by Benjamin Munsell on July 30, 2019
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having PREDESTINATED us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being PREDESTINATED according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: Ephesians 1:4-5,11. If any man come to me, and HATE not HIS FATHER, AND MOTHER, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26. Both of these verses can, and do, get read way out of context, so much so that you could walk away thinking that you're destined to go to Hell and have no choice in the matter, and while you're here on earth, you have to hate everybody before you can even try to follow Christ. The Bible has many of this type of statement and to understand the Truth of it all, you have to read it in its proper context. And that's just the point. The Lord God Almighty didn't write a book of simple clichés to read and forget, no, He wrote a Book designed for the reader to dig into to plumb the depths and Heart of God Himself. His Book, the Bible, is the Doorway to start to understand the desires and the Heart Cry of God Almighty Himself. The Bible has no contradictions of any sort in all its pages. A Book of 66 books, written by 44 men over 1500 years, AND NOT ONE Contradiction in any of it. This Book is meant to Study, muse over, pray over, fellowship over, compare notes, AND to ask the Holy Spirit to Teach you all the Things the Lord wants you to know. So far, no man has yet reached the Totality of what the Bible teaches. It's the Living Word and it's just a taste of all the fathomless understanding waiting for us on the other side. Our little 3-pound brains can only handle "1, 2, and 3". The Lord has "Billions", to show us, Face to face. Study, His Word, and, Be Blessed.