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For those who wish to digest the "strong [solid] meat,"
not just "the milk or meat," of the Word of God. ~ Hebrews 5:12-14
The earth had been brought into existence for a purpose – “to be inhabited,” i.e., to be an inhabited province in God’s kingdom (Isaiah 45:18); and, following its ruin, the earth was restored in order that God’s purpose for the earth might be realized.
Man, likewise, had been brought into existence for a purpose, which is regal (Genesis 1:26-28); and following man’s ruin, God began a work of restoration in order that His purpose for man’s existence might ultimately be realized.
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The Holy Spirit has put in me a deep desire for soul-winning, as seen in Scripture, having to do with reaching those who already possess eternal life (those who have a redeemed spirit, those who have “passed from death unto life”), not with reaching those who are still “dead in trespasses and sins.” Soul-winning, rather than having to do with the free gift of eternal life, has to do with the faithfulness of the saved (resulting in works), a just recompense of reward, and life in the coming kingdom of Christ. Most of the 'God's Word' commentaries in this site reference those spiritually saved [presently] and the path leading to soul salvation [future]. Or maybe better defined as Christians coming into a mature knowledge and understanding of Christ’s coming reign over the earth, with His companions [co-heirs].
And as a Christian, not a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven; but a citizen of heaven making my way through this world, politics are difficult to avoid.
I used to say God's Word and Politics can't, or shouldn't, be separated, but I was wrong. Politics are of this world we are living, a world ruled by Satan and his angels [or demons]. Within this site The Metamorphosis, Organizational Set-up of Satan’s Rule over the Earth, and Satan Rules the Earth describe the situation in which we are confronted. Also Christians vs. Angelic Rulers Presently!, Christians and the World, In the Kingdom of Men, etc.
This country was founded with God as its cornerstone! Our rights come from God, not government! We give government what rights we the people want them to have, but sadly government politifecals (political feces) have suckered us into giving them way too many of our rights! Remember we are in Satan's kingdom.
In Christ running the race for the salvation of my soul!
PS I present God's Word as best I can, and leave the results to God!
I'm a trichotomist [tripartite viewpoint] which I define as a Christian who believes the number three is God's number meaning divine perfection and therefore believes there are not just two aspects of salvation -- spirit and body -- but three -- spirit, body and soul .
1 Thessalonians 5:23 is one biblical scripture that supports my trichotomist position:
"May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, body and soul be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." (NIV)
If interested in a list of biblical trichotomies I've gathered so far, click on the following Word document , 199 Trichotomies to date. It's safe.
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To say sin can exist in one in the light would be to say God can sin.
The question is really self-answering. Where and how did God begin when He revealed His Word to man?
God began, at the outset of His Word, by setting forth a skeletal framework of the whole panorama of that which He was about to reveal; and His subsequent revelation would be the sinews, flesh, and skin to cover the bones forming the skeletal framework. Or, to state the matter another way, God began, at the outset of His Word, by laying a foundational structure, upon which the whole framework of His revelation to man would subsequently be built.
Now, back to the question, Where and how does one begin a study of the Word of God?
There’s only one place and one way to begin.
A person must begin at the beginning. A person must begin where the foundation has been laid. A person must begin where the skeletal framework has been given.
In short, a person must begin where God began. If one begins elsewhere, he will have nothing upon which to build the structure; he will have nothing upon which to attach the sinews, flesh, and skin.
And herein lies the very reason for the vast confusion that presently exists in theological circles today. Christians have failed to begin with the foundational structure. They do not know and understand the structure of the Word, set forth at the beginning. And, as a consequence, they have no bones upon which to place the sinews, flesh, and skin; they have no foundation upon which to build.
It Simply Can’t Be Done That Way!
A person doesn’t begin with the gospels (except perhaps John, which parallels Genesis [refer to the Foreword in this book]) or the Pauline or general epistles. These are not beginning points. Rather, these parts of Scripture have to do with the structure being built upon the foundation. These parts of Scripture have to do with the sinews, flesh, and skin being placed on the bones.
The beginning point was given through Moses. The foundational outline, the skeletal framework, was set forth at the very beginning, in the opening section of Genesis. And it is here that one must begin if he is to begin correctly. He must understand the foundational beginning of the matter first if he is to properly understand that which is subsequently built upon the foundation.
To further complicate matters in Christendom as it exists in the world today, many Bible teachers [probably most], when dealing with Genesis 1, teach that this chapter has to do with creation alone. Such a teaching destroys the septenary structure and foundational aspects of Scripture at the outset.
Suffice it to say, understanding Genesis 1:1-2:3 any way other than Creation, Ruin, Restoration, and Rest — showing a septenary structure and providing a foundation for all that follows — is not possible if Scripture is allowed to interpret itself by comparing Scripture with Scripture.
My Testimony regarding Soul Salvation!
Having been saved, since I believed, I was publicly baptized in the church at the age of 17 years. I considered myself a moral person and tried to abide by God's Commandments.
Attending church was not enjoyable for me. It seemed my pastor was always condemning me for sins I had committed. He repeatedly seemed to reference my sins and said just don't commit them. I always sat in the far back pew so I could exit the church during the invitation. There was no need to hear the invitation since I was already saved. On TV all I ever heard about sinning was just 'don't sin.'
I had faith I would go to heaven regardless of my level of sin. Sins would only determine whether I would be placed in the front pew, the back pew, or somewhere in between. Heaven was a done deal!
At the age of 21 years, lacking 6 days, I married. We were both virgins. No thought of being unfaithful until the age of 25 when I was put in an uncompromising situation and was unfaithful. It was enjoyable and I was hooked. Then came the booze and unsavory places. Enough of my earthly "cavorting" least it sound boisterous – for it's something I regret and confess for forgiveness often! I know God has forgiven me, but I still find it hard to believe how sinful I was for so many years.
In 1997, after three marriages, my Main Squeeze, Marsha, and I married. Marsha, a genuine blessing from God, who has not a bad bone or thought in her, upon our moving to Sulphur Springs, began immediately to fit in. She's a people person, while I'm not comfortable around groups of people**. Marsha became a student of Dr. Mark and Carol Miller's Key of Three Bible study. During that study Marsha, Carol and Dr. Miller saw an opportunity for Dr. Miller to do his trickster thing!
In June of 2005 Dr. Miller, my doctor for whom I have great respect, offered to discuss with me in the privacy of his home a medical problem. I felt that act, in itself, humbling! While discussing the problem Dr. Miller became, unknown to me, The Trickster. He made me an offer that I couldn't justify refusing! He knew much of my time was that of leisure and a valid excuse to decline his offer was not likely. There I was, out on a limb. Dr. Miller would be making a sacrifice, not me! A sacrifice of his limited leisure time for a peon like me! The Trickster had struck! I was overwhelmed and bound! I learned that Marsha and Carol were in on the trickery. They were together awaiting the outcome.
Time for the first Saturday morning session arrived and the "creeks didn't rise," so I had no excuse not to show! I didn't want Bible lessons, but here was this prominent doctor and his consort queen, a lovely consort queen, who were willing to give me some of their precious private time – on a Saturday much less – and I had nothing to give in return other than hearing their teachings. That made me even more obligated to meet and listen! (Marsha was also applying her typical subtle pressure and planned to go with me!)
Every nerve in my body stirred that Saturday morning, before and during that first lesson. I had to truly concentrate to override my nerves. (A shrink diagnosed one of my problems to be caused by perfectionism! That was laughable because the only things I ever came close to perfecting were sins!)
Their teachings were much different from what I anticipated, nothing like my Bible course in college. A full understanding of what they were teaching escaped me at first, but I recognized a contrast with the prevailing philosophy of "just don't sin!" Their approach to overcoming sin was of interest! Knowing how to overcome sin I truly needed!
After a few sessions things started to fit in place. Their lessons became easier to understand. I began to "get it." For the first time I could envision possibly living according to God's Word! I understood how to be proactive! Get in the Word! I became filled with hope! The soul aspect of salvation became relatively clear to me and God gave me the burning desire to study His Word in earnest.
(**I grew up, and still remain, absent of confidence. Competition, any type, I avoid for fear of failure. What little success I've had in life was accomplished without supervision. If given a desired outcome and left alone to accomplish, I was mostly successful. No one looking over my shoulder or assisting me. Organization was a gift. But moving on to why I have no confidence or at least why I think I have no confidence:
A number of moons ago Dr. David Jeremiah gave a sermon titled David Jeremiah - Faith that Death Cannot Destroy VIDEO Sermon referencing Hebrews 11:20-22. Toward the end of that sermon Dr. Jeremiah spoke of his upbringing related to his father. In the eyes of his father he never did anything right. Everything he did his father could have done better. He never met his father's expectations. Dr. Jeremiah closed his narrative by saying his father never blessed him.
I recognized his account of not being blessed as not only relevant to me, but also my two children, Brett and Ashley. Not wanting to be like my father, I was careful not to be critical of them, but then didn't show my love either. I didn't bless them, for which I ask God for forgiveness. Although my not blessings them, substituting earthly pursuits, didn't affect their confidence, it did result in their losing love and respect for me. Please don't make my mistakes and lose the respect of your children.)
The following prayer is sort of a brief summary of what I have learned about the Soul aspect of salvation:
Dear Father, I'm running the race with the hope of surrendering to the Holy Spirit so He may produce righteous fruit through me, so when standing in front of Your Son at the Judgment Seat, He will reward me with His Glory by calling me good and faithful servant, where I will experience my instantaneous second death, without hurt, and be out-resurrected into the Millennial Kingdom, ruling and reigning with Him.
In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our High Priest, I pray. Amen!
I'm so blessed to be chosen from the called to receive the desire and epignosis necessary to recognize the Soul aspect of salvation!
Father, Thank You for each and every day You have blessed us here on earth.
Thank You for Your tender mercies.
Thank You for giving us friends and family to share with.
Please bless our friends, relatives and those we care deeply for.
Where there is joy, give them continued joy; where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy.
Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence.
Where there is need, fulfill their needs.
Bless their homes, families, finances, their going outs and their coming in's.
In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
God spelled backwards!