable, and impotent when it comes to spiritual matters, including he or she doesn’t even seek after the Real God and Christ ever! They NEVER will because they can’t! Why?
They can’t because they are “bound up and shackled by sin itself”, and they are in the family of a cruel master named Lucifer, Satan or the Devil. They don’t want out of his family, they don’t desire to get out of his family, they could not even if they wanted to, which they don’t. Romans is explicit about that quoting words from the Old Testament about man’s condition.
Romans 3: 10-18 proves my point. It reads:
“As it is written, There is none righteous, NO , NOT ONE; There is none that understandeth, there is none that SEEKETH after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, NO, NOT ONE! Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips. Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace have they not known; There is NO FEAR of GOD before their eyes.”
Now, we would think those who profess Christ, those who preach, teach, and write messages and articles about Salvation and mankind regarding sin, etc., would read that and believe it and stand for it! But they don’t!
There are millions perhaps in the USA who reject these teachings and teach that everyone can make a decision based on his or her own choices and call out to God when they wish and when they so choose. Anytime for they have a will and they have a choice they can make function toward that goal. BUT WE JUST READ THEY DON’T, AND WON’T! So, God works FIRST and causes His Holy Spirit to call, draw, and change their heart and minds to call upon Christ and repent and trust in Him confessing their sins. Christ has to BREAK into the Jailhouse of Satan’s bondage first, rescue the person, and give that person the spiritual abilities to exercise their minds, will and choices for Christ. If Christ didn’t do that first, they would NEVER come and escape. Christ has to defeat SATAN who has them under his control.
But large denominations hold to the opposite of what I just stated and what God has to say about it all. Within every major denomination you will find this rank unbelief about the condition of mankind. They reject what we call the Doctrines of Grace, yet speak of grace twisting it to mean something it doesn’t! Identify them is the only way I can warn you about such. Paul identified the false prophets, John the Baptist did, Jesus also did, so we too must engage in such! If they are pubic and are deceiving people they need to be identified. Otherwise how would people know to beware of such and may get caught up in all of it and sin by participating in their folly.
So, you will find such folks in every major denominational and independent churches in America. Popular radio and television ministry broadcasts are filled with such twisted teachings. Many popular speakers and writers are also. I have found that many speak the truth and hold to the clear teachings given in the word about many subjects and doctrines, but they FAIL in some major essential Doctrines which can impact or does impact the very work of salvation and the state of mankind. I would have to have so many pages of names of individual ministers and local congregations and denominations it would be really to much to list here.
Someone may say, who am I to state these kind of things. Do you think you have the final word and are a better authority on this than they are? Absolutely not! I am not the final word, The Bible is the final word. I have written on my site, many articles expressing what the Bible teaches on various subjects etc.! So, I would encourage one to consider, and if the Bible doesn’t each it then don’t believe it and stay away from it. But, I have no fear, for the scriptures are rather plain and open about it all.
One individual I love to hear because he asks most of the time the right questions and gives the proper Bible answer and he has helped me a lot and I think the entire body of Christ if they would only listen and be taught. But, he has made a BIG error when it comes to the very subject he say’s he loves, that is the matter of Grace.
He rejects God’s word on the elective choosing of sinners which is taught so clearly throughout the entire word of God. I too, at one time, did not understand those teachings, but after years of reading the word and studies, God opened my eyes to the truth of Election and Predestination and Choosing and Calling and all of the matters relating to such. It is now as clear as the Sun that shines on any given day.
The entire meta-narrative of the Holy Scriptures is this; At the center of the Biblical worldview is this radical understanding—–the most horrible thing that could have ever taken place was the most wonderful and glorious that has ever happened.
I ask all to consider the Cross and Crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here was the only man that lived a pure, sinless and righteous life on this earth. The only one. Yet, the Lord Jesus Christ was lied about, hated, misrepresented, He was willing to suffer, endure pain and all types of temptations and trials, and then eventually MURDERED by evil people who trumped up stories about him and charged him unjustly with committing crimes. Yet, the Bible states that God had Ordained this event and planned it before the Foundation and Creation of the world! God used evil to bring about perfection and the best! Then suffering on that cross and before it such unheard of torture, then having GOD put upon Him the sins of His people and then the wrath of God came down upon Him as He gave up willingly His life to pay for those sins is a terrible event. His claims seemed to be all just a story or not true!
But, God, raised Him from the Dead, and He walked again on this earth and was seen by over 500 people. He met with the disciples and the Apostles for a time. Then HE ascended up into the clouds and went back to where HE came from – Heaven with the Father and is now seated at the Throne of God making intercession for His people day and waiting for the right day and moment HE will come back and Restore this earth to perfection and judge the wicked and cast Satan and the unholy Angels into Hell and the Lake of Fire.
Here are some more of the good things from that bad thing:
He will fix all of the things that sin and evil has done to the world.
The exact time of death was the exact time of life! He rose!
This hopeless moment it seemed suddenly became the Eternal hope for all who believe.
The period of time on the cross because the establishment of Amazing Grace.
The time of great sadness became the time of great Joy!
His arrest and death became for us Life and Freedom.
So, the wrong thing that happened became the BEST thing that could take place.
From this we learn that the hardest things we face in our trials and tribulations become the greatest and wonderful tools of Amazing Grace to us. What looks like and seems like disaster and hopelessness may be the very hope and beginning of the greatest event in your life. Why, because our Father God makes all of these things happen in order to bring us to HIM through HIS Son Jesus Christ. This is the way God works! He turns things upside down!
The sin that Satan did and Adam did in the Garden of Eden turned the world upside down plunging it into chaos and misery and pain and suffering. But Christ Jesus turns things upside down and makes all things NEW.
He truly is the Commander in Chief of Heavens Armies and His Word is more powerful than a two-edged sword and cuts apart the very soul and spirit of man and makes in us a New heart to serve and love and obey Him forever!
The end of the story in the Holy Bible is HE WINS, HE IS THE SOVEREIGN LORD AND KING AND MIGHTY GOD OVER ALL. All the time HE was winning when the sin, chaos, confusion, sadness, hurt, pain, corruption and death was taking place, HE was in Charge of it all! Nothing was outside of HIS domain and control!
The Cross, the crucifixion, the pain, the suffering, and the apparent failure, was in the hands of God all the time and to prove it was NOT a failure He rose from the dead and ascended back to Heaven until His “time or date” to come back and totally put down all power and authorities in heaven and on earth under HIS control and feet, as He establishes HIS kingdom on earth filled with saved Jews and Gentiles over the ages – so many they can’t possibly be counted by the human mind! WILL YOU come to Him now? He stated, that who ever calls upon Him will be saved from the wrath of God to come upon all the rejecters of Jesus Christ. HE calls so come to Him now! Amen! Selah!
For the followers and children of God through Christ Jesus the Lord, who saved them, we have promises of God for this very day we live in. In fact, every day of our life on this earth is to be realized as a day that our Lord is with us, protects us, and watches over us. There is a phrase being stated over and over again today that this, “Covid-19 Virus” will change our nation and its people forever. Oh that would! That it would be a “means” God has ordained to draw people to Christ Jesus as Lord, God and Savior! That would be an eternal change! One that is the BEST that could ever happen! But I fear, they are not speaking of this eternal blessed change! This Virus is a INVISIBLE ENEMY! It is LIKE sin in the life of human beings. Sin is invisible, unseen but when it acts out through its fruits, we see the repercussions upon not only each individual, but each individuals sins affecting other individuals creating many types of destructive matters. Examples: murder, rape, physical and emotional abuse, sexual abuse, prostitution, illicit and legal drug abuse, to name a few.
There is no vaccine made by man to correct or heal one of this thing called sin. However, God has the cure. But that cure is NOT totally taken care of within people’s lives until the moment one passes out of this life to the next to be with Jesus Christ, because of their faith and trust in HIM who only can tame the beast and kill it!
The Psalms carries a word of promised which is for all saints in all generations on this planet. The one for today is Psalm 91. I will present each verse and make some comments along the way for our consideration and usage spiritually during this crisis facing our nation, and the world at large.
Verse 1 reads: “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Comment: The word “those” are people who have placed their faith and trust in the Triune God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the ONE God existing in three persons totally Unified in Perfect agreement on all things with equal power and essence, but desired to function in and with creation in a distinct manner. Here we are shown to have faith and trust in the MOST HIGH God which is a gift from God Himself. Man would NEVER come to Christ on his own, nor could he because he is dead spiritually and incapable of coming to Christ due to Sin and his Deadness. But GOD came and called and chose certain ones down through history to be His people and grants unto them HIS faith. That is HOLY FAITH which is an ability to trust, confide in, rely upon, and devotedly follow God. From this position of Knowing God personally, one finds REST in the unseen God, but here called in that God’s shadow. He is everywhere, but certainly in and near the saints of God who follow Him!
Verse 2: “This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him.”
Someone may say they can’t believe in God because they can’t see Him! Yet, they can’t see the Coronavirus at all but they surely believe that it exists and is doing what it is doing. Strange twist by the mind and hearts of people about matters that face in life isn’t it? I can’t see electricity, the wind, oxygen, yet I certainly believe in the fact they exist and I am involved with them every day of my life.
God shares with us throughout the Holy Inspired (God breathed) words of Scripture, that HE is in control of every molecule, atom, or particle that exists. The macro and the micro! All of it! And all of the entire visible creation and unseen creation. Nothing is out of control or out of His reach and observations and control.
In the book of Revelation, a book which speaks of the End of All Things, and the Restoration and perfecton of all things, we find words which tell us that HE controls plagues and types of viruses we are not being afflicted by as a nation and world. Notice these words:
REVELATION 16: 21
“Then I (John the Apostle) heard a mighty voice from the Temple (of God in heaven) say to the seven angels, “Go your ways and pour out on the earth the seven bowls containing God’s wrath.”
He goes on describing plagues and judgments being sent upon people and the earth such as “sores upon humans which were malignant, made waters appear as looking like blood of a corpse and also the springs and rivers and then the angel spoke who was in control of all of these plagues these words,
“You are Just, O Holy One, Who is and Who always was, because You have SENT these judgments. Since they (the people on earth) shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets (to to speak of breaking God’s law and murder of babies in the womb by the billions over time), you have given them blood to drink. It is their JUST reward.”
Payback time from the Judge is going on! Then listen to the words of the voice in heaven speaking;
“And I heard a voice from the altar saying, “Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, your judgements are True and Just.”
People say this isn’t fair. That isn’t the right statement because if we got what was fair and just totally every last one of us ever born on earth would end up in eternal punishment because we sinned and rebelled against a infinite God by such sins, and thus infinite punishment.
So, here on earth judgments begin to roll out from God and heaven upon mankind and earth.
Actually, there are only two systems of salvation being taught in the world today regarding man’s future after death! One is right and the other is wrong. One God teaches us and the other are figments of men’s imaginations.
I. TWO SYSTEM’S OF THEOLOGY EXIST IN THE WORLD.
A. AUTO – SOTERIOLOGY – SELF SALVATION
B. THEO-SOTERIOLOGY – GOD’S – SALVATION
II. DESCRIPTION AND MEANINGS OF THE TERMS:
Driving all of our teachings should be God Himself and His Word, wihch reflects His attributes and character. THEOCENTRIC SALVATION OR REDEMPTION IS WHAT THE SCRIPTURES TEACH US!
GOD IS THE AUTHOR OF SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH AND NOT OF WORKS BY MAN!
THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD TO BE REMEMBERED AS WE READ HIS HOLY WORDS INSPIRED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT AND GIVEN TO MAN! THEY ARE:
1. His Omniscience. Corum Dei means ALL seeing eye of a Sovereign God! He knows everything that is to be known. Nothing is new to God! He is never surprised about anything!
2. His Omnipotence. He is all powerful. There are no veto powers existing. We can grieve God but we nor anyone or anything can Stop God from doing what He desires to do!
3. His Omnipresence. This means HE is everywhere at all times!
4. His Immutability. God never changes. He may change His dealings with mankind but HE NEVER changes in His essential essence and character of being. He remains the same! But even those changes He may make dealing with mankind means that in His eternal wisdom and purposes He had planned that before the beginning of all creation.
5. Holy, Love, Wrath, Justice, Grace, Mercy and He is Infinite are some more of His attributes defining His character.
II. BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION RULES OR LAWS!
Loose Hermeneutics (Science of Biblical interpretation), leads to unbelief and rebellion. So great care must be taken as we seek to rightly divide and interpret the scriptures which are the very words of God. It is obvious the truth or the falsity of these divine truths doctrines which we will examine from time to time in the Bible can be decided ONLY by DIVINE REVELATION.
No preson or denomination or sect, has control of such. People’s own personal views of observations and judgments can know what are the basic principles of the PLAN which God is following but philosophical speculation and all abstract reasoning should be laid aside until we hear the testimony of All scripture in context and totality about the subject matter at hand. Then we submit to it as the absolute word of God, the truth! Whether we understand it totally or not!
It is to be remembered as we use the holy scriptures that the ‘notes’ presented in the particular version are NOT the inspired word of God. They may help, or they may lead one into error. Great care must be exercised as one reads the notes in any version of the Bible. Also, commentaries again, or only commentaries of human beings thoughts. How well they were faithful to ALL of the word in Context and its Meaning God intended those words to mean is to be examined before following such.
My personal opinion is to never purchase a Bible version that is put together with the human minister of organization stamped all over it, and it is full of that person(s) or some denominational groups thoughts. They should write their books, commentaries, and articles separate if one would like to read what they think. However, it is not out of line to place a very basic addendum to the scripture pages, such things as maps, words that are shown to be needed in the middle index concerning certain matters of translation etc., and also a index of terms and names. Perhaps a introductory page to begin with regarding how the translation was put together and who did such.
I also would not recommend anyone buying a Scofield Reference Bible regardless of the version. He just has so much information that is just not correct, and is only an opinion and suppositions he came up with which was never taught over the entire course of the scriptures existence. Other verses to can be dangerous. So what versions are more acceptable to me personally over my lifetime of buying and using many of them. After all is said and done, and I have purchased and used many versions from time to time, such as the ESV, NIV, ASV, NASV, Amplified Bible, KJV and NKJV.
I have now chosen to stay with the NKJV, (Remember no Scofield Reference please), because the NKJV remains closest to the Received Text, or Authorized Textus Receptus manuscripts down through history. It also is honest. They put in italics the words that were not in the manuscripts, to show and develop a more readable style. Plus they do not leave out words found in the earliest manuscripts. They let you know they have done that. Others seem not to care about that at all. Then others have been highly influenced by manuscripts that were not reliable, and were found to be established by unbelievers and highly influenced men who did not believe in the Inspired word of God and God’s preservation of such words. I do see the error also of believing the KJV is the only inspired word of God in English. That is not only unreasonable, but actually dangerous because that prevents updating the words which have lost their meanings as time goes forward, and thus presents a false understanding of verses, because they mean exactly the opposite today than they did in the King James days! In its time and setting within early days of the nations development it was fine, but today it is excellent poetic in style and easy to memorize, and is the word of God, but again, we don’t speak like that anymore, and the updates of English word meanings should be corrected. That is what the NKJV has done. It is easy reading, and has the updated modern words which all can understand.