That was a great post Julie ,
I agree with you its the difference between saving them with fear [being servants of God ]and salvation in perfect /complete Love , could only be done with the union of The Father and the Son relationship
I can see this found as acceptable in Jude , being the Letter of the Law [written word ] on the tables hearts of stone , the warning was always harden not your hearts
but the Spoken Word [ Spoken by Jesus Christ the testimony of Jesus Christ being " the SPIRIT of Prophecy" ] would change the hearts to flesh , His flesh , being the pure and holy
that to me is why Pauls said I would that you all prophesied , having the SPIRIT OF CHRIST and the Spirit of God in them Father and Son perfect bond of Love , same Witness thus creating the Living WORD within our vessels for His use and purpose . until they recieved the Holy SPIRIT [both Father and Son after the Cross ] for forgiveness of sins they were just being prepared to recieve Christ
/ that annointing of both the Holy Spirit /ghost . the turors that lead to Jesus Christ . the baptism of John the Baptist being cleaned out to recive the Lord and presence of God to dwell in us
Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
Jhn 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
Jhn 20:23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained
forgiven or held in judgment till they change , this Living Word is powerful of itself !
In my opinion the difference yet both helpful , in saving the Holy Spirit remits sin or retains
Keep Yourselves in the Love of God
17 But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ,
18 that they were saying to you, "In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts."
19 These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith
, praying in the Holy Spirit
21 keep yourselves in the love of God
, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ
to eternal life.
22 And have mercy on some
, who are doubting
; 23 save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.
24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,
25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord
, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now
and forever. Amen.
Its just awesome to me to be able to talk about these things and there is union with other believers whom are given the same , , many years ago I had no clue to how the Lord was going to save all mankind and , yet I knew he would do His perfect work as promised and am just now after all these years understanding a little more all the time , its exciting for me whom has given up on the world and its desires to put all my hope and trust in Him . What an awesome God !! hope springs eternal from His Living waters /Word of Life