7 comments on “Which Way Is God?

  1. Beautiful. And He promises \

    James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

    Romans 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

    Matt 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

    Again, good post.

    Carolyn / internetelias.wordpress.com

  2. Feel free to delete or move this moment. It was just the easiest way to ask a question…

    I have been a believer 50 years and never asked this question. I am amazed….

    Very simply, suppose I pray, “God. Forgive Ralph for cheating on his wife (or whatever).” Does Ralph receive forgiveness? Suppose Ralph is lost…. Is he forgiven of cheating on his wife only to go to hell? I have prayed for the forgiveness of others for years and now I ask myself the question, “Why and does it work?”

    archie rhines
    37stories@gmail.com

  3. Archie,

    Great question. I’d say that Ralph will be forgiven of his sin when He asks God to forgive him. If Ralphs sins against you and you forgive him, the gift of forgiveness is primarily yours, unless Ralph is also seeking that forgiveness. You may be angry at Ralph for cheating on his wife and you need to release Ralph from the bondage of your anger. David DuPlesis said, “God has no grandchildren.” In other words, we cannot inherit a relationship with God from any other person. In a similar manner, forgiveness is not inherited or transferred. Each person will be responsible for their own life as they stand in front of God. Perhaps in asking God to forgive Ralph, you are actually asking for Ralph to understand his sin and seek the forgiveness not only of God, but also of his wife. Hope this helps.

    Jim

  4. Hi Archie…

    After I read your question, I wondered what Scriptural refrence you had in mind that allowed us to aquire forgiveness for someone. I do not know any Biblical basis for forgiveness without repentance on the person’s part.

  5. Michael. How about “Father. Forgive them. They know not what they do.” Similar thing spoken by Jesus on the cross in an earthly body and Stephen as he was being stoned. I think there is precedence for a believing priest (from the priesthood of the believers) to ask for forgiveness of another’s sin. Just not sure about the mechanics and to what extent the forgiveness extends.

    As always, am willing to be wrong…

  6. Archie, food for thought concerning whether one person can ask forgiveness for another….or whether one can ‘command’ forgiveness for another.

    From the cross, Christ ‘commanded’ forgiveness for those who were participating in His crucifixion and death. He did so because He KNEW they were not guilty. These were the remnant Jews who, according to Isaiah’s prophecy, were spiritually blinded and deafened. ‘to this day’ so they would not recognize Christ as Messiah. AFter all…He came to die. These Jews who were ‘fixed’ by God for the task…are not held accountable by God. Jesus knew this…thus He spoke the words for OUR benefit. So we would KNOW they were and are not held accountable. Stephen, too, was part of the whole ‘blind’ era and was martyred for the sake of Christ. But Stephen was FILLED, CONSUMED, by the Spirit of God so that as he the rocks were destroying his body…His spirit was well…literally seeing Christ at the right hand of God. So…in this supernatural overcoming power given Steven from God…he very easily KNEW there was a much bigger story here than just his own death. Again, Steven didn’t ‘ask’ their forgiveness. He commanded it. “Father, forgive them. They know not what they do.”

    Joh 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

    The verse above happens WITHOUT FAIL for those who have the WORD ABIDING WITHIN. But, we the Church, Christians, so-call Bride are powerless, weak, apostate, and fruitless…for the most part.

    Time is running out for us to get it ‘right.’ And all ten of my fingers and thumbs are pointing straight at myself…the typical professing Christian.

    Carolyn /internetelias.wordpress.com

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