This clip is not about theology, it’s about faith. The things of God are as “foolishness to the natural man”. This short video is no exception, about having the faith of a mustard seed!
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This is an opinion piece, allot of very rigid Bible doctrines can be found on this subject, but few envelop the totality of the Lord and his creation as a whole. As a minister with over 30 years of experience, and an understanding of the mercy shown of the Lord, I do not believe the righteous (as opposed to the wicked) suffer the result of the fall, as does the vast majority of humanity. That is to say, the needs of the righteous will be met, if not on earth, surely in heaven. In short, the suffering will be over!
Knowing your Bible gives you the basics for righteous living in life, but this is only a starting point for those who love and follow Jesus. So, the Bible is not emphatic about all subject matters, but is often used as a compass to lead us in the right direction, when used in contexts.
My wife and I just lost our old and faithful Cockier Spaniel, she helped me when I was recovering from my heart attack, and for years was a loving and obedient dog. This is primarily why I am writing this today, and to share with others my very personal knowledge of my Lord.
Below are some Bible verses I have pasted which show the creation order concerning animals and man. “Man” was created in God’s image, being tripartite in nature, yet his rebellion in the Garden of Eden separated him from a Holy God, because of his – (her) rebellion and independence.
Unlike “man” the animals did not rebel against the Lord God, yet were caught up in the downfall of creation, and they too suffer because of sin in the world, ultimately bringing death and destruction.
I cannot state emphatically that the souls of animals go to heaven, and some believe since they have no spirits (as does man) they will not exist with us in eternity; but it is my opinion that to believe such a doctrine leans towards legalism, and does not include the rest of the creation.
The whole of creation seems to be promised redemption; provided it has not rebelled against the Lord’s natural order to include an animal killing a human being, as in: Exodus 21:28–35 ESV
28 “When an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox shall be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten, but the owner of the ox shall not be liable. 29 But if the ox has been accustomed to gore in the past, and its owner has been warned but has not kept it in, and it kills a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death. 30 If a ransom is imposed on him, then he shall give for the redemption of his life whatever is imposed on him. 31 If it gores a man’s son or daughter, he shall be dealt with according to this same rule. 32 If the ox gores a slave, male or female, the owner shall give to their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.
It is my belief if an animal kills a man, woman, or child even in defense, it is a violation of God’s order without redemption, and will join lost humanity (those not redeemed) with Satan and his angles in the lake of fire for all eternity.
Yet Conversely: other scripture appears to point to “good animals” (those who have not violated God’s creation order of authority) will also be redeemed as a part of the new heavens and earth.
Isaiah 11:6 (KJV)
6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
These other verses also show the totality of the Lord’s understanding especially towards his people…
Genesis 1:28 ESV
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Psalm 147:9 ESV
9 He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.
Psalm 104:21 ESV
21 The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God.
Proverbs 12:10 ESV
10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
Luke 12:6 ESV
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? 2 And not one of them is forgotten before God.
Romans 8:22-24 (ESV)
22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?
It appears to me that most verses in the scriptures are speaking about the animals and man, being redeemed to the original creation order, and I’m quite convinced this shall include the pets of the righteous. This is a part of our great hope in Christ, when death has no more sting, what a glorious day that shall be!
Exactly right, and “glitches in the flesh” (as I’ve heard it put) show that we are all still subject to carnality, even if not in willful disobedience to God, we still are all dependent upon Christ’s work on the cross which only comes by grace alone.
Hmm, it seems this post’s link is no longer available, I am saddened the author has taken down his sight…
I haven’t the ability to do justice to this post, which was a type of book review by a brother known as “A Country Boy” yet I am able to sort of recap some of the principles of what Repentance entails as we battle to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Christian life is a Spiritual War, when we are born again the Lord has “freely given” the righteousness of Christ to us, because of his (Son’s) atonement for our sins on the cross in our behalf. This is the love of God put into action, the prophesied “Savior to the world” from the stock of Israel.
When we initially are drawn by God to Christ’s completed work on the cross by the Holy Spirit, we come to initial repentance of our sins. The person who actually receives this gift of Salivation is sealed to the day they are with the Lord by the Holy Spirit. This redeeming work within those whom the Lord has chosen to do a work in is a gift from God by Grace, so that no man may boast!
When we come to Christ we are a “new creation” to God, and when he looks upon us, he no longer sees our sin, but instead the blood of his son shed on the cross, for the remission of our sin. I use the word sin in the singular rather than sins in the plural, as the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin, so it is redundant to look upon any particular sin to focus upon.
When we start to follow Christ by “faith” (which is a principle of the spiritual law, much like gravity is a principle of the physical law). So, that in Christ by faith, we have been equipped to be “overcomers” to sin, and the enemy, the liar and accuser of the brethren; Satan.
Repentance simply means to change one’s mind, so as we enter into deeper “sanctification” (separation from the world to God) by the continued grace of God by faith,which was freely given to us, and little by little “we change our minds” (repent) about the sins which have ensnared us.
This is a lifelong prospect, yet the more committed we are to “put on the full armor of God”, (which we now are equipped with) and do battle, so to be overcomers to sin, and the enemy, the more we move forward in the Lord from victory to victory within our lives!
The most important thing to remember, is that “Total Victory” has already been won for us by Christ, something the enemy doesn’t want us to grasp! Satan still, even though defeated at the cross, constantly accuses the believer in Christ, to God the Father, of being less than adequate to deserve such a gift. These are my own words used in trying to describe just what type of battle we are in, even though the forces of Satan have already been defeated at the cross.
One of the primary reasons Satan does this, is because of his prideful & rebellious nature he has, and he cannot help himself – so to speak. Once the “born again believer” starts to understand the nature of these battles, and who Christ truly is, he is able to defeat the enemy at every level, and will naturally be “repentant” (change their mind) to every sinful shortfall within the flesh; (as he becomes convicted of the Holy Spirit within) not of himself, but of the Lord. Yet this does take some time to grow in Christ, while coming to this spiritual understanding.
I always remember when Jesus warned Peter, that Satan “desired to sift him”, that is “catch out any clumps of dirt which he could discover”, I believe in order to accuse Peter to God : as not being worthy enough to receive the grace of God, and being redeemed in Christ.
It is important to remember that to “redeem something” for silver, you must possess the promissory note; and that note certifies to God, the work which Jesus did for us on the cross! So, fight the good fight, and run the good race, so that redemptory note hold great value for us when we finish!
The following is an excerpt from Curtis Hutson’s book: “Repentance: What Does The Bible Teach?”
“I recently asked a large congregation if there was anyone present who had not sinned in the last week to raise his hand, and not a single hand was lifted. I don’t know of anyone who lives a single day without sinning. Now to be sure, you may not commit murder, adultery, or you may not rob a bank, but you sin nonetheless. Romans 14:23 says, “For whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” That simply means that if we do anything without a conviction of God’s approval, then it is sinful. And I suppose everyone is guilty of this every day of his life.
When I was a small boy, I recall hearing an old preacher pray, “Lord, forgive us of the sins of omission as well as the sins of commission.” There is…
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This post is a commentary I’ve decided to write, as a small example of how we are living in the age of delusion.
I have chosen my desktop Bible verse software; out of many examples in the marketplace of supposed ministries, to focus on the “free” desktop version provided from Vladimir Rybant Ministries (a Russian) as I look at it every day.
This may not be deliberate, yet it is disturbing to me, here is an example of the glitch… >Hebrews 11:06 for he that cometh to God must believe that he is… “Well, Even Satan believes that God is”… Here is the passage in its totality:
Hebrews 11:06 (KJV) 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
This is the Asbury Bible Commentary on the same verse referencing the Gospel of John:
God Is Righteous—Fellowship as Doing Righteousness (2:29-4:6)
In 2:29 John declares his thesis; the subsequent verses serve as an exposition of its implications. A new metaphor is introduced here in the words born of him. It is not new, however, to the Johannine world of thought, since it is a major motif in Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus (Jn 3). Here it appears to be used primarily to introduce the concept of sonship since the following passages emphasize the necessity of children bearing the family likeness. This is a truth that runs throughout Scripture. God’s people are to manifest his character in their daily lives; here that character is defined as righteousness.
Is it just that this version takes up too much data to put in it’s totality, or is it something more sinister? I don’t know, yet it makes the scriptural texts completely useless, for the brother or sister who seeks a deeper truth, as represented in this passage of the Bible. I am not trying to single out anyone, nor any ministry work, but be advised, deception and delusion apart from a love of the truth that you might be saved, seems to be everywhere, and in every sect of the religion today; this is not just doctrinal battling on a natural level, but in fact is spiritual or supernatural in nature! Just like 2 Thessalonians 2, said would happen.
These passages in their totality, are all speaking about having a “love for the truth”; who is Christ, made manifest to his people. This point is not made noticeable in my desktop version, and castrates the verse into “CHEAP BELIEVISM”. Since there is a major online Christian site, (which I used to do articles for) who seems to challenging the idea, that CHEAP BELIEVISM is somehow uprooting the Sovereignty of God; sadly I must take the time to defend my words and position from these academics.
So, I am not dismissing the doctrine that true conversion and sanctification is of God, and God alone – yet what I am saying is that YOU must have a love for the truth that you might be saved, and enter into the Kingdom, now before you die. I am well aware of what the 5 points of Calvinism teach, and for the most part this is entirely sound doctrine. However, the scripture must be read in contexts, and its totality, and not be read dismissively, or (cherry picking) just because someone reads what they don’t want to see… A DISCIPLE MUST ENTER IN THE NARROW WAY, IN “FOLLOWING” CHRIST!
I would even take this concept one step further; and that is to say, that if you have “no love for the truth”, you will not receive it, and you will be given over by God, to what you love more than the truth; who is Christ Jesus! Jesus said to ABIDE IN HIM, and are likened to the Virgins and their lamps, who are the Bride of Christ! This is serious, serious business, and modern scribes and Pharisees of today have watered down the truth, to keep themselves in a comfortable position within the world’s religious communities… In my humble opinion, this is what systematized Church and theology, has become today, as men love their positions and status in the world (love not the world, Jesus said), more than serving the Lord in totality, with all their heart and being. So, why does such venom exist today within systematic theologies? The answer is Pride; and because the (Carnal) or Natural Man hates; and wars, with those who are spiritual; and of the Lord. It has always been this way since Christ and the Apostles walked on earth, and prior to that, the prophets were always rejected! The truth of God has always been found in the minority of the brethren, out of all those who claim to be the Lord’s disciples.
So, how deceptive is this war to the actual brethren? Matthew 24: 24 for there shall arise false Christ’s, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Or Mark 13:22 for false Christ’s and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. NOTICE: the texts reads if it were possible, even the elect would be deceived, as salvation is a work God starts alone, independent of men. And it is because of Christ, the elect have the CHANCE to become the Sons and Daughters of God. The Apostle Paul himself said, that he had to strive to enter, lest he be a castaway (meaning disqualified) from the finish. Paul’s words, not mine. He also spoke of being an enemy of the cross, and about false brethren sneaking in. The Apostle John spoke about those who started with Christ, but took the broad road, and became anti- Christ’s. These people are like “wall to wall carpet today”, simply because they will not walk in the truth, who is Jesus Christ in Spirit and Truth!
I suggest prayerfully reading, 2 Thessalonians 2: 10-12 as an example –
2 Thessalonians 2:10 and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.