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No Jail Time Bergdahl
  
"I've always been bothered by this. Something just is so wrong about the imbalance of this trade ... "

I don't know another man's thoughts, but perhaps a thought is one of "ours" is worth whatever price. Speaking of price, what did the Lord give for us?


Works Pleasing To God
  
Mt 7:21. Agree.

Note the following verse "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not...in thy name done many wonderful works?", clearly indicating that they thought that their works were sufficient or ???

I am not defending goats Nicole. all good comes from the Father, whether it be a measure of faith, belief, even good works that people do, are to His praise and glory, as none are able of themselves.

also, vs 24, "Therefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them..."

Yes, those who do the Father's will, enter the kingdom of heaven.


Works Pleasing To God
  
Samuel,

Well said.

I apologize if I have posted anything confusing.

The goats focus on self would indicate a belief in themselves,their works, rather than the Lord.


Works Pleasing To God
  
Nicole,
"Jesus gives NO excuses". I have not said that he made excuses.

Mt 7:21 So why do some say "lord, Lord"? I am simply attempting to answer the why

(Perhaps it would have been better to use "why" in my previous post instead of "how".)

The fact that some do the Fathers will is because of faith. Many think they are saved,as verses given indicate, but if their faith were fully in the Lord, then they would do the works he spoke of.

Even the demons believe and tremble, a certain 'belief' is insufficient.

Also,goats apparently thought they had sufficient works and/or belief, as indicated by responses, when did we see thee ...when did we not...


Works Pleasing To God
  
pt 2

Also, Jesus himself did not take credit for what he said and did:

There's a distinction to be made, and that is the what
(works), and the how.

If Jesus always went to the Father, trusted Him and gave glory to Him, then Jesus' disciples will do likewise.

The Father in Jesus, Jesus in the Father.

the believer in Christ and Christ within.

Jesus said he will dwell with and in them.

10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Jn 14:10,


Works Pleasing To God
  
Nicole,

I've been away and wanted to give this attention it deserves...my apologies.

There's much that could be said concerning this. Jesus words are very important.

Verses given concern when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and those who inherit the kingdom, or not.
Of note is that both groups asked of the Lord...when did we (sheep), and when did we not (goats), indicating somethings of their perception.

" Please explain WHY the lack of works would be the primary reason for entry or not entering heaven as spoken by Jesus?"

Lack of works are indicative of lack of faith. Jesus(in red letters): "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also" jn 14:12

Cont...


Works Pleasing To God
  
Nicole, I answered your question("Are you saying those works of NOT feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick are God's fault?"), my answer, 'no'.
"I got that idea because of your whole blog using Paul's words to (seem to) discount Jesus' Words."
Nicole, "seem to" is your perspective. I in no way desire or attempted to discount Jesus' words. As for Mt 25:31-46 I see no conflict.
works themselves don't save.
Some do "good" 1Cor 13, but lack love/charity, "charitable" works without belief in God, some missed opportunity when they did not do for the least of these. this is more than missing an isolated opportunity, but more so missing a way, which IS Christ


Works Pleasing To God
  
part 2
(did not go through yesterday)

Walk, ( in ep 2:10 and Col 1:10)
G4043 peripateo. tread all around, walk at large. fig. to live, deport oneself, follow, go, be occupied with

workmanship:
G4161 poiema. a product, fabric, thing made

ordained
G4282 proetoimazo. to fit up in advance, prepare ordain before


Works Pleasing To God
  
Nicole:
"Are you saying those works of NOT feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick are God's fault?" No. Where did you get that idea?

""//Interesting that the verse ends with "that we should walk in them" rather than we should do them.--chria9396
V10 is speaking about the TYPE of workmanship that results in good works. Christ's workmanship.""

gift of God vs 8
not of works vs 9
For....
we are HIS workmanship...(God's)
created in Christ Jesus
unto good works
which God hath before ordained
THAT we should walk in them

cont...


Works Pleasing To God
  
josef,

Thanks, and as you've said many times, all praises due the Father.


Blogs Problems
  
StrongAxe,

I am using firefox.

Right now only 2 current blogs are listed normally, the third one down closed on Sept 18. There are more than 2 blogs that have been active since the 18th,.

Moderators have not responded. I can't recall when I last saw a moderator on cnet. There is no longer a direct link from christianets main page, also accessed above by the Mall tab.


Blogs Problems
  
Refreshing the browser is not helping. A few days ago I responded to an old blog "Works pleasing to God". Only the 5 most recent blogs appear on the page, that one does not, and since it's an old blog it's not found in the "view most recent blogs" tab. I noticed this when someone elses reply to an old blog disappeared from the list even though their response was made more recently then some responses to blogs lower down on the list.

Also note that starting with the sixth blog and down to the bottom of the page, there is no category such as salvation or number or replies, but there's a comma.


Works Pleasing To God
  
Not "our" works per se, but rather works prepared by God, as the believer is also prepared. He works within to will and to do, and believers are "his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Eph 2:8-10

It is significant that God ordained/prepared the works before.

Interesting that the verse ends with "that we should walk in them" rather than we should do them.

We cannot please God by OUR works, any, all good things, are of Him, not ourselves


Pope Francis Prayers
  
"Sam: You and Chira need to study the true history of Islam because your lives depend on it."

My/our lives depend upon the Lord.

Also, I was not referring to Islam, but simply that a particular word could mean many different things to different individuals.

I prefer to study scripture to Islam or it's history.

And, I hope my opinions are being formed, even changed by the truth, not by men's arguments, a political party or media


Pope Francis Prayers
  
What "Allah" means to any particular individual I do not wish to judge. For some it may simply be God, as may be so for Dios.

he that cometh to God must believe that He (God)is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.


Too Much Bickering
  
"But love without a foundation isn't love, but Make-Believe." john9346 on 6/18/17

Re:foundation: Founded upon Jesus Christ, gospel, the true picture and manifestation of love

1 Cor 3:11 "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ."

"Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure" 2 pet 2:19

Concerning bickering:

"For there must be also heresies (factions, sects, divisions) among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you." 1 Cor 11:19
parenthesis...words used in various versions


Too Much Bickering
  
Arguing and bickering are not what the gospel (good news) looks like or to be a Christian. I agree that love is the picture of the gospel, and not the fear of what is false. The Father makes known Truth, and truth dispels fear of what is false. Trusting Him, a christian has an assurance of Truth and what is false has no place.


Finish It Here June 2017
  
John on 6/3:
"Ma'am, are you sure?" Yes.See my post on 5/19 with statement you quoted as Joseph having said, in particular ", "Why do you believe this would indicate failure? As sovereign, is God able to allow choice in what one believes concerning Truth?" However, as far as I am concerned, this is not a problem.
"Did you read Joseph's Replies..."I have skimmed through but would like to read through and consider.
I brought up the subject only because I had not replied quickly.


Can God Be Sovereign
  
I notice John attributed my responses to Joseph on 5/20.

Because of limited space: 2 Cor 5:14,14,19
"...that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again"

"God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them,"

also,
2 Pet 3:9 He is not willing that any should perish



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