confrontingHuman Being wrote:
I very much believe this....
The question is, "Who are Israel?"
If we are grafted onto Israel as Christians, and much of the Jews have been removed as deadwood and burned, then as grafted branches, we too are in the wilderness and find REST in Jesus....
What we need to do is remain watchful and become as Jesus. Then we will not be removed and burned as deadwood or unproductive branches.
Keep your mind and heart on Jesus!
YOU SAY KEEP YOU MIND UPON JESUS AND WELL WE SHOULD...
BUT WE ALSO NEED TO HAVE SOME KNOWLEDGE OF THE PIT FROM WHICH WE WERE DELIVERED AND HOW IT TOOK PLACE...
THEIR ROLE IN THEIR REJECTION OF JESUS BY ISRAEL (AS A NATION )IS IMPORTANT TO ALL CHRISTIANS..
Rom 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
Rom 11:14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
Rom 11:15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
Rom 11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
Rom 11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
Rom 11:18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
Rom 11:19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
Rom 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
Rom 11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
Rom 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
Rom 11:23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
Rom 11:24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?
Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of
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Your words are true. There are many lessons one can learn. But isn't it hard to keep a clear conscience, unless one immediately turns to God in sincere pleading for forgiveness of sin?
There are things we forget about over the years, that pop up into memories as we get older that need immediate attention.
So it is best to keep one's attention to the Holy Spirit speaking within one born of Jesus Christ. It is in a sense His Voice within us, speaking to us to clear up some lesson we need to learn, but hadn't paid attention to in the past.