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What Is God's Mercy

What is God's mercy? Scripture please.

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Craig, I'm glad you finally gave a passage with your answer. This way it's not all talk. What what you fail to understand that God's power is never limited by anything or anyone. In your mind you think it is, because you also limit the power of God. That is why you were probably real happy to find that passage so you could proof His power is limited by man, "And they limited the Holy One of Israel"
Most everyone here does too, that doesn't make it True. What man thinks does not make anything true. "The carnal mind is enmity against God" Rom. 8:7. That's why they try to limit His power to no avail. The God of Scripture can only be known by those whom He makes Himself know.
---Mark_V. on 2/7/11

Mark 6:4-6
4But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

5And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

6And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.
---kathr4453 on 2/7/11

--- He is not limited by anyone or anything. You would have to claim that God stops been God because of man's disobedience.--- Mark_V

Psalm 78:38-41 (I cant post the whole chapter)

But he being full of compassion forgave their iniquity and destroyed them not yea many a time turned he his anger away and did not stir up all his wrath

For he remembered that they were but flesh a wind that passeth away and cometh not again

How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness and grieve him in the desert

Yea they turned back and tempted God and limited the Holy One of Israel
---CraigA on 2/6/11

Oh dont be silly Mark. Noone said sinful man is more powerful that God. Youre being slightly overlydramatic.

Man only has the power that God gave him, and the power to choose to do good or evil is no threat to an all-powerful God.

If you ask me, youre the one who thinks he is weak because he cant allow us to ability to decide anything for ourselves.

The purpose of the judgement Mark is to give each man the REWARD (whether it be good or bad) for the things he did with the power of choice that God gave him. Its so elementary a child can understand. Why cant you?
---CraigA on 2/6/11

//Ephesians is talking to those who have already RECEIVED Jesus Christ
kathr4453 on 2/6/11///


Praise God for His Mercy and Grace.
---char on 2/6/11

"But He is limited at times by the disobedience of man." Really? Last I read in the Scripture, Paul declared - "For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all." Romans 11:32

And there's even more, Isaiah declares that all things happens because God has purposed it, "the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass, I have purposed it, I will also do it." Isaiah 46:11

The god you worship is definitely not the God of the Holy Bible. Seems like man is in charge rather than God. What foolish doctrine is this?
---christan on 2/6/11

I notice some read Ephesians yet never read anything else. Ephesians is talking to those who have already RECEIVED Jesus Christ, and is to the MATURE Christian.

Read Romans 4-8 first...Then Galatians before reading Ephesians!

Romans 5:15
But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
Romans 5:17
For if by one man's offence death reigned by one, much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
---kathr4453 on 2/6/11

Craig, God never stops been Omnipotent. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. You said in response to my answer,

"He is not defeated. His judgement will come. But He is limited at times by the disobedience of man. It even says this in his word"

No where in Scripture does it state that God stops been Omnipotent. He is not limited by anyone or anything. You would have to claim that God stops been God because of man's disobedience. Which is not true. In fact, sin is permitted to continue by God and is allowed for the purposes of God. When you know who God really is, you will know He changes for no one. You say, sinful man at that, is more powerful then God.
---Mark_V. on 2/6/11

//Devils are cast out and restrained in the name of Jesus. Yet an evil man can laugh in your face [and kick your 'donkey'] when you try to use the name of Jesus to restrain his evil.//

Proof: Act 19:13-16

//[Satan] is not defeated. His judgement will come.//

i would say that he is defeated and sentenced but not imprisoned yet. this is why he can still play on our disobedience that we choose to stay in.
---aka on 2/6/11

"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." John 4:24

"It is the spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63

What these verses simply declare is the Word of God is Spirit though one can read it. And God declares that all man who comes into this world, comes in "dead in sin and trespasses". Unless one is born of His Spirit (John 1:13,3:3), the Word is merely head knowledge.
---christan on 2/6/11

Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.
So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Is this about your works? Look like at too me.

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

Is this inferring only some things?
Or does it actually mean all things, anything and everything?
Like, in spite of you!

And now, I cant help but wonder?
If you dont believe this, do you actually believe God?

Act 13:38
Act 13:39
Act 13:40
Act 13:41
Gods blessings
---TheSeg on 2/6/11

Donna 66 ... You are quite right! We can't recognise our every sin.

That's why we need to repent, even of the sins we don't know about. Jesus did tach us the Lord's Prayer.

Incidently, how can we tell what are sins? Three hundred years ago slavery was not recognised as a sin. Seventy years ago, smoking was not a sin. What things that we do today will e ccondemned as sinful in the future?
---alan8566_of_uk on 2/6/11

Did you even read what I posted, Christan?

What is the subject of Eph 2:8,9?

Im really not trying to be rude here but you guys are confusing the meaning of hte verse because youre not even breaking it down to see what the 2nd clause is referring to by "It".
---CraigA on 2/5/11

---I do not preach God is defeated by man or satan.---Mark_V

He is not defeated. His judgement will come. But He is limited at times by the disobedience of man. It even says this in his word.
If we were all simply Gods puppets, there would be no true DISobedience.

Devils are cast out and restrained in the name of Jesus. Yet an evil man can laugh in your face when you try to use the name of Jesus to restrain his evil.

If man has no free will, how is that even possible?
---CraigA on 2/5/11

Alan of UK-- SUSPECT, yes. I couldn't agree more. (you have to wonder about someone who doesn't live as a Christian. Maybe he really isn't one?)

But that's not the same as saying that our salvation is effective only if we recognize and repent of every sin. Or do people think they never sin in their attitudes without being fully aware of it? We are saved by HIM and kept by HIM.
---Donna66 on 2/5/11

Donna ... I don,t recall any who claim that good works will get them into heaven. But we ARE reminded what James says in his epistle, which appears to say that following salvation, we should do good works.

And if we don't, our salvation is suspect?
---alan8566_of_uk on 2/5/11

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Is it just "a small thing" for a man to breathe on his own or is it a miraculous work of God?

"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul." Genesis 2:7

Unless God breathed into Adam, there will be no man alive today. So then, is it "a small thing" for man to believe in God if He does not give him life from His Spirit?

"And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins," Ephesians 2:1 - The context of Ephesians 2:8,9 must be in relation to 2:1 where the Christian is told that he was "dead", the Spirit then made him alive, a miraculous work!
---christan on 2/5/11

CraigA--// I haven't seen a single Christian here say they are going to enter heaven by good works or their own righteousness//

I won't name names, tho I could, but many seem to boast that it is only their "good works" that keep them saved...doesn't that amount to the same thing as entering Heaven by your own righteousness? I could be wrong, but that's how it comes across to me.
(now,don't get me wrong, I'm NOT saying Christians needn't live righteous lives, which is usually how my view is misinterpreted).
---Donna66 on 2/5/11

Christan, your motives may be good but your theology is bad.

Colons are used between 2 INDEPENDENT clauses!

Clause #1...

For by grace are ye saved thru faith, and that not of yourselves: (COLON)

Clause #2...

it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.

Both of those clauses are talking about "being saved by grace"! The second clause calls it a gift.

God LOVES faith! Dont you love it when you make a promise to your children and they believe you? Wouldnt it anger you if they doubted your love and called you a liar instead?

Abraham's faith was pleasing to God. Its the same for us now. (Romans 4:23-24)
---CraigA on 2/5/11

Christan, because we dont have the POWER to change. Only the will. The POWER comes from the Spirit of the living Christ within us and that Spirit is given AFTER belief! (Eph 1:13). The LOVE of God shed abroad in our hearts (Romans 5:5)

Its a small thing for God to ask us to BELIEVE. It is not a "work" to believe in the promises of God.. I have shown you that in scripture.

We have ACCESS to the grace by which we are saved thru faith. (Romans 5:2). we are not "into this grace" until we show faith in Jesus Christ. Until we open our heart to the message the Spirit in bringing us, we will remain under the law and justly condemned!
---CraigA on 2/5/11

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One really wonders why the Holy Spirit need to come into one's heart if that person already belief that he within himself has faith to believe in God and repent by his own? Isn't this person with this inborn "faith" much better than our father Adam? Didn't Scripture declared,

"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." Romans 5:12 - O, Paul must be lying then.

Isn't faith the Scripture speaks about to begin with, a gift from God? Why would God need to give a man His gift of faith if the man already has it within himself?
---christan on 2/5/11

Craig, I do not think highly of myself. I'm very thankful that God had mercy on me a sinner and saved me. I preach that everyone has sinned against God and they cannot save themselves. That only Christ Jesus can pay for their debt, and if they believe by faith, they will be saved. I do not preach God is defeated by man or satan. It's not a battle between God and satan either. God is in control of all things. That satan even exist is because of God. And God does whatsoever He desires to do.
"He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand" Dan. 4:35.
There is many devices in a man's heart, nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand"
---Mark_V. on 2/5/11

And Mark.... I havent seen a single Christian here say they are going to enter heaven by good works or their own righteousness.

Faith is not a work and it is something that is required by God. All we have to do is repent of thinking we can save ourselves by doing good and trust in the provision He has made for us. How much of a work is that? When we have THAT faith, His Spirit comes into our hearts giving us the love needed to change our lives forever.

But to him that worketh not but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly HIS faith is counted for righteousness. And its not the faith that makes him righteous, but the object of that faith.
---CraigA on 2/4/11

Christan, once again NOONE is stealing Gods glory for their salvation. If thats how YOU choose to see it then that is your opinion.

The argument that believing in the promises of God steals HIS glory is absolutely ludicrous.

Mark, the only thing Ive ever seen you do here is argue for election. There are many Christians here that have faith in Jesus Christ that you claim dont know their Savior and dont have his Spirit because they disagree with your interpretations of scripture. How highly you think of yourself is plainly expressed in the condescending tones and accusations you make against others here. Just who do you think you are?
---CraigA on 2/4/11

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"I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images." Isaiah 42:8

"This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?" Isaiah 14:26-27

"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake. But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased." Psalm 115:1,3
---christan on 2/4/11

Craig, I came on line to defend the Truth against all unrighteousness, and to preach the Truth of Salvation to all those who can hear and see already, "the whosoever." So that they can have the right gospel of Christ that salvation is only "by grace through faith" and that not a single self-righteous merits will get them into the Kingdom of God. I cannot change anyone minds, only the Truth of God's Word can. I do that so that they can make their salvation sure, and not go to hell. I knew I would get opposition from those who cannot hear or see. Samuel put those passages out, Luke 12:8, and Acts 2:21, that "whosoever" and only those will hear or see and perceive the Word of God.
---Mark_V. on 2/4/11

Craig 2: As I said before and in answer to the question,
"---I do not understand why they come here. Since they will not save or change the mind since it is all predestined.---Samuel"
We come on line not to change anyone's mind, but to bring the Truth to those who are lost who are of the Elect. We do not know who they are, but they are born lost just like everyone who is a descendant of Adam. They are predestine to salvation already and are found here an everywhere in the world, for God moves them where He wants them to be to hear and believe the Truth of the gospel. And we are but the vessels to bring that Truth. Opposition will always be there from the unrighteous, satan is always working through his children.
---Mark_V. on 2/4/11

1st Cliff-- You need scriptures on the RIGHTOUSNESS of God? You yourself have said God is just!

Regarding those who are ignorant of the Gospel,
Rom 2:11-12 For there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law,
Gen 18:25...shall not the judge of all the earth do right?
Do not ask me to tell everything that goes into God's judgement because I don't know. Roman 1:18-21 (too long to post) gives a clue.

Ghenna may not represent "fire" literally (it refers to a place where trash is burned).But if
"metaphorical", whatever it represents is painful and something to be avoided.
---Donna66 on 2/4/11

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Donna66, **Those who are ignorant of god's offer will be dealt with righteously by Him**...scripture please!
**all men (including you) are headed there)**
Absolutely Donna, "hell" (Sheol/Hades) is the common grave of mankind we are all headed there sooner or later!
Gehenna (hell fire) is a whole 'nuther thing..figureative/metaphorical
---1st_cliff on 2/4/11

Or 3) Satan is the author of confusion and lies.
---kathr4453 on 2/4/11

Fine, Mark.

Honestly, I dont see an inkling of the compassion of Christ in you.

You could care less how your words lead people away from Jesus as long as they give YOU peace.
.... you are terrified to question your doctrine and that is why you resort to backbiting when you dont have an answer to scripture that we post.---CraigA on 2/3/11

Seen his compassion at times. Real scriptural authority issues though. Desperation bordering on_____ need for authority about scripture.
See same with the on going opponent. Attempts to teach when they should be listening, putting precepts together. Lonely?.
Those that can find....should pray for this pair.....or about the pair. 10:00AM EST. Friday Feb 4th 2011.
---Trav on 2/4/11

When I was born again my mind was renewed and I was filled with the HOLY SPIRIT. The Bible which I had not been able to read became the most precious book in the world. I read it over and over. I studied it and still do. I prayed that GOD would not let any false beliefs keep me from understanding HIS WORD.
---Samuel on 2/4/11

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---I do not understand why they come here. Since they will not save or change the mind since it is all predestined.---Samuel

EXACTLY, Samuel! If they truly believed what they preach they wouldnt even bother trying to convince us since they cant change the election.

Which leaves only 2 reasons for them to be here.

1)They need affirmation from other Calvinists here because they have doubts about their own doctrine


2)They simply want everyone else here to know that they are Gods elect
---CraigA on 2/4/11

Craig, the Bible does make many here look very foolish. And let me say, it is a form of brain washing. It is called the renewing of the mind. The Word of God does renew the mind or as you call it, brain-wash. When a person is saved by the grace of God through faith, the mind needs renewing. And the Word of God renews us.

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God"
---Mark_V. on 2/4/11

1st Cliff--
Rejection of God Almighty and His son Jesus is rejecting the most generous free gift you will ever have been offered in your lifetime. (Those who are ignorant of God's offer will be dealt with righteously by HIM)

God doesn't need to "send" anyone to hell. All men (including you) are already headed there, unless God rescues them.

You are not the first person to think you are wiser than God. I'm just surprised you're willing to bet your eternal future on it.
---Donna66 on 2/3/11

JESUS said. "Luk 12:8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:" Some here do not believe this. I do not understand why they come here. Since they will not save or change the mind since it is all predestined.

Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
---Samuel on 2/3/11

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---God willed that Adam will not belief in His command and this resulted in his disobedience and the Fall.---Christan

Sister, you are blind.

James 1:13-17

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

Do not err, my beloved brethren.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
---CraigA on 2/3/11

Donna Smith, Rejection is one thing ,torture for unbelief is quite another.
Is unbelief on a par with murder, rape treason etc..?
With so many thousands of "religions" inculcated in the minds of people from childhood,is it any wonder we have "unbelief"??
---1st_cliff; on 2/3/11

If God truly wanted to set an example of This I love, that one I hated, He would have started with Cain and Abel. Then He would have re-iterated election/salvation again with Ishmael and Isaac.

But since neither were the Father of the Nation Israel, with whom the seed of CHRIST came, nor did it come from Esau, it is perfectly clear that the Nation was the Elect.. as stated to Rebecca, in your belly IS TWO NATIONS!

Again God will have mercy on Jacob. Isaiah 14. This was Paul's point. God is not finished with Israel the Nation and the promises to that nation. They are the Elect beloved of the FATHER.

In Isaac will thy seed be called, who WE are, the Elect of Christ His Son!

The Church is not Jacob...
---kathr4453 on 2/3/11

Im tellin ya its a form of brain-washing. Its very sad to see.
---CraigA on 2/3/11

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In His love, He will demonstrate His mercy and only to the vessels of honor whom He has created from the "same lump of clay". The other is the vessels of dishonor whom He hates, to demonstrate His wrath, and they were "fitted for destruction".
---christan on 2/3/11

christan, you mean the same lump as TWINS? How do you a gentile fit into that scheme?

God said the elder (Esau) will SERVE the younger. Can you also follow up and show us where Esau SERVED Jacob? And can you also show us where those whom God hates SERVE the Elect. How do they serve you?
---kathr4453 on 2/3/11

Romans 11:32, "For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all."

Scripture must confirm Scripture, "mercy upon all" does not refer to every mankind but to only a specific call the "elect". That is, God has a number which only He knows whom He has elected. For simplicity sake the number is 100, then "all" 100, no more no less will be shown mercy.

"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me, and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." John 6:37

"I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me, for they are thine." John 17:9
---christan on 2/3/11

Romans 9 is the most sobering chapter that God has revealed to His people about salvation and how the Christian has obtained it. By the same token God reveals how He will send one to damnation.

The lives of Jacob and Esau, who were twins, are individuals that God is talking about and not about their descendants as some try to go around the subject of election. Jacob and Esau were examples that God teaches that He love one but hated the other, unconditionally.

In His love, He will demonstrate His mercy and only to the vessels of honor whom He has created from the "same lump of clay". The other is the vessels of dishonor whom He hates, to demonstrate His wrath, and they were "fitted for destruction".
---christan on 2/3/11

"Hate"?? Jesus used the same word in a similar way :
Luke 14:26
26 If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.

Let me ask you a question? Do you hate your father, mother, wife? Because to believe the one, then you must believe and OBEY the other!
How about this Scripture?
Deut 23:7 "You shall not despise an Edomite, for he is your brother."

God says bear with the Edomite, for they are your brother, but then, a few verses later in Deuteronomy, He commands to wipe out every last Amelekite from the face of the earth!
Who does God hate? Certainly not Esau!
---Tom on 2/3/11

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You need to study before answering.
---Mark_V. on 2/3/11

WHY do we need remarks as this?

MarkV, Paul was quoting Malachi 3:1 in Romans 11.

When studying the Bible, it is critically important to always study the context of a particular Bible verse or passage. In these instances, the Prophet Malachi and Paul are using the name Esau to refer to the Edomites, who were the descendants of Esau.

Isaac and Rebekah had two sons, Esau and Jacob. God chose Jacob (whom He later renamed Israel) to be the father of His chosen people, the Israelites.

God rejected Esau (who was also called Edom), and did not choose him to be the father of His chosen people.
---kathr4453 on 2/3/11

christan, it is interesting how every blog ends up with Romans 11 being the core truth.

However, God demonstrated His Mercy in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us...(ALL OF US)mankind.

God did not WILL Adam to sin. God wills in believers to will and do OF HIS GOOD PLEASURE...He does not WILL in anyone to SIN against Him.
---kathr4453 on 2/3/11

Tom, since you say:

"When God said Jacob I loved and Esau I hated, He was not talking about the individual. He was talking about Edom, the descendents of Esau."

Show where in Scripture you got that from? I don't see it anywhere in the passages of Rom. 9. What it does say the purpose was,
"for the children not yet being born, (foundation of the world) nor having done any good or evil, "that the purpose of God according to election might stand," not of works but of Him who calls"
You need to study before answering.
---Mark_V. on 2/3/11

1st Cliff--. You keep trying to measure God's "justice" by your own. And who says the punishment in our courts always "fits" the crime? What about drug dealers who are free to endanger the lives of our youth, while others transporting drugs a single time gets decades in jail?

Would it be "just" if God allowed everyone the rewards of Heaven no matter their deeds or sense of conscience? Do you or anyone "deserve" Heaven? How do you know? By sending Jesus to pay the penalty for our sins, God has made it possible to have what none of us "deserve"... a relationship with Him.

To know what He has done for us and yet reject the Gift...does God not have right to reject such a one?
---Donna_Smith on 2/3/11

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Amazing how we get side-tracked from the very title of this blog of "What is God's mercy" to other doctrines?

For God to demonstrate His mercy, He must first create the creature call man. Now, if man was to remain obedient to God's command/laws, He cannot demonstrate His mercy in forgiving the transgression committed. What does He do? Romans 11:32,

"For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all."

God willed that Adam will not belief in His command and this resulted in his disobedience and the Fall. All that come after Adam are now born in sin. Now, He gets to demonstrate His mercy - but only to "all" His elects, eg. Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob etc.
---christan on 2/3/11

Psalm 85:10
Mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

I love this verse. This fortold the day Christ died and rose again for our sin.

Jesus made peace with God for you and me through the blood of the cross.

Come boldly to His throne of Grace to find MERCY.
---kathr4453 on 2/3/11

Mark V, Even in our courts, the punishment fits the crime,whereas your saying the simple act of unbelief puts one in the same category as murderers, rapers,traitors etc..
Where's the justice in that??
---1st_cliff on 2/2/11

Markv, Eve is the mother of ALL humans. The Her seed, or seed of the WOMAN is not Eve here, but Israel.

If you place Eve's descendents as Christ's seed, then all humanity are Christ's seed.

The seed IS Christ.

So if Eve is the woman and her seed is Christ, how did Satan have any seed, and with who did he procreate with to have children?

You see WONAN literally don't have SEED.

The Bible clearly state the SEED of Abraham the SEED of David.

John 7:42
Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?
---kathr4453 on 2/2/11

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mark, I have read this from top to bottom, and can see no words from christan saying anything closely related to your last posting. Who here is talking about satan's seed?

Are you and christan saying satan's seed was before creation that God hated?

When God said Jacob I loved and Esau I hated, He was not talking about the individual. He was talking about Edom, the descendents of Esau.

All who have rejected Christ are not called Edomites. The Egyptians were not Edomites either.

I find your reasoning a little off balance with scripture.
---Tom on 2/2/11

In Adam all died. In fallen man, satan held the key of death. In God's mercy, He sent His son to break the power of death satan held over man...Hebrews 2.

Those today, still under teh Old creation are all satan's .

In Christ, God had brused his head, and as Begotten Sons Through Jesus Christ WE are Abraham's seed and heirs accoding to promise. The New Creation IN CHRIST fear death no more. We are a NEW CREATURE in Christ. God LOVES US because we are IN CHRIST.

When Jesus came, he spent much time healing. Yet He didn't Heal everyone. It was random. Does that mean Jesus did not love those He did not heal?
---kathr4453 on 2/2/11

God's mercy is in simple terms, God not giving us what we desirve. What we deserve is eternal damnation for our sins.God's grace is His giving us what we don't deserve. What we don't deserve is salvation.
---Harold on 2/2/11

Christian, thank you so much for your impute. So very true. That is what I waned to reveal to Kathr, but she won't listen. Genesis 3:15 gives the division or the enmity "Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed. He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel"
The very first gospel is prophetic of the struggle and its outcome between "your seed" ( Satan and unbelievers, who are called the devils children in John 8:44 ) and "her Seed ( "Christ," a descendant of Eve, and those in Him, believers), which began in the garden.
---Mark_V. on 2/2/11

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Mercy is one of God's loving attribute. He only shows mercy to those whom He only love from eternity.

Whereas He hardens those whom He has hated from eternity, which is the opposite of mercy.

Paul teaches this in a very clear and sobering doctrine in Romans 9. He declares to us that God does not love everyone and that there are only two kinds of vessels He has created in mankind rooted in His love and hate. A Vessel of honor and a vessel of dishonor, which Eloy has clearly separated in his earlier post.
---christan on 2/2/11

The carnal mind which is not spiritually discerned wrongly groups all people into one group, but the Christian with the mind from Christ rightly groups people into two groups, namely, the good tree and the evil tree, the righteous and the sinuous, sanctified and carnal, sheep and goats, harmless doves and brood of vipers, saint and hypocrite, truth-teller and liar, just and unjust, well-doer and sinner, obedient and disobedient, softhearted and bowing necked and hardhearted and stiffnecked, proChrist and antiChrist, the temple of the Holy Ghost and the whited tomb, the shining wheat and the burning tare.
---Eloy on 2/2/11

Eloy, that was a great answer to 1Cliff. Some want mercy when all they deserve is justice and wrath. If they don't get mercy, they complain God is mean. He is suppose to forgive everyone, even those who spit in the face of Christ. Murderers who kill kids, wicked man who have no feelings for anyone and so murder and rape women. They get what they deserve if they are never repented of their sins. And they will be judge righteously.
---Mark_V. on 2/2/11

1st cliff, people choose to be barbecued through mocking their Maker, and the Maker rightly gives them their just deserts. But God has mercy on those whom deserve it through repenting from their sin and returning back to honor their Maker and his Commandments. When the sinner mockingly beat Jesus and spit in his face, he had zero mercy for that one: but the sinner who said, Against you have I sinned and done evil in your sight. Look upon my affliction and pain, and forgive all my sins- this one received the mercy, and not the other.
---Eloy on 2/1/11

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We expect humans to be humane. God is not a human, so he can do whatever he wants to do.
---John.usa on 2/1/11

Mercy is God's unmerited favor.
---Donna5535 on 2/1/11

Kathr, Here we have the classic example of fundamentalist's ambiguity...Showing all the ways that God excels in mercy, yet preaching that God barbecues humans in the most inhumane way thinkable!lets them scream and writhe forever with no compassion at all!
You can't have it both ways!
---1st_cliff on 2/1/11

kathr4453, God's mercy is God's pity, lovingkindness, and compassion for the weak and downtrodden and abused and hurting and hungry and lost.
---Eloy on 2/1/11

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Eloy, salvation is not by our righteous works of the law but by Grace through faith. Spiritual life comes from God, Saving faith comes from God, Repentance is granted by God, the indwelling of the Spirit comes from God, the sealing of the believer comes from God. Mercy comes from God, Grace is the accumulation of the works of God in saving a lost soul. The works we do after been born again of the Spirit comes from God. It is all the work of God. For He gets the glory in saving a lost soul, not man.
---Mark_V. on 2/1/11

Sinners blaspheme and wrest the scriptures to support their sin, but their perversion of the holy scriptures does not change the truth that forgiveness is indeed earned through repentance from the sin and asking the Savior for forgiveness. Without repentance there is zero forgiveness granted, and no restoring of the sinner to righteousness: for only the repented are forgiven, and those remaining in sin remain condemned.
---Eloy on 1/31/11

God's mercy is something that is usually very poorly imitated by Christians, if at all.
---John.usa on 1/31/11

Rom 5:6-8 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
We did not deserve forgiveness

Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
We still do not deserve forgiveness

It is by God's MERCY that we are forgiven when we ask..
---Donna66 on 1/31/11

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When offense is truly repented of, forgiveness IS deserved, and not only is forgiveness deserved it is God's commandment to forgive the one apologizing or repenting: for by not forgiving a person when they beg for forgiveness is a sin, a sin punishable with the same rejection the unforgiver shows by God likewise rejecting the unforgiver. The key is "TRUE repentance" deserves forgiveness, but uncaring or fake repentance deserves no forgiveness.
---Eloy on 1/31/11

///Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
---aka on 1/30/11///


We must come boldly-not afraid but in reverence-and Love-asking-seeking-desiring to know Truth from Our Father.
The adversary attempts to puts burden on All souls-but-they belong to God-We come boldly in repentance acknowleding Him-and His mercy and His Grace for remission.
(Knowing we can)

Ez 18:4Behold, all souls are mine, as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
---char on 1/31/11

Romans 9:13 "As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated."

14 "What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid."

15 "For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion."

16 "So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy."

18 "For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth."
---christan on 1/31/11

God's mercy is His unmerited forgiveness. We are sinners and don't deserve God's forgiveness, but because of what Jesus did on the cross, we get His forgiveness (mercy). Hebrews 9:22, 1 John 1:9
---Leslie on 1/31/11

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Mercy is pity. Luke 10:30-37.
---Eloy on 1/30/11

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
---Bruce5656 on 1/30/11

There are on-line Bibles on the 'net.

Simply go to one, type in "mercy", and see what you get.
---Cluny on 1/30/11

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