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IGNORING REALITY - TRUTH HURTS

Posted 22 Dec 2010 at 14:52 PM by spanner

IGNORING REALITY - TRUTH HURTS IDOITS

"Ignorance" is, for the most part, to be unaware of an event, people, etc.., such as not realizing that an electrical cord gets too hot and could cause a fire, when you know a cord is getting hot and continue to use the cord, you have made a choice called, "ignoring" the fact the cord is hot, the knowledge that the cord is hot and to use it is to "ignore" the fact. The first usage of ignorance comes from being unaware of one's surrounding, we all do this, the other types of ignoring is a choice, a "choosing" to place reality in obscurity, or treat the fact as though it were not a fact, but a form of make believe or what the Bible calls to lie to one's self so much, that you begin to believe the lie you repeat in your thoughts. And so often, that God has little choice but to turn you over to become a reprobate, or as in the example of the hot cord your house burns down and this, destroying your foundation. If the house burns down while you are alive, that is, you are still able to walk upon the terra firma or earth, then you can choose to rebuild on a similar foundation of ignorance, or you can build on a better foundation called reality or truth. Biblically, the "endtime" generation, being the generation that the angel proclaims, "There should be time no longer" is a generation that has "chosen" to be ignorant of the fact of reality, thereby making their foundation one of ignorant observance, whereby some have become reprobate, most are not, as they "choose" not to see the obvious, like the cord which is too hot. The fact - you are still observing and using time or a clock.
Paul and Peter did not ignore the reality of their time, but embraced it, having understood the fact of the foundation which was being built. Paul:

"And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles. And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue. And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized. Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat, Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law. And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you: But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters. And he drave them from the judgment seat. Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things. And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow. And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews. When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not; But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus." Acts 18:5-21 Of Peter:

"And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person, for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me: But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles. And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do. But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain." Galatians 2:4-21

Peter and Paul both acknowledge the event of the peoples called the Jew, Paul asserted himself unto the Gentiles, making a notice of the difference between the Jew and the Gentile, and Peter assimilated himself unto the Jew, making the difference between the Gentile and the Jew, this continues today in what is called the church.


INCLUSION DOES NOT EQUAL EXCLUSION


This may sound a bit silly, but look a little deeper. Most people today declare that it was the Jew that crucified the LORD, however, they have "chosen" to ignore the fact that it was the Gentiles that were in rule over the world at the time that Christ came, and Rome, a Gentile kingdom, was the administrator of the death called the crucifixion. The only time the Jew is noted as administering a death penalty was to the woman accussed of adultry, which was interrupted by Christ Himself. Now this same type of mentality or view is being asserted today against the "inclusion" of the Jew in the household of God, to the point that this "grouping" has excluded a people called the Jew and have committed the act of judgment against the Jew and not by that of Christ or of God, but of their own preference.

"And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the 'consolation of Israel': and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the 'glory' of thy people Israel." Luke 2:25-32

Simeon did not state this on his own behalf, but it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, so the Holy Spirit has included the Jew under what is called "glory" and what is this "glory"? Paul addressed it in Romans as he is setting the foundation for the future of the Jew; the root that bore us, the Christian, through Christ;

"But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;" Romans 2:8-12

Now, there is no salvation other than that given by Jesus Christ, and this salvation will have been grasped, by the Jewish peoples in the future, to say no, at this point, is to make yourself God, that "ain't gonna happen", in the redneck venacular, as salvation is a determinate, of God and not that of man/womankind. A man that feels within himself, that his bride of years is slipping away may try to stir her unto jealousy, it is not recommended, but it happens, but note that of God;

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people." Romans 10:17-21

God is using a foolish nation to stir Israel to anger by jealousy, and who is that nation that was foolish, the "Gentile nations", which have accepted Christ as their Savior; but notice the format is not nations, as plural, but "nation" as singular, so that nation that is to stir Israel to jealousy must in fact, be in place, for this scripture to have been fulfilled, and Rome, was anything but, a Christian nation, in historical context (what we have been told), the church although born in Acts, would not be heard from again until the declaration by Constatine some 300 years later, however, this also was in error, for the church was "underground" from household to household, and did not come to the forefront until the printing of the King James Bible. You can be angry at such a declaration, or you can revisit history and see the movement of the church as to when it began, was it the declaration of a man, or the printing of the Word of God, go figure. If it were at the declaration of a man then you have man to thank, but if it were at the printing of the Word of God, then you honor God. So, as mentioned above, what then is the "glory" of Israel, but resurrection and righteousness from the dead, and those living during the Tribulation Period. That same nation, being singular, can also be found in the writings of the Lamentations 4:17 as America is the "only" nation that has ever protected and secured Israel, and what was their vanity? The looked to America instead of God.

"As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: For he will finish the work, and cut it short in 'righteousness': because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha. What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." Romans 9:25-33

Today, the church is seeking to attain to righteousness by the law, and not by the faith of God, as they usher person after person into "faith" which they cannot do, and they have mistaken faith for belief, men/women used to know the difference, but today have concluded that faith and belief, are synonymous to each other, that is, two words which mean the same thing, this is error. The church is telling people, all they have to do is "believe" in God, this is a half-truth, as it is true you must believe, but how to get there, to the point of believing, is the question, as the act of believing in God and Christ comes from God Himself, through a substance called faith, and that, by the hearing of the Word of God, this is why the printing of the Word was necessary for the growth of the church. Israel, made the same mistake by the use of the Law, as though, in obeying the Law, would create salvation in the person or the seeker, and not in the person of God, so to speak. The church, is busy espousing the virtue of belief, marriage relationships, behavior, etc.., a smorgasbord of varied interests including basketball, sports, music, programmes of raising children etc.., in other words, if it were not published over the banner, the church would look like the institutions of the world, and very little is being communicated from the Word of God, the only thing, with the power, to change the individual thought and actions. Faith comes by hearing of the Word of God. Proof is exhibited by the turnover rate of the laity, and the search on the internet for the Word of God, either in argumentative form, or communial interaction, the building called the church has become a haven for the growth of the human, but not for the Word of God, if you do not think so, visit any church you choose. Are not Christians more ignorant of God's Word today? What about the World, is it more ignorant?

"I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:" Romans 9:1-6

Paul, has noted, that most of the events we call the Bible (inparticularly, the Old Testament to whom it was written for the Jew) belongs unto the Jew, and he notes as did Christ that not all who state they are of Abraham are in the "promised" seed of Abraham (see: John 8, but Paul gives a discourse for the Jew in Romans 11 which should be read in it's full discourse, but time does not allot at this point.

"For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. Romans 11:25-32

The concept Paul is presenting is that while you, as the Gentile, had nothing in the LORD, going your own way, for your own purpose and reasoning, and that in unbelief, suddenly, Christ appeared, and you were changed from non-belief to that of belief, and now you suppose, that belief, your own doing, and not that of God, wherefore, did you assume it your own doing? In that you have cast off, that which only God can do, and God has not even asserted as much, but the assumption due to the manner of salvation, has set you aside as though you were "special" in God, and have boasted of such from your heart, against the root of the beginnings of the faith, as in Abraham. But what does the scripture state? God has concluded all the Jew in unbelief, that He might show forth His mercy upon them all, as once He did in the town/city of Nineveh, so too, shall He do for Israel. In other words, why would God have that "foolish" nation protect and secure Israel, if He did not have future plans for them, and if future plans are made evident of man/womankind through nations toward Israel - why? Why stir them to jealousy, does God do a "told you so" platform to Israel and the world or "in your face" kind of emotion, is God emotional to the point of anger unjustified? Was not this the argument given by Jonah before and after his journey into (Babylon) Nineveh? Why would Christ cast the Jew into the sifting pot in Revelation 2 -3 verses 9, what then is the point, is Christ not making the same distinction, as that of Paul and Peter between the church and the Jew? This is why the words "faith" and "belief" have become to mean the same today, for if we believe that the Bible is true in Hebrews 11:1 then we must conclude that the "faith" given unto the church is the operation of God and not that of man/womankind, but you must ask yourself, if God had given the same kind of "faith" to the Jew, that is, if God had put within the Jew the substance by which they should have believed in the Grace of God, through Jesus Christ, would not all the Jews have believed? Would you agree that God does put His "faith" in those whom He chooses, or do we choose who attains unto faith? Are you aware that anything not of faith is sin, and if we lack faith then we are become the partakers of the Law, and do those things written in the Law as judgment unto ourselves, for the intent of the Law is to reveal the sin within us? If the Jews therefore remain in unbelief, by what shall God stir them to jealousy, if they do not believe in Christ, why then would they be stirred to jealousy, except our proclamation, of a received Savior, from that of themselves, as Christ or salvation is of the Jew. Isn't the entire point of the man stirring his bride to jealousy by that of another woman, to attract his bride back unto himself, if so, why does God seek to stir Israel to jealousy, if He were to be rid of them, why not let them be as they are? Has God left them as they are, or has He stated that He will stir them to jealousy by a foolish nation? The Bible states to test your spirit to know if you are of God, but have you ever tested the Word of God by His Spirit or was it by the church institutions where you began your search for the knowledge, and understanding? A little test for anyone could be that of the comparison of the verses found in Revelation 5:9 and that with Revelation 10:11, what is the diff? Did it matter to you?
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