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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #25 on: August 30, 2009, 07:30:48 PM »
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Most people are unforgiving to others because there is something inside they cannot forgive of themselves.
Maybe God will 'SUDDENLY come into his temple'!  Wow!

And what temple would that be?
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"
Don't be holdin' yer breath;  'cuz Jesus certainly has no plans to suddenly come.
After all, it is a growing process ... a development process ... a maturing process. So, there is nothing sudden about it. Jesus appears in you (His temple); as His words and thoughts 'become flesh' in you.


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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #26 on: August 30, 2009, 08:49:24 PM »
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would you say that the JUDGEMENT OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
IS TO 'BRING LIFE?"

Is that what "judgement unto life" means?'

So HIS Judgement "follows" the crucifixion?
I was thinking of this over the last few days, Carlene - about God's judgement being unto LIFE.  It is YOU who have brought me to think about that from the times we've talked.  The blood of Christ speaking GREATER things than the blood of Abel.   Christ swallows up death.  Christ is a shock absorber.  It is not in man's nature to be that way.  It is only by the Spirit of God that men/people become that way after that pattern of Christ.... "Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing...."   This is the opposite of the judgement that the world judges.   This world is OPPOSED to mercy!  Isn't that a shame!

Anne

Amen Anne. It isn't just having some realization of the cross that changes a mans heart. It is the actual supernatural work of the Spirit that does it, which is why man cannot credit himself.

Philippians 2:12-13
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.


It is not that we works so that we can become saved. It is rather that salvation from what Paul called "the body of this death" is what CHANGES our works, so that rather than being sinful, we put on a mind that doesn't even WANT to do sinful things.

2 Peter 1:3-4
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.


2 Thessalonians 2:13
But 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:


Many Christians, including me in my upbringing thought that salvation is one thing, and that sanctification is a good add-on benefit (this of course stemming from the false hell theology). But the Bible tells us that salvation comes through sanctification of the Spirit, because what we are saved from is SIN, slavery to the body of death.



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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2009, 08:50:31 PM »
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Yes, Dallas, who hath first given to God and HE recompensed
for of Him and thru Him are all things and all things are for
your sakes.

It is the goodness of God that leads man to repent.



So many good words in this thread, I won't address them all
but this is a good thread I would recommend this reading.

He Redlettervoice,

I have some words on this which more fully explains what I am talking about if you are interested: http://mercifultruth.com/links-savedbygrace.htm

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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #28 on: August 30, 2009, 09:49:15 PM »
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Most people are unforgiving to others because there is something inside they cannot forgive of themselves.
Maybe God will 'SUDDENLY come into his temple'!  Wow!

And what temple would that be?
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"
Don't be holdin' yer breath;  'cuz Jesus certainly has no plans to suddenly come.
After all, it is a growing process ... a development process ... a maturing process. So, there is nothing sudden about it. Jesus appears in you (His temple); as His words and thoughts 'become flesh' in you.



Gilbert,

I think we are talking past each other.   Or having a COMMUNICATION breakdown, as it is sometimes called. 
I have no desire to argue with anyone about anything.  I was just thinking out loud about the Lord Coming Suddenly into his temple as it is written in the book of Malachi.
Is God's Temple finished being built?  Or is God still working on/building up his temple?  What shall happen when it is finished?  Or perhaps you believe it is already finished.  Yet if so, then why should there still be violence, tears and death among us?  Surely God has not yet rested from His work.



Malachi 3
New American Standard Bible ©   
The Purifier

1 "Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts. 2 "But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. 3 "He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness. 4 "Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.
5 "Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me," says the LORD of hosts. 6 "For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.
7 "From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you," says the LORD of hosts. "But you say, 'How shall we return?'

You Have Robbed God

8 "Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, 'How have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings. 9 "You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! 10 "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. 11 "Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes," says the LORD of hosts. 12 "All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land," says the LORD of hosts.
13 "Your words have been arrogant against Me," says the LORD. "Yet you say, 'What have we spoken against You?' 14 "You have said, 'It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the LORD of hosts? 15 'So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.'"

The Book of Remembrance

16 Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name. 17 "They will be Mine," says the LORD of hosts, "on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him." 18 So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.
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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #29 on: August 30, 2009, 10:00:44 PM »
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Most people are unforgiving to others because there is something inside they cannot forgive of themselves.
Maybe God will 'SUDDENLY come into his temple'!  Wow!

And what temple would that be?
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"
Don't be holdin' yer breath;  'cuz Jesus certainly has no plans to suddenly come.
After all, it is a growing process ... a development process ... a maturing process. So, there is nothing sudden about it. Jesus appears in you (His temple); as His words and thoughts 'become flesh' in you.



Gilbert,

I think we are talking past each other.   Or having a COMMUNICATION breakdown, as it is sometimes called. 
I have no desire to argue with anyone about anything.

Anne

Hi! Raggedy Anne
Wow!
How'd I manage to give you that impression?
I am really sorry!
That was not my intention in the least.
I am very sorry.
I was jus' attempting to be ... ummm, a bit rhetorical.
I see it all failed miserably.
Nope! I wazn't lookin' fer an argument.
I waz just sincerely making a comment and meaning no harm.
Sorry. :sigh:



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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #30 on: August 30, 2009, 10:13:21 PM »
Gilbert,

No problem.  I think I got the impression when you wrote.... Don't be holding your breath - and then proceeded to tell me Jesus' plans.

But I took it the wrong way.   Let's just start over.  I'm sorry too for being a tad bit touchy.   I had got fired up about the sudden argument about Luther vs. Calvin I reckon.
I have a bad impression of both  Luther or Calvin from historical accounts, but of course I never actually met either of them and their old nature is long ago passed away. 

Anne
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You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.

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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #31 on: August 30, 2009, 10:28:10 PM »
Gilbert,

No problem.  I think I got the impression when you wrote.... Don't be holding your breath - and then proceeded to tell me Jesus' plans.

But I took it the wrong way.   Let's just start over.  I'm sorry too for being a tad bit touchy.   I had got fired up about the sudden argument about Luther vs. Calvin I reckon.
I have a bad impression of both  Luther or Calvin from historical accounts, but of course I never actually met either of them and their old nature is long ago passed away. 

Anne

Hi! Raggedy Anne
Thanks for your kind reply.
Yeah, I see what yuh mean; 'bout me writing "Don't be holding your breath" ... I meant it to be funny ... but tryin' tuh be funny in here is like drawing in Braille ...no one can see your facial expressions or a tone of voice and so things can so easily be misread.
I gotta' try an' remember to be more careful, I guess.


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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #32 on: August 31, 2009, 01:38:23 AM »
How do you reconcile

2 Corinthians 5:19 (New International Version)

19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

with the idea that Jesus said to forgive that your Father may forgive you (otherwise you will not be forgiven)? How can He not hold their sins against mankind and yet not forgive those who do not forgive or those that blasphemy the Holy Spirit (even though it's just for the age)? How is that God being at peace with mankind?

This has been bothering me and any insight would be appreciated. Thanks guys!

Well the phrase "hold against" is a good place to start. Why do we think of God's judgments on people to be a manifestation of "holding against" rather than the biggest favor he could do for us?

Hebrews 12:5-8
And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:

      " My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
      Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
       For whom the LORD loves He chastens,
      And scourges every son whom He receives."


If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.


I see the chastening of the Lord to be one of the most loving things he can do and not as an expression of him "holding sin AGAINST us." God held our sins against us by the law BECAUSE the law did not bring cleansing unto righteousness. That is so important to understand. The law actually held us in bondage TO sin and then continued to attack our conscience. It was a dire situation. The law counted our sins against us, which God is no longer doing. Rather now, His judgments are FOR us not against us. The cross is the judgment of the world which reveals that the judgment of the world is to put to death the flesh within us as we see Christ's flesh was put to death. That is why Peter said "For the time is come for judgment to begin with the house of God."

What I wish people would understand is that God's mercy is expressed THROUGH chastening because it delivers us from sin. As it says in another part of Hebrews, God's chastening leads to the peaceable fruit of righteousness. How merciful is that? VERY! God does not express mercy by allowing us to sit and stew in our sin all the while considering us "positionally" righteous. He would be leaving us as slaves and that is NOT merciful at all.

Think about this: when it came time for God to deliver the Jews from Egypt, did actually deliver them, or did he say "you are all positionally delivered" then leave it at that?





Alrighty, this is where I'm getting caught up.

1 Cor. 13 says:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Jesus said that our Father will not forgive us unless we ALSO forgive those who trespass against us.* He also said that the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven in the age and the age at hand. Is this not COUNTING wrongs? Is this something different? Is not forgiving something other than counting wrongs?

* When Jesus speaks about the Father not forgiving us if we do not forgive, he gives this parable.

Matthew 18:21:

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?"

22Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.f

23"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talentsg was brought to him. 25Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26"The servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.' 27The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28"But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii.h He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded.

29"His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.'

30"But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32"Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' 34In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35"This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."

So, the Master forgives FIRST. But then, an unmerciful servant doesn't forgive even though he's already been forgiven. So THEN the Master makes the unmerciful servant be "tortured" UNTIL he pays back all that he owed. The reason I mention this is I've noticed: man CAN pay for his debt, that is, be punished for ALL that he owes. But it should be recognized, I think, that this does not make man free from his sinful nature. We still need Jesus for that. So, is being forgiven just an extra benefit of the cross (as long as we forgive), and then Christ mainly died to set us free from our sinful nature?

I just can't figure out how God can make peace with man, and yet, not forgive some of them (at least, at the moment). How is that not counting wrongs? It sounds like a straight contradiction to me.

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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #33 on: August 31, 2009, 01:45:53 AM »
Redlettervoice,
I also wanted to pick up a bit about the cross again and how it is the judgment of the world. I think everyone agrees and has been saying that the cross is a gift of grace given to all mankind. However, for a while now, I have not been viewing the cross as I once did.

1 Corinthians 2:11
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are FOOLISHNESS unto him: neither CAN he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.


That is the guiding principle of how I now view the gift of grace given through the cross. I USED to think about the cross as being two sticks of wood on which a physical man named Jesus died for my sins 2000 years ago. Now, that did happen, for sure. Literally that is what happened and did result in a reconciliation of the world (the nailing of the law to the cross spiritually).

However, to understand what God has given to me in the cross, I DO NOT apply physical discernment. This is because "to understand the things freely given to us of God" we should apply SPIRITUAL discernment.  And here is how Paul understood the cross and how it brings active salvation from sin - and how he understood it according to Spiritual discernment rather than physical discernment.

Rom 6:1-6
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.


For he that is dead is freed from sin.


That is some serious Spiritual discernment of that physical cross isn't it? Think about "the old man" that "body of sin" hanging on the cross and dying daily in us. That is what the resurrected life of Christ provides upon baptism. As I have often said, this is not about positional salvation. Show me a person who says that a prostitute/thief/murderer is saved from prostitution/thieving/murderousness while she is still abiding in such death, and I will show you someone who cannot see their nose in the fog. Nobody is saved from something they are still slaves to.

This "spiritual discernment" is a guiding principle in how I view the cross and that is why I can see that the "death that Christ would die" is the judgment of the world, and why it is that "the time is come for judgment to begin with the house of God."

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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #34 on: August 31, 2009, 02:12:42 AM »
I just can't figure out how God can make peace with man, and yet, not forgive some of them (at least, at the moment). How is that not counting wrongs? It sounds like a straight contradiction to me.

No it's not a contradiction, because it is by the LAW that wrongs are counted. God does not judge man by the Law of Moses. Heck, nobody is even under the Law of Moses anymore, otherwise they would be sacrificing sheep at the temple (which is non-existent now).

Have you seen this thread, starting at reply #21: http://www.tentmaker.org/forum/index.php?topic=6251.0

KEEPING a record of wrongs has no place in the new covenant, but salvation from sin is what that new covenant is all about.


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I just can't figure out how God can make peace with man, and yet, not forgive some of them (at least, at the moment). How is that not counting wrongs? It sounds like a straight contradiction to me.

It depends on what you mean by "make peace with man." God has not made peace with man's sin, but with the man trapped in sin. God reveals his wrath against the unrighteousness of man, and that is for man's benefit.

However, because the law did not deliver any man from sin, it was wrath upon the man without  chance of redemption. So when it says

James 4:6-7
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God.


that God resists the proud it isn't because God is "counting men's sins against them." It only seems that way to those who "despiseth the chastening of the Lord." Those who despise his chastening would think that God is counting their sins against them. If Christ says they "do not have forgiveness in the age to come" that is a resisting of the proud.

Mt 23:12
And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased (Gk. tapeinoo); and he that shall humble (Gk. tapeinoo) himself shall be exalted.


You see? Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled. God gives grace to the humble. And when they are humbled he shall exalt them. This is why God's resistance of people is good. It humbles them so they will be prepared to receive the grace that delivers them from sin through teaching and sanctification of the Spirit. This is why those who blaspheme the Spirit have not forgivness in in the age, NOT because he is counting their sins against them by the Law, but to humble them unto grace.

Everything God does, he does in love. It only seems unloving to those who do not yet value the judgment.

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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #35 on: August 31, 2009, 11:00:26 AM »
I believe that God is working in everybody, even if they don't know it yet. And they don't know it yet because for the time they are blind to the divine nature , not knowing all they go through is leading them to their savior and spiritual awakening and redemption. And Christ and his body are being prepared to show them this deliverence.

The curse of sin has made some murderers, theives, alchohlics, etc. What they ( and we in the past) have sown is not good, so we have not reaped good things. But by the goodness of God, we are brought to repentance. So with goodenss sown to us, we plant the good seed. All creation needs is to be sown the ultimate good seed within everything, which will happen. It's true we don't always learn from it. Some do, some don't.

Unbelivers cannot work out salvation through reaping and sowing because even sowing good is a far cry from sowing perfection. Jesus sowed perfection to us all, He will soon be reaping.  :bigGrin:
Blessings

These are very awesome and helpful contemplations full of grace and truth.  Thanks for taking the time to share your bread.

Anne
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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #36 on: August 31, 2009, 01:43:28 PM »
I believe that God is working in everybody, even if they don't know it yet. And they don't know it yet because for the time they are blind to the divine nature , not knowing all they go through is leading them to their savior and spiritual awakening and redemption. And Christ and his body are being prepared to show them this deliverence.

The curse of sin has made some murderers, theives, alchohlics, etc. What they ( and we in the past) have sown is not good, so we have not reaped good things. But by the goodness of God, we are brought to repentance. So with goodenss sown to us, we plant the good seed. All creation needs is to be sown the ultimate good seed within everything, which will happen. It's true we don't always learn from it. Some do, some don't.

Unbelivers cannot work out salvation through reaping and sowing because even sowing good is a far cry from sowing perfection. Jesus sowed perfection to us all, He will soon be reaping.  :bigGrin:
Blessings

These are very awesome and helpful contemplations full of grace and truth.  Thanks for taking the time to share your bread.

Anne

Thanks for sharing yours, Anne. We are all partaking of the same bread of life. :bigGrin:

Blessings

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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #37 on: August 31, 2009, 07:28:35 PM »
I just can't figure out how God can make peace with man, and yet, not forgive some of them (at least, at the moment). How is that not counting wrongs? It sounds like a straight contradiction to me.

No it's not a contradiction, because it is by the LAW that wrongs are counted. God does not judge man by the Law of Moses. Heck, nobody is even under the Law of Moses anymore, otherwise they would be sacrificing sheep at the temple (which is non-existent now).

Have you seen this thread, starting at reply #21: http://www.tentmaker.org/forum/index.php?topic=6251.0

KEEPING a record of wrongs has no place in the new covenant, but salvation from sin is what that new covenant is all about.


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I just can't figure out how God can make peace with man, and yet, not forgive some of them (at least, at the moment). How is that not counting wrongs? It sounds like a straight contradiction to me.

It depends on what you mean by "make peace with man." God has not made peace with man's sin, but with the man trapped in sin. God reveals his wrath against the unrighteousness of man, and that is for man's benefit.

However, because the law did not deliver any man from sin, it was wrath upon the man without  chance of redemption. So when it says

James 4:6-7
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God.


that God resists the proud it isn't because God is "counting men's sins against them." It only seems that way to those who "despiseth the chastening of the Lord." Those who despise his chastening would think that God is counting their sins against them. If Christ says they "do not have forgiveness in the age to come" that is a resisting of the proud.

Mt 23:12
And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased (Gk. tapeinoo); and he that shall humble (Gk. tapeinoo) himself shall be exalted.


You see? Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled. God gives grace to the humble. And when they are humbled he shall exalt them. This is why God's resistance of people is good. It humbles them so they will be prepared to receive the grace that delivers them from sin through teaching and sanctification of the Spirit. This is why those who blaspheme the Spirit have not forgivness in in the age, NOT because he is counting their sins against them by the Law, but to humble them unto grace.

Everything God does, he does in love. It only seems unloving to those who do not yet value the judgment.



So you would say that when God does not forgive somebody, he's simply resisting them so as to make them humble (but he's not revengefully angry with them)? So "non-forgiveness" then, in this sense, is more along the lines of a punishment to make them humble, so that he may exalt them?

Would you say that any sort of "judgement" upon a non-believer is also, then, for the same purpose as "non-forgiveness"? As a sort of punishment to bring them to humbleness?

I like this verse you gave here too btw:

Mt 23:12
And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased (Gk. tapeinoo); and he that shall humble (Gk. tapeinoo) himself shall be exalted.


I never looked at it the way you showed it to me.

Thanks for all your help. I hope I'm not becoming a drag.

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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #38 on: August 31, 2009, 07:42:05 PM »
A drag? Heck no. You ask really good questions. You are supposed to do that.  :HeartThrob:

I think you got the gist of what I am saying. God is love, and even His judgments are in love. And Jesus spoke in veiled language for the express purpose of them not understanding him, because if they understood, they wouldn't have crucified the Lord of Glory. So what SEEMS unloving or unforgiving seems only so to those who have no use for God's judgments.  :HeartThrob:

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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #39 on: September 07, 2009, 05:49:05 AM »
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Dallas,

Good Morning. This is where we are agreeing, and I don't think we are far off.

Under the old covenant, eye for eye, tooth for tooth etc. is literally reapig what you sow. I also feel what you are saying about cause and affect is similar to my take on reaping and sowing. But Christ changed the method of reaping what was sown.

"But awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God; I speak this to your shame.

But some will say, How are the dead raised up? with what body do they come?

Fool! That which you sow is notquckened, except it die." 1 Cor 15 34-36

" So it is with the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption.

It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;

It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, there is a spiritual body." 1 Cor 15 42-44
So with that Christ did not reap death and sin for dying under the curse. And because of that, neither shall we.
 
2. " Or are you ( so blind as to) trifle with and presume upon and despise and underestimate the wealth of His kindness and forbearance and long suffering and patience? Are you mindful or actually ignorant ( of the fact ) God's kindness is intended to lead you to repent( chage your mind and inner man to accept God's will)? " ROM 2-4 Amplified
This is what I meant by the goodness sown to us. Christ's resurrection and the spirit of Christ leading us to repent.

3. I absolutely agree that no one can obey the old covenant. I beleive that whole heartedly. However, I do believe the holy spirit can keep us from sinning.
" Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you fautless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

To the only wise God and Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominoin and power, both NOW and FOREVER." Jude 24-25
You are right that it is Christ's blood that saves us. But in the blood we have access into the holy of holies, the inner most sanctified realm of Christ. And we are to not despise the chastening of the Lord for,

" Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but greivous; nevertheless afterward it yields fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby" Heb 12-5This to me is the spirit working within us, burning away sin.

Matthew Ch 13 Jesus talks of the parable of the seeds sown. Cares of the world, no roots, etc. are all mental things. Everything we take in and let in our hearts can be viewed as some kind of seed, for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. If the seeds are the cares of this world. Then that's what are physical lives will emulate. If the holy spirit is working in us and delivering us from our iniquities, than that's what will be shown to the world as witness.

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3. I absolutely agree that no one can obey the old covenant. I beleive that whole heartedly. However, I do believe the holy spirit can keep us from sinning.

I agree completley, and even take it further. Because of what I have to come to understand what sin actually is, I realize that it's impossible to for me to sin now. I don't believe that the Holy Spirit "keeps me from sinning" in the I am being prevented sense, but there is nolonger an ability to sin.

Most people think sin is an action or lack of action- somekind of behaviour.... it's not though. Sin is man not believing what God has said about him, and thus trying to become like God but through shame hide from God.

Sin is man trying to become good and right by his own standing and failing. Because of this all types of deplorable behaviour is manifest. The behaviour is the sign sin is in the person, not the behaviour is the sin.

Because of what Jesus has done I am again restored to the likeness and righteousness of God. I now have stopped trying to become like Him, thus I can never fail, but instead rest in what He did. Because He is I am.

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" Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but greivous; nevertheless afterward it yields fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby" Heb 12-5 This to me is the spirit working within us, burning away sin.

God nolonger needs to "burn away sin." "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" I say He was successful. also the new covenant that was the Blood of Jesus says, "I will remeber their sin no longer." (Jeremiah 32, and Romans 8)

You don't have a sin problem, you don't have sin to be delt with or be cleansed of. Your sin and all the worlds sins have been forgiven and removed. The great purging has already taken place, the judgement has taken place upon Jesus. The Burning away of sin took place in His flesh.

Though once our sin was as scarlet HE HAS made them white as snow. You don't need purging, you need to understand that because of Jesus your sin has been delt with, you are the righteousness of God, you have been made as good and right as your Father... because of Jesus. The happy family reunion. 1 John "As He (Jesus) is, so are we in this world already."

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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #40 on: September 08, 2009, 07:15:02 PM »
1 John 3

 1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

 2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

 3And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

 4Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

 5And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

 6Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

 7Little children, LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as God is righteous.

 8He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning
. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

 9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

 10 IN THIS the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

 11For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

 12Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.

 13Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

 14We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

 15Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath aionios life abiding in him.

 16Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

 17But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

 18My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but IN DEED and in truth.

 19And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

 20For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

 21Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

 22And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

 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.

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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #41 on: September 08, 2009, 08:25:33 PM »
Titus 2

 1But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:

 2That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

 3The aged women likewise, that they be in BEHAVIOUR as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

 4That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

 5To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

 6Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.

 7In all things shewing thyself A PATTERN OF GOOD WORKS: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

 8Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

 9Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;

 10Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

 12TEACHING US (GK paiduo - chastening) that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;


 13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 14Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

 15These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.


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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #42 on: September 08, 2009, 08:41:44 PM »
Romans 8

 1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

 3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

 4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

 5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

 6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

 9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

 10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

 11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

 12Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

 13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.



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Acts 5
30The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
31Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
32And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.


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1 John 3
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.


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James 4
 1What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? 2You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
 4You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? 6But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

  "God opposes the proud
      but gives grace to the humble."


 7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

 11Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?


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James 1:25
But 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.


1 John 3
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.





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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #43 on: September 08, 2009, 09:20:28 PM »
Acts 19
1While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?"
      They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
 3So Paul asked, "Then what baptism did you receive?"
      "John's baptism," they replied.

 4Paul said, "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus." 5In hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. 6When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. 7There were about twelve men in all.

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Acts 5
30The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
31Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
32And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

1 John 3
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.


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Romans 8
8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

 9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #44 on: September 13, 2009, 08:31:45 AM »
Hey Seth, It's actually quite alot easier to just post the bible address and then we can look it up instead of dragging out pointless rants.

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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #45 on: September 13, 2009, 08:37:24 AM »
Hey Seth, It's actually quite alot easier to just post the bible address and then we can look it up instead of dragging out pointless rants.
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there may have been numerous scriptures, but not pointless.   


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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #46 on: September 14, 2009, 02:38:02 AM »
It is pointless when just scripture is being quoted without the person explaining what they are trying to use them as.

Obviously alot of people interpret things differently, what the point of lambasting us with a huge amount of scripture without adding your idea along with it?

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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #47 on: September 14, 2009, 04:34:27 AM »
It is pointless when just scripture is being quoted without the person explaining what they are trying to use them as.

Obviously alot of people interpret things differently, what the point of lambasting us with a huge amount of scripture without adding your idea along with it?

I suppose it was pointless when Jesus did this too??


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Re: Forgiveness and Peace Through The Cross
« Reply #48 on: September 19, 2009, 07:47:53 PM »
Jesus quotes scripture and gave His idea with it, are you serious to say that Jesus simply walked around quoting the old testament? Like some kind of scripture spitting machiene?

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