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Purified Seven Times


 
Yes, as the Psalmist says, indeed “The words of the Lord are PURE words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, PURIFIED seven times.”
 
Unfortunately we do not treat the sacred words of the Scripture with reverence, we stretch them to suit our changing times! We twist them to meet our requirements! We even completely toss them out as ‘irrelevant’ and replace them with commonsense-driven populist slogans, so that the audience don’t get offended, but feel attracted to it;  even feel good about it! It is called marketing in the corporate world, we call it Gospel in the Christendom! – But by any definition, this is HERESY!
 
The word ‘Heresy’ BTW, in scripture, is from the Greek root haireomai, which literally means ‘a choosing’, i.e., a choice of one side over the other (by a faction, party or a sect). Hence, heresy refers to any doctrine that departs from essential Christian truths in disunion with the established laws of God. Parties, sects, factions and even individuals holding to such caustic doctrines, alienate themselves from the body of Christ, and they are called Heretics.
 
Heresy is not a simple matter, it not only deviates from the truth, it even recreates counterfeit entities to match the heretic doctrines! In essence, the heretics create a new ‘god’ for themselves who differs from the God of the scriptures! My objective here is to list the differences of one such entity: the Counterfeit Christ and the True Christ; in other words, the difference between the “Christ of the Heretics” and the “Christ of the Scriptures”:
 
Christ of the Heretics Christ of the Scriptures
1. Loves every individual person in the world and sincerely desires their salvation. 1. Earnestly loves and desires the salvation of only those whom God has unconditionally chosen for salvation.

Ps. 5:5,  Ps. 7:11,  Ps. 11:5,  Matt. 11:27,  John 17:9-10,  Acts 2:47,  Acts 13:48,  Rom. 9:10-13,  Rom. 9:21-24,
Eph. 1:3-4 
2. Offers salvation to every sinner and does all in his power to bring them to salvation. His offer and work are often frustrated, for many refuse to come. 2. Effectually calls to Himself only the elect and in sovereignty brings them to salvation. Not one of them will be lost.

Isa. 55:11,  John 5:21,  John 6:37-40,  John 10:25-30,  John 17:2,  Phil. 2:13 

 
3. Cannot regenerate and save a sinner who does not first choose Christ with his own “free will.” All men have a “free will” by which they can either accept or reject Christ. That “free will” may not be violated by Christ. 3. In Sovereignty regenerates the elect sinner apart from his choice, for without regeneration the spiritually dead sinner cannot choose Christ. Faith is not man’s contribution to salvation but the gift of Christ which He sovereignly imparts in regeneration.

John 3:3,  John 6:44 & 65,  John 15:16,  Acts 11:18,  Rom. 9:16,  Eph. 2:1,  Eph. 2:8-10,  Phil. 1:29,  Heb. 12:2 
4. Died on the cross for every individual person and thereby made it possible for every person to be saved. His death, apart from the choice of man, was not able to actually save anyone for many for whom he died are lost. 4. Died for only God’s elect people and thereby actually obtained salvation for all those for whom He died. His death was a substitutionary satisfaction which actually took away the guilt of His chosen people.

Luke 19:10,  John 10:14-15 & 26,  Acts 20:28,  Rom. 5:10,  Eph. 5:25,  Heb. 9:12,
 I Peter 3:18

 
5. Loses many whom he has “saved” because they do not continue in faith. Even if he does give them “eternal security,” as some say, that security is not based upon his will or work but the choice which the sinner made when he accepted Christ. 5. Preserves His chosen people so that they cannot lose their salvation but persevere in the faith to the very end. He preserves them by the sovereign electing will of God, the power of His death, and the mighty working of His Spirit.

John 5:24,  John 10:26-29,  Rom. 8:29-30,  Rom. 8:35-39,  I Peter 1:2-5,  Jude 24-25

Requoting Psalmist, again: “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”

Amen.

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6 thoughts on “Purified Seven Times

  1. 1 Tim 1:15 says Christ came into the world to save sinners and according to Luke 19:10 the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Sinners and the lost means everybody, not only the Elect. By denying freewill in human you must submit to the double predestination concept, i.e. God simply chose from eternity whom He will save and whom He will not save. Unfortunately this belief goes against Scripture that says: For as in Adam ALL die, so also in Christ shall ALL be made alive (1 Cor 15:22). If the first ALL in 1 Cor 15:22 means all mankind, without exception, then the second one should mean the same. God offers salvation for everyone, yet only those who cooperate with their freewill will be saved.

    • Thanks for the comment vivator, I appreciate it. Yes, by denying freewill, one must submit to double-predestination, and I do so for sure 🙂

      BTW, The “lost” (that you quoted in Timothy and Luke) does not refer to ALL, but to His elects (who BELONG to Christ in the first place but were lost). Take a look at the parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15:4), here Christ quotes if one has 100 sheep and lost one, will he not “go after the ONE which is LOST until he finds it?” He didn’t mean he will go after ALL the lost sheep of the world! Here is another parable, the parable of the woman who had 10 silver coins and lost one (Luke 15:8-10); will she not “search carefully until she finds IT”? Here too Christ talks about that woman going after HER lost ONE coin, not the coins that belong to someone else and lost! What I mean is, that a person cannot ‘loose’ anything that does not belong to him in the first place; Christ alludes to this fact in many places, as “MY sheep”, “the one the Father GAVE to me” and so on…

      On 1 Cor 15:22 that you quoted, if we follow your reasoning that the word ‘ALL’ refers to all mankind, yes ALL mankind fell because of one man, Adam, but then in the second clause “in Christ shall ALL be made alive” should it not also mean that ALL must be SAVED? But you know it is not true, because NOT ALL will be saved! (that is why, I presume, you also equated “made alive” to “offer salvation”, rather than equating to “saved”! :))

      The correct interpretaion should then be: “resurrected”! If you go down to verse 23 in the same chapter, you will see this context clearly:

      “But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.”

      This is the continuation of verse 22 (as you can see the verse starting with ‘But’); and translating “made alive” to “resurrected” we also see all things fall in place correctly, i.e., “Christ is resurrected first”, followed by “those who are Christ’s”. Well, Christ has already risen, and on His second coming, those sheep that BELONG to Christ, will be resurrected as well. (how else we could translate “Christ’s”, with an apostrophe ‘s’ punctuation? Other than ‘belong to’! :))

      Thanks again for visiting, please feel free to respond to my comments; I block none, neither will I remove any if they don’t agree with me! 🙂

  2. resvargh on said:

    I just had one statement alone for you to ponder upon –
    If you being a mere human who is inherently wicked just like all of us including me should say so that you shall block none and won’t remove anybody if they don’t agree with you…How come you place God lower than you saying he would block and remove others and there is no Hope for every sinner to accept Christ and be saved? Wouldn’t God as well be free to let everybody accept Christ out of their free will to spend eternity with him??
    Very Interesting..

    • LOL, that’s a good one! I applaud you for that 🙂 Welcome to my thread.

      Of course, there is a gross error here, resvargh, for assuming that sinners can ‘WILL’ to come to Him on their own! Christ clearly said many times, in many ways, that NO ONE can come to Him UNLESS God ENABLES that sinner, and DRAWS him near (John 6:44, for instance). Hence this scenario you projected, that a sinner is ‘willing’ but God is ‘blocking’ is fictitious and non-Scriptural!

      As with ‘removing some’, I suppose you imply ‘rejected by God’, Scripture plainly states that it is His good pleasure to elect some and reject the rest, for NO ONE is worthy!

      “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. – Rom 9:15,16

      That is why even the elects who were drawn towards Him will tremble, repent and be thankful, as it was with NO MERIT or with NO HUMAN WILL this preference was made – show mercy on some and reject the rest, solely by God!

      Reinforcing the same, I am quoting Romans 9: 10-14 here:

      Rebecca also had conceived by one man, by our father Isaac. For the children NOT YET being born, NOT having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, NOT of works but of HIM who calls…, As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.” What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not!

      Welcome again, resvargh. 🙂

  3. Chip on said:

    Priscilla – just found your blog. Love your writing style. Serious topic with a light heart. I look forward to reading through all your posts.

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