willieH: Hi brothers...
in Whom on believing also, you are sealed with the holy spirit of promise
Amen David. "He Who has started a good work in you will complete it".
IMO, the end result is ultimately guaranteed. It's the process, responsibility, and consquences I wonder about - you know, wide road/narrow path; not hurt of 2nd death/saved as by fire; few stripes/many stripes; faithful servant/turned over to satan, etc. I've always felt convicted to confess/ask forgiveness, believing that was God working in me. Others seem to have other ideas, and I'm interested in scriptural insights.
Good stuff guys... GOD is WORKING ALL THINGS -- Eph 1:11
-- so concerns as to our individual "parts" in that process, are that which is being revealed WITHIN the process, which is being WORKED by HIM...
As I see it, ...the LARGEST hurdle in the pathway of UNDERSTANDING, ...is ourselves...
Once we arrive at the "place" in time where we LET GO of ourselves
, and COMPLETELY submit to HIM... then
we can see that WE are not the "deciders" of our individual pathways (which have to do with one another), including both the journey to SUBMISSION ...and... the submission itself!
Which IS in fact --- the revelation of the KNOWLEDGE of GOOD and EVIL from the Heart of YHVH
God which is DECLARED by His WORD
, ...and that HE is moving "His BODY" (all men) through this realm, according to HIS WILL... Which revelation of said knowledge is EMERGENT from Him... and which knowledge CONCLUDES in Him... and which knowledge (after it is revealed), is SURPASSED by Him... the ALPHA and
If we remember
that the END... IS
... the BEGINNING -- and the BEGINNING ...IS
... the END... Then we shall find comfort as we endure the process from one to the other... for the "ORIGIN" of that process ...IS... the same as the "DESTINY" of that process... and is indeed, ENCASED by it, ...JESUS CHRIST
... the WORD
which "KNOWS" -- Gen 3:22
-- the knowledge and indeed is REVEALING it.
When one (lets go and) recognizes that GOD is unchanging
... then IN that STILLNESS (of letting go), then KNOWS, that whatever BEGINS -- (emerges from Him) -- is ALWAYS emergent from Him... and whatever ENDS -- returns to its emergent point, ALWAYS ends in Him where it BEGAN... For the TWO are ONE and the SAME... (beginning & ending).Rev 1:8
-- I AM, the ALPHA, ...AND... the OMEGA, the BEGINNING ...AND... the END... the Lord, which IS, and which WAS, and which IS TO COME, the Almighty
Whatever "BEGINS"... "begins IN HIM" -- Col 1:16 -- John 1:3
-- and whatever "ENDS"... "ends IN HIM" -- Heb 12:2 -- Heb 13:8
EVERYTHING is emergent from Him -- Col 1:16
-- (which does NOT CHANGE)... and EVERYTHING culminates in Him -- 1 Cor 15:28 -- Col 1:20
-- (which does NOT CHANGE)... within [the "CIRCLE" of] ETERNITY which has NO BEGINNING and NO END...
That which is "in between" (the "beginning and end") is the KNOWLEDGE of GOOD and EVIL" which is SURPASSED
by the LOVE of CHRIST
-- Eph 3:19
-- which borders both the "beginning and end" of the KNOWLEDGE, ...of which we are all PART...