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Is history’s wisest man (Solomon) too wise for you?

Discussion in 'Calvinism & Arminianism Debate' started by Browner, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. Browner

    Browner Member

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    Solomon in Ecclesiastes 12:
    13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
    Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.
    14 For God will bring every work into judgment,
    including every secret thing, whether good or evil.

    Yes, often in the OT, God says to keep His commandments.
    Also in the OT, God says:
    “For I am the Lord, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6)

    First, let’s deal with “fearing God” …

    Matthew 10:
    28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

    Next, let’s deal with “keeping God’s commandments” …

    But you say, “We are in God’s new covenant!”

    And I say, “In the new covenant, born-again believers are
    given the indwelling Holy Spirit with the express purpose
    of making it a whole lot easier to follow and obey God.”

    God does not say, “Don’t bother to keep My commandments.”

    No, it’s just the opposite …
    the indwelling Holy Spirit has been given to us
    to make it easier to keep God’s commandments.

    New Testament believers have been given a great blessing and
    a great advantage over their counterparts in the Old Testament
    in that … it is now easier to meet the demands of a Holy God!

    Not to forget, of course, the great sacrifice that God made for us
    by sending the Word (Jesus) to die a horrible death on a cross
    to make so much of eternal value possible for us!
    Yes, all Three of the Triune Godhead have done their part
    … and are still working on our behalf.

    But you say, “This is all works salvation … everybody’s working!”

    And I say, “No, it’s simply about following and obeying Jesus!”
    For example …

    John 14:
    21 He who has My commandments and keeps them,
    it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me
    will be loved by My Father, and I will love him …
    23 If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word …
    24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words;
    and the word which you hear is not Mine
    but the Father’s who sent Me.

    Does anyone get to heaven …
    who doesn’t love Jesus and obey His commandments ???

    Those in the today's Laodicean churches (in the West) reply
    with a big "NO!" ... and insist all that's required is to believe!
    #1 Browner, Mar 28, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2016