Is God Worse than an Infidel?

Posted January 2, 2018 by SandreS
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But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel (I Timothy 5:8).

How could we arrive at the point of thinking that God would not accept responsibility for all His children that were created by Him in His own image and likeness? The genealogy of Luke 3 ends in :38 saying,

the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

If God has not denied that Adam, the originator of sin to the human race, is His “son,” how is it possible that He would deny the sonship of Adam’s descendants who are victims of the sin nature inherited from him? As Father God has said,

Behold, all souls are Mine … (Ezekiel 18:4).

George Hurd
Triumph of Mercy
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He Is All

Posted December 30, 2017 by SandreS
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He has to take us all to the place where there is none in the universe but HIM. He is ALL; expressing His “allness” in and through everything, whether positive or negative, good or evil, to bring humanity back “home” to the One Who is love and nothing else.

Norman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
Knight of Faith, Vol. I
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Lost?

Posted December 24, 2017 by SandreS
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The Earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it (Psalm 24:1).

This verse declares to that all the people on this planet are His!

We should not fall into the trap of thinking that “believers” are the only ones who are HIS.

Consider the term “lost” – it is a declaration of ownership. If something, or someone is lost, that means they are in some way separated from their owner.

When “Christians” refer to the lost, they should realize that that is an acknowledgment of God’s ownership!

We may feel lost – but we are never truly lost. Our God is sovereign and fully aware of each one of us.

Mike Owens
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Human Helplessness

Posted December 22, 2017 by SandreS
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Being justified gratuitously in His grace, through the deliverance which is in Christ Jesus (Whom God purposed for a Propitiatory shelter, through faith in His blood, for a display of His righteousness because of the passing over of the penalties of sins which occurred before in the forbearance of God), toward the display of His righteousness in the current era, for Him to be just and a Justifier of the one who is of the faith of Jesus. Where, then, is boasting? It is debarred! (Romans 3:25, Concordant Literal Version).

Notice here the succession of terms indicative of human helplessness:

Being justified — requiring to be made right with God;
gratuitously — without a cause, without anything in oneself that would give God reason for doing this;
in His grace — purely as a favor, unearned, undeserved;
through the deliverance — requiring a rescue act;
which is in Christ Jesus, Whom God purposed — not in oneself, but in the One Whom God appointed.

This is the first occasion in Scripture that any act of God is referenced to His purpose, and the next outstanding fact that we must note is that it is centered in “Christ Jesus” – not in “Jesus Christ” as He was on earth, but in “Christ Jesus,” the risen Lord, the One Who, by His victory over death and His resurrection from the tomb, has proved that He has settled once and for all time the problem of sin, and thereby paved the way for deliverance.

John H. Essex (1907-1991)
The Purpose of God
Select Writings of John Essex – Volume 1
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[Editor:] For a further look at the difference between “Jesus Christ” and “Christ Jesus,” see Bible Student’s Notebook #325: “Christ Jesus,” Charles H. Welch; “Christ Jesus” and “Jesus Christ,” A.E. Knoch; “The Names of Jesus,” E.W. Bullinger.

Does Death End God’s Power to Save?

Posted December 20, 2017 by SandreS
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Be not afraid; I am the First and the Last, and he who is living, and I did become dead, and, lo, I am living to the ages of the ages. Amen! and I have the keys of the hades and of the death (Revelation 1:17-18).

How many teach that death ends God’s power over lost souls? As if Satan, who has them, were stronger than God, and that God was no longer loving, whereas it is Christ who holds the keys!

How many a mother weeping for her children refuses to be comforted because they are not! The mother’s prayer and work seems to have been for nought. They are dead in the land of the enemy. Hear the Word of God:

A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. Thus saith the LORD: “Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded,” saith the LORD ; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy (Jeremiah 31:15-16).

These words were in part fulfilled in our Lord’s childhood at the slaughter of the innocents; but their complete fulfillment will not take place until the proud, self-willed, unbroken and dead children of Ephraim, and all other such children, repent and God’s Word is fulfilled,

I will surely have mercy upon them, they shall come again from the land of the enemy (Jeremiah 31:16-20).

Charles Hamilton Pridgeon (1863-1932)
Is Hell Eternal, or Will God’s Plan Fail? (1920)
(Facsimile reprint available from Study Shelf)
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Will God Throw Up His Hands in Defeat?

Posted December 16, 2017 by SandreS
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And when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it (Luke 19:41).

In the Gospels, we are told that as Jesus rides into Jerusalem He weeps over the rejection He is about to experience from His people (Luke 19:41). If God looks like Jesus (John 14:9; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3), then it seems that an everlasting hell would mean everlasting tears flowing down the face of God. It is impossible for me to believe that the God revealed in Jesus will at some point simply throw up his hands in defeat or harden his heart in retaliation.

Heath Bradley
Flames of Love
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The Whole Universe Is Included

Posted November 30, 2017 by SandreS
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Making known to us the secret of His will (in accord with His delight, which He purposed in Him) to have an administration of the complement of the eras, to head up all in the Christ – both that in the heavens and that on the earth – in Him in Whom our lot was cast also, being designated beforehand according to the purpose of the One Who is operating all in accord with the counsel of His will (Ephesians 1:9-11; Concordant Literal Version)

Again, we hear with clarity what goal God has set for Himself in this counsel of the eons – to bring everything that is in heaven and on earth under one head in Christ. … The Father has decreed and promised His first begotten Son, the Christ, the One anointed with the Spirit, of Whom all Scripture testifies, a position at the head of the entire created universe, which excludes any resistance or objection against the Son, whether this be in heaven or on earth. Note also that the plain language of Scripture, according to its simple statements, includes the entire universe. If, in the first verse of the Bible it is written, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” then surely believers cannot entertain the idea of creatures not being included in this expression “heaven and earth,” whether they be lifeless or living beings, humans or angels. Moreover, it is generally a good rule that an expression often used in Scripture can be interpreted best if used in the same sense as it was when it appeared for the first time.

E.F. Stroeter
The Gospel of God’s Reconciliation of All in Christ (p. 24)
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