Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Friday, April 15, 2011

Revelation 22:15

1 Corinthians 2:7-15,  "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man  The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.  For "who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ."

As the passage states there are mysteries in Scripture, maybe not so much mystery as concepts and principles which interpreted by man create discord and controversy. It is and always has been my personal intent to resolve such conflicts as to quiet any disharmony in my own life and belief. I firmly and stoutly believe in the inerrancy of God's revealed Word, which as you no doubt can suppose, creates stress in terms of my previously mentioned intentions.

Everywhere you turn there is a 'spin' put on some passage of scripture as educated and inspired Pastors and teachers seek to explain God's purpose through exegesis of Scripture. Such was mentioned to me last week.
Revelation 22:15, "But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie." The question being there are seemingly people 'living' outside the New Jerusalem and the premise proposed was that they were not in Hell.

It also states in this section of Scripture that the gates are always open, Rev. 21:25, "Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there)."

Now, first and foremost, I am an uneducated man, I have no formal education giving me rights and/or privileges in terms of Biblical exegesis, however, I have read the Bible extensively and have studied its contents. I have never been persuaded nor prejudiced to accept a view of God as anything other than 'love' and 'judgement'. His integrity contains both "God is Love' and God as an 'all-consuming fire'. With this contextual view of God I can in no way believe that those who 'choose' to not believe in Jesus Christ God's Son as their personal Saviour will ever enter Heaven. I in the same vein cannot accept a view which does not hold to a specific time and place where judgement will be dealt.

And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."

There are so many 'isms' within the Christian faith, it is no wonder that people have trouble believing and struggles with faith after believing.

"without consensus the people perish' oops, I meant 'vision'.

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