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Commandments From Jesus
Because one gains freedom from sin, by obeying the Law (Romans 7:9)
---David on 7/20/17

How can you read Romans 7, quote it, and still think you are still joined to the Law? We are told:

Rom 7:4 "Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead..."

The whole cosmos died and rose again with Jesus. We are no longer mastered by sin and death. Remember your memory verse:

Rom 6:7 "For he who has died has been freed from sin"

Therefore, we are to consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to Christ.

Not alive to the Law, alive to Christ.

What Is Apophtatic Theology
If you don't have an original Greek or Hebrew MSS, how do you know that what you call "my Bible" is accurate?
---Cluny on 7/18/17

What I find fascinating, is the reaction of KJV supporters when they find out that the Textus Receptus/LXX/Septuagint was derived from "copies" and not from an original MSS.

It nearly blows their mind.

What is also fascinating is when they learn that the reference of Jesus to a "jot or tittle" is about the practice of Scribes copying the Scrolls of the Tanakh to continue and preserve them and it is this practice that the church fathers patterned their copying of MSS after.

What Is Apophtatic Theology
Few things have caused more damage in churches than when pastors say things like:
---michael_e on 7/17/17

I must disagree.

The most damage has been caused by people not searching the Scriptures for themselves.

When I study the Scriptures, their truth form a protective screen around my brain that error cannot penetrate. No matter how nicely wrapped the error is, it hits the truth screen and it stops dead.

People without this screen can easily be influenced and persuaded by false teachers of all kinds.

Saying we have no definitive manuscripts is the start of the same dangerous path that led Bart Erhman into error.

What Is Apophtatic Theology
Seems pretty clear to me.
---Jerry6593 on 7/14/17

why in Greek is "Agio Pnevmati" neuter?
---Cluny on 7/13/17

First, Jerry. As Cluny can attest, the word "He" in John 16:13 denoting the Holy Spirit is not in the Greek text. A form of the pronoun "ekeinos" is included which refers to the noun "pneuma" which Cluny rightly says is neuter. Therefore, the pronoun could rightly be rendered "he" or "she".

Second, Cluny, the Greek language renders the HS as neuter. The Syriac versions render the HS as feminine. "Ruach" in Hebrew is feminine, and the HS in Latin, is definitely masculine. I believe our God is neither masculine or feminine but contains both.

What Is Apophtatic Theology
In Hebrew, ruach (wind or spirit) is ALWAYS feminine. ---StrongAxe on 7/11/17

Thank you for stating this.

We, the Body of Christ, have lost track of who our God is.

If God created them "male and female" and we were created in God's image, there MUST be femininity in our God. Why are we so shocked to see or admit it?

Femininity is in our God and His word confirms it.

Ruach Ha Kodesh is the third person in the trinity and the Holy Spirit is feminine.

The Holy Spirit is the creative force in our God. She is the creative force behind all music, all art, all beauty, every good thing that we think man has created, Our God is the originator.

How To Be Happy
I'm just always so sad scared and Afraid...
---Jennifer on 7/7/17

I understand your struggle. I am a recovering Drug Addict with 25 years of abstinence in NA. Emotional sobriety is difficult.

If I live in the past (in my head), I struggle with guilt and shame regarding my behavior and the people I have hurt. If I live in the future, I struggle with fear of the unknown and fear of loss.

I must live in the present and this is where I meet God.

You will not surrender to God if you do not trust God. We think we trust God but when it comes to actually depending on God (full surrender), many balk and do not trust. Many NAs lose their abstinence because of not trusting God.

Still Call Themselves Sinners
Why do you keep changing your name?
---David on 7/6/17

I do not change my name. I am not John9346.

I do not know why you have accused me of this, except that I do not agree with your dogma.

Go back and look at old blogs and you will see I have been on this site since 2009 using the same name.

I discuss with you and all people here to help me. I think you will see I have changed my understanding of many things and God continues to open the eye of my understanding. I pray he does the same for you.

Did Jesus Pay For Our Sins
You can't have it both ways. You are either Lawless, or you are under the law .
---David on 7/6/17

I am so sad. You quote one of my favorite verses, John 14:21 and yet you miss John 14:20, an even greater verse.

The answer to your question is John 14:23-24. If we love Jesus, we will trust and do His words and God will abide with us.

This is about relationship, not performance. God has already forgiven us of all our sin (at the cross). Yet when we have not trusted and changed our mind about Jesus, there can be no relationship with God. We are still hiding in the bushes.

Still Call Themselves Sinners
Stick to Scripture and we will have a common point of reference.
---Jerry6593 on 7/4/17

Lighten up and take a joke. Geesh!

Sure, here is your Scripture.

Col. 2:16 "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days"

Did Jesus Pay For Our Sins
teach me by using his words.
---David on 7/5/17

Already did, you missed it.

The law has been condensed into two commandments, love God and love others.

Everything else is moot.

Pretty simple, huh?

Why do you want to make it complicated?

Still Call Themselves Sinners
Isn't sin clearly defined as the breaking of Gods Law?
---David on 6/30/17

I gave you many verses that confirm that sin is more than breaking the law. I acknowledge that we became conscious of sin through the law.

However, Jesus points out our thoughts are evil because they are a reflection of our heart, which is where the problem starts.

Sin is rebellion, lawlessness, a desire to be independent without God.

You have said "sin lives in us" but how can breaking the law be living in us?

A single act may be breaking the law but sin is a disease living within us.

Did Jesus Pay For Our Sins
But unless we keep the Law, sin will not die, and we can not be saved...Understand?
---David on 7/3/17

No, David. But I do know this...

Paul says "Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?" in Galatians 3.

We are born again of the Spirit and grace and truth came by Jesus. We are not sanctified by keeping the Law. Jesus told us to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets"

Still Call Themselves Sinners
The antinomianists...are the only ones who officially claim to be above the law.
---Jerry6593 on 7/3/17

If you want to follow the law, do so. But do not judge those who do not.

I am reminded of a story I only tell to my Orthodox Jewish friends. But now I will include my SDA brothers also.

The story friend is a good SDA, always keeping the Sabbath, always keeping Kosher, dies and goes to heaven. When he arrives he sees Jesus and His disciples having a pig roast. Jesus hands my friend a plate of barbeque. My fried says no and tells Jesus he only eats kosher. To that Jesus answered, "Yes, but you plugged your ears when I said all things were clean and you could have been eating this your whole life".

Still Call Themselves Sinners
It is the Spirit of the law.
---Samuelbb7 on 6/29/17

Sin is even more than that Samuel. Sin is rooted in pride and rebellion. We rebel against God, against others, against our world, even against ourselves. Because we are empty without God and our pride will not accept that.

Sin is the lack of acknowledgment of this emptiness and our need for God.

You say that "Christians will not follow the least" but who is the least? My job as a follower of Jesus is to love my neighbor as myself. All my neighbors, near and far, believer or not, including the virtual neighbors here in this blog.

This is much more than a set of do's and don'ts.

Still Call Themselves Sinners
If so, John and I stand corrected.
---David on 6/28/17

Sin is so much more.

You can cherry pick verses all you wish, but you must see that sin is more than transgression of the Law.

BTW, my Interlinear says that 1 John 3:4 uses the word "anomian" which is correctly translated as "lawlessness" or "against law".

Being lawless certainly means more than transgressing the Law.

And did you miss the Sermon on the Mount? Our thoughts can be lawless even though we never physically transgress the Law.

This was specifically meant for the Pharisees who never transgress the Law or according to you, never sin.

Still Call Themselves Sinners
If the Law was done away with, does this mean it's impossible for anyone to sin?
---David on 6/28/17

You seem to want to confuse the issue. You want to say there is no sin without the Law.

What about allowing something bad to happen? Like Acts 8:1 where Saul was consenting in Stephen's death. Was that against the Law? What about James 4:17? What about the one who eats but not from faith as in Romans 14:23?

Your problem is your definition of sin. You see it as a group of actions or inactions.

Rather, sin is a pervasive disease that stops our seeing God's reality and stops our seeing God for who He really is. Sin is about selfishness and about independence from God and God's way.

Doctrine Of Immaculate Conception
It is incorrect to assert that Jesus had a sinless nature. His nature was the same as ours..
---Jerry6593 on 6/27/17

Perhaps you dispute that Jesus was God, before the Incarnation?

Jesus was fully God and fully man. Jesus had two different beings within Him, the God-being and the human being.

This is the essence of the theory of Hypostatic union.

The fully God-being of Jesus could not sin. God does not sin nor will He ever sin.

The fully human being of Jesus could be tempted, could be hurt, could thirst, could hunger, and could feel depressed. But as you have quoted, He was tempted yet without sin.

Therefore, Jesus must have surrendered His human being to the control of His God-being.

Still Call Themselves Sinners
How do we know if we have been granted this freedom?
---David on 6/24/17

2 Cor. 5:14-15 "For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died, and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again"

Jesus already freed us from sin because the entire cosmos died and rose with Him (Col 1:17). And as you rightly quoted Romans 6:7, he who has died has been freed from sin.

Therefore, ALL have been freed from sin and yet many do not know this. When we see this, we read passages like Romans 1 differently.

Doctrine Of Immaculate Conception
It means "totally graced up", or more elegantly, "full of grace".
---Cluny on 6/26/17

This is what I know. The Apostles Peter, John, Paul, and the author of Hebrews all state and agree that Jesus is sinless and that Jesus lived a sinless life.

However, nowhere in anyone's Canon of Scripture does it state that Mary was sinless.

All the hoopla over IC is because whoever developed the doctrine of Original Sin needed this behind the back jig to explain how Jesus did not get "infected".

Why not start with the Trinity? Jesus has a sinless nature because He pre-existed as God. When Jesus took on the human Being, he did not take on a sinful nature. He already had a sinless nature as God.

Doctrine Of Immaculate Conception
Mary was blessed with more of God's Graces than you or I.
---Nicole_Lacey on 6/24/17

First, Adam was not conceived. Adam was formed from dust.

Second, is Mary blessed with more grace before or after the Incarnation? If before, you are making God a respecter of persons.

I believe it is after, because the Greek word used in Gabriel's statement you have translated as "Full of grace" is 'charitoo" which means "to endow with grace" or "to cause to find favor" which I believe God is doing to Mary during the Incarnation.

Mary is favored above all women in that she will give birth to Jesus and endowed with the grace needed to raise the Son of God.

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