Why would God grieve if He knew man would sin?

I have been observing a conversation going back and forth between two individuals on another site.  One is advocating God foreknew that man would sin and the other that God did not.  The one who says God did not, contends that God is one who discovers and that His knowledge is not perfect.  He states, that God in His discovery of man’s utter wickedness was grieved that He ever made man, as stated in the book of Genesis.

Is this a biblical view of God?  Does this idea of God being so grieved that He made man, show God is not in the know?  Is God learning and discovering about us, in what we will do in our free will?

I am one who whole heartedly believes scripture teaches free will.  Anyone who reads my posts knows this.  But does free will mean God is discovering us and then reacting emotionally towards us as things are revealed to Him about us?

I responded to this person with the following:

I will tell you of a little tale.

I went and bought three little piglets.  I brought them home and gave them the names of Ham, Bacon and Pork Chop.  We loved those little pigs.  We cared for them, treated them kindly with fresh bedding, water and food.  They grew under our care.  We grew fond of them running up to the fence to receive treats from our hands.  We petted their snouts and called them all by name.  We delighted in our pigs.

But nothing would change in my heart the purpose I had for the pigs from even before I brought them home.  They were raised for the day of slaughter.  The names we gave those pigs did not make that day any easier.  We loved those pigs that were Ham, Bacon and Pork Chop. 

With grief in heart we did what we intended to do with those pigs.  With sadness we would visit an empty pig pen.  We would remorse the slop bucket now went to the chickens.  But when the day came we took our fresh bacon out of the frying pan, we were glad.  We did what we set out to do from the beginning, to raise pigs and eat them.

Now I am but a mere man that can have a purpose and foreknow in my little limited way the destiny of those pigs in my insignificant will.  But they were in my charge, they were my possession and I foreknew what was going to happen to them.  But it still grieved me when they were gone.  That is until they were what we intended them to be from the start.

Is God not greater than us?  Can He not have plans to make man for the purpose of showing us through all the ages the incomparable riches of His grace towards us in Christ Jesus?  Can it not be said that Jesus bore the shame of the cross for the joy set before Him?  The joy of His grace so lavishly shed upon us in His kingdom.  Is God not allowed to grieve over sin in man?  Is He not allowed to then rejoice in His joy when we become what He wants us to be in Christ? 

If I am allowed to have grief in my own little drama, until the purpose of my grief brings me the joy for which I set out in the first place, can not God?  Can not God grieve as more is at stake then just pigs?  Can He not feel pain as the objects of His affection reject Him and turn from Him to do utterly evil all the time?  Can He not experience this as He works in man the mystery of His gospel, even Christ Jesus?  More is at stake then a plate full of meat.  He has every right to grieve as much as He wants until that which He set out to do in the first place is complete.

His emotions have nothing to do with Him not knowing that man would be so sinful that He would wipe all but eight people off the face of the earth.  His emotions come as He interacts with the objects of His affection in the physical time and space we dwell in, not Him.  Why are you so eager to take away from God?

God is emotional.  Is it His grace and kindness you are under or His wrath?  Do you bring Him delight in believing what He says in His word or do you provoke Him to anger by your obstinacies in telling Him how He is?  By the way, you base your life off this as well you know.

Your education I can not hold a candle to.  You are so knowledgeable and I am but a simpleton.  But I ask you to become a fool like me and simply believe God at His word.  Be childlike in your understanding as you walk out your faith, not your knowledge, like a man of God.  Don’t you desire to be like Samuel?  Do you not want to be someone God will say, “You are highly favored?”  Don’t you want to have the faith of Abraham, so God will call you friend?  Doesn’t your heart burn to be like David who was a man after God’s own heart?  How are you a man after God’s own heart?

Is God in the know about salvation?

A question has been raised on another blog that I find an interesting question.  But more interesting is the answers and dialogue put forth.  Simply because I see a question that many people ask, but their answers are so different than what I see in scripture.

So I will give my response to the question, “If God is Omniscient, Why Did He Create the World Knowing it Would Fall into Sin?”  Please go and compare answers to this question and make up your own mind which is more scriptural.

I see more than one question being asked here.

One question is, did God know that man would fall into sin before He created him?

The second question is, if he knew that man was going to sin, why did he make him anyway?

Anyhow this is how I see this conversation.

Well did God know that man would fall into sin before He created them?  We know that He did, not because of an orthodox position as the source of our confidence, rather it is because it is part of our gospel.

Our gospel does not teach that Christ died around 33 AD.  Our gospel teaches us that Christ died before the foundation of the world.

All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.[1]

Paul teaches us that we had the hope of salvation promised to mankind before mankind was ever created.

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness–a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,[2]

Not only do we have a promise of salvation before time began, even our reward was prepared for us who believe, even before man was created

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.[3]

Even names are written in the book of life before the foundation of the world.  Names of people who do not exist.  Sounds kind of detailed for God if He is not omniscient.

The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come.[4]

So it is true when scripture says:

For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.”[5]

Furthermore it is true when scripture says:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.[6]

We are all familiar with other scripture that speaks of how God changes not.  These are all testimony to our gospel.  Our gospel is not that God knew that man would sin.  Our gospel is that God provided for a sinful man before he was even created, so that sinful man would have a hope of salvation.

This ties directly into the other question.  Why would God create man knowing He was going to sin?

God has done something for sinful man before sinful man was ever created.  As Paul says this act of God’s love towards us is a promise of salvation before the world began.  Paul tells us that God created us that we would do more than seek him, but reach out to Him and find Him.

From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.[7]

But this not the end game to the question why?   Rather it is the means to the reason why.

By God providing for us before the foundation of the world and His planting us here on the earth to reach out to Him and find Him.  It achieves the purpose of why God created man knowing that he would fall into sin.

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.[8]

God started all this because it pleases Him to show the incomparable riches of His grace and kindness to us in Christ who are a fallen creature.  Bottom line, this is why scripture says Christ endured the cross because of the joy set before Him, because He desires to demonstrate His grace and love to us.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.[9]

To me the question isn’t a tricky one to answer, for God’s word is clear about His understanding, His work, His provision, His motivation and why we should worship such a loving God.

I personally do not agree that God’s whole purpose of creation was to manifest His glory.  I see it rather as a manifestation of His love expressed in His grace.  Just because His glory is manifest in His creation, doesn’t mean it was the purpose.  To me it is like saying the purpose of the race car is to magnify those companies who sponsor the car.  The purpose is not is what we easily see, but what is revealed in the mystery of our gospel.  This being God expressing His love to a sinful mankind through His grace.

Scripture does not say, for God so purposed His glory to be displayed that He sent His son, as it appears you have said.  Maybe I misunderstood.  But I see God sending His Son in the greatest expression of His love towards us in His grace

Am I out in left field on this one Carl?  Well WoundedEgo, am I?  As one who does not know everything and does not have the education you have, it seems as if you two are arguing all around the topic but not discussing the topic.

[1] Revelation 13:8

[2] Titus 1:1-2

[3] Matthew 25:34

[4] Revelation 17:8

[5] Hebrews 4:4

[6] Hebrews 13:8

[7] Acts 17:26-27

[8] Ephesians 2:6-7

[9] Hebrews 12:2

Has God really said?

As a follow up to yesterdays post, I would like to keep discussing God’s love for mankind and the dangers of heresy in the church that would unwittingly pervert the gospel we have received.

Our adversary, the devil, could not keep Christ from becoming our savior.  Christ has died to take away the sins of the world and there is nothing that can be done about.  But this doesn’t keep him from spreading lies about what Christ has done and what it means for mankind.

There is a man of history who has bought into a lie from Satan concerning the love of God and the sacrifice He has made for mankind.  Calvin bought into the lie that Christ did not die for every man.  Somehow he had persuaded himself, like Eve in the garden, that God’s word doesn’t really mean what it says.  The phrase is the same, “Did God really say.”

The teaching of this man Calvin has grown into a doctrine unto itself.  There are vast number of professing bible believers who not only follow this doctrine of Calvin, they malign those of us who do not.  They accuse us who believe God so loved the whole world that, He died for the whole world and offers the whole world salvation as being ignorant of God’s word.

Satan in his lust to pervert God’s grace toward us has actually gotten a large part of believers to believe that Christ did not die for those who will never enter the kingdom of heaved.  They say Christ only died for those who will accept Him.  The Calvinist mumbles and jumbles and twist scripture to say what it does not.  So again the question is, has God really said?

Calvinism teaches that God’s grace is only for the elect and not the non-saved.  They would say that the unsaved has God’s mercy, as in the fact He hasn’t judge them yet and He lets it rain on the just an unjust alike.  But His grace is reserved solely for those who will come to a saving knowledge of Christ.  But has God really said that?

No He hasn’t.  The Holy Spirit has said to us that the grace of God is extended to everyman through Christ.  For Christ has tasted death for every man.  Not some, not elect, but every man.  So again, what has God really said?

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.[1]

The question for the Calvinist is, will you keep saying to yourself, has God really said and believe a lie straight from the father of lies?  Or will you embrace the gospel message that is presented by the Holy Spirit to us in scripture. Will you let God be God and give us His gospel message or will you now tell us that the word “every man” does not mean every man.  Just like the word “world” doesn’t mean world or the word “whoever” doesn’t mean whoever?  Will you always be stiff necked and say in your hearts, has God really said?

To those of you who love the Lord and His word and are seeing the lies of Calvinism in light of scripture, the Holy Spirit is calling you out of that religion of man.  Depart from this doctrine of man unto the life giving gospel message of the Holy Spirit that wishes to witness this to you on your heart of flesh.

If you are a Calvinist and the Holy Spirit is revealing His word to you, let those of us who follow this web sight know, so you can be encouraged and prayed for by these fellow believers in the true grace of God.  If you have questions in your search for the truth of scripture, ask, so readers of this blog can help you to come to a better understanding of God’s word.  Let you light then so shine that you too can minister to those who come out of her.  As it is written, come out of her my people.

[1] Hebrews 2:9

God’s love in precision

If God’s righteousness is displayed in the heavens, modern science has been showing us how vast is His righteousness.

The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.[1]

Through the innovation of technology we get to look light years into deep space see how the heavens declare the glory of God.

Man has learned how precise God has put the heavens together.  If we were but a little bit closer to the sun life would not exist on earth.  If we were but a little bit further from the sun, again we would have no life on earth.  If the earth axis and rotation was not what it is, we would not have the weather we do have making life impossible again.  If our solar system was closer to our galactic core than it is we would have too much exposure to the violent nature of the cosmos.  We seem to be tucked away very nicely in the exact location and circumstances that we need to be in for life to exist.

We see this same precision when we look at the atomic level.  If the electron rotated any slower or faster around the atom we would have no atoms.  If the nuclear bond was any weaker or stronger we would have no atoms.  I have not tried to be technical, but in the simplest way show how God has done a very precise work that can not and should not be altered if mankind or creation is to exist at all.

Do we now go from the vastness of the created universe with all of its precision and working laws of science, that God has put in place, and zoom down to earth to a book and declare His work in this book is not exact?  Are we to believe God is exact in His creation that declares His righteousness and glory, but in His book that declares His love it is not so exact?

Believe it or not there are Christians who advocate this very thing when they teach the doctrine of men.  Can you believe that men actually teach that John 3:16 doesn’t mean what we read?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.[2]

Through a perverted doctrine concerning election they advocate that God did not send His son to the world but to those elect who are in the world.  They teach that whoever does not mean an open invitation to all mankind to receive Christ, but only the elect.  They throw out all kinds of reasons and equally unbiblical uses of scripture derived from the reason of man to support such a position.

Through the reason of man they want us to believe that God did not send His Son to the whole world and that an open invitation is not given to all mankind.  That world doesn’t mean world and that whoever doesn’t mean whoever. 

We can see the in the simplest way that God is precise in what He has done to establish a home for mankind in the heavens.  We can see His exacting handiwork even in the examination of the smallest details found in the atoms.  And this incredibly accuracy is found in something that is temporal and will be burned up.

Yet in His word we have believers that assume God can not and has not communicated His love to us with such accuracy in His eternal word.  These same believers want us to believe that “if” doesn’t mean perhaps or the place of decision but rather to mean “since”.  By hold to and advocating their doctrines upon the hearts of men who would put their hope in Christ, they offer a twisted convoluted idea of God’s love to mankind.

I urge believers to trust God to mean what He says and say what He means in His word.  If God is able to hold creation in His hands with such precision, is He not able to hold His word in His hands with such precision too?  Men will take you down roads of reason and doctrine that starts out biblically but then will imply or say stands to reason.  I say. let’s just stick to what the text says.

For God so loved the world that He gave His Son, our Logos, to us in perfection so that in His open invitation to mankind He is willing that none be lost when we as sinners repent and put our hope in Him.

Be encouraged, those who were burned at the stake during the reformation did not die in vain as they laid down their lives so we can read the scriptures in our own language.  God who is the originator of language did not cut Himself or the representation of Himself out of His word in our translation.  There is no hidden meaning in the word “world”, “whoever” or even “if”. 

We can trust the Holy Spirit to teach us all things in Christ.  We who trust and believe God at His written word are like David who apposed not only a giant, but a whole nation who had God figured wrong.  So be bold in the Holy Spirit and proclaim the written word of God as the Holy Spirit reveals it to you in opposition to the more educated and established institutions built on the doctrines of men.  Remember the exactness of His temporal creation, God’s love communicated to us is even more precise.

[1] Psalms 97:6

[2] John 3:16

Israel, Iran, War, Damascus and US

Well we made it through the weekend and there is no war in the Middle East to drag the rest of the nations into.  Many political leaders said the time for Israel to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities was before the fuel rods were put in the reactor.  This event happened this weekend and Iran has an active nuclear reactor producing plutonium.

The Obama administration is comforting Israel that it will be a year before Iran can place a gun to their heads in the form of a nuclear bomb.  It is the hope of the Obama administration they can force a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians within the year it takes Iran to build a bomb.  They think doing so will change the politics of annihilation coming from Israel’s neighbors into some kind of hippie love fest style of acceptance of the Jewish nation from those who seek her destruction.

There are those out there that advocate that Damascus has a date with destiny.  In Isaiah there is a prophecy concerning one of the longest continually inhabited cities becoming a heap of ruble. 

An oracle concerning Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.[1]

It is speculated that a war between Israel and Iran would drag Israel’s other enemies into this conflict.  Syria is known to have weapons of mass destruction in its arsenal.  Many ponder if this will be the time when Damascus becomes a heap of rubble.  Israel has told its neighbors that any use of a weapon of mass destruction would result in them retaliating with nukes.  All it would take is one chemical weapon being launched on Israel by any one of her enemies and most likely Damascus will be seen as the ultimate source of Israel’s grief. 

But I have to ponder, what will be worse, the fate of Damascus or our United States who has forced Israel into such a compromised position she finds herself in today.  To make the fate of our nation more treacherous, this administration wants to hold Israel in a state of constant duress as Iran gets closer to its goal day by day.

In the end Damascus may become a heap of rubble in our time, but what will happen to us whose government has, for what ever purpose, let Israel’s enemies set the day for her execution much like Haman from the book of Ester.

We are not simply watching the possible events that lead to war.  We are watching spiritual warfare unfold as it unfolded before concerning the demise of those whom God calls His people.

We are on the precipice of not only something shaking the Middle East, the entire world is teetering over the edge just waiting for that one event to change everything in our political, financial and spiritual conditions.  Something has to trigger our elusive New World Order into a full fledged in your face oppression.  Something has to give rise to our acceptance of the man of sin.  We may be watching this trigger come to pass even here and now.

I understand the United States is not exempt from the same destruction that faces Damascus.  We have turned our backs on Israel and are holding the cup of trembling.  We are candidate number one who will be cut to pieces because of this burden.  I do not know whose destruction will come first.  If us, we may go out glowing too.

As for me I have made a declaration of what I will do when the day comes I hear Damascus has become a heap of rubble.  I don’t care if I am in the middle of a grocery isle, I am going to fall down on my knees and worship God out loud because His ancient word is being fulfilled in our day.  For we are living in those days.

[1] Isaiah 17:1

Where oh where is righteousness found?

When we read the book of Romans we come to a great passage of scripture.  Paul lets the reader know that the gospel is God’s power first to the Jews then the gentile for salvation.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.[1]

To be more specific it is the gospel of Christ and Christ alone that Paul is describing as the gospel that is the power of God to save men.  Speaking of this gospel of Christ, Paul lets us know that in this gospel a righteousness of God is revealed. 

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.[2]

We would tend to think of this gospel of Christ in context to our New Testament writings and conclude, of course.  Paul however would not have our perspective of the gospel.  He did not have a New Testament to preach from.  Scripture never records any writers of the New Testament as preaching the gospel from any document, parchment, scrap piece of paper or rough draft of our New Testament.  But instead we have recorded for us where oh where these men of God found a righteousness revealed apart from the Law that is the power of God to save men. 

Paul testifies to the truth when he says a righteousness apart from the Law is revealed in our Gospel.  But did you know that Paul preaches a righteousness apart from the Law from the Law.  Confusing?  Paul taught from the Law, the very thing we can not be counted righteous before God by following, a righteousness apart from the Law.  The Law testifies against itself in that it shows Jews and Gentiles a righteousness from God not found in observing the Law.

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;[3]

The gospel that Paul brags is the power of God unto salvation is the gospel the Law and prophets witness to.

We see this consistency when we compare the book of Romans, where we find this teaching, to what he preached when he finally made it to Rome.  In the last chapter of Acts we find Paul teaching not from the rough draft of our New Testament as his gospel, but the same old boring Law of Moses and the prophets.  Exactly where he told the Romans to find a righteousness apart from the Law, there he still preaches from when he late in his life preaches in Rome.

Paul considered the gospel revealed in the Law and the prophets the testimony of Jesus.  When he preached from these he was preaching Jesus.  Again we have no testimony that Paul or any other New Testament persons considered the gospel to be anything other than where we find a righteousness revealed that is apart from the Law.  This being the Law and the prophets.

And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.[4]

Our New Testament is so consistent is this understanding that the Law of Moses and the prophets revealed a righteousness from God that the writer of Hebrews considered those at Mt. Sinai to have received the gospel he preaches in his letter.  In the context of those who received the Law, he lets the reader know that this gospel did them no good because they did not believe.

For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.[5]

This is why Paul, speaking of the Jews, teaches they tried to do exactly the opposite of the gospel found in the Law of Moses and the prophets.  They rejected the righteousness of God apart from the Law, which was witnessed by the Law.  Instead they chose to find righteousness by observing the Law.

But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousnes  Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;[6]

They in their ignorance of the witness of the Law of Moses and the prophets concerning a righteousness apart from observing the Law, sought to establish their own.  They did not submit to the righteousness of God.

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.[7]

Next time you read, say or hear someone quote Romans 1:16 take note, Paul has no concept of any other gospel than what was witnessed by the Law of Moses and the prophets where a righteousness from God is revealed in the gospel of Christ.

This is why here at The Gospel According to the Gospel I spend time writing about this gospel found in the wittings of our New Testament and its impact on our understanding of our own gospel.  Reading through my post will reveal this gospel that Paul and others recognized and left for us in their writings.  The implications of this gospel they preached has become the gospel the church refuses to believe.

[1] Romans 1:16

[2] Romans 1:17

[3] Romans 3:21

[4] Acts 28:23

[5] Hebrews 4:2

[6] Romans 9:31-32

[7] Romans 10:3

Christ the minister of circumcision

Many good people teach that the Old Testament is a shadow and a type for our New Testament.  There is no weight put in the gospel we see in the Old Testament.  We primarily look to the New Testament to be our gospel and leave the Old Testament as something as a side dish or fine wine that brings out the flavor of our gospel.

The New Testament however does not look at itself as the gospel but strangely it looks to the Old Testament as the gospel.  Hebrews comes right out and says this.  Call it Paul, call it Apollos or somebody else, the writer of Hebrews understood and expected his readers to understand the gospel we hope in was also preached to those at Mt. Sinai.

For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.[1]

Of course we know Peter didn’t preach from the New Testament on the day of Pentecost but he preached the gospel from the Old Testament, our gospel, as fulfilled in part through Christ.

To fast forward for expediency, we look at Paul in the last chapter of Acts preaching our gospel from the Law of Moses and the prophets, not from some New Testament scraps and parchments.  He did it from the dry and dusty Old Testament.

And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.[2]

So with this understanding The gospel According to the Gospel advocates that part of the gospel that Paul was teaching in Rome, in the last chapter of Acts from the writings of Moses, is exactly what he has given us in the book of Romans. 

Paul, speaking from Moses’ books lets us know that God imputed Abraham righteousness and the seal of this righteousness is circumcision. 

And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:[3]

The consistency of the Old Testament gospel is found in his other writings as well.  Paul teaches us gentiles, that we are now included in this gospel found in the writings of Moses.  Through Christ we are partakers in the one blessing given to Abraham through which we can receive the Holy Spirit.  This one blessing is the blessing of circumcision, imputed righteousness.  To assume we can receive the Holy Spirit through any other means other than having our sins not being held against us, to assume that Christ came for some more pressing purpose than to take the sins of the word upon Himself would be preposterous.  There is only one blessing that Paul teaches we gentiles can have with Abraham and this is imputed righteousness. 

That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.[4]

This is why we see the consistency of the gospel Paul preached from the books of Moses when he says that Christ was a minister of circumcision.  Some want to translate this to mean minister to the Jews and not minister of circumcision, because they see circumcision as a seal of Jewishness, not as a seal of righteousness as Paul taught from the gospel of the Old Testament.  This translation is in direct contrast to what Paul has already taught us in earlier chapters of Romans.  Circumcision is a seal of imputed righteousness. 

Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the (1)truth of God, to (2)confirm the promises made unto the fathers: And that the (3)Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.[5]

Jesus being a minister of circumcision confirms what Paul said earlier, that circumcision is a seal of imputed righteousness.  Jesus is in the business of paying for sins and imputing righteousness.  This fact He is a minister of circumcision does three things.  First of all it confirms the consistency of our gospel found in the Old Testament as truthful for which we can have certainty to put our hope in.

Secondly, Jesus being the minister of circumcision confirms the core of the message of our Old Testament gospel, this being Christ died to save sinners.  By confirming the promise to those fathers of the Old Testament which was given by an everlasting covenant, Christ affirms circumcision as a seal of righteousness.  Christ affirms circumcision by fulfilling the payment for sin, to which the fathers long to see in their day.  Christ is the fulfillment of circumcision, that being imputed righteousness.

Thirdly, not only is Christ the fulfillment of circumcision to the Jew but, as Paul states in his gospel, we gentiles are now included in the blessing of Abraham.  We gentiles too will glorify God for His mercies towards us through Christ being a minister of circumcision unto us.  We too through Christ share in the imputed righteousness of circumcision even though we are uncircumcised.  We gentiles now through Christ share in the blessing of Abraham concerning circumcision.  For God has circumcised our hearts.

Isn’t it a wonderful thing how the true gospel of scripture flows so beautifully?  Isn’t it wonderful to know our gospel is all of scripture?  But understanding this, how do you think the realization of circumcision being a seal of imputed righteousness affects our gospel?  It does in many ways concerning election, eternal security, faith, backsliding and all other issues pertaining to the Christian faith.  But are you ready for the gospel the church refuses to believe? 

The people of Israel were given the seal of imputed righteousness, just as we have, but what did they do with it?  Did they have eternal security?  What can we learn from their election?  What were the consequences of their backsliding?  How differently does the New Testament consider their faith from what we profess today?  Remembering we share in the gospel they had, the blessing they had, and are grafted into their promises as an unnatural branch.  We have nothing to stand alone on in our New Testament, outside of the gospel we find in the Old Testament.  But are you ready for the gospel the church refuses to believe?

[1] Hebrews 4:2

[2] Acts 28:23

[3] Romans 4:11

[4] Galatians 3:14

[5] Romans 15:8-9