God’s mercy today

When God reckoned Israel lo-ammi, she was judged guilty along with the heathen (Gentile) nations, the very same heathen nations who she was elected to be a light to (for salvation).  It was the end of a dispensation, and so Israel was judged.  There is judgment at the end of every dispensation.

In this current dispensation there is no difference in the spiritual status of the lost Jew and the lost Gentile.  Today, all are sinners and enemies of God.

Because of the Jews’ and the Gentiles’ unbelief in times past, both now have an equal chance at obtaining God’s mercy on an individual basis.

So how are people saved since they cannot go through Israel anymore as stated in John 4:22? (times past).  Salvation is no longer of the Jews. (Remember :  All of Israel has been concluded in unbelief, so it is impossible for you to be saved through a nation of unbelievers).  It also means Judaism cannot save you today which in turn means that you cannot find salvation in Israel’s Old Testament today.

Christ (according to the revelation of the mystery – Romans 16:25) is solely the owner of salvation today, not Israel, not Buddha, not Krishna, not Mohamed, not the Pope, nor any nation, institution, nor any man, irrespective of his religious qualifications or claims to the contrary.

It is for this same reason some label me “anti-semitic” – because I don’t believe that a nation of unbelievers can offer anyone salvation , nor do I believe they are God’s chosen people TODAY (during this current dispensation).  Nor is God protecting them or elevating them in some special way.   I believe God will one day in the near future once again deal with the Jews and during that time (the time of Jacob’s trouble), people will once again have to believe the Kingdom Gospel for their salvation – all people, that is, but that time isn’t now.

Right now, during this current dispensation which is almost 2000 years old, the spiritual “playing field” has been leveled by God Himself, hence there is currently no chosen nation and there are no chosen people who have been elected (as Israel was) to bring salvation to the world, hence there are no chosen prophets to speak to said chosen people/nations today.  You/we are not Israel.  You are not a specially chosen Jew and salvation is no longer of the Jews (John 4:22), which means you do not believe the Kingdom Gospel for your salvation today, nor do you have to prove your faith by your works as per James 2,  because it is Kingdom Gospel doctrine written TO Israel for times to come. (Tribulation doctrine).  This is proven by the fact that the book of Hebrews opens with scripture reminding the Jews who Jesus is and what He did for them, remember, it will already be 2000 years since Christ, the son of God was walked this earth by the time they read the book of Hebrews (and some will believe it).

Even those Jews who were in unbelief when the Apostle Paul spoke to them, and the Jews who are in unbelief today may obtain mercy.  How?  Through the mercy of those who preach the Gospel.  Through our mercy they obtain mercy :  Preaching of the gospel +  their faith in the gospel = saved soul (God’s mercy).

The Apostle Paul speaking to the Jews in Romans 11:30-31, says:

For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: {11:31} Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

{11:31} Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. {11:32} For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he MIGHT have mercy upon all.

Why have those who were/are in unbelief have the chance of obtaining mercy through others unbelief?  Because through their unbelief God instituted a new programme/plan that concluded all in unbelief that everyone (all) may obtain mercy/be saved  under a new plan/programme.  I don’t know how to simplify or explain that in better terms, but I’m sure you get the gist of it.   It’s through the nation of Israel’s unbelief that salvation was offered to the heathens (Gentiles).

“that through your mercy they also MAY obtain mercy.” – As believer you are (or should be) merciful to those who don’t believe in that you preach the Gospel to them so that they may believe and be saved, hence they obtain mercy through your mercy.  You never know who will believe the Gospel.

Jews or Gentiles could be saved in two ways during the dispensational change/transition (from law to grace – kingdom gospel to grace gospel), the Centurion Cornelius is proof of this in Acts 10, and the book of Acts is a transitional book, a bridge from law to grace, and the Apostle Paul’s pre-prison epistles are within the boundaries of this transition, and no, I’m not an Acts 28er) – but as I was saying, people could be saved during this transitional period by either believing  the Kingdom gospel (under Israel’s law programme), or believing the grace gospel (under the Apostle Paul’s mystery programme).  Yes, there was a time when the two programmes were running concurrently – one was being dispensed until completion (that which is perfect, the mystery) while the other was fading out, it’s fate was to be set aside until a future date (the tribulation period).  The mystery wasn’t revealed to the Apostle Paul all at once, nor was it revealed to him in a day or even a month.  1 Corinthians 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

After the dispensational change had taken place (when the mystery had fully been revealed to the Apostle Paul, which is reflected in his prison epistles, when he is speaking solely to saved people, and no I’m not an Acts 28er), people could only be saved by believing one gospel – that is, the grace gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, yet today we have thousands, if not millions of so-called church-goers, pew warmers, “once-a-week Christians”, “Sunday people”, call them what you will,  who basically live in the past of Israel’s Old Covenant law programme (or even the future of Israel’s New Testament doctrine, Hebrews to Revelation) and don’t realise it…  in fact they don’t have a clue.

They aren’t living (spiritually) in the Apostle Paul’s “but now” period, also known as the dispensation of grace, rather they are either living spiritually in times past or in times to come, and it goes without saying that they have it all wrong.

Good people do not go to heaven.  A person cannot be 50% saved, nor 80% saved, not even 99% saved for that matter.  You are either saved or you aren’t.  You either believe in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross alone for your salvation or you don’t, and if you believe any part of Israel’s Kingdom Gospel today – that you still have to or need to come to the throne of grace to obtain  mercy as per Hebrews 4:16 –  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  – which forms part of Israel’s New Covenant with Almighty God, you are lost because you don’t realise that you can obtain God’s mercy by believing the Gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, and that you cannot lose it, so you don’t have to keep on asking for it, especially in time of need like believers in times to come will have to do.

Romans {15:9} And that the Gentiles might glorify God for [his] mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.

1 Corinthians {7:25} ……….. yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.

2 Corinthians 4:1} Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

God offers His mercy to all today – we either receive it/obtain it or we don’t.   God’s mercy is conditional.  It is conditional upon whether we believe in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s Cross for our salvation or not.  (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

Those who do not have faith or do not believe in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross ALONE FOR THEIR SALVATION do not RECEIVE God’s mercy and are lost.

If someone offers you a gift – you can either receive it or reject/refuse it.   If you do not want the gift for any reason, you are rejecting it and therefore in unbelief, you are still a sinner – lost.    If you do not believe that a gift is given freely (as God’s grace is given freely to those who believe), you have rejected it.  If you work for your salvation or work to maintain it, it isn’t free and at the same time you are denying the efficacy of  Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross because you add to it, in other words you believe his finished work on Calvary’s Cross isn’t sufficient to save your soul, if you believe in proving your faith by your works = you are not only working for your salvation but trying to prove how good YOU are as well, which you aren’t.  In this instance who then gets the glory?  Does  Christ?  No.  You do.  Salvation isn’t about you, it’s 100% about Christ.  He did all the work, He proved that He died for your sins, was buried and rose again from the dead.  All the glory is His alone.   Praise God for His mercy.

1 Timothy {1:13} Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did [it] ignorantly in unbelief.

Paul obtained mercy, in other words he received it by believing – through faith – through trust.  He didn’t automatically “just get it” like Universalists wrongly believe.  God’s mercy isn’t automatic, it’s conditional on your faith/belief/trust in the Gospel.

1 Timothy {1:16} Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

Why do most people fail to see these words?  “THAT IN ME FIRST”.   First, people, first. First doesn’t mean second, nor does it mean twelve or thirteen. Paul was the first member of the body of Christ, a mystery was revealed to him and him alone, and not to him and the 12 Apostles. (see Ephesians 3) – I reiterate, Almighty God, the risen, ascended Christ, revealed something NEW to the Apostle Paul.   The Apostle Paul didn’t say “that in me first after the twelve” – he said “that in me first”.  Take time to think about it.

Titus {3:5} Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but accordingto his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

This is confirmation that we cannot be saved by any works of righteousness on our part (yet Cornelius the Centurion in Acts 10 was saved by works of righteousness because He was saved under Israel’s Kingdom Gospel)  –  today however, we can only be saved according to God’s mercy.  And what is God’s plan of mercy today?   It’s belief in the gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 alone for our salvation.   And because it is according to His mercy, we cannot lose our salvation. God’s  Mercy isn’t the  half-baked ,uncooked, religious variety that disappears as soon as things go awry and they judge you as having lost your salvation according to Israel’s Kingdom Gospel.

1 Timothy {1:2} Unto Timothy, [my] own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, [and] peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

Grace, mercy and peace………… from who?  From God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.  This is the way God is operating today in mercy, in grace and in peace.

Please note that verse doesn’t say, “From God our Father, and Jesus Christ our Lord.” If you cannot see the difference take time to look at it again.

The Holy Authorised King James Bible tells us that there isn’t one innocent person on this planet, so don’t try to kid yourself that you are a good person who is pleasing to God through your weekly church attendance, your religious rituals, et al.

This is the sickness that lost humanity suffers from:

Romans 3:23} For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

And this is the cure:

1 Timothy{1:15} This [is] a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

What was His plan and purpose?  What action did Christ take in order to show His mercy?

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (Authorised King James Bible).   Look it up.

The fact that Christ died is proof that He was the propitiation for our sins .   Romans 3:25

The fact that Christ was buried is proof that He died.  If Christ didn’t die, he wouldn’t have been buried, and if not buried because he didn’t die, how then could he rise again from the dead?

The fact that He rose from the dead is proof that He lives, and because He lives, all of humanity will live forever – either in eternal glory or in eternal shame.

No-one can force you to believe that believing/trusting/having faith in the Gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 will save your soul.   What you believe before you die will have eternal consequences – it will affect you forever.

I preached the gospel to someone around February/March thiss year, a lost person who was a Lordship Salvationist, his name was Peter Steyn.  He was 55 years old, had come into a lot of money recently and unexpectedly passed on to eternity last Monday morning at 3:30am.  My personal view was that Peter didn’t believe 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 alone for his salvation as he continued attending his Lordship Salvationist Church’s Bible study evenings, and gravitated more and more to the hierarchy of that church.  And no, Peter wasn’t my boyfriend or soon to be betrothed.

You never know when you will die.  Make the right decision (what to believe for your salvation).  Dying doesn’t automatically make things right – if you think you are living a life of hell on this earth, think what will it be like spending eternity in pure and utter hell separated from God and His light because you couldn’t bring yourself to believe the gospel alone for your salvation, i.e., that Christ died for your sins, was buried and rose again from the dead for your justification.

2 Corinthians 5:20 ~ Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

 

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