Thank you That was an interesting sermon.
The preacher did a great job in explaining how those in the smaller circle ended up there.
If I understood correctly, we believe because we are saved and we are saved by the blood of the Lamb
By that reasoning, those in the bigger circle do not believe because they are unsaved. My question is this, why are they unsaved? It's obviously not because they do not believe because
we are not saved because we believe,
we are saved only by the precious blood of Christ.
Hmm... "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world" (1 John 2:2, KJV). I take it that the "he" is Jesus and "our" is the third person plural possessive pronoun when broken into its components means the Apostle John (the writer of the letter) and any readers and hearers of the letter in John's present all the way down through history to our present which would include you and me. I also take it that "the world" is the same "world" that the Apostle John quotes our Lord Jesus as saying "I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world" (John 17:6). The same "world" that believers are no longer of (John 17:16) and that hates believers because Jesus chose them "out of the world" (John 15:18-19). I suggest that you do a topical study on the word "kosmos." Hopefully with God's grace it will help undo that strange logic that clouds what is so plainly clear that even a child could (and should) understand because the Word of God means what it says. Man does not decide how God's Word is used to fit his doctrines.
May God be forever glorified.
Straightforward Alfred: Did all Natural Israel (as you say) enter into heaven? Your answer must be some. If some entered heaven - how? They believed God. Is there more than one way of salvation? No, it is all of grace through Christ. The way and faith of Abraham ALWAYS represented true spiritual Israel and it is the faith that Christians should hold today. Anything else, demeans Christ.
Great Sermon! Mr. Casey please explain, Are you saying that the church (Jew and Gentile) has replaced the natural Israel? That he Church is now spiritual Israel? That the church has or will become ALL Israel? If this true, then why would the natural branches (Israel) be regraffed in to the natural olive tree? Any way you interpret Romans 11, there are two separate branches that will be graffed into the same olive tree, one wild and one natural with the same root. And that root which is Abraham.
Great Sermon! Dear Jim,
We are rejoicing in the Gospel that you are preaching from Romans 12. This is the one True Gospel, we know of no other.
We rejoice in the Righteousness of our Lord and Savior and we never fail to hear it here. Thanks
Great Sermon! A very good word. The word imputated/Imputation became precious to me when I was brought to grasp the invaluable implication to my eternal soul. I cannot comprehend why anyone would reject this precious doctrine in truth. Thank you.