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Do You have Two Different Blessed Hopes?

January 2, 2019

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared…..12 instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 14 Christ gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession,eager to do good works.

Job 19 Then Job answered:
2 How long will you torment me
and crush me with words?
25 But I know my living Redeemer,
and He will stand on the dustat last.
26 Even after my skin has been destroyed,
yet I will see God in my flesh.
27 I will see Him myself;
my eyes will look at Him, and not as a stranger.
My heart longs within me.

According to the Bible, the “blessed hope” for Christians is the coming of Jesus back to earth, and the resurrection of the age to come. According to almost all traditional funeral sermons, the blessed hope is that our “souls” are immortal and can never die.

Yes,sometimes it is mentioned that “the body sleeps and that there will be a resurrection for the body in the future.” But almost no preacher ever sticks to that hope. In about everry case, the preacher gets back to some idea that “we have a body but we are a soul” Supposedly, the body that dies is not the real us, and this means that the real us “never died”.

When you are trading on falsehoods, and not proving anything from the Bible, you tend to contradict yourself. On the one hand, it’s only Christians whe never die. But on the other hand, it’s all humans who never die so that God and the angels will be there with most humans to torture them forever since even those humans will never die.

On the one hand, the body prepared in heaven for us is given to us as soon as we die, and therefore we go to heaven immediately and everybody up there knows us in this new body. On the other hand, the real us is not the body but the soul, and when Jesus comes, that sould which cannot die will be given a new body prepared in heaven.

No, it’s not consistent, but nobody asks any qustions when God’s spokesman with many years of experience assures us that these things are so. These ideas about the soul and the future are so important that to even qustion them would bring into question everything God’s spokespersons have ever said about the gospel.

And that is precisely why I am asking questions and correcting falsehoods. Our hope is not God’s infinite torture of God the Son. Our hope is God’s love for the elect in Christ’s death for the elect alone. Christ’s death is Christ’s righteousness, and that righteousness is the basis of our hope. False ideas about heaven and our souls are a false basis for hope.

Galatians 5:5 Through the Holy Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.

There is no future judgment for God’s justified elect after that coming reurrection. Our resurrection itself is one reward from Christ’s righteousness accomplished by His death

John 5:24 “I assure you: Anyone who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has lasting life and will not come under judgment but HAS passed from death to life.

Luke 9:27 I tell you the truth: There are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.” 28 About eight days after these words, Jesus took along Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 As Jesus was praying, the appearance of His face changed, and His clothes became dazzling white.30 Suddenly, two men were talking with Jesus—Moses and Elijah. 31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of His DEPARTURE (his death), which Jesus was about to ACCOMPLISH in Jerusalem.

Christ’s “departure” in this Bible context is not His ascension or His resurrection. But forty days after His resurrection, Christ departed to heaven John 16: 5 “But now I am going away to Him who SENT ME, and not one of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 Yet, because I have spoken these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.7 Nevertheless,I am telling you the truth. It is for your benefit that I go away, because if I don’t GO AWAY the Counselor will not SOME TO YOU. If I go, I will SEND HIM TO YOU

It was not Christ’s resurrection or His ascension which accomplished the righteousness which God imputes to the elect. Nor is it Christ’s future second coming which accomplishes the righteousness which God imputes to the elect. Hebrews 9:26 -Now Christ has appeared one time, at the end of the ages, for the removal of sin by the sacrifice of Himself…..28 so also Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.

Christ was exalted by going (departing)to die for the sins of all the elect, all of whom will be justified. Christ was “lifted up” by His death not by going to heaven.

John 12:23 Jesus replied to them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains by itself. But if it dies, it produces a large crop…..27 Now My soul is troubled. What should I say—Father, save Me from this hour? But that is why I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify Your name!”…32 As for Me, if I am LIFTED UP from the earth I will draw all people to Myself. 33 Jesus said this to signify what kind of DEATH HE WAS ABOUT TO DIE 34 Then the crowd replied to Him, “We have heard from the scripture that the Messiah will remain forever. So how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’?

John 3:12- If I have told you about things that happen on earth and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about things of heaven? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven—the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be LIFTED UP, 15 so that as many as who believe in Him will have lasting life. 16 “For God loved the world IN THIS WAY —He gave His One Begotten Son, in order that as many as who believe in Him will not perish but have lasting life.

Our hope is not getting one new body when we die, and then getting a different new body when Jesus comes

John 6:40 As many as who look to the Son and believe in him shall have lasting life, and I will raise them up at the last day”

Revelation 22:20 Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!

I Corinthians 15:23 But each in his own order—Christ first, afterward at His coming those who belong to Christ

1 Corinthians 16:22 as many as love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let them be Anathema . Maranatha.

Philippians 3: 20 our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21 He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious body

After the resurrection, will we have the new body we supposedly got when we died and went up to heaven? Or will we have the new body given at the resurrection when Jesus comes? Or will we have two new bodies then? And if you chuckle an arrogant laugh and tell us that God will figure it all out, that only reminds me that you have confused your contradictions with God’s revelation.

Philippians 1:20-I hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor FOR ME. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.

What are we hoping to gain? The Roman Catholic tradition assumes that “to die is gain” is hope for Paul to get off earth and straight to heaven, and rushes right past any idea of “fruitful labor” FOR ME. 2 Corinthians 4:10 We always carry the death of Jesus in our body, in order that the life of Jesus also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who live are always given over to death because of Jesus, in order that Jesus’ life also be revealed in our mortal flesh.

Instead of preaching a message that could lead to martyrdom and death, most preacers support large armies killing for the sake of their “religious freedom”, and use a Bible text about apostolic suffering to assure their comfortable clients that they will go straight to heaven when they die. Don’t wait. Order it today from Amazon. No need to wait for the “hope that comes from resurrection”, when you can be assured of the hope that comes from having an “immortal soul”. You get a body now as soon as you die, and since no body is the real you, then you can trade that body in for that different new body you get when Jesus comes. But since you are created in the image of God, no body will ever be you, because you are like God. This is the message which is supposedly safe and non-controversial and which will allow us to agree on other more important things.

John 8: 21 Then Jesus said to them again, “I’m going away; you will look for Me, and you will die in your sin. Where I’m going, you cannot come.” 22 So they said: “He won’t kill Himself, will He, since He says, ‘Where I’m going, you cannot come’?” 23 “You are from below,” Jesus told them, “I am from above. You are of this world. I am not of this world. 24 If you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”

John 17:15 I am not praying that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one.
John 17:24 Father, I desire that those You have given Me be with Me where I am. Then they will see My glory, which You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation.

Revelation 21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, 2 I saw the Holy City coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.
3 Then I heard a loud voice from the throne:
Look! God’s dwelling is with humanity,
and He will live with them.
They will be His people,
and God Himself will be with them
and be their God.
4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Death will no longer exist;
grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer,
because the previous things have passed away.

I Corinthians 15:39 Not all flesh is the same flesh; there is one flesh for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40 There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is different from that of the earthly bodies. 41 There is a splendor of the sun, another of the moon, and another of the stars; for one star differs from another star in splendor. 42 So it is with the resurrection of the dead:
Sown in corruption, raised in incorruption;
43 sown in dishonor, raised in glory;
sown in weakness, raised in power;
44 sown a natural body, raised a spiritual body.
45 it is written: The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving Spirit… 47 The first man was from the earth and made of dust;
the second man is from heaven.48 Like the man made of dust, so are those who are made of dust; like the heavenly man, so are those who are heavenly.

2 Corinthians 5: we have a building from God, a lasting dwelling from the heavens, not made with hands. 2 Indeed, we groan in this body, desiring to put on our dwelling from heaven. 3 wHEN we are CLOTHED we will not be found NAKED . 4 Indeed, we groan while we are in this tent, burdened as we are. WE DO NOT WANT TO BE UNCLOTHED but clothed, in order that mortality be swallowed up by life. 5 And the One who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment. 6 So, we are always confident and know that while we are at home in this body we are away from the Lord and the Lord is way from us.

7 Because we walk by faith, not by sight, 8 and we are confident and to be out of this body and at home with the Lord.
NOTICE that the text does NOT say–“to be out of this body is to be at home with the lord”. Our hope is the Lord’s coming and our resurrection in the new spiritual body from heaven

In 2 Corinthians. 5:8, in context,
1. The hope expressed in the context is that of resurrection (2 Cor. 4:14);
2. The “earthly tent” is our present mortal body (5:1a);
3. The “building from God” , the house from heaven” (5:1b) is our future resurrection body;
4. The clothing metaphor (2-4) elsewhere is used of the resurrection (1Cor. 15:53-54);
5. The “swallowing up” of the “mortal” by “life” occurs at the resurrection (1Cor. 15:54);
6. It is in anticipation of this hope that we “groan” (2,4 Rom. 8:22f);
7. Paul’s use of such terms as “naked” (c.f. 1Cor. 15:36-27 with 42 and following) and “unclothed” describe the intermediate state and it is clear from the passage under consideration that Paul does not desire to be in this state (3,4) despite how Paul’s Greek contemporaries may have thought

2 Corinthians 5:10 Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, in orer that eachbe repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless. 11 Therefore, because we know the fear of the Lord, we seek to persuade people.

Those who teach an universal atonement (which then fails to atone!) use II Corinthians 5:15 to try to prove that Christ died for everybody. They assume that we want to tell everybody to live for Christ. The false gospel tells us, that, in order to tell everybody what to do, we first need to tell them that Christ died for them. But 2 Corinthians 5:15 is about a substitutionary representation. The same all for whom Christ died is the all who died. This death is not light and life for those who are already born justified. This death is death by legal imputation.

Since the judgment for all whom God loves (the elect) has already happened in Christ’s death, there will no future judgment for Christians. There will not even be a side-judgment where extra goodies and rewards are passed out. Why then is the text, II Corinthians 5, which is talking to Christians, bringing up the judgment? The answer is that Christians are being told in this text that they are “ambassadors” to those who are still in condemnation.

Some of those who are still lost are the elect, who even though God loves them and has always loved them, are right now ignorant of the gospel. And since the ambassadors to whom Paul is talking don’t know which of the lost are elect or not, they are to present the good news to all sinners, and to command all sinners to “ be reconciled”. The ambassadors do NOT say—-some of you have already received the reconciliation but just don’t know it. The reconciliation is received passively (by imputation) and that has not yet happened for those who are still ignorant of the gospel and still living in legalism. Look back at the time language of Romans 5:10-11—“now that we are reconciled, we shall be saved by His resurrection. We rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

So why is Paul bringing up the judgment seat, when Christians have already passed through the judgment by imputation? Paul brings up “the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 5:11) because the justified ambassadors need to remember that there are lost people around them who have not yet been justified who need to hear the gospel and be commanded to be reconciled.

We don’t say: well if Christ died for them, then they are already reconciled and justified. They are not. Nor do we say: well, anyway, it’s sure to happen. God works in history. God imputes in time what Christ has paid for in time. And God uses the gospel as the message heard and believed by the elect as they are being justified John 5:24 As many as who hear My word and believes Him who sent Me has lasting life and will NOT COME UNDER JUDGMENT but has passed from death to life.

I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that H e shall stand at the latter day
Upon the earth. And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall
I see God. (Job 19:25-26)

For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first fruits of them that
Sleep. (I Corinthians 15:20)

Most Ameriicans Think You Get to Vote On If Christ’s Death Works For You

January 2, 2019

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/sns-201812240019–tms–cthomastq–b-a20181225-20181225-column.html

Cal Thomas, in his column for Christmas 2018, claims that his readers are free to accept or reject the claim of the gospel, but not free to “reinvent” the gospel. “To change the message to fit your beliefs and
choices” The column presumes that Cal Thomas himself has a true definition of the gospel. But the reality is that Cal Thomas has a
false gospel, which is not a version of the true gospel, but bad news which has no hope for anybody.

Here is the Cal Thomas version—“Like a gift under the tree, the transaction is not complete until the one for whom the gift isintended receives it. If anyone refuses a gift, the transaction is incomplete, its purpose thwarted.

This is a version of the gospel quite different from the original “on whom God favors”. It is “another gospel”, which is not the gospel. Instead of being about Christ’s deathfor the sins of those of God’s good pleasure, the faals gospel of Cal Thomas changes the theology into something about human good pleausre, something about “peace tothose who use their free will correctly”

The Thomas perversion of the gospel is not about us depending on God, but about God depending on us to complete God’s purpose and mission. According to Thomas, the death of Jesus can and does fail because what Christ did now all depends on our choices

On the one hand, Thomas seems to disapprove of a “world in which humans choose to live as they please, rather than be transformed.”. On the other hand, Thomas teaches a false gospel in which even the success of Christ’s incarnation and death depends on how “humans choose to live”. Where the Bible teaches that we sinners are unable to live right or choose right, and need God to transform us and change our wills, Thomas agrees with the world that we are aallowed to “choose what weplease”. The false god Thomas worships is not permitted to change our decisions but intead merely leaves us with “the consequences of unbelief”.

Thomas has no idea of us having being born in original sin, in guilt and shame before God and unable to make right decisions.Thomas seems not to want us to be atheists and depend only on ourselves (we need big armines), but Thomas also only wants an idol god who will gives us rules and decisions so that the outcome depends on us . For Thomas, the only sin that matters is “unbelief of the good news”. For Thomas, either other sins never matter or all those other sins have been provided for, but the bad news is that Thomas does not believe that God interferes with “belief or unbelief”

According to Thomas, Christ may have entered the world without our consent, but nevertheless that means nothing unless we ourselves vote Jesus into our own hearts, and for that “transaction”, Jesus does not
have his permission to “enter into our hearts” unless first our hearts (which presumably need to be transformed) “let Jesus in”.

This is not only a hopeless message but also a false message, one in which Thomas has substituted his own worldly American ideas about how God must deal with humans.

Luke 2: 13: “Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest
heaven, and peace on earth to people God favors

John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me,15 as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep.

Ephesians 1:5 God predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, 6 to the praise of His glorious grace that God favored us with in the Beloved.

Romans 9: 22 And what if God, desiring to display His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience objects of wrath ready for destruction?