Posted by rayww on March 17, 2004, at 12:07:28
In reply to Re: fellow Christians » rayww, posted by Simus on March 16, 2004, at 0:42:36
Thanks Simus, that was a kind response. My links begin with Old, then New Testament verses. I went to some of your references and linked to the whole thought. I agree in principle with you. It's our definitions that differ a bit.
> Isaiah 61:3 says that Jesus will "give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;" That was good enough incentive for me. I beats anything the world had to offer me.
> The Bible is very, very clear on how God sees people, even those caught up in sin. Ephesians 2:4-5 "But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),"
John 3:16 says that "for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotton Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
> Isaiah 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
> I couldn't add anything to that if I tried.
> Isaiah 64:6 says "All our righteousness are as filthy rags." That isn't referring to our struggles to repent, but our attempt to be righteous under our own power.
Thanks Simus, I find these discussions get us all deeper into our scriptures.