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When God Gives A Gift You Know It

September 27, 2012

Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Being saved is to have eternal life.  The kingdom of God and eternal life came 2,000 years ago and a few have been entering in ever since in every generation.  Contrary to the teachings of men, salvation is not being spared the wrath and judgment of God; it is coming to know Him and possessing eternal life in the present tense.  The Kingdom of God was near, at the very door 2,000 years ago and many wicked people have been destroyed by Christ’s appearing,  been converted and have entered in ever since.  Even  spiritual prostitutes who played the harlot like me!!  What a blessing to know the Father and the Christ that He has sent.   Jesus prayed this prayer for all of His disciples including those who would come in the future generations.

John 17:3  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Eternal life is not living forever with the same immortal soul.  That is just another false doctrine of Babylon.  All men shall die.  But it is also true that all men shall be resurrected to life in the ages to come and it is this resurrection to life that is the blessed hope and good news for all men.  But make no mistake eternal life is knowing Christ here and now.  Is better said to be AIONIAN life, a present tense knowing Christ.  Few there be that shall find this way.

1 John 5:20  And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

This new life called eternal life, which means KNOWING GOD, is truly a gift from God that will ultimately come to all men in the appointed time.  This life is found only in the Son.

All men sin, there is not one that does not,  yet God has delivered on His promises to Abraham and will destroy death and make all men alive in due season.

1 COR 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ ALL shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order

Since my healing and opening of spiritual ears and eyes,  I have come to know that HE is the LORD and was working all things in my life and the lives of all men.   He came suddenly and saved me despite my wicked deeds only on the basis of His Election of me before the world began.  When this happens to you, you will KNOW HE IS THE LORD!

Ezekiel 20:44  And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I deal with you for my name’s sake, not according to your evil ways, nor according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel, declares the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 37:13  And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.

All men, all families, all nations will come to KNOW THE LORD and be saved in their appointed times.  This is the blessed hope on which this good news gospel stands.  Praise God.

Ezekiel 37:28  And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore

Ultimately in the ages to come,  the Lord will be in the midst of ALL MEN.  WOW.  This will happen WHEN the day of salvation comes.   This is the  appointed time for each of us already written in God’s books before the world began.

Psalm 139:16  Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them

I wrote a post a few months ago about this precious GIFT of faith (click here) which is the only way we come to know God.  This gift of faith, is the also the gift of eternal life (“aionian” life) that will appear to all men in each man’s appointed time.  The order is the Elect, the very few,   followed in the ages to come at the 2nd resurrection of the dead of all men.

In speaking these wonderful “good news” things I have not made many friends in the religious community be it online or otherwise.  I continue to study to show myself approved to be able to rightly divide the WORD of truth and speak confidently of the things the Lord has affirmed in my heart.  I want to always be ready to give an answer to those who inquire on the things of God and especially His love and innate mercies and goodness that never ever will fail.

This post is simply a collection of verses that speak to this amazing and wonderful work of God in imparting faith to His people.  All that will be saved will be saved by faith and that too only from God.  This is how God brings and works eternal life in His people.  May those with ears hear these words.

Eph 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that (THE FAITH) not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

The classic verse is one of the most well known but least understood passages in all of Scripture.  The very gift of God is the faith of Christ.  No man chooses and hence no man can boast that they chose Christ and someone else did not.  Man has absolutely no role in his salvation.  It is all the work of God, a circumcision that is truly without hands.

Phil 1:29-30 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,  having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.

What a wonderful verse that reaffirms Jesus statements on the cost all true disciples WILL PAY.  When God blesses grants to you this gift of faith then our suffering has just begun.  We will fill up in the afflictions of Christ and that is where the glory and honor will be for His chosen disciples.  When God gives you this gift, then you come to truly appreciate the potter and clay Scriptures and know they mean exactly what they say.  God is the one is doing all the “willing”,  man has no part in salvation and most certainly not choosing to be saved.

Romans 9:16-18  So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” 18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.

This theme is in scores of places, especially if we perused the Prophets,  but it crystal clear in the gospels for anyone with eyes to see.  We will come to know God is working all things in all men in all the earth.  When Jesus began building His church by choosing disciples, He told them this.

Luke 10:22  All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

There is no room to argue these words.  Nobody comes to know the true God and the living WORD of Christ unless the Son chooses .

John 15:16  You did not choose Me, but I chose you

The inward boasting, glorying and the self righteousness we all cannot help but have in our carnal fleshly minds,  will only be destroyed by the brightness of the appearing to Christ in our hearts.  It is this very gift of faith that gives us the access into the grace of God.

Romans 5:1-2  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Ezra 1:5  Then the heads of the fathers’ houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, with all whose spirits God had moved, arose to go up and build the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem

Jesus Christ really does build His Church and man has no part in it whatsoever   All of God’s chosen people; His disciples receive grace based on the measure of faith given to each.   It is the Father’s good pleasure to give good gifts to His children that have inherited the kingdom of God.

Eph 4:7-8   But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore He says:

“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”

There are many teachings that make clear, from the negative, that those who do not have faith and do not have ears to hear or eyes to see don’t have faith because they were purposefully blinded and shut up in spiritual darkness by God.  This is the fate of all men and the way we come into this world.  Salvation and imparting of faith and the gift of eternal life is all in the hands of God and His predetermined plan for all of creation.

Romans 11:7-8 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. 8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

Only the elect will come to understand. Only the elect will believe in this true gospel.  We will preach it and those God has predestined to hear it and believe will hear it and will believe.  That is an amazing God, declaring the end from the beginning and orchestrating it exactly as He already has spoken.

John 12:39-40 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

Carnal eyes will see these verses but cannot receive them. Of course those that think they chose to have faith will always believe this speak to the man down the street.  But it really is true that God has shut the whole world up into darkness,  He has sent all strong delusion and He will get all the glory when people do come to the true light.  They will know He is the Lord.

Like all words of Scriptures, the understanding must be given to us by God.

Matthew 13:10-13 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”  11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

Chapter Six of John’s gospel is one of my favorites.  It contains some powerful Scriptures and heavy meat for those weaned off the baby milk of salvation for all men.  In this section, we see that all the Father has chosen will come to Jesus.  Nobody is going to exercise free will and decide not to come to Christ.

John  6:37  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

John 6:39  And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

Nobody who comes to the real Christ is going to be lost.  In my former ignorance and carnal Christianity days,  I preached aggressively against Once Saved Always Saved.  The whole premise of this argument is flawed from both sides that like to argue it constantly.  But neither side understands what salvation is nor the power of God.   Neither know the truth.  But I will believe Christ who says He will lose none of His chosen disciples, except for Judas so the Scriptures would be fulfilled.  EVERY ONE Christ said.

John 6:40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Not only will all the Father chooses come.  No man can come unless they are literally dragged, kicking and screaming spiritually speaking by the Father.  The Greek word translated draw in this verse and others, is actually drag and is used in many verses speaking of fishing nets and catching fish.  Something to think about!

John 6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me drags him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Wise men in the flesh, will be boasting in their free will decisions and self righteously promoting themselves and their carnal knowledge of Scriptures.  I did the exact same thing.  But the real learning only comes from the Father after He drags you to Christ.

John 6:45  It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

Every man that has ears to hear,  “hath heard”  learned from the Father and came to Jesus.  This is the same lesson Jesus explained to Peter on who revealed He was the Christ.

Matthew 16:17  Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven

I long for a world when all people will know the Christ and have this revealing unto them.  That day is coming and is promised for all.  We just must wait on the Lord.   Hallelujah.  The restitution of all things!

All the verses we see that infer man has a choice are being taken out of context by those without ears to hear the truth.   The Scriptures are written for God’s chosen few, the Elect.  They are not written for the people of this world, which certainly includes the multitudes of called but not chosen professing Christians.  When we are told to choose today whom we shall serve, we are choosing AFTER faith and salvation has come.  This is AFTER our day of election has come and we enter into the House of God by faith.  We will then know Christ in the Spirit where we once knew Him only after the flesh.  That is where the orthodox followers of Christ are to this very day.

Despite my numerous mistakes and errors of late,  I am thankful for the forgiveness of sin for the children of covenant.  I will press on with my new found brothers and sisters in Christ for the upward calling of God which is a crown of righteousness.  I pray I will be found worthy and be in this blessed and holy first resurrection.  Those so chosen of God must remain faithful to the end and not disqualify themselves from receiving their crown of righteousness.

1 COR 9:27  But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

No this verse does not speak to losing ones salvation, it speaks of not remaining faithful to the calling and election placed on the chosen few.  I am learning not to be like Peter and cut the ears off of those who seem to keep coming, bringing confrontation.  Jesus will heal those ears.  In my youth, I have done just that but was reminded the other day of these words of the Lord to His chosen disciples.

Matthew 10:16  Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Learning to be peaceful and humble through all of this is a learning curve.  I do apologize to any that I hurt in my non dove response in defense of this awesome God I now serve.  Those who do not hear, cannot hear and this is how and why we must show them the same mercy we ourselves have been shown by our Father in heaven.

Luke 10:16  He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me

No sense talking once it is clear someone cannot hear.  Those who reject are not rejecting me, they are really rejecting Christ and God will deal with them in their appointed time.  Tis why we need to move on when these words of love and good news are not received.   God is faithful even when we are not.  What He has vowed, He will do.

Jonah 2:9  But I will sacrifice to You
With the voice of thanksgiving;
I will pay what I have vowed.
Salvation is of the Lord

May the  peace and the love of Christ fill your hearts.

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