Now

“[1] Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;…..

[3] For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;”

~ 1 Corinthians 15:1&3

When we believe the gospel of Christ we receive atonement for our sins.

“And not only so , but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have NOW received the atonement.” ~ Romans 5:11

“Much more then, being NOW justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” ~ Romans 5:9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Take Two, The Final Episode Of The Half-Baked Reconciliation Saga

Writing this in between “Yorkie Patrol”, otherwise known as, ” Yorkie Standby”. Put plainly: “Mom, we want to pee…” say the Yorkies to me.

I think…. I thunk…  I understand it now, that about the one-sided reconciliation, that is.

According to 2 Corinthians 5:19 they believe God reconciled the world unto himself.  So the world is reconciled to God now, according to their belief…

Got it?  God reconciled the world unto himself.  Remember:  the world is reconciled….

But further down Paul beseeches those in the world, “be ye reconciled to God”, but if the world (which one is a part of) is already reconciled to God, why would Paul still beseech people to be reconciled to God? “Hello, ya just said God reconciled the world unto himself…”

And here’s where the absurdity strikes one silly…

“Nah”, they say, ” God is reconciled to the world, but one needs to be reconciled to God”…. But they just said, God reconciled the world unto himself…

If God reconciled the world unto himself as they say, not imputing anyone’s sins…. why would someone have to beseech one to be reconciled to God, because one already is (reconciled to God, that is).

And there are people out there who believe this stuff?  Doesn’t anyone out there think for themselves anymore?

To go boldly where no man has gone before…. to reach new heights of absurdity, where they will probably also prove that the devil will be saved and we can all hold hands and sing in unison.  Ya know which song, right?

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” ~ 1 Corinthians 14:33

 

 

Let’s Talk About Love

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” ~ Romans 8:35

According to some, what separates one from the love of Christ is having one’s sins forgiven but landing up in hell, because one didn’t believe they were forgiven 2000 years ago…. never mind all the other dastardly things like tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril or sword that are unable to separate one from the love of Christ…

They say God loved all of mankind enough to forgive their sins at the Cross 2000 years ago…. but his love (according to their belief) is obviously limited, because…

“Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~ Romans 8:39

Oops! Paul forgot to include “going to hell with one’s sins forgiven” to the list of things which cannot separate one from the love of Christ, because it does just that… silly me…

Some have a Sunday School mentality concerning the nature and character of God.  They see him as a big, soft, teddy bear kinda fella in the sky, handing out unconditional forgiveness to all, irrespective of their unbelief and enmity towards him.  The big softie in the sky who wanted so dearly to reconcile with mankind, he made amends at the cross in order to be reconciled to all men, but not all men want to be reconciled to him, the reason why they refuse to believe the gospel…

Has one ever thought how things would work if one is reconciled to an estranged family member or friend, but they refuse to be reconciled to you?  Once anyone figures out how this type of “relationship” works, inbox me with a feasible explanation, but until then, I will file the notion under, “Dysfunctional 21st Century Politically Correct Religious Claptrap”.

Does one realise that there are almost 7 billion people on this earth who are running around, ignorant of the fact that their sins were forgiven 2000 years ago?  A God who forgives one’s sins unconditionally, but doesn’t tell anyone… does anyone else smell a rat?  A men-pleasing, appeasing rat… that is.

One would think God was so hard-up for companionship and fellowship, that he decided to reconcile himself to the world unconditionally.  So if God reconciled the world unto himself 2000 years ago, where does that leave the devil who so happens to be the god of this world.  Talk about a conflict of interests… a world reconciled to God, ruled by the god of this world… now that really makes a lot of sense.  Not.

Wait a minute… didn’t they say God reconciled himself to the world, but the world isn’t reconciled to God?  (“Be ye reconciled to God”) then why do they say he reconciled the world unto himself?  Silly question:  Anyone confused yet?

Blasphemer, persecutor, injurious..

“Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.  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. 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.” ~ 1 Timothy 1:13-16

What denominationalists and religionists, who believe one’s good works gets one a ticket into heaven and into God’s good books need to ask themselves is:  Are we saved by our good works, which Paul clearly had none of, or are we saved by God’s mercy (grace) which Paul clearly was given …..and in light of this, if the 12 already had received what Paul had, why does he state, “… 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.”

First means first.  It doesn’t mean thirteen, nor does it mean second.

Words mean things.

© Audrey Henry – 28 August 2018

God has provided

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” ~ Romans 5:8

When Christ died for our sins, the Dispensation of the Grace of God was still hid in God, it had not yet been revealed to Paul who was still Saul, a Rabbi and a Pharisee to boot ~ Acts 23:6.

The Dispensation of the Grace of God was still unheard of, unknown and still future when Christ died for our sins.

While we were children of wrath, following the course of this world, and god of this world, sinners separated from God, He had, unbeknown to us, already made provision for our sins in order for us to become reconciled to Him.

God provided the forgiveness for our sins almost 2000 years ago, and all one needs to do is access it through faith in his finished work on Calvary’s Cross and His resurrection from the dead ~ 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.

“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” ~ The Apostle Paul, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19.

(“To wit” is used to indicate that you are about to state or describe something more precisely).

© Audrey Henry – 11 August 2018.