curious wrote: why do you associate pietism with inaction? Not advocating pietism or inaction, but reading about the pietist movement they were the ones that were in the community making a difference. Just wondering.
please pick a name I recognize and keep it. don't you find it a bit rude to have dialogue with someone where the other cannot even tell how they've been part or not of a conversation? Can't even tell if you are a man or a woman.... I may change the letters, but you all who are regular know who I am, would you please extend that courtesy back? I need to head out, so good day.
Lurker wrote: Its clear your settled on this but think on this.
The Messiah came and they did not recognize him. They were already condemned.
They were tares from the beginning.
Sister Mourner, thank you for the scripture, much to think about. The tares live among the wheat. It is God who decides which is which and at judgment day. Foolish to think because we have common grace, that we are in favor with God. They are not equated here. The tares were always meant for the fire. Let that be a callout to all, salvation is in Christ and His Work on the cross, His forgiveness of sin. Repent and believe.
Rodney K. wrote: Sister Pennnnnnned, My comment to you was intended as encouragement, not rebuke. Sometimes I get the impression that you see the glass as half empty. Now I realize that I tend to be a bury my head in the sand type; I should probably be more concerned about certain things that the world is doing. I just wanted to remind you that no matter how much the world rages against the Christ and His church, he will bring all their efforts to naught. He will laugh at their vain attempts to thwart His decree. God bless.
yes, amazing isn't it? the temple becomes the shadow of something greater, the unity of the scriptures and God's purposes unveiled through history until He returns.
"For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
"Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. Heb 8:5
"For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect." Heb 10:5
yes, very seriously, this is the call of the follower of Christ. eschatology is a reflection of the preeminence of Christ in the gospel.
and... its tripping over the same question the disciples tripped over and tripped over the whole time. so when is this kingdom? its already come (1Cor15 - he reigns until all souls of His are brought in and the last enemy is death). The tension between already come and the future completion at the resurrection... throughout the gospels for any who type in the word "kingdom" and study.
and they looked at the magnificence of the temple, Christ doesn't say, oh great building, he says, "I'm the temple" and tells them their temple will be dismantled, every stone.
why? Christ is the temple.
The Kingdom is now available to Jew and Gentile. The Holy Spirit is with His people! The Holy Spirit empowers us to remain in Him and to be faithful to Him, that is victory even in an evil world.
But we are in a rough times and we are ending an era when the church merged with the state and was prosperous and often lazy, and moving into a time of persecution.
can we see Christ's intent in this or shall we see the sorrow and say God is not working here?