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hello Bede, dirtfarmer here Hebrews 9:28 " So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." Hebrews 9:26 " For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself." The thing that most people don't understand is that salvation has 3 stages. 1) we have been saved from the penalty of sin 2) we have been saved from the power of sin 3) we will be saved from the presence of sin when the restitutation of all thing happen
hello St_Worm2, dirtfarmer here Why would you take the WCF as the authority over the teaching of the Holy Spirit? Was Matthew 28:19 spoken to the church? Matthew 28:16 states that it was spoken to the "eleven". Can we apply this to church doctrine? What is the purpose of the nation of Israel? Is not to be a kingdom of priest? Exodus 19:5-6 " Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priest, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel." Ephesians 1:13 &14 states that we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise which is the earnest(down payment) of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession. What is that purchased possession? Is it not our whole spirit and soul and body? The Church is the bride of Christ. Deuteronomy 32:21 God told Moses; " I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people: I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation." Romans10:19 " But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. Could the purpose of the Church be to make Israel jealous, so that Israel will see how God, through Christ, blesses them and this causes Israel to understand who it was that they crucified? All Israel will be saved(Romans 11:26). Colossians 2:11 " In whom ye are also circumcisied with the circumcision made without hands, in the putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ." Ephesians 2:10 " For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." As I have said before; It is how we live before others in times of adversity that reveals to a lost and dying world that we have died to self and Christ is living his life through us. This is how the world knows of Christ, not water baptism before a few church people.
hello William, dirtfarmer here If I understand what the Westminster confession is saying, unless one is baptized (water) then they are not and cannot be saved(regenerated). Scripture states "that without the shedding of blood there is no remission"(Hebrews 9:22 "Without the shedding of Blood is no remission). The thing that most people don't or can't understand is that "sins" are the fruit of the nature that we receive from Adam, which is the sin nature. Can you supply scripture that states that anything but unbelief at the time of death is what condemns a person to eternal separation from God? As to the circumcision of Moses' son, was that before or after Abraham? If I understand scripture, it was some 400 years after Abraham. Also, during the wilderness journey there was no circumcisions performed( Joshua 5:2-6). It was 11 days journey from Horeb by way of mount Seir unto Kadesh-barnea, but it took them about 40 years wandering and the death of all the males that were circumcised in Egypt before they passed into the land of promise. Why did all those that left Egypt die in the wilderness, even though they were circumcised, and not enter the land of promise? We find the answer in Hebrews 3:19; "So we see that they could not enter because of unbelief." Have you studied Cornelius in Acts 10? He was a devout man and one the feared God: study about God fearers. They were Gentiles during the time of law that lived according to the Abrahamic covenant. The had access to and worshipped in the Jewish synagogues. As to Simon, in Acts 8:21 it is stated " Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God." In verse 13 it is stated the he believed and was baptized, but he was not saved according to verse 21. Simon was still thinking in terms of magical powers and had not repented in his heart. When Peter and John came he wanted to buy what they had.
dirtfarmer here This is my first post on this forum. 1 Corinthians 12:13 states " For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." In Matthew 3:11 John said; " I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear; he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire:" Ephesians 4:5 " One Lord, one faith, one baptism," If Jesus Christ baptizes with the Spirit and there is one baptism, where does water baptism fit. Some say it is our witness to the world that we have salvation. Was the world present at your water baptism? It is the Spirit baptism that creates us in Christ Jesus. Being baptized by the Spirit is what makes us a new creation in Christ Jesus and by that baptism we have died with Christ, been resurrected with him and walk in newness of life. It is by the new creation in Christ that a lost and dying world sees the change that has happened in us and we are not the same person that we once was.