willieH: Hi PT...
Nothing like a link to your own words
to verify yourself eh?
how about Balaam?JESUS'
What did the apostles say concerning him (so that no one confuses my relaying of their (the apostles) message as my judging another).
I hope you will review the following...
Then, if you will, try to look through scripture without resorting to Paul for 3 various Universalist answers.
own SPOKEN words state the SALVATION of ALL
... (John 12:32)
That you or anyone suggests the words of PAUL to be other than containing TRUTH is a blasphemy... You have been told this before...
No one is to believe ONE part of the WORD of GOD over another, for in the end, they are derived by INSPIRATION of the Holy Spirit of GOD... the accounts of the GOSPELS and the words of PETER are no more or less inspired than those of PAUL... It ALL joins together as the expression of the PERSON of YHVH
to His creation, JESUS CHRIST
who is the WORD... whether He BE noted in the GOSPELS or in the writings of Paul, John, Peter, Jude, James, or John... these words are preserved and passed down in the hands of men... in and by the direction of GOD Himself...
Difficult to do.
What appears NOT difficult for YOU, is to NUMBER YOURSELF conveniently as a person which is OF GOD... If God, as you suggest, numbers some of "humankind" to be OF HIM and some NOT... He is then become what He says in HIS WORD He is NOT (Acts 10:34
/NOT written by PAUL) which is a respecter of PERSONS
... For this is SO, ...IF
, ...it is as YOU SAY
, that He has counted some as IN HIM, and some as NOT...
This is (no offense) foolishness... What value has one lump of dirt over another? Go and grab a handful of it in one hand, and then in the other, and determine which mudpie is worth more than the other PT...
And many of the natural branches of the time (churches), did not have Pauls writtings. For he was sent to the gentiles (unnatural branches, that some might have hope to be 'grafted' into the everlasting body of Christ, or the Temple of God).
Think about it, if you will.
Peace in Christ.
Even in the "unnatural branches" (which, BTW, ...ironically is a mention from PAUL's writings)... the LIFE within them, is that which CHRIST
died for... "Behold the Lamb of God that taketh AWAY the sin of the WORLD" [creation] (John 1:29)
... this statement is found in THE GOSPEL of JOHN... which YOU recommend...
Your selectivity and self-inclusion
within that selectivity, is what causes suspicion of your view to arise in me PT...
That you claim to believe UR for 25yrs is unsubstanciated... and the writings of PETER note that GOD is not WILLING that ANY perish... The Gospels note in many places the Salvation which is intended for ALL...John 6:44
No man CAN come to CHRIST
, except GOD draw him... John 14:6
No man CAN come to YHVH
, except by CHRIST
This is a SPIRITUAL "catch-22" Men can't come to a saving place, except by His call...
MEN cannot be reconciled except by the WORK of GOD, which GOD has NO RESPECT of PERSONS...
That PAULS writings are hard to be understood is a given... I witness to many the plain and simple notations of PAUL... yet they cannot see them... You "no longer" see them, but INCLUDE yourself in the SAVED... is no more of a GOSPEL of VICTORY than those who preach ET... who also, conveniently INCLUDE THEMSELVES, condemning the others to eternal separation & torment... (Wow! really big victory there!
Sorry... but your words are empty of LOVE... for LOVE never FAILS... and your words show both FAILURE or SELECTIVITY, both of which are contrary to the WORD (Job 34:19 / Rom 2:11 / Acts 10:34 / Eph 6:9/ Gal 2:6 )
... FIVE TIMES this principle found its way into the Bible PT... 5 times!SHALOM