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    Alan

    Patriotism

    President Donald Trump, Patriot Thank you President Trump and your love for America, the Constitution of the United States, and the values that we hold dear as Americans. Alan
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    Jim_Alaska

    Saved in 3 tenses?

    I know, that's your excuse and your a stickin to it. But no matter what the reason, I am thankful for it.
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    Jim_Alaska

    Saved in 3 tenses?

    I have often thought how wonderful it would be if we could convince people of the security we have in Christ once and for all.; to have them become secure in the knowledge that they cannot ever, under any circumstance , lose their salvation. I know, this is an age old problem. But it is one that burdens my heart for others who may, by dwelling on possibly obscure passages that are not even speaking of losing our salvation only serve to confuse them more. Of course we are always able to show the fallacy of one being able to lose their salvation by sound Scripture application. But how wonderful it would be if that person could hold onto their sound conviction of the security of the believer through all the storms of fear, doubt, false teachers and misunderstanding. Perhaps it may serve this kind of Christian well if they could just make the Scriptures that show the impossibility of one losing their salvation foremost in their thought processes, they would not be easily swayed. I am thinking that if they could permanently embed, not only the idea, but also certain Scriptures that affirm our security, so that when they even start to become confused or even the slightest doubt creeps in, it is then that the positive Scriptures come front and center. I am thinking of Scriptures such as these: Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Joh 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish; neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. Heb 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified. In the light of these Scriptures there are no other verses in the whole Bible that could contradict them, none that could cause anyone to cast aside our security, if they could just make them their own once and for all.
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    Jim_Alaska

    Saved in 3 tenses?

    Wow, what a wonderful exposition of this passage bro. Scott. I had never thought of this subject in quite the splendid detail you outlined it as. I really appreciated the sound study principle you outlined here: 2. As we consider the details of this parable, it is important for us to recognize the primary point and principle of the parable. Every Biblical parable, while including various details of truth, contains a primary principle of truth. This principle is one that I learned early in my Christian life and has served me well in both study and teaching on all of the Parables. If we always look for the primary truth being taught in a Parable and understand that once we have found it, all other secondary truths only serve to "flesh out the story) (Parable). we will be a long way down the road to a proper understanding of a Parable. Thank you for this response this morning bro. Scott, i served me well as an unexpected blessing since I cannot attend my church this morning. I had a bad fall a couple of days ago and am only recovering slowly. I'm just not well enough to make the hour and a half dive to church this morning, so I consider your response a welcome substitute for what I may miss in my own services. So thank you twice Bro. Scott. May your services be a blessing to your hearers this morning.
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    RSS Robot

    He That Is Spiritual

    “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” (1 Corinthians 2:15) The word rendered “spiritual” is the Greek word pneumatikos, from which theologians have coined the term “pneumatology,” the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Thus, a “spiritual” person is one who is not only born aga... More...View the full article
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    Alan

    Patriotism

    Brethren, Every once in a while I see numerous articles that only present one side of the Vietnam War. During that time of the Vietnam War the newspapers, liberals, the Hollywood crowd and the public in general were feed a continual stream of anti-American ideals: especially patriotism. My father taught me one good thing and that was to love our country. America, in spite of all the evil, corrupt politicians, and other forms of corruption, is still the best country on the face of this planet for Democracy, Individual Freedom, and Religious Freedom. It saddens me tremendously to witness the continual downgrade of America, the ideals why we fought the Vietnam War, and the nation of Israel within the threads of OnLine Baptist. While I was growing up (in the house of an agnostic and church hating father), I was taught, (rightly so), the values of America, Democracy, Patriotism, and the evils of Communism, Socialism, Fascism, and liberals. I have not changed a whit from my father's correct moral teachings. While growing up during the Vietnam War every day, (like our day and age), I read the supposedly vile actions of the U.S. Military as brought forth by Hollywood actors, liberal Religious figureheads, and the liberal, atheistic, and propaganda written by the communist leaning press. I read all about the evil actions of the military killing defenseless civilians by our Air Force and Army. And, I read all of the stories of how the Vietnam veterans were dope fiends, anti-military, and crazy in the head: remember Rambo? When was the last time that you heard a story in the press that told the public of the brave, sacrificial, and patriotic deeds of the vast majority of the men in uniform during the Vietnam War? Because of the vicious lies of the press, the traitorous acts of the Hollywood stars, the communist inspired Vietnam War demonstrations,and the unpatriotic acts of the ungodly religious crowd, our cowardly politicians gave in and did not allow the military to win the Vietnam War. Vietnam was the first war America lost. Now, South Vietnam is communist. Laos, which I was also indirectly involved, also was lost to the enemy. The enemy of America, and the nation of Israel, during that age, is Fascist (formally Communist), Russia and her allies. Vietnam was just a pawn that Russia used to obtain her goals. In spite of all the vicious verbal attacks, and numerous speeches, hippies, men rushing to Canada to avoid the draft, and others acts of civil disobedience, I decided to volunteer for military service (the US Air force), to join the war. During the Vietnam War I volunteered and was not drafted. I found out by personal experience that the innocent civilians were not so innocent, the Hollywood actors were traitors, the liberal press was lying and the religious figureheads were lost men seeking fame and fortune. The Vietnam War, started by President Kennedy, was initially a war against communism. Due to communist lies the American public was misled. Even to this day you cannot hardly find an article written against communism. But, you can find plenty of articles against the war and downgrading the men who bravely, and patriotically, fought against the communist North Vietnamese and their Russian allies. I am a proud American Vietnam Veteran. I am a proud verbal defender of America and its ideals of Freedom. And I have come to realize that there is a concerted effort by the enemies of Freedom to downgrade America and the nation of Israel. I hope that there are other patriotic freedom loving Americans who remain faithful to these ideals of freedom in the day ahead in spite of this concerted effort to bash America and Israel through misleading articles. Alan
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    Pastor Scott Markle

    Saved in 3 tenses?

    Sister Rose, I certainly agree that we should read and study God's Word in a straight forward manner. However, a straight forward reading of this parable about the two olive trees in Romans 11:16-24 leaves us with one very significant question unanswered. That question is this -- What does the root/trunk of the good olive tree represent? The passage seems to define what the branches of the good olive tree represent., and it seems to define what the branches of the wild olive tree represent. On the other hand, while the passage references the root/trunk of the good olive tree four times (and by referencing the tree itself, infers the root/trunk a few additional times), the passage itself does NOT seem to define specifically what the root/trunk of the good olive might be. Yet defining this representation is QUITE significant for your question. Certainly, the parable and passage DOES communicate that there is something which might be possessed, but which then might also be lost. Whatever this something is, it is represented by the root/trunk of the good olive tree. It is the root/trunk of the good olive tree that the Israelites possess by nature. It is the root/trunk of the good olive tree from which the Israelites were cut off because of their unbelief (thus a possession lost). It is the root/trunk of the good olive tree into which we Gentiles might be grafted through faith. It is the root/trunk of the good olive tree about which the warning is given that we Gentiles might also be cut off after being grafted in (thus the possibility of a possession lost). It is the root/trunk of the good olive tree into which the Israelites who were cut off might be grafted back in. Even so, by a straight forward reading of the parable and passage, the "something" that might be either possessed or lost IS the root/trunk of the good olive tree. So then, we must ask -- What does the root/trunk of the good olive tree represent? Yet as we read through the passage, it does NOT define this representation for us, which "complicates" our understanding of the passage and parable. Now above you said -- Most certainly, you should read God's Word in a literary manner, like you would any other book. However, when a given passage itself does not provide the specific information to answer a specific question that we have, further and deeper interpreting is required. What does the parable and passage reveal straightforwardly -- 1. The root/trunk of the tree (whatever it represents) is holy by character, and thus so are the branches that it contains. (Romans 11:16) 2. Some of the natural branches (Israelites, as per the immediate context) of the good olive tree were broken off from the root/trunk of the good olive tree. (Romans 11:17) 3. We Gentiles were grafted into the root/trunk of the good olive tree, and thus partake of the "root and fatness" of that tree along with the natural branches. (Romans 11:17) 4. Because of this, we Gentiles should not boast against the natural branches (Israelites) because we do not bear the root/trunk of the tree, but it bears us. (Romans 11:18) 5. The natural branches (Israelites) of the good olive tree were broken off because of unbelief. (Romans 11:20) 6. We Gentiles were grafted into the root/trunk of the good olive tree through faith. (Romans 11:20) 7. We Gentiles should take warning that if God did not spare the natural branches (Israelites) of the good olive tree, then he might also not spare us Gentiles. (Romans 11:21) 8. This all reveals the "goodness and severity of God," on the Israelites His severity, on us Gentiles His goodness -- if we Gentiles continue in His goodness. (Romans 11:22) 9. However, if we Gentiles do not continue in God's goodness toward us, then we also might be cut off from the root/trunk of the good olive tree. (Romans 11:22) 10. The natural branches (Israelites) who were cut off from the root/trunk of the good olive tree might be grafted back in if they remain not in unbelief, but come to faith. (Romans 11:23) 11. Indeed, if us Gentiles as the branches of a wild olive tree could be "grafted contrary to nature" into the root/trunk of the good olive tree, then "how much more" might "the natural branches" of that good olive tree be grafted back into "their own olive tree?" Now, throughout this entire matter the root/trunk of the good olive tree plays a significant part. What then does the root/trunk of the good olive tree represent? While the passage does provide us with elements of information about the root/trunk of the good olive tree, it never actually specifies what the root/trunk of the good olive tree represents. Thus ANY answer that we develop for our understanding of the parable and passage requires some level of conjecture or assumption. For example, I believe that within your own struggle in relation to the passage, you have made an assumption concerning the representation for the root/trunk of the good olive tree, as follows -- That portion in your above statement which I have emphasized appears to reveal your (assumed) understanding concerning that which the root/trunk of the good olive tree represents. The parable and passage speaks about branches being cut off from the root/trunk (and fatness) of the good olive tree. Above you speak about being "cut off" from God's saving grace. Thus you appear to be equating God's saving grace with the root/trunk of the good olive tree. I myself do not agree with this understanding for the representation of the root/trunk of the good olive tree for the following conjectured (deeper) reasonings -- 1. Whatever the root/trunk of the good olive tree might be, it is the possession of the Israelites naturally, such that they all were attached to it at the first (before they were cut off from it through unbelief). Yet to me it does not appear Biblically correct to say that God's saving grace is NATURALLY possessed by the all Israelites, but that they might be cut off from that saving grace through unbelief. Now, I might be able to accept the argument, not that the root/trunk of the good olive tree represents God's saving grace itself, but that it represents the OPPORTUNITY to receive to God's saving grace. Then the passage would be indicating that the OPPORTUNITY and PRIVELEGE to receive God's saving grace (not the saving grace itself) is the possession of His chosen people NATURALLY, but that they spiritually fell from that greater OPPORTUNITY and PRIVELEGE to receive God's saving grace through their unbelief as a people, such that as a people they are now bound under a heavy cloud of spiritual blindness. Even so, then the passage would also be indicating concerning the grafting in of us Gentiles, not that we now possess God's saving grace itself, but that we now possess a more ready OPPORTUNITY and PRIVELEGE to receive God's saving grace. This more ready OPPORTUNITY and PRIVELEGE to receive God's saving grace would be God's goodness toward us Gentiles as a people. Yet that goodness only continues toward us as a people if we continue in it. However, if we Gentiles persist in unbelief against God's saving grace, that more ready OPPORTUNITY and PRIVELEGE to receive God's saving grace could be cut off from us also, such that we Gentiles also as a people (or some particular societal structure among us Gentiles) might be bound under the heavy cloud of spiritual blindness as the Israelites. 2. As per the immediate context in Romans 11:5-6, God's saving grace comes specifically through His GRACE, such that it includes NO requirement of works whatsoever at all. Yet if we claim (from Romans 11:20-22) that God's saving grace is indeed received initially through faith, but that we must continue in His goodness in order to remain therein without losing it, then we have added some level of "working faithfulness" to the means of God's saving grace. Then we have -- God's saving grace is received through faith and retained through (working) faithfulness. Yet Romans 11:6 clearly indicates that if it be at all of works, "then is it no more grace." Now we have a contradiction within the immediate context of Romans 11. Yet no such contradiction in God's Word can possibly be, especially within the same immediate context. An apparent contradiction only reveals that we are in some manner not understanding something correctly. 3. The primary principle for the parable of the two olive trees is NOT about the matter of eternal security (security established by God's promise) versus faithfulness security (security retained through our faithfulness). Rather, the primary principle for the parable is a warning that we Gentiles (especially Gentile believers) should not develop a wrong attitude against unbelieving Israelites. We should not become boastful against them. We should not become high-minded against them. We should not become wise in our own conceits against them. Rather, we should ever walk in the fear of the Lord our God, and should ever retain a spirit of gracious humility in relation to the Israelites as the NATURAL branches of the good olive tree, into which God graciously grafted us within His goodness against our nature. 4. Romans 11:28-32 provides the conclusion to the matter. Therefore, its references to the gospel, the gifts and calling of God, and the mercy of God must all fit with unity in relation to our understanding of the parable in Romans 11:16-24. 5. At least one other interpretive question requires consideration. Throughout the parable of Romans 11:16-24, plural pronouns are employed for Israelite "branches" that were cut off from the good olive tree, whereas singular pronouns are employed for the Gentile representation in the parable. So then, do these singular pronouns for the Gentile representation encompass the whole of Gentiles as a singular group; or do these singular pronouns for the Gentile representation reference just a single Gentile individual (possibly, a single Gentile believer). It also worthy of notice that throughout the rest of the chapter's context, the Gentiles are considered from the plural perspective, just as the Israelites. Now, above you ask the question -- Truly, the answer to your question is founded directly upon a correct understanding for what the root/trunk of the good olive tree represents. In my previous postings, I have contended that the root/trunk of the good olive tree represents the covenants of promise that the Lord God originally gave unto the Israelites.
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    heartstrings

    How to sharpen an axe

    Long ago I found that axes sharpen better and can be "tempered" with water close at hand Ephesians 5:26
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    Donald

    How to sharpen an axe

    A few years ago I realized something(praise the Lord), but I haven’t yet seen an open door to share it, until now. Yesterday’s response on this site, by DaveW, was the open door I have been waiting for. What I am referring to is the Scripture.......... "Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend." (Proverbs 27:17) What the Lord pointed out to me, is the fact that most people do not know how to “sharpen” an axe! If you do not know how to make an axe’s edge SHARP, you will not know how this Scripture works! ------------------------ Let me start, at where I learned to “make an edge SHARP”! I was just a young married man with a young family to support and had a job at a shop that built air conditioning ducts(the old fashioned way, by hand), This construction required thousands of 1/8" holes to be drilled in sheet metal. All of this drilling, caused these 1/8" drill bits to become dull. But instead of throwing them away, my boss would have us “re-sharpen them”, and they would be LIKE NEW. So as I was being instructed on how to do this, I leaned that the way that my mind thought, would make these bits sharper, actually made them duller! I quickly learned the right way to do it and the same principal works with any iron, that needs to be sharpened. Occasionally, over the years I would see on a television show or movie, an actor’s depiction of an old farmer, sharpening an axe and I would be reminded of the way that I thought it should be done and how that most people think that it is done that way. Then, a few years ago, I applied this fact, of “how to truly sharpen an axe”, to this Scripture; And realized God’s method, of truly making my self sharper! ------------------------ Picture in your mind, a grinding wheel, in front of you; and your ready to sharpen your axe. Now, as your lowering the axe toward the wheel, with it’s edge away from you, is the wheel turning toward you or away from you. The way that seems to be more “logical” and “safe”, is for the wheel to be turning away from you. That is, with the wheel going in the same direction as the blade’s edge. This will make the blade duller and duller(building up more and more metal on the edge). But, if the wheel is turning against the sharp edge of the blade, it will be removing more and more metal, making the blade sharper and sharper. ------------------------ The way this applies to this scripture, is: If we only debate and discuss the Bible with people that we totally agree with, than we will get more and more assured, that we are right. But, if we discuss the Bible with Christians, that hold an apposing view of that subject or Doctrine, than it will give the Holy Spirit a chance to chip away at some of the wrong ideas that we have. I can somewhat understand, why some people would want to avoid these kinds of heated discussions, because it is not always fun, to be told that your opinion is wrong. But if it’s wrong, you(we), should be anxious to be corrected, so that we can be “rightly dividing the Word of truth”! ------------------------ I have yet to find an individual in my area, who is willing to have these kinds of discussions with me. Local pastors and friends that I know, do not want to get into the weeds, of any of those subjects, we are not in total agreement on. But, praise the Lord for the internet, where people feel more free to be truthful with you, when they think that you are wrong. And for forums like this, where you are able to say “almost” anything. I recall a few years ago, there was a site called “The fighting fundamentalists”. Where you could go and discuss ANY SUBJECT OR ISSUE. It was kind of like the old west. Sure, there may have been a lot of “un-Christlike responses”, but you had to be tough and stand your ground with Scripture. Nothing was ever said or done, to PROTECT anybodies feelings! Those were the good old days. I recall a “Reformed site”(Calvinist), that did not allow any statements or even questions, that would call into question the “Calvinist view of things”. I was kicked off almost immediately. But the problem with that was, it HURT the Spiritual Walk, of every true Christian that was on that site, because they are being PROTECTED from opposing views. ------------------------ Facing OPPOSING VIEWS, is good for us. Because it forces us to take a closer look at what we believe. There is another site, called “the Baptist Board”. I spent a lot of years there and it did some wonderful things in my life, because it is ran by and filled with, people who believe that being King James Only, is some incurable disease. All the years that I spent “defending the Bible” on that site, increased my faith in God’s Word a hundred fold. BUT, on a few occasions, I had to back off. On times when the onslaught of attacks became too pointed or when attacks started coming from people that I respected on that site, I would have to back off and stay away from that site. There were times that I felt like David, when he penned.... "But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped." (Psalms 73:2) When there were times, when I would start to even consider the possibility, that God’s Word could have any mistakes!!!! I knew that I needed to back off from these lies and get back into God’s Word and allow the LORD, to restore my faith! Yes, these were dangerous times; But they worked together for good, in my life. And who knows how many souls, were encouraged by my stand, to take a stand of their own.
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    Some independent Baptists and fundamentalists in general seem to be reacting to the worldliness of many churches by adopting a “plain clothes” style that is akin to the old Mennonite fashion. I can understand the rejection of worldliness, but I question the plain clothes position and fear for its end result. We should not establish doctrine and practice on the basis of “reactionism,” but upon solid Bible teaching. I know of dozens of families and churches in five states that are moving in this direction. The Charity Fellowship... Read More View the full article
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    corinne gomez

    SOS

    Dear One, I would like prayer for two urgent needs: That my son, Bobby, get sober and clean free from alcohol and drug addiction and may his beautiful projects come to manifest in his highest and best interest. That my daughter, Jennifer, keep her daughter, Eleanor, 100% custody and receive the restraining order and win her case against Rob Madrid. His family has a history of sexual addiction and abuse. Thank you so much for this. With a heartfelt thank you, Corinne I will be sending a donation next week with a grateful heart....
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    corinne gomez

    SOS

    In Jesus Christ, of course!
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    Pastor Scott Markle

    Saved in 3 tenses?

    Sister Rose, In answer to your question above, Yes and No. If the root of the good olive tree does indeed represent the covenants of promise, then inclusion therein is about opportunity and privilege. Let us consider a few different scenarios in relation to this matter. First, let us consider those Israelites who were the first generation in the Lord’s redemption from the bondage of Egypt. Indeed, they all experienced that divine redemption through their faith in the blood of the Passover lamb, as they all sprinkled its blood upon the door post and lintel. There is no indication that the death angel entered into any Israelite home that night. Even so, in 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 God’s Word gives the report concerning that very generation of Israelites, “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” They were all believers in God’s redemption through the blood of the lamb. They were all under the cloud of God’s glorious presence. They were all baptized unto Moses through the crossing of the Red Sea. They all partook of the same spiritual meat and drink, such that they all partook of Christ Himself. As such, the Lord God entered into the covenants of promise with all of them at Mount Sinai; and those covenants of promise included the “fatness” of the Promised Land. However, because of their unbelief and disobedience at Kadesh, they were not permitted to enter into the Promised Land and to experience its “fatness.” Rather, they were required to wander in the wilderness until that generation passed away. Thus in 1 Corinthians 10:5-6 God’s Word gives further report, “But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.” Yet even throughout their wandering in the wilderness, they still had the Lord’s presence with them, the Lord’s provision for them, and the Lord’s protection over them. Did they have part in the covenants of promise as their root possession? Did they enjoy the fullness of those promises? No, they did not, because of their unbelief and disobedience. (See Hebrews 3:7-11) Yet did they experience some aspects of those promises? Yes, they did, even throughout their wanderings in the wilderness. However, the scribes and Pharisees in the time of the Lord Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry present a different case. Although they were very religious, having “a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.” (See Romans 10:2) “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness,” through their religious works of the law, did not “submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” (See Romans 10:3) Although they were very religious, they were never believers. Thus our Lord Jesus Christ pronounced that they were not spiritually the children of God, but that they were of their spiritual father, the devil. (See John 8:42-44) So then, did they have part in the covenants of promise as their root possession? Yes, as Israelites they did indeed. On the other hand, did they experience and enjoy the fullness of those promises? No, actually because of their rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ, they spiritually fell and were cut off from their covenants of promise as a people (although not completely or permanently). In fact, the Lord God has now judged them as a people with spiritual blindness “in part.” (See Romans 11:7-11, 25) This is the “severity of God” toward the Israelites unto which Romans 11:22 makes reference. Now, the spiritual fall and cutting off of the Israelites as a people has opened a spiritual door for us Gentiles as a people. Whereas the spiritual opportunities of the Israelites as a people have become quite restricted through the spiritual blindness that the Lord God has place upon them, the spiritual opportunities of the Gentiles has become significantly more readily available. Now, while the access of the Israelites as people unto their covenants of promise has been significantly restricted, the access of us Gentiles as a people unto those covenants of promise has been offered more freely. Indeed, we of the wild olive tree have an open opportunity to be grafted into the Israelites’ natural root possession, their covenants of promise. Yet our part in those covenants of promise does not include the “fatness” of the Promised Land. Rather, our part in those covenants of promise includes the “fatness” of a promised spiritual LIFE, even as our Lord Jesus Christ revealed in John 10:10, “I am come that they might have LIFE, and that they might have it more ABUNDANTLY.” Even so, this time of the New Testament church is that time wherein every believer receives the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit from the very moment of faith in Christ for salvation, such that the indwelling Holy Spirit might enable our abundant spiritual living as we submit unto His filling influence and direction. This is the “goodness” of God toward the Gentiles unto which Romans 11:22 makes reference. So then, what about us Gentiles who might not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ? By the record of the New Testament, it seems apparent that a great majority of the Gentiles as a people will indeed reject the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. Even so, because of their unbelief and rejection they also may be cut off from access unto the covenants of promise. In fact, after some point of rejection and rebellion against the gospel, the Lord God may cut off any given Gentile from an opportunity to come unto Christ through faith for salvation. This is one aspect of the “severity of God” toward the Gentiles about which Romans 11:22 warns. On the other hand, by the record of the New Testament, it also seems apparent that many of us Gentiles will indeed receive the Lord Jesus Christ through faith as eternal Savior. As such, we receive full access unto the “fatness” of the promised life that is found within the new covenant of promise. Yet our experience of that “fatness” is still determined by our faithfulness unto the Lord and by our submission unto the filling influence of the indwelling Holy Spirit throughout our daily walk. If we do not walk in faithfulness and the filling of the Holy Spirit, we will not be cut off from our place in eternal life, but we will be cut off from the “fatness” of the abundant life. This also is an aspect of the “severity of God” toward the Gentiles, although less severe, about which Romans 11:22 warns.
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    Roselove

    Saved in 3 tenses?

    Not offended, at all! I think your attention to detail is very helpful! It has helped me piece together things that I don’t know if I could have come to, on my own. I certainly appreciate the time you spend on your studies, they have taught me a lot, so far! It’d be nice if my obsessive mind processed things, like yours. You seem to handle it in a way healthier way, than myself. Mental illness runs in my family pretty bad. I think I mention this stuff, because my heart is crying for help. I feel so alone at times, the only other person that I really knew personally that struggled like me, was my dad.
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    Andrea

    Pray for our church please

    Thank you, Jim. Here is the link to our church website: https://www.hopebaptistcolorado.org
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    Andrea

    Pray for our church please

    Our church is losing our pastor as he is leaving for a missions ministry. Pray for wisdom for the pulpit committee as they search for a new pastor. Thank you.
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    Pastor Scott Markle

    Saved in 3 tenses?

    Sister Rose, I desire that my following comment will be taken somewhat seriously, but with a little bit of humor as well; yet I most definitely do not wish to cause any offense. Now the comment - While I am not clinically diagnosed with OCD, I am an individual who Obsessively Cares about Details, especially in Bible study. Such is the reason for my lengthy, detailed, thorough, extensive answers to questions. I simply pray that it is all good to the use of edifying and that it ministers God's grace unto others.
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    Pastor Scott Markle

    Saved in 3 tenses?

    First, let us consider the context of the whole chapter wherein Romans 11:20-22 is found. 1. The Concern The primary them of Romans 11 concerns the relationship of the Israelites as a people with the Lord their God. This is revealed through the opening question of Romans 11:1, “I say then, Hath God cast away his people?” This question engages two progressive thoughts. In the first place, we encounter the recognition that the Israelites were indeed the chosen people of God throughout the time of the Old Testament. In the second place, we encounter the concern whether God has now cast aside the Israelites completely and permanently as His chose people. Yet the emphatic answer to this concern rings back, “God forbid!” 2. The Evidences The apostle Paul provides two evidences for his emphatic answer that God has definitely not cast aside the Israelites completely and permanently as His chose people. In the closing portion of Romans 11:1, he presents his own salvation as the first evidence. Then in Romans 11:2-6 he presents the reality of a remnant, “a remnant according to the election of grace,” as the second evidence. 3. The Problem In Romans 11:7-10 the apostle reveals that the Lord God has indeed judged the Israelites as a people with spiritual blindness. This spiritual blindness does not prevent all of them from coming unto a knowledge of the truth, for there is indeed “a remnant according to the election of grace” who come unto faith in Christ for eternal salvation. Yet this spiritual blindness means that the majority of the Israelites will not understand the way of God’s grace for eternal salvation through Christ; but “being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness [by the works of the law],” they will not “submit themselves unto the righteousness of God” through faith alone in Christ. (See Romans 10:2-4) 4. The Result In Romans 11:11 the apostle reveals that the spiritual fall of the Israelites has opened the door of God’s gracious salvation unto the Gentiles as a people group. Yet this spiritual fall and spiritual blindness of the Israelites is not a final fall and permanent casting away. Indeed, God’s Word declares, “God forbid!” Rather, this spiritual fall of the Israelites and opened door of grace for the Gentiles is intended to provoke the Israelites unto spiritual jealousy and repentance. 5. The Relationship In Romans 11:12-15 the apostle proposes the truth that if the spiritual fall and diminishing of the Israelites be unto the spiritual reconciliation and riches of the world and of the Gentiles, then how much greater riches would the spiritual restoration and fullness of the Israelites be for the sake of the Gentile world. 6. The Warning Then in Romans 11:16-24 the apostle presents the parable of the good olive tree and the wild olive tree. Even so, the primary intention for this parable is to warn us Gentiles that we should not boast ourselves against the spiritually fallen Israelites. It is to warn us that we should not be wise in our own conceits and should not be sinfully high-minded against them. Rather, it is to warn us that we should simply and continually walk in the fear of the Lord our God and Savior. 7. The Promise Having relayed his warning through illustration in Romans 11:16-24, the apostle proclaims in Romans 11:25-27 God’s promise of spiritual restoration for the Israelites. As per the revelation of other Scriptural prophecy, we understand that this restoration shall occur at the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8. The Conclusion In Romans 11:28-32 draws the entire discussion to its conclusion – that the gospel of God’s merciful salvation is unto all, both Israelite and Gentile, through faith. 9. The Praise Finally, in Romans 11:33-36 the apostle expresses the heights of praise for the wisdom and glory of the Lord our God in creating such a plan of merciful salvation through grace unto all who believe. Second, let us consider the meaning of the parable concerning the two olive trees. 1. Before we begin to consider the details of the parable itself, it is important for us to recognize that we should not get our doctrinal understanding primarily from a parable. Certainly, Biblical parables do illustrate doctrinal principles. Yet parables remain illustrations for these principles, but not declarations of the principles themselves. 2. As we consider the details of this parable, it is important for us to recognize the primary point and principle of the parable. Every Biblical parable, while including various details of truth, contains a primary principle of truth. Even so, the primary principle of truth for the parable of the two olive trees in Romans 11:16-24 is a warning unto us Gentiles not to be high-minded or boastful against the spiritually fallen Israelites, but ever to walk in the fear of the Lord our God and Savior. 3. Considering the details of this parable, we find that some of these details are more easily discernible than others. The illustration of the parable presents us with a picture of two olive trees, a good (groomed) olive tree and a wild olive tree. Other details in the illustration of the parable include the root of the good (groomed) olive tree, the branches of the good (groomed) olive tree, and the branches of the wild olive tree. Specifically, the illustration of the parable speaks about some of the natural branches from the good olive tree being cut off, some of the branches from the wild olive tree being grafted into the good olive tree, and the possibility for some of the natural branches that were cut off being grafted back into the good olive tree. So then, what do these details represent? It seems clear that the natural branches of the good olive tree represent the Israelites as a people, and that the branches of the wild olive tree represent the Gentiles as a people. Furthermore, It seems clear that those natural branches of the good olive tree which are cut off represent Israelites who do not receive God’s righteousness (justification and salvation) through faith in Christ, and that those wild branches which are grafted into the good olive tree represent Gentiles who do receive God’s righteousness through faith in Christ. Finally, it seems clear that the natural branches of the good olive which were cut off, but might be grafted in again, represent Israelites who might yet receive God’s righteousness through faith in Christ. Yet there is one detail in the parable that is more difficult to discern. What does the root (and trunk) of the good olive tree represent? In the immediate context itself, we do not find a specific definition for this representation. Yet understanding this representation is significant for your question, because it is out of this root (and trunk) that the natural branches grow, because it from this root (and trunk) that the natural branches are cut off, because it is into this root (and trunk) that the wild branches might be grafted, because it is from this root (and trunk) that the grafted branches might possibly be cut off, and because it is into this root (and trunk) that the natural branches which have been cut off might be grafted again. However, the passage does provide us with some information concerning this root (and trunk) of the good olive tree. It is holy in character. (See Romans 11:16) It bears the branches; the branches do not bear it. (See Romans 11:18) It provides “fatness” to the branches. (See Romans 11:17) It is naturally the root of the Israelites as a people, naturally possessed by them as such. (See Romans 11:24) It is not naturally the root of the Gentiles as a people, but only graciously possessed by them as such. (See Romans 11:22, 24) Some might define this root as eternal salvation and/or eternal life. Yet to me these things appear to be “fatness” blessings, rather than the foundational root itself. In addition, although these blessings were certainly available to every Israelite throughout the time of the Old Testament, it does not appear to me that they were naturally the possession of all Israelites as a people. Some might define this root as the Lord Jesus Christ. Certainly, I would acknowledge that Christ is the foundational root (see John 15:1-6) for all believers. Yet I still question whether Christ Himself was naturally the root possession of all Israelites as a people. For my own case, I believe it best to view this root as representing something that was a root possession of all Israelites as a people throughout the time of the Old Testament. Remaining within the context of the epistle to the Romans itself, and even within the context of Romans 9-11, I find an answer in Romans 9:4, wherein we learn that unto the Israelites “pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises. From this I learn that the covenants of promise (see also Ephesians 2:12) are a foundational root for the Israelites as the people of God and that those covenants of promise are naturally a root possession of all Israelites throughout the time of the Old Testament. Certainly, in this time of New Testament, we Gentiles may take some part in these covenants of promise. However, we take part therein, not by natural possession as do the Israelites, but by gracious possession. In addition, because of their unbelief and rejection toward the Lord Jesus Christ, the majority of Israelites have indeed been cut off for a time from these covenants of promise, and shall continue to be “until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” (See Romans 11:25) So then, how does this relate unto your question? 1. The covenants of promise are the foundational root for the Israelites as a people, which is their root possession naturally. 2. Because of their unbelief in and rejection of Christ, the Israelites as a people have spiritually fallen and been cut off from their own covenants of promise. 3. Through faith in Christ, we Gentiles may be grafted into the Israelites’ covenants of promise, such that we may somewhat experience the “fatness” of those covenants. 4. Through rebellion against God, we Gentiles may also be cut off from some of the “fatness” and privileges of the covenants of promise into which we have been grafted. 5. Through faith in Christ, individual Israelites may be grafted back into the covenants of promise from which they have been cut off. 6. At the Second Coming of Christ, the Israelites as a people will be restored unto the fullness and “fatness” of their covenants of promise.
  19. 1 point
    Alan

    Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World

    Ronda, "The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat." Proverbs 15:30 Thank you for the good report. It is a blessing in my heart to know that this study is a blessing to you. It is my hope that this Overview, and studies of the different subjects in Larkin's, "The Spirit World," is a blessings to others also. It was my intention at the beginning to help others make a self-study on the different subjects in Larkin's book in order to have a more complete knowledge of the Spirit World. Alan
  20. 1 point
    BroMatt

    SOS

    I'm praying for your children Corrine. Please keep us updated. I do have a question for you....What are you placing your trust for eternal life in?
  21. 1 point
    Pastor Scott Markle

    How to sharpen an axe

    Sister Ronda, I appreciate the righteous humility in your above posting, and do grant forgiveness unto you for any sinful offense that you committed against me in our past engagements. I also desire to pursue righteous reconciliation in our future relationship upon the forum as our Lord will permit.
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    Jim, I was probably a little too strong. I do care about the opinions of people. What I have witnessed on this site and in my life is people don't know what the Bible says. They only know what their pastor or some other man says. When you ask for Scripture, they can't give it. I was like that for many years. In college, I had a Bible Doctrines professor who forced us to write our own Doctrinal statements. It was at that time, I started to realize that I was trusting in my Pastor, not on Scripture.
  23. 1 point
    DaveW

    Let God be True and Every Man a Liar

    I think this is the key statement, where PastorJ is comparing the reading of the Bible with the reading of what men say ABOUT the Bible. I have posted about this before, and been somewhat attacked about it. The problem is that some men rely almost exclusively on what other men say this passage means or that passage means, and they don't ever just sit down and read what the Bible itself actually says. There are examples of people being commended for testing the preaching of the Word (Acts 17:10,11) and not just believing what they have been told - and in that particular case it was Paul who was preaching! But many people blindly follow their Pastor without question. Many people look to commentaries before trying to figure out for themselves what the Bible means in a particular passage. Many people seek out their "favourite Pastor" for explanations on a passage, and simply accept whatever he says as Gospel. We have even had this in evidence on OLB - where advice or explanation is given and ignored until this person or that person comments and then the same advice or explanation is suddenly accepted. I mentioned in my own thread that I probably lean too far the other way in respect to commentaries, but what I did not say then, but will now, is that I am a bit of a preaching junky. I have masses of preaching on file which I listen to, and I rarely pass up an opportunity to get to preaching meetings that are close enough. I am NOT averse to listening to the Holy Spirit speak through Bible preachers, and I rarely leave a preaching session without learning and hopefully growing. However, many people simply ignore 2 Tim 2:15 in preference to reading someone else's study notes. I am fearful for such people, for they are those who WILL at some point be led astray. Study for yourselves Folks!!! And once you have thoroughly exhausted yourself on such study, THEN, if you find it necessary, seek the advice of a godly preacher, whether that be in print or in person. Get this the wrong way around and you WILL be led astray eventually. Now, with me standing beside PastorJ on this one.... bring it on! By the way brother Jim, the reason I came here initially was for some safe, independent Baptist fellowship - a place where I could talk with likeminded people with some level of safety from attacks. I rarely post here now, because that safety is simply not evident. I write lots of posts, but I don't post hardly anything - it is not worth the firestorm that comes from what should be plainly acceptable statements among IFB.
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    No Nicolaitans

    Saved in 3 tenses?

    Well, I didn't want to say anything at first, but the person (and article) to whom you are referring to is using a different Bible and Greek text than the King James Version and the Greek text it was translated from. I quickly looked up the word in Greek, and the word is a different Greek word than what that gentleman quoted. He even admits that other translations translate the word differently. You have to be very careful of whom you read Roselove.
  25. 1 point
    No Nicolaitans

    Saved in 3 tenses?

    What are you confused about? Is it the "three tenses"? Examples: [Past Tense] (Titus 3:5) Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; [Present Tense] (1 Corinthians 1:18) For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. [Future Tense] (1 Corinthians 3:15) If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Past, present, and future. Our salvation encompasses all three. I was saved many years ago in the "past", I'm "presently" saved today, and I'll be saved in the "future". It's not three different salvations; it's three aspects of one salvation.


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