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"Why does He still find fault?" Part 2.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

ROM 9:19, You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?”

ISA 28:9, Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

ISA 28:10, For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

1. It is obvious that this debater’s question anticipates objection to such doctrines as the Doctrine of Grace, Mercy, Divine Integrity, Divine Decrees, as well as other doctrines - such as  Election, Adoption, Predestination, etc.

2. The objection of the religious self-righteous crowd is obviously irrelevant because it is blasphemous. It blasphemously assumes that God does not know what He is doing and that, furthermore, God is unfair in what He is doing.

DEU 32:4, “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.”

3. Paul anticipates the antagonism of the racial Jew against the true spiritual heritage of Israel.

Law and grace are mutually exclusive principles; therefore, the believer must choose one or the other, GAL 4:21-31.

ROM 11:6, But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

GAL 4:23, But the son by the bondwoman [Ishmael] was born according to the flesh [human plans and ingenuity], and the son by the free woman [Isaac] through the promise [the promise of God or divine ingenuity or power].

The child of the slave woman, Hagar, was born according to the flesh and had an ordinary birth (Ishmael), the son of the free woman, Sarah, was born in fulfillment of the promise, (Isaac).

The son of the slave woman, Ishmael, the father-son of the Arab race,  was born by human plots and schemes; the son of the free woman, Isaac, the father-son of the Jewish race, was born by God’s promise.

These two women represent two covenants. One covenant originated from Mount Sinai, where the Law was given, and bears children destined for slavery; this is Hagar.

Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and she corresponds to and belongs in the same category with the present Jerusalem, for she is in bondage together with her children. The Jerusalem above refers to the Messianic kingdom of Christ and the grace of God. There is an invisible Jerusalem, a free Jerusalem, and she is our mother--this is the way of Sarah.

We, as Church-age believers,  are children, not by physical descent, as was Ishmael, but like Isaac, born in virtue of promise.

Just as at that time the child of ordinary birth (Ishmael), born according to the flesh despised and persecuted him who was born remarkably according to the promise and the working of the Holy Spirit, so it is now also. [GEN 21:9.]

GEN 21:9, Now Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking.

In the days of Hagar and Sarah, the child who came from faithless human plots and schemes (Ishmael) harassed the child who came--empowered by the Spirit--from the faithful promise (Isaac).

The apostle Paul is saying to the Galatians:
Isn’t it clear that the harassment you are now experiencing from the Jerusalem heretics, or the religious self-righteous crowd follows that old pattern?

Those under legalism will never enjoy the inheritance that those under grace experience and enjoy.

We who are born again are not children of a slave woman, the natural, but of the free, the supernatural.

3. Paul anticipates the antagonism of the racial Jew against the true spiritual heritage of Israel.

4. The racial Jew emphasizes physical birth and natural descent from Abraham representing human viewpoint while the spiritual Jew emphasizes the new birth and spiritual descent from Abraham.

EXO 12:40, Now the time that the sons of Israel lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years.

The racial Jew emphasizes physical birth and natural descent from Abraham while the spiritual Jew emphasizes the new birth and spiritual descent from Abraham.

5. This becomes, then, a conflict of the natural verses the spiritual seed of Abraham.

If a man makes a last will and testament, no one sets it aside or makes it void or adds to it when once it has been drawn up and signed ratified, or confirmed.

And to your Seed (your Descendant, your Heir), obviously referring to one individual, Who is none other than our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
[GEN 13:15; 17:8.]

The Law, which began 430 years after the covenant [concerning the coming Messiah], does not and cannot annul the covenant previously established (ratified) by God, so as to abolish the promise and make it void.

6. ROM 9:19, You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault?”
This proves the principle that irrelevance becomes irreverence by blasphemously maligning the character of God.

7. Scar tissue of the soul always finds fault with God and becomes critical of divine policy.

8. This first debaters’ question, “Why does He still find fault?” anticipates a distortion of doctrine - distortion on the part of Jewish reversionists who follow the same pattern as Pharaoh Amenhotep II.

9. The principle of omniscience, the reality of divine decrees and foreordination, the adoption of the elected ones, does not preclude or hinder or even contradict the function of the justice of God when He condemns and when He judges.

10. Foreordination or predestination does not hinder, coerce or cancel the function of the free will of man. God never tampers with man’s free will and neither can man tamper with God’s judgements.

11. In fact, omniscience, foreordination and predestination acknowledge the free will of man and the principle of self-determination in human history.

12. On the basis of the imputation of divine righteousness to those who believe in Christ, the justice of God has the right to condemn those who do not believe in Christ.

13. On the basis of the potential of the imputation of blessing in time to the target of imputed righteousness, God also has the right to administer punishment and discipline to both the unbeliever and the believer.

Others have suffered far worse than you, to say nothing of what TLJC went through--all that bloodshed which represents His spiritual death or His separation from God.

We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live?

Later, of course, it pays off generously, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God.

14. On the basis, then, of the perfect character of God the integrity of God has the right to find fault with sin, human good, and evil.

15. The integrity of God and the entire essence of God can never be compromised by finding fault or judging or condemning or disciplining or punishing any portion or any individual in the human race.

As soon as people are in a reality situation where they know they are being discipline or being judged then the old sin nature instinctively screams out “Unfair!”

16. The link between divine judgement or divine blessing is not subject to critical scrutiny on the part of mankind -- mankind who possesses neither the facts nor the doctrine to be critical.

The less you know of the truth the more critical you are of the truth.

The more the scar tissue, the greater the arrogance.

Critical people, when they are ignorant of the facts, are always arrogant.

Because they had the habit of finding fault they did not want anyone else to find fault and they even criticized God for finding fault. “Why does He still find fault?”

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