0.3a of 50: “The Lord is not Slack concerning His Promise,…but is Long Suffering to US-WARD, not Willing that any” of US-WARD “should Perish”

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Deuteronomy 5:29;

“O that they had such a heart

in them

that they would Fear Me,

and

Keep all My Commandments

always…”

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I.   These Passionate Desires of God

“that there was such a heart

in them

that they would fear Me”

for the good of these people, to

“keep all My Commandments

always,

that it might be well with them,

and with their children forever.”

are

‘said’ to be irreconcilable

with His Decrees of Election and Reprobation.

 

And then supposing that 

God’s Decrees of Election and Reprobation

to be True

these Decrees are then

‘said’ to be hypocritical:

So, to these assertions

that God Desires

for the good of these people,

are ‘irreconcilable’

with His Decrees of Election

and Reprobation

and that

they are then ‘are hypocritical’:

may be replied;

1.   For God

to Passionately Wish Good Things,

AND even Salvation itself,

for some Individual souls of Mankind,

and then

for God

to Passionately NOT Wish Good Things,

OR, even Salvation itself,

on all Individual souls of Mankind,

without exception,

are in no way contrary,

to The Doctrine of Election,

but are Both Perfectly Agreeable

to The Doctrine of Election.

If anything is said as an accusation

 against that Doctrine,

it ought to be said and proven,

that

‘God has Passionately

Desired the Salvation

of all mankind’;

Then when we view these words

“that there was such a heart

in them

that they would fear Me”

for the good of these people, to

“keep all My Commandments

always,

that it might be well with them,

and with their children forever.”

we see that they can be no proof,

that

‘God has Passionately

Desired the Salvation

of all mankind’;

since these words are Said by God

only with regard the people of Israel,

who we read

in Deuteronomy 7:7

were the

“fewest

of all people”.

Deuteronomy 7:7

“The LORD

did not set His Love on you,

nor Choose you,

because you were

more in number

than any people;

because you were 

the fewest of all people.”

As for those Scriptures

which represent God

as Willing

all men to be saved”; 

FOR EXAMPLE:

1 Timothy 2:3-5;

3 “This is Good and Pleasing

in the Sight of God our Savior,

4 “Who Desires all men to Be Saved

 and to Come to

 the Knowledge of the Truth. 

5 “Because there is One God

and One Mediator

between God and men,

the Man Christ Jesus,…”

where

“all men”

will mean,

“all kinds of men”,

including

JEWS AND GENTILES,

in other words,

“God our Savior,

Who Desires all men to be Saved”

with “all men”,

meaning

NOT JUST JEWISH MEN

but,

JEWS AND GENTILES.

And in 2 Peter 3:9;

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise 

as someunderstand slowness, 

but is Patient with you,

 not wanting anyone to perish”, 

but everyone to come to repentance”,

which would need to be read as;

“The Lord…

is Patient with you,

 not wanting 

anyone” OF YOU “to perish”, 

… 

And it may helpful

to see this same Scripture in a more accurate

and precise Translation

from The King James; 

“The Lord is not slack

concerning His Promise,

as some men count slackness;

but is Longsuffering

to us-ward,

not Willing

that any should Perish,

but that all should come to Repentance.”

I Believe God

would Have us Understand

that He is Saying;

“The Lord is not Slack

concerning His Promise,…

but is Long Suffering

to US-WARD,

not Willing that any”

> OF US-WARD <

“should Perish”.

*****

So, in these Passages,

nor in any other Passages in The Bible,

can be seen any proof,

that

‘God has Passionately

Desired the Salvation

of all mankind’;

AND

that these Passages are

in no way contrary,

to The Doctrine of Election.

AND

THAT THEY ARE ALSO ALL

Perfectly Agreeable

to The Doctrine of Election.

 “everyone

that Believes…” 

*****

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0.2 of 50: “My Spirit Will Not Always Strive with man”, however, This Special ‘Day of Grace’ God’s Elect are in now, Will Change into The Everlasting Day of Glory.

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Section 2

—An Examination of:

—Genesis 6:3.

“And the Lord Said,

My Spirit Will Not Always

Strive with man,

since that he also is flesh;

yet his days will be

an hundred and twenty years.”

                                                                        

I. It will be necessary,

in order to understand the sense of this text,

to inquire,

Who is meant by the Spirit of God; 

and whether the Holy Ghost,

the Third Person in the Trinity,

is intended to be meant or not.

1. Some of the Jewish writers ‘think’,

that the soul of man is intended;

by 

“My Spirit Will Not Always

Strive with man,”

which is called not only the spirit of man,

but also the Spirit of God;

as in those words of Job,

“All the while my breath is in me,

and the Spirit of God

is in my nostrils.”

(Job 27:3).

Some of them derive the word dg

translated strive, from zry,

which signifies the scabbard of a sword,

and say,

what the scabbard is to the sword,

that the body is to the soul;

and give this as the sense of the words; 

“My Spirit Will Not Always

Strive with man,”, to mean: 

“My Spirit,

or the soul which I have put into man,

shall not always abide in him

as a sword in its scabbard;

I will unsheath it, I will draw it out;

he shall not live always, seeing he is flesh,

corrupt, given up to carnal lusts;

yet his days, or term of life,

which I will now shorten,

shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

Another of them delivers the sense of the words

“My Spirit Will Not Always

Strive with man,”

to this purpose;

“My Spirit, which I have breathed into man,

shall not be any more

in contention with the body;

for it does not delight in

nor receive profit from the desires of the body;

because the body is drawn after beastly desires,

and that because it is flesh,

and its desires are plunged

and fixed in the propagation of the flesh;

however,

I will prolong their days

one hundred and twenty years;

and if they return by repentance,

very well;

but if not,

I will destroy them from the world.

The Targum paraphrases the words

“My Spirit Will Not Always

Strive with man,”

thus,

“This wicked generation

will not be established before Me

Forever.”

2. Other Jewish thinkers, as Sol Jarchi,

understand

“My Spirit Will Not Always

Strive with man,”

as if God Himself,

is Saying,

within Himself,

in this paraphrased depiction; 

“My Spirit, which is within Me,

will not always be,

as it were, in a tumult,

or contention about man,

whether I shall spare him, or destroy him,

as it has been a long time,

but it will be no longer so;

I will let man know

that I am not fluctuating

between Mercy and Judgment,

but am at a point,

being determined to punish him,

since he is wholly given up to carnal pleasures,

when I Have Spared him 

a hundred and twenty years more.”

This sense, above, of the words

“My Spirit Will Not Always

Strive with man,”

is widely received among learned men.

And if either of these senses is received,

the reasonings in their minds 

of the professed lost,

Spiritually blind Arminians from these words,

in favor of any branch of their scheme

fall to the ground;

because their ‘thinking’ has been affected

by the curse of Adam’s fall,

which placed all human thinking in the flesh

and

“to The Law and to The Testimony,

if they speak not according to this word

it is because there is no light in them”

but I am willing to allow,

3. That by ‘the Spirit of God’,

we are to understand the Holy Ghost;

so Jonathan Ben Uzziel, in his Targum,

expressly calls Him;

and I am the rather induced

to believe this to be the meaning of the phrase;

since the apostle Peter,

when he speaks of Christ being

“put to Death in the flesh,

and Quickened by the Spirit,”

which is to be understood of the Holy Spirit,

adds,

“by which”,

that is, ‘by which Spirit’,

also he went and preached

to the spirits in prison,

which sometimes were disobedient,

when once the long-suffering of God

waited in the days of Noah,

(1 Peter 3:18-20.)

which words refer to those in Genesis,

and are the best key to them,

and comment on them.

I proceed to consider,

II. Whether the Holy Spirit

was in the men of the old world,

since, as it is observed,

the words may be rendered,

“My Spirit

Will Not Always Strive in man;”

and whether it may be concluded from hence,

that the Spirit of God is in every man,

from whom he may wholly remove

through man’s misconduct.

1. The Spirit of God is everywhere,

in every creature, and so in every man,

as he is the omnipresent God;

hence says the Psalmist,

“Whither Will I fly

from Your Spirit?”

(Psalm 139:7.)

The Spirit of God may also be in some persons

by His Gifts natural or Divine,

and that either in an ordinary

or in an extraordinary way,

or by some operations of His on the mind;

which are not of a Saving Nature,

nor designed to a Saving Purpose;

,,,

And in one or other of these senses,

the Manifestation of the Spirit

is Given to every man to Profit withal;

(1 Corinthians 12:7);

and the Spirit may be said

to be both in the men of the old world,

in THE OLD TESTAMENT

and in THE NEW TESTAMENT

2. However,

That ‘The Spirit of God

is in every man in a Way of Special Grace

and to Saving Purposes,

provided they ‘behave’ well,

must be denied;

because every unconverted man

is destitute of the Spirit;

Were the Spirit, in this sense, in every man,

the Indwelling of the Spirit

would be no evidence of Regeneration;

With the difference between:

a Regenerate and an unregenerate man

lying in this,

the

Regenerate one has

the Spirit of God

REGENERATED & BORN INTO

and LIVING IN THEIR SOUL

,

while the unregenerate soul

does not have the Spirit of God 

COMING INTO THEIR SOUL TO LIVE

and

MAKE THEM ALIVE, SPIRITUALLY, to GOD,

WHO is SPIRIT.

Hence,

3. It is easy to judge

in what sense the Spirit of God does,

and does not depart

where he once is.

Where

The Spirit of God

is only Present by His Gifts

or External Operations,

He may wholly Remove,

He May Take Away those Gifts,

or Cease from those Works,

in that individual;

And those individuals,

notwithstanding these Gifts

that were Enabled in them,

may be Everlastingly lost;

But where

The Spirit of God

is by His Special Supernatural,

Spiritually Giving Grace,

The Spirit of God

never totally departs,

though he may withdraw

His Gracious Presence

of OBVIOUS INFLUENCE for a time;

The Spirit of God’s

INDWELLING PRESENCE STILL LIVES

in THE REGENERATED,

BORN AGAIN, SOUL.

The Spirit of God’s people

may not be Indulged with His Joys and Comforts,

and in their apprehension,

The Spirit of God

may ‘seem’ to be taken away from them,

yet He Always Lives in THE CHILD of GOD,

RE-BORN from ABOVE,

by

The Spirit of God, Himself.

Otherwise, Christ’s Prayers

for His Perpetual Continuance with His people

would not be Answered;

Nor would the Spirit’s Indwelling in their Soul

be a Security of the saints’ Perseverance

nor any Certain Pledge of their Future Glory.

To add no more,

the words of the text DO NOT speak

of the Spirit’s Being in, much less ‘Living in’

‘all’ the people

of The Old Testament

but of his striving with them.

Therefore the next inquiry

III. Is, what is meant

by the Strivings of the Spirit?

and

whether it is meant that

even with ‘the Strivings of the Spirit’

that

The Holy Spirit May ‘Strive’ with people

and

through that individual’s neglect of him,

or opposition to him,

The Holy Spirit

doesn’t Accomplish a WORK?

1, The Hebrew word zwd, here used,

signifies to judge, to execute judgment,

or punish in a righteous way;

And so some read the words,

“My Spirit

Will not Judge these men Forever”

or, as if God was Saying,

“I Will not Reserve them to Everlasting Torments;

I Will Punish them here in this World;

because they are flesh, frail sinful creatures;

as we see God Say, in

“I Will not Contend Forever,

neither Will I Always Be Wroth;

because the Spirit should fail before Me,

and the souls which I have Made”

(Isaiah 57:16)

or rather the sense is according to this version,

“My Spirit

Will not Exercise Judgment on them Forever,”

IN THIS LIFE, that is, immediately,

directly, at this very instant;

Even though they are so corrupt,

“I Will Give them the space

of one hundred and twenty years

to Repent in;

and after that, if they repent not,

I Will Deliver them Up to Destruction”,

which accordingly was the event of things

THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED, AFTERWARD.

.

2. The word here translated “strive”

signifies also to litigate a point,

or reason in a cause;

God “strives” with individuals,

 to litigate a point,

or reason in a cause;

before the situation concerning their soul

is Ripe for Judgment,

or 

God “strives” with individuals,

 to litigate a point,

or reason in a cause;

before their soul is Called

to the Execution of Judgment.

Now the Spirit of God

had been Litigating

and Reasoning with these men

in the court

and at the bar of their own consciences,

about their sins,

by one providence or another,

and by one minister or another;

particularly by Noah,

a Preacher of Righteousness,

and that WITH NO RESULT.

Hence God, The Holy Spirit,

Determines to go on no longer in this Way,

but to Proceed to Pass

and Execute the Sentence of Condemnation

on thoses souls,

since they were so very corrupt,

being nothing else but flesh.

However,

for God to Show His Clemency and Forbearance,

HeGgrants them a Reprieve

for one hundred and twenty years;

..

That

“one hundred and twenty years”

Period of Time

 is that

Longsuffering of God

the Apostle Speaks of,

that waited in the Days of Noah,

while the Ark was Preparing.

(1 Peter 3:20).

Hence it appears,

that the ‘strivings’

of the Spirit of God with these men,

were only by the external ministry of the word,

and in a way of moral suasion,

which came to nothing,

because The Preaching of Noah

WAS NOT HEARD by DEAF EARS

and SPIRITUALLY BLIND HEARTS and souls.

This may lead us to observe

the insufficiency of moral suasion

and the external ministry of the word,

without the Supernaturally Powerful

and Efficacious Grace of The Spirit.

3. It is now easy to discern

in what sense the Spirit of God

may be ‘opposed’ and ‘resisted’,

and when

the Spirit of God

may ‘strive’ to no purpose,

and

in what sense

the Spirit of God

may NEVER be

‘opposed’ and ‘resisted’.

The things of the Spirit of God

are disagreeable to a natural man:

it is no wonder

that the external ministry of the word

and ordinances are despised,

‘opposed’, and ‘resisted’.

The external Call may be ‘rejected’;

Yes, some inward

motions and convictions may be ‘overruled’,

‘stifled’, and ‘come to nothing’:

It will even be granted,

that there may be and is an ‘opposition’

and ‘resistance’ to the Work of the Spirit of God

in Conversion;

but then

The Holy Spirit

cannot be so ‘resisted’,

in the Operations of His Grace,

for Him

‘to be obliged to cease’ from His Work,

or to be ‘overcome’ or ‘hindered’

in GOD’S ULTIMATE WILL 

because The Holy Spirit Acts with a Design

which cannot be frustrated,

and with an Almighty Power

which is unstoppable;

Were it otherwise,

the Regeneration and Conversion

of every one must be precarious,

and where The Grace of the Spirit is Effectual,

According to the False Teaching of free-will,

the Regeneration and Conversion

OF THE SPIRITUALLY DEAD SOUL(?)

would be more owing to the ‘will of man’

than to the Spirit of God.

IV. It may be asked whether the old world

had a day of grace,

and so all mankind,

in which they might be saved if they would;

during which time the Spirit strives with man;

and

when that is expired he strives no longer.

1. The space of one hundred and twenty years

allowed the old world for repentance

was indeed a favor,

and indulgence of divine Providence,

a time of God’s long-suffering and forbearance;

but it does not follow,

that because

they had such a space allotted to them,

in which,

had they repented,

they would have been saved from temporal ruin;

that therefore all mankind have a day of grace,

which if they ‘improve’,

they may be saved with an everlasting salvation.

Since,

2. If by ‘a Day of Grace’

are meant ‘The Means of Grace’,

the External Ministry,

Preaching of the Word

and Ordinances,

these

‘The Means of Grace’, alone,

are insufficient to Salvation,

without

the Spiritually Efficacious

Grace of God,

by

The NEW BIRTH by THE HOLY SPIRIT.

And besides, the

the External Ministry,

Preaching of the Word

and Ordinances,

are not enjoyed by all mankind.

Every man has not a ‘Day of Grace’ in this sense.

Sometimes the Means of Grace,

of the External Ministry,

Preaching of the Word

and Ordinances,

have been primarily

confined to one particular nation,

and all the rest of the World

have been without them

for a considerable number of years.

This was the case

of all the Nations of the World

whom God suffered to walk in their own ways;

Overlooked them, Took no Notice of them,

Gave them no ‘Day of Grace’;

while His Worship was only Kept Up

in the land of Judea.

And since the Coming of Christ;

The Administration

of the External Ministry,

Preaching of the Word

and Ordinances,

has sometimes been in one place,

and sometimes in another

when the rest of mankind

have been without them:

so that every man in this sense

has not had a ‘Day of Grace’.

3. The whole

New Testament Era of The Gospel

in General

may be called a

Day of Grace;

But this

New Testament Era of The Gospel

Day of Grace

does not ‘expire’ while men live,

or at their death;

This

New Testament Era of The Gospel

Day of Grace

Reaches from The Coming of Christ,

in His Virgin Birth in Bethlehem,

to The End of the World,

when

JESUS COMES AGAIN.

This

New Testament Era of The Gospel

Day of Grace

Will Continue until all the Elect of God

are Gathered in.

Nor can it be said of any man,

that,

‘he has outlived’ or ‘out-sinned this day of grace’;

for still it is said,

“Today if ye will hear his voice;

Now is the accepted time,

now is the day of salvation.”

(Hebrews 3:7; 2 Corinthians 6:2)

This Current

New Testament Era of The Gospel

Day of Grace 

is:

“Today if ye will hear His Voice;

Now is the Accepted Time,

now is The Day of Salvation.”

(Hebrews 3:7; 2 Corinthians 6:2)

And This Current Age of

The New Testament Era

of The Gospel Day of Grace

Will Continue until all the Elect of God

are Gathered in 

AND ETERNALLY SAVED

by THE HOLY SPIRIT of GOD.

THEN WHAT HAPPENS?

4. Although they may go through

days of clouds and darkness,

this

New Testament Era of The Gospel

Day of Grace to God’s Elect

that

begins at their Conversion,

Will Never End,

and Will Never Be Over 

until

The Day of Grace to God’s Elect

is Changed into

The Everlasting Day of Glory,

in HEAVEN WITH GOD, FOREVER

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0.1 of 50: God has not lost His Authority to Command OBEDIENCE from MANKIND: “If you do well, will you not be accepted?”

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Section 1—

An Examination of:

Genesis 4:7


“If you do well,

will you not be accepted?” 

I. It will be proper to inquire,

whether a wicked, an unregenerate man, as was Cain,

can perform ‘good works’

that are:

“Acceptable to God”?

To which may be answered,

1. Adam had a power to do every good work the Law Required;

which men, since the fall, have not.

Men indeed, in an unregenerate state,

might do many things which they do not;

such as reading the Scriptures,

attending on public worship, etc.

No doubt but the persons in the parable,

who were invited to the dinner,

could have gone to it, had they had a will,

as well as the one did to his farm,

and the other to his merchandise.

Men have an equal NATURAL, SIN-CURSED ‘power’,

when they have a ‘heart’, a ‘will’, an ‘inclination’,

to go to a place of Divine Worship,

as to a tavern, or bar;

But it is easy to observe,

that persons oftentimes have it in the power of their hands,

when they have it not in the power of their hearts,

to do a ‘good’ work;

as a rich man to give alms to the poor.

Unregenerate men are capable of performing works,

which are in a natural and civil,

though not in a Spiritual sense, ‘good’.

They may do those things, which externally, in appearance,

and as to the matter and substance of them, may be ‘good’;

such as hearing, reading, praying, giving alms to the poor, etc.,

when the circumstances requisite to good works are left out;

because whatsoever is done as a good work,

must be done in Obedience to the Will

because whatever is done as a good work,

must be done in Obedience to the Will of God;

from a SPIRITUAL ABILITY

and Principle of Love to Him;

must be performed in Faith;

in the Name of Christ,

and to the Glory of God by Him.

Therefore,

It must be denied, that wicked, unregenerate men,

have the ‘power’ to perform good ‘works’ in a Spiritual manner;

which is evident from their natural estate and condition,

according to the scriptural representation of it,

Their natural estate and condition of the human soul is this:

The bias of their minds is to that which is evil, and to that only;

that they are wholly carnal,

and mind nothing else but the things of the flesh;

that they are weak and strengthless,

yes,

dead in trespasses and sins;

no, that they are under an impossibility

to do that which is Spiritually good;

“There is none that doeth good,

no, not one”

 of them,

nor are they able;

they are

“not subject to the Law of God”,

nor can they be.

When the

Ethiopian changes his skin,

and the leopard his spots,

then may they also do good,

who are accustomed to do evil”.

Men may expect as soon

to

“gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles”,

as good fruit to grow upon, or ‘good works’ to be performed by,

unregenerate men;

No, their soul Must Be

“Created in Christ Jesus”,

have the Spirit of Christ put into them,

and His Grace Implanted in them;

They must be Spiritual Believers in Him

before they are ‘Spiritually’ Capable of doing

that which is Spiritually ‘good’.

And even believers themselves

are not able to think a ‘good’ thought

or perform a ‘good’ work of themselves,

IN THEIR FLESH, WITHOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT of GOD

in their soul ‘Doing The Good Work, Spiritually;

It is God Who Works in them both

“to Will and to Do of His Good Pleasure”.

Sometimes when they have a ‘will’ to that which is good,

yet how to perform they know not;

they can do nothing without Christ,

though all things through Him, Who Strengthens them;

Much less than have unregenerate persons

either a ‘power’ or a ‘will’ to that which is Spiritually good.

Nor,

Is there any foundation for such a proposition in these words,

which are hypothetically expressed,

and therefore nothing absolutely to be concluded from them;

that is to say, we are not to argue from God’s saying to Cain,

“If you do well”,

therefore Cain had a ‘power to do well’,

or to do that which is Spiritually ‘good’, or ‘well’;

much less should we infer from hence,

as one does, that

“God could not have proposed

the doing of good as a condition,

if he had not given Cain

sufficient strength

whereby he was capable to do good.”

Since God could not only have proposed the doing of good,

but have Required it According to His Law,

without being under Obligation

to give sufficient Strength to Obey;

Because though man by his sin

has lost his power to obey the Will of God

in a Spiritually Capable and Right Manner,

yet God has not lost His Authority to Command;

which he may use without obliging Himself

to find man sufficient strength to act in obedience to it.

Besides,

These words regard doing well, not in a moral,

but in a ceremonial sense.

Cain and Abel were very early taught the necessity,

manner, and use of sacrifices; …

and in process of time, they brought their offerings to the Lord,

each according to his different calling and employment;

the one brought of the fruit of the ground,

the other of the firstlings of his flock.

Now to Abel and his offering the Lord had respect,

that is,

He Accepted him and his offering;

but to Cain and his offering God had no respect;

which made Cain very wroth,

and his countenance fell;

upon which the Lord Expostulates with him after this manner,

“Why are you wroth?

and why is your countenance fallen?

“If you do well”,

Hebrew; yatab:

to be good, well, glad, or pleasing

“If you had offered rightly,”

as the Septuagint renders the words

which though it is not a proper literal translation of them,

yet agreeable enough to their sense,

“shouldn’t you be accepted?”

Cain failed either in the matter or manner of his sacrifice;

Probably in the latter;

Since the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews observes,

that by “Faith,

Abel offered

a more excellent sacrifice than Cain.”

(Hebrews 11:4)

Cain offered his sacrifice without Faith,

without any View to the Sacrifice of Christ:

Cain performed this his sacrifice hypocritically,

in show and appearance only;

He acted from no Right Principle, nor to any right end;

,,,

And therefore his works,

whatever show of ‘Righteousness’ they might have,

are, by the apostle John,

(1 John 3:12) rightly called evil;

THIS IS TRUE

also all the ‘works’ of wicked and unregenerate men.

I proceed,

To consider whether man’s acceptance with God

is on the account of his good works.

 

There is a difference between the ‘acceptance’ of men’s ‘works’,

and of their soul and persons for them:

There are many ‘actions’ done by men,

which are ‘acceptable’ and ‘well-pleasing’ to God,

when the Individual, in their person and soul, themselves,

are not Spiritually Accepted by God,

on ‘account’ of

those same ‘actions’ done by those lost souls

Besides, no man’s ‘works’ are accepted by God

whose person and soul is not previously accepted

AND REGENERATED by THE HOLY SPIRIT,

as A NEW CREATION: 

and

who is A NEW CREATURE in CHRIST JESUS.

God First had Respect to the person of Abel,

WHO HAD BEEN SPIRITUALLY BORN AGAIN

and then to Able’s offering;

This shows that ABLE’S SOUL was not accepted

for the sake of his offering.

The best works of the saints are imperfect

and attended with sin,

and are only Acceptable to God through Jesus Christ,

in Whom, and in Whom only, Who is The Beloved,

their persons are accepted and well-pleasing to God.

No man can be Justified or Saved by his ‘works’,

and therefore no man can be Accepted with God

on that account;

THIS is the Current Doctrine of the Sacred Writings:

this will help us to understand the true sense of such passages,

as Acts 10:35,

“But in every Nation,

 he that Fears Him,

and works righteousness

 is accepted with Him.”

Romans 15:16;

“to be a minister of Christ Jesus

to the Gentiles

in the Priestly Service

of the Gospel of God,

so that the Gentiles

might become

an acceptable offering to God,

Sanctified by the Holy Spirit.”

2 Corinthians 5:9,

“Wherefore, we labor that,

whether present or absent,

we may be accepted of Him.”

compared with

Ephesians 1:6;

“To the Praise of the Glory of His Grace,

wherein He Has Made us

Accepted in the Beloved.”

and

1 Peter 2:5;

“You also, as lively stones,

are built up a spiritual house,

a holy priesthood,

to offer up spiritual sacrifices,

Acceptable to God

by Jesus Christ.”

Nor do these words suppose

that man’s ‘acceptance’ with God

stands on the foot of ‘works’.

The Hebrew word 7613. שְׂאֵת (seeth)

“will you not be accepted”
s’eth  (seh-ayth’)

is an expression to be “an elevation”;

figuratively; ‘elation’ or ‘cheerfulness’;

or as an exaltation in rank or character –

meaning to – be accepted, have dignity, excellency,

highness, raise up self, rising.

because there is only one word in the original text,

which our translators render,

“will you not be accepted?”

and it signifies either excellency, as in Psalm 62:4;

“They only consult

to cast him down from his excellency;

they delight in lies;

they bless with their mouth,

but they curse inwardly.” 

and may design the dignity of primogeniture,

or honor of birth-right,

as it does in Genesis 49:3,

and so be rendered,

“will you not have the excellency?”

that is,

“will you not have

the right of primogeniture continue with you?,

in other words,

“will not the honor and privilege of being the first-born

still live we you as your privilege?”

God is Saying,

Cain, you don’t need to be afraid

that this honor and privilege of being the first-born

will be taken from you and given to your younger brother, Able,

who is willing to be subject to you, and ready to serve you;

And this agrees well with the latter part of the text,

“and to you will be his desire,

and you will rule over him;”

or the word signifies an elevation, or lifting up;

“you will rule over him;”

is to be understood

as Aben Ezra observes of 7613. seeth,

 yatab: to be good, well, glad, or pleasing

a lifting up of the countenance, which was fallen, verses 5, 6,

and then the sense is,

if you had done well, when you brought your offering,

you might have lifted up your face without spot,

and doubtless you would have done so;

But inasmuch as you have sinned and done evil,

and which is to be seen in thy fallen countenance,

sin lies at the door of your conscience;

which, when once your conscience is opened,

THE REALIZATION of YOUR SIN

WILL ENTER INTO YOUR CONSCIENCE

and make dreadful work OF CONVICTION;

as it did a little after;

which made Cain say,

“My punishment

is greater than I can bear.”

But admitting that the word in

HEBREW: אִם־ תֵּיטִיב֙ שְׂאֵ֔ת וְאִם֙ לֹ֣א

Genesis 4:7 

KJV: “you do well,

will you not be accepted? 

and if you do not well,” 

signifies ‘acceptance’,

and be rendered,

“will there not be an acceptance?”

it is to be understood,

not of an acceptance of his soul, Spiritually,

or CAIN’S person,

but an ‘acceptance’ of his CIVIL sacrifices and services.

III. It remains to be considered,

whether Cain had ‘a day of grace,’

in which it was possible for him to be ‘accepted’ with God.

  1. There is no acceptance of any man’s person,

EXCEPT as THEIR PERSON and SOUL

is Considered in Christ the Mediator.

Now as there is no reason to ever believe that Cain,

 who was of the wicked one, the devil,

was ever in Christ,

or that Cain’s soul was ever considered in Jesus Christ;

So there is no reason to conclude, that Cain either was 

or that it was possible for him to be, ‘accepted’ with God,

IN JESUS CHRIST,

as A SPIRITUALLY CHOSEN and SAVED SOUL.

2. The text does not speak of Cain doing well

in a Godly Acceptable Moral or Spiritual,

but in a ceremonial way;

And the text does not speak at all

of the ‘acceptance’ of his person,

on the bases of so ‘doing’;

But at most, The text speaks only of the ‘acceptance’

of his sacrifice and ceremonious services,

supposing them rightly performed.

3. These words are not expressive of

‘a day of visitation’

in a ‘way of grace’ or ‘mercy’ to him;

but are to be considered as an expostulation with him

for his wrath, fury, and fallen countenance,

and an upbraiding of him

BECAUSE of CAIN’S EVIL ‘DOING’,

in order to awaken his conscience,

and bring him to a full sense of his sin;

which was so far from proving ‘a day of grace’ to Cain,

that it quickly issued in the utmost distress of mind,

torture of conscience, and black despair. 

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3.31.1b THE DISTINCT PERSONALITY and DEITY of GOD The HOLY SPIRIT. The Actions of ‘A Person’ are Ascribed to The Holy Spirit.

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THE DISTINCT PERSONALITY 

& DEITY

of GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT.

‘Personal’ Actions of ‘A Person’
are Ascribed to The Holy Spirit.

The Gift of
The PERSONAL HOLY SPIRIT

LIVING in EACH CHILD of GOD

is The Crowning Mercy of God
in Christ Jesus.

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THE IMPORTANCE of STUDYING
THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Great Importance of a Reverent
and Prayerful Study of this subject of

THE HOLY SPIRIT 

should be apparent
to every real child of God.

The Repeated References
Made to the Spirit by Christ
in His Final Discourse
(John 14 to 16)

at once strongly suggests 

The Great Importance of a Reverent
and Prayerful Study of this subject of

THE HOLY SPIRIT 

John 14:16 & 17; 

       And I Will Pray the Father,

and He Will Give you Another Comforter,

that He May Live with you Forever; 

17 Even The Spirit of Truth; 

Whom the World cannot receive,

because it sees Him not, neither knows Him;

but ye Know Him;

for He Lives with you and Will Be in you.

John 15:25 & 26;

 25But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated Me without a cause. 26But when the Comforter is come, Whom I will send unto you from the Fathereven the Spirit of truth, Who proceedeth from the FatherHe shall testify of Me;

John 16:13 – 15;

when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth; for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, thatshall He speak; and He will show you things to come. 14He shall glorify Me; for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show itunto you. 15All things that the Father hath are Mine; therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine, and shall show it unto you.

 

The particular work
which has been committed to Him
furnishes clear proof of it.

There is no spiritual good
communicated to anyone but by the Spirit;

whatever God in His Grace Works in us,
it is by The Spirit.

The only sin for which there is no forgiveness

is one committed against The Spirit.

How necessary is it then
that we should be well instructed
in the Scripture Doctrine concerning Him!

The great abuse there has been
in all ages
under the pretense of His Holy Name,

should prompt us to diligent study.

Finally, the awful ignorance
which now so widely prevails
upon the Spirit’s Office and Operations,
urges us to put forth our best efforts.

Yet as important as our subject is,
and prominent a place it has given to it
in Holy Writ,

it seems that it has always met
with a considerable amount of neglect
and perversion.

Thomas Goodwin
commenced his massive work on

The Work of the Holy Spirit
in Our Salvation (1660)

by affirming,

“There is a general omission
in the Saints of God,

in their not giving The Holy Spirit
that Glory that is due to His Person

and for His Great Work of Salvation in us,

insomuch that we have in our hearts
almost forgotten this Third Person.”

If that could be said
in the midst of the balmy days
of the Puritans,

what language would be required
to set forth the awful spiritual ignorance
and impotency
of this benighted 20th century!

( ALAN: AND NOW, 21st….. )

In the Preface to his Lectures on

“The Person, Godhead,
and Ministry of the Holy Spirit”
(1817),

Robert Hawker wrote,

“I am the more prompted to this service,
from contemplating
the present awful day of the world.

Surely the ‘last days’ and the ‘perilous times,’
so expressly spoken of by The Spirit,
are come
(1 Timothy 4:1).

The flood gates of heresy are broken up,
and are pouring forth their deadly poison
in various streams through the land.

In a more daring and open manner
the denial of The Person, Godhead,
and Ministry of The Holy Spirit

is come forward and indicates
the tempest to follow.

In such a season it is needful to contend,
and that,

‘earnestly, for the Faith
Once Delivered to the Saints.’

Now in a more awakened manner
ought the people of God

to remember the Words of Jesus, and

‘to hear
what the Spirit Says to the churches.’”

So again, in 1880,
George Smeaton wrote,

“We may safely affirm
that The Doctrine of The Spirit
is almost entirely ignored.”

And let us add,
Wherever little Honor is done to the Spirit,

there is grave cause
to suspect the genuineness
of any ‘profession’ of Christianity.

Against this, it may he replied,

Such charges as the above
no longer hold good.

Would to God they did not, but they do.

While it be true that
during the past two generations

much has been written
and spoken on The Person of The Spirit,

yet, for the most part,

it has been of a sadly inadequate
and erroneous character.

Much dross has been mingled with the gold.

A fearful amount of unscriptural nonsense
and fanaticism has marred the testimony.

Furthermore, it cannot be denied
that it is no longer generally recognized

that

Supernatural Agency
is Imperatively Required

in order for

The Redemptive Work of Christ
to Be Applied to sinners.

Rather do actions show
‘it is now widely held’

that ‘if unregenerate souls
are instructed in the letter of Scripture’

their own willpower
is sufficient to enable them to
“decide for Christ.”

( ALAN says, THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED,

NO ONE HAS EVER ‘DECIDED FOR CHRIST’

by THEIR “OWN WILLPOWER”.

“You Will Not Come to Me”, Jesus Said.

“And you Will Not Come to Me,
that you might have Life.”

John 5:40

That is ‘The Will” of a Lost Soul.

That soul is DEAD to God
and has NO POWER.

Adam LOST The Spirit of God
and he passed his NATURE,
as a Sinner, onto ALL of MANKIND.

That is “an enormous secret”
to UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE,

“YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN”,

by….??

THE HOLY SPRIT of GOD.

Any IMAGINED ‘spark of divinity’
in a lost soul
is an

ETERNALLY FATAL
FIGMENT of THE IMAGINATION
USING A SIN-CURSED MIND.

So then it is not of him that wills,

So then it is not of him that wills,

“So then it is not of him that wills,

nor of him that runneth,

but of God that Shows Mercy.”

Romans 9:16.

Matthew 11:27;

All Things Have Been Entrusted to Me
by My Father.

No one knows the Son
except the Father,

and no one knows the Father
except the Son

and those to whom
the Son Chooses to Reveal Him.

Ephesians 2:8;

Because it is by Grace
you Have Been Saved through Faith,

and this not from yourselves;

it is The Gift of God,

Psalm 110:3;

Your people Will be Willing
in The Day of Your Power, …

Isaiah 65:1;

I am sought of them
that asked not for Me;

I Am Found of them…

Philippians 2:13;

Because it is God which Works

in you both

To Will

and

To Do of His Good Pleasure.

James 1:18;

Of His Own Will

Begat he us with The Word of Truth,

that we should …

1 Peter 2:9,10;

But you are a Chosen Generation,
a Royal Priesthood, an Holy Nation, …

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1b. Personal Actions
are Ascribed to The Holy Spirit;
The Spirit of God.

The Holy Spirit; The Spirit of God
is Said to be

A Reprover and Convincer of Individual sins.

The Holy Spirit; The Spirit of God is Said

to Reprove or Convince the World of sin,
Righteousness, and Judgment

John16:8;

“And when He is Come,

He Will Reprove the world of sin,
and of Righteousness, and of Judgment.

The Holy Spirit that:
Convinces a sin-cursed soul of their mistakes,

and Brings them
to a Sense and Acknowledgment of their sin,
and to The Grace of Repentance for their sins,

must be a Person,

and not a mere name and character.

The Holy Spirit; The Spirit of God
is Spoken of as a Teacher,

that Teaches All Things,

THE HOLY SPIRIT
Teaches All Things

MEANS,

All Doctrines necessary to Salvation,
and All the Duties of Religion:

An human teacher is ‘a person’,
and much more
a DIVINE TEACHER is A PERSON,

John 14:26;

“But the Comforter,
which is The Holy Ghost,

Whom the Father Will Send in My Name,

He Will Teach you All Things,

and Bring All Things to your remembrance, whatsoever I Have Said to you.”

1 John 2:27;

“But the Anointing
which you Have Received of Him
Lives in you,

and you do not need any man teach you:

but as The Same Anointing Teaches you
of All Things, and is Truth,
and is no lie,

and even as He Has Taught you,
you Will Live in Him.”

THE HOLY SPIRIT of GOD, WHO is GOD

AND is Promised as a Comforter,

in John 16:7;

“Nevertheless I Tell you The Truth;

It is Expedient for you that I Go Away:

because if I Do Not Go Away,
The Comforter Will Not Come to you;

but if I Depart,
I Will Send Him to you.”

THE HOLY SPIRIT’S ANSWER
to BEING SENT by JESUS
as THE COMFORTER

was

by Shedding Abroad The Love of God

in the hearts of the Lord’s people;

THE HOLY SPIRIT of GOD, WHO is GOD

is a Comforter to God’s Children,
as Jesus Promised,

by Taking the Things of Christ,
and Showing them to them;

by Applying to God’s Children
Exceeding Great and Precious Promises;

by Declaring to God’s Children
The Pardon of God’s Children’s sins;

by Pronouncing the Sentence of Justification
in God’s Children consciences;

and by Being The Earnest and Seal
of God’s Children’s Future Happiness;

all which are

PERSONAL ACTIONS,
ACCOMPLISHED by GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT.

THE HOLY SPIRIT of GOD
is One of the Three Witnesses in Heaven,

1 John 5:6 & 7;

“…This is the One
Who Came by water and blood,
Jesus Christ—

not by water alone,
but by water and blood.

And it is The Spirit Who Testifies to this,
because the Spirit is The Truth.

7 Because there are Three that Testify:”

It is THE HOLY SPIRIT of GOD

Who Particularly Testifies of Jesus Christ,

as THE HOLY SPIRIT of GOD
Testifies of JESUS’ Deity,

THE HOLY SPIRIT of GOD
Testifies of JESUS’ Sonship,

THE HOLY SPIRIT of GOD
Testifies of JESUS’ Offices

and

THE HOLY SPIRIT of GOD
Testifies of JESUS’ Grace,

John 15:26;

“But when the Comforter is Come,
Whom I Will Send to you from the Father,

even The Spirit of Truth,
which Proceeds from the Father,

He Will Testify of Me:”

And THE HOLY SPIRIT of GOD

Bears Witness to the Spirits of Saints,
that they are the children of God,

Romans 8:16;

“The Spirit Himself
Bears Witness with our Spirit,

that we are the children of God:”

which a mere name and character
could not do; but a Person COULD;

THAT ‘PERSON’
WHO DOES These Things

is The THIRD PERSON
of The TRIUNE GODHEAD,

GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT.

GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT
is Represented not only as
a Spirit of Grace and Supplication,

and an Helper
of the infirmities of the Saints in Prayer,

but GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT
ALSO is Represented
as Making Intercession for the Saints,

according to The Will of God

Zechariah 12:10;

“And I Will Pour on the house of David,
and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem,

The Spirit of Grace and of Supplications:

and they will look upon Me
Whom they have pierced,

and they Will mourn for Him,
as one mourneth for his only son,

and will be in bitterness for Him,
as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”

Romans 8:26 & 27;

“Likewise the Spirit also
Helps our infirmities:

because we do not know
what we should pray for as we ought:

but The Spirit Himself
Makes Intercession for us
with groanings which cannot be uttered….

“And He that Searches the hearts
Knows what is The Mind of the Spirit,

because He Makes
Intercession for the Saints According to The Will of God.”

Now, just as

The Advocacy and Intercession
of Jesus Christ,

Prove Jesus Christ to be a Person,

and

that Jesus Christ
is a Distinct Divine Person from the Father,

with Whom, God the Father,
Jesus Christ Intercedes;

So the Intercession Performed
by The Holy Spirit,

Equally Proves
The Holy Spirit’s Personality,

even

The Holy Spirit’s Distinct Personality:

to which may be added, that

The Holy Spirit
is the Giver of Gifts to men,

whereby they are Qualified
for the Work of the Ministry,

1 Corithians 12:8-11;

8 “Because to one is Given,
by the Spirit,

the Word of Wisdom;

to another, the Word of Knowledge
by The Same Spirit;

9 “To another, Faith
by The Same Spirit;

to another, the Gifts of Healing
by The Same Spirit;

10 “To another, the Working of Miracles*;

to another, Prophecy;

to another, Discerning of Spirits;

to another, Various Kinds of Tongues;

to another, The Interpretation of Tongues.

11 “But all these Work
that One and The Very Same
{Self-Same} Spirit,

Dividing to every man personally
as He Will.”

*Alan’s Note:

THE HOLY SPIRIT
and THE WORD of GOD

CAN DO ANYTHING
( not sinful, of course)

That is a Christians Job,
to Pray, Believe, Have Faith
and WORK THE WORD.

In the Days of the new Testament,
Jesus Was Able to Perform Miracles.

That Gift and Other “Miraculous Gifts”
were COMMUNICATED to THE APOSTLES,

including Paul who was bitten
by a poisonous snake
and just shook it off.

That Gift and Other “Miraculous Gifts”
were ALSO COMMUNICATED to THE SEVENTY.

THAT IS IT.

THERE WERE
and ARE NO MORE INDIVIDUALS
with “Miraculous Gifts”.

The Bible used those “Miraculous Gifts”,
to Testify and Demonstrate
THE POWER and AUTHORITY of GOD.

Once The Bible was COMPLETE,
THE BIBLE Testifies and Demonstrates
THE POWER and AUTHORITY of GOD.

That is why THERE ARE
NO “Miraculous Gifts”, today.

If someone Had The “Miraculous Gift”
of “HEALING”, for example,

they better head down
to Saint Jude Children’s Hospital.

For Starters.

The Bible Said they were ‘done away;,
thus I do not know
of ANY evidence they exist

and I do not believe
there is ANY Evidence they exist,
because they can’t.

There is A BIBLE
and THE HOLY SPIRIT.

TAKE THEM to SAINT JUDES
if someone Has The “Miraculous Gift”
of “HEALING”.

Some fantasize
that they see their name
in the word, ‘them’,

used in the later portion of Mark 16.

The word, ‘them’
is used multiple times in that chapter,

always referring to ‘them’, The Disciples,
who had had ‘unbelief’.

When Jesus Said. in Mark 16:17 & 18;

17 “And these signs
Will Follow them that Believe:”

HE WAS TALKING to “THEM”.

Back in Mark 16:14;

“Afterward He Appeared to The Eleven…”

THAT’S “THEM”.

“… as they sat eating {at food {meat}},

and Upbraided them with their unbelief
and hardness of heart,

because they believed not them
who had seen Him after He Was Risen.”

JESUS SCOLDED THEM
for “THEIR UNBELIEF”.

Now, what about “THEM”,
who Now BELIEVE??

When Jesus Said. in Mark 16:17 & 18;

17a “And these signs
Will Follow them that Believe:”

HE WAS TALKING to “THEM”.

THE ELEVEN.

“Mark 16:17b;

“In My name Will they”
( THE ELEVEN/ and later, THE SEVENTY)

“Cast Out Demons {devils};”

they Will speak with new tongues;”
( THE ELEVEN/ and later, THE SEVENTY)

18 “They Will take up serpents;”
( THE ELEVEN/ and later, THE SEVENTY)

and if they drink any deadly thing,
it will not hurt them;
( THE ELEVEN/ and later, THE SEVENTY).

they Will lay hands on the sick,
and they Will Recover.
( THE ELEVEN/ and later, THE SEVENTY).

I haven’t seen
anybody else’s name there
that Jesus Bestowed with ANY

“Miraculous Gift” of “HEALING”.

If ANYBODY HAS IT,
IT’S TIME to STEP UP:

at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

http://www.google.com/search?q=SAINT+JUDES+CHILDRENS+HOSPITAL

The Holy Spirit is The Supernatural Power
that Calls preachers
to the Work of the Ministry,

and

The Holy Spirit

Appoints and Sets them
as overseers of particular churches,

to Feed them
with Knowledge and Understanding,

Acts 13:2;

2 “As they ministered to the Lord,
and fasted,

The Holy Spirit Said,
Separate Me Barnabas and Saul

for The Work to Which

I Have Called them.”

Acts 20:28;

28 “Take heed, therefore,
to yourselves, and to all the Flock,

over which The Holy Spirit
Hath Made you Overseers,

to Feed the church of God,
which He Has Purchased
with His Own Blood.”

and, to observe no more,

The Holy Spirit is often Described
as an Inhabitant in the Saints.

The Holy Spirit Lives in the bodies,
OF THE SAINTS, GOD’S CHILDREN

and in their souls,

and The Holy Spirit

Will Always Live in them,

until The Holy Spirit
has Brought them up

for that Self-Same Event,

Eternal Glory and Happiness;

Now to Live with any person,
or in any place, is ‘a personal action’,
and describes ‘a person’.

In this case, Living with a person,
or in any place,

Describes THE PERSONAL ACTIONS,

of THE THIRD DIVINE PERSON

of THE ETERNAL TRIUNE GODHEAD,

GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT.

John 14:16, 17;

16 And I will pray the Father,

and He shall give you another Comforter,

that He may abide with you forever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth;

Whom the world cannot receive,

because it seeth Him not,

neither knoweth Him;

but ye know Him;

for He dwelleth with you,

and shall be in you.”

1 Corithians 3:16, 6:19;

16 Know ye not
that ye are the temple of God,

and that the Spirit of God
dwelleth in you?

19 What?
Know ye not that your body
is the temple of the Holy Spirit
Who is in you,

Whom ye have of God,
and ye are not your own?

Romans 8:9, 11;

9 But ye are not in the flesh,
but in the Spirit,

if so be that the Spirit of God
dwell in you.

Now if any man
have not the Spirit of Christ,
he is none of His.

11 But if the Spirit of Him
that raised up Jesus from the dead
dwell in you,

He that raised up Christ from the dead
shall also give life
to {quicken} your mortal bodies
by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.

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3.31.1a.ii THE DISTINCT PERSONALITY and DEITY of GOD The HOLY SPIRIT. THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS INTELLIGENCE.

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3.31.1a.ii

THE DISTINCT PERSONALITY
and

DEITY of GOD The HOLY SPIRIT.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

HAS INTELLIGENCE.

The Holy Spirit;

The Holy Ghost
is

The Third Person

of the Triune Godhead;

The Spirit of God;

And that:

The One and

the Self-Same Holy Spirit
is an Intelligent Agent,

is clear from:

The Holy Spirit of God
Knows The Deep Things of God
which no one can Know but GOD;

And we also Know that
The One and the Self-Same Holy Spirit
is an Intelligent Agent,

because

The Holy Spirit

Teaches men All Things,
and

Guides them into All Truth,

and

The Holy Spirit Gives

The Spirit of Wisdom

and Knowledge,

just as we said, previously,

in the last blog post;

3.31.1a.i:

THE DISTINCT PERSONALITY
and

DEITY of GOD The HOLY SPIRIT.

THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS A

“WILL”.


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The Apostle,
Spoke of The Holy Spirit’s WILL
and

The Spirit of God’s Influences,
in Administrations, and Operations,

saying,

“All these Works the One

and the Self-Same Spirit,

Dividing to every man personally

as He Will”,
(1 Corinthians 12:11)

So, The Holy Spirit Has A

“WILL”
with which
THE HOLY SPIRIT

Divides

to every man

“individually, separately, personally”

“AS HE WILL”.

Some Blessings to one
and Other Blessings to another,

USING HIS “INTELLIGENCE”.

Thus,

THE HOLY SPIRIT

HAS INTELLIGENCE.

As we read here,

in 1 Corinthians 2:11;

“He”

( The Holy Spirit; The Holy Ghost, 

The Third Person of the Triune Godhead,

The Spirit of God )

“that Teaches men Knowledge,
Will not He Know?”
1 Corinthians 2:11.

And we see In I Corinthians 12:8;

“Because

to one is Given,
by The Spirit,
the word of Wisdom;

to another,
the word of Knowledge
by The Same Spirit”

by THE HOLY SPIRIT
USING HIS INTELLIGENCE.

Also, in John 14:26;

WE SEE:

THE HOLY SPIRIT
USING HIS INTELLIGENCE
as A CO-EQUAL

in THE TRIUNE GODHEAD:

John 14:26;

“But The Comforter,
Who is The Holy Spirit,”
( THE HOLY SPIRIT, of course)

“Whom the Father Will Send”
( GOD the FATHER)

“in My Name,”
( in JESUS’ Name)

“He”
( THE HOLY SPIRIT)

“Will Teach you All Things,
and

Bring All Things

to your remembrance,

whatever I”
( JESUS CHRIST)

“Have Said to you.”

So, shown together
we have John 14:26, again;

“But the Comforter,
which is The Holy Ghost,

Whom the Father Will Send

in My Name,

He Will Teach you All Things,
and

Bring All Things

to your remembrance,

whatsoever I Have Said to you.”

And THE HOLY SPIRIT
USING HIS INTELLIGENCE
is also seen in John 16:13;

“And when He,

The Spirit of Truth, is Come,

He Will Guide you into All Truth:

because

He Will not Speak of Himself;

but whatever He Will Hear,

that Will He Speak:

and

He Will Show you Things to Come.”

AND, again,

The INTELLIGENCE

of THE HOLY SPIRIT
is seen here in Psalm 94:10;

“He that Chastises the heathen,

Will He Not Correct?

He that Teaches man Knowledge,

Will He Not Know?”

THE HOLY SPIRIT

KNOWS ALL THINGS.

HE is GOD.

To TRUST The HOLY SPIRIT
is WORSHIP of GOD.

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AWARE of The GODHEAD 3.31

THE DISTINCT PERSONALITY
and DEITY of GOD The HOLY SPIRIT.

3.31.1a.i: THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS A “WILL”.

Adapted from

A BODY OF DOCTRINAL DIVINITY
Book 1—Chapter 31, by John Gill

THE DISTINCT PERSONALITY,
AND DEITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Now we will consider,
under The article of The Trinity of The Godhead,

The Personality
and Divinity of The Holy Ghost;

We will prove that

The Holy Spirit; The Holy Ghost
is THE THIRD PERSON of The TRIUNE GODHEAD,

The Holy Spirit; The Holy Ghost is a Distinct Person,
from God the Father and God the Son;

and a Divine Person, and Truly and Properly God.

1. First, That The Holy Spirit;

The Holy Ghost is a Person,

and not a mere Name and Character,

Power or Attribute of God;

which will appear by observing,

1a. That the description of ‘a Person’
agrees with him;

‘a Person’
subsists and lives of itself,
is endowed with will and understanding,
or is a willing and intelligent agent.

The Holy Spirit;

The Holy Ghost

is The Third Person of the Triune Godhead;

The Spirit of God;

As the Father has Life in Himself,

and the Son has Life in Himself,

so has The Holy Spirit;

Since The Holy Spirit; The Holy Ghost;
The Third Person of the Triune Godhead;
The Spirit of God

is the Author of natural and Spiritual life in men;

which The Holy Spirit; The Holy Ghost;
The Spirit of God Preserves into Eternal Life;

and therefore The Holy Spirit; The Holy Ghost;
The Spirit of God Called, The Spirit of Life;

And which The Holy Spirit; The Spirit of God
could not be Called The Spirit of Life,
unless The Holy Spirit; The Spirit of God
had Life in Himself;

And if The Holy Spirit; The Spirit of God
has Life in Himself,

The Holy Spirit; The Spirit of God
must Subsist of Himself:

The Holy Spirit; The Spirit of God
has a Power of Willing Whatever He Pleases:

The Apostle,
Speaking of The Holy Spirit;

The Spirit of God’s Influences, Administrations, and Operations,
says,

“All these Works the One and the Self-Same Spirit,
Dividing to every man personally* as He Will”,
(1 Corinthians 12:11)

Thus, The Holy Spirit Has A “WILL”.

the One and the Self-Same Spirit,
Dividing to every man personally*

* 1 Corinthians 12:11 Adj-DFS
GRK: πνεῦμα διαιροῦν ἰδίᾳ ἑκάστῳ καθὼς

“individually, separately, personally”

http://biblehub.com/greek/idia_2398.htm

“All these Works the One and the Self-Same Spirit,

Dividing to every man personally* as He Will”.

The Holy Spirit Has A “WILL”

with which
THE HOLY SPIRIT Divides

to every man “individually, separately, personally”

“AS HE WILL”.

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9.0.3a > N.T. Intro: Matthew 24 and the Great Tribulation; See How Imagery is USED BY GOD in the Bible.

STUDYING THE BIBLE is FUN.

Adapted from
Matthew 24 and the Great Tribulation
Brian Schwertley.

STUDYING THE BIBLE is FUN
when we Know
that we are ENABLED by THE HOLY SPIRIT
to arrive at a correct understanding
of
WHAT GOD WANTS US TO UNDERSTAND.

We can arrive at a correct understanding
of Matthew 24 and the Great Tribulation,

by Following The HOLY SPIRIT
and READING GOD’S WORD,

IN ‘A WAY’ THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT SHOWS US
WHAT GOD WANTS US TO UNDERSTAND.

IN THAT WAY:

STUDYING THE BIBLE is FUN.

‘A WAY’ THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT
IS ENABLED to SHOW US

that STUDYING THE BIBLE is FUN
and WHAT GOD WANTS US TO UNDERSTAND

is by Following The HOLY SPIRIT
and READING GOD’S WORD,

employing Important common sense
Interpretive Procedures:

If one is to arrive at
a correct understanding of the Olivet discourse,
he must follow Biblical Principles of Interpretation

(i.e. one must adopt a genuine

grammatical-historical theological hermeneutic,

meaning:

grammatical = WHAT DO THE WORDS SAY?

historical = WHAT WAS TAKING PLACE?

theological = THE STUDY of GOD,

hermeneutic = THE SCIENCE of “Interpretation”)

Some basic principles of Biblical Interpretation
are as follows.

(1) The section of Scripture in question
( Grammatically = WHAT DO THE WORDS SAY?)

must be Interpreted in light
of the original audience.

( Historically = WHAT WAS TAKING PLACE? )

For example, would a first century Jewish audience regard a phrase such as

“blood, fire, vapor and smoke”

THESE ARE BIBLE WORDS
and GOD PUT THEM THERE.

THE BIBLE CAN BE UNDERSTOOD.

When The Bible Passage includes the Words

“blood, fire, vapor and smoke”

THEY WERE WRITTEN TO PEOPLE IN THE BIBLE,
FOR THEM TO HEAR and UNDERSTAND,
at THAT TIME.

Acts 2:19, 20;

“And I will show wonders in heaven above,
and signs in the earth beneath

— blood and fire and vapor of smoke.

“20 The Sun will be turned into darkness,
and the Moon into blood

before

that Great and Notable Day of the Lord Come.”

Revelation 6:12; cf.;

“And I beheld when He had opened the sixth seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake,

and the Sun became black as sackcloth of hair,
and the Moon became as blood;

“13 and the Stars of Heaven fell to the Earth,

even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs
when she is shaken by a mighty wind.

“14 And the Heaven departed as a scroll
when it is rolled together,

and every mountain and island
were moved out of their places.”

Joel 2:28-32;

“And it shall come to pass afterward
that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh;

and your sons and your daughters will Prophesy, your old men shall dream Dreams,
your young men will see Visions;

“29 and also upon the servants
and upon the handmaids in those days
will I pour out My Spirit.

30 “And I will show wonders in the Heavens
and in the Earth–

blood and fire and pillars of smoke.

“31 The sun will be turned into darkness
and the Moon into blood,

before

The Great and The Terrible Day of The LORD Come.

“32 And it will Come to Pass,

that whosoever will call on The Name of The LORD will be delivered;

because in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
will be deliverance,

as the LORD Has Said,
and in the remnant whom the LORD Will Call.”

So, by INCLUDING ALL BIBLE PASSAGES,
and READING GOD’S WORDS,

“GRAMMATICALLY” and “HISTORICALLY”,

as to,

“WHAT DID THOSE WORDS MEAN
to THE PEOPLE WHO THEY WERE WRITTEN TO?

would we ‘come up’ with

“blood and fire and vapor of smoke”,

as ‘referring’ to ‘nuclear war’ (??)

or

that, “blood and fire and vapor of smoke”

are OLD COVENANT PROPHETIC IMAGES

THAT GOD
HAS ALREADY PLACED in THE OLD TESTAMENT

TO “PICTURE”:

God’s Impending Judgment on Israel?

See How FUN that is?

And How IMPORTANT it is,
SIMPLY to READ THE BIBLE?

That was with One common sense
Principle of Bible Interpretation.

Here is a second Principle of Bible Interpretation

that MAKES BIBLE STUDY FUN.

(2) Scripture must be used to interpret Scripture.

In Matthew 24, Jesus uses terminology
that comes directly
from the Old Testament Prophetic books.

What makes more sense:

using the Bible to give us the meaning
of such Apocalyptic Images,

in THE BIBLE’S OWN WORD PICTURES,

or using ‘speculations’,
PURELY DREAMED UP, OUT OF NOWHERE (???)
‘founded’ upon the New York Times or Newsweek?

Thirdly,

(3) One must Interpret Biblical Passages
according to their Literary Type.

Many Prophetic passages use poetic metaphor
and the “Word Pictures”, of Apocalyptic Imagery.

Apocalyptic or poetic imagery
must be treated in a different manner
than a straight-forward Historical account.

Once again the key
to understanding Prophetic Imagery

(e.g., Stars falling from Heaven,

the Sun becoming dark,

the Sky rolled up like a scroll, etc.)

is to see how such Imagery is used in the Bible,

rather than ‘use’ (??) current events
and modern scientific discoveries to ‘speculate’,

OUT OF THIN AIR (??),

and “INVENT” IMAGINARY TRASH about supposed:

nuclear war,
bar codes,
computer chips in the hand and forehead,
attack helicopters,
tanks, etc.

THE BIBLE DEFINES IT’S OWN “WORD PICTURES”.

Most books THAT PEOPLE
HAVE ‘REASONED OUT with THEIR MIND,
which HAS BEEN EFFECTED by THE CURSE of SIN

and ‘attempt’ to say
they are writing on ‘Prophecy’ today

are COMPLETELY DISCONNECTED
Exegetically from the Biblical text

for ANY Critical explanation or analysis,
to INTERPRET WHAT GOD SAYS

and thus are nothing more
than the ‘clever fantasies’ of the different authors,

WHICH ARE MEANINGLESS,
OTHER THAN BEING BLASPHEME.

Forth:

(4) The time indicators, HISTORICALLY,

within the discourse and the immediate context
that relates to the discourse

(e.g., MATTHEW 23:36;

“Truly I Say to you,
all these things Will Come upon this generation”

must be taken into account
when determining the meaning
of this section of Scripture.

The time indicators

(if taken at face value,
i.e. according to the normal etymological meaning)

prove that Jesus’ discourse in Matthew 24,
at least up to verse 34,

WHEN JESUS SAYS,

“But of that Day and Hour, knoweth no man,
no, not the Angels of Heaven,
but My Father only.”

must be applied directly
and solely to Christ’s Judgment upon Jerusalem
and the Complete End of the Jewish age.

(This point will be discussed in more detail

AND ONCE YOU ‘GET THAT’,

YOU WILL KNOW WHAT GOD
WANTS YOU TO UNDERSTAND

ABOUT THE REST OF THE BIBLE
and “THE END TIMES”.)

Fifth:

(5) Whenever one
is Interpreting a section of Scripture
in the synoptic gospels

(i.e. Matthew, Mark and Luke),

parallel accounts
should be carefully compared and analyzed.

Because, HISTORICALLY, Matthew
wrote to a predominately Jewish audience

while Mark and Luke
wrote to a predominately Gentile audience.

Therefore, if Matthew
uses a phrase from Old Testament History
or Poetical Prophetic Imagery

that would be obscure
or difficult for a Gentile audience,

the other gospels
should be checked for clarification.

Please, JOIN ME, with The HOLY SPIRIT,
as we begin our Investigation
into

WHAT DOES GOD WAHT US TO UNDERSTAND?

IN THE BIBLE?:

First, we ‘check’ the other accounts
written by other Apostles, of The SAME EVENT:

(e.g., the Disciple’s Question,

MATTHEW 24:3;

“And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives,
the Disciples came to Him privately,

saying, “Tell us, when will these things be?

And what will be the sign of Your Coming

and of The End of The World?”

MARK 13:4;

“Tell us, when will these things be?

And what will be the sign
when all these things will be Fulfilled?”

and

LUKE 21:7;

“And they asked Him, saying,
“Master, but when will these things be?

And what sign will there be
when these things will Come to Pass?”

And, again, regarding

The Abomination of Desolation,
we ‘check’ the other viewpoints of it,
written by another Inspired Author of the Bible.

MATTHEW 24:15;

“When you therefore will see

The Abomination of Desolation,
spoken of by Daniel the Prophet,

standing in the Holy Place
(whoso readeth, let him understand)”,

we compared with;

LUKE 21:20;

“And when you will see Jerusalem
compassed with armies,

then know that
The Desolation thereof is near…. ”

For anyone to ‘look to see’
what they dream up as being

“The Abomination of Desolation,
spoken of by Daniel the Prophet”,

OTHER THAN:

“And when you will see Jerusalem
compassed with armies,

then know that
The Desolation thereof is near…. ”

would need to know better,

FROM

GOD’S REVELATION to MANKIND,

THE ETERNAL WORD of GOD,

THE HOLY BIBLE.

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8.2.1A THE SCRIPTURAL ORGANIZATION & Members of THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH that JESUS FOUNDED.

AWARE of The GODHEAD 8.2.1A

THE SCRIPTURAL ORGANIZATION
& Members
of THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
that JESUS FOUNDED.

A. The LORD’S CHURCHES’ Members.
B. The LORD’S CHURCHES’ Officers.
C. The LORD’S CHURCHES’ Autonomy / Independence.
D. The LORD’S CHURCHES’ Perpetuity.

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The churches Jesus Built
All Have Very Distinct
SCRIPTURAL CHARACTERISTICS.

As a Divine Institution,
Jesus Christ Founded HIS churches
while on Earth,

and left Her in the care of the Apostles
and prophets with delegated Authority.

Before Jesus’ Return to the Father
He Gave the Commission to HIS churches

through the Apostles
and Promised His Presence with them
until The End of the Age.

Jesus also Promised to Send the Holy Spirit
as their Helper
in the Supernatural Task
of Perpetuating Jesus’ churches.

The Holy Spirit Came on The Day of Pentecost
and The Book of Acts is an Account

of what was done from Pentecost
until the imprisonment of Paul.

The first Organized church of JESUS’
was at Jerusalem.

This first Organized church of JESUS’,
at Jerusalem, was scattered through persecution,

and this led to missionary endeavor
and to the Scriptural Organizing
of churches of Jesus’ in Asia and Europe.

The second Scripturally Organized church of Jesus’
was at Antioch in Syria.

From this church Paul and Barnabas
went out as missionaries,

by THE AUTHORITY
of the Scripturally Organized church of Jesus,
at Antioch.

Then we read of the churches in Galatia
and other provinces of the Roman Empire,

which were then Scripturally Organized,
by The Authority of God,
as New Testament churches.

It seems evident from the New Testament
that Jesus Gave no formal administrative formula
for the Organization of any of His churches.

At times, after Pentecost,
the Disciples of Christ seemed to have
little thought of separating themselves
from the religious life of Israel, in ‘a Temple’.

Worshipping God AT A Temple was adhered to

“And they, continuing daily with one accord
in the temple, and breaking bread
from house to house,
did eat their meat with gladness
and singleness of heart” (Acts 2:46);

“Now Peter and John went up together
into the temple at the hour of prayer,
being the ninth hour” (Acts 3:1),

being supplemented
by the teaching of the apostles,
and by fellowship in prayer
and the breaking of bread

“And they continued stedfastly
in the Apostles’ Doctrine and fellowship,
and in breaking of bread, and in prayers”
(Acts 2:42).

A Formal Organization Process
was of gradual development
according to emerging needs

AND WE ARE SHOWN THE HOLY SPIRIT’S
GUIDANCE of The Gradual Development
of the HOLY SPIRIT ENABLED ‘PROCESSES’,

as when Deacons were selected
to serve tables

so that the Spiritual Leaders
might give themselves
to the Ministry of Prayer and the Word.

“Then the Twelve
called the multitude of the Disciples
to them, and said,

It is not reason
that we should leave the word of God,
and serve tables.

Wherefore, brethren,
you look out among you seven men
of honest report,
full of the Holy Ghost and Wisdom,

whom we may Appoint over this Business.

But we will give ourselves continually to Prayer, and to the Ministry of the Word” (Acts 6:2-4).

All Scripturally Organized Baptist churches
come into being today
somewhat after this manner.

A group of Believers in a community
wish to become a church of The Lord Jesus.

The members in conference
will make this wish known to other churches,

and these churches send messengers
to counsel them in accomplishing their desire.

For the sake of order and recognition
these messengers will inquire into their belief,

and if it is thought wise,
the visitors endorse their articles of faith

and recommend their constitution
as an independent church.

These visiting brethren
do not ‘organize’ the church.

Since the church is to be self governing
it must of necessity and logically
be self constituted.

And so those wishing to become a church
enter into covenant AMOUNG THEMSELVES,

as SAVED SOULS
AGREEING to ‘ASSEMBLE’,

to WORSHIP GOD, in SPIRIT and TRUTH,

to that effect;
and another church of The Lord Jesus Christ
is born.

The help from the outside
is for the sake of order and fellowship
and is not absolutely essential.

(Note. See Introduction to this volume
as to the belief of the Publisher and the organization of a new church.)

From the Book of Acts and Church Epistles
and also from the Pastoral Epistles

we learn all that we need to know
about the Scriptural Organization
of A church that Jesus Built

AND IS BUILDING.

Observe:

A. The LORD’S CHURCHES’ MEMBERS.

It is quite clear that
the members were Born Again
and Baptized Believers in Jesus Christ
as Lord and Savior.

And nobody else has any business
in a church of The Lord Jesus Christ.

There must be Blood before water,
and Salvation before church membership.

The church is a fellowship
and partnership of believers
and believers are saved people.

“Because God So Loved the World,
that He Gave His Only Begotten Son,

that whosoever Believes in Him

should not perish,
but Have Everlasting Life” John 3:16

“He that Believes on the Son
Has Everlasting Life:

and He that believe not the Son
Will not see Life;

but the Wrath of God Abides on him” John 3:36

“And by Him all that Believe
are Justified from all things,

from which you could not be Justified
by the Law of Moses” Acts 13:39;

“Therefore being Justified by Faith,

we have Peace with God

through our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 5:1.

When sinners repent towards God
and Believe on The Lord Jesus Christ,

their immediate duty is to be Baptized
and enter into the fellowship

of one of the churches Jesus Built

as a servant of Christ.

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8.3.1 THE NEW TESTAMENT DEFINITION of The WORD ‘CHURCH’ that JESUS FOUNDED

THE NEW TESTAMENT DEFINITION
and NEW TESTAMENT USAGE
OF THE WORD ‘CHURCH’,

as Being THE CHURCH THAT JESUS FOUNDED.

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In this chapter we will examine
the Scriptural definition of a ‘church’.

Observe:

A. THE COLLOQUIAL USE OF THE WORD CHURCH.

1. The NEW TESTAMENT Definition
of The CHURCHES that JESUS BUILT,

DOES NOT INCLUDE
OUR MODERN ‘USAGE’ for ‘a Meeting House’
that we now familiarly speak of as ‘a church’.

OUR MODERN ‘USAGE’ for ‘a Meeting House’,
is foreign to any New Testament use of the word,
‘church’.

The New Testament Churches
were not ‘the house’,

but the Saved Souls, “in the house.”

“Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.”
Romans 16:5;

“The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house”
(I Corinthians. 16:19);

“Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house” (Colossians 4:15).

2. Christianity is usually referred to as the ‘church’ to distinguish the followers of Christ from the state and from the World.

‘Church’ History, therefore,
is nothing more than the History of Christianity.

3. Denominations of Christians are commonly spoken of as ‘churches’, embracing believers in various groups without regard to faith and practice.

B. SOME MODERN NOTIONS OF THE CHURCH.

1. The Universal Visible Theory,
also called the Imperial Theory.

This finds expression in the Roman Catholic Hierarchy. The ‘church’, by this erroneous definition, is a visible empire with a visible human head.

2. The Universal Invisible Theory.

The ‘church’, by this erroneous definition, makes all the saved, members of the ‘church’.

3. The Church Branch Theory.

The ‘church’, by this erroneous definition, makes the various denominations mere branches of the main stem (of ‘a church'(?)
which no longer exists.

C. THE PRE-CHRISTIAN
USE OF THE WORD CHURCH.

The word ‘church’ comes from the Greek word ekklesia, which means to call out for the purpose of assembling.

The government of ancient Greek cities was democratic, being administered by duly qualified citizens in a lawful assembly, called together from time to time to transact business for the public good.

And this ‘assembly’ was called an ekklesia.

The Greek word ekklesia, or ‘church’, in itself
has no religious connotation.

The Greek word ekklesia, or ‘church’,
simply means ‘assembly’
regardless of the kind of ‘assembly’.

In Acts 19:39;

“But if you inquire any thing
concerning other matters,

it will be determined in a lawful assembly”

In Acts 19:39;
“a lawful assembly” is used
of the Greek word ‘assembly’

corresponding somewhat to our city council
or board of aldermen.

The word ‘ekklesia’
is also used of the church (congregation)
in the wilderness (Acts 7:38).

By accommodation ‘ekklesia’
is applied to the mob gathered against Paul
at Ephesus.

In Acts 19:32, we read
that the ‘ekklesia’ (assembly) “was confused,”

referring to the mob or unlawful ‘assembly’.

The townclerk told Demetrius
and his craft

to take their complaint against Paul
to the lawful ‘ekklesia’ (assembly).

And having restored order,
the townclerk dismissed the ‘ekklesia’ (mob).

“And when he had thus spoken,
he dismissed the ‘assembly” (Acts 19:41).

D. THE ‘EKKLESIA’ or ‘ASSEMBLY’,
The ‘church’ of JESUS CHRIST.

The English word ‘church’
comes from the Greek word ‘kuriakon’,

which means
“of or Belonging to the Lord.”

Kuriakon occurs only two times
in the Greek New Testament.

The Greek word ‘kuriakon’,

which means
“of or Belonging to the Lord”

is used of the Lord’s Supper
( in I Corinthians ll:20),

and of the Lord’s Day
( in Revelation 1:10).

The Greek word ‘kuriakon’,

which means
“of or Belonging to the Lord”
is never translated ‘church’
in the New Testament.

Kuriakon was used
by the early Greek Christians
for the Lord’s house or meeting place.

The Teutonic tribes,
when converted to Christianity,

adopted this Greek word
for their house of worship.

It is found in the German Kirche,
the Scottish Kirk,
and the Anglo-Saxon Circe.

The Greeks never employed kuriakon
for the people, but only for the house.

In using the word ‘ekklesia’
Jesus Christ did not coin a new word,

but Jesus Christ the word ‘ekklesia’
in current use and easily understood
by both Jew and Greek.

Jesus Christ
did not Employ the word kuriakon,
but Jesus Christ used the word, ‘ekklesia’

which can only refer to people,
a people ‘called out’ to form an ‘assembly’.

In response to Peter’s confession of His deity, Christ said,

“You are Peter (petrol)
and Upon this Rock (petra)

I Will Build MY ‘ekklesia’ (assembly),”

in Matthew 16:18.

Jesus Christ thus Distinguished
between His ‘assembly’ and other assemblies.

Paul makes the same distinction
in his letter to the Thessalonians.

Paul writes to the ‘ekklesia’
which is in God the Father
(this distinguishes it
from the Greek political assembly),

and “in the Lord Jesus Christ,”
which also
distinguishes Jesus Christ’s ‘assembly’
from the Jewish synagogue.

In this way Paul made sure
that his letter would reach the right ‘assembly’.

In the Greek New Testament
the noun ‘ekklesia’ occurs 115 times.

It is translated ‘church’ 112 times
and ‘assembly’ three times.

The word church actually occurs 113 times
in our King James Bible,

but in Acts 19:37 it is not ‘ekklesia’
but the word for temples.

The King James translators
tried to use ‘church’ for ‘ekklesia’ in all cases,

but in Acts 19:32, 39, 41 to do so
would have been manifestly absurd;

and so in these instances
The King James translators
had to give the correct rendering; ‘ASSEMBLY’.

Jesus Christ Himself Set us the Pattern
for the use of the word ekklesia.

In Matthew 16:18 when Jesus Said,

“I Will Build My ‘church’ (ekklesia),”

Jesus used the word abstractly of an Institution, without Defining, Particularizing, or Locating it.

Just as we speak of the American home,
the American boy,
and other institutions

without referring to any particular home or boy.

In Matthew 18:17 our Lord
Used the word ‘ekklesia’ (assembly)

in the concrete sense of a ‘particular assembly’
to which one might tell his grievances.

And so when Jesus Christ’s ‘ekklesia’,
as a Divine Institution,

becomes concrete and operational
it is an actual ‘assembly’ of His followers

in a SCRIPTURALLY Organized Capacity.

When Jesus Christ’s Speaks of HIS ‘ekklesia’,
as a Divine Institution,

it is ALWAYS a Visible Organization
inasmuch as Jesus Christ’s ‘ekklesia’,
as a Divine Institution,
is ALWAYS composed of visible people.

J. W. Porter says, “If there is any other sort of ‘church’ other than that of a visible ‘congregation’,

revelation and investigation have alike
failed to locate its whereabouts
or define its functions.

Such an inconceivable, intangible,
invisible concern
as the imaginary invisible ‘church’

has never been known to convert anybody
or to perform any functions
of an actual church.”

When Christ said,

“Upon this Rock I Will Build My church,

and the gates of Hell (hades)
Will not prevail against it,”
Matthew 16:18,

Jesus was
Speaking of the church prospectively
something to be built “I will build.”

The ‘church’ was a Concept
in the Mind of Jesus Christ

just as the building is a concept
in the mind of the architect
before it is erected.

Jesus Christ Saw all the material
that was to make up this Holy Sanctuary,

every Living Stone that would go into it,

before it had been Quarried
from the hard rock of sinful humanity.

“Christ also Loved the church
and Gave Himself for it;

that He Might Sanctify and Cleanse it
with the Washing of Water by the Word,

that He Might Present It
to Himself a Glorious Church,

not having spot, or wrinkle,
or any such thing;

but that it should be
Holy and without blemish”
(Ephesians 5:25-27).

And so the ‘churches’ Jesus Christ Founded
to Build the church for which He died,

is Promised Perpetuity and Glory.

The ‘churches’ of Jesus Christ
as a Divine Institution finds expression
in two kinds of ‘assemblies’:

the local ‘assembly’ here on earth;

and the General ‘assembly’ of Firstborn ones,
now enrolled in Heaven
and to be Gathered there as a Glorious church.
Hebrews 12:23.

CHURCHES OF CHRIST

Whenever the word ‘church’
is used in the New Testament
of something larger than a particular,
visible, ‘assembly’ here on earth’

the word ‘churches’ is always plural,
like the churches of Galatia, Asia, and Judaea.

The ‘church’ of Christ here on Earth
finds expression

in many particular ‘assemblies’
of visible people who have Obtained Salvation
and are Alive on Earth;

The church of Christ in Heaven
will find expression

in one universal ‘assembly’ of visible people
whose salvation has been completed,
in Glory.

But there is no such thing
as an invisible ‘church’ here on Earth
or in Heaven.

To a man in Florida
who would not unite with any ‘church’
or particular congregation,

and who insisted
that he belonged to the big ‘church’ of Christ,

the writer said something like this:

In the New Testament the ‘churches’
could be located and written to.

I would like to write to your ‘church’;

please give me its address
and the name of its pastor.

Needless to say, he was shut up.

In his commentary on Matthew,
Dr. Broadus says:

“The word ‘church’
is not used in the New Testament
to denote a congregation,
actual or imaginary, of all professed Christians, unless it be in Acts 9:31 (correct text),

and in I Tim. 3:15.

In the former the word ‘church’
probably denotes
the original church at Jerusalem,

whose members
were widely scattered
throughout Judaea and Galilee and Samaria
by the persecution

and held meetings wherever they were,
but still belonged
to the one original organization.

When Paul wrote to the Galatians
nearly twenty years later,

these separate meetings
had been organized into distinct ‘churches’;

and so he speaks (Galasions 1:22)
in reference to that same period,

of “the churches of Judaea
which were in Christ.”

In I Timothy 3:15, the ‘church’
is naturally the particular local ‘church’

with which one is connected.

The New Testament
never speaks of one particular ‘assembly’
or ‘church’ as a part of the whole,

but of each ‘assembly’ as “the whole church.”

In I Corinthians 14:23,

Paul says, “If therefore the whole ‘church’
be come together into one place….”

Writing to the Romans from Corinth,
in his closing salutation,

Paul says, “Gaius mine host,
and of the whole ‘church’, saluteth you”
(Romans 16:23).

Speaking of the ‘church’
under the metaphor of the human body,
in I Corinthians 12:27,

Paul says “Now you are the ‘body’ of Christ,
and members in particular.”

The article is absent in the Greek.

The same is true when the ‘church’
is represented under the figure of a ‘temple’.

The ‘church’ at Corinth is called
“the temple of God” in I Corinthians 3:16

and also in II Corinthians 6:16.

In the second chapter of Ephesians
the ‘church’ is in view
under the figure of a building or temple.

Local ‘congregations’ are in view in verse 21;
“In whom (Christ) all the ‘building’
fitly framed together

grows into an Holy ‘temple’ (sanctuary)
in the Lord.”

In verse 22 the church at Ephesus
is referred to:

“In whom (Christ) you also
are ‘builded’ together

for an Habitation of God
through the Spirit.”

We have given the correct text
in these quotations.

In Ephesians 3:21;

“Unto Him Be Glory in the ‘church’
by Christ Jesus throughout all ages,

World without end. Amen.”

Jesus’ Redeemed people,
Making up the Glory ‘church’,

Will Be Christ’s Eternal Monument as Savior.

“When He Will Come
to Be Glorified in His Saints,

and to Be Admired in all them
that believe (because our testimony
among you was believed) in that day”
(II Thess. 1:10).

The ‘ekklesia’ or ‘church’ in Glory
Will Be the One Real ‘temple’, ‘body’,
‘flock’, and ‘bride’ of Christ.

In Glory the ‘church’ Will Have Been Built
and Be Forever to His Glory.

And because each local particular ‘assembly’
on Earth is a representative of His Institution
called the ‘church’,

all the figures applied
to the Future ‘church’ in Glory

are also applied
to each and every local ‘assembly’ of saints.

(Note: See introduction of this volume
as to the belief of the publisher
about Bride of Christ.)

A man once said to B. H. Carroll,

“How dare you apply such broad terms
as ‘the house of God,’
‘the body of Christ’,
and ‘the temple of God,’
to your little fragment of a denomination!”

Carroll replied:
“I do not apply them to any denomination,
nor to any aggregate of particular ‘churches’,

but the scriptures
do apply every one of them
to the particular ‘congregations’
of Christ’s disciples.”

In the Scriptural sense
there is no such thing as the Methodist ‘Church’,
or the Presbyterian ‘Church’,
or the Baptist ‘Church’, etc.

We should never speak
of The American Baptist ‘Church’,
or the Southern Baptist ‘Church’,

because there is no such thing.

The Southern Baptist Convention
is made up of individual messengers
sent to it from thousands of Baptist ‘churches’,

and these messengers
have no delegated authority.

Naturally, we Baptists believe
that our form of ‘church’ government

conforms more nearly
to the New Testament pattern.

There is no hierarchy
or grades of ministry among us.

All members are equal in authority
and this authority is expressed by vote.

One may have more influence than another,
but all have the same authority.

There is more and more being said today
about “One ‘church’ in one world.”

This means one big ‘church’
made up of the churches of all denominations.

But such a thing is utterly foreign to scripture,
so far as Christ’s ‘churches’ are concerned.

Such an idea is retrogression
rather than progress.

It reverses the missionary program.

In the early days Christ’s churchas,
as a Divinely Established Institution

found expression in one ‘church’,
the ‘church’ at Jerusalem.

Under persecution that ‘church’ was scattered,
and the members went everywhere
preaching the word.

And wherever disciples were made
another ‘church’ was organized.

And some years later,
we read of the churches of Judaea.

And when the church at Antioch
sent Paul and Barnabas as missionaries,

we soon read of ‘churches’ in Galatia
and other provinces.

If and when we have one ‘church’ in one world, who is to be the head of this one big ‘church’?

Will the Head be Christ or Anti-Christ?

The writer ventures the prediction
that the head of this one big ‘church’

will be a man living in a big house
in the city of Rome, the City of Seven Hills,
on the banks of the Tiber.

Let no Protestant ever suppose
that the Roman system of a graded ministry culminating in the supremacy of the pope
will ever be relinquished or compromised.

Yet with a sad heart we fear
that Christendom is headed in that direction.

Suppose History repeats itself,
and there again becomes one big world ‘church’:

such as the Roman Catholic Church
before the reformation;

suppose the reformation under Luther
and others reverse itself

and the Protestant denominations
return to Rome;

will this mean
that the perpetuity promised by Christ
will be repealed?

Perish the thought!

Just as in the past,
the true ‘churches’ of Christ

will not be a part of the big world ‘church’,

which will really be the Roman Catholic ‘Church’.

The Divine Institution
Christ Promised Perpetuity to

Will Not Perish from the Earth,
and these Divine Institutions

Will Always find expression
in particular ‘assemblies’;

which will not be swallowed up
by the big ecumenical body,

WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN,
NOR EVER WILL BE A ‘CHURCH’,
by NEW TESTAMENT DEFINITION.

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9.0.0 > N.T. Intro #2a: JESUS’ SOON RETURN is “The End of The Age” & “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a Net”

DOZENS of NEW TESTAMENT VERSES

TEACH THE SECOND COMING

of JESUS CHRIST

and THE END of THE EARTH.

from THE STRAIGHTFORWARD,

PLAIN TEACHING PORTIONS of

THE NEW TESTAMENT,

i.e., The Gospels, The Book of Acts,

and The Epistles…

without ‘going first’ to

THE RICH ‘SYMBOLIC’ and ENCRYPTED

APOCALYPTIC LITERARY GENRE

of THE BOOK of REVELATION,

or ‘Hidden’ OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECIES

The NEW TESTAMENT Passages,

in which THE TRIUNE GODHEAD

REVEALS and TEACHES THE SECOND COMING

of JESUS CHRIST at THE END of TIME

(w/o Revelation, or The Old Testament Prophecies),

are ALL of THE STRAIGHTFORWARD,

NEW TESTAMENT VERSES TEACHINGS

of THE SECOND COMING of JESUS

and TEACH THAT JESUS’ SOON RETURN

is THE END of THE EARTH,

THE SECOND COMING of JESUS

and THE END of THE EARTH

WILL BE:

God’s Consummation of All Things

and

The End of Time.

As you study these New Testament Verses,

we trust you will

find that God Has Planned A Single,

Christ-Centered Consummation

for the End of the Present Evil Age,

when, at JESUS CHRIST’S SECOND COMING

Jesus Christ Himself

Will Raise the dead,

Judge the World in Righteousness,

Destroy the Present Earth

and its works by Fire,

and

Create A New Heavens and A New Earth,

The Eternal Home of The Redeemed.

LET JESUS BE A COMFORT to YOU !

John 14:1;

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.

You Believe in God;

Believe in Me as well.

“2 In My Father’s House

Are Many Mansions.

“If it were not so,

Would I Have Told you

that I Am Going There

to Prepare A Place for you?

“3 And if I Go

and

Prepare A Place for you,

I Will Come Back

and

Welcome you Into My Presence,

so that you

Also May Be Where I Am”

Adapted from:

https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/matthew-13-47.html
and following.

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AWARE of The GODHEAD 9.0.0 > N.T. Intro #2a:

JESUS’ SOON RETURN is “The End of The Age”,
& “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a Net”.

Matthew 13:47-50

The Parable of the Dragnet

( in which JESUS CHRIST

Describes

THE END of THE WORLD,

when JESUS COMES AGAIN ).

In Matthew 13:47, JESUS Says:

“Again The Kingdom of Heaven is like a Net”

By, “The Kingdom of Heaven”,
THE CONCLUDING RESULTS
of the Gospel Age, is meant

and of the Results of The Gospel Ministry,
When THE DAY of SALVATION is OVER.

This Kingdom of Heaven
may be compared to a Net,

because of The Kingdom of Heaven’s ‘crudeness’
in the esteem of men;

Which USES THE ‘foolishness’
(as the Lost World views it)
of PREACHING THE GOSPEL,
of JESUS’ DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION

being seen as ‘Bloody’ and despicable,
and of no account in the eyes of the world:

and yet like a Net, which, naturally,
is a woven piece of curious artifice
and workmanship, made by men,

The PREACHING of THE GOSPEL,
of JESUS’ DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION
in The Kingdom of Heaven
is the Product of The Grace of God;

in which GOD ALMIGHTY’S
Manifold Wisdom is Displayed,

and is what Angels desire to look into.

The PREACHING of THE GOSPEL,
of JESUS’ DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION
in The Kingdom of Heaven as the Product of The Grace of God;

is Designed, and Purposely Contrived,
by THE ETERNAL TRIUNE GODHEAD

for the Gathering in of sinners to Jesus Christ,
THROUGH THE NEW BIRTH FROM ABOVE,
by THE HOLY SPIRIT of GOD.

The PREACHING of THE GOSPEL,
of JESUS’ DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION
in The Kingdom of Heaven, ALSO, has other uses;

such as troubling of the world,
Just as the Net ‘troubles’ the waters of the sea.

The PREACHING of THE GOSPEL,
of JESUS’ DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION
in The Kingdom of Heaven, ALSO,

‘draws out’ the corruptions of the men of it,

Just as a fisherman’s Net
‘draws out’ weeds and stones, etc.

ALSO,
The PREACHING of THE GOSPEL,
of JESUS’ DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION
in The Kingdom of Heaven, like a Net,

can do nothing of itself, unless Cast;

and EVEN WHEN The PREACHING of THE GOSPEL,
of JESUS’ DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION
in The Kingdom of Heaven IS ‘CAST’,

THE PREACHING of THE GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST
Must Be Succeeded with a Divine Blessing,

And ACCOMPINIED by THE HOLY GHOST.

So, when JESUS Says:

“…The Kingdom of Heaven is like a Net”

“that was cast into the sea;”

by “the sea” is meant the World.

The PREACHING of THE GOSPEL,
of JESUS’ DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION
in The Kingdom of Heaven,
IS ‘CAST’ into The World,

AND INTO the storms and tempests of afflictions,
and persecutions that the Saints
have had to meet with,

along with all the continual troubles
that are in this Lost World,
for Believers in JESUS CHRIST.

ALL the WORLD’S restlessness
and instability in all things;
and the dangers of The WORLD;

Just as “the sea” is the proper place
and element of fishes,
To cast a Net, for them,

The World is the proper place

TO ‘CAST’
The PREACHING of THE GOSPEL,
of JESUS’ DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION

into The World,
TO CATCH the INDIVIDUAL LOST SOULS of it.

The ‘Casting’
of The PREACHING of THE GOSPEL,
of JESUS’ DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION,

into the ‘sea’ OF THE LOST WORLD,

Designs the Opening of The Gospel,

and The Unfolding of the Mysteries
of The PREACHING of THE GOSPEL,
of JESUS’ DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION,

and The PREACHING of THE GOSPEL,
of JESUS’ DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION in all the World.

The ‘Casting’
of The PREACHING of THE GOSPEL,
of JESUS’ DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION,

into the ‘sea’ OF THE LOST WORLD,

which Designs the Opening of The Gospel Age,

supposes that there are persons Qualified
for The PREACHING of THE GOSPEL;

The Patriarchs and Prophets
under the Old Testament;

and particularly Jesus Christ,
John the Baptist,
and the Apostles of Christ,

and succeeding Ministers
under the New Testament;

Are all certainly Qualified by God,
for PREACHING of THE GOSPEL

which does require
SUPERNATURALLY CALLED and ENABLED
Art, Skill, and Wisdom, Might
and Strength, Industry, Diligence, and Patience;

The ‘Casting’ of
The PREACHING of THE GOSPEL,
of JESUS’ DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION,

into the ‘sea’ OF THE LOST WORLD,
is done at a God Called Venture,

whether there are ‘fish’ or not;

and The ‘Casting’ of
The PREACHING of THE GOSPEL,
of JESUS’ DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION,

into the ‘sea’ OF THE LOST WORLD,

sometimes Succeeds,

AS GOD ‘GIVES INCREASE’ and SAVES SOULS

and sometimes not,

as THE MESSAGE of GOD Falls on Deaf Ears,

THAT ARE PERMITTED by GOD,
to REMAIN DEAF AND BLIND, in their SIN.

Matthew 13:

47 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a Net

that was cast into the sea,
and gathered of every kind,

48 “which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down and gathered the good into vessels,

but cast the bad away.

49 “So Will it be at The End of The World:

the Angels Will Come Forth

and Divide the wicked from among the Just,

50 “and Will Cast them into the Furnace of Fire:

51 “there Will Be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

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