(01/01/2016) Does GOD Play Favorites?

Posted: January 1, 2016 in Atonement, Covenants, Divine Grace, Faith and Works, Judgment, Law, Purpose, Salvation, Sin, Subtlety
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Inaugurating the New Year, 2016, focus is upon divine favoritism, partiality in judgment, and the sovereign prerogatives of Deity.  To say that GOD is not a respecter of persons states that divinity will not be influenced by arbitrary differences among created beings and living creatures (e.g., ethnic origin, eye-color, height, weight, wing span); ones finite authority, popularity, prestige, and status; or such advantages as affiliations, education, and wealth.  Even so, those having intimate relationship with divinity through Jesus Christ do come under atonement for sin that is not available to all.  Readers are encouraged to consider again the following from the Scriptures, and the commentary below:  Acts 10:  34-35, King James Version (KJV):  34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:  35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.  Also, 2nd Samuel 14:  14, KJV:  14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person:  yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.  Colossians 3:  24-25, KJV:  24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance:  for ye serve the Lord Christ.  25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done:  and there is no respect of persons.  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  One of the fighters using the ID “Anonymous” (the required profile information not shared) posted the following:

 

Does God play favorite with people?

Let’ say there are two guys that commit the same exact sin. Jim breaks the law, he robs a bank. Another guy Mike gets in trouble with the law, and he robs a bank (these are just examples mind you, you can input almost any sin). But lets’ say God just doesn’t like Mike for some reason and likes Jim better. Maybe Jim has a better heart or he suffered early in childhood so Jim goes to heaven and Mike goes to hell. So can God play favorites with people that commit the same sins?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children:  but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God:  but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.  For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.  And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;  (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)  It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.  As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.  What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.  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.  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.  (Romans 9:  7-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Money Is No Object? (10/14/2015); Judgment Begins at Believers? (08/16/2015); Divine Mercy and Revelation? (08/03/2015); Human Law, Divine Favor? (03/23/2015); Grace is Not Against Law (07/23/2014); Cruel and Offensive (07/24/2014); The Benefit of Grace (03/19/2013); Magical Resurrection? (03/20/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, all who live are created by GOD; however, all are not in covenant relationship with divinity, or will be accounted as offspring and children of GOD.  (For example, cats, dogs, lions, and snakes are created, and still are not sons and daughters to Deity.)  The living must meet many conditions for continuing in personal relationship with divinity.  Relying upon the holy writings for guidance and instruction, Christian believers hold that GOD—who revealed himself to Moses as a god of judgment—is perfect in righteousness.  GOD is partial and pre-disposed only to active presence; existence; personness; sacred commitment and divine integrity (we say, his own glory; his own holy name; how he is known and spoken of; his reputation); fulfilling eternal purpose; and giving substance to the word he has uttered (e.g., proclamation, promise, prophecy).  The serious works (not “play”) of divine judgment that are now being carried out by Jesus Christ and will be completed under his administration are all balanced, decisive, dispassionate, impartial, lawful, purposeful and thorough, yet, responsive to subtlety (i.e., acknowledges barely visible differences as well as hidden and unseen shifts in meaning or value).  Included are examining all the entries recorded within the Books of Life that will either affirm or disqualify a person as unfit to continue as a life companion for divinity (we say, accuse or excuse their sins).  Because they are guilty, the blood of Jesus shed at the cross for atonement of sin must be applied to every record of those who have accepted covenant and new testament relationship with the Father through the Son.  This appears to a believer as forgiveness, divine mercy, propitiation, and unmerited favor (we say, grace).  Consider again the following from the Bible:

(1.)  Exodus 34:  5-8, King James Version (KJV):  5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.  6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,  7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.  8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.

(2.)  Genesis 18:  23-25, KJV:  23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?  24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city:  wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?  25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked:  and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee:  Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

(3.)  Leviticus 26:  9-12, KJV:  9 For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you.  10 And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new.  11 And I set my tabernacle among you:  and my soul shall not abhor you.  12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

(4.)  Leviticus 26:  14-19, KJV:  14 But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments;  15 And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant:  16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart:  and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.  17 And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies:  they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.  18 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.  19 And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:

(5.)  Leviticus 26:  27-30, KJV:  27 And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me;  28 Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.  29 And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.  30 And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.

There are many other verses that should be carefully examined, correctly understood, and applied as power against error.  (For example, (6.)  1st Peter 4:  16-18, KJV:  16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:  and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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