1.0 Intro 2b: What was it that ‘Moved’ GOD to Predestinate His Elect to “The Praise of The Glory of His Grace?” 

God Created, simply,

for The Manifestation of His Glory.

Do some of our readers imagine

that we have gone beyond what Scripture warrants?

Then we appeal to the Law and the testimony:

 “Stand up and bless the LORD,

your God, forever and ever;

 and blessed be Your Glorious Name,

which is Exalted

above all blessing and praise”

(Nehemiah 9:5).

God is no ‘gainer’ even from our worship.

He was in no need of that external Glory of His Grace

which arises from His redeemed,

 for He is Glorious enough in Himself without that.

What was it that moved Him

to Predestinate His Elect to the Praise of the Glory of His Grace?

It was

“According to

The Good Pleasure

of His Will”

(Ephesians 1:5).

We are well aware that the high ground we tread here

 is new and strange to almost all of our readers,

so it is well to move slowly.

Let us appeal again to the Scriptures.

As the apostle brings us to the close

of a long argument on Salvation by Sovereign Grace,

he asks,

“Because who

has known the Mind of the LORD?

 Or who has been His counselor?

 Or who has first given to Him,

and it Will be

Recompensed unto him again?”

(Romans 11:34-35).

The force of this is that it is impossible

to bring the Almighty under obligation to the creature.

 God gains nothing from us.

 “If you are Righteous,

what do you give Him?

Or what does He Receive from your hand?

 …

Your wickedness

may hurt a man as you are;

and your Righteousness

may profit The Son of man”

(Job 35:7-8).

 …

But it certainly cannot affect God,

who is All-Blessed in Himself.

“When you will have done all those things

which are Commanded you,

say, 

We are unprofitable servants”

(Luke 17:10)

—our obedience has profited nothing.

We go farther:

our Lord Jesus Christ

added nothing to God

in His Essential Being and Glory,

 either by what He Did or Suffered. 

True, loriously true,

He Manifested that Glory of God to us,

but He added nothing to God.

He Himself expressly Declares so,

and there is no appeal from His words,

“My Goodness Extended not to You”

(Psalm 16:2).

The whole of that Psalm is a Psalm of Christ.

Christ’s Goodness or Righteousness

Reached to His saints in the Earth (Psalm 16:3),

 but God was High Above and Beyond it all.

It is true that God is both Honored and dishonored by men,

not in His Essential Being, but in His Official Character.

 …

It is Equally true that God has been Glorified by Creation,

by Providence, and by Redemption.

 We do not dare dispute this for a moment.

But all of this has to do with His Manifestation of Glory

and the recognition of it by us.

Yet, had God so Pleased,

He Might have Continued Alone for All Eternity, 

without

Making Known His Glory to Created souls. 

Whether He should Do so or not

He Determined solely by His Own Will.

God was Perfectly Blessed in Himself

before the First-Created soul was Called into Being.

 …

And what are all the Created souls of Human Beings

MADE by His hands to Him even now?

The Scripture again answers:

“Behold, the Nations are as a drop of a bucket,

and are counted as the small dust of the balance; 

behold,

He Takes Up the Isles as a very little thing. 

And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn,

nor the beasts thereof

sufficient for a burnt offering. 

All Nations before Him are as nothing;

and

 they are Counted to Him less than nothing,

and vanity. 

To whom, then, will you liken God?

Or what likeness will you Compare unto Him?”

(Isaiah 40:15-18).

That is the God of Scripture;

but, He is still

“the unknown God”

(Acts 17:23) to heedless multitudes.

“It is He that Sits upon the circle of the Earth,

and the inhabitants thereof are like grasshoppers; 

that Stretch out the Heavens as a Curtain,

and Spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: 

Who Brings the princes to nothing;

He Makes the judges of the Earth as vanity”

(Isaiah 40:22-23).

 …

How vastly different is the God of Scripture

from the ‘god’ of the average pulpit!

Nor is the testimony of the New Testament any different

from that of the Old.

How could it be since both have One and the Same Author?

There too we read,

“Which in His Times He Will Show,

Who is The Blessed and Only Potentate,

 The King of kings, and Lord of lords;

Who Only Has Immortality, 

Dwelling in the Light

which no man can approach; 

Whom no man has seen,

nor can see;

to Whom be Honor

and Power Everlasting. Amen”

(1 Timothy 6:15-16).

Such a One is to be Revered, Worshipped, Adored.

He is Solitary in His Majesty,

Unique in His Excellency,

Peerless in His Perfections.

He Sustains all but is Himself Independent of all.

He Gives to all and is Enriched by none.

Such a God cannot be found out by searching.

He can be Known

Only as He is Revealed to the heart

by the Holy Spirit through the Word.

It is true that Creation Demonstrates a Creator,

and so plainly that men are

“without excuse.”

Yet we still have to say with Job,

“Lo, these are Parts of His Ways;

but how Little a Portion is heard of Him? 

But the thunder of His Power,

who can understand?”

(Job 26:14).

 …

The so-called argument from design

by well-meaning apologists has, we believe,

 done much more harm than good.

It has attempted to bring the great God

down to the level of finite comprehension 

and thereby has lost sight of

His Solitary excellence.

Analogy has been drawn between a savage

who finds a watch upon the sands,

and from a close examination of it

infers a watchmaker.

So far so good. But attempt to go farther.

Suppose the savage sits on the sand

and endeavors to form a conception of this watchmaker,

his personal affections and manners,

his disposition, acquirements, and moral character,

 all that goes to make up a personality.

Could he ever think or reason out a real man,

the man who made the watch, so he could say,

“I am acquainted with him”?

It seems trifling to ask,

but is the Eternal and Infinite God

so much more within the grasp of human reason?

No, indeed.

The God of Scripture

can be known

only by those to whom

He Makes Himself Known.

Nor is God known by the Intellect.

“God is a Spirit”

(John 4:24),

and therefore can only be known Spiritually.

But fallen man is not spiritual, he is carnal. 

He is dead to all that is spiritual. 

Unless he is Born Again, Supernaturally

brought from death unto Life,

 Miraculously Translated Out of darkness into Light,

he cannot even See the things of God (John 3:3),

 still less Apprehend them (1 Corinthians 2:14).

The Holy Spirit

Has to Shine in our hearts (not intellects) 

to Give us

“the Knowledge of the Glory of God

in the Face of Jesus Christ”

(2 Corinthians 4:6).

But even that Spiritual Knowledge is fragmentary.

The Regenerated soul has to Grow in Grace

and in the Knowledge of the Lord Jesus

(2 Peter 3:18).

The Principal Prayer

and Aim of Christians should be to

 “walk worthy of the LORD

unto all Pleasing,

being Fruitful in every good work,

 and

increasing in the Knowledge of God”

(Col. 1:10).

*****

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0.0.i: INTRODUCTION: The Distinction Between Free Will and Free Agency.

THERE is

A  TOTAL INABILITY

for a NATURALLY BORN HUMAN

to ‘COME TO’ or ‘RELATE TO’ GOD,

APART FROM THE NEW BIRTH:

FALLEN HUMAN BEINGS

ARE BOTH FREE in their ‘WILL’

AND ENSLAVED

to THAT SAME FREE ‘WILL’,

THAT ‘WILL’ NEVER CHOSE GOD,

UNLESS GOD ALMIGHTY, FIRST,

RENEWS THE LOST SOUL to ETERNAL LIFE.

BY J.I. PACKER

“The heart is deceitful

above all things

and beyond cure.

Who can understand it?”

JEREMIAH 17:9

Clear thought about the fallen human condition

requires a distinction between

what has been called ‘free will’,

since the start of Christianity.

and for the past two centuries

has been called ‘free agency’.

‘Free agency’

is a characteristic of human beings

in that:

All humans

ARE MORALLY RESPONSIBLE to GOD

when we make our own decisions

as to what we will do,

choosing as we please

in the light of our individual sense

of ‘right and wrong’

and the inclinations we feel.

Thus we are all are Moral Agents,

Answerable to God

and to each other for our voluntary choices.

 Adam was

MORALLY RESPONSIBLE to GOD

when he made his own decisions

as to what he would do,

both before and after he sinned;

We are all are Moral Agents,

Answerable to God

and so are The Glorified Saints

( ‘Saved’ souls,

who Have Experienced

The New, SPIRITUAL, Birth,

from Above)

who are Confirmed in Grace

( by That Activity of God

in Saving their soul,

by which they Become

“Partakers of

The Divine Nature”

and are

“Sealed, unto

The Day of Redemption”)

in such a sense that

they are still

Living in their ‘Old Nature’ of Flesh

and yet Possess

a New SPIRITUAL Nature,

which is no longer Capable of sin,

because

their New SPIRITUAL NATURE

is DIVINE.

Once,

The SPIRITUALLY

Born Again soul,

Leaves this Life,

their New,

SPIRITUALLY BORN AGAIN SOUL

still Contains The Divine Nature,

with the Inability to sin.

 That Inability to sin Will Be

One of the Delights and Glories of Heaven,

but it will not terminate anyone’s humanness;

Glorified Saints Will Still make choices

in accordance with their New Nature,

and those choices will all still be

 the product of human ‘free agency’

even thou, IN THAT ‘ETERNAL DAY’,

those choices Glorified Saints Will Make

will always be Good and Right.

‘Free will’, however,

has been defined

by Christian teachers

from The Second Century on

as ‘the ability to choose

all the moral options that a situation offers’,

and Augustine affirmed against Pelagius

and most of the Greek Fathers,

since original sin

has robbed us of ‘Free will’

in this sense, of ‘the ability to choose

all the moral options that a situation offers’.

Therefore, since original sin

has robbed us of ‘Free will’

in this sense

of saying ‘Free will’ would be

‘the ability to choose

all the moral options that a situation offers’,

we have NO natural ability

to Discern and Choose God’s Way,

We have NO natural ability

to Discern and Choose God’s Way,

because we have

no natural inclination Godward;

our hearts are in bondage to sin,

and only The Grace of Regeneration

can,

SPIRITUALLY,

free us from that slavery 

to our Natural Nature, of ‘sin’,

and, our Natural Nature’ to sin’.

This, for substance,

was what Paul taught in Romans 6:16-23;

16 “Do you not know,

that to whom you yield yourselves

servants to obey,

his servants you are

whom you obey;

whether of sin unto death,

or of Obedience

unto Righteousness?

 17But God Be Thanked,

that whereas you were

the servants of sin,”

( in your Natural flesh )

“you have”

( Been Made

SPIRITUALLY ABLE

and)

“obeyed from the heart

that”

(Spiritual) “Form of Doctrine

which was Delivered to you”

(Spiritually,

by THE NEW BIRTH).

 18 “Being, then,

Made Free from sin,”

(Spiritually,

by THE NEW BIRTH)

“you”

 ( the Saved Individual)

“became the”

(Spiritual)

“Servants of Righteousness.”

 19 “I speak after the manner of men

because of

the infirmity of your flesh;

because as you have

yielded your members

servants to uncleanness

and

to iniquity unto iniquity,”

( prior to your Spiritual New Birth,

while in your Natural flesh )

“even so now”

(Spiritually)

“Yield your members”

(Spiritual)

“Servants to Righteousness

unto Holiness.

 20 “Because when you were

the servants of sin,”

( prior to your Spiritual New Birth,

while in your Natural flesh )

“you were free from”

(Spiritual) Righteousness”.

 21What” (Spiritual) “fruit

did you have then

in those things for which

you are now ashamed?

Because

the end of those things is death.

 22But now

Being Made Free”

(Spiritually)

“from sin,

and Become Servants to God,

you have your” 

(Spiritual) fruit unto holiness,

and the end Everlasting Life.

 23 “Because the wages of sin is death,

but The” (Spiritual)

“Gift of God is Eternal Life

through Jesus Christ,

our Lord”.

Only THE SPIRITUALLY FREED WILL

(Paul says, the Spiritually Freed person)

Freely and heartily chooses Righteousness,

SPIRITUALLY.

Only THE SPIRITUALLY FREED WILL

Has The SPIRITUAL CAPABILITY

to Have

A permanent Love of Righteousness—

that is,

a SPIRITUAL Inclination of heart

to the SPIRITUAL Way of Living

that Pleases God—

THE SPIRITUALLY FREED WILL

that

Has The SPIRITUAL CAPABILITY

to Have

A permanent Love of Righteousness—

is one aspect of

The SPIRITUAL Freedom

that Jesus Christ Gives

as we see, in John 8:34-36;

 & Galatians 5:1, 13.

John 8:34;

Jesus Answered them,

Verily, verily, I Say to you,

Whosoever committeth sin

is the servant of sin.

 35And the servant

abideth not in the house forever;

 but the Son Abideth Ever.

 36 “If the Son, therefore,

Will Make you Free,

you Wi Bell Free Indeed.” 

Galatians 5:1;

Stand fast, therefore,

in the” (SPIRITUAL) “Liberty

wherewith

 Christ Has Made us Free,

and

be not entangled again

with the yoke of bondage.”

13 “Because brethren,

you Have Been Called to”

(SPIRITUAL) Liberty;

only do not use Liberty

for an occasion to the flesh,

but by Love Serve one another”

(SPIRITUALLY).

It is worth observing that

‘will’ is an abstraction.

My ‘will’ is not a part of me

which I choose to move or not to move,

like my hand or my foot;

My ‘will’ is precisely me choosing to act

and then going into action.

The truth about ‘free agency’,

and about Jesus Christ

‘Freeing sin’s slave

from sin’s dominion’,

can be expressed more clearly

if the word ‘will’ is dropped

and each person says:

I am a free agent,

in my Natural

FLESH NATURE

that

ONLY HAS THE ABILITY

TO SIN,

however, I am

a CREATED SOUL;

and Morally Responsible, to

A SINLESS, HOLY,

PERFECT GOD.

I am the slave of sin

whom

Jesus Christ must Liberate;

I am a fallen, sin-cursed, being

who Only has the capability

in my Natural Created soul,

TO SIN AGAINST GOD

and to

BE THE ENEMY of GOD

and to always choose

to DO NOTHING BUT

sin Against God,

until

God Renews my heart,

to

a NEW SPIRITUAL CREATION.

*****

BECAUSE THERE is

A  TOTAL INABILITY

for a NATURALLY BORN HUMAN

to ‘COME TO’ or ‘RELATE TO’ GOD,

APART FROM THE NEW BIRTH:

FALLEN HUMAN BEINGS

ARE BOTH FREE in their ‘WILL’

AND ENSLAVED

to THAT SAME FREE ‘WILL’,

THAT ‘WILL’ NEVER CHOSE GOD,

UNLESS GOD ALMIGHTY, FIRST,

RENEWS THE LOST SOUL

to ETERNAL LIFE.

MAN’S FALL AND DEPRAVITY

None of these following 60 verses ‘teach’

that a soul may obtain ‘Salvation’, by ‘their free will’,

nor do any other verses in The Bible: 

 

 

The Character and End of the Wicked,

Considered.

Jehovah’s Declaration,

Behold the Man is Become as One of Us,

Considered.

The Plague of a Man’s Own Heart,

what it is; to Whom Discovered;

and the Encouragement given to such Persons

to expect the Pardon of all their sins.

Human Inability

Web Page by C H Spurgeon

The Canons

of the Council of Orange (529 AD)

The Doctrine of the Will

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0.3b of 50: “The LORD your God Has Chosen you to be a Special People to Himself, above all people that are upon the Face of the Earth”.

AWARE of The GODHEAD

 0.3b of 50: 

Deuteronomy 5:29,

continued;

“O that they had such a heart

in them

that they would Fear Me,

and

Keep all My Commandments

always…”

Adapted from The COMPLETE TEXT

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here: in Part 1, Section 3—

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AWARE of The GODHEAD

 0.3b.I.2  

“The LORD your God

Has Chosen you

to be a Special People to Himself,

above all people

that are upon

the Face of the Earth”.

  …

It certainly seems revolting,

and repulsive,

to the Teachings of God’s Decrees

and Almighty Determinations

for the sin-weakened mind to

be tempted to

imply ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘guile’,

for God to “Passionately Wish”

the Salvation of some people

‘whom the Scriptures Says’

are a group of sinners

who were

not Elected by God,

but were Rejected by God,

and

that God had

Given them up

to a God-hating Mind,

and who are Vessels of Wrath

Suited and Prepared

for Eternal Destruction,

and

who are never eventually Saved.

However no one will say,

that the people whose good welfare

are Vehemently Desired by God

in this Passage of Scripture

were that group of sinners

who were

not Elected by God,

and were Rejected by God,

where The Bible,

in our text, Says, 

“O that they had such a heart

in them

that they would Fear Me,

and

Keep all My Commandments

always…”

0.3b.I.3  

These Particular people

are the most improper example

that could have been advanced

since these Individuals

were a Peculiar People to the Lord,

whom He Had Chosen

to be a Special people to Himself,

above all people

upon the Face of the Earth

Deuteronomy 7:6;

“because you are

 an Holy People

to The LORD your God:

The LORD your God

Has Chosen you

to be a Special People

to Himself,

above all people

that are upon

the Face of the Earth”.

0.3b.II  

II.  These Passionate Wishes

of God Expressed here;

“O that they had such a heart

in them

that they would Fear Me,

and

Keep all My Commandments

always…”

where God Vehemently Desires

the good welfare for these people

are also said by those who oppose

The Doctrine

of Particular Redemption,

to represent some instance

of ‘God’ being

 full of ‘guile’, ‘deceit’, ‘insincerity’,

‘dissimulation’, and ‘hypocrisy’;

to which we answer,

0.3b.II.1  

The Doctrine

of Particular Redemption

is

The Doctrinal Teaching

of The Scriptures.

Jesus Christ

DID NOT Die

for all Individuals.

Jesus Christ

Died for Only Some.

who are Called His people,

His sheep,

unless all Individuals

can be thought to be the People,

and sheep, of Jesus Christ.

0.3b.II.2  

 This blasphemous charge

“of guile, deceit, insincerity,

dissimulation, and hypocrisy”,

ought to be removed from God,

Who cannot lie,

deceive, dissemble,

or deny Himself.

Almighty Jehovah God

is a God of Truth,

and without iniquity;

Just and Right is He.

0.3b.II.3 

Nor, 

Does such a ‘Passionate Wish’

God Expressed here;

“O that they had such a heart

in them

that they would Fear Me,

and

Keep all My Commandments

always…”

for the Good of these people,

whom God had so Great a Regard

that God Delievered them

from Egyptian bondage,

imply anything of this nature,

of the blasphemous charge

against The Lord God

“of guile, deceit, insincerity,

dissimulation, and hypocrisy”,

by those opposing

The Doctrine

of Particular Redemption

because

as has been observed

in answer to former question,

we have a need to back up,

BEFORE THE ACCUSATION

is MADE

it ought to be proved,

that God

has ever used such

Expressions of Desire

for the Salvation of all mankind,

(?????)

and particularly of such

who are not Saved;

among whom

no one will include

these people of Israel,

especially since it is said

in Romans 11:26,

that

all Israel Will Be Saved”,

of course Meaning,

“All SPIRITUAL ISRAEL

that Have Been Chosen

Will Be Saved”,

i.e., “ALL THE ELECT”. 

0.3b.II.4 

And,

 After all, these words;

“O that they had such a heart

in them

that they would Fear Me,

and

Keep all My Commandments

always…”

Do Not express

God’s Desire

for their Eternal Salvation,

but only of their

temporal good and welfare,

and that of their posterity.

Because their Eternal Salvation

was not to be Obtained

by

‘Works of Righteousness

done by them’,

by their ‘Fear’ or ‘Worship of God’,

or by their constant

‘universal obedience’

to His Commands.

They were Saved

by the Grace of

The Lord Jesus Christ,

even as we are.

Their Fear of God,

and Obedience to His Will,

did indeed result

in their Temporal Prosperity,

and as The Consequence 

of GOD’S DESIRE for THEM

that Temporal Prosperity

was Gratefully Received

and Tremendously

Enjoyed by them.

The Fear of God,

and Obedience to His Will,

by these Chosen children of God,

as The Consequence 

of GOD’S DESIRE for THEM,

Resulted in Temporal Prosperity,

that they might Live,

and

that it be Well with them,

and that their days

were Extended in the land

they were going to Possess,

as appears from verse 33;

Deuteronomy 5:33;

“You Will Walk in All the Ways

which The LORD your God

Has Commanded you,

that you may Live,

and 

that it may be Well with you,

and that 

you may Prolong your days

in the land

which you Will Possess”

and

with a view to how 

God Had so Strongly Desired

these Things for them,

and

for these Things

to be Done by them, 

we simply see

God Blessing His children

that they might Live,

and

that it be Well with them,

and that their days

were Extended in the land

they were going to Possess.”

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2.0.0.0 Intro & Bibliography/ CREATION Looks Like ‘INTELLIGENT DESIGN’. Science Doesn’t Say ‘a speck of dust’ Different – ‘Scientists’ Do.

Creation

Aware of The Godhead 2.0.0.0

Intro & Bibliography/

Adapted from 

Bible Topics

Alphabetical Index  *

CREATION

Looks Like

‘INTELLIGENT DESIGN’.

Science Doesn’t Say

‘a speck of dust’ Different

– ‘Scientists’ Do.

SUBTOPICS

Audio Multimedia (29)

Creation (112)
Evolution (117)
Q&A (1)

“Then God Said,

“Let Us Make man

in Our Image,

in Our Likeness,

and let them rule

over the fish of the sea

and the birds of the air,

over the livestock,

over all the Earth,

and over all the creatures

that move along the ground.”

“So God Created man

in his own image,

in the Image of God

He Created him;

male and female

He Created them…

“The LORD God

Formed the man

from the dust of the ground

and

Breathed into his nostrils

the breath of life,

and the man

became a living soul.”

Genesis 1:26-27 and 2:7

“I Praise You

because I am Fearfully

and Wonderfully Made;

Your Works are Wonderful,

I know that full well.”

Psalm 139:14

“This only have I found:

God Made Mankind upright,

but men

have gone in search

of many schemes.”

Ecclesiastes 7:29

“It is I Who Made the Earth

and Created mankind upon it.

“My Own Hands

Stretched Out the Heavens;

“I Marshaled

their Starry Hosts.”

Isaiah 45:12

“With My Great Power

and Outstretched Arm

I Made the Earth

and its people

and the animals

that are on it,

and I Give it

to anyone I Please.”

Jeremiah 27:5

“And just as we

have borne the likeness

of the Earthly man,

so Will we Bear the likeness

of the Man from Heaven.”

1 Corinthians 15:49

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2.0.6a ANTHROPOLOGY: Saved, Children of God BECOME Partakers of the Divine Nature, through The New Birth.

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The General Revelation of God

is Given to Everyone –

Brian Borgman

Brian Borgman | Systematic Theology

“He Who Calls you

is Faithful;

He Will Surely Do It.”

(1 Thessalonians 5:24)

This reference site on Anthropology

is from a website with an odd name.

It is a theological term

in which

the prefix “mono” means “one”

and

the suffix “ergism” (ergon)

means “to work”.

Together

“mono” + “ergism”

means,

“the work of one”,

and when referring to

Eternal Salvation;

Eternal Salvation

is ACCOMPLISHED 

by “The Work of One”.

Eternal Salvation

IS ‘BY’ ONE PERSON

and

‘IN’ TRUSTING

The PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST

AND JESUS’ ETERNAL

WORK of SALVATION

that The Jesus Lord

Accomplished Alone,

and is in no sense

‘a cooperation of man and God’.

If anyone is to be Saved

Jesus Must Grant

Everything we need

for Salvation,

including a New Heart to Believe.

(Deuteronomy 29:4, 30:6:

29:4 Yet the LORD

 has not Given you

an heart to Perceive,

and eyes to See,

and ears to Hear,

unto this Day.”

… 

30:6 “And The LORD your God

Will Circumcise your heart,

and the heart of your seed,

to Love The LORD your God

 with all your heart,

and with all your soul,

that you may live.”

Ezekiel 36:26;

“A new Heart also

Will I Give you,

and a new Spirit

Will I Put within you;

and

 I Will Take Away

the stony heart

out of your flesh,

and I Will Give you

a heart of flesh.” 

John 6:63, 65, 37; 

“It is The Spirit that Gives Life;

the flesh profited nothing.

The Words that I Speak to you, 

They are Spirit,

and They are Life.”

65And He said,

Therefore Said I to you,

that no man can Come to Me,

except it were Given to him

of My Father.”

 37; “All that the Father Gives Me 

Will Come to Me;

and him that Comes to Me 

I Will in No Way Cast Out.”

The Trinity,

is the purpose

for the name of this blog site,

“Aware of The Godhead”, or

in order to become

“Aware of The” Trinity,

and The Trinity

within The Eternal Godhead,

Work in Harmony

to Bring about the Salvation

of His Elect.

The Father Elects

His Chosen children in Christ,

before

The Foundation of The World;

in Eternity PAST.

The Son Redeems

His Chosen children in Christ,

The Father Elected

before

The Foundation of The World,

 and

The Holy Spirit

Applies Regeneration,

by The New Birth,

Making

God’s Born Again child

a Partaker

of The Divine Nature,

to the all those

The Father Elected

before

The Foundation of The World,

that

The Father Has Given the Son.

That is God’s

Revelation to Mankind,

in The Bible,

of HOW GOD

ETERNALLY SAVES

a HUMAN BEING’S SOUL.

The Gospel,

is THE GOOD NEWS,

of Jesus Christ’s WORK

of OBTAINING

ETERNAL SALVATION,

by HIS DEATH, BURIAL,

and RESURRECTION.

THE GOSPEL MESSAGE

indeed Goes Out

to all people who Hear it,

SPIRITUALLY,

AFTER BEING GIVEN

THE HOLY SPIRIT,

but in the stubbornness

of people’s hearts,

WITHOUT THE SPIRIT of GOD,  

no one who is left to themselves,

Responds to this Outward Call,

Made by God’s Servants,

who

PREACH THE GOSPEL

to lost souls in The World,

as we see in

1 Corinthians 1:23, 24; 2:14;

23 “But we Preach Christ Crucified,

to the Jews a stumbling block,

and to the Greeks foolishness;

 24 “But to them who are Called,

both Jews and Greeks,

 Christ The Power of God,

and

The Wisdom of God.”

2:14; “But the natural man

Receiveth Not

The Things of the Spirit of God;

because

They are foolishness to him;

neither can he Know Them, 

because

They are Spiritually Discerned.”

So in Eternal Love

God Extends Mercy

to a multitude of ill-deserving

rebel sinners

by Opening their blind eyes,

Unstopping their deaf ears

and

Turning their heart of stone

to a heart of flesh,

WHICH IS THE ONLY WAY

GOD’S ELECT

Believe and Live

as we read,

in Romans 9:15, 16;

15 “Because He Said to Moses,

 I Will Have Mercy

on whom I Will Have Mercy,

and

 I Will Have Compassion

on whom I Will Have Compassion.

 16 “So, then, 

It is not of him that willeth,

nor of him that runneth,

but of God that Shows Mercy.”

GOD SAVES.

JESUS is THE SAVIOR.

OTHERWISE,

NO ONE WOULD BE ‘SAVED’

and

EVERY SOUL of the Human Race

would go to Hell, Forever.

If anyone is to Be Saved,

it is not because of someone

‘naturally having a good will’,

or being ‘more humble’,

or ‘wiser’,

and someone else

‘just not having’ 

a good will’,

or weren’t ‘humble’,

or ‘wiser’,

(as if ‘those things’

were ever ‘possible’

from

The Spiritually

Perfect Perspective

of their Judge, God,

Who is Eternally Holy

and

DEMANDS THAT THEY BE)

but

Because Christ Saved them.

If someone

Fully Trusts in Jesus Christ,

SPIRITUALLY

it is because

Jesus Christ

Gave them a Good Will

that they

May Believe The Gospel Call.

JESUS SAVES.

No one ‘Believes the Gospel’

apart from

The Effectual Working

of The Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:3; 

“Wherefore,

I Give you to Understand

that no man

speaking by the Spirit of God

Calls Jesus accursed;

and 

that no man can say

that Jesus is The Lord,

but by The Holy Spirit.”

1 Thessalonians 1:4-5;

 …

4 “Knowing, brethren beloved,

your Election of God.

 “Because our Gospel

Came Not to you in Word only,

but also in Power,

and in The Holy Spirit,

and in much Assurance;

as you know

what manner of men

we were among you

for your sake.” 

This link is a concise overview

of this term, “Monergism”,

their content and new features…

(I Do Not see ‘Reform Theology’,

or ‘Covenant Theology’ in The Bible,

particularly, as relating to ‘Salvation’.

So, If they do, I’m sorry.

Ask me, if you have questions about it.

It’s something to do

with

Old Testament Ordinances, or Sacrifices,

and

The New Testament Ordinance of ‘Baptism’,

having to do with ‘a Promise’, or ‘Covenant’,

THAT CAN BE USED to ‘COVER INFANTS’

and

Include them in ‘Salvation’ THAT WAY???

Sounds real ‘sentimental’,

and a ‘way’ to make ‘Parents Happy’,

…but, that’s not How God Saves

and those ideas of

‘Reform Theology’,

or ‘Covenant Theology’

are NOT in The Bible.

SENTIMENTALITY

is NOT SPIRITUALITY) 

ANTHROPOLOGY.

SUBTOPICS

Original Sin & The Fall / Total Depravity of Man

Anthropology

 is derived

from the two Greek words …

meaning “man” and …”word.”

Biblical Anthropology

deals with

The Study of the Bible’s Revelation

of the Nature of man

both before and after The Fall

and both before

and after Regeneration.

A fundamental idea

in Biblical Anthropology

is The Image of God.

Two-Age Glossary.

Man was created

by an Immediate Act of God

and is thus not the result

of ‘evolutionary’ processes.

God Created man

in His Own Image

and, therefore,

Gave to man

a transcendent value and worth.

We believe that man

was Given a Will and Placed

under A Covenant of works

and that all of ‘mankind’, in Adam,

chose to rebel against his Creator

and he sinned,

and thus

all of ‘mankind’

was Plunged into Spiritual Death,

whereby the Image of God was marred

and man’s will

was left in the thralldom of sin

[enslaved to sin].

Through the Covenant of Grace

by The Work of the Mediator

and the Holy Spirit,

man may be Regenerated,

that he may Believe the Gospel,

become

A New Creature in Christ,

and the image of God

(in the Form of

Spiritual Re-Generation

may be Restored in him

and an Individual Becomes

“A Partaker

of

The Divine Nature”.

Saved, Children of God

BECOME

Partakers of the Divine Nature,

through The New Birth;

II Peter 1:3

His Divine Power Has Given us” 

(Saved, Children of God

through The New Birth)

“everything we need

for” (Eternal) “Life

and” (Spiritual) “Godliness

through the Knowledge of Him

Who Called us”

(Saved, Children of God

through The New Birth)

“by His Own Glory

and Excellence.” 

4 Through these

He Has Given us His Precious 

and Magnificent Promises,

 so that through them

 you may become 

Partakers 

of

The Divine Nature,

 now that you have escaped

the corruption in the world

 caused by evil desires.”

 5 “For this very reason,

make every effort

to add to your Faith Virtue;

and to Virtue, Knowledge;……”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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”

AWARE of The GODHEAD

 0.3a of 50: 

Deuteronomy 5:29;

“O that they had such a heart

in them

that they would Fear Me,

and

Keep all My Commandments

always…”

COMPLETE TEXT of ORIGINAL MATERIAL

in PDF, here: in Section 3—

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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 some understand 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.

Part 1

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in PDF, here:

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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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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 do not have it

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 do that which is good,

yet how to perform it they know not;

they can do nothing without Christ,

though all things through Him,

Who Strengthens them;

Much less

then 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.

This beginning Note, adapted from:

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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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THE DISTINCT PERSONALITY,
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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.

AWARE of The GODHEAD

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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OF

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