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grace-otThose who think the Old testament is the law, totally misunderstand it.
The OT is not about the ethnic Jews. Nor is it the Law or about the law. The OT is story after story of the history of the grace of God saving people in spite of their sin.
It is all about grace. Not only in pointing to the Messiah to come and the heavenly culmination, but in God’s dealing with His people all the way through. It is the unfolding of the Plan of Redemption.
Pictures in living history of God by grace redeeming an eternal people for Himself.

So far from being a republication of The Covenant of Works, it is the grandest display of the Covenant of Grace.
If you think it is about law you totally misunderstand the OT and misread it. You see it through chopped up new age dispensational error eyes.

Where was the gospel preached to Abraham one asks? All through the whole book. It is full of types, copies and shadows of the reality, and it is also full of living examples of His mercy and grace to the rebellious and undeserving.

Gal 3:7  Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. 8  And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.”

Why are we shown the law then, why was it given if it was not about the ethnic Jews or about the law?
Because apart from the law there can be no grace; there is no way to see the grace of God apart from the backdrop of the law, justice and righteousness of God and what failure deserves.
We see the 2 aspects of God’s covenant, the temporal and conditional aspect of the covenant in those being punished in this life for breaking the law, and the temporal conditional aspect of the covenant that says, do this and stay in the land and prosper; which a typological picture of The Covenant of Works, but only for the land and earthly prosperity, not for salvation.  And even that law was grace.

It was from grace God gave them the laws as a tutor to bring them to Christ. Not as a covenant of works to be saved by, but to prove to them their need for a savior.
But the unconditional everlasting aspect of the Covenant of Grace is constant in every story, redeeming those God has chosen to have everlasting mercy on, in spite of their rebellion and sin.
Oh even in the remotest parts of the OT seemingly obscure stories are filled with rich honey and sweetness of amazing grace waiting to be tapped and eaten.

To skim over the OT as history and law is to miss all the glory of God’s grace revealed.
The law was never given as a way to be saved.  All the stories, all the history are stories of the grace of God. They all display His amazing unconditional grace.
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OT Details Bore You?

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priest-robeI used to get a little bogged down reading of all the details in the OT of the building of the temple and its construction and materials and skilled workers and gold and silver rings and the stones on the priest robe, etc. but when through the eye of faith we come to understand what we are reading in all this detail, all this beauty is being described to give us a little glimpse into the beauty of Christ

Heb 9:11  But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

As we look at all the glory of the descriptions of the 1st temple and how it was made, we must in that see the glory and beauty of Jesus who was more glorious than all that. For we are told that The glory of the second temple was greater than that of the first, because the Son of God himself made his appearance in it.  He is the better High Priest, He is the 2nd temple. And we in Him are also living stones.

I understood this doctrinally before from Hebrews, but one day finally by God’s grace I had my eyes opened to experience this in its epic beauty. Now as I read of the temple beauty in all its details I see Jesus who is far more than all this, far more indescribable Beauty whom we long to be with.

With this thought in mind I offer you the teachings of one of God’s ministers of old, saved in an excellent book, most helpful to me to feel Jesus Christ as Precious and increase my love to Him. I strongly encourage you to feast of the rich depth in this teaching.

 Christ Precious to Those Who Believe
The preciousness of Jesus Christ, to those who
believe—practically considered and improved.

By John Fawcett

“Yes, He is very precious to you who believe!” 1 Peter 2:7

By the knowledge and contemplation of him, and of his death in our stead—faith lives, and is strengthened from day to day. All the springs of repentance are opened, and flow freely, when the heart is melted by views of a dying Savior. Love feels the attractive power of its glorious object, and is kindled into a holy flame. Sin is mortified. The world is subdued. The hope of future glory is supported, enlivened, and confirmed, so as to become sure and steadfast, like an anchor of the soul. But without him, whom having not seen we love, these graces would wither and die; or, to speak more properly, they would have no existence.

the glory and preciousness of Jesus Christ, is not to be understood as if spoken to the exclusion of the Father, or of the Holy Spirit. I am not able to form any clear, satisfactory, comfortable thoughts of God, suited to awaken my love, or encourage my hope and trust—but as he has been pleased to reveal himself in the person of Jesus Christ.* God was once manifested in the flesh on earth, and he is now manifested More

True Preaching

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“It is possible to spend a lifetime in the Christian ministry, and at the end to be disapproved as ministers and have nothing to show for all our labour.”
Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Romans – The Perseverance Of The Saints)

seeker-friendly-calvin“The Scriptures argue and debate and dispute; they are full of polemics… We should always regret the necessity; but though we regret it and bemoan it, when we feel that a vital matter is at stake we must engage in argument. We must earnestly contend for the truth, and we are all called upon to do that by the New Testament. ”
~ Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Romans – Atonement And Justification)

Some leaders are so delicate that they cannot endure criticism without crumbling.
And that is really my nature, to be quite honest with you,  I grew up in a very peaceful home.
I heard my parents argue once in their entire life. But it was only once.
And when I entered the ministry I just had this naïve idea that, you know, everybody treated
a minister pretty easily. And I didn’t have much emotional muscle developed for criticism”
– Joel Beeke

‎‎‎”Ministers of the Gospel, when dispensing the truths of God, must preach home to their own souls, as well as unto others. Sir’s, we do not deliver truths or doctrines to you, wherein we ourselves have no manner of concern. No, our own souls are at the stake, and shall either perish or be saved eternally, as we receive or reject these precious truths which we deliver unto you. And truly, it can never be expected that we will apply the truths of God with any warmth or liveliness unto others, unless we first make a warm application thereof to our own souls. And if we do not feed upon these doctrines, and practise these duties, which we deliver to and inculcate upon you, though we preach unto others, we ourselves are but castaways.” – Ebenezer Erskine, “The Assurance of Faith”, pg. 8   Deo Vindice

“In preaching, extemporizing cannot be authorized…the sermon ought to be well and solidly prepared. Without this, we run the risk of becoming always more careless, and of contenting ourselves with what costs us little.”
Is the Gospel Popular? Thus, is the preacher popular?
“The Gospel would not be the Gospel if it should flow into the minds of men as easily and as pleasantly as the doctrines of natural religion or of moral philosophy; for, until the spirit of God opens the heart to the sublime truths of the Gospel, they are as bitter to the taste as they are afterward sweet to the inner man.” ~ Alexander Vinet born Switzerland, ordained in 1819,

“A man cannot be a faithful minister, until he preaches Christ for Christ’s sake–until he gives up striving to attract people to himself, and seeks only to attract them to Christ!” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne

There is no need for a minister to soften the gospel to the lost sheep or the found ones. God is able to give His people the ability to handle all the truth of His word.
It is incipient arminianism for a pastor to think he can be better by delivering messages that don’t offend the flesh. It is not the pastor, but God who does not quench the smoking flax by His Spirit comforting and supporting those under strong conviction and remorse or during times of stress or weak faith.  The preaching of the word is to More

Christians Don’t Worry, Have Anxiety or Stay Depressed Because…

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Luke 12:13 Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” 15 And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” 16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ 18 So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ‘ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ 21 So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

22 Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. 23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? 25 And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? 29 And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. 30 For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. 31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. 32 Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. NKJV

Wow What a life!

Do you live a life free from worry, anxiety, fear and impatience?

Paul tells us we can experience this freedom of mind and commands us not to worry.

Phil 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 1 Peter 5:7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. NKJV

Is this the experience of your life? Are you able to cast all your cares upon Christ?

Are you free of anxiety and worry? Or do you get overly concerned about some areas of life at times?

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Prayer – Get Everything You Want

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Sadly in our different churches around the world we have some minor differences in our understanding of the scriptures. Praise God one day in heaven we will all believe the same Amen? So please forgive me if I share a perspective that is unfamiliar or different. Submit to your elders here and read the word as much as you can yourself.

Today I want to share with you from God’s word that you may know more about the great sovereign God who is creator or all and our Lord.
I want you to know not only more about God but know God more. We get to know God especially in prayer.

What are the types of prayer or ways we speak to God? Who knows a verse that lays these out for us? 1 Tim 2:1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, NKJV

Prayers of Supplication
How would you like to get everything you want, everything you ask for?
We are told we can. So why don’t we ask for more or receive what we ask for? Let’s see what scripture says to these questions because as obvious and important as they are to us they were to those in the times of scripture.

1st lets remember that God is sovereign and works all things according to the counsel of His predestined will. So we may ask right off why even pray then if God will do what He wants and has predestined it all.
But actually this gives us all the more liberty in prayer for we know we will not be able to do wrong. We will not twist the arm of God to do other than His will therefore we can come to Him as a child who does not always know best what he wants or what to do, comes to a loving Father. But the child brings his problems to his father. My toy is broken. The father has many options to resolve this. So God may have many ways to answer us.

Many today do not understand how God can be sovereign and control all things and yet we make choices with our will and decisions. But we know both are true. God controls all things and that is why He can protect us and bring to us every good gift He wants us to have.
But some think this is by magic or apart from our working that God would do something. Most of the time God does his work through us. If we are not praying He is not working. If we are not preaching He is not saving anyone. God’s Spirit must open our eyes to believe the gospel and He must give us faith and a new birth. But He does this through the preaching and prayers of others.

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Giving to Get in the New Covenant – Is Seed Giving Biblical? or Tithing?

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Giving Offerings

 Is Tithing in the New Covenant – Do We Give to Get?

 Often we see believers in the transition time during the life of Christ or shortly after during the years of the writing of the NT scriptures still upholding OT Jewish practices. Often this was just so as to attempt to avoid offending the Jews who the apostles sought to minister to, as in the case of the circumcision of Timothy in Acts 16:3. As Acts 15 tells us there is no need for Gentile believers to be circumcised or keep the OT civil or ceremonial laws.

The moral law as summarized in the 10 commandments of course we all still hold to as a rule for our life and faith. But the feast days, new moons, sacrifices, worship style and civil government laws are now obsolete since they foreshadowed the Messiah who has come and the promise to Abraham has continued to expand beyond the nation of Israel to all nations.  Obviously we are to obey the civil laws of whatever country we now live in so we can’t all be under Israel’s civil laws. They were for the nation of Israel while it existed as a nation and picture of the true elect and heaven to come. Now that the old shadow or type has ended and the fullness of the final Sacrifice has come and been offered it would be to deny Christ to offer sacrifices on an altar for sin or continue to practice the types. Now God desires our sacrifice to be that of an obedient life. Heb 9, Eph 2:15 Col 2:15, 16, 20-23

Rom 12:1 I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. NAS

Why did Israel have all the civil and ceremonial laws?

Gal 3:19 What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; NKJV

Gal 3:24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. NAS

Gal 4:9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years. NAS

So these are the ceremonial laws that have been abolished since there is no more Jew or Gentile we are all one body in Christ, the feasts, special sabbaths, Passover, sacrifices for sin, feast of firstfruits of harvest and feast of end of harvest, etc.

Therefore the laws for not having tattoos or not shaving the hair on the side of the head etc. no longer bind us. The NT makes it clear how we are to live. Jesus taught and lived in accord with the 10 Commandments and taught us to do so. He made them clearer and in a sense stricter. Jews made laws allowing divorce but Jesus taught that was not the intent originally and if any gets a divorce for anything other than adultery it is wrong. He taught not to murder also meant not to be angry and act harshly to a brother. And with other illustrations he clarified the moral law or 10 commands and how we are to live now. But those laws that were for Israel while it was a nation and picture of the truth to come are done away after Christ. Christ did not keep the civil law of stoning the woman caught in adultery but certainly commanded her not to do it again. He taught the moral law but not the national and ceremonial laws. He kept the Sabbath and taught how it was to be kept properly.
Tithing is also a part of that old system. In fact if you want to tithe as Israel did it is more than 10%. You also have other tithes. Read more. There was also the 3rd year tithe of 10% that went into the storehouse for the Levites and Widows orphans and strangers who came to Israel and hadn’t prepared along with the feasts. There were firstfruit offerings on top of tithes. Neh 12:44  And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited.

There was no provision for a tithe on wages or income from trade, like blacksmith or pottery maker, or even agricultural increase outside Palestine. Tithing was only on agricultural increase inside Israel and not on labor and services or other goods.
But there are no Levites to give a tithe to now and that is who the tithe was for and given to. So you would have to make up a new idea of who to give the tithe to anyway. And we have no NT instruction on who to give tithes to now which we would have if it continued. The NT tells us to More

Predestination Quick References

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Dan 4:35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him,”What have You done?” NKJV
Is 46:10-11 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: 11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. (KJV)

Lam 3:37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not? (KJV)

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: (KJV)
Eph 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: (KJV)
Not a change of plan because He didn’t know if Adam would sin. Not a second plan because His 1st plan for man to live forever was stopped by men. This was His eternal purpose. He does all things according to His own will! He does all that He pleases; not some of it, not that He could do it, but chooses not to. He does it!
The Jehovah of the Bible Predestinated all things that come to pass.

Job 23:13-14 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. 14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him. (KJV)

Prov 8:23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. (KJV)
Jer 10:23LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
Prov 16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
Pro_20:24 A man’s steps are from the LORD; how then can man understand his way?
Psa_37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

Php_2:13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Ps 105:25 He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants. (KJV)

Prov 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. (KJV)

1 Sam 16:14-15 Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him. 15 Saul’s servants then said to him, “Behold now, an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you. NAS
1 Sam 18:10-12 Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the harp with his hand, as usual; and a spear was in Saul’s hand. 11 And Saul hurled the spear for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David escaped from his presence twice. 12 Now Saul was afraid of David, for the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul.

Is 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
Amos 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it? (KJV)

1 Sam 2:25But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for the LORD desired to put them to death.NAS
1 Sam 2:25 Nevertheless they did not heed the voice of their father, because the LORD desired to kill them. NKJV
1 Sam 16:14 Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him. 15 Saul’s servants then said to him, “Behold now, an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you. NAS
1 Sam 18:10 Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house, …

Psa 78:49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.

Deut 2:30 But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him: for the LORD thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into thy hand, as appeareth this day. (KJV)

Num 23:19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? 20 Behold, I received a command to bless: he has blessed, and I cannot revoke it.

God predestines man to act and yet holds him responsible
Gen 50:20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, NKJV

Prov 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the LORD. NKJV

Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:8 They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. NKJV

Acts 4:28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. (KJV)
Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: (KJV)
Lu 22:22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!
Even though God Predestined it to be done by Judas, yet man is still held accountable for his own selfish desires because he does not feel forced to do it. God moves man’s will in a way that He does not force a man to go against his will. We do not expeience predestination therefore can not excuse our actions or blame God because of it. God does as He pleases and though we may not understand, He is just in all He does.

Acts 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
Who believes? Only those ordained to!
Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (KJV)
2Tim 1:9 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, (KJV)
John 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

Mar 4:11 And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, 12 so that “they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven.”

Is 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. (KJV)
John 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. (KJV)
Heb 12:17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. (KJV)
2Ti 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

These don’t sound like free will because the Lord causes and gives man ability to believe and obey
Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.
Deu 30:6 And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. ESV
Eze 36:12 Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave them of men.
Eze 36:26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. ESV
Eze 36:36 Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it. 37 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.

John 3:27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.
John 5:21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will .
John 6:44 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. (KJV)
John 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. (KJV)
Mat_13:11 And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
Luk 8:10 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’

2Thes 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (KJV)

Matt 19:25-26 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? 26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

1Cor 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: (KJV)
The whole gospel plan that is preached was predestined before the world began. It was not an after thought due to Adam or anyone’s sin. The whole glorious gospel of redeeming love was ordained before the world. God knows the end from the beginning, there is nothing hid from Him because He has brought it to pass just as He wanted. It can not be that God looks into the future to see what one does then makes things happen because His new action would still change the future and someone else’s actions as a result. It is clear He causes what occurs. This is the Jehovah of the Bible. Is this the God you Worship?

The whole passage is great look at how god goes back and forth. You are dead, no have him pray for you and you will live, etc. Its all in the plan of God. He was never dead. But the figure of speech is, look you could be in jeopardy of death for what you are about to do.
And God kept him from it not his won will.
But yes he went along with it. So it is always both. God works through our will. So God determines it, then we decide it. Its god plan not some accident of man’s determining.

Gen 20:3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.”
4 Now Abimelech had not approached her. So he said, “Lord, will you kill an innocent people?
5 Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.”
6 Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her.
7 Now then, return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, so that he will pray for you, and you shall live. But if you do not return her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.”
Rom 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

Rom 8:29-30 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 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.

Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, (KJV)

What is so amazing is the play on words. The people did not seek God, they can’t, they are blind in sin. So how did they find if they did not seek. God did it. God gave them the ability. Who did it? I have shown Myself to those who did not ask.
Rom 10:20 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, “I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.”

John 2:23-24 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. 24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men. So for a man to believe in Jesus is not all it takes; He must be one predestined and chosen by the Father, whose name is already written in the book of life. It is all of God and all praise and glory goes to Him for His marvellous work of designing the plan and having mercy on some. Due to adam’s fall all men deserved hell. He did not have to save any. He chose them for his own purpose and gave them faith to believe; that all might see the greatest of all love in saving ones who didn’t deserve it, by His own son’s sacrifice.

Rev 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. (KJV)
Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (KJV)

Deut 4:2 You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. NKJV

Dt 29:4 Your eyes have seen all that the Lord did in Egypt to Pharaoh, to all his officials and to all his land. With your own eyes you saw those great trials, those miraculous signs and great wonders. But to this day the Lord has not given you a mind that understands or eyes that see or ears that hear.

Ps 139:4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. 5 You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; 12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
13 For You formed my inward parts;You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You,When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. NKJV

Can you reconcile the fact that everyone generally agrees that in heaven there will be no sin. Now does this mean that in our glory we have been deprived of this “freewill”? I don’t think so. Is man’s will free in heaven? And yet he cannot sin. So here fallen man, though his will is free it is limited so that until God changes his nature He is selfish and unwilling to seek God.

The kind of “freedom” this person is claiming to exist just does not exist. In heaven, no one will possess the freewill to sin. If we don’t have this sort of freewill in heaven, why should anyone claim we have it now on earth? Is this “freewill” the Arminian claims we possess now somehow stripped from us in Heaven, where we have been perfected, or is it more plausible we never possessed this Arminian concept of “freewill” in the first place?
John 17:2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.

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