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  1. "First Peter incorporates similar ideas. The address of the book is to those “who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father in sanctification by the Spirit” with the goal of “obedience and sprinkling with the blood of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:2). They were a “chosen race” (1 Pet. 2:9) and are further defined as “you who believe” (1 Pet. 2:6-7). Election of Christians is expressly stated to be in Christ: [God] chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world… . He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ… . In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will… . In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.” (Eph. 1:4, 5, 11, 13) The chapter as a whole is anchored in the historical events of Christ’s death and resurrection. The same elements found in 1 and 2 Thessalonians and 1 Peter are brought together here: God’s choice and predestination, the Holy Spirit, the proclamation of the gospel (the word of truth), and belief. The emphasis is that God’s election occurred “in Christ.” Those who are “in Christ” through hearing the word of truth, believing in Christ, and being sealed with the Holy Spirit are those who are “holy and blameless” children of God, according to God’s love and good pleasure." Ferguson, Everett. The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1996.
  2. Disclaimer one: my opinions follow and those opinions may or may not be Theologically Reformed: God does not owe anyone anything! We are all forever indebted to God and whatever we receive is and has always been entirely by Grace/Providence. This what both Christianity and Jewish texts teach! Now, let's recall what the Lord stated to Abram: "Then YHWH said to Abram, go for yourself (go by yourself), from your land, and from your relatives, and from your father's house to the land I am showing you. Then I will make for/to you a great nation(Goy Gadol), blessing you, and making your name great, and you will be a blessing. Also, blessing those who bless you, he who curses you will be cursed, thus/and in you, all the families of the ground/earth(Adamah) will be blessed" (Genesis 12:1~3). Goy basically means nation, foreign national, foreigner, stranger, and usually translated in English as a gentile or in the plural gentiles. Gadol means great, large, big and the like. Abram appears to be as just like anyone else except for the fact that he is chosen by God (why? Probably because God's Grace/Providence as Abram did nothing to earn/merit being chosen!) and he/Abram in faith (although the word does not appear) leaves everything he holds dear to follow God. Those also who are blessed in Abram must have the faith to believe that God will do what he claimed he would do. And, those who are to be blessed in Abram are nothing less than anyone in the entire world who blesses Abram and to do that they must faith in the God of Abram. No special DNA, Genetics, or bloodlines required! (Disclaimer two: I am a Christian so of course, I believe that the promises to Abram/Abraham find their ultimate fulfillment in Jesus the Christ. ) And, Like I always say to my friends: חפשו בתורה היטב ואל תסתמכו על דברי (Search in the Torah well and do not lean on my word)
  3. “Saying that the old covenant has passed away doesn’t mean the Old Testament is no longer (or somehow less) the Word of God. All of the Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, are the final authority as God’s infallible and inerrant word. All of the Old Testament has a revelatory and pedagogical authority for believers in Jesus Christ. We must interpret the Old Testament in terms of God’s progressive revelation in his covenants in order to discern how to apply it today.” https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/old-covenant-response-andy-stanley/
  4. The KJV was commissioned well after the invention of the printing press and after a number of other English translation were already in circulation. The Apostles, on the other hand, lived long before the invention of the printing press and far outside of the Anglosphere making it unlikely they could have used any semblance of the KJV for that matter predecessor of the KJV. The internal evidence from the NT corpus points to their use of the LXX (A Greek translation of the Pentateuch, but later expanded to include a translation of the rest of the OT as well as the deuterocanonical texts). The Apostle probably also knew classical Hebrew and spoken Aramaic. I believe they would have been able to read the early Syriac translations had it existed but for more likely they read the Torah/Pentateuch in Hebrew whenever dealing with other Jewish Christians outside of the Hellenistic world. Disclaimer: No disrespect intended toward the KJV nor to those who favor it. The KJV definitely has its place in the history of the English language (as well as British politics) and it continues to remain pristine specimen of middle English literature. It, in short, is an heirloom bequeath to all those who have a passion for the English language and its literature. ANYWAY: THANK YOU atpollard for sharing your observations and the work you put into your very helpful post!
  5. This the answer that comes the closest to the truth. I think most of the time the discussion was something more like apple and oranges. You are correct! I in retrospect should have used the term prophecies rather than promises. The above statement is a very helpful distinction. . No worries. No branch of Judaism that I am aware of is evangelistic in any way. Think about when was the last time Jewish missionary came to your door? To no longer be enslaved to regulations means that at one time one was enslaved regulation. For someone like St. Paul this is a true claim as he took on the burden of attempting to observing the Torah and it's 613 Mitzvot(commandments). For, the vast majority of Christians I have met this is highly doubtful unless of course, they came from an observant Jewish background.
  6. Ferguson, Everett. The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1996.
  7. Becky, I am not sure what you are talking about. but... When Solas stated I "believe 'all Israel' is referring to what Paul was speaking of in Rom 11:1-5" I agree that the remnant of Israel is part of all Israel. I also agree that "both believing Jew and Gentile make up the Church the Body of Christ. (Eph 2:15)" However, unlike Solas I believe that the body of Christ (or rather the congregation of the Messiah = the entire church) is the Ἰσραὴλ τοῦ θεοῦ (Israel of God) Galatians 6:16 which included those of faith regardless of their nationality or ethnicity(Revelation 7:9! This belief of mine is clearly implied by post #11 of this thread.
  8. Sure, it says that I liked Solas' post because he liked mine. I do not agree with all that Solas wrote and I am sure Solas does not agree with all I wrote either, however, I think it is good to support other members of the forums.
  9. Notice the following statement by northywe in the OP: Now, notice the question I raised in #46, and then again with a little more detail in post #50 (I know you have already seen those posts) now notice the responses I got? What do you personally think of the responses? Then again I attempt to explain my position in post # 53. The lack of clarity on the meaning of Old Covenant as used on these forums and the response I got is part of what is giving me the vibe I spoke of.
  10. Becky the promises (the Messianic Texts) I referred to about the coming of the Messiah(Christ) are simply not conditional! Of course faith is need but it is God who gives that. ( Take for example the text I actually has in mind Genesis 22:8, and Genesis 22:15-18 ) One can not merit the coming of the Messiah. In fact one of the reasons the the Messiah I believe in came is because people could not measure up even their (our) good works were but dirty clothes or rags (See: Isaiah 64:4 - 64:7)! However the promise texts about the Messiah like those found in Psalm 2, *Psalm 9:14, *Isaiah 12:2ー3, Isaiah chapter 53, *Isaiah 62:11, Jeremiah chapter 31 were written to offer warning and hope. Yet they are found in the so called OT that Christians often claim is worthless and has passed away or at least this is the vibe that I have gotten this far on this thread. If these texts are obsolete or worthless then so is my hope in the Messiah (Yeshua/Jesus) whom these texts speak of! And so is the NT which based a number of it’s claims on the trustworthiness and inspiration of the Hebrew Bible/OT.
  11. Never once on this thread nor on this forum have I ever made an appeal to works. On this thread I have appealed to the promises about the Messiah and there is no way anyone can merit coming the Messiah this why I used the term promises to refer the texts about Messiah rather terms like rules, laws, or criteria.
  12. Of course not! Please notice careful what I actually referred to. I came to faith in the Moshichi/Messiah(Christ) initially through my reading of the Hebrew and it’s promises about the Messiah in the covenant promos tonAbraham I mentioned, those through the promised Covenant mentioned in Jeremiah where God writes on people hearts and those promises mentioned in the book of Isaiah about the suffering servant (or Mashiach Ben Yosef/Messiah son of Joseph) interestingly enough This is true of Jesus and those found in the book of Daniel. If those promise as you now seem to be claiming are worthless, invalid, or have passed away then so has my faith in Yeshua/Jesus as Moshiach/Messiah through whom grace and forgiveness is granted. For I faith is based in the hopes of those promises and if that faith was misplace or wrong then so is my faith in the NT.
  13. William one point I am making is partly about the vague (and in my opinion misleading/fickled) every changing meaning and use of the term OT. (a) Some Christians actually mean the entire corpus of literature they also call the OT! Yet, there is no evidence that the Hebrew Bible is a covenant and a lot more evidence that the Hebrew Bible records various covenants. Now if the Hebrew Bible with it promises about Messiah has passed away and is not invalid, how can I trust the NT states when it often references the Hebrew Bible/LXX to make its points? If, the Hebrew Bible God's word is no longer Scripture, how can I be sure that the NT writings will not also suffer the same fate? (b) Has the Abrahamic covenant become invalid and passed away? It after all is an OT? If so then why and how can Paul keep on appealing to it in the book of Romans? And, if so how can we as Christians be the so-called spiritual seed of Abraham when the covenant and the promises given to him are invalid/obsolete and have passed away? (c) Has the covenant mentioned in the book of Jeremiah ברית חדשה the ברית עולם הבא really passed away and become obsolete? As many, a Christian actually claim when they vaguely yet boldly claim the OT in its entirety has passed away! If, so then this might also mean that the work of Messiah and the NT has also passed away! (d) Sprinkled throughout the OT are mentions of certain promises (not covenants) that are forevָer ( עוֹלָ֖ם /olam ) yet according to some Christians, this is now not the case. Did God in as recorded in the Hebrew Bible lie or mislead people? (Romans 11:29) seems to hint that God never breaks or goes back on his promises.
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