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Belief a Choice?
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Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:36 AM
Matthew 12:40
by rstrats
Friday, September 26, 2014 7:09 AM
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Thursday, September 25, 2014 9:52 PM
Scripture Inherency
by Tom
Sunday, September 14, 2014 5:22 PM
The death of Jesus
by Pilgrim
Saturday, September 13, 2014 11:12 AM
Agree or Disagree?
by Tom
Thursday, September 4, 2014 11:53 PM
Today at 05:35 AM Election by chestnutmare

Now if it is demanded why God pities that one part and forsakes and leaves and abandons the other, there is no other answer but that it so pleases him. Upon the preaching of the gospel in a place, some will be affected with lively faith in their hearts and others will go away as they came without benefiting at all, or else they harden themselves against God and betray the stubbornness that was hidden in them before. What is the reason for this difference? Even this, that God directs the one sort by his Holy Spirit and leaves the other sort in their natural corruption.

You see then that the thing in which Godís goodness shines forth most to us, is that by the preaching of the gospel to us we have, as it were, a token that he has pitied us, loves us, calls us and allures us to him. But when the doctrine preached to us is received by us with heart and affection, that is yet a further and more special token by which we perceive that God intends to be our Father and has adopted us to be his children. Not without reason, then, St. Paul says in this passage that we are blessed by God even according to His election of us beforehand. For it is not that we have come to him; it is not that we have sought him. But the saying of the prophet Isaiah [65:1] must be fulfilled in every respect, namely, that God shows himself to such as did not seek him, and that such as were far off see him near at hand, and then he say to them, ĎHere I am, here I am. Although you have despised me, yet I vouchsafe to come to you because I have a care for your salvation.í Thus we see what St. Paul was aiming at in this passage.Ē

In short, we have to note here that we shall never know where our salvation comes from till we have lifted up our minds to Godís eternal counsel by which he has chosen whom he pleased and left the remainder in their confusion and ruin. Now then it is no marvel that some men think this doctrine to be strange and hard, for it does not fit in at all with manís natural understanding. If a man asks of the philosophers, they will always tell him that God loves such as are worthy of it, and that, since virtue pleases him, he also marks out such as are given that way to claim them for his people. You see then that, after our own imagination, we shall judge that God puts no other difference between men, in loving some and in hating others, than each manís own worthiness and deserving. But, at the same time, let us also remember that in our own understanding there is nothing but vanity and that we must not measure God by our own yardstick, and that it is too excessive a presumption to impose law upon God so that it would not be lawful for him to do anything but that which we could conceive and which might seem just in our eyes.Ē

ďYou see then that the reason why some men find this doctrine hard and irksome is because they are too much wedded to their own opinion and cannot submit themselves to Godís wisdom, to receive his sayings soberly and modestly. And truly we ought to take warning from what St. Paul says, namely, that the natural man does not understand Godís secrets but regards them as stark foolishness [1 Cor. 2:14] And why? Because we are not his counsellors but must have things revealed to us by his Holy Spirit, or else we shall never know them, and we must have them in such a measure as he gives them to us.
~ John Calvin

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Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:25 AM The death of Jesus by John_C

I may not be asking this correctly, so feel free to change the question(s).

When Jesus was crucified was it only His human nature that died, not His divine nature? How does blood reflect in His divine nature? Is it absent? The definition of nature comes into play on this. I am sitting on the sidelines of a vigorous debate online on another forum concerning those topics.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 1:30 AM Scripture Inherency by Tom

I just finished reading an article by someone who believes (as I do) that the Scriptures are inherent. Yet he also says that it is wrong to believe that this is an essential view of the faith.
You can read that article at:
Although I certainly can understand where the author of the article is coming from, I find myself disagreeing with him on this point. In fact if I understand passages such as 2 Tim. 3:14-16, they actually claim Scripture to be inherent.
The author makes the statement that it is stupid to say that if the Bible is not inherent, then Christianity is false. Yet seeing how the Bible claims to be inherent, then if it isnít then logically seeing how Christianity is based on Godís Word; wouldnít this be a contradiction if indeed it wasnít inherent?

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Monday, September 1, 2014 8:36 PM Book of Revelation Question by calvin

Using the book of Revelation ONLY and setting aside our presuppositions as partial preterists, historicists or futurists, can it be determined which of the two beasts in Revelation is the one to be "numbered"?

"According to Revelation verses ... and ... it can be determined that it is the ...... beast that is the numbered one."

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Monday, September 1, 2014 5:34 AM "New Testament Use of the Old Testament" by Roger Nicole by Pilgrim

THE NEW Testament contains an extraordinarily large number of Old Testament quotations. It is difficult to give an accurate figure since the variation in use ranges all the way from a distant allusion to a definite quotation introduced by an explicit formula stating the citation's source. As a result, the figures given by various authors often reflect a startling discrepancy.


The present writer has counted 224 direct citations introduced by a definite formula indicating the writer purposed to quote. To these must be added seven cases where a second quotation is introduced by the conjunction ďand,Ē and 19 cases where a paraphrase or summary rather than a direct quotation follows the introductory formula. We may further note at least 45 instances where the similarity with certain Old Testament passages is so pronounced that, although no explicit indication is given that the New Testament author was referring to Old Testament Scripture, his intention to do so can scarcely be doubted. Thus a very conservative count discloses unquestionably at least 295 separate references to the Old Testament. These occupy some 352 verses of the New Testament, or more than 4.4 per cent. Therefore one verse in 22.5 of the New Testament is a quotation....

This month's article, from the pen of Dr. Roger Nicole, weighs in more on the 'technical' side of things vs. the pop easy reading side which invariably is preferred by far too many in our modern cultures. grin

So, why have I chosen to add this article? There are two reasons: 1) What Dr. Nicole has compiled is a valuable resource for understanding a) just how integrally related the Bible really is, i.e., evidence of its divine inspiration. And, b) how dependent the NT authors were on the OT writings and therefore how appreciative and dependent readers of the Bible should likewise be of the Old Testament. 2) This article is definitely an aid in detecting fanciful views (heresy) that seem to be flourishing in our present day that most always are the result of ripping a passage of Scripture out of context, or some other similar reason(s). And further, the valuable information provided in this article will help guard oneself against fabricating 'unique' ideas which no one else or extremely few have held before. In short, it provides one of the foundational elements of a solidly biblical hermeneutic (method of interpretation). Of course, this is simply another way of stating that a proper understanding of the Bible will lead one into truth rather than error. Without truth, one cannot know God, for God's written Word and Living Word is truth (Jh 14:6, 17:17; 2Sam 7:28; Ps 19:7, 119:144,151,152; Eph 4:21).

You can read this month's Article of the Month here: New Testament Use of the Old Testament.

In His service and grace,

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