(10/11/2016) Are All Debts Forgiven?

Posted: October 11, 2016 in Atonement, Duty of Believers, Forgiveness, Grace, Knowledge, Sin, Spiritual Growth, The Holy Spirit, Wisdom
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As We Forgive

 

Today, focus is upon the idolatrous error that canceling debts, financial transactions, money, and profits are aspects of the divine process for sinners who become reborn.  While baptism can be thought of as a person’s “death” that releases them from indebtedness and sin, and their second birth that makes them known as a “new creation” through the blood of Jesus Christ, the actual changes that occur have to do more with their spirit content than their assets, credit score or net worth, and are to appear within the believer’s character, lifestyle, makeup, and nature.  Following water baptism, a new believer will have the exact same height, weight, and physical conditions for life upon the earth.  Even so, they also will have been given a deposit and earnest of the Spirit of GOD that includes divine assurance, certainty, clear expectations, new possibilities, eternal purpose, and sacred promises.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “SupaStar” (Level 4 with 3,923 points, a member since August 07, 2014) posted the following:

 

Say I owe you $20. I accept Jesus into my life, and become born again. Am I now forgiven from owing you that $20? How does the idea of …?

…substitution atonement make any sense?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:  So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.  My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:  For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.  Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.  For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.  She is more precious than rubies:  and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.  Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.  Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.  (Proverbs 3:  9-17, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  To Forgive is Divine? (04/06/2016); A Self-Less Creation? (02/11/2016); Christ Receives the Tithes? (08/04/2015); A Fallen Nature? (09/01/2014); In the Likeness of His Resurrection (09/02/2014); Why Blood? (04/13/2013); Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013); Non-existent Debt? (03/07/2013); My Sheep Hear My Voice (03/08/2013)

 

“SupaStar”, the sinner who becomes “born again” is carried through a divine process of spiritual transformation, not one that is carnal, financial, material, and social.  Becoming a Christian believer is not a guarantee of earnings, income, prosperity, or wealth.  The debts, duties, liens, obligations and penalties that must come into view speak to the requirements that come by such factors as accountability to others within a community of faith (the church), voluntary commitment to divinity, dependence as divine offspring, sacred law, love, ownership by GOD, respect, trust, and the sovereign majesty of the Creator.  In water baptism there is death of ones inborn spirit and their rebirth having divine spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  What confuses many is that, those who are “born again” also must “grow up again” to become mature in Spirit while meeting the same life challenges that come against sinners.  Believers gradually acquire sacred knowledge through sacred practice of fellowship, forgiveness, praise, prayer, repentance, various sacraments, and unselfish service.  The imparted, indwelling spirit (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) provides inseparable aspects of our Maker that establish ability to conceive the unseen, comprehend the invisible, and be in harmony with the eternal.  Consider again the following Scriptures:

(1.)  Proverbs 16:  16, King James Version (KJV):  16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

(2.)  Ephesians 2:  4-6, KJV:  4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

(3.)  Romans 6:  23, KJV:  23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(4.)  1st Timothy 6:  17-19, KJV:  17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;  18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;  19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  1st Peter 5:  2-4, KJV:  2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;  3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.  4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.)  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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