Leader says “you can’t”, the people say “we will”
Joshua 24:19-21 lays out the hard facts about serving God.
19. Then Joshua said to the people, “You will not be able to serve the Lord, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgression or your sins.
20. If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you after He has done good to you.”
21. The people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the Lord.”
Exodus 23:25 is a conditional statement about sustaining life and guaranteeing health.
But you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water; and I will remove sickness from your midst.
Ruth 1:1 establishes famine in the land
Now it came about in the days when the judges governed, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the land of Moab with his wife and his two sons.
Nehemiah 5:3 reports famine
There were others who said, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our houses that we might get grain because of the famine.”
They should all be alive today if they had served (had not forsaken) Yahweh.
You are dust. Man enjoys being as long as his dust endures. There is nothing that people do or plan on doing when the dust fails. The devil has cleverly planted alternate truth alongside the lifesaving message. If humans are spiritual beings they do not show it and most people do not know
1 Corinthians 15:49
Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.
Even in the bosom of the Christ – gospel received and Holy Spirit given – believers do not carry the image (likeness) to the heavenly progenitor. This saying distinguishes Adam from the heavenly Father and so does the essential hope of resurrection and kingdom inheritance.
Deeper into the comparison of man born Adam and man born of God we find that humans have no access to God’s kingdom in their original state. God shut Adam off from of his home where he might have launched the unthinkable; an immortal being disfigured by lies (Gen. 3:1-6, 22-24).
1 Corinthians 15:50
Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Humanity’s natural condition and nature needs a makeover.Paul to the Corinthian church 1:15:51
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,
Some things a spiritual bring could never be
Spiritual humans are born twice. Without the birth from above we face a very different reality from being like God in essence and character. The product description defies the notion that we are spiritual beings or spirit beings.
- Sold under sin
- Born into failure
- Shaped for hostility to God
- Carnal and imprisoned by law and sin
- Flesh and blood
Back to dustPsalm 90:3
You turn man back into dust And say, “Return, O children of men.”
We get a sense of how deeply deception has set in as an entire generation trashes what David and Solomon (!) has to say about death. The standing up of the early lie – you shall not certainly not die – with the theory that the dead are active illustrates Satanic strategies as strong and bold as ever.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.
10) Will You perform wonders for the dead? Will the departed spirits rise and praise You? Selah. 11.)Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave, Your faithfulness in Abaddon? 12) Will Your wonders be made known in the darkness? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
The grave, from which the saved and lost will come (John 5:28-29) is silent and still.Psalms 115:17
The dead do not praise the Lord, Nor do any who go down into silence;
Then he brought them outside and said, “Men, what must I do to be saved?”Acts 16:30
Are Christians trafficking in guilt and illness? What raises such a question? The lipservice given to the Sinai Covenant and the essential reality of falling short of God’s glory. Since claiming sinless nature or conduct is false (1 John 1:7-10) and since no Christian is in perfect health we can say guilt over sin and illness are being used to oppress and harass the elect.
“Be saved” is passive action. Passive action puts the person receiving the action as the actor. I must be saved, but who saves me is the question that will sniff out the truffle. As long as people keep separating the promise that makes lost people sons of God from generosity no safe space exists. Nothing is guaranteed. There is no real gift.
Here are two pairs of passive action and active action.
- He was saved by grace
- Grace saved him
- They are often kissed by their mother
- Their mother kisses them often.
Simple vs Infinite
Who is doing the kissing? Who is doing the saving?
In Ephesians 2 :8 “saved” is also passive but it is definitely not an ordinary (finite) action word. It is the linked condition or identity to “you”. Sesosmenoi (safe or saved) is like a colour or some other quality: in this case persons are sesosmenoi.
We cannot twist “saved” into an active statement such as
• Grace saved you
• Grace saved you through faith
Paul is describing an outcome or status. You are safe by grace through faith.
Saved, though it is a based on a verb, lacks person. It has the characteristics of a verb except for person (actor)
• You (one or more)
• He / she
It is a statement of fact, not action.
You are light.
You were blind
You are my friends
Need to come and let Christ save us
This is one of many cases where translations have failed to state what the text says. One is safe and cannot drag works into the picture, except perhaps if one wants to brag about one’s contribution to the redemption that is exclusively by Lamb’s blood. Moreover, if one accepts that Yeshua’s gift of the Holy Spirit is a downpayment towards (or a guarantee of) resurrection one cannot harbour the thought that Yeshua’s eternal will can be thwarted by human will or action. He did not need our will to shed grace on us, and he certainly does not need it to keep us graced. We only needed to come to him. We only needed to surrender our record and efforts to set ourselves right. Apparently most of us stil do.
Watching the circus across the United States I get a jolt of pride that my mother, Africa, is not an imperial serial rapist. My smile is not without a twinge of pity for the deceived millions, who have bought the idea that capitalism and democracy are the essential paths to greatness.
The GOP and its heartless talking heads are temporarily incapable of repenting of following a broken foundation. At least there is hope that a remnant -preferably young people – will call the the attempt to make a beast a person what it is: silly rebellion. The U.S. was born out of rebellion. Remember?
Idiotic isn’t it? Any fool with a gun becomes a patriot, defending stolen land, and denying people the very cradle that bore the nation.
By the way, any nation built by bloody hands is, to speak kindly, an abomination.
People are gobbling up what ever is on the table: at church, work or school. The enduring foundations of family life and secular society did not begin in the middle ages or in the 19th century. If the leaders who got us into the Middle East mess or the abominable support for Nazism, violence against women, and misogyny or sold our future to China, had glanced at Abraham, father of the Jewish people, we would be light years ahead of the current devastation that makes even a civilized conversation implausible.
Let us watch the game until the next revolution comes around. It will not be on TV or YouTube.
A rash of TV programmes with supernatural themes are grabbing attention. Both the sci-fi and religious worlds are pulling out all the stops to create narratives and discussions that they hope will convince the audience of life after death, long-standing and ongoing contact with extra-terrestrial beings.
I don’t have to wonder why. The practitioners of sorcery, necromancy, and witchcraft are often the religious. In the modern era psychics can be found in most neighbourhoods. The newspapers have several pages of spiritualist advertisements. However, Saul’s visit to the witch of Endor, people consulting the dead instead of the [L]iving in Isaiah’s days, and the insistence of people all over the globe from antiquity to the 21st century that the living can contact the dead, or be contacted by the dead is condemnable as the lie, that humans do not (cannot) die.
Greek mythology, Dante’s inferno and other extra-biblical sources of thanatology are utterly false and contradict the facts and explicit wisdom of the two Testaments of the Christian Bible. When the dead are not really dead and God is not unique and incomparable in the area of life and death we can be sure that the source of these sentiments are the same as that first lie. Demonic doctrines should not dominate Christian beliefs. For an introduction to demonic influences in religious circles please read 1 Timothy 4:1-11
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