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Defining key words

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If only theologians could agree on the definition of these key words.

  1. GOD: THE I AM, THE SOURCE OF ALL THINGS.

 

  1. God’s Agape Love: GOD’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. We will be studying this for all of eternity – – –

 

  1. Reality: The way The Creator God perceives things, and relates to them.

 

  1. Sin: Purposely acting (singing) out of harmony with God; The Master Tuning Fork.

 

  1. Self: Your true self is who God created you to be. Your self image is something you have patched together on your own, by attaching labels to your ‘I am.’

 

  1. Condemnation: After eating the fruit, Adam and Eve felt guilt and condemnation, and they projected their feelings of condemnation onto God, but I have never condemned my children, and God doesn’t condemn anyone.

 

  1. Judgment: God’s Judgment, is restorative, not retributive.

 

  1. Justice: God’s Justice isn’t blind, and He doesn’t punish people to get even.

 

God’s Justice is always doing the most loving thing for everyone, for all of eternity.

 

 

  1. Forgiveness:  Love and Forgiveness are Siamese twins that can not be separated. When you reach a point where you can no longer forgive, you have reached the limits of your love. There is no need to forgive a person you have not condemned.

 

  1. Perfect: For us; growing and learning while walking hand in hand with Jesus. A journey, not a destination.

 

For God; Holy Righteous Love.

 

  1. Wrath: I divide God’s wrath into two categories; lower case wrath, when God removes His protection, and upper case Wrath when God is more directly involved.

 

God is very slow to anger, and when He does become angry God doesn’t lose His temper, it’s just that things have gone far enough, and it is time for a change.

 

Jesus cleansing the temple is a very very mild version of God’s upper case direct action Wrath.

 

  1. Vengeance: Judgments, Discipline, Pruning; God making difficult decisions.

 

“Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Romans 12:19)

 

Everything done by God or commanded by God in the Old Testament, was done from a motive of Love, under God’s Authority, the Righteous Judge of the Universe.

 

Call it vengeance or hard love if you like, but no matter how severe His actions appear to you, – – – you are not qualified to call it violence.

 

  1. Violence:  Violence has more to do with attitude than action. Violence proceeds out of the hearts of angry, selfish, greedy, impatient, unimaginative, power hungry beings.

 

The use of force may be either destructive, or restorative, depending upon the intentions of the person applying the force; if it is done by a qualified person with proper authority, from a motive of love, it does not equal violence.

 

For example; Parental discipline, Dentistry, Surgery, Arrest, Sentencing by Judge and Jury, and God’s Wrath.

 

  1. Death: Jesus calls it ‘sleep.’

 

  1. Hell: Separation from God, the Source of life. Turn your back on God and proceed into darkness to experience Hell on Earth.  Ultimately Hell is a word for the illusion of separation from God.

 

Death and hell will eventually be cast into the lake of fire. (Rev. 20:14) When there is no longer any death or separation, these two words will have become obsolete.

 

The lake of fire purifies by burning away the dross.

 

  1. Faith: Trusting God. Not what He will or will not do, but for who He is, and for His Everlasting Love.

 

 

May 2, 2017
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THE PROMISED LAND/THE KINGDOM OF GOD
The lesson of the Old Covenant is;
Any territory taken by force must be maintained by force.
And/or; any lifestyle changes made by willpower must be maintained by willpower.
Examples;
• Jerusalem to this day.
• Or righteousness by works.
Oswald Chambers said;
“A Kingdom not maintained by might is inconceivable to us.”
Inconceivable, Yes, but the only way it can be.
The Kingdom of God must eventually be established without force.
If people have to die at the second coming of Christ then that is still only a temporary solution.
Earth would be like heaven after Satan and his army left.
People may be dead or gone, but their spirit of dissent would still linger on.
The Great Controversy can never be over until there is complete unity of spirit.
Until Jesus’ prayer has been fully answered.
“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” (John 17:21)
Until everyone voluntarily bows and confesses that Jesus is LORD.
Then God’s Kingdom will be established; a Kingdom that will never have to be maintained by might.
Happily ever after – – – – – – –
P.s.
The wicked may join the Kingdom, or pray (volunteer) for their extermination.
Revelation 6:15-16, And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
(Either way, there is no fight left in them.)

FAITH DOUBT AND CERTITUDE

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Some of my mentors have been saying certitude is bad, because certitude makes you a fundamentalist like the Pharisees, and leaves no room for faith, and if that’s true, then doubt must be a good thing, because without a degree of doubt there’s no need for faith.

However, I have a problem with this concept.

But Romans 14:23 says, “He that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not from faith is sin.

If certitude eliminates the need for faith, and doubt equals a lack of faith, where does that leave us?

Everyone places their faith/trust/confidence in someone or something, the key lies in where we place our faith.

If we place our faith in anything that has to do with self; our theology, our talents, our intellect, or our intuition, our faith can be dangerous; – – – doubting ourselves is wise.

Our confidence, faith, trust must be placed on Jesus, and doubting Him and/or not trusting His wisdom or motives, equals a lack of faith.

Actually everyone lives by faith, we collect as much information as we can,  but when it’s time to make a decision we have to take the next step, even though we may actually be betting our life. (each time we on walk on to a bus or airplane)

True Biblical faith, choosing to pick up your cross and follow Jesus, includes some uncertainty about the future, but it requires a total commitment,

My favorite example is the three worthies facing the fiery furnace, I believe they had the perfect balance.

“Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  BUT IF NOT, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

Their future was uncertain, and they obviously could not save themselves, but their faith/trust/confidence in God was complete.

 

Next; SELFISHNESS vs. UNSELFISHNESS

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May 31, 2015