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The Love of God; A Fifty Year Journey

The love of God in my life began 50 years ago. I was not looking for God. I had heard bad versions of the gospel multiple times prior to age 21.  But at that age of 21, God took pieces of the gospel I had heard and gave me an understanding of Godly faith through divine revelation. So when I was 21, not looking for God, I was taken over from above. My heart was cut. The true nature of my unbelief was exposed. I was alone in a house at the time. God did not ask me for permission to construct this surgery on my soul. My old heart was replaced by a new heart. I had nothing to do with it. God decided to change me heart compelling me to repent of my unbelief! So, I had no choice, I was falling even though I stood on solid ground. I had to express my need for the Savior as unbelief became very uncomfortable. Looking to Him I was given repentance which can only come through this regeneration. Being born again through the spiritual cutting of the heart came before my repentance and faith.

God Predestined But Holds Men Responsible

This is the NIV. I always compare translations because they all have flaws. The following is proof God predestined in Christ, yet holds man responsible for their fallen nature and their unbelief! God holds men responsible for their fallen nature and their unbelief even though they were born with that nature. JOHN 12: 37  Even after Jesus had performed so many signs ( A )  in their presence, they still would not believe in him.   38  This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet: “Lord, who has believed our message      and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” [ a ] ( B ) 39  For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere: 40  “He has blinded their eyes      and hardened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes,      nor understand with their hearts,      nor turn—and I would heal them.” [ b ] ( C ) 41  Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory ( D )  and spoke about him. ( E ) 42  Yet at the same

Israel did not receive what was promised

The following scriptures were a warning to ancient physical Israel that the covenant would be taken away and given to others. After reading these, see Matthew 22:1-14. This is NIV but use any translation you are comfortable with and compare translations.  Matthew chapter 8: 10  When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,  “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.   11  I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.   12  But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” _________________________ Christ is not speaking about the elect Jews or those with Jewish descent in the New Covenant (see Luke 21:24 and Romans 11). All the Apostles were Jewish. The early church in the first century got its start in Judea and outlying provinces (Act

Ignatius and Polycarp

I have said many times that the early church fathers harbored bad doctrine. I stand in doubt of them. They come close to having sound theology but they are likely very dangerous men who perverted the truth. Polycarp's Letter to the Philippians and Ignatius of Antioch's Letters are problematic. Polycarp's letter has some sound doctrine, and is anti gnostic (gnostics denied Christ came in the flesh).  But he gives the green light to Ignatius who has terrible doctrine.  If Ignatius's writings were not written by him, then perhaps we could accept him. If they do belong to Ignatius, as shown below, his doctrine was awful and we must flee his theology. The early church fathers elevated the bishop to the place of God's representative, especially the Bishop of Rome. This is not what was intended in the early church. The Apostles were the government of Christ to be sure. But they never attempted to take the place of Christ as to His person.  Now, if for some reason the

Why Was the Old Law Abolished?

The Old Law of Moses was abolished because it was a law that was written on stone. It was a dead letter. It was not written upon the heart. It required sinless perfection. No man could obtain righteousness keeping a law that was not of the heart.  The law of Christ was established as the end of the law of Moses. Rom 10:4. Faith in Christ to the end produces good fruits of the Spirit such as kindness. John says in 1 John 5:4: For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. NIV This overcoming happened because the Christians followed the law of Spirit of Life rather than the law of sin and death, which had no power. Rom 8:2-3 Romans 7:6: But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. Gary here: Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of