Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Great Gamble Theory


There is no gamble with God. God doesn’t gamble. He has a plan and the outcome of that plan is certain. In fact, He makes it a promise and He swore an oath to Jesus, Abraham and to David.

KJV Genesis 22:16-18
 16.  And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
 17.  That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
 18.  And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
KJV Acts 2:29-30
 29.  Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
 30.  Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

KJV Hebrews 6:16-18
16.  For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
 17.  Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
 18.  That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

Do you still think it was possible that Jesus could have sinned?  God cannot lie and swore an oath that the seed of Abraham, Jesus Christ, would be His salvation to the ends of the Earth.

Many people, even some biblical scholars, see the works of God as random, spontaneous, reactive and without plan or purpose. Some believe that God does not have absolute knowledge. But God does not gamble, and those who trust in Him are not gambling either.
God has to carry out what he says He will do, otherwise He isn’t God. Everything God does or says, and what He has inspired to be written as His testimony, has purpose. Everything is related to His great plan of salvation for the human race. There is purpose in not just some of the things He does, but everything He does. His methods should be understood.

It's difficult for us to comprehend the concept of "before time began," much less what took place then. But Scripture reveals that God laid out His amazing purpose and plan for mankind before time began!

Biblically speaking, God “inhabits eternity” (Isaiah 57:15)—in other words, it is His dwelling place from where He can intervene at will in the universe (Isaiah 46:10).
Moreover, the Bible reveals that not only has God always existed, but that He made great plans “before time began.” Remarkably, it points out three major facets of His plan for mankind that He determined prior to the creation of the universe. Let’s take a look at these, which all overlap in large degree.

God’s offer to people of everlasting life in His divine family
The Bible speaks of “the hope of everlasting life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began” (Titus 1:2).
This is the reason you and I were created—to have an unending relationship with God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and all those whom They would eventually bring to a glorified state (Hebrews 2:10).
Having the characteristic of love as Their prevailing attribute; a godly love or agape that is unable to sin or be tempted by evil. (1 John 4:8), God the Father and Christ want to share this godly agape bond with us throughout eternity.
As 1 John 3:1-2 says: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! … Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
Everlasting life means we will no longer be constrained by time. All of us have a beginning, but if we are faithful to God, we are promised a resurrection to an everlasting life in a glorious spirit body and incapable of sin. What greater goal could we have than achieving that?

God’s provision of grace—His undeserved favor, including forgiveness and help through Christ

The grace of God, His undeserved favor toward us, is also something that was planned before time began. This would involve calling people, leading them to repentance and forgiving all those who would accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for their sins, turn from an ungodly lifestyle and commit to obeying God. And it would further involve help to continue in obedience, great blessings in this life and future reward in God’s Kingdom.
As 2 Timothy 1:8-9 says, “God … has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began ” (2 Timothy 1:9).
God would create human beings with free will—giving them freedom to choose what to do with their lives. This meant they could choose to sin, which brings misery. Yet God predetermined a plan to deal with that problem. The unrepentant would ultimately receive death, while those who repented would through God’s grace receive help and everlasting life.
We cannot, on our own, earn the reward of everlasting life. It is only through God’s grace that we can accomplish it. As the Bible tells us, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is everlasting life in Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Again, God established, prior to the beginning of time, a way for us to be forgiven of our sins. Before we even existed, God the Father was in His awesome love willing to pay the ultimate price—to have Jesus, beloved Son of the Father, sacrificed in suffering and death as a substitute for our sins.
This is why Scripture says: “And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear, knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things … but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish and without spot (a man who could not sin because he was the express image of the Fathers character of love) He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” (1 Peter 1:18-20). 

God has not planned the universe and our existence in a haphazard way. Instead, He carefully designed everything down to the slightest detail (Matthew 10:30) and has revealed much about His marvelous plan through His Son Jesus, the prophets and apostles.
As the apostle Paul wrote, “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory” (1 Corinthians 2:7).

God is not a respecter of persons, the vast multitude of human beings can at last have the “veil” of deception removed which kept them blinded from God’s spiritual truths during their lifetime in this age (Isaiah 25:7). They will then have God’s Holy Spirit and finally understand and keep God’s two great commandments of love as taught by Jesus that pave the way for true salvation.
So we see that these three overlapping aspects of God’s plan were laid out before the universe came into existence—before the cosmic time clock was wound up on the fourth day and started ticking away.
God’s gift of everlasting life, His grace and the hidden brilliance and wisdom of His plan for the salvation of mankind were established prior to creation for all of us to one day choose and enjoy. Will we decide to accept them? We can—and nothing is more important! 

Given all that has been written above there are yet some people who teach that our salvation was a great gamble.  They say that Jesus had a nature just like all men and could have sinned and ruined everything that the Father had planned in eternity past.  This teaching is in direct opposition to many scriptures that give us the assurance that the Father in no way gambled with His plan of salvation.

KJV Isaiah 55:8-11
 8.  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
 9.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
 10.  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
 11.  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

KJV Isaiah 46:8-11
 8.  Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.
 9.  Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
 10.  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
 11.  Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

In the above verse 11; the man who executes Gods counsel from a far country is Jesus Christ.
The “far country” is heaven.

KJV Matthew 25:14-15
 14.  For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
 15.  And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

KJV Mark 12:1-10
1.  And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
 2.  And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
 3.  And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.
 4.  And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.
 5.  And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.
 6.  Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
 7.  But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.
 8.  And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
 9.  What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.
 10.  And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:

KJV John 16:28
 28.  I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

KJV Isaiah 13:5
 5.  They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the Lord, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.

Yahweh is greatest of all with attributes possessed by no other that were used to bring about His will for humanity.  In the eyes of Yahweh all of His plan is already done.  

KJV Psalms 110:1-7
Psalms 110

 1.  The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
 2.  The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
 3.  Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
 4.  The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
 5.  The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.
 6.  He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.
 7.  He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.
I challenge anyone to find a scripture that says Jesus could have sinned and failed in the mission his God and Father gave him. 

The nature of the messiah was in the express image of his God;

KJV Hebrews 1:3
3.  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

KJV Translation Count — 1x
The KJV translates Strongs H1 in the following manner: express image (1)
Outline of Biblical Usage
1. the instrument used for engraving or carving
2. the mark stamped upon that instrument or wrought out on it
a. a mark or figure burned in (Leviticus 13:28)or stamped on, an impression
b. the exact expression (the image) of any person or thing, marked likeness, precise reproduction in every respect, i.e facsimile
Strong's Definitions
khar-ak-tare'; from the same as (5482) (???a?); a graver (the tool or the person), i.e. (by implication) engraving (["character"], the figure stamped, i.e. an exact copy or [figurative] representation): — express image.
Concordance Results Using KJV
Hebrews 1:3
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the G5481 G5481 of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Jesus did not have our human nature but the nature of Gods righteous love.  Jesus was the first born of many to follow.  Jesus had to be born in the flesh so that he could be the sacrificial offering for our sins.  The nature Jesus had is the nature we will be changed into when in the kingdom of God.  Jesus was the first born of a new creation, not of this creation. 

KJV John 8:23
 23.  And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

KJV Hebrews 7:20-22
 20.  And inasmuch as not without an oath he (Jesus)was made (Melchisedec) priest:
 21.  (For those (Leivtical) priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him (GOD) that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
 22.  By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

Anyone who says that Jesus could have sinned is a liar and ignorant of scripture.

The almighty God and Father of Jesus Christ in the prophets; gave His promise, swore oaths to Abraham, David and Jesus, that Jesus would accomplish His will for salvation. 

There was no gamble in Jesus but an absolute guarantee of our salvation by almighty God Himself.