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In the Gospel of John we have the prayer of Jesus.  He communed often with his Father which we read in the gospels (Lk.6:12;Mt.14:23). But we are not told what our Lord Savior prayed for. So the prayer as given in the gospel of John is special for the intimacy of Father-Son relationship it gives us. Considering he had not much time left it requires our special attention. Jesus was concerned about those whom God had entrusted under this care.

Here we need to take a few steps back in order to place it in proper context of his earthly ministry. God is love and he sent his Son so whosoever believed in him should have everlasting life. God has infinite agencies to get his Will done. Leading to the Advent the Spirit has been busy indeed. A clue of this is the ministry of prophets notably Isaiah who had spoken of the coming of Messiah, his passion and Millennial Reign so on. Then we have John the baptist who was anointed specially for preparing the way. (Here we have the prophesy of Isaiah ‘Voice in the wilderness’) The epistle of Apostle Peter  speaks of the  Holy men of old who were informed by the spirit of Christ about the salvation that were to come. Coming closer the Advent we read of the Angelic host that appeared to the shepherds announcing the birth of Jesus. This was similarly part of the divine plan. News about the coming of Messiah was not only for the palace but for the hovels as well. We can infer from the Samaritan woman (mentioned in Jn.4) the coming of Messiah had gained currency among people in Samaria . Why God had caused these several incidents across the passage of time and all classes in Palestine. Coming of salvation was not for a few.  It is the jump off point and the Great Commission of Jesus was the signal,’Go!. It was intended to touch the ends of the earth.  Jesus did not have to travel east or west but principle of Association between God the Father and Son worked through the so many disciples shall achieve it. Now we can appreciate the words of Jesus, ” I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor (Jn.4:38-NIV)”. Jesus sent the apostles and the other disciples 70 in number for spreading the gospel. Whosoever believed in him were saved. Jesus came into his own but ‘his own did not received him not (Jn.1: 11) Great many who rejected him were content with Law of Moses and were complacent.

Predestination according to the Will of his Father was entrusted with the Son .”The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands (Jn.3:35-NIV).  This is what St Paul terms as Mystery of his Will (Ep.1:9-12).

When we read that God had placed everything in his hands, it is not merely a few but the whole mankind. It ties up with the nature of God and when He sent his Son with a mandate we have this  word, “For God so loved the world…(Jn.3:16). Those who hated the light lest they be shown what they really are would not receive the Son. neither would they who are self-righteous of whom were the elders of the local synagogues.

Without this whole world included in his divine Plan the theological concept of free will  divine quality of love of God would not run as natural and transparent as existing between the Father and the Son. Perfection of the Father is exemplified in the rain that He sends for the good and evil alike; the sun shines on all since God’s faith is stronger than man’s wisdom. He first trusted in the Son and he as Servant-King was willing to reconcile all to his Father.

Whoever received the Son by Association is adopted into the family quality of which is light. Children of light and children of darkness are settled by response of man.

Calvinism bases limited atonement on this basis John 17:9 where Jesus in prayer interceded for the ones given Him, not those of the entire world; Acts 20:28 and Eph. 5:25-27 which state that the Church was purchased by Christ, not all people; and Isaiah 53:12 which is a prophecy of Jesus’ crucifixion where he would bore the sins of many (not all). (Calvinistcorner.com/Tulip) ‘Calvin interpreted the Scripture literally and his doctrine of Predestination is wrong. Like the buttons of a shirt front if one is out of place all the other naturally would be misplaced. Unlimited Election by the same token seriously suffers on account of it. So is Total Depravity. Without free will man shall not come to the light lest their works of darkness be reproved. For those who confess God is righteous to forgive them. Fullness of the atoning work of the Son is the key. Even those who have been called and made sons of God need to make sure their election(Make your calling and election sure’ we are warned.). Those who reject the light grow deeper into a worse condition. Despite of sexual permissiveness the world cannot get enough. The naturalness of love when debased (examples of which is a social phenomena of our times) do spiral into violent brutal bestial perverseness. They are so addicted. It is what happens to anyone who hold the truth in unrighteousness (Ro.1:20) . If it is the case of an individual what about the churches?  Look what s making news in the American churches to which Calvinism made a phenomenal impact. Has it given a good role model? Earlier activism of evangelicals was to condemn abortion and gay life style. When churches have come loose from the teachings  of Jesus and become self-satisfied what animates the Christians now? The churches that blanched at the idea of a gay pastor now brazenly defend a pedophile and child molester. They even (as the pastor in an interview with CNN the other day) speak of grace and the pastor from Alabama defended that the man had not been found guilty? The culprit against whom the victims have spoken does not feel he needs grace and outrageously defends himself as an example of  white evangelicalism; He has support from churches.  What is behind this? At this rate much more perverseness shall be tolerated under specious reasons and the congregation shall simply accept it.

Benny

 

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In the gospel of Luke we read of the genealogy of  Jesus. Adam was the son of God. (Lk.3:38). God breathed into the nostrils of Adam and he became a living soul. God is a Spirit. (Jn4:23). The significance of God in endowing man with his breath is a kind of regeneration. Man’s innate ability to access the spirit within is a faculty whereby he can take measure of the times as well as his kind. “For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God (1 Co.2:11-NIV)”. We are to honor him in spirit as well as in truth. Fall of Adam lay in that he let neither his faculty to know spirit of God or truth of God override his own will. In one sense he was of God but by his action ie disobedience he let the spirit of Satan beguile him.. In one passage we read how Peter offended his master and he rebuked  by calling him Satan. What is he but a liar and false accuser. In not acknowledging truth that Jesus represented and by obstructing his mission with misplaced sympathy he was letting Satan get the better of him. Anyone who refuses truth and truth from being made manifest is of Satan   ‘..For thou savourest not the things that be of God but those that be of men (Mt.16:23). When Calvin say salvation is not for everyone to hope for but for some, is it from reading of the Word with the spirit of man or with the spirit of God?

We need to remember that the selfsame apostle of Jesus astonished him by correctly referencing him from where he came. What did Jesus say then?Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven (Mt.16-17-NIV). Peter’s confession affixed his faith when he uttered it. Tongue is a small member but what you say and how you say it brings your whole being, -body, soul and spirit is put on the line. Tongue is a symbol serving as a sign for believer. With this we confess unto salvation. By same token unto damnation. Why Satan is a great deceiver or a Liar? It is by mouth he gives a false slant to holy things. Remember how concerned he was for Jesus after he fasted 40 days? He quoted from the Psalms and he wanted to make Jesus fall. But no, Jesus would have none of it. It was the same false solicitude that prompted Peter to tell Jesus “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!(Mt.16-22-NIV)”

God is a Spirit and when God sent his Son the spirit that worked in him was the spirit of Christ (that of the overcomer). It is with such spirit he could remain his beloved Son, true to  the voice from heaven that testified it. He was indeed the beloved one. Spirit provides for every child of God the selfsame spirit with which to overcome the world. If Peter could confess the truth he also stands in danger of being beguiled by Satan. Indwelling spirit is our guarantee that we shall draw strength from study of the Word. It is part of the armory of God our Redeemer Lord has put at our disposal. It is with which we overcome the world. Instead what do we see in a phenomenon of modern times? Prosperity theology is a sign of it. This feel-good Christianity in which having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof reveals what spirit is working in them. Gift of God is indeed provided for the whole world (whosoever believes in him Jn.3:16) but we are to make sure we are indeed the elect. The over-comers are the saints foreordained for glory and it is what St Paul qualifies as ‘mystery of his will’. This is the efficacy of the atoning work of Jesus Christ whose fulness stamps us as such. We are through him part of Alpha and Omega.

Benny

(text a reprint from Guide to His Word)

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Without fully touching on the nature of God one cannot understand the theological term of Predestination. Let me quickly run through what these are.

The Will of God cannot run contrary to His attributes Power and Wisdom, dimension of which is infinite. Thus  where his Wisdom touches an abstract idea of love it cannot be conceived as apart from his will. His love is evident in his creation calendar. First He made all that were needful for man and on the sixth ‘day’ He observed, “…Behold it was very good.(Ge.1:30)” God entrusted the creatures under the care of Adam after he had endowed him with his living breath. He inducted him into service as it were. Naturally we see God trusted in his stewardship when God brought His creation to him and  left choice of their names(Ge.2:19) to him.  God’s trust in his own Power and Wisdom working through him is unmistakeable( When Calvin makes Total Depravity as a central plank in his doctrine he is undermining God’s sovereign Power and Wisdom. Liberality of God in such gifts we can conclude are examples of Love in expression.

Man’s moral choice, whether killing a life form,- be it plants or animals, was not altogether any new element introduced. Adam correctly exercised it when found no helpmeet among animals. It is part of his Gift, wisdom and is entered under the divine Will. What is death to us? Dissolution of physical reality that the body holds for us. Whereas death holds altogether a different significance to Him. It cannot be otherwise, seeing Power and Wisdom are inextricably woven into the Will. Also significant is the testimony of Jesus who speaks of his Father thus. “You do err, not knowing the scriptures…God is not the God of the dead but of the living (Mt.22:29-32)”. I shall cite another example. God gave double of everything Job had lost  (Jb.42:10) He had seven sons and three daughters before Satan afflicted him. In the end when God blessed he was given the same number and not double mind you, of children. His children who were dead to him were already in the presence of God.( Jb.42:13),

Holy Spirit reveals God by the generic term  Elohim in the Creation Account. From John’s account we know God the Son was also present (Jn.1:3-4,1)  God is the Father of lights. Jesus Christ is revealed as the light of men. The spirit in extending God’s attributes make the Will envelop the whole cosmos to give it space. Trust that God extended to Adam connects with Jesus symbol of which is light*. This natural phenomena is not in terms of light having to travel light years but in terms of man’s power and wisdom howsoever is limited. Inspiration of the Holy Spirit is to render a believer overcome his physical limitations. Some Bible scholars have erred in ascribing double predestination,

God’s gifts and calling are without repentance. As Just God his Power and Wisdom he scattered liberally and in sending his Son with a clear mandate (‘whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life’) is in harmony with His nature.  Just as He entrusted Adam with naming the creatures He left judgment to the Son since His Fullness is in the Son. (For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell-Col.1:19-KJV) .Jesus expressed divine Will in no uncertain terms. ’Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.’(Mt.18: 14) He also proved with his life.

Core Will is a term to explain Will of God in  totality.  This is necessary owing to our finite understanding of time. Divine Will commands certain attitudes and conduct from man. It has a finite time frame. Man is judged on this basis. Whatever judgment God determines on these has a Time frame,

In order to demonstrate predestination in working and how we are part of eternal plan of God let me quote two passages one from the Epistle to the Hebrews and the other from the Book of Job.

Speaking of Melchicedec, the King of Salem St Paul states that Abraham gave him a tenth part of all in tithes. He goes on to add, ‘And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law…’

“For he (Levi) was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchicedec met him.(He.7: 10)”.

Now for the other.

When the Lord finally confronted Job out of a whirlwind he asked, ‘…Where was thou when I laid the foundation of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding (Jb.38: 4)’. Levi was in the loins of Abraham when he paid tithes to the King of Salem. By the same token when God laid the foundation of the earth we were all dead in sins because of Adam, and without a ray of hope. We have been preordained in his Will for punishment. But in obeying the Son and by our faith we have received grace. He blotted out the writing against us and nailed to the cross. (Col.2: 14). This is what St Paul terms as ‘mystery of his Will’ (Ep.1: 9) the key to which is the atoning work of the Son.

As a result we figure as overcomers in Core Will, which ‘he hath purposed in himself’. Thus by the blood of Christ Jesus God shall establish us children of obedience in Core Will.

All that required for such a turn around was our faith, which comes from hearing the Word. “…Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Ro.10: 17)”. This is the kind of faith that death cannot silence.  Cain slew Abel but his blood could catch the ear of God.

God cannot deny himself. His divine Love spreads outwards through his Son and as Jn.3:15-16 makes it clear the call is to even the little ones. Predestination when man interprets it relying on authority,  as lawyers and scribes in the time of Jesus did, is narrowed. Jesus castigated them. The same spirit works still.

Consider this verse. “Notwithstanding they (sons of Eli) hearkened not the voice of their father, because the Lord would slay them (1 Sa.2:25) As mentioned in the example of Job we were all under condemnation because of Adam. Also the verse in the gospel of Luke clues us in the condemnation abides with those who reject the counsel of God by rejecting the Son( Lk.7:29-30)

Because of our faith we were justified through his Son unto salvation. In rejecting the Son is tantamount to a state where we are rejecting God the Father . All authority is given to the Son (Jn.5:22,27). God is the Will while the Son is fulfillment. The Spirit in setting down two narratives from the Father and the Son respectively made the sons of Eli foreordained as it were, because they rejected the counsel of their father.

  • The Spirit tags persons with qualities in this case light. Glory of Adam in the presence of God is light. When he chose to step out of God’s Will he felt naked meaning his glory left him. It connects to Jesus in whom was the light of men. Thus the Spirit informs us of Children of light and of darkness.

benny

 

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A Draft Dodger’s Song
The war gets too scary, for my fears are real, (I will not serve)
I have got excuse, for my bone spur foolproof
I never bother with duty that I hate
That is why I am still alive
I  cannot walk miles what with blacks and kikes,
Vi-et-nam theatre is too bloody for me
Like  many other who hate what I hate:
That is why I am still alive.
McCaine likes to be hero, so army makes sense.
Wont serve the cause , but salute the flag
And I definitely won’t fire or crawl with the rest of cadets (Thank-you)
That’s why I am still alive
benny
(original)
the lady is a tramp
She gets too hungry, for dinner at eight (I am starving)
She loves the theater, but she never comes late
I never bother, with people that I hate
That’s why this chick is a tramp
She doesn’t like crap games, with barons and earls
Won’t go to Harlem, in ermines and pearls
And I definitely won’t dish out dirt, with the rest of those girls (Thank-you)
That’s why the lady is a tramp
I love the free, fresh wind in my hair
Life without care, oh I’m so broke, it’s old
I hate California, it’s crowded and damp
That’s why the lady is a tramp (I am a tramp)

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What is evolution but fine-tuning what is already existing, economically as well as for accommodating more possibilities? In the Persistence of life we had discussed the case of gold fishes. Their ability to survive is fine-tuning small gains over a prolonged period of time so second set of proteins are part of its ability to survive. During supernova debris of ISM is not lost to chance but serve for new stars that come into being after millennia.
When we speak of chaos one aspect is the question of probability inherent in it. Snow over the mountains settle down and there may be certain weak parts and a slight tremor could set off an avalanche. It creates chaos.  There is a butterfly effect as avalanche tumbles down so some villages on one side of the mount is completely inundated by snow while another village is spared from destruction. Probability is part of chaos. But the important aspect is the positive gains evolving out of it.

In the case of avalanche man may explain why one village is destroyed while the other is spared. Main point to remember is that total annihilation does not occur. If eruption of Thera causes a tsunami (around Santorini) and aftershocks destroy Minoan civilization what we see is the flowering of Mycenean civilization in the Greek mainland. There is an order worked out from chaos. Remember the myth of Minotaur and labyrinth? Its origin is from Crete. It is similar to neoclassicism in the USA derived from Roman architecture.Thus the old always rides in the baggage train of the New. The past is altered in the new. One might say there is a Mind or Order that keeps all events and allows man to benefit from experience according to circumstances of the time. Mind of man can interface with it. One might call it God or simply an Order.
Evolution explains time scale far greater than what we makes use for our needful things.

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Disk galaxies like our own Milky Way put the finishing touches on their stunning shapes relatively recently, a new study suggests.
The find will likely surprise many scientists, who had thought such galaxies had been static for more than half of the universe’s 13.7-billion-year existence.
“Astronomers thought disk galaxies in the nearby universe had settled into their present form by about eight billion years ago, with little additional development since,” lead author Susan Kassin, of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., said in a statement. “The trend we’ve observed instead shows the opposite — that galaxies were steadily changing over this time period.”Kassin and her colleagues used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the Keck Observatory in Hawaii to study 544 blue galaxies, whose color indicates that stars are forming within them.
They found that the most far-flung, ancient galaxies tend to be the most disordered, with organization steadily…

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Persistence of Life

In our inability to explain time properly we have deceived ourselves. Now You Know series address this point clearly. Evolution cannot make sense without it. In an earlier post Heart of evolution I had mentioned the example of gold fishes’ ability to survive prolonged winter conditions. It owes to the manner mitochondria and simple cells struck a deal with one another billion years ago. Ability of gold fish to avail second set of proteins so accumulating lactic acid can be converted into alcohol and removed through gills, relies on this original partnership. Evolution is of a far wider range than finite time which we make use of daily. Our dreams speak of timelessness. Death is a reality that only speak of our material circumstances.  Our relevance within that narrow window of time is nevertheless more enduring. Relevance of the nameless inventor of wheel is even this day is real. Ability of the past to make us see differently is what Turner, Van Gogh have shown us. When we a starry night we cannot help thinking van Gogh. His inability to sell as many painters of his time (who are now totally forgotten) tells only his material wealth. Most of us miss the point.

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Where does life of a man or woman begins? Birth is merely a point, a reference point, a milestone as death is. Influences of life from its parents have already made its own impressions even while it is still a foetus. A life is measured between birth and death as a way of convenience. But it misses the essentials, which are supplied by life. Stendhal in his own time had to put up with indifferent public and conspiracy of silence from literary critics of the day. Nevertheless he kept on with his writing of which a few perceptive minds, Honorè de Balzac was one, were enthusiastic about. Stendhal dedicated his ‘ The Charterhouse of Parma’ to these ‘ happy few,’. He also predicted that he would be read some 50 years hence which uncannily was proved true.
Oneness of things works on a different timescale than we hold. We have…

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