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  1. Food for thought: Suppose that the kingdom of heaven mentioned in the parable of the sower as well as the ten virgins parable is not referring explicitly to salvation. Then, all ten virgins could be saved, but lacking in certain rewards related to the kingdom, rather than being apostates bound for Hell and the lake of fire. We would have to examine what is meant by "outer darkness" in Matthew 8:11-12 where sons of the kingdom were thrown for lacking faith. Perhaps this is a different kingdom principle than that of the ten virgins - or - perhaps the foolish virgins are apostate.
  2. I have to be forthright with you. This is the first time anyone has said to me that the ones locked out were not the foolish virgins. I will consider what you've said. I am skeptical when I hear something for the first time, but don't hold that against me. I am diligent about discovering the truth.
  3. I appreciate your insights. Thank you for responding as kindly as you did.
  4. This then is the cryptic meaning behind the phrase, “I do not know you.” The foolish virgins without faith didn’t love God. That is a beautiful answer. THANK YOU!
  5. This view seems reasonable to me. It is interesting that this view admonishes those who have been saved to not take it lightly. I hear people who believe salvation can be lost say that the foolish ones were not really saved when they thought they were. This parable is probably the most interesting of all of Jesus' parables to me.
  6. I don't want to misunderstand, but I think you are saying that they are not saved.
  7. So some saved believers may miss the wedding banquet. That also is interesting to me.
  8. Thank you so much for your answer.
  9. I assume you are saying that all ten virgins are saved and that they lost their salvation by not having the oil. I'm not trying to trap you in your words. I am just trying to understand whether the foolish virgins are saved.
  10. I appreciate your responses, but nobody has answered in a straight forward manner. Are all of the virgins saved or not?
  11. Were all ten virgins saved? If so... Did the 5 foolish ones lose their salvation? If so, What is meant by having enough oil? How do we know whether we are saved? Is my debt paid in full or not? If the foolish five were not saved, what does it mean to go and buy oil from them who sell it?
  12. Let me retract this until I have read the entire thread.
  13. If there remains no longer any sacrifice for their sins, then death is what they get as the penalty for sin, as stated throughout Scripture. They do not lose their rewards only, but their life. (there remains no way left for them to be forgiven of their sin). You are reading that into the text. That is not what it says. It says that they can no longer be renewed unto repentance - not salvation. You can only introduce salvation into the passage if you believe that your repentance had something to do with your salvation.
  14. This is not a valid statement, and is not found in Scripture. The previous arguments before this in the post are subject to serious testing by Scripture to see if they are true or not. My contention is not that anyone can ever lose their salvation. The only way that one could possibly lose it or undo the atoning sacrifice of Christ is if they had something to do with their salvation in the first place. We don't have anything to do with our salvation. Only after we have been saved can we do anything good.
  15. I think there can be a misconception about whether repentance is required of salvation. There is nothing we can do in the affirmative or in the negative concerning salvation. We are, however, responsible for our repentance. When verse 6 speaks of falling away, it is not simply talking about a sin. It is speaking of an abandonment of the rewards allotted to those who would receive them by following closely to the Savior. If that occurs, there is no room for repentance. They have gotten so far away from the Savior that to return to follow Him would mean a renewal of salvation for which there is no additional sacrifice. When you look at repentance in the vein of sanctification rather than salvation, there is no conflict with this passage. Looking to the tabernacle as the model for salvation and sanctification, you will see the brazen altar in the outer court as a symbol of salvation. However, in order to enter the holy of holies, the priest must wash at the brazen laver, symbolic of repentance and sanctification. If someone who has repented by way of true godly sorrow and has been walking by faith abandons that way of living, the passage in Hebrews is saying that they have exited the holy of holies and cannot re-enter because there is no longer a sacrifice for them. They have not lost salvation, but they have lost their rewards. We must never confuse sanctification (that requires our cooperation) with salvation. Otherwise, we would all surely lose our salvation.
  16. Where sin abounds, grace abounds more. Shall we go on sinning so that grace may be increased. God forbid! How shall we who have died to sin still live in it? Nonetheless, faith is a gift of God that is by His grace alone. Hallelujah!
  17. Thomas is my favorite. He was real. He desired that Jesus show Himself to him. Imagine how heartbroken he was that he was the only one who was absent. He was with Jesus the whole time that the other ten were. He expressed his desire to die with Jesus. He was singled out by Jesus to be absent so that we who have not seen would be blessed. And when Jesus did appear to him, Thomas confessed Him as his Lord and his God. The woman who had been forgiven much at the house of Simon who wiped her tears from the feet of Jesus is also my favorite. She didn't ask for anything. She simply acknowledged what had been done for her and could not express her gratitude in any other way than to pour out her greatest possession on Him and weep at His feet.
  18. On a side note concerning the moedim, I have been told that the Greek word phatne is a word that in Hebrew is referred to as sukkah. You'll find the word phatne in Luke 2:7. Could it be that the innkeeper was really a generous person who offered his own special sukkah for privacy to a woman giving birth rather than in an inn that was more akin to a bunkhouse? Blessings
  19. I can see from your blog that your prayer was accompanied by thoughtful understanding of relevant scripture. That helps me to confirm what I've been learning. I do not have the full concept to be able to defend it yet, but I hope to discuss it more in detail. Blessings
  20. Abraham was not justified by his actions but by faith. His obedience proved his faith. It would have been absurd to say that he had faith had he not followed up by his actions. If someone told me that my house was going to catch on fire tonight and I trusted that it was true, if I went home and slept that would mean that I really didn't trust him (or that I had a death wish). What else did Abraham have to do other than take Isaac and the wood and the knife and the fire to be sacrificed? He added nothing else to what God commanded of him. However, what does it mean to have faith in the atonement now? What needs to be done to directly prove that we have received His faith by grace? The answer must be "nothing". For otherwise, we can say that there is a never-ending list of things to prove it. What specifically are we told to do to be saved other than believe? One caveat might be to confess it with your mouth, but I do not think that falls into the same category as repentance or other acts of obedience that are truly meant to sanctify us. Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
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