An individual who has chosen death in Hell having rejected Jesus as Mediator for their sin mocks the Christian in this way: “Christianity is a religion where someone’s sins are forgiven by blood yet they repent by continuously reciting Matthew 6:9-13, always! If it’s not so? Why then are you asking for forgiveness if you are forgiven by blood?”
A Christian asks forgiveness when they insult our God via disobedience NOT because we fear losing our salvation as that is secure by Covenant via the Holy Spirit, forever. The Christian apologizes to God for the same reason we apologize to our loved-ones in this Realm of Time…our family, our friends, we have wronged or insulted; we apologize because we love them and we want NOTHING interfering with the intimacy between us.
For the Christian, the most precious thing in this life is our relationship with our Heavenly Father, Jesus our Lord, the precious Holy Spirit; so then, when we insult the One we love, we apologize out of love and respect for their sacrifice for us…we want to maintain intimacy, love, respect, genuine friendship in relationship, forever.
The unbeliever considers this foolishness; the faithful understand that there is no joy or peace unless we’re right with our God positionally, eternally, intimately.
Question concerning Hell on FB: “If when you die you go to heaven or hell what is the purpose of judgment Day?”
Those who have trusted in Jesus Christ for the remission of sin, at the moment of death, they are translated directly into the presence of our Lord in a disembodied, spiritual, state…fully conscious, fully aware, fully interactive, awaiting the resurrection of the righteous (2 Corinthians 5:8; Acts 24:15; John 5).
Hell is not currently occupied by human kind (only the most horrific of demons/angels – Jude 1:6) as Hell was created specifically for the Devil and his rebellious angels (Matthew 25:41). Mankind will enter Hell by choice, not mandate.
Those who die rejecting the mediation for sin only available through faith in Jesus as Lord (John 3:16-18); these, at the moment of death are translated to Sheol-Hades/Torments in their disembodied state, fully aware, fully conscious, and they will remain there until the resurrection of the condemned (Luke 16; John 5:29).
The resurrection of the condemned will manifest prior to the Judgement of the Condemned (Great White Throne Judgment) manifesting at the end of Messiah’s Millennial Reign (Rev 20:11-15). The resurrected rebellious/condemned will receive a resurrected body of corruption and stand before Jesus Christ to be judged according to their works and they will be found guilty of sin and that sin cannot be permitted to enter the Kingdom (Rev 21:27); therefore, they will receive sentencing/adjudication and ultimately die the “second death” subsequent to suffering commensurate to the sin committed in the body while constrained by Time and physics.
Hell/the Lake of Fire/Gehenna will be a place of suffering and ultimately death, a cessation of all life, for all of mankind who has rejected God the Father by rejecting faith in Jesus as Lord; why Hell?
The sin of mankind will not be permitted to enter the New Jerusalem nor will sin be tolerated in the presence of our Holy God (Revelation 20:11-15). The Devil, the fallen angels, the Beast, the False Prophet, will all suffer eternally in Hell as it is the Devil and his rebellion that is causation for the creation of Time, our Universe, the human genome, in order deal with that rebellion apart from the Kingdom where nothing impure is permitted to enter or exist (Rev 20:10; 21:27).
Theological question on FB: “Jesus and the Holy Spirit, are they the same?”
God has presented Himself as Elohim = a plural noun with a singular verb (Genesis 1:1)…God the Father; God the Son; God the Holy Spirit; as He functions within the created Realm of Time among creatures constrained by Time and physics and flesh yet God is a Spirit (John 4:24). Human intelligence is far too inferior to God’s omniscience, His omnipotence, His omnipresence, to comprehend the beauty, excellence, majesty, of a supernatural Being with the capacity to create such wonders as this Universe and our complex human genome. God the Father is not God the Holy Spirit and God the Son is not the Father or the Spirit but these three are One-God according to Scripture beginning with Genesis 1:1; then, the Holy Spirit introduces Himself in Genesis 1:2. The Father, the Son, the Spirit, collaborate during the creation of the human genome (Day 6) in Genesis 1:26-28; the Son, Jesus Christ, born of the virgin seed to circumvent Adam’s fallen nature, is introduced in Genesis 3:15 and prophesied to do battle with Satan and be victorious over the Evil One by destroying the works of the Devil at Golgotha (1 John 3:8b); then, the Holy Spirit provides us a word picture relevant to the Plan – strategy – that will be used by God to defeat the Devil in Genesis 3:21 e.g. the shedding of innocent blood to clothe mankind in a robe of righteousness – a work done by God in selfless love while rejecting the work of mankind who will naturally attempt to cover his own sin by the works of his hands in self-righteousness (demonstrated by fig leaves).
Void the Trinity of God in Scripture, mankind could never know God with intimacy nor could God’s Plan of redemption from sin and victory over the Devil via selfless love have manifest in a comprehensible Plan; a Plan and strategy that is available to all who possess the Holy Spirit as Guarantor of relationship with the Father and are willing to listen and obey the Son.
Can the human mind explain God, a Trinity? No…if our 3-pound brain could adequately explain our omnipotent God, He would not be God. I simply believe what God the Holy Spirit has provided in Scripture and I trust Him as He is perfect love and He is my peace.
Question on FB: Why did Jesus say “If you love me, keep my Commandments.” John 14:15
Though Jesus did infuse 9 of the 10 (moral laws) of the Sinai Commandments into the New Covenant, don’t confuse the Commandments of Jesus with the old Law of the Covenant; Jesus came to bring something radically new and soul saving i.e. the New Covenant established in His blood (Mark 2:22; Luke 22:20). Jesus’ Commands are not simply a reiteration of the old Law but the Commands of Messiah Jesus are superior to the Law of the Covenant with Israel as Messiah infused mens rea or the “thought life” as culpability concerning sin (Matthew 5:27-28; 21-22); additionally, Messiah’s Law is not etched in stone or scratched upon parchment but written upon our heart, infused within our mind and administered by God the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 10:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; Galatians 5:16).
If we truly love Jesus as our God and the Holy Spirit indwells us as Guarantor of Covenant Relationship with the Father (Ephesians 1:13-14), we will seek obedience to Messiah’s words proclaimed during His ministry upon this earth; It is our obedience during the process of sanctification that validates the veracity and authenticity of our faith in Jesus that resulted in the imputation of His righteousness into and over our lives thereby making us worthy before the Father (2 Corinthians 5:21).
No, theologically speaking (not a secular definition), Christianity is not a religion but a “relationship” with God the Father based on grace (a gift-unmerited favor unattainable by human effort) through “faith” (alone), “trusting-believing” in Jesus Christ as God, Messiah, Mediator for our sin i.e. believing that Jesus is God who died to pay our sin-debt (Romans 10:9-10).
Religion v. Christianity
Religion, theologically speaking, is based upon works; that is, the individual must perform to an exacting standard in order to “earn” God’s favor (Deuteronomy 27:26). In Christianity, God did the work for us; we must “believe” in what God did to have God’s perfection imputed into our lives (by faith), see: (John 3:16-18; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Judaism (Deuteronomy 27:26; Galatians 3:10; James 2:10), Islam, Christian cults (SDA, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses), are “religions” based upon works of righteousness, keeping a Law to earn God’s approval; whereas, Christianity is a “relationship” based on faith in what God has done for us (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16; Genesis 3:21).
The uniqueness of Christianity,
The ONE exacting differentiation between Christianity and every religion, cult, existing in the World today is the Christian knows Jesus Christ as Messiah, He is Deity-God Eternal who took-on flesh some 2020-years ago via a virgin birth in order to circumvent the sin-nature of Adam’s seed (Matthew 1:26; Genesis 3:15; Romans 5:12) and Jesus lived a sinless life before the Father and offered Himself to God the Father as a sacrificial Lamb upon the altar (the Cross) to pay the sin-debt of mankind, a sin-debt mankind could not pay himself (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16-18).
Question was asked: Can you explain James 2:10-11?“
10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”[a] also said, “You shall not murder.”[b] If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.”
The theme of James 2:10 is reiterated in Galatians 3:10 and Deuteronomy 27:26.
The Covenant of Law mandated that anyone seeking righteousness through the Law must keep that Law in perfection; otherwise, they are cursed and the Law condemns them void atonement (Deuteronomy 27:26; Galatians 3:10); problem is, we’re all under the condemnation of sin (Romans 3:23) as we’re all born of the seed of Adam (Romans 5:12) and the Law can never provide righteousness as the Law only defines sin (Romans 3:20); but the Father did not leave mankind in a hopeless condition but from the beginning, God has honored “faith” as the “key” to unlocking the gates of the Kingdom (Hebrews 11); unfortunately, Israel failed to understand the veracity of “faith” and pursued a Law of Works in self-righteousness/narcissism (Romans 11) and they stumbled over the Stumbling Stone, the Rock of Offense, laid-up in Jerusalem (Romans 9:32); therefore, only a remnant of Israel’s children will be saved and that salvation will manifest in the last days of the Tribulation era when Messiah arrives at the Mount of Olives, conquers the enemies having fought against Jerusalem, and subsequently establishes His Millennial Kingdom i.e. His second-Advent…at this time, all of Israel…those living in that dispensation, will be saved (Romans 11:26).
The New Covenant,
Messiah and the New Covenant points to grace (unmerited favor-a gift you cannot earn) through faith (trusting-believing) in Jesus as your God and Messiah who died to pay your sin-debt…a debt you could not pay yourself (Ephesians 2:8-9)…and the one who has faith in Jesus as Messiah enters into Covenant relationship with the Father (John 3:16), forever (John 10:28-30), and this Covenant is sealed and guaranteed by the indwelling Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14) who walks the faithful in Jesus in obedience to God’s will for their life i.e. the process of sanctification and the Holy Spirit prepares them for service in the Kingdom of God i.e. the New Jerusalem that will appear subsequent to the Millennial Reign of Messiah when our God destroys this Earth and the Heavens by fire and purifies it (2 Peter 3:7-10, remolds it, and places His Kingdom upon a New Earth within a New Heaven (Revelation, chapters 20-22).
If one is under Law in Judaism they are commanded to keep the Sabbath lawfully as they are commanded to keep the whole Law in absolute perfection (Deuteronomy 27:26; Galatians 3:10; James 2:10); unfortunately, law keepers have already broken the Law of God and they are therefore condemned by same void atonement (Romans 3:20-23). Law Keepers live in futility and hopelessness when they trust in their own righteousness to save them from the “second death” in Hell (John 14:6).
Concerning the Sabbath and stubborn Sabbath Keepers who condemn those living in Messiah’s freedoms provided by faith in Him as God and Redeemer…
At no time was the Sabbath edict given to a Gentile, prior to and subsequent the Old Covenant. The Genesis 7-Day Sabbath was humanitarian, not Law. The first Sabbath edict was given to Israel’s children via Elohim via Moses in Exodus 16 and we know that the Sabbath was not codified prior to this time because there is no record of codification in conjunction with the truism that Moses required thorough instruction by God concerning how the Sabbath was to be honored as a ceremonial law; had the Sabbath been codified prior to Exodus 16, such instructions would not have been necessary as experiential relevance would have been extant.
Also, we see the Sabbath, once again, given specifically to Israel’s children at Sinai (Exodus 20) and once again, through Moses. The Sabbath was given only to the children of Jacob and was relevant to them specifically and all converts to Judaism…no one else. Later, in Isaiah, chapter one, we see God nullifying the Sabbath, hating its celebration by apostate Israel. Could our immutable and Holy God ever nullify a moral law by which He will judge the World? During Messiah’s 33.5-year ministry, Jesus infused nine of the ten Commandments into the New Covenant as moral law to be administered by the Holy Spirit yet the Sabbath (a ceremonial law) is absent.
The Apostle Paul, narrating by the Holy Spirit, commands us to not allow anyone to judge the faithful in Messiah concerning Sabbaths, New Moon celebrations, festivals (ceremonial law) as these were a “shadow” of Him who was to come and these have been fulfilled in our Messiah and yes, the Sabbaths spoken of by Paul in his letter to the Church at Colossae (Colossians 2:16) includes the sabbaton: the Sabbath, i.e. the seventh day (of the week), Strongs Greek #4521.
The Church Council at Jerusalem never placed the burden of Law or the Sabbath or circumcision upon the Gentile Christian, Acts 15. In Romans 14, the Apostle Paul, narrating by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, forbids judging anyone concerning food and a day of rest or worship; in fact, it is apparently disobedience, sinful, to suggest that one must keep the Sabbath Day if one is redeemed by Messiah; Jesus is our Sabbath’s Rest (Hebrews 4)…as we’re free in our Messiah to rest or worship on any day or everyday we choose.
As one who loves Jesus Christ and believes that He is God and Messiah, I don’t think my Lord is concerned about days, feasts, festivals, food, denominations, but I do believe my Lord is most concerned about “relationship” with His created human beings and intimacy with those who truly love Him and His Father and the precious Holy Spirit. When all is said and done, it is our “relationship of love” with Jesus that will last into eternity…all other things are a distant second.
If you feel led by the Holy Spirit to keep the Old Covenant “Sabbath”…feel free in Messiah Jesus to keep the Sabbath but understand your obedience relevant to this issue of the heart has no bearing in your eternal positioning with God and also understand that you have NO AUTHORITY or right to suggest others keep a Sabbath nor do you have the right to suggest others are somehow living in sin when they don’t keep a Sabbath. Law Keepers, SDA, Legalists…please go your way and leave the faithful in Messiah alone…you are burdensome, you are a stumbling stone in the path of joy and freedom in Jesus.
Was the thief suffering by Messiah’s side saved by faith or works?
Upholding Messiah’s Law is only possible by the one redeemed through faith in Jesus as Lord and possessing the Spirit of God as Teacher, Intercessor, Guarantor of relationship, forever. Until such time relationship is established by faith, alone, in Messiah, it matters not works or laws or ideology one follows.
Jesus must be first and He can only become Lord, Messiah, God, by faith…just as the thief on the Cross discovered, there is nothing we can do to garner God’s favor but believe in Jesus as God who died to pay our sin-debt (John 3:16). Our good works will follow when the Spirit is our Sanctification and our Guarantor of relationship (Ephesians 1:13-14).
If man could find righteousness with the Father through obedience, Jesus would not have needed to suffer and die (Galatians 2:21).
Grace (unmerited favor) by faith (trusting-believing) in Jesus as God and Messiah, alone, apart from works, will one find a covenant relationship with God the Father that is sealed and Guaranteed by the indwelling Holy Spirit (John 3:16). No man or woman possess the righteousness or the capability to work themselves into relationship with God through the mediation of one’s sin as we’re all sinners condemned by the Law void atonement (Romans 3:20; Galatians 3:16); therefore, Jesus, alone, is God who entered Time via the seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15) in order to circumvent the seed of Adam (the sin-nature) (Romans 5:12) and Jesus kept the works of the Law for you and promises to give you HIS perfection via the imputation of HIS righteousness if you will believe-trust in Him, alone, as God and Messiah (John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
It is your faithfulness and obedience subsequent to salvation that validates your faith but your works cannot supplant the sufficiency of faith in Messiah (Ephesians 2:8-9)…ALONE!
ONCE SAVED – Always Saved? The Controversy – a discussion…
The Legalist – the Law Keeper – those who deny the sufficiency of Messiah Jesus to save by grace, alone, by faith, alone, and the Father’s omnipotence and faithfulness to keep securely those who are in Covenant with Him, please allow me to succinctly vent my frustration with your absence of faith in my God.
The Scripture you quote, repeatedly, in vain, attempting to nullify God’s promises of security concerning the one who loves Him via Covenant in Jesus as Lord are prejudiced by your legalism and false doctrine resulting from false teaching, cult compromise and an absence of the Spirit as your Tutor/Teacher (Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 John 2:27). Scriptures that speak of “those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit,” (Hebrews 6:4) for example, never suggest that the one who has denied my Lord as their God and Messiah were ever in Covenant relationship with Him by faith nor do these Scriptures suggest that the one who has “fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4) ever possessed the indwelling Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit given to the faithful as the Seal and Guarantor of Covenant relationship with the Father relevant to everyone who believes in Jesus as Messiah and God over their life (Ephesians 1:13-14).
These controversial Scriptures do imply that the one who has walked away from Jesus as their Lord were knowledgeable concerning the Gospel; they understood the message of grace through faith as preached; they tasted and experienced the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church, in the personal lives of others who truly believed; they observed the work of the Spirit in Jesus during His ministry, in the Apostles, in the servants of God in all the Churches; they felt the joy of the Spirit’s presence within the congregation of believers; yet, they denied the sole sufficiency of Messiah Jesus to save by faith, alone, and they returned to a “works salvation,” the eternal Jewish error; they sought righteousness through Law and the works of their own hands in religious narcissism (Romans 9:30) while rejecting the simplicity of the Gospel; that is, Jesus, alone, by faith, alone, concerning a Covenant relationship with the Father, forever.
IF one is born again by the Spirit, they belong to the Father through a Covenant relationship, forever (John 10:28-30). Though the faithful in Messiah Jesus possess free will, both now and in Eternity, their heart’s desire no longer aligns with the World but with God and His Truth; these faithful in Jesus will not compromise void conviction/repentance; they will not walk away, they will never deny grace and they will love our God, forever, because they are a “new creation,” forever (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Though the sinful nature lurks at the door (Genesis 4:7; 1 John 3:4; Romans 7:14-25), the faithful seek to walk in the Spirit and eschew the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). No man or woman born of the Spirit can live in willful disobedience or deny the Truth of Jesus as Lord by grace through faith as these eternal truths are inextricably ingrained within the spirit of those who belong to Jesus.