The Twelve Days of Christmas ( Day 7 )
(Day 7) 12/19/2013 Joseph yawned and stretched as He got out of bed, He tried to be quiet, as Mary was still sleeping. Last night she kept pushing Her enlarged belly in Joseph back, he listened intently to hear Her peaceful breathing, He praised God that He had brought Mary into His life. It was Wednesday and Joseph was having a meeting at work, He was a little nervous. “John 3:16″ (To be continued)
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life’
The most memorized verse and the most misunderstood verse. The World (kosmos) any sum or general collection of particulars of any sort “literally some from all parts” God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. (1 Corinthians 14:33) Therefore if you believe that Christ died of the world “all people in general” there is confusion, because John 6:44 makes it clear; No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. We also know that not all are called, (Philippians 3:19) Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) also says in (2 Peter 2:1) But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. I’m at peace with the doctrines of Grace that elevates the confusion. For God so loves the world of the elect, a peculiar sum of people all over the world, that He gave His only Son, knowing who He would redeem, that whosoever of these some of all parts, when they believe in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (My translation)
- The Gentiles, as contrasted to the Jews (Romans 11:12 )
- Of believers only, John 1:29; John 3:16; John 3:17; John 6:33; John 12:47 1Corinthians 4:9; 2Corinthians 5:19
This is what Christmas is all about God of all creation started it, maintained it, and will finish it. God did send his Son into the world in the likeness of sinful flesh, being made of a woman, and made under the law; and which is an instance of his great love, and not of any disrespect to his Son, or of any inequality between them. But then this was not even any part of it, or any in it: not the Gentiles, as the Jews thought he would. For though God had suffered them to walk in their own ways, and had winked at, or overlooked the times of their ignorance, and had sent no prophet to them, nor made any revelation of his will, or any discovery of his special grace to them; yet he sent his Son now, not to destroy them for their idolatry, and wickedness, but to be the Saviour of them: nor the Jews; for as impenitent and unbelieving, and as wicked as they were, he did not accuse them to the Father, nor judge and condemn them; he was to come again in power and great glory, when he would take vengeance on them, and cause wrath to come upon them to the uttermost, for their disbelief and rejection of him; but this was not his business now: nor the wicked of the world in general; to judge, and condemn them, will be his work, when he comes a second time, in the day God has appointed to judge the world in righteousness.
That the world through him might be saved; even the world of the elect in general, whom God determined to save, and has chosen, to obtain salvation by Jesus Christ, and has appointed Christ to be the salvation of; and who being sent, came into the world to seek and save them; and his chosen people among the Gentiles in particular: wherefore he is said to be God’s salvation to the ends of the earth: and all the ends of the earth are called upon to look unto him, and be saved by him, And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldst be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of