Monday, December 5, 2011

Not Our Call


[T]he church is Christ’s.
We cannot exclude those whom he welcomes,
or welcome those whom he excludes. 

--Edmund P. Clowney, The Church 97

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

PRAISE THE LORD!

Dear Kent,
Always, the community of true believers in the world's history was this way. There isn't even any fellowship between the King of kings with the wicked kings of this world – never was, is or will be"Can a corrupt throne—
one that creates trouble by law—
become Your ally?" (Psalm 94:20, HCSB)
God always distinguished a difference between things and people who were unholy or holy. Consider Leviticus 10:9-11, for example. And only sanctified (holy)true believers in any age are accepted to fellowship in the presence of God. In the Old Testament that was through faith in the ceremonial law, which pointed to Christ, through Moses; and in the New Testament that is through direct faith in Jesus Christ, the Hebrew Messiah, Himself. Jesus prayed: " Holy Father, 18 As you have sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall BELIEVE on me through their word;"
(John 17:18-20). This was Jesus' prayer just before He mentioned His desire for fellowship with His followers: "24 Father, I will that they also, whom you have given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which you have given me: for You loved me before the foundation of the world" (John 17:24).
Since the time of Abraham, the one sign to all the world that people were "accepted by God," always was circumcision. But it was expected that Israel would be living holy lives while they were circumcised. Holy living is an important factor the Holy God requires of all His subjects (Leviticus 19:2; 1 Peter 1:16).
So it follows, Kent, that anyone who lives a holy life through faith in Christ's blood for the forgiveness of their sins(Romans 3:25) will be accepted into the fellowship of both God and His people
"For circumcision benefits you if you observe the law, but if you are a lawbreaker, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. (A) 26 Therefore if an uncircumcised (B) man keeps the law's requirements, (C) will his uncircumcision not be counted as circumcision? 27 A man who is physically uncircumcised, but who fulfills the law, will judge you (D) who are a lawbreaker in spite of having the letter [of the law] and circumcision." (Romans 2:25-27) Paul is merely pointing out that uncircumcised people of Christ's Church are accepted in God's eyes even if they aren't keeping the Creremonial laws of Moses. --Dad

Anonymous said...

PRAISE THE LORD!

Dear Kent, here are a few Scriptures (not an exhaustive list by any means) but that I feel need no comment, as touching whom God does and doesn't accept, and as touching whom God's people should or should not accept:
" 34 Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God doesn’t show partiality. 35 In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. 36 I’m sure you have heard about the Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all." (Acts 10:34, 35) --Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Again, Kent, it is written: 2 Suppose a rich person wearing fancy clothes and a gold ring comes to one of your meetings. And suppose a poor person dressed in worn-out clothes also comes. 3 You must not give the best seat to the one in fancy clothes and tell the one who is poor to stand at the side or sit on the floor. 4 That is the same as saying that some people are better than others, and you would be acting like a crooked judge." --The Contemporary English [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1995 by the American Bible Society.

Last, but not least is a refrence to a passage from 1 Corinthians chapter 1 beging with verse 26: 26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, 29 so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
30 God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and he gave himself to purchase our freedom. 31 As the Scriptures say, “The person who wishes to boast
should boast only of what the Lord has done.” Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996. --Dad