Question concerning good works and salvation: “IF OUR GOOD WORKS CANNOT SAVE US, BECAUSE NO ONE CAN BE RIGHTEOUS, WHAT IS THE MEANING OF 2ND CORINTHIANS 5 :17, ECCL. 12:14?”
The point is this…our works, on our best day, are as a bloody, filthy, menstrual cloth in the nose of our Holy God (Isaiah 64:6) and mankind is encumbered with a sin-nature (Romans 3:23) while the works of the Law, that which differentiates obedience from disobedience, mandates absolute perfection (James 2:10; Galatians 3:10) if one is to achieve righteousness through keeping it; therefore, the Law only defines sin void atonement (Romans 3:20) and therefore the Law only condemns mankind as a sinner and offers NO solution to man’s hopeless condition (Romans 8:3); therefore, God the Father, in His mercy and with grace (unmerited favor, a gift that cannot be earned) through a New Covenant, sent forth His sinless Son into the World to keep the Law for us in perfection (Matthew 5:17) and God the Father has agreed via Covenant (John 3:16; Luke 22:20) to forgive the sins of everyone who believes that Jesus died for them to pay their sin-debt (Romans 10:9-10); in addition, the Father agrees to give every believer in Jesus the perfection, the righteousness, of Jesus imputed into and over their lives and thereby declare them “not guilty” of sin and make them “positionally right” with Him, forever (2 Corinthians 5:21).
It is our obedience, our works of righteousness, SUBSEQUENT to having established relationship with the Father through faith in Jesus that pleases God as our works SUBSEQUENT to our confession of Jesus as Lord validates our faith in Jesus as true and confirms that the Holy Spirit has indeed taken-up residence within us as the Guarantor of Covenant relationship with God the Father (Ephesians 1:13-14).
Question concerning the Trinity, Jesus’ authority and the Father: “Jesus was only lower than the Father while on the earth, correct? So, He is no longer subject to the Father?”
Jesus and the Holy Spirit are coequal with the Father eternally; there is an agreed upon delineation of authority for the purposes of order, structure, modeling federal headship and this has been relevant from eternity past and most relevant beginning with the creation of the angels.
It is necessitated order and obedience and the violation of same in the Kingdom that initiated the creation of Time, our Universe, our genome; in response, the authority to create matter, Time, physics, was delegated to the Son (John 3:35; Hebrews 11:3); the Gospel i.e. the Plan to deal with a destructive rebellion in the Kingdom, was ordained “before the beginning of Time” (2 Timothy 1:9-10); in fact, the primary reason Messiah took-on flesh via the hypostatic union (Philippians 2:6-8) and entered the Realm of Time was to “destroy the works of the Devil” (1 John 3:8b).
The Father, Son, Spirit have always worked in an agreed upon shared authority first introduced into Time through the identifier of Elohim (Genesis 1:1) a plural noun/singular verb; then, the Holy Spirit introduces Himself in Genesis 1:2; the Triune God works in unison (Us – Our) to form the complex human genome on the Sixth-Day of Creation in Genesis 1:26-28; the Son, Jesus Christ born of the virgin seed to circumvent Adam’s sin-nature, is introduced in Genesis 3:15 and the war between the Son and the Devil is declared within that verse as well; then, the battle strategy that Elohim would use to destroy the works of the Devil (the Gospel) is pictured in Genesis 3:21 with the shedding of innocent blood and the clothing of mankind in God’s “robe of righteousness” while God rejects the works of mankind’s hands (fig leaves) to cover his own sin.
The entire focus of God’s Plan to deal with evil is complete within the first three Chapters of God’s revelation to mankind and His Triune nature is modeled there as well and this was done entirely by God to restore order in His Kingdom while maintaining volitional love with the faithful angelic creation that did not follow the Evil One in the rebellion. It is these faithful angels that Elohim adores and His relationship with them is paramount, forever, while human kind is the byproduct of the Gospel and offered life with God, eternally, only by faith in the Son, Jesus Christ our God who defeated and destroyed death, Hell, the grave, for all who believe.
Atheist mocks and denies God’s creation: “Why would God create billions of planets without life on them? This is not the work of God, but of blind chance and randomness. Life on earth is the result of chance, but it is easier for believers in God to give Him the credit due to life’s complexity.”
God created the vastness of the Heavens and the intricacy of the Earth to demonstrate to YOU His power and dominion and authority in all of creation; that is, Time and Eternity; therefore, God provides the magnificence of His creation as preliminary evidence of His reality and God tells you that anyone who rejects this evidence will be “without excuse” when they stand before Him in Judgment (Romans 1:18-32). God has exclusively placed human kind upon this small speck in our Universe for cause with rapidity.
We are here constrained by Time and physics for ONE specific purpose and when God has completed His objective for Time and this Earth, the Earth and the Heavens as we know them will be consumed by fire and remolded, purified (2 Peter 3:7), and the New Jerusalem (God’s physical Kingdom) will be placed upon the New Earth within a New Heaven and those who have honored God the Father by faith in the Son, Jesus Christ, as Lord and Messiah (John 3:16), these will serve our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ in our own resurrected bodies (Philippians 3:21) in the New Jerusalem and we will live and commune and love our God, FOREVER (Revelation 20, 21).
Anti-Trinitarian mocks Jesus’ submission to the Father:“In John 14:28, Jesus said that the Father is greater than Him. Is Jesus the Father too? If He is, then how may Fathers are there?”Christian response, Jesus is not the Father and the Father is not Jesus or the Spirit yet these Three are One-God in essence. Within the Trinity there is an agreed upon delineation of authority which models federal headship in the Biblical family unit and models our submission to legitimate government authorities and most importantly, our submission to God’s authority.
Jesus is both fully God and fully man through the hypostatic union (Philippians 2:8) and Jesus IS our role model as to how we are to honor the Father. Jesus was tempted in all ways just as we but without sin (Hebrews 4:15) and Jesus did not expect anything of us that He Himself was not willing to confront and conquer. Don’t misunderstand Messiah’s words and always interpret Messiah’s discourse from the perspective of His humanity and/or His deity which is determined by the context. Throughout the Scriptures, from Elohim forward (Genesis 1:1), the Trinity has worked together with intimacy and order and structure to “destroy the works of the Devil” (1 John 3:8b) and conquer death, Hell and the grave for all who love God and trust in the work of Messiah upon the Cross for the atonement of sin.
My studies have revealed that the exponential increase in atheism within American society is the resultant of Darwinian Evolutionary Theory having been forced into the public schools in 1963 by secular humanists, progressive socialists, with an agenda of conformity to the State subsequent to removing Christ via Engel v. Vitale (1962). The demonic catalyst of Darwin in the biological sciences and Marx, Lenin, revisionist history in the humanities is DIRECTLY responsible for our Marxist Nation today represented by Democrat Communists as a super-majority in our House-Senate and our Oval Office. Atheism, Secular Humanism, will destroy America’s Constitutional Republic and never in human history has there been a more proficient progenitor of atheism than Darwinism forced into the minds of our children.
Why does atheism exist within our supernatural Universe?
The core tenet of all creation, both angelic and human, is the necessity of free will firmly implanted within God’s sentient creatures, those created and ordained specifically to commune and relate to their Creator with intimacy and purpose. God the Father has placed before all of human kind three-forms of empirical, extant, evidence that testifies of His reality in both the Spiritual Realm and the Realm of Time,
The supernatural universe that consumes our senses 24/7/365; a supernatural universe and origin that is beyond man’s naturalistic ability to define.
The inspired and inerrant letter from our Creator (the Autographs) spanning 1400-years, three-continents, three-languages, forty-authors specifically chosen and anointed by God the Holy Spirit to scratch God’s divine thoughts and His perfect will upon parchment.
The hypostatic union of God and man (Philippians 2:6-8), Jesus Christ, who entered the Realm of Time 2020-years ago and walked among man for 33.5-years defining the unseen God who is Spirit (John 4:24) and God’s Plan for Time and Eternity while offering forgiveness of sin and eternal life to all who believe in Jesus as Lord (John 3:16) via the imputation.
Interestingly, a sizeable number of men and women from the Sixth-Day of Creation forward have chosen to reject these forms of evidence relevant to our Creator’s validity and they’ve mounted philosophical, logical, biased, objections-arguments, some with great vitriol, to the idea or even the possibility that an intellectually, morally, ethically, superior being possessing omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, infinity, is causation for all creation. Why?Why does God make Himself elusive to some while revealing Himself so thoroughly and obviously to others? Why does it appear that God rejects some while favoring others? Was Calvin correct, does God predestined “many” to die in Hell while choosing a “few” to life with Him in the Kingdom? Is this possible? Actually, NO!
Elohim provides the answer in the second and third chapters of His Book of Beginnings titled in many compilations of God’s letters to His creation as “The Genesis.” God is the definition of perfect LOVE (1 John 4:8) and in order for true love to manifest and be sustained with purity and authenticity, the parties sharing love must possess the ability to choose that relationship or reject same; otherwise, the relationship is one of coercion or convenience and the beauty of shared love is not realized but thwarted by self-interest or worse, fear. From the beginning of our creation constrained by Time and physics, God created mankind to commune with Him, to love Him, to live with Him eternally. In order for the first man Adam to commune with God in intimacy, Adam was provided the opportunity via free will to choose intimacy with God or to choose compromise with evil and pursue his own will apart from God’s Covenant of provision and sustenance. The ONLY contingency placed upon Adam and his enjoyment of God’s Covenant was “obedience.” Adam and his wife, Eve, chose to pursue their own will and deny God’s sovereignty and perfect will for their life; therefore, God honored Adam and Eve, their free will choice to live apart from God and pursue their own values, morals, ethics.
It is no different today with the relationship or the lack thereof between God and mankind. God the Father is a Gentleman by nature and He will NOT force Himself upon anyone or coerce anyone to love Him, serve Him, worship Him, but God allows every man and woman to “choose” whom they will serve. If a man or woman possesses a heart that desperately desires to know God, God WILL reveal Himself to that person in an undeniable manner. The individual who humbles them self before God and seeks His perfect will for their life, they WILL find God and find an incredibly beautiful and loving relationship with God the Father by faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Mediator for sin and in addition, God the Father provides the Gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit to take-up residence within those who love God and through the Spirit and Sanctification (a walk of obedience to God’s will) the greatest love known to mankind is realized and that relationship will continue throughout Eternity.
On the other hand, those who do not possess a heart that desires to know God, God hardens (Romans 9:18) and allows these individuals to pursue their own will, their personal desires in moral relativism and narcissism, hedonism, sensuality, and God will forever remain an enigma to the atheist, nihilist, secular humanist (Romans 1:18-32). God cannot and will not force Himself upon anyone as a coerced relationship is impotent, unfulfilling, injurious and wasteful.
Anyone who truly desires to know God will find Him as God will reveal Himself to them and anyone who does not desire to know God will never see or understand what God has placed before them in love as God desperately desires all men and women to be saved from sin and death in Hell and God desperately desires every man and woman come to a knowledge of the Truth (1 Timothy 2:4) as God is NOT FAR from each of us (Acts 17:27).
“There are honest doubters and dishonest doubters. An honest doubter is willing to search out the truth and live by the results; a dishonest doubter doesn’t want to know the truth. He can’t find God for the same reason a thief can’t find a policeman.” Adrian Rogers
Atheist argues with the Holy Spirit’s inspired word: “Someone isn’t Satan’s servant because they are an atheist since merely being atheist isn’t evil (also Satan is mythological).”
The Scriptures disagree. In this life that constrains us by Time and physics, we have but two-options concerning our loyalties relevant to Eternity.
1) Honor God the Father through faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Mediator for sin thereby establishing relationship with Him by grace through faith and inheriting the promise of eternal life in the New Jerusalem with Messiah (John 3:16).
2) Reject our God and pursue a life of moral relativism and narcissism in servitude to Satan, God’s nemesis, and die in sin and ultimately die the “second death” in Hell (John 8:24; Revelation 20:11-15).
There are NO OTHER OPTIONS available to anyone having been born into Time and having attained an age of reason sufficient to discern moral good from evil. You are either alive in Jesus or spiritually dead in Satan. You may not interpret atheism as evil but the rejection of God’s Truth and His reality find their origin in the demonic and was first used by Satan to deceive the first woman, Eve.
Question on FB: “What are we doing on this Planet?”
The entirety of the Universe and our genome was created in direct response to an unfathomable rebellion that manifest in the Kingdom of God before the creation of Time. This rebellion was of such magnitude and destruction that God the Father extricated the participants warring against Him and ultimately placed them upon this Earth partially constrained by Time and physics; the Earth having been created for cause with rapidity for the sole purpose of removing evil from the Kingdom where nothing impure is permitted to exist (Revelation 21:27).
Our entire creation and our individual lives are focused on ONE primary objective, we are participants in a cosmic struggle between good v. evil and the Son of God entered Time specifically “to destroy the works of the Devil” (1 John 3:8b) via the Gospel of Jesus Christ ordained “before the beginning of Time” (2 Timothy 1:9-10; Genesis 3:21). God the Father is presently demonstrating to the faithful angelic creation the horrors of sin and disobedience, a scenario that has been playing-out for 6020-years thus far. All of human suffering, death, are the resultant of evil introduced first by God’s nemesis, Satan, and the angels that followed Satan in the rebellion.
Subsequent to the Millennial Reign of Messiah where absolute peace will manifest upon the Earth while Satan is bound for 1000-years and then released, this unique Kingdom ruled by Jesus Christ will finally convince the faithful angelic creation that indeed their former boss, Satan, is the culprit for all sin and suffering and these angels will concur with the Father that His extrication of Satan and the fallen angels (Luke 10:18; Revelation 12) was just and holy and these faithful angels will concur with the Father that Satan does indeed deserve eternal torment in Hell forever and ever (Revelation 20:10). Hell having been created specifically for Satan and the fallen angels (Matthew 25:41).
Human kind is the byproduct of the Gospel dealing with sin and evil having been introduced into the Kingdom of God and in God’s mercy for having created us as participants in this cosmic war, God has demonstrated His perfect LOVE and compassion by giving Himself as a blood sacrifice through selfless love and suffering for a rebellious and stubborn people yet God is faithful and Holy and the faithful angels look-on with amazement at what their God has done and they are reassured that He is worthy of all praise and worship and servitude as there is no One greater. In all of this, God will have been successful in maintaining volitional love with His faithful angelic creation that He absolutely adores while simultaneously destroying the works of the Evil One through His own selfless LOVE.
The One who successfully destroyed the works of the Devil (death, Hell, the grave) through the Crucifixion (Genesis 3:15; 1 John 3:8b), Jesus Christ our Lord, is presently preparing a New Kingdom (the New Jerusalem) (John 14:3) and in a most unique turn of events, God will live among His created beings in a resurrected body and those who have loved God in Jesus Christ and served Him faithfully by grace thorough faith in what He has done for mankind within the Realm of Time, these faithful will serve the Living God in resurrected, redeemed, bodies in a New Kingdom on a New Earth having been purified by fire within a New Heaven, FOREVER.
The lies of Satan’s servants i.e. atheism expressed on FB in worn-out illogical philosophy of men and women who refuse to acknowledge God’s Truth: “The argument from reasonable nonbelief (or the argument from divine hiddenness) says that if God existed (and was perfectly good and loving) every reasonable person would have been brought to believe in God; however, there are reasonable nonbelievers; therefore, this God does not exist.“
First, every reasonable and unreasonable person intuitively knows that God exists; this knowledge is first attained by simply observing what God has made and placed before our eyes in nature; therefore, every atheist standing in the Judgment of the Condemned will be “without excuse” (Revelation 20:11-15; Romans 1:18-32).
Then, God reveals Himself in His letter to humanity spanning 1400-years, three-continents, three-languages, forty-authors, sixty-six-individual letters, inspired by God, replete with fulfilled prophecy and eschatology; then, the Holy Spirit meticulously preserved these words down through a violent and tumultuous history where men possessing the spirit that inspires atheists and secular humanists to war against God, this evil spirit called the Devil and Satan made every attempt to destroy those words of God but they remain and the Holy Spirit has been victorious.
Then, God manifest in flesh 2020-years ago, entered Time through the hypostatic union (Philippians 2:6-8) and physically walked among us for 33.5-years fulfilling over 300-prophecies about Himself and He worked miracles and wonders among the people. God gave Himself in selfless love through suffering and dying upon a Roman Cross to pay the sin-debt of humanity for everyone who believes in Him as Lord and Mediator for sin.
God has given His all for human kind but atheists are simply stubborn, willfully blind, and determined to die in destruction. These men and women will reap what they sow. Please, don’t follow the atheist, the secular humanists, the nihilists, Darwinist, to perdition and futility in foolishness. Believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and LIVE.