For May 24th, 2017

For May 24th, 2017

First: Read Romans 11:11-24

Second: Watch this Video

Third: Join this blog discussion at 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 24th!

14 comments (Add your own)

1. Bill Marquette wrote:
Hello to everyone. I hope you have all had time to watch the video and read the scripture reading for this week.
Please let me know what stood out to you this week and also, take a moment to let us know who is online this evening.

Bill M.

Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 6:29 PM

2. Sandy Littleton wrote:
Where does the "once saved, always saved" concept originate? I agree with you that this passage would go against that concept.

Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 6:46 PM

3. Bill Marquette wrote:
Good evening Sandy.

I believe it is a misuse of the concept of predestination.

Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 6:55 PM

4. Bill Marquette wrote:
If you take predestination as being assigned to salvation or damnation, then the next logical step is to say that if you are predestinated then you can not fall.

Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 6:56 PM

5. Bill Marquette wrote:
Of course this is a misinterpretation of predestination and why and how God accomplishes salvation. The justness of God requires that those who follow after Him are saved. We are not preselected by lot or arbitrary means. We follow after God, through Christ Jesus. We receive His Grace. We fall short, but continue to be cleansed. We don't earn salvation, as it is a gift from God, as we have read already in Romans. But who receives this Grace? Those who walk in the light. Walking in the light is not earning salvation. Walking in the light is attempting to copy and imitate God the Father and Christ the Son.

Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 7:01 PM

6. Sandy Littleton wrote:
That is exactly the part of predestination that is so confusing. There are times in one life when one feels saved and there are times when one definitely feels like they fell short.

Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 7:05 PM

7. Sandy Littleton wrote:
comment in #6 related to #4

Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 7:06 PM

8. Bill Marquette wrote:
That is the greatest take-away, I believe, from the book of Romans. We need to have confidence that we are saved! Sandy, you are saved because you want to follow after God. You sometimes may ask the question, "Have I done enough or am I being good enough?" The answer is NO. It is the same answer for every christian. None of us are doing enough or being good enough to earn our salvation. So, we must rely on the Grace of God. God has already saved us, given us the victory. We then, from gratitude follow after Him as loving children with the confidence that we DO belong to Him.

Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 7:11 PM

9. Bill Marquette wrote:
Never let this confidence wain or diminish. You are a child of God, who has redeemed you and lovingly watches over you. (Remember Romans 8:28. Trust in the promises of God!

Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 7:13 PM

10. Sandy Littleton wrote:
Thanks for your insight and comments.

Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 7:14 PM

11. Bill Marquette wrote:
Sandy, thank you again for your comments and questions.

Are there any other thoughts or questions this evening?

Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 7:17 PM

12. Bill Marquette wrote:
I will be watching online until 7:30 in case there are any other questions or comments.

Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 7:20 PM

13. Bill Marquette wrote:
spelling correction "wane" not "wain"

Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 7:27 PM

14. Bill Marquette wrote:
Thank you for your participation this evening.

I look forward to next week.

God's Blessings to everyone.

Bill M.

Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 7:28 PM

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