BioMember of FIEC churches since 1957 - the year of my conversion & baptism.
Married to Ann.
FIEC is the UK equivalent of IFB, with a doctrinal basis that insists onfundamentals, but allows divergence on other matters.
That comment assumes a lot of arguments that do not arise from a study of Hebrews. The force of Hebrews, from the opening verses, is that Jesus is God's last word to Israel. Heb. 1:1-4 If Israel wants the promised blessings, come to God TODAY. Heb. 2:1-4 Heb. 3:7-13 This letter of exhortation to the Hebrews is not a promise of millennial blessings in a future dispensation, after 100 generations of Jews have perished in unbelief, but an extended contrast between the old covenant situation given through Moses, & the new covenant realisation of all the promises given in Christ. Heb. 3:1-6 Heb. 8:6-13 Blessings in Christ available TODAY. That exhortation included a warning that the time for repentance for national Israel was fast running out. Judgment would come before the generation that rejected its Messiah had passed. The writer understands that as 40 years. Heb. 3:17-19 That 40 years ran out in AD 70. Jesus contrasted Israel's situation with Nineveh. Nineveh was given 40 days warning, repented, & was spared. Mat. 12:38-41 Israel was given a generation of 40 years. Many thousands did repent, & were saved, but the leadership & the majority of that generation persisted in their rejection of their Messiah, & perished. Today the sons of Israel have free access to all the promises of God in Christ by the Gospel. There is a very significant expression in Heb. 8:10 - I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. That relationship transcends Jew/Gentile racial divides & unites all true believers. Arguments about Israel versus the church & who gets which promises when become irrelevant. All the redeemed people of God are one in Christ, & all the promises will be fully realised in the new heaven & new earth, of which Hebrews gives Abraham's expectation. Heb. 11:13-16
OT OH .... America is a fascist country bent on destroying anything in its path and will help the enemies of true democracy, i.e., the multinationals, with their expansionist goals ..... This is a very serious analysis by a highly respected journalist with a reputation for visiting trouble areas in person to discover the truth. Why the Rise of Fascism Is Again the Issue By John Pilger, CounterPunch
Heb. 12:18 begins a new section, but, being introduced by "For" links to what has gone before. Such links are important to our understanding of Scripture as they remind us that every Scripture has a context.
But my "like" of the last post doesn't apply to the last paragraph - but that's for another discussion. =========== As I understand Genesis, God intended the promises to Abraham to run through Isaac & Jacob, rather than Ishmael & Esau. There are dangers in contriving to make the promises of God happen in OUR way, instead of leaving them to HIS way. If Rebecca & Jacob had stayed out of "blessing" action, would Esau have received the blessing Isaac gave Jacob by mistake? I think not. That blessing of Jacob is inspired Scripture, as is the blessing actually given to Esau. Note - Gen. 27:33 The essential failure of Esau is his carnal - profane - thinking, contrasted with Jacob's thinking in terms of the promises. Esau's hatred subsided after Jacob's departure, & it seems he became content with material prosperity, to such an extent that his desire for revenge faded with increase in riches. Gen. 33:4-11 Esau's attitude is that of the Laodiceans - Rev. 3:17-18 God hates such carnal contentment - he rebukes & chastens in love. In scheming to get God's promises, Jacob's supplanting of his brother actually lost him everything but those promises, which were his anyway. He was sent away with only what he could carry - not with servants or riches to present to a wife as Abraham's servant was. Gen. 32:9-10 . BUT he went with a real intended blessing from his father - Gen. 28:3-4 - the blessing of Abraham. And when sleeping rough at Bethel, he had that wonderful "Damascus road" experience when God himself blessed him. Gen. 28:10-22 . Jacob is now a real Israelite with real promises to live by faith. Dare we live as Esau, trusting & hoping in carnal, profane, material riches; even thinking that material riches represent God's blessing; rather than the real & spiritual promises of eternal blessings?
Heb. 12:12-17 Where did Esau go wrong? Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. He had a deceiver for a brother, who was so covetous that he demanded the birthright before giving food, & despite misgivings, lied & supplanted his brother to receive a stolen blessing. When they meet up again, he graciously forgives Jacob, & offers assistance & protection. Yet Jacob gets the blessings.
Formatting options are severely limited - No colour - essential when answering a post within a quote to separate quote from reply No indent - useful when quoting Scripture to separate Scripture from comments No photo option No preview - I use the preview for long replies, as the reply then scrolls keeping the formatting in view. Now the formatting goes way off the page It would be useful to be able to upload audio files, such as sermons - the 0.11 MB limit allows a ONE minute sermon - I couldn't upload a .W AV file with 2 verses of a hymn. Just testing text - Gen. 1:1
Over on Trail of Blood, Sam is disagreeing with me on "Calvinism"
Sam was thrown of the same KJ forum who excluded us. He said they told him they didn't exclude anone from their site. At about the same time, sam was made a moderator on TOB.