Jewish betrothal and marriage: an illustration of our salvation.

The Jewish betrothal and marriage is a good illustration of our salvation.

The Jewish bride has free will to choose or reject her potential groom.
He chose her first, that doesn’t mean she chooses or accepts him.

He offers himself and the dowry.

It’s still up to her. He cannot force her, or make her decide.

IF she chooses him, and accepts him, at that point, she is bound to him as long as she lives, she is bought with a price. Even in adultery, only the groom has the legal option to divorce. Like it or not, she belongs to him.
We belong to Jesus in much the same manner.

We are bought with a price, the shed blood of Jesus. As part of his body, the bride, we are bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh. No man hateth his own body.

Jesus does not throw away those he bought with his own blood. This is not difficult.

I’ve never saw such intellectual pride and stubborness mixed with scriptural ignorance in one place as Facebook.

“Ever learning, but never coming to the knowledge of the truth”

What an honest Calvinist might sound like.

So they think they are the chosen ones, and they want you to be chosen too. Isn’t that special? But their god chooses who he will and denies who he will, so its basically the lottery or a crap shoot.

I can imagine what an honest Calvinist witness would sound like.

“He who the Calvinist god chooses has already been determined, so whether I preach the gospel to you really is irrelevant, and a waste of time from a practical sense, but I’m gonna do it anyway, so it will look really cool and we can have church and stuff, and I can pat myself on the back preaching to lost people.”
” And also, it’s so you cannot say you never heard the gospel, even though it won’t matter in the end ok? Work with me ok? “

“The Calvinist god has already decided it all, and he doesn’t change his mind, for anyone, so don’t bother praying for salvation, that’s useless, that won’t accomplish anything. we just have to wait and see ok? Work with me here”

“Now If you’re not elect, God is going to condemn you for your sins that he REFUSED to allow you to be forgiven of because, well, that’s just who the Calvinist God is.” “and you don’t question the ways of the god of the Calvinist.”

“Now, if you ARE elect, don’t worry about how you live, because that doesn’t matter, like I said, the calvinist god doesn’t change his mind, so if he elects you, he won’t unelect you, so you pretty much have all the license you want to live as you want, and so how you live afer election is irrelevant. If your’e in there, its all good man. you can do what you will, live like you want.  Pretty cool religion, huh? I know right!?”

“Ok, and one last thing,  as I said earlier, if it just happens that you are not elect, you don’t question the Calvinist god ok? its not nice to do that, so we won’t go there alright? This calvi god is a pretty harsh character, its not wise to mess with him ok?”

“Just be glad that SOME folks will make it to heaven. As it stands at the moment,  YOU WON’T, but who knows, the calvi god may show favor, but if he doesn’t, at least when you wake up in hell, you can at least get some consolation and a warm fuzzy feeling that others much better, and much more deserving than you got lucky and made it to the pearly gates before you go into the flames. “I know, I know, that doesn’t make a lot of sense, or sound fair, but see? you don’t think like the calvi god, and your ways are not like the calvi gods, so you just have to deal with it ok?”  You know? Take one for the team man?”

Got it.

Phlibblephlibblephlibbble. Silly religion.

 

 

The false gospel of “Enduring to the end”

The false gospel of “enduring to the end” is doctrinal poison. It has ship wrecked the faith of many believers, and shut many would be believers out of the kingdom. It is what Jesus was alluding to when he condemned the Pharisees for shutting others out of the kingdom of heaven.

The main fallacy of “enduring to the end” is a ridiculous one. It sounds like a noble endeavor, but logically, and from a purely practical viewpoint, this false gospel asserts that one must get saved,  and work to stay saved, and “continue in the faith”  “to the end” to see the pearly gates. If he fails at the end? oh well, tough stuff. Calvinism teaches this also.

Now: Consider this:

Lazy creatures that we are, why not just wait “til the end”? Why waste a life trying? or why run race you know you may not win?  In the case of many drug addicts and alcoholics, if a man knows he doesn’t have “what it takes” to live this “life of holiness” that these conditional salvationist Pharisees are advertising, then why bother with it in the first place? I have saw many people walk away from the Lord, or reject the gospel altogether on those grounds alone.

 

First off, these addicts, with few exceptions, all felt they were not “good enough for salvation”, “too dirty” “I’ve sinned too much”  “I have to “clean up first”.”I won’t ever be good enough”. And if they did clean up, and were “good enough”for a time, as many had over and over in the past, intuitively, then the first time they slipped up and “fell off the wagon”, they were back in the flames, so why bother with it?   I have heard every one of those responses.

I have  preached to drug addicts, and alcoholics who had been decieved by this works “endure to the end”, works based gospel. It truly is a damnable heresy, and even many believers are buying into it.

 

Look at it from a lost mans view point: One could live an entire life “enduring”, then blow it at the last minute. What a waste? Why would a man set himself up for failure?  Why bother?  Why not just live like you want and wait “for the end”? No need to “endure” and set yourself up for possible failure, . Just wait “to the end”. No preacher, I’ll just wait, no sense in riding the roller coaster.

Last rites anyone?  Silly religion.

The end result causes folks to refuse the gospel, simply because they feel they are not good enough for Jesus.

Many people haved died unsaved in addiction after totally giving up, or are still struggling to “get good enough” for the Lord. The results of this poisonous false gospel “enduring to the end”, are truly heartbreaking.

Matt 23:13. But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

Jesus loves us sins and all. Without condition. We are justified by faith alone, and his shed blood is all sufficient.

John 3:14-17

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

If our sins or “good works” or “enduring to the end” had anything to do with it, not even the most righteous man among us would merit salvation.   It is the gift of God: not of works, lest any boast.    God bless!

 

Paul’s salutation Part 2

This is a follow up post to my two previous posts about Paul’s authorship of the book of Hebrews. It  is quick reference and is used for illustration purposes.

 

Romans 1:7 To all that be in Rome beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace  to you and peace from God our father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. (opening salutation.)

Romans 16:24  24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Corinthians: 1 Cor 1:3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (opening salutation).

1 Cor 13:14 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

Galatians: 1:3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

Galatians 6:18 18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Ephesians:1:2: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 6:24: 24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

Phillipians 1:2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Phillippians 4:23 23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Colossians 1:2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 4:18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 1:1 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:28 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

2Thessalonians 1:2 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thess 3:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

1 Timothy 1:Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Timothy 6:21 21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

2 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

2Timothy 4:22 22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.

Titus 1:4 Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Titus 3:1315 All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Hebrews 13:25 25 Grace be with you all. Amen.

Philemon 1:3 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philemon 1:25 25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

 

 

 

Revelation: a book of blessings

Many believe the book of Revelation is a book of Judgement, a prophecy of Gods judgement and wrath upon an unbelieving world at the end of the age. and it is, and it is so much more than that. There is much more to the book of revelation than meets the eye. It is also  a story of a Jewish wedding. Jewish weddings are characterized with and                 commence with 7  blessings from the groom to the bride and her family, and also with blessings from the bride to her groom. we find all these in the book of Revelation, with the wedding supper taking place at the end, Revelation 19.

As an aside, In the debate about the pre trib rapture, the fact that Revelation opens with a wedding tells us Jesus bride is already there. You cannot have a wedding without a bride.

 

This testifys to the pre tribulation rapture. The guests and late arrivals from the tribulation “friends of the bride groom” also join the festivities before the marriage supper of the Lamb.

 

 

Here are a few of the blessings of Revelation to those that love the Lord.

To the reader: 7 blessings

Rev1;3: Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

rev14;13: Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them

rev 16:15:  Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Rev 19:9: And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. 

Rev 20:6: Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Rev 22:7: Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Rev 22:14: Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

 

 

The blessings to the church and the Bride: “to them that over cometh”

Rev 2:7:He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise

Rev 2:11:He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Rev 2:17:He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Rev 2:26:And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father:28 And I will give him the morning star.

Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name

Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

 

Seven blessings from the Bride to the groom in Revelation at the marriage of the Lamb:

Rev 4:9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

Rev 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Rev 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Rev 5:12Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Rev 5:13And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever

Rev 7:9-10 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

Rev 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

 

There is also a significance in the half hour of silence in heaven in Revelation 8:1, its parallel in the Jewish wedding is the yichud, the “alone time” the bride and groom spend in a room together. He lifts her veil for the first time.  Gifts are exchanged.  This is the consummation. Physical intimacy is not involved. “the friend of the bridegroom” announces the consummation. The wedding feast continues afterward. Rev 8:1 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

 

The “sea of glass” and “sea of glass mixed with fire” is also a parallel to the Mazel Tov, the ceremonial breaking of a glass, or two glasses in the Jewish wedding.

Rev 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. (before).

Rev 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. (after the consummation).

Rev 19:6Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

“Hallelujah!
    For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad
    and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
    and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean,
    was given her to wear.”

Once saved, always saved vs Lordship salvation. One big difference.

I would submit that the LSer and the OSaser dont live their lives much differently from one another. The OSASER answers to the Lord daily, praying without ceasing,  not in fear or anxiety, but in victory and assurance. His prayers are as a son to his father, boldly approaching the throne of grace, not in regards to salvation, but for confession, intercession for others, fellowship and clearing the conscience, knowing nothing can separate him from the love of the father. This is a relationship.

The last thing a believer has to worry about is going to hell. He does know that he will stand before Jesus one day and give a full accounting of his life, good and bad. Even then, it wont be concerning salvation. A man doesn’t go to heaven, (OR hell), based on his works nor deeds, but for what he believed. Will he stand ashamed? That eventuality in itself should motivate and restrain any believer.

The LSer lives in anxiety and doubts, looking at the works of his hands for assurance, on a daily, hour to hour, minute by minute basis. If he fails, hes crushed. If he succeeds for a time, he still wonders “is it good enough”?  

They have not surrendered their own will. I know, cause I’ve been there, done all that. Won’t ever go back. Who the Son has set free,is free indeed. I sleep very good at night.   

2 Cor 5:19 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Nailprints

The problem with conditional salvation is that it presents many unanswered questions, and a legalist is rarely without doubt.

 

Two questions; 1: to what extent must one “obey and follow” Jesus to know theyre saved, “is it enough?” and 2: to what extent must one “transgress” against Jesus to lose it? “Where is the line, and have I crossed it”? No legalist I’ve ever talked to was able to provide a sensible answer.

I don’t look at my hands for doing, I look at the nail prints in his. I don’t look at my feet for going, I look at the nailprints in his. All the “doing” is done, all the “going” is gone, and it’s all to him and his glory, not mine.

I find it interesting, and it moves me to tears to think our resurrection body will be perfect, while Jesus body bears the marks of the cross for our sakes. Forever tokens of his love for us.

What will I have to show? Nothing.

Have any doubts? Be like Thomas, just look at the nailprints.