Sunday, December 3, 2017

What is God's Answer To Solve Conflict Due To Sex And Finance Within Marriage?









Can I Remarry In The Eyes Of God, Aside From My Ex-Wife Passing Away?

Question : I need serious direction. I was married for over 22 years . Not long after our marriage someone told my wife that oral sex was not allowed in a Christian marriage. This was not really a big deal at the moment, and we ceased to protect of that, but then sex itself seem to be taboo to my wife all together. As time went on it begin to be a source of many arguments. I also adopted her son and was trying to raise him as my own for which I got very much in to Conflict with, because she was always running to interfere for him. Years later we had a daughter together and then later on we had another daughter together. Still sex was still something that we argued over constantly and became more mechanical. For me it was like having sex with a robot. To top this off I was constantly compared to two of my wife's best friend's husband who had his own business and was doing pretty well off financially. She also continued to undermine my authority when it came to my children allowing them to do things that I had told them they could not do, allowing them to go places that I told them they could not go. She even allowed our son to quit school against my wishes, when I came home from work and found out that she had already signed the papers. After years of this going on, I went to work in law enforcement between the stress of my job and the stress of my marriage, I became just the shell as I was dying spiritually and the end result came when she left one evening to go stay at my son's house but left no note, she took my daughters with her and she had stayed and gone for 3 days. This wasn't the first time she had done something like this but I had always gone and found her before. I had by this time been approached several different times by other women and of course, and I begin to wonder if my life would be any better with someone else. So when she pulled this last stunt of staying gone 3 days, I threw in the towel and I quit going to church. I've actually separated and I committed adultery. Saying Bye and shacking up with another woman even though I was not divorced I was only separated. My question is aside from my ex-wife passing away is it possible for me to remarry in the eyes of God, I am back in church living for God and would like to start over in another marriage but I need to know the truth. Please help me?


Answer:
Greetings to you in Jesus wonderful name!

First of all I appreciate you have been married for 22 years and that in itself is a invaluable lesson to lose self and learn love. I know that half baked information of people always causes a great division within even godly families, oral sex is never prohibited anywhere in the Bible, but rather expressed symbolically as a action of intimate relationship between the husband and wife in the romantic book of the Song of Solomon that God has given for all his children to learn it and use it if possible to increase in the love between the partners, (i.e.) fellatio - the husband giving his to the wife (Song of Solomon 2:3), and Cunnilingus - the wife giving hers to the husband (Song of Solomon 5:1).

If you want to have sex and your wife doesn’t, it’s not necessarily because she’s mad at you or you did something wrong, probably she might be over stressed, overworked, or overtired—as a result, she's not in the mood if this is for a limited period of time.

If it has been for a long time and that the very topic of sex have become a taboo for your wife, she might have had sexually bad experience in the past which might be hindering her to open herself fully to you, or she might be having some physical condition in her body that might be causing stress while having sex so that it might aggravate her pain more, or even it might me something like pre-mature ejaculation that makes you happy, but leave her unsatisfied. So there are the things that must be discussed between the husband and the wife. If the communication lines are down, then there is a great danger for the very foundation of the marriage union. So both the husband and wife should open themselves up to each other or they else seek the help of godly counselors, men to men, women to women and finally breaking the bottle neck of the lack of communication within marriage which as I told is the wall around the marriage that protects it within.

Then the other reason a wife neglects the very topic of sex might also be due to infidelity where she might be getting the needed emotional and physical support from someone apart from the husband. This also poses a grave danger, if it has not been corrected.

We know that God is serious about this infidelity issue, as the Scripture points out, "Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge." (Heb 13:4). Even during the Old Testament times, for the jealous husbands who has the "spirit of jealousy" coming upon him to make him think whether there was infidelity of going astray in the part of the wife or she is acting unfaithfully towards him in her behavior, he is instructed to take the wife to the priest where the "oath of curse" the priest in the temple will pronounce over her, which in fact will make her sick to make her belly swell and her thigh to become rotten which may lead to death if she has committed adultery. If the man has become jealous of his wife without any truth of unfaithfulness on her part, the man will become guilty for his sin of doubt (Num 5:11-31). Therefore husband also should keep his fidelity like he expects his wife to keep her fidelity without going astray and defiling herself, then the "spirit of jealousy" has no place within the marriage and the couple will be happy, joyful and peaceful in their lives. The husband honoring his wife in fidelity and the wife honoring the husband in fidelity, is honoring each other and making marriage honorable among all people in the sight of God.

In today's lustful and perverse days of the end before the coming of the Lord, wife swap, threesome, man with man, woman with woman, group sex, etc...and the videos of lust that are promoted online through pornography are destroying the very foundational bricks of faithfulness in marriage. But beware of all perversion of the end, if the bed of marriage if defiled by lust in the heart which if left unchecked might lead to infidelity in marriage, fornicators and adulterers God will judge, so let us take his warning seriously and turn away from it when we have fight against sin in the heart itself (Matt 5:22, 28). When we go in to infidelity physically, there are some serious repercussions that we have to face in our lives and relationship within our family life (1 Cor 6:15-16, 18). God will forgive us when we ask for His forgiveness (1 John 1:7, 9), but he will allow us to justly face the consequence of it for us to learn the lessons in our lives which is right and just for a just God who is our Father in Heaven (1 Peter 4:15, 17; 2 Sam 12:13-14). One thing is certain — sin always pays back both believers and unbelievers with boredom, guilt, shame, loneliness, confusion, emptiness, loss of purpose, and loss of rewards (Rom 6:23). David was forgiven (2 Sam 12:13), but forgiveness never seems to take away the consequences of the sin as we see the consequence of the sin of adultery in the life of David resulting in incest and rape within his own family (2 Sam 13:1-22), revenge and murder among step brothers (1 Sam 13:23-33), a son’s betrayal (2 Sam 15:1-12), the verbal abuse by Shimei (2 Sam 13:1-22), and then the physical abuse and death threats of Absalom (2 Sam 15:1-12, 13-37; 16:1-23; 17-18), etc...

God says that the Gentiles are those who operate in the "passion of lust", by first lusting after the forbidden and then reaching out to fulfill it by defiling their body through it (1 Thess 4:5). God wants all Christians to posses their own body not in the "passion of lust", which when not dealt and judged by themselves and graced to overcome constantly (1 Cor 11:31-32; Rom 6:14), it might lead them to defraud his Brother through committing acts of infidelity and thus fall in to the adultery of uncleanness and sexual immorality, rather than living in holiness of the Lord which can only bring the activity of God to be seen through their lives and ministries (1 Thess 4:3-4, 5-6, 7). Where are we standing in this regard? Are we judging ourselves constantly and confessing our sins to God when we do sin? Or else have we crossed in to the forbidden zone of defiling of the heart to the body level?

Sex within marriage should be discussed both by husband and wife to increase in understanding regarding each ones preference in what kind of action in sex gives them so much happiness within marriage. Then each one should look to fulfill the happiness of the other partner. There is a sexual affection due the wife from the husband, and there is a sexual affection due the husband from the wife, this can be fulfilled only when the wife understands that she has no authority over her own body but the husband does, and the husband understands that he has no authority over his own body but the wife does (1 Cor 7:3-4).

Sex is not to be used as a weapon within the confines of marriage, because there is a high chance of the relationship getting cold, and the communication between the spouses getting restrained, restricted and rejected because of this reason. Once the communication is down, it is like breaking the security wall of the marriage. Once the security of the wall of protection around marriage goes off, any stranger may get in to that private zone of sacred ground that is holy to tread within. So a safe wall of marriage to keep away from the temptation of Satan who uses our lack of self-control to develop lust to make us fall in to adultery is, through passionately coming together again to have sex regularly with the spouse, except when with consent the husband and wife give themselves to fasting and prayer (1 Cor 7:5).

We all do fail in many things, we learn by failing and falling down in our spiritual lives and in the natural too (James 3:2). But we should all learn to stand up again by the power of the Lord and His might (Prov 24:16; Psa 37:24; Eph 6:10), and hence I think the break of communication has aggravated the scenario more and more to come to this breaking point later in life. I do not know about your background, but have you had this struggle of the sin of the heart through feeding on to the lust through sex magazines or by watching pornography on the net, which causes always to make the beauty of sex within more and more mechanical? Or may be your wife might have had this struggle, as women too are tempted in this area like men, but men are more prone to this as they are sight activated. For all those sin of the heart if indulged in the past (Matt 5:28-29, 30), confess to the Lord and ask the Lord for forgiveness for it all to forsake it for ever and you will have mercy received in abundance (Prov 28:13). If communications could be restored, it would be wonderful if both of you could come together and express this sin of the heart to the Lord if it has been done in the complete knowledge of both in the past (James 5:16). This has the potential to break communication with in the family, once this area is set right, a lot of blessing in family life will follow you and even sex will not be mechanical but rather passionate.

Financial area is something that women generally always seek for security, unless there are other areas of the man's life that are extraordinary to compensate it. So I understand the pain that you would have gone through when such things as comparing you to her couple of best friends husbands. This would have caused great wounding in you, as the Bible says, "15 A continual dripping on a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike; 16 Whoever restrains her restrains the wind, and grasps oil with his right hand." (Prov 27:15-16). But let go of all those thoughts by casting all your cares on the Lord (1 Peter 5:7), and let God do the healing work in your life and in your wives life (Php 4:6-7; Matt 6:14-15). Loudly ask the Lord to bless you wife and she will be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit (Matt 5:44-45). Never store hurt within you, and know that only hurt people will hurt others. Those who store hate within them are like those who drink the poison, and expect the other to die. So let go to forgive and let God (Eph 4:32)! When we continue to keep the hurtful things within us without letting it go in to God's hands, we are also causing breaking of communication within marriage by letting the devil take over our emotions and play with it in our lives (Eph 4:26-27), so let God heal your hurts as your forgive all the hurts your wife has caused (Matt 6:12).

Yes I understand, undermining your authority must have caused great disrespect to you and she will have to give account to God for having disobeyed the clear instructions that says, "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord" (Eph 5:22). But have you loved your wife just as Christ loved the Church by giving Himself sacrificially and selflessly to her (Eph 5:25)? If you have done your part, automatically God would have made your wife do her part, so in this area also look to the Lord for restoration of the love of Christ in you and start to love your wife as Christ loved her sacrificially and selflessly. Ask the Holy Spirit of God to fill you with the Love of Christ (Rom 5:5), and He will faithfully do it (Php 1:6).

God knows the tough job in the law enforcement that you took for your family's welfare, so you were worn out and stressed within your marriage already and above it the stress of the job also would have taken its toll. For me to hear from you that you "became just the shell as you were dying spiritually" is something you are saying from your heart. I understand the pressure you were in and chaos that you might have been in, but God is able to restore the end result that came out in rebellion, and running away of your wife along with you children, I mean God is able to bring back peace where confusion has continued (Rom 16:20). Believe the impossible and God will make it possible (Luke 18:27)!

I believe that the affection of your wife was real in spite of all the wrong things she has done foolishly because of taking it all in her hands, because you are saying that many times she has run away and have returned back. Do you know the prodigals are the true sons of the Heavenly Father (Luke 15:20, 21, 22), do you know that the Lost Sheep are the true sheep's that the Lord is going after (Luke 15:4, 5, 6)?

But at this time, you should have understood the temptation that the devil will bring when you are depressed, down and discouraged and should have asked the help of the Lord to keep you from falling (Jude 24)? But for having told honestly that your separation happened when you fell in to adultery, do not worry dear Brother, the Bible clearly says, "Resist him [i.e. Satan and his demons] and be firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world." (1 Peter 5:9, HCSB). So confess your sins of adultery specifically to God, like the great man of God David repented and confessed to God sincerely (Psa 51; 1 John 1:7, 9). Once you have done that, know that the blood of Christ has completely cleansed you from all your past sins, never turn back in to such things after that, instead stand fast in faith once again. There is a great restoration waiting for you from the Lord, "Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west."(Isa 43:5, NIV) and "Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table." (Psa 128:3, NIV). The Lord understands the suffering you have been through because of all these things, but the Lord's heart is always merciful to see the restoration of all things like it did happen at the end in the life of the man of God Job, and believe me your reward will come in double portions in spite of your failings if your return back to the ways of the Lord in praying for your wife and children to forgive them and ask the Lord's blessing on them (James 5:10, 11; Job 42:10, 12). Because of guilt you have have avoided Church for a while but the Lord is drawing you near to him I believe (Heb 10:25; Gal 6:1), draw near to Him as the Lord is bringing you back in to His fold of joy from the wilderness, and encourage yourself in the Lord to carry on faithfully to follow the Lord (Jam 4:8; Isa 43:19; 1 Sam 30:6).

I tell you, when God told Abraham to send Ishmael along with the servant girl Hagar, you bet it was not easy for him to do what God wanted him to do in his life (Gen 16:16), but when he obeyed the voice of the Lord that came through his legal wife Sarah (Gen 21:2, 3, 8-21), but when it was obeyed, a little while later Abraham's faith was confirmed to be rewarded for eternity ahead (Gen 22:11-12, 13-18). So are you ready to let go of the relationship that came through your fleshly man, and remain in the relationship that the Lord has appointed by the Spirit for you to prove your faith and establish you with the real wife of your youth in his sight (Prov 5:18; Mal 2:14, 15, 16). Let go and let God!

Because both of you are believers, as per the direction of the Lord from His word He says through apostle Paul, "10 Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. 11 But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife." (1 Cor 7:10-11). So I believe, a reconciliation is on the cards for you, because your wife has departed from you, she can remain unmarried alone in faith or she should return back and be reconciled with you and be with you. So the Lord knows how to make your wife get reconciled back to you, but you be ready to receive her when she comes back. Send the fleshly Hagar back and leave her. But remain with the spiritual Sarah who is your first wife whom God has appointed for you in the perfect will of God.

One main reason I spoke for divorce in one of the previous post in the same topic titled 'Can A Christian Remarry Again When Their Marriage Has Failed?', is to release the believer from the guilt of divorce when he or she has married a unbeliever who wants to divorce him/her against their wishes for the reason of their practice of faith and devotion towards God, in this scenario there is no point in dodging a divorce to a unbeliever, as Paul the apostle was also speaking in the same frequency when he said, "15 But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. 16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?" (1 Cor 7:15-16). But still we can delay the divorce, to let God speak through His Holy Spirit, Word, Messengers and situations around us clearly, so that we could proceed with the divorce in such matter. The only reason we could delay such divorce is because of hoping that the unbeliever might get convicted by God and turn to God in faith, but it is a faint hope that we cannot be sure about as told by the apostle who wrote this above Scripture under Divine inspiration.

Aside from your ex-wife passing away is it not possible for you to remarry in the eyes of God except for infidelity which gives you the right to divorce her, but it can also be a chance to show mercy just like the Lord loves us so that we can give her a chance to repent if she is willing and as she is a believer already (Rom 7:2, 3; Matt 19:9; John 8:4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11-12; Micah 7:18, 19; Eph 5:25, 26-27, 28), because you are also back in church, living for God, it would not be good for your to start over and continue in another adulterous marriage which is the Biblical truth we all must understand. So "28 ...husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church." (Eph 5:28-29). Believe me Brother, when you are reconciling with your wife, you are going to nourish and cherish yourself and are going to build your own life by taking such a wonderful decision. In other words, your decision which you take positively for reconciling will be like a decision you take to love yourself and your own body, as no one of us ever can hate our self except when we know we have done something wrong which we want to do it right the next time. So there are good thing waiting for us when we turn to the Lord and trust His Word and Spirit more than we trust our changing feelings which are fleeting and untrustworthy. When we value the guidance of the Spirit more than the flesh which we usually depend upon which brings all sinfulness and curses (Jer 17:5; Gal 5:16, 17, 18), then righteousness will start to flow like river in our life and blessings of heaven will never cease till we leave this earth in Christ Jesus (Isa 48:8; 66:12; Eph 1:3).

Much Blessings....





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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Is It Biblical To Believe The Lake Of Fire As The Complete Destruction Of Life?









Is Hell The Grave?

Question : Hell is the grave. The lake of fire is a complete destruction of life. No one lingers in a fiery afterlife. You people who believe that after death you go to heaven or hell are brainwashed by the Catholic Church which has been spewing false doctrine since the 4th century. If you die saved, Jesus will resurrect you at his 2nd coming. Otherwise, you lay dead in the grave just like Gabriel told Daniel.

Answer:
Greetings to you in Jesus wonderful name!

Hell is not grave, actually it is more serious than that according to the Bible and Jesus Christ.


GEHENNA: THE FINAL AND THE FUTURE HELL

There are two words mainly used for Hell in Greek, one is 'Hades' and the other is 'Gehenna'. The Hebrew word for Hell used in the Bible is 'Sheol'. Sheol is found in the Bible sixty-five times. It is translated “the pit” three times, “the grave” thirty-one times, and “hell” thirty-one times. Hades is used eleven times, being rendered “hell” ten times and “grave” once. Along with these, the Greek word 'Tartarus' is found once and Gehenna is used twelve times.

Once we google the word hell on the search along with the word meaning, the following comes, "a place regarded in various religions as a spiritual realm of evil and suffering, often traditionally depicted as a place of perpetual fire beneath the earth where the wicked are punished after death."

The term “Hell” is commonly understood to mean a place of torment where the souls of the wicked go after physical death. Yes this is true.

I understand, because Hades in the New Testament and Sheol in the Old are variously rendered hell or grave, there has been some misunderstanding about what hell and the grave are.

First of all Jesus described about a everlasting place of torment and called it 'hell' where "the fire shall never be quenched", "the worm does not die" (Mark 9:43, 44) and this is what is 'Gehenna' meaning 'hell fire' is (Mark 9:47, 48). It is also found in the other places of the New Testament in Matthew 5:22,29,30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15,33; Luke 12:5; and James 3:6. This is the lake of fire, or the everlasting hell, which is a literal place which was originally prepared for Satan, but was made to accommodate those who want to choose their own way without God's required way to live life with Him (Matt 25:41). This place is also referred by Jesus as "outer darkness" to mean that it is located in the farthest place of the entire universe, where eternal regret for missing life and anger against God for judging sin in them will be seen through people's behavior of "weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matt 8:12) and “there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Mat. 13:42) continuously. This will be their eternal reward which is the death of separation from God, His goodness and His Presence for all their sins. This will be the place where God will restrain His Presence to make these people understand what it means to live without Him as they have desired in their life, where they despised and were unthankful for the goodness of God shown towards them (Rom 1:21), and the Bible calls them as those who will be "punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power" (2 Thess 1:9). Gehenna is further described in Scripture as a “furnace of fire” (Mat. 13:42); “everlasting punishment” (Mat. 25:46); “the mist [gloom] of darkness” (II Pet. 2:17); the “hurt of the second death” (Rev. 2:11 cf. 20:6,14; 21:8); “a lake of fire burning with brimstone” (Rev. 19:20; 20:10; 21:8).

Does any occupants of this lake of fire are there now or not? While until now there is no one in the Lake of Fire at this time, it will one day hold a vast multitude. The Bible predicts that the first occupants of this lake of fire will be, the Beast (Antichrist) and the False Prophet who, at the end of the Tribulation, will be “cast alive into a lake burning with brimstone” (Rev. 19:19-20). People who were unsaved who took the mark of the Antichrist on their right hand or on their forehead, will be the next ones to enter this lake of fire as they will be destroyed by Jesus along with Antichrist and False prophet (Rev 13:16; 16:2, 13-14, 16; 19:19, 20). Then the leftover goats of all the unsaved people who survive the Tribulation in all the earth will be gathered together and will be given the due punishment for departing from Jesus and denying him when He knocked in the door of their heart (Rev 3:20; Matt 25:31-46), they as cursed people will die by the word of Jesus' mouth and will go in to the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels, this will be a everlasting punishment (Matt 25:41, 46; Rev 19:21). The Jewish unbelievers who are rebels all over the world will join their Gentile counterpart to accompany them in this goat crowd to be sent to everlasting fire (Eze. 20:33-38; Mat. 7:21-23; cf. Mat. 24:29-31,45-51).

Then at the end of the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus on earth, Satan will be “cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev. 20:10).

And finally at last, the unsaved dead of all ages will be raised in their bodies and will be judged by Jesus Christ for all the works and sins of their lives at the Great White Throne judgment, and then they will all be cast into the Lake of Fire (see Rev. 20:11-15). Thus 'Gehenna' will be the future and the final hell of all the wicked angels and the unsaved people of the earth.

The name Gehenna comes from a deep narrow ravine south of Jerusalem where some disobedient Hebrews actually sacrificed their children to the Ammonite god, Molech, during the time of the kings against the Law and warning of God (II Kin. 16;3; II Chron. 28:1-3; cf. Lev. 18:21; I Kin. 11:5,7,33). This pagan deity is also referred to as Malcham, Milcom, and Moloch in the Bible. This valley later served as the city dump and, because there was continual burning of city waste and refuse there, it became a graphic symbol of the place of punishment for the wicked. It was named the “Valley of Hinnom,” which is near Jerusalem, where propitiatory sacrifices were made to Moloch in the past (II Kings 23:10), which translated into Greek becomes Gehenna. The passages in the New Testament Scriptures plainly shows that it was a commonly used expression for Hell by that time when Christ lived there. The word is found twelve times in the Scriptures, being used eleven times by the Lord Jesus and once by James. When we consider the context of all the Scriptures in which our Lord Jesus used this word 'Gehenna', it was all in reference to the place of everlasting punishment for the wicked dead and not to the temporary place of the city dump (Isa 66:24).


SHEOL/HADES: THE PRESENT HELL

The place under the earth is 'sheol' in Hebrew [i.e. abode of the dead spirits until the day of white throne judgment] and 'Hades' in Greek.

The righteous section of the Hades where Lazarus was sitting in Abraham's Bosom has been emptied by the Lord Jesus (Luke 16:19-31), it happened after the resurrection of Jesus where he took the captivity captive to the heavenly city of Zion (Eph 4:8; Matt 27:52-53; Heb 12:22-24). But the unrighteous section is still there and it will be present there until the day of White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-14). When the Bible says clearly that Hades or Sheol is in "the lower parts of the earth" (Eph 4:9, b), we have got to believe it whether we have physical evidence of it or not, as it is a spiritual place described by God that transcends matter and space.

Sheol or Hades hell is open now and is taking unbelieving people in to it. Hades, which refers to a place of temporary torment that we might refer to as the immediate, or present, Hell. Actually the lost soul go directly to Hades where they are kept in torment with out the Presence of God (Luke 16:22, 23; Zech 9:11), until they rise up in their physical eternal body with which they will be judged in the White Throne Judgment at the end of the Millennial rule of Jesus Christ on earth (Rev 20:11-15).

All the unsaved lost who have already died are now present in Sheol/Hades, those who will die unsaved in their sin will join them till the White Throne Judgment. In the Great White Throne Judgment all the unsaved right from the first man born to the last man who will live unsaved will be resurrected and again cast into the Lake of Fire which is the permanent and future hell for eternity ahead.

Because in certain places the Bible also speaks about this temporary hell as grave, some people has mistakenly taken it to means that those who die lie in the grave until the day of judgment, which is a grave error which has led to many cultist doctrines that has made people believe erroneously that there are no immediate or present hell of Sheol or Hades, and thus deny the existence of the present hell completely. For example, the doctrine of soul-sleep, and other ideas that teach the unconscious state of the dead lying in the grave between death and resurrection are some of the out-workings of such error in reading the Bible and understanding it wrongly. Laying dead in the grave which you have referred above by saying "just like Gabriel told Daniel", is also one such error that is not biblical (Dan 12:2). You should understand that the prophetic Scriptures, should not be read in to by what we know, instead we should read it as it is through the clarity of the others Scriptures that are revealed regarding the same topic, so that a overall picture we can deduce from what we find before us (Isa 34:16; Luke 4:10-11, 12). Between one line of the Scripture and the other of the same verse, there lies at least a thousand year between them, for example between "some to everlasting life" (Rev 20:4, 5, 6), and "some to shame and everlasting abhorrence" (Rev 20:11-15) from Daniel 12:2.

Sheol is found sixty-four times, being rendered “grave” thirty-one times, “hell” thirty-one times, and “pit” three times. The common word for “grave” in the Old Testament is queber. Comparing 'Sheol' with 'Queber', we can clearly understand that they are not the same. (i) Sheol is never used in plural form, while Queber is used 29 times plurally. (ii) Not even once the body is spoken as going to Sheol, but Queber speaks of the body going there 37 times. (iii) While Sheol is never spoken in the Scripture as something located on the earth, Queber is spoken 32 times as that which is located on earth. (iv) An individual's Sheol is never mentioned, but a individual's Queber is mentioned 5 times. (v) Man is never said to put anyone in to Sheol, individuals are put in to Queber by man 33 times. (vi) Man is never said to have dug or fashioned a Sheol, Man is said to have dug, or fashioned, a queber 6 times. (vii) Man is never said to have touched Sheol. Man touches, or can touch, a queber 5 times. (viii) It is never said that man is able to possess a Sheol. Man is spoken of as being able to possess a queber 7 times. From the differences between how Sheol and queber are used in Scripture, it is obvious that they are not the same thing.

Hades is used eleven times, being rendered Hell ten times and grave once. So Old Testament Sheol can perfectly fit in with Hades of the New Testament according to the Scripture. Mostly in the Old Testament when we see the Patriarchs saying, "I will go down into the grave (Sheol) unto my son mourning" (Gen. 37:26-36), “gathered unto his people” (Gen. 49:33), it points to their soul joining the others who departed before them in righteous section of the Sheol.

In Isaiah 14:4-20, we find the prophet foretelling the eventual defeat and death of the king of Babylon. In mock surprise, the kings who had been defeated and ruled over by him by this once powerful king will ask him being the welcoming committee in the unrighteous section of the Sheol/Hades, “Art thou also become weak as we? Are thou become like unto us?” (Isa. 14:10). They will taunt him of how helpless and hopeless he has become in the place of Sheol along with them equally, which means his old magnificence now means nothing to him now (Isa. 14:11). Further the Scripture continues saying, “But thou are cast out of the grave (queber) like an abominable (despised) branch…thou shalt not be joined with them in burial” (Isa. 14:18-20). Obviously, if his body was not in any grave at all, he was not simply joining them in burial, but rather at the everlasting fire after the White Throne Judgment of God Almighty Jesus the Christ. The soul going to Sheol while the body remains unburied, or outside of the grave (Isa 14:20) to be infested by maggots (Isa 14:11), clearly shows to us that the body and the soul are in different places, one in the grace and the other in Sheol.

In the case of Samuel and Saul, we find another example of the Scriptures making a distinction between Sheol/Hades and the grave. Samuel the prophet, whom the Lord had sent back from the dead to deliver a message to Saul, said that Saul and his sons would be with him the next day (1 Sam. 28:15-19). He came up and went back down in to Sheol after that conversation ended (1 Sam. 28:8,11,14), but we know from what happened the next day, in the battle both Saul and his son died the next day (1 Sam. 31:1-6), but their bodies were not buried the next day (1 Sam. 31:7-10), thus we know that their soul went to be with Samuel who was in Sheol and joined along with him on the same day, while their body which was hung on a wall by the Philistines were taken by valiant men from Jabesh-Gilead, who went by night and removed their bodies, took them to Jabesh, and burned them, and then buried their bones which would have taken at least 2 or 3 days to be buried after that. So we know for sure that there was a clear cut difference between the burial in the grave and the soul entering righteous section of the abode of the dead which is Sheol in this above real life story.

The story of the Rich Man and Lazarus that is found in Luke 16:19-31 gives us the record of a remarkable conversation that took place in Hades between the Rich Man and Abraham. The poor beggar man Lazarus died and was probably thrown away somewhere, but it was told that the rich man who lived during his time also died and was buried, but then we are told that angels carried Lazarus to the righteous section of Sheol where he finds Abraham who lived and died before 1800 years before his time. But then the body of the rich man stayed in the grave where he was buried, but his soul went immediately to the unrighteous section where the unsaved souls were kept in torment. This clearly shows that the grave and Sheol is entirely different. One is a physical place where the body decays to dust on earth, the other place of Sheol is a spiritual place where the dead souls have been kept somewhere under the earth or in the bottom of it or deeply below it, as described in Scripture as "the lower parts of the earth" (Eph 4:9, b; Num 16:32, 33). This parable by definition is a “true to life” story told by Jesus to make people realize the eternal realities of life after death, and to prioritize the importance of being rich after death towards God as something to be longed for now, which is more important than living life on earth in comfort and luxury for sometime and ending up as beggar in eternity without God if we do not live in faith towards God now. Again this proves that grave cannot be Sheol.


LASTLY TARTARUS

The Apostle Peter used the word Tartarus in reference to “the angels that sinned” that God delivered to Tartarus (Hell) which are nothing but chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment of the angels by the glorious living saints from New Heaven and New Earth before the White Throne Judgment commences by the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 2:4; Rev 20:9-10; 1 Cor 6:3). Even apostle Jude confirms the same truth in his small letter by saying, when the angels began to posses the people by leaving their abode in the heavenlies during the time of Noah, and made them think their own thoughts of evil continually within their mind (Gen 6:5), God reserved places in Sheol for many of them by arresting and imprisoning them in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day in which the saints will judge the world in righteousness (Jude 6; Dan 7:27; 2 Pet 2:4-5). In Greek mythology, Tartarus is the deep abyss that is used as a dungeon of torment and suffering for the wicked and as the prison for the Titans. So I believe God has the same place of torment in Sheol/Hades for the erring angels along with the unsaved, as both of them are traveling to the same destination of permanent hell of everlasting fire which is "the lake of fire and brimstone" (Matt 25:41). So we can safely say that in this place of Sheol/Hades, which is called as bottomless pit, Satan will be bound for a thousand years, after these things he will be released for a little while and then will be judged by the saints and will be thrown in to permanent hell which is the lake of fire (Rev 20:2-3).

So from my clear exposition of the whole topic of what you have asked, I conclude that:
Hell is the not the grave, but a temporary place of torment for all unsaved souls and also rebellious angels who sinned and got imprisoned during the flood of Noah, this place which is called as Sheol/Hades/Tartarus, will continue until the White Throne Judgement happens (Rev 20:11-15), after which all unsaved will be resurrected and judged to be thrown in to lake of fire/Gehenna/place of everlasting torment and fire in their eternal natural bodies to be tormented forever along with all the angels who rebelled against God along with Satan (Rev 12:3-4). Thus the lake of fire is not a complete destruction of life, but rather a sustaining eternal torment of wailing, crying and gnashing of teeth that continues forever where the worms do not die and the fire is not quenched (Mark 9:43-44). All humans and evil angels will linger in a fiery afterlife as the torment described according to the Bible is "everlasting punishment" and "everlasting fire" (Matt 25:41, 46). So the real literal Heaven and Hell fire is not a Catholic doctrine believed by people who are brainwashed by the Catholic Church which has been spewing false doctrine since the 4th century, but rather it a clear Biblical doctrine as expounded above right from the Bible. So do read the Bible to know God and His truth, do not depend on what others say regarding it. Yes if we die saved as martyrs during the Tribulation, Jesus will resurrect us at his 2nd coming, or else if we remain watchful before Tribulation of those times, we as the Church and the Body of Christ will be raptured to our Father's Palaces prepared for all of us in the New Heaven and New Earth (John 14:1-4; 2 Peter 3:13). Glory to God! 

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Are Unbelievers Also Disciplined By God?







How Does God Discipline His Children?

Question : How does God discipline his children? Are unbelievers also disciplined by God?

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name!

Let me be very clear in this, God has clearly expressed in his Word that, "6 For whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” 7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?" (Heb 12:6-7). This means that all the true children of God, God will chasten. But only those who accept his chastening willingly by faith, will be considered by Him in the status of sons, and will be purified for our own eternal profit and be used for His service according to the level of the quality we have achieved in our spiritual life to withstand evil forces that are against us (Gal 3:26; 2 Tim 2:19-20, 21).

Then, Does not the Lord loves the unbelievers? Yes, the Lord loves the unbelievers, that is why Jesus said, "16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." (John 3:16). This love of God towards unbelievers is the unconditional love that He shows to them so that all of them might have the opportunity to accept His love in Christ Jesus and be saved from sin which leads all people to hell (1 Tim 2:3-4).

But the love towards God's children is different than that of the unbeliever who were revealed as "by nature children of wrath" (Eph 2:3), but the Lord God loves us like a father and pities us as we fear Him, He knows that we are weak and powerless dust before Him (Psa 103:13-14). As for the unbeliever God wants them to become His children through which they can deny the wrath of God by receiving His love through Christ Jesus, but for the believer His love is an everlasting love that never ceases for eternity ahead (Jer 31:3; Rom 5:9; 1 Thess 1:10; 2 Thess 1:7-8, 9-10).

UNBELIEVERS are not rightfully disciplined but rather warned of wrath to come because of the Love of God towards them in the following ways:

(i) REPENT OR PERISH: Warned to repent through the unexpected death of fellow humans around them, so that they can look to God and get saved from sin and wrath to come (Luke 13:2-3, 4-5; Isa 45:22).

(ii) VISIONS OF THE NIGHT AND DREAMS: Through visions of the night and dreams God warns the unbelievers, to turn from their evil deeds and conceal pride from man, to keep his life from perishing by the sword and his soul from the pit of hell fire (Job 33:14-18). God does his best to save sinners from hell fire now through Jesus Christ, because He sincerely desire all humans to be saved and be in relationship with Him for eternity ahead which is what is eternal life (1 Tim 2:4; John 17:3).

(iii) THROUGH SICKNESS AND NATURAL DISASTERS:
Jesus clearly said that a person who is born blind neither sinned nor his parents, but for the Glory of God to be revealed to all people that he was born like that (John 9:2-3). In other words, though God created some as differently abled, but the root of it all came through sin which brought the curse that caused all these infirmities to come to humankind (Exo 4:11; Gen 3:17-19; 1 Tim 2:13-15). Through it all God wants human to seek God intensely for the solution to find it, and in turn find Him who is the Savior (Acts 17:27). Even the end time prediction of Jesus regarding chaos of rumours of wars, wars, nation rising against nation with hate, kingdom rising against kingdom with hate, famines, pestilences and earth quakes in various places are all allowed by God to shake him out of apathy and make him aware of the eternal life or eternal judgment that awaits the unsaved (Matt 24:6-7).

(iv) THROUGH THE HOLY LIFE OF SAINTS:
God wants His children to live holy, so that the unbelievers who see it might get affected by such life that glorifies the Father in heaven (Matt 5:16). Jesus wanted all the brethren with in the Church to love on another in such a way as Christ loved them (Eph 4:32), so that through it the world of people may come to know and believe in Christ as the only one who was sent to save all people alike from sin and self (John 17:20, 21, 22, 23). A holy life of a Christian is a rebuke to those who continue to sin and are living as unsaved, but it becomes a lesson and a guidance to those unsaved who are seeking the true God and the truth of salvation from sin. Peter the apostle clearly told to all believers in this regard saying, "Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he judges the world in righteousness and visits them for the last time to give them what they deserve." (1 Pet 2:12).

(V) JUDICIAL WRATH AGAINST WICKED PEOPLE: God instituted justice – including punishment against lawbreakers – down here on earth because it reflects his just character (Rom 13:1-7). That is called the judicial wrath of God. God’s wrath is part and parcel of his judgment against wrongdoing, injustice and evil. A few times his judgment and justice was administered quickly and at other time He waits (Dan 4:31-32, 33, 34, 35; Acts 12:22-23; 13:8-12). Some times because God delays his judgment against sinners, the sinners are hell bent in doing evil, not understanding the mercies of God that is trying to save them from sin and hell fire (Eccl 8:11-13; Psa 50:21-22; Isa 26:9-10; Gen 18:25; Psa 9:8, 17, 19-20). The Lord administers justice on earth now by making the wicked get snared by the work of his own hands (Psa 9:16; Gal 6:7; Prov 29:2; 24:17). God would not be the God of justice if he let wrongs slide by undealt with, so His justice is rather like a judge who would punish the serial offender without losing his own coolness of justice even when it is his son or daughter. But all sin including sinful words will also be judged for every unbeliever one day very soon at the White Throne Judgment (Matt 12:36-37; Rev 20:11-15; Isa 59:18). Many times God waits and waits, before He sends a big judgment of wrath upon the offenders and sinners who live as though they need no repentance (Nah 1:3).

(vi) GOD WAITS FOR SINNERS TO REPENT: God waits because He wants the sinner to repent and be saved from sin (2 Peter 3:8-9). Remember, wrath of God means His judgment against injustice, wrongdoing, and sin. When judges commit injustice, God reinstates new people whom He expects to rule righteously (Prov 29:2; 28:28). God's brings an end to all the wicked in his time as He rules over them all (Psa 11:5; Prov 14:32; Eccl 5:8). God in His mercies, does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked because He wants all to be saved from sin (Ezek 18:23; 1 Tim 2:4). When injustice seems to prevail, God is testing people to know who will stand for justice to the end, both the righteous and the wicked will be rewarded by God according to their works at the end of it all (Eccl 3:16-17, 18-20; Prov 31:9; Isa 1:17). We should never be envious at the prosperity of the wicked and boastful, who are always at ease, and increase in riches (Psa 73:1-12), because God has set them in slippery places, and have cast them down to destruction (John 3:18, 19-20), they are actually brought to desolation in a moment they do not even expect, they shall be consumed with terrors of evil (Psa 73:18-19, 27).

BELIEVERS are those whom God loves them with a fatherly love (John 20:17), so he wants his children to repent of their sins and run to Him voluntarily (Luke 15:17-19, 20-24), but when they fail to repent and turn towards Him, He does go after them to find them in the wilderness of hopelessness through allowing trials and tribulation in their way, to take them back and lay them on his shoulders till they learn to walk in his way and not be lost again (Luke 15:1-2, 3-7; Jer 31:2-3; 32:40-41; Hos 11:4; 2:14).

In this fatherly love, just like a earthly father will not want a child to remain in Kinder Garten for more than a year or two, so does our heavenly Father also does not want us to remain in spiritual kinder garten of eating milky food forever, but wants to move us to higher level of eating solid food to become glorious sons of God for His Glory just like His only begotten Son Jesus Christ (Heb 5:12, 13-14; Rom 8:18-19, 29). Jesus the Son of God suffered to learn obedience to the Father, how much more we as the sons of God need to walk the same way as Jesus to become like Him in our character (Heb 5:8; 12:10, 11, 12-13, 14). Without pursuing holiness, no one can see the activities of God in their lives coming from within for every good work which He has prepared beforehand for us to do (Eph 2:10; Tit 3:8; Php 2:13).

When believers do sin and become stubborn and rebellious against God, these are the following ways in which God deals and discipline them:

(i) GOD LEAVES US TO WALK IN OUR OWN WAY: Many times when the children of God are self-willed and stubborn, God lets us walk in our own way until we get caught in the foolishness of our act (Psa 81:11-12). For those who see the world to take part in the wickedness that God hates, will eat the fruit of their doing (Prov 1:31). For example, a sexual perverse spirit that oppresses a believer will make him/her miserable and restless until he or she gets delivered from the act of evil through the merciful hand of the Lord delivering them, so that God's blessing and provision might follow a child of God as he turns to the Lord for deliverance (Psa 81:13-16).

(ii) WHEN WE ARE DISRESPECTFUL TOWARDS HOLY THINGS OF COVENANT, WEAKNESS, SICKNESS AND EVEN DEATH MAY FOLLOW: For example, the blood Covenant that the Lord has made with us through Jesus Christ is the most important part of Christianity (Heb 10:29). Some of the Corinthian believers did not really give proper respect to the Lord's table. They had hate in their heart toward one another, all kinds of sinful involvement without fear of God, then they had fight over who will first eat the bread and wine of the communion first, so that they could have a jolly good time within the Church. Then the Lord's anger was stirred, and many had sicknesses and some even lost their lives, of which Paul the apostle saw and told them, "27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world." (1 Cor 11:27-32).

(iii) MOST OF THE ISRAELITES DID NOT ENTER THE REST OF GOD IN THEIR SOUL: In the same way all the Christians who are baptized in water and then in the Spirit (Matt 28:19; 3:11), the Israelites too had similar initial experience of salvation. Many Israelites did not enter the rest that God provides without works after salvation, we too as Christians may not be able to enter the rest which God provides in the soul after salvation if we too continue in our sinful evil unbelief of the old nature, instead of living by the impulse of the new nature which God has given to us (Heb 3:12-13, 14, 17). All the Israelites symbolically were baptized through the sea for salvation and under the cloud for Spirit filling them, they partook of the communion of God through eating of the lamb and by applying of its blood in the lintels of their door on Passover (Exo 12:7-8), the bread of the Manna of Heaven [i.e. enlightened Word of God] and drank the water of the spiritual drink [i.e. being filled with the water of the Holy Spirit] which was received through releasing faith in Christ who is the source of it all (1 Cor 10:1-4). But God was not pleased with most of them and they died in the wilderness, because they lusted after evil things (1 Cor 10:5-6). In today's scenario we know that all the sexual lust that are enflamed by pornography, masturbation, anal perversions within the family life, is lusting after evil things, and therefore if we continue to walk without asking God to help us overcome these lusts, we will die in our spiritual life in the spiritual wilderness without the rest of peace, joy and righteousness in the Holy Spirit which is the real rest we must experience in our lives within us all the time by faith (Rom 14:17, 23). These Israelites were trying to please God by their works, they could not enter in to the Canaan's land because of their unbelief (Heb 3:19). In the same way, we Christian believers who try to please God with our works by being religious and living without real faith will not enter in to the heavenly rest of peace, joy and righteousness which comes to us apart from our works to make us rest in our spiritual lives (Heb 4:2, 3; Php 4:4, 6-7; 1 Peter 1:7-8; Matt 6:33; 2 Cor 5:21).

(iv) LET US NOT TEMPT CHRIST: We know as Christians all the spiritual blessings of heaven are upon us in Christ by God's decree (Eph 1:3), so let us not run after the idols of the heart in our lives, let it be money, wife, children, father, mother, property, wine, sex, power, unbridled lust, greed, etc... (Matt 10:34-39; Luke 16:13; Eph 4:22; 5:3, 18)....which could easily ensnare us to make our heart become filled with unbelief due to the influence of our old evil heart which must be switched off by our good choices we take in our day to day life (Prov 22:25; 1 Cor 15:33; Deut 7:25).

Ezekiel the prophet was asked by God this following question, ""Son of man, these people are devoted to their idols in their hearts and minds, and they are allowing themselves to fall into sin. Should they be allowed to ask me for help?" (Ezek 14:3). We should understand that because the Lord is holy in all His ways (Psa 145:17; 1 Pet 1:16), He will not answer our prayer if we continue to regard iniquity in our heart and have idols within us (Psa 66:18). If we do not conceal our sins and instead confess our sins, and forsake to renounce the old pattern of thinking in the lustful evil desire of our soul, we will be shown mercy by God again and again, and therefore will be forgiven and helped in all our time of need (Prov 28:131 John 1:7, 9). So walking willfully in the stubborn nature of our old self instead of the new nature and mind of Christ which God has given us, will make us tempt Christ which may lead to a wilderness kind of experience in our soul instead of experiencing Canaan's experience like Joshua and Caleb through the spirit of faith (1 Cor 2:16; 2 Tim 1:7; Col 3:1-2; Num 14:24; Jos 1:3). As repentance in itself is a gift of Christ to us, if we continue to harden our hearts by sin of evil desire and lust, without confession, we may end up falling away without repentance which will make our lives to be lived in the wilderness, full of fruitless and dry desert life without the tangible Presence of God within us, and will be only having within us the fearful expectation of judgment that is to come as upon His enemies (Heb 6:6; 10:26-27). What a wasted life!

(v) OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN IS A RIGHTEOUS JUDGE AND A LOVING FATHER: Only one side of the coin is shown, and only one side of the spiritual currency for soul profit and promotion are mostly printed within our churches. What does it means? Unless a coin or currency is not printed on both sides, it becomes a dubious counterfeit one in the natural kingdoms of the world. The same can be applied in our spiritual life too in the Kingdom of God, (i.e.) unless we consider both "the goodness and severity of God: [as] on those who fell [from faith like the Israelites], severity because of their unbelief [in rejecting Jesus their Messiah]; but toward us, goodness because of our faith [in Christ Jesus], if we continue in His goodness. Otherwise if we too become namesake Christians without really having any obedience to Jesus Christ, God will also cut us off like He did the namesake Israelites." (Rom 11:22, Paraphrased).

There are many examples of personal chastening in the Bible, as well, even upon those in whom the Lord most delighted—Adam (Gen 3:17-19), Noah (Gen 9:22, 24-25), Abraham (20:9, 10), Moses (Numbers 27:12), David (1 Chronicles 28:3), and Solomon (1 Kings 11:11), to name a few. Notice that, although these men made mistakes and were chastened for them by God and even sometimes allowed by God to be rebuked by men, God did not stop loving or using them. God always brings chastisement appropriate to the crime and then always forgives the sins and restores His fellowship with them. He is the righteous judge to execute right justice, and at the same time a loving Father who shares fellowship with his sons. In other words, when we sin and fall below the righteous requirement of God, we cannot stop the consequence of the wages of sin in the natural, but with it no more spiritual wages because Jesus took it all upon Himself so that we can be free from condemnation of sin (John 19:30; 2 Cor 5:21; Rom 8:1), so we can expect God to use it to sharpen our character and learn from it not to repeat it in like fashion, but instead inculcate within us a new renewed mind to overcome it by the grace that He provides through our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 6:14). Because He loves us, He desires us to live holy lives and become more and more like Jesus, so that God as a loving Father could have deeper fellowship with us and make us more and more conformed to the Character of Christ which is His ultimate for us to live blessed now and forever along with Him (1 Peter 1:15-16; Romans 8:29).

What if someone as a believer claims the title of a Christian, but never wants to pursue holiness in his life?

If someone professes to know Christ but is living a lifestyle of unrepentant sin and claims to “feel fine about it,” with no qualms, and also you see no external evidence of the discipline of the Lord happening in his life, then that person is not a legitimate child of God (Revelation 3:19; Hebrews 12:5-11; Job 5:17; Psalm 94:12; I John 3:4-12). God “punishes everyone he accepts as a son” (Hebrews 12:6), there is no partiality with God in this for all humans alike (Acts 10:34-35; Rom 2:11). Holiness is not a option for a child of God, rather it is a calling to which he/she is called to fulfill in this earthly life as a saint of the Most High God. That is why Paul the apostle clearly expressed in his letter to his spiritual son Timothy, "19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Tim 2:19). In other words, those who say they are Christians must be more concerned whether they are known by God personally than to worry about whether they know God, and again a person who calls himself a Christian should not be doing things that are wrong continually as a pleasure, if he does without any remorse or conviction of sin after committing it (Luke 22:61-62; 15:18-19; John 16:7-8), then he/she should check themselves up whether they are really a saved Christian who has true faith within which has the internal evidence of salvation from the Holy Spirit who ensures us about it without a iota of doubt (2 Cor 13:5-6; Rom 8:16; Eph 1:13-14; 1 John 4:13). Only when we come to understand the tri-unity of the Father, and the Son living in us through the Spirit, then the supernatural work of the Spirit in inter-joining our spirit with Himself after our salvation becomes a reality to experience God in His fullness in our daily life as a Christian (John 14:20; 14:23; 1 Cor 6:17).

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

I am Confused About The Permanence Of Salvation, Please Clarify!







Do You Believe Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS)?

Question: So I have a quick question, do you believe once saved always Saved? Hell is real, as Heaven is real, and I have been taught that we must keep our cloths clean, without wrinkles, and our lamps filled with oil, for we don't know when the Groom will come for his bride. We must be like Christ, always seeking, and looking for the Kingdom of GOD which is at hand. So what I am reading is that by Grace we are saved, I understand Works don't save us, We must submit to God and be different from the world. Look, walk, speak, and act different from the world, to stand apart.. So I guess I am confused?? Can you Clarify?

Note: The Acronym for OSAS is Once Saved Always Saved, which will be used to mean the doctrine of the permanence of salvation through out this article.

Answer: Greetings to you in Jesus wonderful name! I understand the dogma you are holding, and I also appreciate your sincere desire to know more from the Word of God.

But let us get in to the Word first, "4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men." (Titus 3:4-8).

Here we go....The kindness and love of God our Savior appeared towards humans two thousand years ago...when the Lord God the Creator of all things (Col 1:16), chose to become a human baby (Luke 2:11-12), then went through all the day to day hardships of all humans (Luke 2:51), grew up having no sin but choosing to stay without sinning even one time (1 Pet 2:22; 2 Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15; 1 John 3:5). Then around thirty years of age started to do good works going everywhere God wanted him to go and spread his message of love through healing all who were oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38), then after three and half years of ministry, chose to die on a cross according to God's will for the sins of us all to be forgiven (Heb 9:11-14; Col 1:14), buried for three days which symbolically buried our sin nature (Rom 6:3-4, 5-6), and rose again on the third day victoriously declaring that humans are now justified by faith and by grace before God if they believe Him (Rom 6:8-9; 5:1; Tit 3:7). In other words, God saw the anguish of Christ's soul because of sin and was satisfied by His sacrifice of Himself even unto death, so now therefore "by His [i.e. Jesus'] knowledge...[have] justified many" by giving them the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of the future salvation (Isa 53:10-11; Eph 1:13-14).

So the purpose we are saved is to become a person legally entitled to the property or rank of another [(i.e.) Jesus] on that person's death, so that we can become and live as the child of God on earth (John 1:12; Gal 3:26). In other words, through receiving salvation from Jesus, we become a heir of God (Rom 8:17), which means we inherit and continue the work of our predecessor who is Jesus our example, which gives us the hope of a eternal life to come (1 Peter 2:21; 1 Cor 15:19).

The early apostles were facing a lot of trouble from unbelievers within the Church, who professed themselves to be saved, but in fact they were never saved at all. So they took the grace of God as a licentiousness to sin (Jude 1:4). The believers were affected by the lifestyle of these ungodly men who acted as though they were saved, but their lives were very ungodly. So apostle Paul who wanted this kind of deceit to end within the Church, so he said to the believers to constantly affirm and tell publicly to encourage believers, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works, not because they will go to hell fire as there is no condemnation now for all believers (Rom 8:1), but it is good and profitable to men who are saved by God for eternity (Heb 5:9).

Only the circumcised heart of the flesh of believers can obey Jesus in their day to day lives and repent by confessing to Jesus when they sin (Ezek 36:26; 1 John 1:9; 2:1).

There are two things in the Scripture we should not confuse and get confused ourselves, one is Union and the other is fellowship. There are Scriptures that speak about union and there are Scriptures that speak about fellowship. Union of a believer with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit happens when we are saved (1 Cor 6:17), this union can never be cut off for eternity ahead and Jesus Himself is the guarantee of this union, and by depositing the seal of the Holy Spirit with in us when we were saved, Jesus have given evidence of this OSAS within us (Rom 8:34, 35-39; John 10:27-30; Eph 1:13-14). Once the seal of the guarantee of the Holy Spirit within the eternal salvation gift has been given through the union Scriptures (Eph 2:8-9), nowhere else the Scripture ever speaks or warns about a unsealing due to our works. In fact, we get a lot of encouragement, admonishing and even warning from the apostles of the lack of fellowship with God that we will suffer because of letting sin in to our lives, and these are fellowship Scriptures (1 John 1:3-4; 2:1; 1 Thess 3-8; Heb 13:1-6; 6:4, 6; 8; 10:26-30; 1 Peter 4:17).

This story will give you an understanding of the Union and Fellowship part of a believers life a little better. Once there was a great rich man who had a great palatial house and farm all around his house, he had so many servants in his house to serve him. He had a Son who died valiantly for a noble purpose of uplifting humanity and securing the border of their country. After this, he had a great desire to adopt children as he had no child for a long long time. So he took many babies from very poor background and adopted them to be his real children legally (Rom 8:17; Eph 1:5). The servants in the house of this man were very jealous of these babies who were given the privilege of the very Son who had died, but they themselves being the rich man's servant their babies were never given the same privilege (Heb 2:16). So as these children grew, their Father loved all of them equally and wanted them to become obedient under the tutelage of the servant who were all very well learnt (Gal 3:24).

One day as a particular child of the Father was playing in the garden, he was throwing stones at the birds that was flying away in groups, so as to scare them all away, and the little fellow was enjoying it though he knew that he should not throw stones high in the air as it might unexpectedly hit someone and cause injury or even death.

Lo and behold, as the little child kept throwing stones one after the other and was having the time of his life, suddenly one stone hit one big duck that the Father had recently purchased for breeding it in the farm. The servant who was in charge of the little boy came at that time and told the little fellow, that he knew what has happened by him throwing stones at the duck, so he tried to intimidate the little fellow from that day on.

Due to fear the little boy never told his Father of what has happened, but from that time onwards, he was not able to love back his father as he loved him unconditionally the same way as before the incident happened. In fact, the servant slowly became the master of the little child and was blackmailing the child to do chores that he should actually do for the child.

The fellowship with the Father was no more available because of fear within the child, but then the child chose to confess his sins to the father one day out of great burden and bondage that he experienced, and could bear it no more. The Father hearing the child, ran towards him and embraced him, saying, 'I have forgiven you, do not worry I knew it.'

The next day the servant not knowing what has happened between the Father and the little child, expected the little boy to do the same household chores for him. But them the child rebuked the servant to do his job and not be lazy. When the servant threatened to reveal the secret sin of his, he told him that he has already confessed it to his Father and he has forgiven him. Saddened sadistically, the servant obeyed the child and began to serve him from that day onward as he ought to serve the child of the owner whom he serves.

Here in this story, the child is us who are believers, the servant is the devil, the Father is our heavenly Father, we have been adopted in to His family legally by Him through Jesus the only begotten Son who died for our cause. The moment we have accepted ourselves as His baby through Jesus, we have become our Heavenly Father's child (John 1:12). This is Union which cannot be changed by our behavior. Now whenever we sin, fear accompanies it and keeps us in bondage to the devil (Heb 2:14, 15). When we confess it to our Heavenly Father, we no more have to fearfully obey the devil anymore (Luke 15:20-21;1 John 1:7, 9; Rom 6:16; Jam 4:7). We become the authority of who we actually are (i.e.) child of God, once we have fellowship with our Heavenly Father (1 John 1:3-4; 1 Peter 5:8; 2 Peter 1:9-11; 1 John 2:14, 13).

Yes God wants us to look, walk, speak, and act different from the world, because we are already the children of God who are called to be like Jesus and become conformed to His image, but even this only God can help us to glorify us with His character as we cooperate with Him day by day (Rom 8:29, 30; Php 1:6). Our Heavenly Father wants us to mature in our Character and grow in grace that we might become like Jesus Christ and bring glory to God in various levels and degrees (2 Peter 1:8; 3:18). No earthly father will want a child of his to spend more years in the pre-kindergarten, let alone for the entire life. How much more our Heavenly Father will want all his children to grow in wisdom and spiritual stature and in favor with God and men just like Jesus (Luke 2:52).

Sin makes us weak spiritually and takes us away from the very Presence of the fellowship of our Father in Heaven (Isa 59:2), usually these are the times when we question all the promises of God and let unbelief harden our hearts (Heb 3:12). There comes a rest for the people of God apart from the works we do for God (Heb 4:9-10), if we have entered this rest of God through faith, we will cease from works as God did His, and let God continue to work through us to let us enjoy the works we do for God out of our love for God (John 5:17), rather than do the works out of fear wrongly thinking that we should be saved by doing it which actually becomes dead works at the end of it all (Heb 6:1; Php 2:12-13). In other words, as God works for us from the day of our salvation, we co-operate with Him to work through us from the day of salvation.

Just because I say OSAS is right doesn't mean that I condone sin in any way. God hated sin in the garden of Eden, and still does so where ever He finds it still, because sin takes away from God the humans whom He loves. God's call for holiness is non negotiable, whatever stage of spiritual life we are in, whether it is a baby stage or a mature stage. What did the great apostle Paul reveal to us in this matter? "Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”" (2 Tim 2:19). In other words, Paul the apostle emphasizes here that the Lord knows who are all saved, and those who are not saved but just profess that they are Christians. So He does say to us, if we are saved, we should depart from the very nature of sin which works within us as flesh and deteriorates and takes our life away from God without His fellowship. In fact, we know that those who think that they are saved without having the proof of the fruit of the Spirit which are all the good character of God displayed in us (Gal 5:22-23), have no proof even to prove to themselves that they are saved, and therefore will not inherit the Kingdom of God if they continue to delude themselves by thinking that they are saved , when they are not (Gal 5:19-21). In other words, a person is either saved for eternity, or is remaining unsaved, there is no other intermediate level in salvation. Further in context, Paul reveals that if someone is already saved, and departs from iniquity regularly, he or she will be used for the Master Jesus in His service and will become a vessel of honor whom the Lord will use to bless all others around them (2 Tim 2:21).

If we are saved and have become a child of God, peace with people and holiness with God is very much essential to see the activity of the Lord's salvation in display in our lives (Heb 12:14). If we know that we are saved and the Holy Spirit have spoken within our heart and have assured us, only then we know that we are very safe which is in the hands of the Lord (1 John 3:24; 4:13; John 10:27-28, 29).

Hell is real, and Heaven is real, those who have believed in Jesus the Christ and have repented of their sins are those who will have the Kingdom of God within to enter it spiritually (John 3:17-18). The narrow way of faith is the one that leads to life, broad is the way of works that delude people to hell fire because by working their way to God they make themselves debtors to God by setting aside the grace of God, as they delude and deceive themselves to think wrongly that righteousness comes through keeping of the Law when it actually condemns them as sinners (Matt 7:13-14; Rom 4:4; 11:35; Gal 2:31).

Yes we must keep our cloths clean, without wrinkles, and our lamps filled with oil, for we don't know when the Groom will come for his bride? But when the truth explained is seen contextually, we come to know that only those who are saved by Jesus are those who are blessed to wash their robes clean in the blood of Jesus (Heb 9:14), "that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city." (Rev 22:14). Only those who are saved can be able to keep their garments clean (Matt 22:12; 1 John 5:4-5; Rev 3:4-5), all others will defile themselves with dirt because they were not saved at all, they prove the truth of this proverb: "A dog returns to its vomit." And another says, "A washed pig returns to the mud." (2 Peter 2:22). Only those who are really saved are the only ones who are filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit even when they were sleeping along with the unsaved who had no oil (Matt 25:3, 4, 5; Rom 8:9). When the bridegroom came, only the wise who were saved went along with him, and the unsaved who had no oil were left alone or left behind as they went searching for those who supply oil, as the suppliers also will be raptured, they will have to knock the door of the gospel of Jesus by faith to find that the door to eternal life was already shut with in the Church (Matt 25:9; 7:7, 11; John 10:9; Luke 11:9, 13) and that those who want to stay in faith must die as martyrs during the Tribulation of those days (Rev 13:7-8, 10; Matt 24:21-22; Mark 13:19-20). Jesus tells only those unsaved as those whom He never knew, and it is a fact and He never ever knew them because they were not saved at all (Matt 25:11-13).

As the time of the Church is the acceptable time of the Lord to receive salvation through faith (Isa 61:2; 2 Cor 7:10; 6:2), we must all repent to be saved first, so that we could answer the call to be like Christ to receive the reward (Rom 8:29; 1 Cor 9:24-25; 2 Tim 2:12; Rev 22:12), always seeking, and looking for the Kingdom of GOD which is at hand (Luke 17:21; Rom 14:17). So fellowship is a call to holiness which is life long process, but union is a call to salvation from sin and is a one time event. Either you are saved from sin or you are not. So fellowship can be restored, but salvation can only be inherited once to retain it by the power of God forever. We do nothing to gain salvation, in the same way we can do nothing to lose salvation. By the life of Jesus we are saved (Rom 5:10), but by our holy life of works we are profited and rewarded by God now and for eternity (Heb 12:14, 10-11).

Much Blessings.....




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