8.1.2c ‘Infant Baptism’: The third great Anti-Christian error, introduced by Satan in FALSE RELIGIOUS ‘churches’ THAT SEPARATED FROM JESUS’ CHURCHES.

‘Infant Baptism’

     The third great error, 

introduced by Satan in the primitive churches

was that of ‘infant baptism’.


[p. 18]
It is very easy to see how ‘infant baptism’

would rapidly follow the FALSE doctrine

of ‘baptismal regeneration’.

If a FALSE CONCEPTION of ‘baptism’

 IMAGINES ‘baptism’ washes away sin and regenerates,

should it not be ‘applied’ as early as possible (?)

was the CARNAL Reasoning of men’s sin-cursed minds,

WITHOUT GOD, or THE BIBLE.

“People die because of sin.”

TRUE.

“Sometimes, Babies die.”

TRUE.

“Babies must have sin.”

TRUE.

So,…’baptize’ them quick

to ‘wash that sin away’

& ‘they will go to heaven if they die’.

ABSOLUTE

ETERNALLY FATAL LIES

of SATAN, himself,

THAT SATAN INTRODUCED,

as FALSE TEACHING, at this time, into

SATAN’S FALSE ‘CHURCHES’.  

This is the Carnal,

FINITE,  

reasoning with a sin-cursed mind,

WITHOUT GOD, or THE BIBLE, 

that Satan placed in the heads of many,

then and now.

   …

 This

ETERNALLY FATAL,

FALSE LIE, of ‘infant baptism’

error began,

probably at the start of the third century,

to be taught by some.

In this area of church history,

we are blessed with several worthy histories,

on the subject of

SATAN’S FALSE TEACHING of

 infant baptism’.

Check the Bibliography at the end of this notebook

for a partial listing.

The historians (most of them) are in agreement

that this practice originated about the third century.

    …

G. H. Orchard writes,

“We conclude this chapter with the words of Curcellus,

‘Paedobaptism was not known in the world

the two first ages after Christ;

in the third and fourth it was approved by few;

at length, in the fifth and following ages,

it began to obtain in divers places;

and therefore, we (paedobaptists)

observe this rite indeed,

as an ancient custom,

but not as an apostolic tradition.

The custom of baptizing infants

did not begin before the third age after Christ,

and that there appears not the least footstep of it

for the first two centuries.'”8

    …

This FALSE TEACHING

of ‘infant baptism’

is of the Devil

and

The FALSE TEACHING

of ‘infant baptism’

is evil beyond description.

D. B. Ray quotes J. Newton Brown

(from Baptist Martyrs).

“Infant baptism

is an error from beginning to end;

corrupt in theory,

and corrupting in practice;

born in superstition,

cradled in fear,

nursed in ignorance,

supported in fraud,

and spread by force:

doomed to die in the light of the historical investigation,

and its very memory to be bathed in all future ages

by a disabused church.

In the realms of despotism,

the exercise of absolute power, especially in a cruel and oppressive way

especially in a cruel and oppressive way,

The FALSE TEACHING

of ‘infant baptism’

has shed the blood of martyrs in torrents:

that blood cries against

This FALSE TEACHING

of ‘infant baptism’

to Heaven:

and a Long-suffering God

will yet be The Terrible Avenger. 

The book before us is a swift witness against

The FALSE TEACHING

of ‘infant baptism’.”9

     …

NOTE: Many, many churches 

opposed this error from the start.

Not all churches

were carried away by

the satanic invention

of ‘infant baptism’.

These who stood firm

were the True churches of our Lord.

[p. 19]

In the history, we are to study

we will see that these three errors

which the True churches stood against

brought them much persecution and death.

It is my opinion that the Roman Catholic Church

is built upon this unholy trinity of doctrine:

episcopal government,

baptismal regeneration,

and infant baptism.

These errors have led to hundreds more.

We detest and protest these doctrines.

We cry out against them as the arsenal of antichrist.

Our Baptist ancestors died crying out against them!

Can we do less?

Notes on Chapter Two

1 Baker’s Dictionary of Theology, page 184

– Article by Leon Morris. 

2 Mosheim’s Church History, pages 22-23.
3 Mosheim’s Church History, page 41.
4 Mosheim’s Church History, pages 63-64. 
5 Baptist Succession, pages 306-307. 
6 Baptist History, page 47. 
7 A History of the Baptists, volume 1, page 28. 
8 A Concise History of the Baptists, page 50. 
9 Baptist Succession, page 311. 


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9.0.intro iv: “Now these three remain, Faith, Hope, and Love”. JESUS’ RETURN is The END of The WORLD #4

Adapted from:

(Re)New(ed) Creation: The End of the Story 1

Michael W. Goheen

(Re)New(ed) Creation The End of the Story

 “Now these three remain,

‘Faith, Hope, and Love’

(I Corinthians 13:13)”.

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Aware of The Godhead 9.0.intro iv:

 JESUS’ RETURN is

The END of The WORLD #4

&

JESUS WILL JUDGE.

In a parable Jesus Speaks of The Judgement

in terms of a shepherd separating sheep from goats.

To those who fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty,

invited in the stranger, clothed the naked,

took care of the sick, and visited the prisoner,

the Shepherd-King will say,

‘Come, you who are Blessed by My Father;

take your Inheritance,

The Kingdom Prepared for you since The Creation of The World’

(Matthew 25:34-35).

To those who lived their lives for themselves

rather than others,

who didn’t do what the Righteous had done Jesus Says:

‘Depart from Me, you who are Cursed,

into The Eternal Fire

Prepared for the Devil and his angels’

(Matthew 25:41).

When God set out on the long road of Redemption

His Ultimate Destination was The Restoration of The Creation

to

again be His Kingdom.

In Jesus Christ that Goal was Accomplished

Making Certain that God Would Arrive at His Goal.

The Bible Shows us the Progressive March of God

toward that End.

It also Progressively Reveals

what that Final Consummation will be like.

In this chapter we look at where History is heading.

God Will Renew His Creation and

Restore His Creation

to submit to His Gracious Rule.

One might expect to find the Goal of History

narrated for us in the last book of the Bible–Revelation.

While The Book of Revelation

 does help us to understand The End of Time

we get glimpses of where

The Story of God’s Redemption is headed

throughout the entire Bible.

Many parts of Scripture give us windows to that Future.

And this is what we should expect.

From the Beginning God’s Mighty Acts

Move Toward a Goal and often that Goal becomes Visible.

The Importance of the Future Hope

Now these three remain’, says Paul,

‘Faith, Hope, and Love’

(I Corinthians 13:13).

Paul put a high priority on

‘Faith, Hope, and Love’

which are Three Major Aspects of Christian Life.

Faith is “the means by which we appropriate”

the Salvation Accomplished in Jesus Christ.

Love is the Virtue

that marks the Life of the Believing Community.

Hope is that Confident Expectation

that God’s Future Kingdom Will Come.

It is clear why Faith and Love are so important,

but why Hope?

Hope has Foundational Significance for the Christian Community

because

Hope Gives Meaning and Shape to Life in the Present.

…‘Meaningful action in history is possible

only when there is some vision of a future goal.’2

What we believe to be the Goal of History

gives meaning to our lives today.

For example,

if one believes the end of history is annihilation,

that there is no life beyond this one and

that the world and all humanity will be destroyed,

then that person

will seek to get all the pleasure out of life in the present.

…The consumerist and hedonist way of life in Western culture

is borne along by this view of the end of history.

This present life is all there is so

‘he who dies with the most toys wins.’

If someone believes that the end of history

will be a new world order

accomplished by science, technology, capitalist economics,

and democratic government,

that person will give themselves

to one or another of these things to work toward that goal.

We will also see in a moment that this is also true

for differing views of the End of Time within the Christian camp.

For example, if one believes that the earth will be destroyed

and we will live in a spiritual heaven forever,

there likely will be little interest in caring for the environment;

evangelism is the only activity with lasting significance.

However, if one believes that God will restore this earth

then care for his creation will be part of our mission

alongside evangelism.

Our view of the future matters because it shapes our lives today.

It is for this reason that Paul highlights Hope

along with Faith and Love.

Where we sink the anchor of our Hope matters;

our lives will be shaped by it.

But often we don’t give explicit attention

to the content of our Hope.

We carry an implicit and unexamined understanding

about where all of History is headed.

This vision is not always Biblical and

it affects our Mission in the World today.

So what does the Bible teach about The End of History? 3

1 This is an unused draft written as the last chapter

for Craig Bartholomew’s and my book

The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story.

The last chapter used is changed and considerably shorter.

2 Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, 114.

3 Hendrikus Berkhof helps us see the importance of the end

for the meaning of history

in Christ the Meaning of History.

See also Anthony Hoekema’s chapter ‘The Meaning of History’

in The Bible and the Future,

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans (1979), 23-40.

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9.0.Intro iii: JESUS’ RETURN IS THE END OF THE WORLD #3

 

I will write about

JESUS’ RETURN

Being 

THE END OF THE WORLD

and the related Pertinent Subject Matter

regarding ‘The End Times’,

Revealed by The Triune Godhead,

which He May Bless us to be Aware of,

such as;

The End Times, in General,

The Last Battle

and then,

The Final ‘Consummation’ of All Things

AND…?

The New Heaven

and

The New Earth.

We will aim to be considerate, humble,

and Bible-Driven

( which leaves out ‘bright ideas’

that humans have about these

Elements of The End Times,

Not SEEN in The Bible Record ).

Most of the People

that I have hung out with are gone.

I Don’t know where they are,

but we are here

and

if God Enables and Allows us

to

Set Under the Writings of His Eternal Word;

that

GIVES HIM GLORY and BRAGS ON HIS SON

and

WORSHIPS THE HOLY SPIRIT,

by

TRUSTING HIM, as GOD,

TO LEAD US to HIS TRUTH

and

GIVE US COMFORT,

in these Last Days,

Let’s Do This

May God less you, Alan Gross

JESUS’ RETURN
IS THE END OF THE WORLD #3

In Romans 8:19-23 we see that

JESUS CHRIST’S RETURN

( Parousίa )
also Signals

The ‘Resurrection’ of the Cosmos

or
The ‘Re-Creation’ of the Cosmos

into
The New Heavens and The New Earth.

“For the earnest expectation
of the creature waits
for the Manifestation
of the sons of God.

“Because the creature
was made subject to vanity,
not willingly,
but by reason of him
who hath subjected
the same in hope,

“Because the creature itself
also, Will be Delivered
from the bondage of corruption
into the Glorious Liberty
of the children of God.

“Because we know
that the Whole Creation
groans and travails in pain
together until now.

“And not only they,
but ourselves also, which have
the first fruits of the Spirit,
even we ourselves
groan within ourselves,
waiting for the adoption,
to wit,
the Redemption of our body.”

In other words,

Jesus Christ’s Second Coming
Encompasses:

1. His Return in Glory,

2. The Destruction of His enemies

3. The Resurrection of the Righteous

and

4. The Resurrection of the Wicked,

5. The Destruction of the Cosmos by Fire,

and

The Recreation of the Cosmos

into

6. The New Heavens

and

7. The New Earth.

*****

JESUS’ RETURN IS THE END OF THE WORLD #3

and Encompasses:

The Recreation of THE NEW EARTH.

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9.0 < NT #22: In Bible Prophecy, "Where are we?" and "What is God Doing?", BESIDES NOT ALWAYS, ‘Answering to us’, about All Our Questions?(!)

my-people

“THE END TIMES”

Audio Teaching Here:

Covenant Theology & Prophecy.

When using the word, “es·cha·tol·o·gy”,
pronounced ˌeskəˈtäləjē,
in the above Audio,

ESCHATOLOGY

is the part of Theology, i.e., 
the part of

“The Study of God”

concerned with

“THE END TIMES”,

Death, Judgment,
and The Final Destiny of the Souls of Mankind.
Every time you hear,

“ESCHATOLOGY”,

think:

“THE END TIMES”

and

“THE LAST DAYS”.

And the word,

“Ah-Millennialism”

refers to

The Current Spiritual

Reign of Jesus, from Heaven,

OVER:

ALL WORLD AFFAIRS

and

THE KINGDOM of GOD,

WITHIN THE SPIRITUALLY SAVED SOULS

of GOD’S CHILDREN on EARTH.

AND:

“I Will Be your God

and

you Will Be My People.”

*****

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Reference Scriptures

( apart from Audio Teaching above).

God Promises Deliverance
“Say, therefore, to the sons of Israel ( those souls that God Saves, i.e., “The Israel of God”, from The Old and New Testament), ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. Then I will take you for My people, and I will be your God; and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, Who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you to the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you for a possession; I am the LORD.'”…

Cross References
Genesis 17:7
“I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.

Genesis 17:8
“I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

Exodus 2:11
Now it came about in those days, when Moses had grown up, that he went out to his brethren and looked on their hard labors; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren.

Exodus 16:6
So Moses and Aaron said to all the sons of Israel, “At evening you will know that the LORD has brought you out of the land of Egypt;

Exodus 16:12
“I have heard the grumblings of the sons of Israel; speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread; and you shall know that I am the LORD your God.'”

Exodus 19:5
‘Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine;

Exodus 29:45
“I will dwell among the sons of Israel and will be their God.

Leviticus 11:44
‘For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. And you shall not make yourselves unclean with any of the swarming things that swarm on the earth.

Leviticus 11:45
‘For I am the LORD who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God; thus you shall be holy, for I am holy.'”

Deuteronomy 4:20
“But the LORD has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, from Egypt, to be a people for His own possession, as today.

Treasury of Scripture

And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, which brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

will take

Exodus 19:5,6 Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, …

Genesis 17:7,8 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your seed …

Deuteronomy 4:20 But the LORD has taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron …

Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God: the LORD your God …

Deuteronomy 14:2 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has …

Deuteronomy 26:18 And the LORD has avouched you this day to be his peculiar people, …

2 Samuel 7:23,24 And what one nation in the earth is like your people, even like Israel, …

Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of …

Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of …

1 Peter 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: …

I will be

Exodus 29:45,46 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God…

Deuteronomy 29:13 That he may establish you to day for a people to himself, and that …

Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine …

Matthew 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? …

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Hebrews 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: why God …

Revelation 21:3,7 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle …

from under

Exodus 5:4,5 And the king of Egypt said to them, Why do you, Moses and Aaron, …

Psalm 81:6 I removed his shoulder from the burden:

his hands were delivered from the pots.

obey-him

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9.0 < NT #21 b: Interpreting Bible Prophecy, Part #2.

AWARE of The GODHEAD 9.0 < NT #21 b:

Audio Teaching:

Interpreting Bible Prophecy, Part #2.

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9.0 < NT #21 a: Interpreting Bible Prophecy, Part #1.

AWARE of The GODHEAD 9.0 < NT #21 a:

Audio Teaching:

Interpreting Bible Prophecy

Part #1.

With

HERMENEUTICS,

The Science of Interpretation

her·me·neu·tics
hərməˈn(y)o͞odiks/
being, “The Art of Interpreting a text”,
 especially of the Bible or literary texts.
The Audio discusses ‘Pre-Suppositions”
that we all may have,
WHICH WILL COLOR OUR
“INTERPRETATION”,
UNLESS WE RECOGNIZE THEM.

DIVINE KEY:

The Reason there are

‘so many major schools of thought’,

regarding the basic ‘Interpretation’ of

THE END TIMES, THE LAST DAYS,

“The Thousand Years” of Revelation Chapter 20, etc.,

is that there are

DIFFERENT METHODS of “INTERPRETATION” USED,

by various groups.

O.K., everybody knows that, but do they know this?

All of these Groups

ASSUME

that What they Beleive is Obvious,

on the face of the text and,

“Hey, IT JUST JUMPS OUT AT YOU,

FROM THE BIBLE”.

So, Hold On:

ALL these DIFFERENT Views

ALL

“JUMP RIGHT OUT”,

OF GOD’S WORD?

That Leaves a Bigger Question Mark 

than we could ever

JUST PUT ON ONE

“INTERPRETATION”.

They ALL

CAN’T ALL BE “RIGHT”.

THUS, We Dismiss 

the “Jumps Right Out” Theory 

and …. ???

BE HONEST.

There you go.

hear-jesus

That is The Divine Key.

WHAT DOES GOD SAY ???

Well, let’s read and Study and

LEARN HOW to DETERMINE

The DIVINE INTERPRETATION.

The What ???…

The “BE HONEST”

AND

SEE WHAT GOD SAYS

Process of Interpretation.

What DOES He

WANT US to UNDERSTAND?

…..

That is why “It is Written”.

“This is My Beloved Son,

HEAR YE HIM.”

*****

“Mark 9:6 Because they were all so terrified

that Peter did not know what else to say.

Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them,

and a voice came from the cloud:

“This is My belovedSon. Listen to Him!”

Suddenly, when they looked around,

they saw no one with them except Jesus.…”

Listen to Him!

*****

Audio Teaching:

Interpreting Bible Prophecy

Part #1.

 

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9.0 < NT Intro #20 b: "A SIGN of THE TIMES" ( The "Ah-Millennial" Current Spiritual Reign of Jesus ).

“A SIGN of THE TIMES” 

Audio Teaching here.

We want to speak of “Future Things”,

while NOT “Predicting The Future”.

We want to View The Bible verses

AS FAR AS THE BIBLE “GOES”

and No Further.

The Audio above

Discusses the following 5 Topics.

1. What Common “End Time Teachings”

are NOT Supported by Scripture? 

2. What did Jesus and

the other New Testament Writers

SAY about “The End Times”?

3. Jesus Reigns NOW,

Spiritually from Heaven,

IN THE KINGDOM of THE SON

&

Jesus Reigns

FOREVER, IN HEAVEN,

IN THE COMING KINGDOM of GOD,

after JESUS RETURNS.

4. “SIGNS of The TIMES”;

What does the Bible Predict?

is yet to be Fulfilled?

 5 a. What about

The Natural Nation of Israel

being back in The Land of Palestine

&

5 b. What is The Role of Islam?

*****

sign-of-the-times

AWARE of The GODHEAD

9.0 < NT Intro #20 b:

“A SIGN of THE TIMES”

( The “Ah-Millennial”

Current Spiritual Reign of Jesus ).

the-last-days

We INTERPRET The Bible

according to what THE BIBLE SAYS,

and therefore, WHAT GOD SAYS.

In other words,

“What does The Bible SAY

AND THEREFORE

WHAT DOES The Bible MEAN ?,

BY:

Comparing All Bible Passages

that Teach

1. God’s Eternal Activities and Covenants,

from ETERNITY PAST,

2. God’s Activities in Creation,

3. Who God is, PERSONALLY,

4. How a Child of God is

Spiritual Enabled to Worship God,

5. Jesus Work in Salvation,

6. The Eternal Majesty of Jesus,

as The GODHEAD BODILY,

7. The Blessings of Grace that

God Gives His Children,

8. The churches that Jesus Built

during His Ministry on Earth

9. The Spiritual Harmony of

The Book of Revelation,

with The Rest of The Bible,

AND

JESUS CURRENT SPIRITUAL REIGN,

then,

10. “The End of Time”

and “THE AFTERLIFE”,

while still having All Old Testament

and New Testament verses AGREE,

AND FIT !! TOGETHER !!

“LIKE A HAND IN A GLOVE”.

THE ONE WAY

that these various Bible Subject-matter

can ALL FIT TOGETHER,

with ONE ANOTHER and

Make PERFECT SENSE;

WE SIMPLY DO AS GOD SAID:

“This is My Beloved Son,

Hear Ye HIM !”

sign-2

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“Jesus is Currently Reigning,

SPIRITUALLY from HEAVEN”.

heaven

AWARE of The GODHEAD 9.0 < NT Intro #20 a:

What is The “Jesus is Currently Reigning,

Spiritually, from HEAVEN” code-word ?

( “Ah-Millennial” ).

Let’s do this.

We are going to look at,

“Jesus Current Reign”,

from Heaven, with The Holy Spirit’s

Almighty Spiritual Power

and

“The End Times”,

concerning,

“The End of The World”,

taught in The Bible AND

The New Heaven and New Earth

JESUS WILL CREATE.

We DO NOT ‘Speculate’ about

‘What SOME Current Event is,

when it comes to The BIBLE’.

In other words,

NOT:

“Where are Today’s ‘News Stories’

in The Bible” (?)

We INTERPRET The Bible

according to what THE BIBLE SAYS,

and therefore, WHAT GOD SAYS.

In other words,

“What does The Bible SAY

AND THEREFORE

WHAT DOES The Bible MEAN ?,

BY:

Comparing All Bible Passages

that Teach

1. God’s Eternal Activities and Covenants,

from ETERNITY PAST,

2. God’s Activities in Creation,

3. Who God is, PERSONALLY,

4. How a Child of God is

Spiritual Enabled to Worship God,

5. Jesus Work in Salvation,

6. The Eternal Majesty of Jesus,

as The GODHEAD BODILY,

7. The Blessings of Grace that

God Gives His Children,

8. The churches that Jesus Built

during His Ministry on Earth

9. The Spiritual Harmony of

The Book of Revelation,

with The Rest of The Bible,

AND

JESUS CURRENT SPIRITUAL REIGN,

then,

10. “The End of Time”

and “THE AFTERLIFE”,

while still having All Old Testament

and New Testament verses AGREE,

AND FIT !! TOGETHER !!

“LIKE A HAND IN A GLOVE”.

THE ONE WAY

that these various Bible Subject-matter

can ALL FIT TOGETHER,

with ONE ANOTHER and

Make PERFECT SENSE;

WE SIMPLY DO AS GOD SAID:

“This is My Beloved Son,

Hear Ye HIM !”

THAT is what God would have us to understand.
We are Enabled to WORSHIP GOD
ACCORDING to What JESUS SAYS and MEANS.
THESE “BIBLE TEACHINGS of JESUS”
are handled in a little depth,
so please feel free to ASK for clarifications
about the BIG, Major Questions, you are curious about.
INTRODUCTION:

What is Ah-Millennial-ism ??

PLAY AUDIO HERE.

*****

NOTE:

“THE END TIMES”

is spoken of in this Audio, above,

by the word:

“Eschatology”,

which means:

“Study of the End Times.”

jesus-reigns-from-heaven

Adapted from

Amillennialism 101

(Kim Riddlebarger)

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3.0.1 b: The ‘god’ of many ‘churches’ is NOT The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, but maudlin sentimentality.

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AWARE of The GODHEAD 3.0.1

The Godhead of God!

What is meant by the expression? 

This is meant: The Omnipotency of God,

The Absolute Sovereignty of God. 

When we speak of the Godhead of God

 we affirm that God is God. 

We affirm that God

is something more than an empty title:

 that God 

is something more than a mere figurehead:

 that God 

is something more than a far-distant Spectator,

 looking helplessly on at the suffering

which sin has wrought. 

When we speak of the Godhead of God we affirm that

 He is “King of kings and Lord of lords.”

 …

We affirm that God 

is something more than a disappointed, 

dissatisfied, defeated Being

who is filled with benevolent desires but lacking in power to carry them out

When we speak of the Godhead of God we affirm that 

 we affirm that 

He is “The Most High.” 

We affirm that God is something more than One 

who has endowed man with the power of choice

and because He has done this is therefore,

 unable to compel man to do His bidding. 

We affirm that God is something more than One

 who has waged a protracted war with the Devil

and has been ‘worsted’. 

When we speak of the Godhead of God

 we affirm that He is the Almighty.

To speak of the Godhead of God then,

is to say that God is on the Throne, 

on the Throne as a fact and not as a say so; 

on a Throne that is High Above all. 

To speak of the Godhead of God is to say

that the Helm is in His hand 

and that He is Steering

 according to His Own Good Pleasure. 

To speak of the Godhead of God

is to say that He is the Potter,

 that we are the clay,

 and that out of the clay He Shapes one

as a Vessel to Honor

 and another

as a vessel to dishonor

According to His Own Sovereign Rights.

 To speak of the Divine Despot Doing

 “according to His Will in the Army of Heaven, 

and among the inhabitants of the Earth; 

and none can stop His Hand, 

or say to Him, “what are You Doing?”

 ( Daniel 4:35).

Therefore, to speak of the Godhead of God

 is to give The Mighty Creator His Rightful Place;

 it is to recognize His Exalted Majesty;

it is to own His Universal Scepter.

The Godhead of God Stands 

at the base of Divine Revelation:

 “in The Beginning God” — 

in Solemn Majesty, Eternal,

Un-Caused, Self-Sufficient.

This is the Foundation Doctrine, 

and upon this Foundation Doctrine

that GOD is The Solemn Majesty, Eternal,

Un-Caused, Self-Sufficient.

all other Doctrines must be built, 

and any other Doctrine which is not built upon it 

will inevitably fail and fall in the day of testing.

 At the beginning of all True Theology

lies The Postulate that God is God —

 Absolute and Irresistible. 

It must be so. 

Without The Postulate that God is God 

we face a closed door: 

with The Postulate that God is God 

we have a Key which unlocks every Mystery.

This is True of Creation;

 exclude an Almighty God 

and nothing is left but blind and illogical materialism. 

This is true of Revelation:

 the Bible is the Solitary Miracle in the realm of literature;

 exclude God from it and you have a Miracle 

and no Miracle-Worker to Produce it.

 This is True of Salvation.

Salvation is “of the Lord,” entirely so; 

exclude God from any aspect or part of Salvation,

and Salvation vanishes. 

This is true of History, for history is His story:

 it is the Outworking in Time of His eternal purpose;

 exclude God from History 

and all is meaningless and purposeless.

 The Absolute Godhead of God is the Only Guaranty

 that in the end,

it Will be Fully and Finally Demonstrated that God is 

“All in all”

 ( 1 Corinthians 15:28).

 “In the beginning God.”

 This is not only the first word of Holy Scripture

 but it must be the firm axiom of all true philosophy — 

the philosophy of human history, for example. 

Instead of beginning with man and his World 

and attempting to reason back to God, 

we must begin with God 

and reason forward to man and his World.

 It is a failure to do this

which leaves unsolved the “riddle of the universe.” 

Begin with the World as it is today

and try to reason back to God, 

and what is the result? 

If you are honest of heart and logical of mind, this —

If we, “Begin with the World as it is today

and try to reason back to God”, and

“the result” is

that God has little

or nothing at all to do with the World. 

But begin with God 

and reason forward to the World as it is today

 and much light is cast on the problem. 

Because God is Holy, 

His Anger Burns against sin. 

Because God is Righteous, 

His Judgments fall on those who rebel against Him.

 Because God is Faithful, 

the Solemn Threatenings of His Word

are being Fulfilled. 

Because God is Omnipotent, 

no problem can master Him, 

no enemy can defeat Him,

and no Purpose of His can be withstood. 

It is just because God is Who He is 

and what He is that we now behold what we do —

 the Gathering Clouds of the Storm of Divine Wrath 

which will shortly Burst upon the Earth.

 “For of Him,

and through Him and to Him, 

are all things” 

( Romans 11:36).

In the Beginning — God. 

In the Center — God. 

At the End — God. 

But as soon as this is insisted upon

 men will stand up 

and tell you what they think about God. 

They will prate about God 

working inconsistently with His own Character,

 as though a worm of the earth

was capable of determining what was consistent

 and what was inconsistent with the Divine Perfections.

People will say with an air of profound wisdom

 that God must deal Justly with His creatures,

 which is true, of course,

but who is able to define Divine Justice

 or any other of God’s Attributes?

 …

The truth is that

man is utterly incompetent 

for forming a proper estimate

of God’s Character and Ways,

 and it is because of this  

that God has given us a Revelation of His Mind, 

and in that Revelation He Plainly Declares;

 …

“Because My Thoughts are not your thoughts, 

neither are your ways My Ways, Says the Lord. 

Because as the Heavens are Higher than the Earth, 

so are My Ways Higher than your ways, 

and My Thoughts than your thoughts”

 ( Isaiah 55:8,9).

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In view of such a Scripture as this

it is only to be expected

 that much of the contents of the Bible 

‘conflicts with the sentiments of the carnal mind’

which is

 “enmity against God,” 

meaning Mankind’s

“CARNAL MIND is an ENEMY of GOD”. 

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And further: in view of such a Scripture as the above,

 we need not be surprised that much of human history

 is so perplexing to our understandings.

The natural world, to begin a simple example, 

presents sufficient problems to humble man, 

were it not that he was blinded by pride. 

Why should there be diseases and remedies for them?

 Why poisons and their antidotes? 

Why rats and mice, and cats to kill them?

 Why not have left un-made the evils,

 and then no necessity for the instruments

 to remove them! 

Ah, why are we so slow 

to learn that God’s Ways are Different from ours? 

And when we enter the human realm

the mystery deepens.

 What is man placed here for at all? 

To learn some lesson or lessons

or to undergo some test 

or experience which he could not learn

or undergo elsewhere?

 If so, then

why is such a large proportion of the race

removed in infancy, 

before such lessons can be learned 

and such experiences be gained?

 …

Why indeed! 

Such questions as these

might be multiplied indefinitely,

 but sufficient has been said to point out

the

manifest limitations of human wisdom.

 And if we are confronted with insolvable problems 

in the domain of nature

 and of human existence, what of the Divine realm! 

Who can fathom the Ways of the Almighty? 

Can you by searching Find Out God?

 No indeed. 

“Clouds and Darkness 

are Round about Him” 

( Psalm 97:2).

If God were not a Mystery

He would not be God to us.

But why write in this strain? 

Surely the need of our day 

 is for that which will strengthen Faith,

 not that which paralyzes it. 

True; but what is Faith? 

we mean faith in the abstract.

 Faith is, essentially, an attitude rather than an act:

 it is that which lies behind the act.

 Faith is an attitude of dependency,

of recognized weakness. 

Faith is a coming to the end of ourselves

and looking outside of ourselves — 

away from ourselves. 

Faith is that which gives God His Proper Place.

 And if we give God His Proper Place,

we must take our proper place, 

and that is in the dust. 

And what is there that will bring the haughty, 

self-sufficient creature into the dust so quickly

 as a sight of the Godhead of God! 

Nothing is so humbling to the human heart 

as a true recognition

of The Absolute Sovereignty of God. 

So then, instead of seeking to weaken faith,

 we write to promote and strengthen it. 

The chief trouble is

that so much that passes for faith today 

is really only 

maudlin sentimentality.

 The faith of Christendom in this twentieth century

is mere credulity, 

and the “god” of many of our churches

 is not the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

 but a mere figment of the imagination.

 Modern theology has invented a “god” 

which the finite mind can understand,

 whose ways are pleasing to the natural man,

 a “god” who is altogether 

“such a one as”

 ( Psalm 50:21)

 those who profess to worship him’,

 a “god” concerning whom

there is little or no mystery.

 But how different is the God

which the Holy Scriptures reveal!

 Of Him it is Said, His Ways are

 “Past Finding Out” 

( Romans 11:33).

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3.0.1 a: What is meant by, ‘THE GODHEAD OF GOD’?

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Adapted from 

THE GODHOOD OF GOD

by Arthur W. Pink

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 The Godhead of God!

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What is meant by this expression?

 That which is popular today in the colleges,

in the pulpits, and in the press,

is the ‘dignity’, the ‘power’,

and the ‘attainments’ of man. 

You’ve heard the bragging.

But this is only the corrupt result

 that has issued from

the ‘Evolutionary’ teachings

from which

‘man’ HAS NOT ‘EVOLVED’.

When the sin-cursed minds of men (?)

accepted the Darwinian hypothesis,

which excluded God

from the realm of Creation,

it was only to be expected

that more and more 

God would be banished 

from the realm of human affairs.

This has proven to be the case.

To the twenty-first-century

sin-cursed mind 

God is little more than an abstraction,

an impersonal “First Cause,”

or ‘if a Being at all’,

One far removed from this world

and having little or nothing

to do with mundane affairs.

The Sin-cursed reasoning of Man

dreams he is a “god” unto himself.

Modern Individual who are ‘reasoning’

with a sin-cursed mind

imagines themselves as a “free agent”

and ‘therefore’

the regulator of his own life

 and the determiner of his own destiny.

Such was the Devil’s lie at the beginning —

“You will be as God”

( Genesis 3:5).

However, from human speculation

and Satanic insinuation, 

we turn to See God

from His Divine Revelation.

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