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  1. Sins Forgotten Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Ps 103:8-13 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; God's grace is that he does not treat us as our sins deserve. And when he forgives sin, they are forgotten. Indeed on the judgement day if God asks "Why should I let you into my kingdom?" The Christian could respond, "Why not?" For sins having been forgiven they are forgotten and are no longer on the books. Indeed the very pages of our lives which contain sin are burned up and vanish. "If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved" 1Cor 3:14,15 The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources
  2. God Draws Sinners to Repentance Joel 2:13 Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Is 57:15-19 For this is what the high and lofty One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: "I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. I will not accuse forever, nor will I always be angry, for then the spirit of man would grow faint before me— the breath of man that I have created. I was enraged by his sinful greed; I punished him, and hid my face in anger, yet he kept on in his willful ways. I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to him, creating praise on the lips of the mourners in Israel. Peace, peace, to those far and near," says the LORD. "And I will heal them." Notice that God takes initiative in guiding people into repentance. Much more so does he accept the repentant, even much to their surprise. To those who are far from God He sends a message of peace, contingent of course upon their repentance. Though everyone at some time or another experiences calamity in their lives due to their sin, God's intention is to bring people to repent of their sins and turn to God experiencing his graciousness. Jer 33:8 I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me. The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources
  3. God Justifies the Wicked Is 55:6,7 Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. God's call is to the wicked. And as such the wicked are capable of seeking God. He earnestly desires they repent and be saved. For He "wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." 1Tim 2:4 Yes, upon his repentence, his forsaking his lifestyle of sin and his sinful thoughts and intentions, God justifies the wicked by faith. "To the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness." Rom 4:5 Works of repentance do not earn one salvation, but indicate the quality of faith that saves. David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."Rom 4:6-8 The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources
  4. God's Grace to Sinful Israel 1. God's Divorce Jer 3:8 I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Much as God hates divorce (Mal 2:16), he will not tolerate living with an adulteress wife. On the other hand God characteristically shows himself gracious to the repentant and so he calls her to return to him in repentance. Jer 3:12,13 Go, proclaim this message toward the north: "’Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the LORD, ‘I will frown on you no longer, for I am merciful,’ declares the LORD, ‘I will not be angry forever. Only acknowledge your guilt— you have rebelled against the LORD your God, you have scattered your favors to foreign gods under every spreading tree, and have not obeyed me,’" declares the LORD. Yet even in her unrepentant divorced state God still reckons himself her husband. Jer 3:14,15 "Return, faithless people," declares the LORD, "for I am your husband. I will choose you— one from a town and two from a clan— and bring you to Zion. Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding." 2. God's Divorce Reconciled Isaiah 54:4-10 Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your Maker is your husband— the LORD Almighty is his name— the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. The LORD will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit— a wife who married young, only to be rejected," says your God. "For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you," says the LORD your Redeemer. "To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you. This is another characteristic of God's graciousness, namely that his graciousness does not lead to humiliation. For example it could be that a husband having divorced his wife for her adulteries, and then upon her repentance graciously welcomes her back but subjects her to humiliation and constant reminder of her sinfulness. God goes beyond that degree of graciousness by not only reconciling, but putting away his resentment and anger and treating her with compassion. Likewise we read in Hosea of God's love for Israel despite betraying him like a harlot he says, "I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me In righteousness and justice, In lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know the LORD." Hos 2:19,20 That's grace! The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources
  5. The Grace Series What is grace? Grace is an attitude of the heart. It is God's predisposition to provide for the needs of the undeserving. God dispenses his love graciously. God's grace is the predominant theme of the Bible. In fact it may be that the primary reason for our creation as humans is to glorify God's gracious predisposition through his interaction with us. For all creation glorifies God's various attributes. But in his interaction with us it seems God's graciousness is especially revealed. "You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth." Ps 86:15 A Hell of a Lot of Grace The punishment of hell seems severe only because we've grown accustomed to experiencing God's grace in this world where "he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities." Ps 103:10 And why such grace? Because "God’s kindness leads you toward repentance." Rom 2:4b and God "wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." 1Tim 2:4 But for those who undervalue his judicial nature or take his grace for granted he says, "because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed." Rom 2:5 "Though grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and regard not the majesty of the LORD." Isa 26:10 Life on earth is the nearest the wicked will get to experiencing heaven and the nearest the righteous will get to experiencing hell. The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources
  6. TWO THINGS I ASK Pr 30:7-9 "Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God." Here's two things I challenge you to pray for. 1. That you be kept from lies and deception or otherwise be able to discern such. 2. That God would subject you neither to poverty nor to wealth. The challenge is that while many pray to be kept from poverty, how many are willing to pray that they not become wealthy? The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources
  7. SEEKING THE RULER'S FACE Pr 29:26 Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the LORD that man gets justice. Many Christians are exhorted today to be involved in political actions or otherwise seeking to influence the civil authorities. But what tends to be downplayed is the significance of prayer. God is in charge of civil authority. "Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God." Rom 13:1 And furthermore, "The king‘s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases." Pr 21:1 Christians should not think that the solution to all political problems is necessarily a matter of their own political actions. If authorities are screwing up, don't neglect to call upon the King of kings to deal with it. The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources
  8. Concern what Jesus said of his "sheep", "they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger‘s voice." John 10:5
  9. CASTING OFF RESTRAINT Pr 29:18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law. "Revelation" here is the idea of prophetic revelation of the application of the law. If you read the prophets such as Isaiah and Jeremiah you will note an emphasis on sin and the law. If the standards contained in the Word of God are not being preached or otherwise communicated, people cast off restraint. Such in the case in much of the world today. If you want society to stop casting off restraint, then allow for the preaching the Word of God. The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources
  10. And again you show how you misconstrue verses in the manner typical of salvation by works Christians. For example you read, "“If you love Me, keep My commandments." as “If you love Me, keep My commandments. - IN ORDER TO BE SAVED". You read verses that described a saved person as if they are tell us how to be saved, such you did above with 1John 3:15; 1John 5:3; 1John 3:24; Heb 5:9. That's what salvation by works Christians do. They interpret verses which describe the behavior of the saved as if they are talking about how to be saved. And obviously your soteriology is to put faith in one's own performance for salvation. So I haven't misrepresented what you said. Rather you misrepresent what the scriptures says. Consider 1John 5:3 IN CONTEXT: 1John 5:3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. If an alleged Christian doesn't overcome the world, then had had not been born of God to begin with. How about this: Joh 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. That's simply descriptive of those who are sheep. It's not how you become a sheep. Can they "fall away"? Joh 10:5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger‘s voice." That's their nature, just as it says in 1John 2:19 "if they had been of us they would have remain with us".
  11. Verses along the same line: 2Cor 1:21,22 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2Cor 5:5 Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Eph 1:13,14 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession— to the praise of his glory.
  12. CONCERNING THE POOR Pr 29:7 The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. Taking care of the poor is naturally part of the Christian life. It's inherent in the command to love one another and is commended throughout the Bible - both Old Testament and New. Jesus taught his followers, "Sell your possessions and give to the poor." Luke 12:23 And the first Gentile Christians was commended for such actions when an angel told him, "Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God." Acts 10:4 The apostles had this very thing in mind when Paul was affirmed who testified, "All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do." Gal 2:10 But while we normally thing of providing for the material needs of the poor, these proverbs also speak of providing them a voice - caring for issues of justice. Pr 31:8,9 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources
  13. Not so "fine" given that John also says, "We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us." 1John 4:6
  14. What point are you making? Like it says, those who continue to sin show that they were never born of God to begin with. The issue we were talking about is the fact the 1John 3:9 indicates that it's not possible for those who have been born of God to continue to sin. That's the point. Maybe you "scanned" too quickly and missed the point.
  15. You're misinterpreting scripture to advocate that a person put his faith in himself, in his own performance to save him, rather than putting their faith in Christ. "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life." John 5:24
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