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Any concept of an unfinished creation to which species, creatures, contribute either physically or spiritually to make them what they are, is foreign to the word of God. It would also appear a most extraordinary presumption and pride, in view of the infinite understanding of the Almighty, and His creative capacities (Psalm 147:5, 62:11, 115:3).
As Christ emphasises (Matthew 7:16-19) so dramatically, the tree produces fruit - its own fruit. You simply can't get the good fruit from the bad tree. Trees create fruit according to what they are. They don't become what they are because of their fruit!
Works to secure salvation similarly and equally, then are excluded, "Lest any man should boast" (Romans 11:6, 4:4,6, Ephesians 2:9). Indeed, Christ though He was rich, yet He became poor, that we through His poverty might be made rich (II Corinthians 8:9). Where then is the 'theistic evolution', to which the South Australian Circular to Principals makes such presumptuous reference, in pursuing its deadly way ?
It is creation pure and simple, wrought by the strong Christ who deliberately engaged in non-survival (resurrection apart - according to the flesh - Acts 2:23, Isaiah 53, Matthew 26:53-54, Philippians 2). This, Christ did so that those unable to be what they should, all men not being what they should be (Romans 3:23, 11:30-31), might be delivered. And this ? it was by the gift of an available provision (I John 2:1-2), specifically purchased for them (Ephesians 1:7,14, Romans 8:23, 1 Peter 1:18-19, 1 John 2:1-2, 1 Peter 2:24, Romans 5:6-9); a gift so vast as to be broad enough for all, though effected for those alone who would receive it. As to His, He chose them (Ephesians 1:4, John 15:16, Romans 9:11); making the gift personal, while forcing none and offering to all (1 Timothy 2:1-3, 1 John 2:1-3). Creation is by the work of God and salvation is by the grace of God. God does both (Genesis 2:1-3, Ephesians 2:5-8, Titus 3:5-8). In mercy He washes, and saved us, we read. Thus having been justified as well as renewed, begotten again by God's own will by the word of God (as was the earlier creation! the first time) as James tells us (1:17-18), we who have faith in Him, are heirs of eternal life (John 6:35,44,51, 1 John 5:4,11-13). We ''have obtained'' an inheritance (Ephesians 1:11).
False trees will not bear the fruit; good ones will: and God makes the trees. He makes the physical trees; and He makes the human parallels. He also makes the point. He creates, they produce. Bogus trees, like sheep in wolves' clothing, are interesting; they do not however alter the principle of creation.
Thus Jesus Christ says:
Truly I tell you, He who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from (a state of) death to (a state of) life .
John 5:24 - the Greek perfect gives the sense as expanded here; but note that upon an event stated occurring, certain future events are excluded in the name of the Lord personally: condemnation is excluded, and so is death. Certain events are with the same certainty (that is, Christ's, than which there is none greater), included: and these are the condition of life, everlasting life. The key? Faith is statedly so; all the rest follows; this precedes. John in 1 John 5 tells believers that he wants them to realise that they have everlasting life; it being a matter of faith. According to your faith... works being irrevocably irrelevant.
Now Hebrews has a particularly lovely message in this theme. First notice that in Colossians 1:14 (cf. Ephesians 1:7) we are told, as Christians (those who are so) that "We have redemption through his blood"; and to this we add 1:22, which advises Christians that they have reconciliation with God through the action of Christ, and this in particular is thus described:
The question must arise: Is a particular person really in this state ? That is a matter of fact. It is known to God whether he/she has faith; but God gives it also to man (Romans 8:16, 1 John 5:13) to know, as a norm and provided bounty. Now it is here that Hebrews shows it all so tellingly. In Hebrews 9:12, we learn that Jesus Christ obtained eternal redemption. It is this which He purchased, as we have seen in Romans 5:9-10, so that if justified, how much more shall we be saved from wrath through His life! It is eternal and not temporary in kind, which He procured, who is eternal Himself.
As Hebrews is at pains to point out, He in effect sums up into Himself all the sacrifices which could ever have been made in terms of repetitive animal performances at the request of or for sinners (Hebrews 9:25 ff., 10:10 ff.), and indeed it is precisely here that the point is verbally summed with the term eternal, in the phrase, eternal redemption. This, we are told, is what He obtained. Now in 9:15, we further learn that those who receive this sacrifice have their transgressions redeemed, paid for, so that:
It is a promise, not a performance consequence of ours, as always stressed. (See next Section, and Romans 3:28, 4:4-5, 13-16, 25, 5:9-10, 8:32; and notice that all things - Romans 8:32 - are given to the one for whom Christ has been delivered up; He being delivered up for these, and "raised up for their justification", 4:25, this resurrection being also already done, and decidedly... done by Him. Fascinatingly, the promise to Abraham, received by faith, encompassed not only his own whole life as under divine direction, protection and promise, but that of generations to come, in the promised respect; and it all came by the "righteousness of faith" - 4:13, which Christians are told of in terms of this example - Romans 4:11,14-16, and of sharing the same faith. This is its nature, and it does not change.)
It is done by Christ's action, Hebrews is telling us; and His particular action of death. That is what it says, and declares clearly. The result is an eternal inheritance, just as the the redemption was an eternal redemption. It is all eternal: All received in fulfilment of promise; All excludes works; All is His securing by death, and it is received by faith.
Thus in Hebrews 10:10 we find that one offering by a person called Jesus Christ - not you or me or any combination of others, or works or anything else for that matter - has sanctified us who are believers. The tenor of this: "Their sins and their iniquities, I will remember no more" (Hebrews 10:14)... but for how long ? 10:14 is equally insistent: "By one offering He has perfected for ever those who are sanctified".
There it is stated that the completion of the salvation through sacrifice in all its beneficial implications is performed by one sacrifice. The point here is firstly that it is His; and secondly, that it has already been done! It is performance oriented, but only to Him; He had to do it, did it, and passes on to the believer the result.
The believer ? Yes that is the medium of exchange. Thus Hebrews 10:22 tells us:
Christians are to be bold, and thereby in faith (Hebrews 10:19,22), not linger at the door, or consider and vacillate, but enter (v. 19) by this living way which is Jesus Christ who has obtained these eternal things, by His own work, and receiving them, do it by faith, so that those things become - which He acquired - ours by benefaction, donation, being delivered to our hearts. This is the nature of the things given; this is the nature of the transfer. The additions are zero, excluded in name, in force and repetitively. Those thus coming by one offering are sanctified for ever. If they don't so come, nothing is achieved at all; if they do, then the achievements are Christ's, and they are eternal, so that: ''By me if any man enter he shall be saved.'' (John 10:9,27-28).
There is nothing new; only the same God who in His one action by His one Son has restored the lost who as new creations (11 Corinthians 5:17) are reconstituted, reinstituted in His sight, and this ? By Him (11 Corinthians 4:6, John 3:3-6), we being no more involved than is a baby in its birth.
Redeemed man, bought back, is "renewed in knowledge after the image of Him who created him" (Colossians 3:10), and "renewed in the spirit of his mind" (Ephesians 4:23). It is the same and only God (Isaiah 45:21 ff.) and the same creation brought back to "true holiness" (Ephesians 4:24).Q. In his gracious creation and re-creation is salvation "by His life" (Romans 5:10). By His death (Colossians 1:14, Ephesians 1:7) He redeems; and having redeemed and justified (Romans 5), He completes for the future all that is implicit in being saved "by His life". Put differently, "I am the door, by Me if anyone enters, he will be saved..." (John 10:9), and "I give to them eternal life... they will never perish," as we see in John 10:28.
Let us now review and extend. This salvation is "apart from works" (Ephesians 2:8, 1:14, Romans 4:5,16, 3:20-21,24,26). Righteousness is imputed apart from works and with it imputed, its recipients are saved by the life of Christ (Romans 5:9-10) and indeed, so reconciled and guaranteed by the one sacrifice which sanctifies for ever, that they rejoice (Romans 5:11), knowing that nothing shall separate them from the love of Christ (Romans 8:31 ff.); the justified are the elect (Romans 8:31-33).
This salvation is something which in kind has been done. Ephesians 2:8 puts it delightfully. By grace you (literally) are in saved condition and state (resulting from previous action). Grammatically, that is the perfect participle in action, so giving this definite force and meaning. Even that is a gift. The 'that' in this verse is of a gender (neuter) which shows it refers not particularly to the word 'faith', but to the whole operation of being saved by grace through faith.
It is not, this whole thing, of yourselves: it is totally and wholly characterisable as not of yourselves but as being the gift of God. Anything which would limit or subdue this in any way would constitute a flat contradiction. Specifically, then, this whole operation is not of works, the apostle goes on to tell us in the next verse. That would have had the obvious difficulty (Jeremiah 9:23 covers it beautifully) of proud, arrogant Pharisees telling tales, as it were, in heaven of ''how I did it''. All this is abhorrent to God, who is a Spirit and desires those who worship Him to do so in spirit and in truth. How often does He challenge the proud, defiant or delinquent citizens of a rebellious Israel to let their own works save them ... if they can!
In Job, before that time, the Lord rebuked Job, pointing out the magnitude of wonder in creation, and making it clear that He, God, alone would deal with problems of sin and salvation. If, He said, you can do this and that marvellous thing - such as ''Look upon every one who is proud and bring him low'' (Job 40:12): if all this you could do, then:
Then will I also confess to you that your own right hand can save you.
In Isaiah 24-25, amid world-wide judgments to come, we find this song of recognition and realisation, when realities at last show to the slow and subversive, that only God can save the life of man, and man's own contributions at the level of his soul, are marred by that soul:
He will swallow up death in victory ... and it will be said in that day, lo, this is our God, we have waited for Him, and He will save us; this is the Lord; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation ( Isaiah 25:8 ).
''Besides Me, there is no saviour,'' God declares in Isaiah 43:11: and again,
Surely shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength; even to Him shall men come ... in the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory (Isaiah 45:24-25). Further, Isaiah declares:
Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted, who are far from righteousness: I bring my righteousness near, it shall not be far off; My salvation shall not linger, and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel My glory (Isaiah 46:12-13). To this Jeremiah adds (23:6):
In his days, Judah will be saved ... and this is His name by which He shall be called: the Lord our righteousness, resounding with Isaiah 44:5:
One will say, 'I am the Lord's'; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; another will write with his hand, 'the Lord's' ...
Or should men add a little here and there, to trust in this or that as well, in the pilgrimage to glory: Jeremiah puts it -
Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories, glory in this that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth; for in these things do I delight, says the Lord (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
And even Abraham, what of him ?
For if Abraham were justified by works, he has something in which to glory; but not before God. (Romans 4:3).
His faith was justified, as was his use of it; but as for himself, he had nothing with which to glory before God. He himself personally was justified as was anyone else. God's justification of the man comes like this:
Now to him who works is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him who does not work, but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness (Romans 4:4-5).
(For extension work, the reader is advised to check pp. 520-531, and Chapter 10, pp. 1042 ff...)
This is the way the Lord perennially works with sinful man; and this is what He says. We return then to the odious case of a potential Pharisee congratulating himself in heaven on 'How I did it, and got in here!' Nothing of value comes from survival at all costs; and what God wants demands that we die daily, take our crosses and follow Him. This is emphatically not survival medicine! It is the exact opposite; being life by dying, in the presence of Christ who dies, so that we might live by Him, who is like that! Christ, then, did not survive at all costs; instead, He set His face like a flint in order not to survive in order to save; and He is the example for the Christian, whose place we are examining in the light of the Bible. Christ then is also our creator, the Bible clearly teaches, and that is His nature. That is how He operates in character, and His character does not change (Malachi 3:6. Hebrews 13:8).
Titus 2:14 puts it: "He gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works." He does the redeeming, the saving, the washing, the justifying (3:3-5); and it is done. We operate in terms of what is provided, acting as such constructions should, in character:
A reason, says Paul, that this creation, this salvation which has been gained is without works is that we are His workmanship, ourselves, 'Created' in Jesus Christ, 'for good works.' We are created; the result is good works. That is quite explicit. Consequences come from both the first creation and the new creation. However the consequences do not create the creation, as we have seen, and as Christ so severely expounds (Matthew 7:16-20).
These are the terms in which we are to begin as a new creation, and, as Paul so severely reminded the Galatians, they are the terms by nature, so that it is in just those terms that we are to continue. You recall ?
For the Christian: Thus we begin, thus we live, thus we stand, and thus we continue. There is no mutation in method; you continue on the initial basis, as the apostle Paul thunders. You start, continue and end this way (Galatians 2:2-13). Christ crucified once is the whole focus for works to enable salvation - so why look to works now as having been saved! Christ has redeemed us (3:10-13), he declares, from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us.
It is focussed and performed and completed by this Christ, in whom to have faith is to receive the promise (3:22) and be justified (3:8). It is a matter of the Spirit (3:14) and the inheritance (3:26-29) by faith. Thus it was; thus it is; thus it continues. God forbid that I should glory, says Paul, except in the cross of Christ (Galatians 6:14). This begins, is the middle and the end of the donation, its means, its matrix and its method. The gift and the justification are both received by faith (Galatians 3:2-13, 4:6-7, 5:2,16-17,18-21, 11 Corinthians 1:9-10, Romans 4:4-5,16, 5:1,10,19,21, 10:3-4, 1 Peter 1:3-5).
We might pause a moment to reflect that the attempt to mutate the Gospel was predicted by Paul, and condemned by him utterly - a further verification, since there is another gospel, borne of fables which some in some churches allow to dictate to them, contrary to scripture. In 11 Corinthians 11:1-10, 11 Timothy 3:1-5 and Galatians 1:6-10, with Acts 20:29 ff., cf. 11 Peter 2, we see abundant evidence of this.
But mutation is not the way of God; rather creation. The way Abraham was saved was the way we are; except that (Hebrews 10), the procedures are now completed, the sense of sin having been sharpened by the law of Moses (Romans 4; Galatians 3:24-25, Romans 7:13).
To pursue the parallel: we having been justified (Titus 3:3-7, Romans 5:1,9-10) and saved (Titus 3:5), "shall be saved from the wrath of God", and are assured of glorification (Romans 8:29,17)... we ? Christians. This is done in an entire operation which is a gracious gift, excluded from possession in terms relating to our performance (Ephesians 2:8-10). Indeed, we are, being justified, "saved by His life" (Romans 5:10), which, being His, is also donation, conferment, a work of His grace. Very simply, Jesus tells us (John 10:9) that if we enter the door which is Himself, then we shall be saved, amid many activities in and out, with Him as Shepherd; and as His sheep, we shall never perish. Entry by this door designates the ones who are certainly saved; and these He designates as certainly never perishing (John 10:27-28).
We do nothing, simply nothing to make ourselves sheep of His, except that we enter, and even that is a work of His grace, not of our works. The cross is never derogated or mixed (Galatians 6:14, 16): Christians are the recipients of their salvation as a kind, and of their creation, new and old, as a kind. That is the way God did it, does it, and He declines absolutely to alter (Galatians 1:6-9).
What we do in both, being on the one hand created, and on the other hand saved, is a wholly different matter. But this is not our topic; performance of the created and of the re-created is of great interest and value. Yet scripture puts a gulf between the donation of the things and performance as an operation ; and our concern here is with the creative operation of God (John 3:3-6, 4:10, 6:29, Romans 6:23, 11 Corinthians 9:15, James 1:17).
It excludes in morality, creativity, sovereignty and spirituality ("boasting"), our fitness for survival or arrival; it donates mission to the re-created. The same unchanging God (Malachi 3:6, James 1:17, Psalm 90), brings sinners to salvation, as to kind; and, by His own unchanging life, having restored them in kind, He enables them to live in His life, which is in image-bearing relationship, made available to man:
The "flesh" (Galatians 3:3) is irrelevant to the completion of salvation. Its "contributions" are not creative or constructive or progressive... (Galatians 5:20-21), in fact, producing no good thing (cf. Romans 7:18).
That is not the way God works with sinners (Romans 3:23), has worked or accepts. The litany of condemned acts of the "flesh", in those verses in Galatians 5, sounds like the moral back-drop to Darwinism. They do apply to damnation and to contradiction of God; they do have His unremitting hatred, and this has, as we have indicated, been His approach to all such morality and trust in the flesh, over a massive history with fallen man.
In addition to direct statement in the Bible, therefore, it is manifest that God did not create directly or indirectly by these means.
You can in fact, if you follow evidence as you first follow the Bible, directly and then in implication, find only that God created in the way He said. This merely fortifies and extends the sphere of perception of that fact. It is, in the beginning, written; and the term 'creation' used in the New Testament simply fortifies further, if it were possible, the direct declaration from the first. (Cf. pp. 251-252G; 114 ff., 199-203, 234-235 supra.)
He created then, in kinds. That of course is precisely the after-the-event testimony of the facts of molecular biology with its chemical code with linguistic parallel, dictating what must happen in the cell.
What we do not find in the flesh spiritually, is what we do not find physically: evidence that it writes its own program to create any good thing. Rather it defiles.
The Christian salvation continues its character as at the beginning, so to the end (Galatians 3:3 and as before): it does not alter its kind. Man's creation is the same. It may be hurt as generations pass; but it does not alter its kind. Man's creation is by Christ with the "book" of His code; the Christian, re-created is so by Christ (I John 3:9 ... *1), by His "seed", as also by the word of God (I Peter 1:23). Thus Christ "is all and in all" to those who are His (Col. 3:11). The "Word" (John 1:1) has said it all (Genesis 1, 2; John 1:12-14).
For God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 4:6).
GOD, SIN AND THE CHURCH . . . (See also Index on these.)
1 . GOD
Almighty: Genesis 17:1, 18:14, Luke 1:37, I Timothy 6:16, Isaiah 43:13, 40:17.
Omniscient: Psalm 145:5, I Peter 1:20, Acts 2:23, Ephesians 1:4, Acts 15:18, Colossians 2:3, Hebrews 4:12-13.
Compassionate: Exodus 20:6, Ephesians 2:7, I Timothy 2:4-6, II Peter 3:9, Matthew 14:14, Mark 6;34, Titus 2:13-14, 3:4-7, John 3:17, Ezekiel 33:11, Matthew 23:37, Luke 19:42-47, Romans 8: 31-37, Isaiah 48:18, Psalm 89:14, Isaiah 48:18-19, Micah 7:18-19 .
Independent: Romans 11:3 3-36, Exodus 3:14, Psalm 11 4:3, Isaiah 40:21-31, 40:15, 44:6-8, 45:19,21-22, 46:9, Psalm 89:6.
Immortal And Immaterial: John 4:23-24, I Timothy 6:16, James 1:17-18, Hebrews 12:9, I John 1:2-4, 4:12, 4:20, Isaiah 45:9-12, Psalm 94:4-11, Genesis 1:1, John 1:1-14, Isaiah 48:12-13, Amos 4:13, Hebrews 7:16, John 5:37-38, 5:26, 8:56-59, I Timothy 1:16-17, 3:16, II Timothy 4:10.
Righteous: Psalm 89:14, Deuteronomy 32:4, I John 1:5, James 1:13-17, II Chronicles 19:7, Psalm 11:7, 24:5, 31:1, 33:4-5, 71:15-16, 72:2, 98:2, 111:3, Isaiah 32:17, 33:5, 45:23, 46:13, 54:14,17, 59:16-17, 61:10-11, 63:1, Daniel 9:7,16, Zechariah 8:8, Malachi 4:2, Romans 1:17, 3:5,21, Ephesians 4:24, 5:9, II Peter 2:21, 3:13, I John 2:29, Revelation 19:11. (See Index under: God.)
Merciful: Micah 7:18-19, I Timothy 2:1-3, Colossians 1:19 ff., II Peter 3:1 ff., Isaiah 55, Ezekiel 33:11, Exodus 34:6-7, Proverbs 1, Romans 9:22.
Love: I John 4:8-11, John 15:9,17,17:23-24, I Corinthians 13, I John 3:1-3, Colossians 1:19-23, II Corinthians 5:14-21, Philippians 1:16,23-24, 2:1-22, I Thessalonians 2: 7-9 with I Corinthians 11:1 and II Corinthians 5 :14,19, John 3 :16, Jonah 4:9 ff., Matthew 23:37, Luke 19:42, 14:34-35.
Not Lightly Afflicting: Lamentations 3:22-27,32-33, I Corinthians 10:13, James 5:11.
Creator: Colossians 1:16-17, Revelation 4:11, Romans 11:36, Revelation 1:8,3-14, Isaiah 42:5, 51:6,9,13,50, 40:22,26, Genesis 1:1, 2:4, 1:29-34, Zechariah 12:1, Psalm 33:6,9, 102:24-28, Romans 5:12-21, I Timothy 2:12-14.
Triune: Isaiah 48.16, Matthew 28:19, John 5:19-23, Isaiah 43:11, Titus 1:3,3:6, Psalm 102:18-22, 45:1-7, Colossians 1:19-2:10, 1:16, 1:27, II Corinthians 3: 17-18, Revelation 1:8,16-18, John 14:26, 15:26, Romans 1:3-6, Philippians 2:5-11, John 7:39, 16:7,13, II Corinthians 1:19-22, Colossians 1:16-17, 2:9, Revelation 22:3, 19:13-16, John 1:1-14, Isaiah 45:22-25.The above refer to the Lord God Himself, and before we proceed to others of His qualities, including His Trinity (cf. pp. 532 ff. infra), we turn to two intimately related matters: opposition to God (sin) and the purchase of God (His Church).
Church: Ephesians 2:21-22, 1 Corinthians 3:11, Ephesians 4:6,15-16, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, Acts 20:27-32.
Sin (introductory): John 8:34-36, Romans 6:15-17,2-6, Galatians 2:20, I John 5:4.2. CHRIST
See under 'triune' above. See also ... Romans 4:13-25, 5:8-10, Matthew 26:53-56, Revelation 1:8, 16-18, Isaiah 46:9, 45:21-24 with John 1:1, Philippians 1:5-11, Hebrews 1:11-8, Matthew 11:25-27, Galatians 3:10-13, Romans 5:15,18-19, 19,21, Ephesians 2:5-8, Psalm 40:6-8, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:35, Matthew 1:20-23
His will: John 4:34; 8:55-58, 5:30, 6:39, John 8:18, 7:16-18, 10:29-33.
Salvation: Isaiah 53:10-11, 61:1-3, Luke 4:17-21, I John 1:7, 1 Timothy 1:9-10,15, 4:9, Galatians 4:7, Titus 2:12-14, John 5:24, Titus 3:4-7, Romans 8:28-30, Galatians 3:26-29,10-13, John 14:6, 12:32,45-50, I John 1:23, 3:8, 4:10-11,15, 5:10-13, I Peter 1:3-5, 2:23-25, 1:9-12, Isaiah 42:8, 43:11, 52:13-53:12, Acts 8:32-35, 1 Peter 2:6-8,21-25 .
Light: John 9:35-41, 1:9, 9:5, 12:35-36,43.
Shepherd, Bishop: John 10:11-14, I Peter 2:25, Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:2-4,2:14-18.
Author and Finisher of Faith: Hebrews 12:1-2, II Timothy 1:9-10, Romans 5:-1,8-11, Galatians 4:7, John 10:27-28, Romans 8:28-30, 1 John 5:4-5,12-13,19-30, 3:9, Ephesians 2:5-8.
Bridegroom: Ephesians 5:25-32, Matthew 25,1-13.
Ransomer of Slaves: Matthew 20:28, Romans 3:23-25, 1 Corinthians 1:30, 1 Peter 2:23-25, II Corinthians 5:19-21, John 8:34-36, Romans 6:10-14, Hebrews 9:25-28, 7:24-28, 9:12, Colossians 1:14-22, Titus 2:13-14.
Immortal and Conferring Immortality: Titus 3:4, 1:2-3, 2:11, II Timothy 1:10, John 10:27-28, 1 Corinthians 15:42-58, John 11-25-26, 11:42, John 5:24-30, 4:14, 6:38-40,53-58, 8:58.3. THE SPIRIT
John 14:26, 15:26-27, 14:5-18, 16:5-15, 7:37-39, II Corinthians 4.1-5:8, 1 Peter 1:9-12, II Peter 1:19-21, Luke 24:49, Acts 2:1-8, I Corinthians 2:9-13, 14:37, Matthew 5:17-19, 11 Peter 3:15-16, I Timothy 3:16, 11 Timothy 3.15-17, Ephesians 3:3-7, Romans 8:9-17,23,26-28, Ephesians 4:1-4,30-32, Philippians 2:1-4, Revelation 1:10, Acts 8:29, Ephesians 1:17-19, 13-14, Ephesians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 11:1-4, 1 Peter 4:14, Acts 7:51-58, 8:39-40.4. MAN
Genesis 1:26-27, 2:16-18, Psalm 8:4-9, Psalm 13:13-18,23-24, Ephesians 4:2-24, Colossians 3:5-12, II Corinthians 5:17-21, Psalm 106:29,39, Ecclesiastes 7:29, Isaiah 42:5, 26:7,1-3, 1 Timothy 6:3-6, Romans 1:18-32, 5:6-21, 6:1-19.
Restored to Creator Father: Luke 15, Galatians 4:4-7, Hebrews 2:9,14-18, Acts 13:24- 32, Romans 7:24-28, 8:11-17.
Embezzles: Hebrews 4:12-13, Ephesians 1:11, Psalm 50:21-23, Ezekiel 28:17 (parallel ), Ezekiel 16:14-18,39, Mark 12:1-11, Matthew 25:14-30.
Yet God Ordains Events: Ephesians 1:11, Isaiah 44:6-8,48:1-11, Romans 8:28-20, 9:14-18, Acts 13:35-41,45-48.5. SIN
Romans 3:23,1:18 ff., Habakkuk 1:12-2:3, 1 Timothy 1:15,9-10, Malachi 2, 3:1, Matthew 5:10-13,19-20,22,27-30,40-42,44, 6:22-24,25-29, 7:4-6,11-20,22-23,24-28, 13:19-22,38-43,49, 16:25-26, Mark 8:34-38, 7:18, Matthew 14:31,15:16-20, John 9, Luke 13:1-3, Luke 14:26-7, 16:27-31, 17:18, 19:40-46, James 1:2, 2:20, 3:13-14, 4:1-3,11, Luke 20:18,46-47, 21:12-19, 22:31-34, Mark 8:15-21,33,2:8-11, John 3:6, Galatians 5:19-26, Ephesians 2:1-4, 5:3-7,12-14, 6:1-9, Philippians 4:2-4, II Thessalonians 2, Colossians 2:13-17, 3:18-4:1, Ephesians 2:8-9,14-16, 4:25-31, Jeremiah 9:23-24,6,12-13, 8:10-12,5-8, 17:9-10, Hosea 11:1-8, 7:16, Jeremiah 20:18,46-47, 21:12-19, 22:31-34.6. SATAN
II Corinthians 4:2-6, Genesis 3, II Corinthians 11:4,13-15, I Peter 5:8-9, 11 Peter 2:1-3, Jude, Revelation 12:1-12, John 14:30-31, Matthew 9:32-34, 4:1 ff., 13:39, 25:41, Luke 8:12, John 6:70, 13:2, 8:44, Ephesians 4:27, 6:11, II Timothy 2:26, James 4:7, I John 3:8, Revelation 2:10, 12:10, Revelation 12:15-17.7. JUDGMENT
John 16:16, 8:44-47, 12:35,47-50, 9:39-41, 15:18-20,21-25 Matthew 7:21-29, II Thessalonians 1:4-10, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Matthew 25:31-45, Proverbs 1:3,18:21, Isaiah 3:10, 6:2-3,9-13, Matthew 13:14-17, John 12:46-50, 5:26-30, Isaiah 61:2-3, 52:15-53:12, II Peter 2:1-22, 3:1-14, Hebrews 6:4-9, 10:26-39, Matthew 24:3-25, 13:24-30, Luke 16:20-25 , Mark 9:42-48, James 2:12-13, Romans 8:1, John 5:24, Revelation 2:15-17, 3:14-22, 6:12-17, 9:6, 9:20-21, 12:7-12, l4:17 ff., 13:4,15, 14:15,18-20, 16:14-15, 17:1-18, 18:5-6,21, Matthew 18:6, Revelation 19:11-21, John 9:39-41, 15:21-25, 3:17-19.8. CREATION / SALVATION
Creation, the New Creation, the New Heavens and the New Earth. In terms of the subject of this work, apologetics, it has been fitting to give a treatment of this topic sufficiently extensive (indeed, it has been provided both in a more and less extensive form - pp. 482-499 supra), to obviate any need for supplying here again the scriptures already given in this section. Further material on the new earth and the new heavens is about to be included in the next section; and this is also treated in some detail.This brings us to the end of the INTRODUCTORY CONSPECTUS, and we now pass on to the next part of this chapter:
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