We are not alone

Here at The Gospel According to the Gospel I advocate that our gospel was preached to those at Mt. Sinai, that God imputed Abraham and his descendents with righteousness and the seal of this covenant is circumcision.  As Paul says, we see the chosen people of God who were given something they rejected, this being the righteousness of God.  They chose to not live in faith concerning the promise of circumcision or went to serve other gods. 

I strongly advocate that it was God’s grace, and by His grace alone, that gave them what they for the most part rejected.  I further advocate what we see in the prophets before their fall to the Babylonians, they turned to God but not with their whole heart.  They did not walk in the faith of their father Abraham, they had faith with no deeds, to enter into the grace that God gave them.

We can see God calling to His people to repent,

Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.  Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel?[1]

Not only has God called them His people, to whom He has imputed righteousness they have rejected, He is calling them to repentance so they will not die in their sins.  Truly the Lord calls us by His Spirit so we can know Him.  The people of His choosing, who have rejected the covenant of circumcision, need to walk in the faith of their father Abraham concerning the promises of God.  God calls them to have a new heart and a new spirit, but is this something we do on our own?

David in his failings before the Lord repented of his own freewill. 

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.[2]

But he looked to the one who was the author and finisher of the hope he had to change him.  He did not look to himself to live like a child of God, but to God Himself to change His heart.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.[3]

We understand from David, we are not alone in the transformation of our lives as we give ourselves over to the Lord in obedience.  Transforming ourselves into the image of Christ is not something that can be done by human effort or due diligence.  Left to ourselves we will fall short.

Being transformed in newness of life in Christ doesn’t have its origin in us.  But in the word of God.

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,[4]

We have the help of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us so that we may have wisdom and revelation from the Spirit to know Christ. 

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.[5]

For it is God who shares Himself with us if we will just seek Him and reach out to Him.

And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:[6]

So even though, we like the children of Israel have been imputed righteousness, we to can reject this.  But we do not have to be like those who were faithless and disobedient to what God had done for them.  We like they, as we submit to the word of God and the Holy Spirit, have the opportunity to let God work out in our lives to His will and pleasure as we work out our salvation.  This is why Paul taught we will be reconciled and presented to God if we remain in faith in the hope of our gospel.

If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;[7]

This has been but a short post and it doesn’t mention scriptures that teach God will give His people of heart of flesh and take away their heart of stone.  Nor does it mention how He will draw all men unto Him, or how he intercedes for us.  There are many more that can be spoken of that show we are not alone in our Christian walk.  So let us encourage each other that we are not alone as we draw close to God.

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.[8]

[1] Ezekiel 18:30b-31

[2] Psalms 51:2-3

[3] Psalms 51:10

[4] Ephesians 5:26

[5] Ephesians 1:17

[6] Acts 17:26-27

[7] Colossians 1:23

[8] James 4:8

3 thoughts on “We are not alone

  1. “David in his failings before the Lord repented of his own freewill.

    Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.”

    is this verse supposed to say that david had “freewill?”

    it doesn’t. at all.

    david repented and acknowledged his sin. but WHY did he repent? did he do so because of “freewill” or because God gave him repentance? the verse you quote is silent as to the cause.

    Acts11:18When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life.”

    the bible teaches that God gives repentance – that’s why David repented.

    i know some silly americans like to assume that God gives repentance but we are able to turn Him down (similar to the way you deny Isa55:11, i believe.) but that doesn’t fit the biblical teaching:

    2Tim2:25Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth…

    how does paul know that God has not already “granted them repentance” but they turned it down? because it’s impossible. paul teaches that if God grants repentance, then Timothy will know because those in opposition will repent. paul did not share the crazy american notion of human sovereignty over God’s purpose.

    John8:34Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

    Jer13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots?
    Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.

    you say that we have “freewill”, but Jesus teaches that we are slaves to sin. You see someone in the bible turn from evil and claim it is an example of “freewill” but the bible says that is as impossible as a leopard changing its spots. God must first give us new hearts before we repent – you seem to suggest that hard hearted people will choose to repent first and then God can respond by softening their hearts, but that is not the biblical order:

    Ezek36:26I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws…31 Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices.

    who was the most “free” person in OT times? most people worked at whatever their father did. they married whomever their parents chose for them. the modern notion of “freedom” was largely absent for most…except maybe a king…except the bible still teaches…

    Prov21:1The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.

    this is to show you where part of where your reasoning breaks down.

    • Charles,

      Again I stand in awe of your reasoning. You say scripture does not come out as say David repented of his own free will therefore it means he did not do it out of free will. You are duplicit in that it says what you want even when it doesn’t say it.

      Instead you say David repented because God gave Him repentance. You say it but you will deny it. You are right God grants repentance even to David when he was included in the covenant of imputed righteousness through circumcision. David however, unlike most of his fellow Jews, did not reject the righteousness of God. As I said you say it, but you reject what scripture teaches it means.

      Now you apply your misunderstanding to us gentiles. You will quote it, but you will not understand it. So it is more than silly Americans that teach this. It is scripture. But you reject what Paul teach us for Calvin.

      You are right Paul doesn’t share crazy American notion of free will, he shares the crazy gospel notion of free will. You simply reject this gospel Paul preaches to us and is confirmed by the other writers. Why don’t you make comments on my post “Christ the minister of circumcision” if my gospel is so unbiblical. Instead you go to your bully pulpit to pound the drums of Calvinism. To prove me unbiblical you have to prove my gospel unbiblical.

      Why do you add to the word of God? You put out the idea that leopards not changing their spots is the clinch all. Have you not read, it was because they were accustomed to doing evil, not because God made it impossible for them. Go on and read into your text just to show Calvin right and the scripture as we read it wrong.

      God does nothing unless He first reveals it to His prophets. So concerning His word what part will not come to pass by men having free will? What part of His revealed word will return to Him empty by free will? Has anything the prophets foretold been affected by free will? No it is not. You build your doctrine on the misunderstanding or scripture.

      Free will offends you and not God. Free will frustrates you and not God’s revealed word. What is so horrible about God working within the context of man’s free will? Oh, I remember, it was the doctrine of God’s sovereignty when it says, “this implies”.

      Charles I have hope for you, that you will ask the Holy Spirit to show these things to you. I love your zeal, but zeal without knowledge is death. There is a doctrine in scripture, but you need to see what it is. You haven’t seen it yet.


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