God’s Sovereignty and Man’s Responsibility

I want to thank the  Middletown Bible Church for allowing me to share this article. They have a clear view of putting Bible truths where everyone can understand them. A portion of Romans 9 is basically a lesson on God’s permissive will. God allows people to choose obedience to Him, that is what makes it obedience. If we didn’t have a choice it would be something else… But there is an alternative to living out God’s will on earth. When we operate outside of God’s will, or perfect plan for our lives, we are operating in His permissive will. He will permit you to choose, He will permit you to make wrong choices, and He will permit you to suffer the consequences. Like I said, sometimes the consequence that someone else suffers because of their disobedience to God’s will ends up affecting our lives… Is it fair that a child’s life is affected by their parents decisions? Not really. Is it fair that one person’s decision to drive drunk affects a whole family when a father is killed in an accident? Not really. But if God eliminated the choice between obedience and disobedience, He would also be eliminating love and all expressions of it. So God allows people to choose… What Romans 8 tells us is that it is this ability to choose and people choosing to turn their back on God’s perfect will that ultimately show how valuable God’s perfect will is

 In studying issues relating to God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility (with respect to salvation) it is important to hold to a balanced Biblical position. Many have erred by emphasizing  one side of the truth to the neglect of the other side.

The pendulum swings, ridiculous extreme,
bypassing truth which lies somewhere between
. It is our desire in this study to let the Scriptures
speak for themselves and to examine both sides of the issue.

            God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility are both clearly taught in the Word of God. At
times these truths seem irreconcilable to our puny, finite minds. We do not understand how they
can both be true. God has not told us that we need to fully understand these things; however we
do need to humbly bow before the authority of His Word and believe what God has revealed,
even though we may not fully understand it. Divine sovereignty and human responsibility are like
railroad tracks. As we look at them they appear to be parallel and we cannot see how they could
ever come together, but when we look at them in the far distance at the horizon, they meet. So it
is with these God-revealed truths. We have trouble seeing how they come together, but in the
mind of God there is no problem at all.

            The danger comes when men emphasize one truth to the neglect of the other. God’s truth
must be kept in careful balance, and we must not tend toward extremes in either direction. Man’s
responsibility must not be over-emphasized to the neglect of God’s sovereignty and God’s
sovereignty must not be over-emphasized to the neglect of man’s responsibility. Both are clearly
revealed on the pages of Scripture and both must be believed and received as God’s truth.

            Dr. Harry Ironside gave the illustration of the sinner coming to the door of salvation (John
10:9). Above the door was a sign which says, “Whosoever will, let him take the water of life
freely” (Rev. 22:17). The sinner responds to this gracious invitation, trusts Christ and he is
gloriously saved. He now turns around and looks at the door through which he had just entered.
He sees above the door another sign which says, “Chosen…in Him before the foundation of the
world” (Eph. 1:4). Both are true. Both are taught in the Bible. Both must be believed.

            Sir Robert Anderson, in the preface to his book Forgotten Truths, said this: “In the early
years of my Christian life I was greatly perplexed and distressed by the supposition that the plain
and simple words of such Scriptures as John 3:16; 1 John 2:2; 1 Timothy 2:6 were not true, save
in a cryptic sense understood only by the initiated. For, I was told, the over-shadowing truth of
Divine sovereignty in election barred our taking them literally. But half a century ago a friend of
those days (the late Dr. Horatius Bonar) delivered me from this strangely
prevalent error. He taught me that truths may seem to us irreconcilable only
because our finite minds cannot understand the Infinite; and we must never allow
our faulty apprehension of the eternal counsels of God to hinder unquestioning
faith in the words of Holy Scripture.”

            In this paper we will seek to let the Bible speak for itself, presenting both sides of the
question. We will consider certain issues relating to God’s
sovereignty and man’s responsibility.


GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY

(God must do the saving!)

MAN’S RESPONSIBILITY

(Man must do the believing!)

Those who are saved have only God
to thank!

Those who are lost have only
themselves to blame!

“Thy people shall be willing in the day of Thy power” (Psalm 110:3).

“Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. But My people would not hearken to My
voice; and Israel would none of Me. So I gave them up unto their own hearts’
lust: and they walked in their own counsels. Oh that my people had hearkened
unto Me, and Israel had walked in My ways!” (Psalm 81:10-13)
“And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou
shalt call his name JESUS: for He shall save
His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
“Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good
tidings of great joy, which shall be to ALL
PEOPLE. For unto you is born this day in
the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ
the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).
“All things are delivered unto Me of My
Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but
the Father; neither knoweth any man the
Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever
the Son will reveal Him” (Matthew 11:27).
“Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are
heavy laden, and I will give you rest”
(Matthew 11:28).
“And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou
art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus answered and said unto him,
Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh
and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but
my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew
16:16-17).
“I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in
your sins: for if ye believe not that I am He,
ye shall die in your sins” (John 8:24).
“But for the elect’s sake those days shall be
shortened” (Matthew 24:22).
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the
prophets, and stonest them which are sent
unto thee, how often would I have gathered
thy children together, even as a hen gathereth
her chickens under her wings, and ye would
not
!” (Matthew 23:37).
“Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen
you” (John 15:16).
“And He saith unto them, Follow me, and I
will make you fishers of men. And they
straightway left their nets, and followed
Him” (Matthew 4:19-20).
“For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and
quickeneth them; even so the Son
quickeneth whom He will” (John 5:21).
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that
heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that
sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not
come into condemnation; but is passed from
death unto life” (John 5:24).
“All that the Father giveth Me shall come to
Me…” (John 6:37a)[“All that the Father giveth Me”–see John
6:37,39; 17:2,6,9,11,12,24.]
“…and Him that cometh to Me I will in no
wise cast out” (John 6:37b).
“No man can come to Me, except the Father
which hath sent Me draw him: and I will
raise him up at the last day. It is written in
the prophets, And they shall be all taught of
God. Every man therefore that hath heard,
and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto
Me. ….Therefore said I unto you, that no
man can come unto Me, except it were given
unto him of My Father” (John 6:44,45,65).
“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of
life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger;
and he that believeth on Me shall never
thirst” (John 6:35).
“And ye will not come to Me, that ye might
have life” (John 5:40). [God was willing to
give them LIFE; they were unwilling to come
to Christ.
]
“For the promise is unto you, and to your
children, and to all that are afar off, even as
many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts
2:39).

“And the Lord added to the church daily
such as should be saved” (Acts 2:47).

“Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then
Peter said unto them, Repent, and be
baptized every one of you in the name of
Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts
2:37-38).
“Save yourself from this untoward
generation” (Acts 2:40).
“As many as were ordained to eternal life
believed” (Acts 13:48).
“Be it known unto you therefore, men and
brethren, that through this Man is preached
unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by Him
all that believe are justified from all things,
from which ye could not be justified by the
law of Moses” (Acts 13:38-39).
“Lydia…whose heart the Lord opened, that
she attended unto the things which were
spoken of Paul” (Acts 16:14).
“And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what
must I do to be saved? And they said,
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou
shalt be saved” (Acts 16:30-31).
“There is none that seeketh after God”
(Romans 3:10).
“That they should seek the Lord, if haply
they might feel after Him, and find Him,
though He be not far from every one of
us….He is a rewarder of them that diligently
seek Him” (Acts 17:27; Heb.11:6).
“…through grace” (Acts 18:27b) “(those who) had believed…” (Acts 18:27a)
“Moreover whom He did predestinate, them
He also called: and whom He called, them
He also justified: and whom He justified,
them He also glorified” (Romans 8:30).
“Even the righteousness of God which is by
faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all
them that believe….But to him that worketh
not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the
ungodly, his faith is counted for
righteousness.
“For the children being not yet born, neither
having done any good or evil, that the
purpose of God according to election might
stand, not of works, but of Him that
calleth….I will have mercy on whom I will
have mercy, and I will have compassion on
whom I will have compassion. So then it is
not of him that willeth, nor of him that
runneth, but of God that showeth
mercy…Therefore hath He mercy on whom
He will have mercy, and whom He will He
hardeneth” (Romans 9:11,15-16,18).
“Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be
ashamed….That if thou shalt confess with thy
mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in
thine heart that God hath raised Him from
the dead, thou shalt be saved….Whosoever
believeth on Him shall not be ashamed. For
there is no difference between the Jew and
the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich
unto all that call upon Him. For whosoever
shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be
saved….So then faith cometh by hearing, and
hearing by the Word of God….But to Israel
He saith, All day long I have stretched forth
My hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying
people” (Romans 9:33; 10:9,11-13,17,21).
“According as he hath chosen us in Him
before the foundation of the world….Having
predestinated us unto the adoption of
children by Jesus Christ to Himself,
according to the good pleasure of His will”
(Eph. 1:4-5).
“That we should be to the praise of His
glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye
also trusted, after that ye heard the word of
truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom
also after that ye believed, ye were sealed
with that Holy Spirit of promise” (Eph. 1:12-13).
“For by grace are ye saved… through faith” (Eph. 2:8).
“But we are bound to give thanks always to
God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord,
because God hath from the beginning chosen
you to salvation through sanctification of the
Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto He
called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of
the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess.
2:13-14).
“And with all deceivableness of
unrighteousness in them that perish; because
they received not the love of the truth, that
they might be saved….That they all might be
damned who believed not the truth, but had
pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thess.
2:10,12).
“Who hath saved us, and called us with an
holy calling, not according to our works, but
according to His own purpose and grace,
which was given us in Christ Jesus before
the world began” (2 Timothy 1:9).
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight
of God our Saviour; Who will have all men
to be saved, and to come unto the
knowledge of the truth….because we trust in
the living God, who is the Saviour of all men,
specially of those that believe” (1 Timothy
2:3-4; 4:10).
“Elect according to the foreknowledge of
God the Father, through sanctification of the
Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the
blood of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:2).
“Who by Him do believe in God, that raised
Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory;
that your faith and hope might be in God.
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying
the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned
love of the brethren, see that ye love one
another with a pure heart fervently” (1 Peter
1:21-22).
“And they that are with Him are called and
chosen, and faithful” (Rev. 17:14).
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And
let him that heareth say, Come. And let him
that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let
him take the water of life freely” (Rev.
22:17).

            Those who are saved have only God to thank; those who are lost have only themselves to
blame. God gets all the credit for man’s salvation; the unsaved man must take full blame and
responsibility for his eternal damnation. The saved person thankfully says, “I’m in heaven because
of God!” The lost person must truthfully say, “I’m in hell because of me!” Those who are damned
will never be able to blame God or say, “I’m damned because God did not choose me.” Their
damnation is based not upon God’s rejection of them but upon their rejection of God: “He that
believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16). “That they all might be damned who believed not the
truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thess. 2:12 and compare verse 10). “And ye will not
come to me, that ye might have life” (John 5:40).

            Man does not contribute to his own salvation. It is the work of God, “not of works lest any
man should boast” (Eph. 2:8-9). God does not contribute to man’s unbelief. That is man’s work.
God alone must do the saving. Man must do the believing. God must get all the glory and all the
credit: “That no flesh should glory in His presence….That, according as it is written, He that glorieth,
let him glory in the Lord” (1 Cor. 1:29,31). Unbelieving man must take the blame. The believer
saved by grace can gratefully sing, “To God be the glory great things He hath done!” “Oh to grace
how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!”

Would you really like to know that you are one of God’s elect? Then come as a poor sinner and accept His
invitation; for He says, “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden” (Matt. 11:28). If you do that, you
are one of God’s elect. Remember election is God’s business, leave it with Him! Believing is YOUR business; do
it, and God will not fail! Jesus puts the two together in one verse: “All that the Father giveth Me shall come to
me.” That’s GOD’S part. But now notice the rest of the verse: “And him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast
out
” (John 6:37). That’s YOUR part! If you will come, you can rest assured that it was the work of God Himself
which motivated you. –Dr. M.R.DeHaan (from Our Daily Bread)

        I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew He moved my soul to seek Him—seeking me;

        It was not I that found, O Saviour true; No, I was found of Thee. –Anon.

Examples of Wicked Men Fulfilling God’s Plan


GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY

MAN’S RESPONSIBILITY
“God did send me before you to preserve
life….God sent me before you…to save your
lives” (Gen. 50:5,7).
“I am Joseph whom ye sold into Egypt….ye
sold me hither” (Gen. 50:4-5).
…but God meant it unto good, to bring to
pass, as it is this day, to save much people
alive” (Gen. 50:20).
“Ye thought evil against me…
“And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was
determined…
…but woe unto that man by whom He is
betrayed” (Luke 22:22).
“Him, being delivered by the determinate
counsel and foreknowledge of God…
…ye have taken, and by wicked hands have
crucified and slain” (Acts 2:23).
“But those things, which God before had
showed by the mouth of all his prophets,
that Christ should suffer, He hath so
fulfilled” (Acts 3:18).
“…His Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and
denied Him in the presence of Pilate, when
he was determined to let Him go. But ye
denied the Holy One and the Just, and
desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
And killed the Prince of life” (Acts 3:13-15).
“For to do whatsoever Thy hand and Thy
counsel determined before to be done” (Acts
4:28).
“The kings of the earth stood up, and the
rulers were gathered together against the
Lord, and against His Christ. For of a truth
against thy Holy Child Jesus, whom thou
hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius
Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of
Israel, were gathered together” (Acts 4:26-27).
To illustrate the smugness and ugly exclusivism of some extreme Calvinists, the following is a
verse from an old Particular Baptist hymn:
              We are the Lord’s elected few, Let all the rest be damned;


              There’s room enough in Hell for you, We won’t have heaven crammed!

                                             (Cited by Robert Sumner in
The Biblical Evangelist).


REPROBATION???


Election (God
from the beginning choosing some to salvation) is
taught in the Bible.

Reprobation (God
from the beginning choosing some to damnation)
is not taught in the Bible.
“God hath from the beginning chosen you to
salvation” (2 Thess. 2:13).

The Bible does not teach that God from the beginning has chosen some to
damnation. Why are people damned? Is it because they
are not chosen? No, this same passage in 2
Thessalonians says that they perish “because
they received not the love of the truth.”
They are damned because they “believed not
the truth but had pleasure in
unrighteousness” (2 Thess. 2:10,12).
“Then shall the King say unto them on His
right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you [by
God] from the foundation of the world”
(Matthew 25:34).

Note: After reading verse 34, we might
expect verse 41 to say, “Depart from Me, ye
cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared [by
God] for you from the foundation of the
world.” But the Bible does not say this.
Rather we read:
“Then shall He say also unto them on the left
hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into
everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his
angels” (Matthew 25:41).
“And that He might make known the riches
of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which
He had afore prepared unto glory” (Rom.
9:23)

Note: Based on verse 23, we might expect
verse 22 to say this: “The vessels of wrath,
which He (God) had afore fitted to
destruction.” But it does not say this.
Rather, it says:
“What if God, willing to show His wrath, and
to make His power known, endured with
much longsuffering the vessels of wrath
fitted to destruction” (Rom. 9:22). [It does not say that God fitted these people to
destruction]

The following is by C.H.M.:

He, blessed be His Name, has not confined Himself within the narrow limits of any
school of doctrine, high, low, or moderate. He has revealed Himself. He has told out
the deep and precious secrets of His heart. He has unfolded His eternal counsels, as
to the Church, as to Israel, the Gentiles, and the wide creation. Men might as well
attempt to confine the ocean in buckets of their own formation as to confine the vast
range of divine revelation within the feeble enclosures of human systems of doctrine.
It cannot be done, and it ought not to be attempted. Better far to set aside the
systems of theology and schools of divinity, and come like a little child to the eternal
fountain of Holy Scripture, and there drink in the living teachings of God’s Spirit.

 

Nothing is more damaging to the truth of God, more withering to the soul, or more
subversive of all spiritual growth and progress than mere theology, high or
low—Calvinistic or Arminian. It is impossible for the soul to make progress beyond
the boundaries of the system to which it is attached. If I am taught to regard “The
Five Points” as “the faith of God’s elect,” I shall not think of looking beyond them;
and then a most glorious field of heavenly truth is shut out form the vision of my soul.
I am stunted, narrowed, one-sided; and not only so, but I am in danger of getting into
that hard, dry state of soul which results from being occupied with mere points of
doctrine instead of with Christ.

 

A disciple of the high school of doctrine will not hear of a world-wide gospel—of
God’s love to the world—of glad tidings to every creature under heaven. He has only
gotten a gospel for the elect. On the other hand, a disciple of the low or Arminian
school will not hear of the eternal security of God’s people. Their salvation depends
partly upon Christ, and partly upon themselves. According to this system, the song
of the redeemed should be changed. Instead of “Worthy is the Lamb’,” we should have
to add, “and worthy are we.” We may be saved today and lost tomorrow. All this
dishonors God, and robs the Christian of all true peace.

                          C.H.Mackintosh, “One Sided Theology,”
The Mackintosh Treasury


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Power of the Indwelling Holy Spirit.

 

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The Outworking of the Life of Christ is Accomplished by the Power of the Indwelling Holy Spirit.

“For He dwelleth with you and shall be in you” (John 14:17)

“He shall testify of Me…He shall glorify Me” (John 15:26; 16:14)

“But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you” (Acts 1:8)

“And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all” (Acts 4:33)

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2)

“That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:4)

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16)

“That ye might know…what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power” (Eph. 1:18-19)

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Eph. 3:20)

Israel And The Church

 


A
Comparison and Contrast Between


Israel and the Church

 

 

 

 

Vital Distinctions Between Israel and the
Church

 


A Comparison and Contrast
Between


Israel and the Church


Israel


The Church

Israel is a nation chosen by God and
sustained by covenant promises (Deut. 7:6-9).  Not all individuals in this
chosen nation are saved (Rom. 9:6; 11:28).

The Church is a called out assembly of
believers who have been baptized into the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13).
Every member of the body of Christ is saved, though there are multitudes of
professing Christians who may not be saved (2 Tim. 2:19).

Israel traces its origin to Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob (Jacob being the father of the twelve tribes).

The Church traces its origin to the day of
Pentecost (Acts 2) when believers were first placed into the body of Christ.

In God’s program for Israel, His witnesses
comprised a nation (Isaiah 43:10).

In God’s program for the Church, His
witnesses are among all nations (Acts 1:8).

God’s program for Israel centered in
Jerusalem (Matt. 23:37) and will again center in Jerusalem during the
Tribulation (Matt. 24:15-20) and during the Millennium (Isa. 2:1-5).

God’s program for His Church began in
Jerusalem and extended to the uttermost parts of the earth (Luke 24:47; Acts
1:8).  The Church is identified with the risen Christ, not with any earthly
city.

The hope and expectancy of Israel was
earthly, centering in the establishment of the Kingdom of the Messiah
foretold by the prophets (Jer. 23:5-8; Isa. 2:1-5; 11:1-16).

The hope and expectancy of the Church is
heavenly, centering in the glorious appearing of Christ to take His people
to heaven (John 14:1-3; Phil. 3:20-21; Col. 3:1-4; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).

God’s purpose and program for Israel was
revealed in the Old Testament Scriptures.

God’s purpose and program for the Church was
not revealed in the Old Testament, but was revealed by the New Testament
apostles and prophets (Eph. 3:5).

Israel’s history which is in view in Daniel
9:24 (the 70 weeks or 490 years) involved animal sacrifices. These years
will include the tribulation. Israel’s millennial history will involve the
same (Ezek.  43:27).

The Church’s history does not involve animal
sacrifices.  Messiah’s sacrifice is commemorated by means of the Lord’s
Table.

Israel’s history which is in view in Daniel
9:24 (the 490 years including also the Tribulation) involves a temple in
Jerusalem. The same will be true in the Millennium (Ezek. chapters 40-48).

During most of the Church age there is no
Jewish temple in Jerusalem.  In this age God manifests His glory in His
believers, both individually and collectively, designating them as His
temple (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19-20; Eph. 2:21-22).  This is accomplished by the
indwelling ministry of God the Holy Spirit.

Israel’s history which is in view in Daniel
9:24 (the 490 years) involves a priesthood limited to the sons of Aaron, and
excluding most Israelites. The same applies to the Millennium when Zadokian
priests (also sons of Aaron) will serve in the temple (Ezek. 40:46; 43:19;
44:15).

During the Church age every true believer is
a priest and able to offer spiritual sacrifices to the Lord (Heb. 13:15; 1
Pet. 2:9; Rev. 1:6). Whereas Israel had a priesthood, the Church is a
priesthood.

Israel’s history which is in view in Daniel
9:24 (the 490 years) will terminate with the coming of the Messiah to the
earth to establish His Kingdom reign.

The Church’s history will end at the Rapture
of the Church when the fullness of the Gentiles comes in (1 Thess. 4:13-18;
Rom. 11:25).

During Israel’s history (the 490 years of
Daniel 9:24 which also includes the Tribulation) the ethnic makeup of the
world is bipartite: Jews and Gentiles.  This division of all people into
Jews and Gentiles will also apply to those in the Millennial Kingdom in
natural bodies.

During the Church age from Pentecost to the
Rapture the ethnic makeup of the world is tripartite:  Jews, Gentiles, and
the Church of God (1 Cor. 10:32), the Church being composed of saved Jews
and Gentiles united together in one Body (Eph. 2:15; 3:6).

During Israel’s history, from Sinai to the
Millennial Kingdom (excluding the Church age), Israel’s role in the world
will be characterized by PRIORITY [that is, they will have a leading role as
God’s chosen people]—see Deut. 4:6-8; Isa. 43:10; Matt. 10:5-6; Zech. 8:23.

During the Church age, Israel’s role in the
world will be characterized by EQUALITY—Jew and Gentiles united together in
one body to bear testimony to a risen Christ (Col. 3:11; Gal. 3:28).

Male Jews were circumcised as a sign of the
Abrahamic Covenant.  Believing Jews were circumcised in the heart (Jer.
4:4).

Believers of this age enjoy an internal
circumcision not made with hands (Col. 2:11; Phil. 3:3).  Physical
circumcision is not required.

Israel was under the law of Moses as a rule
of life.

The Church is under the “new creature” rule
(Gal. 6:15-16).  See our study:

What is the Believer’s Rule of Life?

Unbelieving Jews were physical children of
Abraham and spiritual children of the devil (John 8:37-44). 

Every believer in Christ (every true member
of the Church, whether Jew or Gentile) is a child of Abraham and a child of
God (Rom. 4:11-12; Gal. 3:326-29).  This statement does not mean that
Church age believers are Israelites.  See
The Use of the Term “Israel” in the
N.T.

Israel was to observe the Sabbath Day (Exodus
20:8).  Sabbath observance will also take place in the Tribulation (Matt.
24:20) and in the Millennium (Ezek. 46:1,3).

The Church is to be diligent and make every
effort to enter into God’s rest (Heb. 4:9-11). This is a daily duty.

Membership into the Jewish nation was by
birth or by becoming a proselyte (a convert to Judaism).

Membership into the Church is by the new
birth accomplished by the baptizing ministry of God (1 Cor. 12:13).

Believing Jews prior to Pentecost, believing
Jews during the tribulation, and believing Jews during the Kingdom reign of
Christ are not members of the body of Christ.

Believing Jews and Gentiles from Pentecost to
the Rapture are members of the body of Christ. 

Israel’s place of worship centered in
Jerusalem (Dan. 6:10; John 4:20) and this will also be true in the
Tribulation (Dan. 9:27) and in the Millennium (Isa. 2:1-5).

The Church’s place of worship is “Where two
or three are gathered together in My Name” (Matt. 18:20; John 4:21-24).
Christ is in the midst of His Churches (Rev. 1:13, 20).

Israel is likened to the wife of Jehovah,
often an unfaithful wife (Hosea).

The Church is the beloved Bride of Christ (2
Cor. 11:2; Rev. 19:7-8) to be one day presented blameless and spotless (Eph.
5:27).


 

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The Kingdom Of God Is Within You

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What does it mean when the Bible says the kingdom of God is within you? The mind sciences and many “new age” type religions and beliefs use this Scripture to say that everyone has God within them. “The kingdom of God is within you,” is interpreted as all of God’s power and truth are built into you.

The word “within in the Greek is “entos,” which is accurately translated “in the midst of”. So it really should be understood as Jesus saying the Kingdom of God is within your midst, or among you. In other words, wherever Jesus is, it accompanies him. What it does NOT mean is that it resides in everyone.

It does not mean inside man because of whom Jesus was addressing – the Pharisees. They rejected Jesus and his teachings.

Jesus told this same group of Pharisees that rejected him “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do” (John 8:44). [ not all the Pharisees disbelieved, a small portion of them believed Jesus]. Furthermore, Jesus taught one of the Pharisees specifically that to enter the kingdom he must be born again (John 3), to have a spiritual birth, even though he was the teacher to the people of Israel.

Luke 17:20-21 “Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Jesus made it clear in response to their unbelief “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.” (Matt 12:28)

In other words it accompanied His person and was made known to them.

Luke 18:25-26 “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God .” And those who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?”

So it is equated with salvation- found only in Jesus Christ.

Mark 12:29-34 we have a scribe asking Jesus, “Which is the first commandment of all?” Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. ‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” So the scribe said to Him, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He. And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”

The Scribe did not possess the kingdom within but needed to do what prevented him from following Jesus so he would enter the kingdom

Matt 21:31 “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.”

That would be difficult if the kingdom is already within everyone. He is speaking of them entering a literal kingdom that is in the future.

Matt 21:43-44: “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. ”

In other words it would be taken from the people who denied him as a nation and given to other people.

At the last supper before his crucifixion Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God” ( Mark 14:24-25). This makes it clear that the kingdom is not on earth yet.

In Luke 9:27- “ But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God .” About eight days after He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain and they saw Jesus transfigured into His glory He hid within Himself, and along with the appearance of Moses and Elijah that would be present when Jesus establishes his kingdom on earth. They were able to get a glimpse into the future kingdom that would be for the saints.

Other Scriptures on the Kingdom of God that explain it no being within all people.

Luke 19:11: “they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately”

Luke 21:31: “when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near”

Paul’s Gospel

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by William R. Newell

THERE are two great revelators, or unfolders of Divine Truth in the Bible—Moses in the Old Testament and Paul in the New.
Someone may say, “Is not Christ the Great Teacher?” In a sense this is true; but in a real sense Christ is the Person taught about, rather than teaching in the Gospels. The Law and the Prophets pointed forward to Christ; the Epistles point back to Him; and the Book of Revelation points to His Second Coming, and those things connected with it. The Four Gospels tell the story how He was revealed to men and rejected by them.* Christ, Himself, therefore is the theme of the Bible. Moses in the Law reveals God’s holiness, and thus by means of the Law reveals human sin and the utter hopelessness and helplessness of man. Paul in his great Epistles reveals Christ as our Righteousness, Sanctification, Redemption, and All-in-All.

The twelve Apostles (Matthias by Divine appointment taking the place of Judas) were to be the “witnesses” (Acts 1:22) of Christ’s resurrection—that is, of the fact of it. They were not to unfold fully the doctrine of it as Paul was. The twelve were with Jesus personally and knew Him as a man, and when He died they saw it. When He was buried, they knew it personally as eye-witnesses. And when He was raised, they found it out experimentally, visiting His actual tomb and seeing that it was empty. They were also to see and handle the physical, risen body of our Lord. And it was with them that our Lord abode on earth forty days after His resurrection, “shewing Himself alive [physically, in a body] by many infallible proofs” (Acts 1:3).

This great fact—that is, that the Person whom the Jews themselves well knew they had crucified and buried, was risen from the dead and ascended to Heaven—this tremendous fact the twelve Apostles witnessed to Israel at Jerusalem and everywhere else. Thus we find the opening chapters of the Book of Acts filled with the single testimony that Jesus of Nazareth had risen from the dead and that remission of sins was through Him.

But unto none of these twelve Apostles did God reveal the great body of doctrine for this Age. Just as God chose Moses to be the revelator to Israel for the Ten Commandments and all connected with the Law dispensation, so God chose Saul of Tarsus to be the revelator and unfolder of those mighty truths connected with our Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection and His ascended Person. And all the “mysteries” or “secrets” revealed to God’s people in this Dispensation by the Holy Spirit are revealed by Paul. Finally, Paul is the unfolder of the great company of God’s elect, called the Church, the Body of Christ, the individuals of which Body are called members of the Body of Christ—members of Christ Himself.

No other Apostle speaks of these things. Peter himself had to learn them from Paul (2 Pet. 3:15-16). When Paul finishes his thirteen great Epistles (Romans to Philemon) those which belong to the Church, God indeed permits him to give a message then to the Hebrews. This is not part of the Church’s doctrine, but is simply explaining to Hebrew Christians the character, the real application, the typical meaning, of their Levitical system—that is, how it pointed forward to Christ.

James addresses his Epistle to “the twelve tribes”—that is, his Epistle has special reference to the Jewish Christians in the early days and to such throughout the Dispensation, for that matter. Peter writes to “the strangers who are sojourners of the Dispersion,” that is, to the dispersed Jews who acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah.

In the second chapter of Galatians we are distinctly told by Paul that James, Cephas, and John were to go to the circumcision, while Paul tells us that his message was to the Gentiles. Since then the testimony by the Jewish Apostles to the Jews was duly given, there is now no distinction between Jews and Gentiles; and Paul’s message holds good for the world, both Jews and Gentiles. So that we find Paul finally sets the Jewish nation aside in the last chapter of the Book of Acts and opens his great Epistle to the Gentile’s center of the world with the statement that “there is no difference” between men; for “all have sinned,” and there is again “no difference,” for “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” since the same Lord is “Lord of all” (Rom. 3:22-23; 10:12).

God does as He pleases, and it pleased Him to choose —first to save people in this Dispensation through “the foolishness of preaching” [the “preached thing”]—that is, through the message about the Cross and what was done there (See 1 Cor. 1:21). And second, it pleased Him to choose Paul to be the great proclaimer and revealer of just what the Gospel is for this Dispensation.

You can judge any man’s preaching or teaching by this rule—Is he Pauline? Does his doctrine start and finish according to those statements of Christian doctrine uttered by the Apostle Paul?

No matter how wonderful a man may seem in his gifts and apparent consecration—if his Gospel is not Pauline, it is not the Gospel; and we might as well get our minds settled at once as to that. Paul calls down the anathema—that is the curse of God Himself—upon anyone who preaches any other Gospel than that which he declared (Gal. 1:8-9).

Not for one moment are we to believe that James, Peter, and John were at variance with Paul—not in the least. They were given certain things by the Spirit to say to certain classes of people. They do not conflict with Paul. And their words are included in the statement that “All Scripture is profitable” (2 Tim. 3:16).

But nevertheless, Paul is the declarer and revealer of the Gospel to us. Take Romans to Philemon out of the Bible and you are bereft of Christian doctrine. For instance, if you were to take Paul’s Epistles out of the Bible, you cannot find anything about the Church, the Body of Christ, for no other Apostle mentions the Body of Christ. You cannot find one of the great mysteries, such as the Rapture of the Church (1 Thess. 4; 1 Cor. 15) or the mystery of the present hardening of Israel (Rom. 11). No other Apostle speaks of any of those mysteries. Paul alone reveals them—the great doctrines such as Justification, Redemption, Sanctification. And what is perhaps the most tremendous fact of every real Christian life, that of his personal union to the Lord in glory. Paul is the great Divinely-chosen opener to us of truth for this Age.

The great doctrines that Paul reveals may be outlined as follows—
1. The unrighteousness before God of all men.

  1. The impossibility of justification by works before God— that is, of any man’s attaining a standing of righteousness before God by anything done by him. Do what a man may, he is a condemned sinner still.
  2. The fact and the Scripturalness of righteousness on the free gift principle—that is, of Divine righteousness, separate from all man’s doings, conferred upon man as a free gift from God.
  3. Propitiation—that satisfaction of God’s Holy Nature and law for man’s sins rendered by Christ’s blood.
  4. Reconciliation—the removal by Christ’s death for man of that obstacle to righteousness which man’s sin had set up between God and man.

  5. The plan of the actual conferring of the gift of righteousness upon all who believe, without any distinction. This change of a sinner’s standing before God, from one of condemnation to one of righteousness, is called Justification. Negatively, it is deliverance from guilt on account of Christ’s shed blood and deliverance out of the old creation by identification in death with Christ on the Cross. Positively, it is a new standing in the risen Christ before God.

  6. Redemption—the buying back of the soul through the blood of Christ from sin; from the curse of the law—even death, involving exclusion from God under penalty; from the “power of death,” which involves the hand of the enemy; and from all iniquity.

  7. Forgiveness—the going forth of Divine tenderness in remitting the penalty for sin in view of the blood of Christ trusted in, and in complacency and fellowship to creatures who before were necessarily under Divine judgment.

  8. Remission of sins—that is, the actual removing of transgressions or trespasses from the sinner, so that for all time and eternity his sins shall not again be upon him.

  9. Identification—(see above, Justification). The great fact that those who are in Christ were united with Him at the Cross by God’s sovereign inscrutable act and were crucified with Christ and buried with Him, so that their history is now ended before God. And when Christ was raised up as the Firstborn of the new creation, they also were raised up with Him and their history began as new creatures in God’s sight in Christ, the Last Adam.

Of course, in the experience of the Christian there comes a time when he is actually made partaker of this new life—that point of time when he is, as we say, saved, or converted, or born again, etc. Nevertheless, the life that is in every Christian came up out of the Tomb, and it is in Christ Jesus that a man is created anew.

  1. Incorporation—This tremendous doctrine Paul alone mentions, and he makes it practically the foundation of all his exhortations to the saints with regard to their conduct and life. By “incorporation” we mean the fact that all those who are really saved and are new creatures in Christ Jesus become members of one organism (called “the Body of Christ”), which is more real than the very earth we tread upon—Christ Himself in Heaven being the Head of this Body and every real Christian a member of it. So that believers are thus members of Christ in Heaven and also members one of another here on earth. No wonder Paul is able to exhort the saints to love one another when they are members one of another! (Rom. 12; 1 Cor. 12; Eph. 4).
  • Inhabitation—The wonderful fact that the Body of Christ and each member of it individually is inhabited, indwelt, by the Holy Spirit Himself, and not only so, but that the Church is being “built together” as a great temple of God so that in the future God’s actual eternal dwelling place will be this wonderful, mysterious company built into a building called “a holy habitation of God in the Spirit.”
  • This mystery is a great and marvelous one—the fact that we are saved, are partakers now of the life of the Lord in glory, that the Holy Spirit indwells us.

    1. Divine Exhibition—That is, that through the Church in the ages to come is to be made known that which God counts His “riches,” even His Grace (Eph. 2:7; 3:10).
      The failure or refusal to discern the Pauline Gospel as a separate and new revelation and not a “development from Judaism,” accounts for two-thirds of the confusion in many people’s minds today as regards just what the Gospel is. Paul’s Gospel will allow no admixture with works on the one hand or religious pretensions and performances on the other. It is as simple and clear as the sunlight from heaven. The end of man is where God begins in Romans 3, at what might be called the opening of the Pauline revelation. Most unsaved people today believe in their hearts that the reason they are not saved is because of something they have not yet done, some step that remains for them to take before God will accept them. But this is absolutely untrue. When Christ said, “It is finished” (John 19:30), He meant that He had, then and there, paid the debt for the whole human race. “He gave Himself a ransom for all” (1 Tim. 2:6).

    Now Paul in his wonderful revelation declares that God hath reconciled the world to Himself; that God was in Christ (at the Cross) reconciling the world unto Himself (2 Cor. 5:19). Men do not know this, but they conceive that something stands between them and God before God will accept or forgive them. If you tell a man that God is demanding no good works of him whatsoever, no religious observances or church ordinances, that God is not asking him to undertake any duties at all, but that God invites him to believe a glad message that his sins have already been dealt with at the Cross, and that God expects him to believe this good news and be exceedingly happy about it. If you tell an unsaved man such a story at this, he is astonished and overwhelmed—yet this is the Gospel!

    Would that we had grace just as vigorously to defend his great message today, whether from its enemies or its real friends who do not see it clearly as yet; or who, like Peter (Gal. 2), through fear of others are ready to compromise and tone down the Gospel of God.

    *Christ, when on earth, did not “start” anything. He said in Matthew 16:18, “I will build My Church,” but He had not yet built it. He was a “minister of the circumcision” (Rom. 15:8; Matt. 15:24); and though He taught, it was to disclose to men their helplessness and lead them to rely on Him. Finally, all failed in Gethsemane. Then came the Cross and the end of all things human. Then the Resurrection and a new beginning.

    The Unchurched

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    The word unchurched never made a lot of sense to me.

    un·churched
    ˌənˈCHərCHt/
    adjective
    1. not belonging to or connected with a church.

    Today I was reading and saw that some minister uses the term unchurched Christians. Now that makes sense when you put it that way. It seems that unchurched would mean unsaved and in need of salvation. Unchurched Christians are saved and have many reasons for not attending church. Some are invalids, some have not found a church that suits them and many other reasons.

    Colossians 3 King James Version (KJV)

    3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

    2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

    3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

    4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

    5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

    6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

    7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

    8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

    9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

    10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

    11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

    12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

    13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

    14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

    15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

    16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

    17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

    18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

    19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

    20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

    21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

    22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;

    23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

    24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

    25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

    Here are ten reasons Andy Stanley gives in his book for the unchurched.

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    1. Spiritual Lethargy

    One of the main reasons many Christians do not share their faith is simply explained by the word disobedience. Spiritual lethargy takes place when we fail to obey Him. The problem for many Christians is that they are not growing spiritually, and lack of spiritual growth inevitably leads to a diminished desire to share Christ with others.

    2. Growing Inclusivism

    One of the faster-growing belief systems today is pluralism (all religions lead to God). A variation of pluralism called inclusivism is a dangerous doctrine that is gaining momentum in many American seminaries, Christian colleges, and churches. This view affirms that Jesus is the only way of salvation, but he can be found in other “good” religions. There is a subtle but growing belief among many Christians that somehow “good” followers will make it to heaven outside of a true Christian conversion. Our message will fall on deaf ears if this belief persists and grows.

    3. Growing Disbelief in Hell

    At one time, this was a view held almost entirely by unbelievers. However recent books by those claiming to be evangelicals have brought this discussion front and center. Those who truly have a desire to reach the unchurched have a burden to see people in the eternity of heaven, but they also desire to see them escape the wrath of an eternal hell. Denying the existence of hell undermines the urgency of placing one’s faith in Christ.

    4. Busyness

    Perhaps one of Satan’s most effective strategies is to get us so busy that we fail to do that which is such a high biblical priority. We can be deluded into complacency about the lostness of humanity around us. The unchurched are waiting for you to tell them about Jesus. They need to be on your to-do list. What priority do you give to reaching the lost?

    5. Fear of Rejection

    In research on this subject, I found that only one in four unchurched persons we be resistant to faith discussions. But nearly four out of ten of the unchurched will be receptive to your concern for their eternity, and more than one out three will simply be neutral to your attempts. Simply stated, fear of rejection is unfounded. The few with an antagonistic attitude are not rejecting your personally; their anger is merely a reflection of something in their past. Fear of rejection is an often-used excuse by Christians for their failure to witness. And it is just that: an excuse.

    6. A Desire to Be Tolerant

    The message of the gospel, in some senses, is intolerant. The one true God insists there can be no other gods. He is a jealous God and leaves no room for other gods. In the post-modern culture of 21st century America, Christians should know the criticisms of intolerance will come. The great concern is that many Christians are unwilling to take a narrow view because they do not want to be labeled as intolerant. But Jesus never wavered in His insistence that He is the only way to the one and only true God.

    7. Losing the Habit of Witnessing

    Some Christians have been very active in sharing their faith with the lost and the unchurched. But, for a myriad of reasons, they get out of the habit, and it no longer becomes a priority. Witnessing, like prayer and Bible study, is a discipline. It is a habit to learn, to retain, and, if lost, to regain.

    8. Lack of Accountability

    Programmatic evangelism in local churches is sometimes denigrated because it is seen as a “canned” approach to witnessing. But one of the strengths of many of these programs is that some inherent system of accountability is built into the program itself. Accountability is likely to engender more witnessing attempts to the unchurched. Attempting more evangelistic encounters creates a habit of witnessing that then increases our zeal for evangelism.

    9. Failure to Invite

    When is the last time you invited an unchurched person to church? When is the last time you offered to take a person to church, or, at the very least, meet him or her at church? It’s a simple gesture, yet so few Christians do it.

    10. We Go to Churches That Do Not Reach the Unchurched

    We only reach one person for Christ each year for every 85 church members in the United States. That is a frightening and terrible ratio. One of the key reasons we do not reach the unchurched is that most Christians in America are members of churches that do not reach the unchurched.

    I’ve now covered ten of the most common reasons Christians fail to obey the Great Commission. This list is not exhaustive though. In God’s power, however, we can reverse this trend and reach the unchurched in America.

    I am enjoying a day…

    I am enjoying a day alone. I want to get my home cleaned by the time my husband is back. I am not very motivated to clean. I will go now and put on some good rock music and start cleaning without being motivated. I will clean because if I don’t do it no one will.

    This entry was posted on January 5, 2017, in The Bible.

    Biblical Truth about the Kabbalah

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    The Hidden Agenda of the Kabbalah

    Most people do not Knowingly go towards Lucifer (who is appropriately called Satan). So those who end up worshiping Lucifer essentially have to be tricked into doing this. Theosophy spends a great deal of time with the Kabbalah (caballa/quabalah), because the books of the Kabbalah pretend to be about Jewish History. The premise of those who study the Kabbalah is that they are reading an ancient series of books, usually containing HIDDEN knowledge about the Bible, and about the Universe.

    The problem is – that is not ACTUALLY what the Kabbalah is doing. The system of the Kabbalah claims to be based on Jewish Mysticism. But we have to look at that claim very closely. Some people who hear the term “Jewish Mysticism” think that this applies to Jewish Spirituality that is derived FROM the Old Testament, from the Bible. That is NOT true ! It is confusing because books About the Kabbalah are written in a style which is confusing, designed to lead readers to think that they are studying DEEP things, when the only event that is truly taking place – is that readers [of books about the Kabbalah] are being deceived.

    The Kabbalah is based on a series of Visions delivered to a person in a Trance. To Christians, THAT should be raising alarm bells. The Kabbalah is based on a series of books, that are called THE ZOHAR. This is usually published in 4 to 6 volumes. It claims to be a revelation from the God of the Old Testament. The implications are immense ! According to those involved in the Kabbalah (and there are many), the Zohar is essentially A commentary on the Old Testament, but it was written by people who are clearly SPIRITUALISTS: A Spiritualist is a person who consults the dead, and who consults familiar spirits. In other words, the Zohar – which is what the Kabbalah is based on – is actually a work of the Occult.

    The Zohar is not even OLD. That may be very disapointing to those who are Jewish. But the Zohar did NOT exist before the Middle Ages. It claims to be authentic, but it is not. There has never been any copy of the Zohar ever found, that is earlier than the Middle Ages. The Zohar is a counterfeit book, a book that was written in Medieval Europe, so that some people would FEEL closer to God. Only the way that the author of the Zohar was getting close “to God” is by going into a trance and writing things – without knowledge of what their hand was writing.

    This is called “Automated Writing”. This phenomena does not happen by itself. It is not a normal force of nature. It cannot happen – in fact – until a spiritual entity possesses the Body of a human being, takes over their body, and begins to write through them. The Bible has a term for that: IT is called “demonic possession”!

    That is the true origin of the Zohar AND the Kabbalah.

    The Authors of the Kabbalah are themselves Occult Authors. The Kabbalah was Not translated for English Speaking audiences until the late 1800s. And who translated it ? Were they Godly men who had a passion to save others, and show them that the real way to Eternal Life is by the shed blood, sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who truly came to Earth to save those who accept to believe in Him? No, Not at all. Those who translated the Kabbalah were Occult authors who were steeped in Demonic Worship and Demonic books – They were writing them !

    It is NOT hard to learn who the authors of the Kabbalah were. We know. They are mainly:

    1. Eliphas Levi
    2. MacGregor Mathers
    3. H.P. Blavatsky
    4. A.E. Waite

    These are the main authors of books about the Kabbalah.

    Eliphas Levi is the author who led the Occult Revival of the 1800s, that revived Satanism and Luciferianism. He wrote many books about Ritual Black Magic and how to have contact with Demonic Spirits…because he was seeking them.

    MacGregor Mathers goes by several names. He is one of the Three founders of the Occult Society – known as the society of the Golden Dawn. This is a demonic society, not because we say so, but because THEY say so. This is one of the occult societies that covets demonic possession. Christians would consider their teachings to be Satanic. MacGregor Mathers is also one of the mentors of the Great Satanist Aleister Crowley. The first Translation of the Kabbalah into English was by MacGregor Mathers. (He lived in the U.K. for most of his life, where he recruited a lot of the elites into his occult Golden Dawn society).

    H.P. Blavatsky is the founder of Theosophy. This is the view that Lucifer is truly an angel of light and he is the one who deserves our worship and allegiance. Blavatsky came from an occult family, and was already a Medium when she was a teenager. She sought out evil and the company of demonic spirits all of her life. She wrote many books about the occult. She believed that the Jews – through books like the Kabbalah – had stolen books of black magic that had previously come from the Chaldeans. She denied that Jesus was the Christ. She also denied that salvation could come through Jesus Christ. She remained extremely hostile to Jehovah/Yahweh – the God of the Jews.

    A.E. Waite is an occult author. He played a large role in helping many occult authors in the early 1900s. He was involved in Many occult societies including the Golden Dawn.

    All of these authors are devoted to the Kabbalah and other forms of the Occult. These authors deliberately sought to be involved with demonic spirits.

    Surely the Real God of the Universe has better ways of dealing with mankind, than to operate through those who consciously willfully oppose the Bible and the teachings of Salvation by Faith alone in Christ Jesus. The Zohar is a book that claims to have been written by forces, which can only be identified as Demonic.

    This kind of material is Exactly what the Bible commands us to stay away from. Those who have been involved in the Study of the Kabbalah would do well to ask God to forgive them of their involvement in it, and to open their eyes and help them to return to the God of the Bible.

    The God of the Kabbalah and the God of the Bible are 100% in Opposition to each other. They cannot both be right. Christians know that the God of the Bible Is the one true God. Anyone is entitled to their views, and to their choice of what to believe. But as far as what Christians believe, the God of the Bible can be found, by reading the Bible (such as the gospel of John in the New Testament), Not by reading occult material such as the Kabbalah.

    Christians and others should maintain a strong vigilance against being deceived.

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