God Turns The World’s Greatest Sin And Injustice Into The World’s Greatest Blessing

Greetings!

I have covered the reasons why God and Christ Jesus allow suffering and apparent injustices in general terms under the Categories of “Suffering” and “God Can Give Nothing But Blessing And Goodness” but I want to cover the title of this present Category in a little more specific manner.

I have to admit I am taken back sometimes, how-be-it if only momentarily, when I see the obviously innocent suffer pain and indignities for no apparent reason. This is especially true concerning the suffering of children and animals.

However, the main example that God has given  to insure us that His ways, in ALL that He does, will ULTIMATELY bring about the greatest of blessings for each and everyone involved….even for the justifiable suffering of the sinner, which I will explain later.

This one prime example is, of course, the crucifixion of our Lord and Savi0r Christ Jesus.

God the Father, to the unenlightened human eye and thought, certainly seemed anything but fair and loving when, after His Son had lived a completely PERFECT life in total and absolute obedience and love to Him, then required and demanded Jesus to suffer one of the most horrible ways of dying possible….as well as being beaten severely !!

I can think of no greater apparent injustice.

And, it was beyond question the greatest of sins in that the world crucified its Creator Who had lived a perfect life on their (our) behalf. I can think of no greater sin than this.

But wait! God had a way to turn this greatest of sins and injustices into the greatest of blessings FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED!!!

God knew that Jesus could handle the suffering that He went through with the Cross or He would not have allowed it….plain and simple. And because of Christ’s love for the Father and His Creation He endured it and was exalted higher than all and given the Name that is above all names (Philippians 2:9)….quite a BLESSING!!

As for the world and the Creation that killed Him, God even was here able to bring about the GREATEST OF BLESSINGS for ALL mankind in that the sacrifice of Christ was accepted by the Father as the ULTIMATE penalty for sin for ALL who have ever lived or will live. (1 Peter 3:18; Romans 5:18-19; 1 Corinthians 15:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Colossians 1:20)

This is why Jesus could say in John 12:32: “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL to Myself….”. No ambiguity here. No mincing of words. No exceptions noted.

So, the major point of this presentation is to show that even if we can’t understand why some of  the lesser sins and suffering, as well as apparent injustices, are allowed by God and Jesus then our being able to CLEARLY see how God can take the greatest sin and injustice EVER COMMITTED and turn them into the GREATEST OF BLESSINGS….He and Jesus will have little trouble  turning ALL of these lesser ones into blessings, as well.

Concerning how Christ’s sacrifice was the ULTIMATE penalty  for EVERYONE’S  sin (permanent death) please refer to these Categories for a more complete explanation:

“All Creation Will Be Saved”

“God’s Plan For The Ages”

“Eon vs Forever”

“Hell”

“Lazarus And The Rich Man”

“Misunderstanding About the Salvation of All Creation”

The last Category listed especially deals with how sinners will suffer for their continuing sins and how some of the suffering will be quite severe. However, ULTIMATELY, even the suffering they experience will serve as chastisement for CORRECTION and NOT suffering for the mere sake  of vindictive pain. Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible puts this nicely in Matthew 25:46: “And these shall go away into age-abiding CORRECTION”. And notice, it is “age-abiding” NOT ‘eternal’!

Until later, be blessed in Him.

Fred

 

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God’s Plan Of The Ages

Hi, again.

If the Scriptures are translated literally and consistently, they reveal a GLORIOUS plan that God and Christ Jesus have in progress and it is broken down into ‘ages’ or ‘eons’. This is an excerpt from the Post (Category) “Eon vs Forever”:

“If they had just PROPERLY TRANSLATED IT CONSISTENTLY, as several versions such as Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible,  Young’s Literal Translation and the Concordant Literal Version have done, we Christians would EASILY see that God has a “PLAN OF THE AGES” (Ephesians 3:11), there was a time “before the ages or eons” (2 Timothy 1:9), that Christ “made the eons or ages” (Hebrews 1:1-2), there are “oncoming ages” (Ephesians 2:7) and there are the “ends of the ages” (1 Corinthians 10:11).”

End of excerpt. All three of the Bible versions mentioned above are available for FREE at http://www.studybible.info .

Let’s take a look at this WONDERFUL plan:

1. We are now living in “this present wicked age” (Galatians 1:4) and the “age of this world” (Ephesians 2:2).

2. There are ‘ages’ to come after this one. (Revelation 1:6; Ephesian2:7).

3. The next ‘age’ will begin after the Lord’s Day and the following ‘Second Coming’ of Jesus. Then will be the beginning of the  Millennium, or the 1,000 year reign mentioned in Revelation 20:6;  it is referred to in Mark 10:30 and Luke 18:30 as “the coming age”. It is during this time that all believers will have come into our/their glory and been changed into the likeness of Christ Jesus Himself (Philippians 3:21; Revelation 20:4-5).
 
4. At the conclusion of the Millennium and after Satan’s rebellion is defeated, there comes the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11).  This is where ALL who have ever lived will be judged for their actions as humans. This EXCLUDES   all believers as we have already appeared before the “judgment seat” of God and Christ and inherited our new,immortal Christ-like bodies, as explained in the Post (Category) “Judgment Seat Of Christ vs Great White Throne Judgment”.
 
Those who ‘survive’ the White Throne Judgment are the ones written in the “Book of Life” and they will go on to experience life with the ‘new heaven and new earth’ (Revelation 20:12-15; 21:1). These ‘survivors’ of the Judgment are the ones mentioned as the “nations” in Revelation 21:24 and 22:22.
 
5.  After the White Throne Judgment, Revelation 21 describes how the “New Jerusalem” will descend from the “new heaven”  and set up shop on the “new earth”. It reveals how there will  no longer be a need for a sun nor a moon because God Himself and Christ Jesus will abide in New Jerusalem and be all the light that is ever needed (Revelation 21:23), and there will obviously never be another night (Revelation 21:25).
 
Revelation 22:1-2  describes “a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne and God and the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On the other side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding the fruit every month, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
 
Now, “death” has NOT YET been abolished and ONLY God’s “elect” (those  believers mentioned in #3 and #4 above) have immortality at this particular time. The “nations”, on the other hand, are still mortals and need the healing power from the “tree of life”.
 
Revelation 22:5 goes on to say there will still be “ages” to come before the “end”.
 
6. Then, after the “ages” mentioned in verse 22:5 have run their course, there will come the “end” mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:24 when Christ has subjected ALL enemies and hostilities  under Him and He hands the Kingdom over to God the Father  in verse 24. The enemy that is  LAST to be “destroyed” or “abolished” is ‘death’ itself in verse 26.
 
This means that even those experiencing the  “second death”  in Revelation 20:14 are NOW RELEASED because ‘death’ NO LONGER EXISTS! Now is the time mentioned in verse 22 when ALL will be made “alive” (immortal) because of Christ’s sacrifice….as He FORETOLD in John 12:32: “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL men to Myself” (emphasis mine).
 
The ‘nations’ living on the ‘new earth’ will also now no longer need the “leaves” of the “tree of  life” for healing.
 
Those who have been released from the grips of the “second death” have already suffered and been chastised CONSIDERABLY , and they have ALREADY PAID an ENORMOUS  price for their sins….there is no need to continue to hold them in the unconscious state of death. Please reference the Posts “Death” and ” Misunderstanding About the Salvation of All Creation” for further information on this.
 
Those being released from the “second death” are the last group mentioned in verses 23 and 24 to receive the “life”, without the possibility of ever dying….SINCE DEATH HAS BEEN ABOLISHED!!
 
7. This, then, is God’s “plan of the ages”.
 
He  becomes “ALL THINGS IN ALL” as GLORIOUSLY and TRIUMPHANTLY  stated in verse 28!!
 
Please also reference the Posts “All Creation Will Be Saved”, “Misunderstanding About The Salvation Of All Creation”  and “Eon vs Forever” for a lot more information; as well, you might want to checkout the Posts “Hell” and “Death”.
 
Until later, in Him
Fred

Fruit Of The Spirit

Greetings!

Our greatest inheritance (‘treasure’….2 Corinthians 4:7) as believers while we are still on this earth is the Holy Spirit and His ‘fruit’ (Galatians 5:22). Let’s take a look at some of the aspects of these.

‘Fruit’ is used to describe the qualities listed in Galatians because they take time to develop, especially to their full potential. Our progress as Christians is described as a growing process in the New Testament.

When we were first called and were given the Holy Spirit in our hearts we obviously did not automatically receive a boatload full of ‘love’, ‘peace’, etc., especially of the quality that is of a superior, ‘Holy’ nature. This will take time and is the growing process already mentioned.. In 2 Thessalonians 1:3, Paul speaks of how their ‘faith’  “grows exceedingly” (Green’s “Literal Translation Of the HOLY BIBLE” and Rotherham’s)….even our faith has much room to grow.

Each individual believer’s share of her or his ‘fruit’ will depend on at least three endeavors, which is like a ‘nourishing’ of the ‘fruit’ as it grows (just as earthly fruit needs proper ‘nourishment’ as it grows): (1) prayer….BOTH formal and informal….please reference the Posts “Pray on the Potty” and “Practicing The Presence Of God”, (2) heartfelt Bible study (2 Timothy 3:16) and (3) to the degree there is ABSOLUTE SURRENDER to God and Christ Jesus (please reference the Post “Absolute Surrender”).

Number 3 is very important and the Post  “Bible Study Is Good…”If”…”But”…” discusses this. Being ‘lukewarm’ does not cut it with God and Jesus, as indicated in Revelation 3:16. An excellent article on ‘the lukewarm Christian’ can be found at http://chrismarlow.me/2008/06/are-you-a-lukewarm-christian/ .

Even though experiencing the FULL measure of the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ will take time, we can nevertheless enjoy lesser degrees of each quality of the ‘fruit’ as it ripens to ‘fullness’. This follows the example used by Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 telling how he was receiving knowledge by “installments” or in “part” until the ‘fullness’ has come. Likewise with the ‘fruit of the Spirit’, we can receive and enjoy in “part” of the ‘fruit’, in stages, until we finally partake of its ‘fullness’.

However, there are benefits from the Holy Spirit within us that are IMMEDIATE! We can INSTANTLY begin to utilize the power of the Spirit to change our lives for the better. We can INSTANTLY be comforted by the Spirit when the need arises. We can INSTANTLY be led by the Spirit in every aspect of lives. We can INSTANTLY rejoice in what we have received because of the sacrifice of Christ Jesus. And, the list goes on.

The ‘fruit of the Spirit’ is as different from its human equivalent as is the Holy Spirit from the human spirit. In other words, it will EXCEED it in QUALITY beyond measure! For instance, consider the ‘peace’ from the Spirit’s ‘fruit’. Philippians 4:7 says this ‘peace’ is “surpassing all understanding”! The ‘love’ of the Spirit’s ‘fruit’ will likewise far EXCEED the quality of human love. This is a HOLY ‘love’, a HOLY peace’, a HOLY ‘joy’, etc. because it is the product of the Holy Spirit.

Notice, as well, that the verse does not say ‘fruits’, but rather, “fruit”. To the degree that we possess one aspect of the “fruit” we will proportionally experience ALL  the other aspects of the “fruit”….they come as a ‘package deal’! For instance, we will not experience Holy “love” to a considerable degree but yet be lacking in Holy “patience”….they will both mature at the same rate.

How blessed we are to have the opportunity to enjoy this ‘fruit’ while we are waiting for the presence of our Lord and Savior and to be glorified with Him (Colossians 3:4).

All the best in Him.

Fred

Modern Young’s Literal Translation

Hi, there! By far, as best as I can determine, the most accurate translations of the Bible available are the Concordant Literal Translation, Rotherham’s Emphasized and Young’s Literal Translation versions (all three are available free at http://www.studybible.info ).

However, all of them can make for ‘stiff’ reading either because of their attempts to be so accurate or , as in the case of Rotherham’s and Young’s, they are written in ‘ole English’ fashion.

There is now a version available called MODERN YOUNG’S LITERAL TRANSLATION which is very ‘readable’  while maintaining excellent accuracy. It is free online at http://www.ao-soft.com/mylt/index.htm and the New Testament version can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com.

Until later.

Fred

God Can Give Nothing But Blessing And Goodness

Hi, there! It is true, with God being ABSOLUTE and TOTAL love (1 John 4:8,16), it is IMPOSSIBLE for Him, and Christ Jesus, to give forth anything but blessing and goodness,as contrary as this may seem at times….for example, what God allowed to happen to Job in Chapters 1 and 2.

Here is an excerpt from the SPIRIT OF LOVE by William Law ( the full article is at http://www.passtheword.org/DIALOGS-FROM-THE-PAST/love1.htm ):

” (God) can give nothing but Blessing, Goodness, and Happiness from himself because he has in himself nothing else to give. It is much more possible for the Sun to give forth Darkness, than for God to do, or be, or give forth anything but Blessing and Goodness.”

Because the Father and Christ Jesus allow such a magnitude of suffering to have existed and to exist in the world during these “ages” is actually a testament to that Divine Love. And keep in mind, all the suffering, misery and horrible conditions that have existed and are existing in this world are a result of Satan being the ‘ruler of this world’ (Please see the Post by this same title), as well the acts of evil and sinful humans. God and Jesus allow it because They can use it to bring about Their glorious purpose at the conclusion of the ages. (Please reference the Post “All Creation Will Be Saved”.)

It is a ‘blessing’ and it is ‘goodness’ that They let us incur (limited) suffering when we sin and also when we suffer as a result of the sins of others as well as the Adversary’s satanic ways. God and Christ Jesus allowed sin to enter the world so that we could experience the painful and disastrous results when ANYTHING and EVERYTHING  are not done in accordance with Their will and Their way. (Please reference the Posts “Suffering” and “Why Should We Suffer For Adam and Eve’s Screwup!!!” for further clarification and additional Scriptures on this.)

Even the torment and anguish the worst of  sinners will experience after the Great White Throne Judgment is actually described as “chastening” by Concordant Literal NT and “correction” by Rotherham’s in Matthew 25:46 (this same Greek word [kolasis] is translated the exact same way by these two versions in 1 John 4:18). Also, the first definition listed for ‘kolasis’ by Strong’s Concordance is “correction”.

In other words, it is a ‘correcting’ and ‘chastening’ to bring about a right from that which was wrong, and NOT just a “punishment” involving pain and suffering  with not beneficial results.

And, their ‘chastening’ and ‘correction’ is ONLY “eonian” (Concordant), “age-abiding” (Rotherham’s) and “age-during” (Young’s), and is NOT “eternal” or “everlasting” as a majority of the Bible versions mis-translate it.

God invented “tough love” and this is a ‘blessing’ and true ‘goodness’ for these sinners when they are finally brought around to become a part of the “all” when God is “All in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28).

NOTHING comes to Christians that is not for our ultimate good and blessedness (Romans 8:28), and this is likewise true even of ALL Creation at the end of the ages (again, 1 Corinthians 15:28).

ALWAYS keep in mind Romans 8:18: “For I reckon that the sufferings of the present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory about to be revealed in us”. (Modern Young’s Literal Translation) Again in 2 Corinthians 4:17: “for the momentary lightness of the tribulation in a manner more and more excelling is working out for us an age-abiding weight of glory”. (Rotherham’s)

As well, remember that God: “is giving us all things richly for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17).

God will balance out our human sufferings with our human enjoyments as He and Christ Jesus know best how to do….where even the sufferings will bring about what is revealed in Romans 8:28.

Oh, and let us remember, Job came out FAR BETTER at the end of his ordeal as revealed in Job 42:5-6, 12.

How blessed and fortunate we Christians are, as well as  the ENTIRE Creation, to have such a God, the Father, and Savior, Christ Jesus, as this….which we take for granted  far too much.

All the best, in Christ,

Fred

Dinosaurs And The Garden Of Eden

Greetings!

Let’s face it….dinosaurs and similar critters did exist but they certainly were not present at, near or in the Garden of Eden. How does this square with the Biblical account of creation in Genesis? The factual and simplest of explanations follow. Emphasis and parenthesis within the scriptures are mine throughout.

I am covering this subject to show that the Biblical account in Genesis (properly translated) is in perfect harmony with TRUE science and TRUE paleontology.

Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible  translates Genesis 1:2  correctly :”Now, the earth HAD BECOME waste and wild, and darkness was on the face of the roaring deep”. This means that the previous earth could had existed thousands, millions or even billions of years ago and probably had all sorts of creatures roaming and flying around. However, it then “BECAME”  waste, wild and darkness…. BEFORE the present heavens and earth we now have.

The Concordant Literal translation of Genesis 1:2 has: “Yet the earth BECAME a chaos and vacant.”

Bullinger’s Companion Bible has “BECAME waste”.

This “disruption” or “casting down” of the PREVIOUS earth into the “waste” and “chaos” in Genesis 1:2 is spoken of NUMEROUS times in the Scriptures IF the Greek words ‘katabole’ and ‘kataballo’ are PROPERLY TRANSLATED as they are by the Concordant Literal Old Testament and Bullinger’s Companion Bible (please reference his Appendix 147: http://www.markfoster.net/rn/companion_bible_appendices.pdf).

Some of these verses indicating a “disruption” or a “cast down” of the ORIGINAL earth that was created in Genesis 1:1 that resulted in the condition of the earth in Genesis 1:2 are Matthew 13:35; John 17:24; Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:20 and others. Most Bible versions INCORRECTLY translate the word here “foundation” (which is actually the Greek word ‘themelios’).

Taking this one step further, the ‘kataballo’ mentioned above from ‘katabole’ for “cast down” or “disruption”, as properly translated by Concordant and Bullinger’s in the above verses, is ACTUALLY PROPERLY TRANSLATED as “cast down” or “thrown down” in 2 Corinthians 4:9 and Revelation 12:10 by the New American Standard, King James, Revised Standard and the many other Bibles that had IMPROPERLY translated it before as “foundation” in Matthew 13:35, 1 Peter 1:20 and the other verses listed above!!! Now, what a shame that these Bibles could not have been more CONSISTENT with the PROPER translation of ‘katabole’ and ‘kataballo’.

Aside from grammatical correctness, let’s consider this from a logical as well as scriptural approach:

1. The “chaos” (disorder), “waste” and “darkness” in verse 2 obviously had to get there somehow.

2. God would have had to put it there through Christ because “ALL things were made by Him; and without Him was NOT ANY THING made that was made.” (John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-17). Simply put: nothing exists unless Christ made it or put it there.

3. The problem here is : “God is not a God of disorder” (1 Corinthians 14:33….Strong’s Concordance has “disorder”, “confusion” and Darby has “disorder”).

In other words, chaos and disorder cannot come from God Himself (directly) nor Christ (directly). That is….They do NOT create “disorder”,”confusion” or “chaos”….it does NOT originate from Them. They always start with what they create as being “very good” (Genesis 1:31….Rotherham’s). It has to BECOME or degenerate to “waste”, “disorder” or “chaos” because They do not create it like that from the git-go.

(This is in line with the Second Law  of Thermodynamics which dictates that order always disintegrates to disorder….never the reverse, as claimed by “evolution”. Please see the Post of “Creation vs Evolution”.)

This, then, is why Rotherham’s ,Concordant’s and Companion Bible’s  translations are correct and reveals a prior existing earth that “became” disorder and waste. Then, following Genesis 1:2, God gave it a complete and new MAKEOVER through Christ, resulting in our present heavens and earth!

Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary has: “This globe, at some undescribed period, having been convulsed and broken up, was a dark and watery waste FOR AGES PERHAPS, till out of this chaotic state, the present fabric of the world was made to arise.” Clearly, this is in line with and verified with the proper translation of ‘katabole’ and ‘kataballo’ mentioned in the above Scripture verses.

Which also means: Paleontology and the Bible (properly translated) have no conflict.

Take care.

Fred

Who Is A Saint?

Hey, there…..there are so many scriptures in the New Testament that identify ANY person who is called by God to be a believer is a ‘saint’. One example is Ephesians 1:1 (Rotherham’s Emphasised Bible, Concordant Literal New Testament, Young’s Literal Translation, American Standard Version, etc, etc.)and there are numerous others:

Acts 9:13, Acts 26:10, Romans 1:7. 2 Corinthians 1:1, Philippians 1:1, Colossians  1:2, etc.

You don’t have to croak/kick-the-bucket/die and have mortal men decide whether you are/were  a ‘saint’ or not……this designation is a FREE gift, by grace and in faith because of the sacrifice of Christ Jesus.

Catch you later.

Fred

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