OYB November 4
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- 2009 Nov 04
11:18-20 "When the people return to their homeland, they will remove every trace of their vile images and detestable idols. And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, so they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God." This is reminiscent of Jeremiah and the new covenant!
"Behold, I will gather them out of all the lands to which I have driven them in My anger, in My wrath and in great indignation; and I will bring them back to this place and make them dwell in safety. They shall be My people, and I will be their God; and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good and for the good of their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me. Jeremiah 32:37-40
6:2 ...and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. So if there is truly an "eternal judgment," does that mean the White Throne Judgment is going on forever? That doesn't make sense to me. A judgment is an event with a beginning and an end. This is the only one of 69 times in the NT that "judgment" is described as eternal. But remember the word is Aionios or age-lasting. Jesus and most of the NT refer to judgment as "the day of judgment" or "at the judgment." Those make it sound like a temporary event to me. "Day" is often associated with an age in the Bible.
6:4 For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame. We have to be very careful how we interpret this verse. In fact, this is never our call because only God knows what is going on in the heart. Two concepts that can only be determined by God in a person's walk are "once been enlightened" and "fallen away." I assume this is what is mentioned in a few places in Scripture as a person's name being blotted out of the book of life, and then having to go into the lake of fire for judgment and correction.
105:19 Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph's character. Man, I have a lot of Joseph days! But until we are thoroughly tested, we are not fit for the promises.