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A few more thoughts from the Journey.
« on: July 29, 2020, 11:33:29 AM »

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God temporarily laid aside a part of His omnipotence when He granted free will to His creation and this was given that we might choose Truth and Duty and become His children.

Christ died to save us not from suffering but from ourselves.

The folly of any mind is to try and explain God before obeying Him; trying to map out His character instead of crying to Him: ?Lord, what would you have me do??

To him who obeys and thus opens the door of his heart to receive the eternal gift, God gives the Spirit of His Son to be in him and to lead him to the understanding of all Truth. 

No man is condemned for what he has done, rather he is condemned for continuing in the darkness and not venturing into the light.
 
The one sin that cannot be forgiven is the sin of choosing to be continuously evil.
 
Until repentance occurs it is impossible for God to forgive as that would be like Him taking part in it.

To say that someone might disobey God and be none the worse is like saying that 'yes' is 'no' and 'light' is 'dark'.

Never wait for a better time to talk to God ? do it right now.  To wait until later or until we go to church is to keep God waiting.  He will listen as we walk or work.

Do not worry if others speak lies about us or even the righteous turn their backs on us.  Our only concern should be that we do not turn our backs on them.

Let us do right and not trouble ourselves about worthless opinion.  The less we listen to idle chatter the less difficult we will find it to love others.

Let us be glad we were wrong when we thought others to be wrong.

To be ashamed is a blessed and holy thing but to be humbly ashamed is to be washed clean in the cleansing water of Truth.

We think how terrible if it were I who betrayed our Lord as Judas did.  But unless I love my neighbour I might one day betray him in whom dwells our Lord.  Let us therefore be compassionate and humble and hope the best for everyone.

A person might sink by slow degrees so that long after they become devilish in their ways they still believe they are a good churchgoer and a good Christian.

To have one penny more in this life than we need is to diminish the share of others.

In the hereafter will our friends know us to their joy or will their hearts sink within them when they look on the real likeness of us?  Maybe, just maybe, they will rejoice to find we were not so bad as they thought.

What comes from myself only is sin; a perversion of something that belongs to God.

Life without Christ is like a stream that is cut off from its source and yet still believes it can run.

It is by loving and not by being loved that we can come nearest to the soul of another.

In the beginning I understood only that I had to take up my cross whereas I now know that the real purpose of life is to follow Christ.

By all means tell people when you are busy and do not have the time to spare at that moment but do not get rid of them by the use of the method called the 'cold shoulder' for that is a wicked method.

Happily for our blessedness we soon tire of our possessions.

Work is not always required  of man.  There is such a thing as sacred idleness the cultivation of which is now sadly neglected.

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Re: A few more thoughts from the Journey.
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2020, 12:01:52 PM »
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(1) The one sin that cannot be forgiven is the sin of choosing to be continuously evil.
(2) Until repentance occurs it is impossible for God to forgive as that would be like Him taking part in it.

Hello Derek,

Thank you for this further entry. 

I feel I must question the part quoted above.  For in regard to point numbered (1) above, Matthew 12:31 says, 

'Wherefore I say unto you,
All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men:
but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him:
but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him,
neither in this world, neither in the world to come.'


* Unbelief prevents man from receiving forgiveness of sin, because it is by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord that salvation from sin and it's consequence is received.

* Though I do believe that repentance is a natural part of the process of salvation: for conviction of sin brings sorrow for sin, and repentance is a natural consequence.  However, I believe that forgiveness of sin is part of the grace of God afforded those who have come to believe on His Son the Lord Jesus Christ: and is not conditional on repentance; but as I have said, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, working in mind and heart, I believe that repentance comes as a natural consequence.  By repentance I mean a turning away from behaviours which are sinful.

* During the Gospels and the Acts period, the Gospel of the Kingdom was preached, by John the Baptist, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and by the Twelve disciples in their ministry which followed His resurrection and ascension to God's right hand.  In which repentance was an important requirement, for their ministry was to the people of Israel, whose repentance was a vital requirement in the purpose of God.  Since they did not repent, and are now in a Loammi condition, the gospel of the grace of God is the gospel being preached, in which repentance does not have the same position of priority.


Thank you.
In Christ Jesus
Chris

 


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Re: A few more thoughts from the Journey.
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2020, 12:27:41 PM »
Hi Chris
As always you make an interesting observation but surely if one continues to choose to be continuously evil then until a change takes place forgiveness cannot be granted for to be continuously evil means the non acceptance of either God, His son, the Holy Spirit or their ordinances.   
Forever in Christ
Derek.

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