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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