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Studying God’s Word often raises more questions than it answers. In this section of LiveFaith.TV, Richard provides answers questions asked by seekers of Truth in order to help them learn and grow in God’s Word. Questions are grouped by topic. The identity of those who ask the questions is kept private for security reasons.

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Questions About Law and Law vs. Grace

Question:

I can’t wait for more videos on Paul’s writings!

I have one thing in particular I struggle with, with this. That would
be purity. I know this might be a bit awkward but I can’t help but be
lost when I read in Leviticus 15:16-18 that the spilling of seed makes
you unclean. Why would God make the act of getting a child unclean?
Especially since Abraham had a concubine and multiple verses in the OT
talk about men going to a brothel but not getting punished for it, but
getting a haircut did result in God leaving! Not only sexually but
apparently blood can also render one unclean. So is practising surgery
unclean?

Then we reach the NT and we find Paul saying that “all [not only food,
but everything] things are lawful to me, but not all things are
expedient ( or profitable).” Paul also says that a member in the Body
of Christ should not visit a Harlot (some say this is specifically
related to cult-sex that was occurring in Corinth at the time), else
one would join flesh with them. But so is that still ‘lawful’ under
Paul’s statement, but not expedient? Now of course I’m not taking part
in cultic activities, but I really would like to understand the whole
concept of purity. “Nothing is unclean of itself; but it is unclean
for anyone who thinks it is unclean” (Rom 14:14). Does this override
anything in the OT? So if anyone thinks something to be clean, they
may do it? I understood your previous emails on morality to be that
one can hold themselves to the main Sins listed, to ensure you live
well.

I know I have asked a similar question before, but I hope I have made
it clear how this issue is more global in the sense of understanding
what God says without allowing scriptural contradictions to exist. I
don’t want to be unclean, but a married couple conceiving a child
being unclean; surely there is something I am missing?

Although God stated he wouldn’t change, how do we balance these vastly
different statements?

Answer:

Good to hear from you. Hope you are doing well.

All things — without exception — are lawful to me but not all are expedient.
All things are lawful unto me “but I won’t be brought under the power of any.”
Which means, you could be brought under the “power” of something you do — alcohol, sex, money, gambling, you name it. To be controlled by something is certainly not “expedient” now is it?  I am being facetious.

“Spilling seed” is masturbation, not sex with a woman. To “spill” is to waste. God wanted them to procreate, not masturbate.  That doesn’t make masturbation a sin for us; God was enforcing the continuation of the seed line to Mary. You don’t get children through masturbation.

The “unclean things” and “clean things” were an object lesson in the “Old Testament” during the Law. The spiritual lesson is that there is light and darkness. There is purity and there is pollution. Seek the “clean things” — even THOUGH all things are lawful to you. For example, meat offered to an idol — is it clean or unclean? God says “clean” because “an idol is nothing.” We are above all that in Christ.

Romans 6 cautions those who think that continuing in things that are against the moral code (activities that qualify as sin) will increase grace.  It actually does, according to Romans 6, but we are not to engage in it for this simple reason:  You are servant to whom you obey; unrighteousness unto death (not ETERNAL death which does not exist), or righteousness unto life. God doesn’t want you to be in bondage to anything or anyone. He made you free in Christ — stay that way! Reckon sin dead and it will not reign in your mortal body.

We are pure spiritually because we have been sanctified by Holy Spirit which will never leave us. We sanctify ourselves in our walks so that we are free to serve God’s people, rather than stay in bondage to whatever we are allowing (since we truly are free).

Regarding dietary laws in the Old Testament, realize that they didn’t have modern sanitation methods. God was keeping them healthy through those laws. Surgery is not unclean. Drinking blood for them under the Law was prohibited — but if you really want to… you are free.  Don’t be brought under the power of anything.  One who spends their waking hours doing whatever it is they want to do — if it is sin or not — is missing the high calling of God in Christ, even if they believe! They will be saved, but will have little to nothing at the Bema (Christ’s reward stand).

Hope this helps,
Richard

Question:

Thank you for your reply. My only question is how do we know that Paul
is talking only about the things not listed specifically in the
scriptures? I have read two other sources (I’m not saying they’re
necessarily correct) that infer this to be a message about all things.

Answer:

Unless one is morally bankrupt he couldn’t consider murder to be pure to even a believer!  Rape?  Theft?  God put His law in our hearts (Romans 1,2); unless we corrupt our hearts, we shun those things anyway.  The context of the entire Word tells us Paul is talking about things that are disputable, which the context of his related discussions show as well. Sin is still sin; it has been condemned but has not yet been removed. “Shall we sin that grace may abound?  God forbid!…” (Romans 6). This shows us that we can and will still “sin” but it warns us of its lordship in place of righteousness in our lives. Which do you want to reign?

Sin cannot be made “pure,” it’s the opposite of “pure.” So then how can “all things” without exception be pure — to anyone let alone a believer? It sounds like someone is trying to find an excuse to sin and not feel guilty about it. We cannot whitewash sin.

Daniel, to “walk by the spirit” is not mystical or mysterious. Being “spiritual” is simply doing what the written Word of God says. To grow spiritually, learn and do what Paul teaches; he got that by revelation from Jesus Christ. Look at how many times Paul argues against walking by senses orientation. It’s a question of what’s dominating your thoughts and actions — Christ through spirit — or the flesh, the world and the devil.

If you’re still not sure, why would Paul continually exhort believers against such things as he lists as “works of the flesh” which oppose “the fruit of the spirit” in Galatians?

Love ya!
Richard

Question:

The moral code that was mentioned, does Paul saying “to the pure
all things are pure” mean that we may determine our moral code
ourselves?

Answer:

God determined the moral code. We can still violate it very easily.
Paul is speaking about those “gray issue” things that are not explicitly
addressed in God’s Word. Whatever you allow in your life “in faith,”
that is without violation of conscience, then you do it without sin.

Only one with a seared conscious could commit any evil “in faith”
without having conscience about it; that’s not what Paul is talking
about, obviously. But Paul does explain that walking by the Spirit
goes beyond the moral code; we have entered and are the first of a New
Creation in Christ. We are pure indeed, spiritually. We walk by the
Spirit and God sanctifies us in our walks. We will be finally and
fully sanctified at the return of Christ.

Question:

The law is harsh, in my view exceedingly sometimes. If we are to live
in the spirit, of which love is one part, then (should we practice
Agape) we treat everyone the very best – no matter their actions. Is
it fair to say, then, that any form of justice or punishment is not
loving because it’s a direct consequence of someone’s actions?

Are we righteousness in not punishing, but loving even the very worst
sinners; who would have been put to death by the law? I struggle with
this: my conscience tells me I want to love everyone and not punish,
but if the law is righteous, is punishment righteous? I hope not, for
I could not stand not being loving and accepting to everyone.

How can God be love (love by definition which keeps no track of evil,
and always wants the best for it’s object, no matter the object’s
behavior) if he imposes cruel punishments in the law?

If God’s punishment are love, by 1 John 4:16, are we to reflect his
behavior?

Is forgiveness and reconciliation not superior? This has given me
sleepless hours, really troubling my heart. I simply want to live in
love and peace and joy and happiness, helping all those who cross my
path. Forgiving those who might steal from me, those who lie to me,
just like I would want to be forgiven likewise.

Are love and justice not opposed then? Are we scripturally sound in
refraining from punishment? I would never hurt someones: it damages my
conscience. But the idea that God’s form of love includes punishment,
and that perhaps we should reflect that, weighs heavily on my heart.
Could it be that the fulfilling (completed form) of the law is indeed
love, but that the punishments are mere fear-mongering to keep people
on track, and that love is indeed superior to punishment?

I seek peace of mind, that God would indeed be happiest with
consistent love and forgiveness from us. Not (although not obligated)
turning to the law for guidance.

Answer:

ou asked a very good question, let me see if I can answer.

Is it fair to say, then, that any form of justice or punishment is not loving because it’s a direct consequence of someone’s actions?

God is a God of Justice. Why? Because He is a God of love. Love demands that when something happens that is not right, Justice must set it right. To simply forgive does not achieve this objective. God will often forgive a sinner, but He seldom lifts or reverses the consequences of the person’s actions. For example, someone robs a bank. He has a “come to Jesus” moment and realizes, in his heart, that he was wrong. He asks God for forgiveness. God forgives him. He still must pay back what he stole even though he is forgiven.

The Law was given to show God’s righteousness and our lack of it. It exposes God’s just and righteous requirements in dealing with sin, which is Justice. Once Justice has been satisfied, God is free to do whatever he wants with the person who broke the Law. Until then, Justice must have it’s way to “set things right.”

Let me give you a personal example of this in action.

Three times a Les Paul guitar was stolen from me. That’s right, I got it back twice by figuring out who did it and coming up with a way to get it back. Between the second and third times it was stolen, I got into God’s Word and started to stand as a believing Christian. When my guitar was stolen the third time, I figured out who did it and was about to go get it back, but in my naivety, I decided that I should forgive the person and let it go. I never got my guitar back even though I know where to go to get it. I suffered loss I did not have to.

What I should have done, regardless of forgiving the person, was to hold him accountable. I neglected his well being and growth by not holding him accountable. He doesn’t even know I forgave him. Not being held accountable, there was no growth in the person toward the good and toward God. I did not help the person but encouraged him to do it again to someone else since there was no consequence.

Think of this in terms of God’s point of view. How do you teach man he is in error if you never hold him accountable?

God’s blessings to you,

Richard

Questions About Salvation

Question:

If we are reconciled/ justified, then do we repent for the things we do?

Answer:

“Repent” just means “to put in mind again.” I would hope we change our minds and act according to what God has made us to be.

“Justified” goes beyond forgiveness and remission of sins. God looks at you as he looks on Christ Jesus. Spiritually, you are sealed unto the day of the redemption of your body. Nothing can tarnish that. Nothing the enemy does, nothing the world does and certainly nothing you can do. It’s a done deal. The reproof leveled by the apostle Paul separated believers from unbelievers. Paul said some in Corinth were acting like the unbelievers, in effect. But he was quick to say, “… and such were some of you but now you are washed…” So his exhortation is to act like what God made you to be. Anything that hinders your walk with the Lord (the title Lord indicates service; Christ indicates what he has done for us) has to go “for spiritual growth” to occur. Those things you allow that do not hinder your growth, do in faith and stop condemning yourself.
Self-condemnation is pride. It’s denying what God has made us to be. No matter what we do we are righteous, justified, spiritually sanctified and sealed. Beyond that we have already been reconciled which restores the family relationship with God.

Previously you said, “…and keep on beating > myself up about it, but would rather let it go. Also being fearful of God really hinders my spiritual growth.”

You said it yourself — sin consciousness hinders our spiritual growth. We will sin because we are mortal. We don’t concentrate on the flesh but on the spirit, that is, the things of God. Many have failed trying to “conquer the flesh” when it does not need to be conquered! “The old humanity died with Christ on the cross.” All we need to do is “reckon” it dead. We do that by pursing the things of the spirit.

Colossians talks about not being duped by those who say “don’t touch this” and “don’t touch that” etc. Paul says we are under no such law.

— Richard

Question:

It is my understanding that if we believe something is not a sin,
then it will not be reckoned as a sin against us (Titus 1:15). Is this
what you also understand?

Answer:

Yes, unless it is strictly listed as sin in God’s Word — murder for example. Yet killing to protect self and others in the face of immediate danger, I believe, is the righteous thing to do. Those threatening have already made their decision, and they will meet the Lord and account for it.

— Richard

Question:

Hypothetically Christ’s payment of our debt could have occurred
after our death, but as the punishment of Sin is death, the life we
will see is this payment? Is this a correct way of thinking?

Answer:

The antediluvians lived and died before Christ’s sacrifice (they died at Noah’s flood). Romans 3 argues that God is just in justifying the ungodly in view of Christ’s future sacrifice. From God’s point of view, his plan is so certain that “the Lamb was slain from the disruption of the world.”

Daniel, your salvation is taken care of. It’s a “done deal.” It cost God His only Begotten Son, but He raised him from the dead and set him at his own right hand. We are IN CHRIST at the right hand of God. Nothing can change that.

Read and digest Romans 8.  Know that in KJV the first time the phrase “who walk not by the flesh but by the spirit” is not in any Greek text. Therefore (because of what Christ accomplished in condemning sin on the cross) there is no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus. PERIOD!  We who believe are “in Christ” because of what He did, not because of our walk.

So then sin is condemned — stop condemning yourself. Focus not on yourself but on Christ.

Hope this helps.

Love in Christ,
Richard

Question:

This really helped, thank you.

Sometimes I worry my faith isn’t strong enough to be in the Body of
Christ. I definitely feel that God is there, that Christ died for my
sins and was risen, but I always pray with my eyes closed and then I
imagine them not necessarily present on Earth, but definitely
celestial (a real entity). But then when I realise that God is around,
that, although Christ hasn’t come back to Israel, they are in my daily
life I get a little scared. My first thought then is “oh no I must
live better”, before the reconciliation sets in.

It’s funny because I truly self-condemn myself. Do I have enough
belief to imagine God is there to have punished me? Certainly. Do I
have enough belief to accept God is there with justification? Yes, but
for some reason I find it so much harder to live by. The idea of me
not having hit the milestone of believing enough to be in the Body is
a bit scary.

Also I was further wondering about Titus 1:15. Do you mean strictly
listed as sin, such as the 10 commandments or all the listed sins? For
example I am intrigued by medicine, and I really think that medicine
and contraception and surgery, blood and organ transplants are all
amazing and can be viewed as a gift from God. Personally I think they
are clean and it’s almost the duty of doctors to make it available to
as many people as possible. But then when you get people saying “oh no
God is anti [list your item like vaccines]” I just get a bit sad.

Answer:

Hope you are doing well.
Faith comes how?  Clue: Romans 10:17. How does one increase faith? Learn more of God’s Word. Spend more time in God’s Word to the end you understand it and see how it all fits together. Sounds strange, but that’s what the verse says.

You said,
 “My first thought then is “oh no I must live better”, before the reconciliation sets in.”

How about we change that to, “I will become more like Christ because I’ve already been reconciled and God is on my side (Romans 8).” Do you desire to be like Christ, the model man?

You need to conciliate to God in your mind by receiving His conciliation. You are reconciled spiritually and nothing can ever change that. But in your mind you are still rejecting God’s conciliation. Believe what He has already done for you.

God conciliated the world unto Himself through the cross of Christ. That did not save anyone. Here’s how “reconciliation” works:

Party 1 and Party 2 are at odds because of something Party 2 did
Party 1, for whatever reason, drops all complaints against Party 2 and opens the door for a reunion. Party 2 is still not reconciled to Party 1 at this point. Party 1 has opened the door for a reconciliation with Party 2 by His own conciliation.

Party 2 gets word that Party 1 is hold nothing against Party 2 and open seeks a reunion. Party 2 “receives” Party 1’s conciliation by dropping all complaints against Party 1 and reuniting with Him.

God’s Conciliation –> Party 2 receives the conciliation by conciliating back.
We conciliate back by believing Christ died for our sins, was buried and was raised from the dead.  Along with that we died with Christ — we died to sin so we can walk in the newness of life. We have become slaves to righteousness and no longer are slaves to unrighteousness.

Now what you need, friend, is to put on the whole armor of God. That is your only protection in this world before Christ returns to fend off those personal attacks on your standing with God. This will be a subject of an upcoming video series but don’t wait for that. Ephesians 406 shows the practical application — what we do as a result of — the doctrine in Ephesians 1-3. This is the higher ground we walk upon. It’s built upon the truths presented in Romans 8 and takes it to the next level — the celestial level. Those are your chapters of study my friend since you want to overcome these personal attacks on your standing with God. Now I said it twice so you could not miss what is happening, in my humble opinion.

God wants you to know what He’s already done for you so you can believe what He will do for you in life now. Make sense?  We must get past the issue of our standing with God to enter the mature walk.

Make sense?

I’m there with you, in spirit!
Richard

Continued Answer:

After all that I forgot to write about Titus 1:15!
Read the entire context that verse appears in. A common error in interpretation is to isolate a verse from its context, which often gives it a completely different meaning.

The context is Jewish mysticism and the commandments of men — bad doctrine and practice. Paul says wrong doctrine comes from people with destitute minds, like those referred to in the context of Titus 1:15. It is speaking about what you eat and drink. The Circumcision believers were insisting the Gentiles believers keep Jewish dietary customs. Paul was referring to that when he said, “to the pure all things (meat and drink) are pure. What God has cleansed, don’t call unclean…  It’s not saying whatever you do is pure if you are a believer.

God’s standard is love. Anything that goes against that is “missing the mark” which is the definition of sin. When we, believers, “miss the mark” we just get up on our spiritual feet again and get walking. We don’t condemn ourselves because Christ took that for us. We acknowledge the misstep, deal with any issues that might be there, seek help if we need it, and move on. Condemnation is self-pity. We don’t let whatever it is do more damage by reveling in it, so to speak, or dwelling on it.

God forgives all sin, but He rarely removes the consequences of our actions. Our sins, past, present and future, have already been forgiven and God has gone beyond that and justified us — sanctified us — and reconciled us.

Now we sanctify ourselves in our present walk so we an be the instruments of Christ in this world.

Read here for more to consider…
https://biblehub.com/commentaries/titus/1-15.htm

Walking with you,
Richard

Questions About the Eons and the Eonian Times

Question:
I was wondering about the word Aion, namely whether it can EVER mean
eternal.

Strong’s Greek Dictionary, p. 9, #165 aion, age, course, eternal,
ever, evermore, without end.

But, notice this from Strong’s same Greek dictionary:

Strong’s Greek Dictionary, p. 78, #5550 [1] chronos, a space of time
(in general, and thus properly distinguished from 2540, which
designates a fixed or special occasion; and from 165 [AION], which
denotes a particular period or interval…”

How do we know which Aion definition to use? This is in regards to the
Aionian punishment mainly. I really want to believe in the limited
punishment (I believe the word punishment used actually means
something along the lines of making a tree bloom better – so a
corrective punishment?) and salvation of all, but I’m scared that I
could be damned forever if I make a mistake in belief.

Yet if I were to summarise what I believe is your teaching (and which
I yearn to be correct!), is that we will eventually ALL be saved, and
be all in all with God forever? So even my unbelieving loved ones?

Best regards, much love and peace!

Answer:

Every word has a base meaning which never change. Stems can be added to the beginning or ending of a word that alter its meaning, but those stems just ‘alter’ the base meaning which never changes. “A period of time with a beginning and ending” can never be “eternal.” “Aionian” is an adjective of the noun “aion” and an adjective cannot mean more than the noun it is modifying. This is a rule of grammar, a rule of language. Thus, “yearly” pertains to a “year” not a month… “hourly” pertains to “hours” not years.  “Aionian” refers to “pertaining to one or more eons.”  That is definitive.

“Chronos” means “time” or “times” in the plural. We get the word “chronology” from “chronos.” So “chronos” can be used to refer to the “time” an “eon” takes to run its course. This is how the words are related to each other.

Strong’s is not always correct on their word definitions; the only way to see what a word means — the way God uses it in His Word — is to study all its usages in the Word of God. Then its definition becomes plainly apparent.

God’s “punishment” is corrective as you perceived. It has an end, which is conviction and then deliverance through Christ who paid for the sins of the entire world, not just for those who believe by faith.

The first volume of the series I sent you deals with the death state and the only way out — resurrection. The third volume deals extensively with eon and the Eonian Times.  Read those and then get back to me!

Thanks,
Richard

Question:

Can we rule out that “aionian” is a
metaphor/figurative meaning for eternal? For example, me saying ‘for
the rest of the years” as opposed to “yearly”? Basically, do we have
scriptural evidence of something happening for an “aionian” length of
time, but it having an end? I know that the “aion” in the belly of the
whale did have an end, but my doubt lies more with “aionian” itself,
whether it could posses a double meaning.

Answer:

Your questions show you are thinking these important things through. That’s good. Now about your question.  If you said, ‘for the rest of the years’ you would still be referring to something that ends. In the third volume of “Unto Perfection,” in the Supplemental Materials section, you’ll find every usage of aion and its derivatives. I’ve structured them according to the eon they pertain to. It’s interesting that there are really only something like 17 times out of 200 that “eternal” COULD be a translation — all the rest refer clearly to specific periods of time. BUT if you do translate them that way, you’ve broken the Word of God elsewhere. Even those usages have to be translated “eon” or “eonian” to be consistent with the rest of the Word of God.

There is no modification of “eonian” that changes it from a period of time to “eternal” (which also has no beginning). How could we be given the gift of “eternal life” when we had a beginning?  People haven’t thought of that. “Everlasting” is an equally misleading translation because the eons end. There is a conclusion and consummation of each eons and there is a “conclusion of the eons” as well as a “consummation” that ends the eons. The Word of God is tight on this. No misunderstanding can be had if we let the Word of God speak to us as God wrote it and we understand the words in the way He uses them. You find out how a word is used by studying all of its occurrences.

Etymology is a good starting place, but is not conclusive because word USAGE changes over time. We have to know what a word meant when it was written!  We find that out by studying each occurrence.

Read the third volume of my series and it goes into explicit detail from God’s Word on this subject.

Here is a link to a fold-out book of charts on the eons; it is quite comprehensive:

https://u.pcloud.link/publink/show?code=XZQB7NkZgFVKVp3HMabH9BWCf6GOUpKnRADy

Hope this helps!

God will reconcile all in heaven and on earth to Himself: He has said it, and He will do it!

Once you get through the series, think about joining me and a few others as we explore the Pauline epistles. I’m doing a work on that to make it plain to everyone who cares.

Bless you in Christ,
Richard

Question:

I read your explanation of the “Aionian God”, but what do you think
the verse is trying to _teach_? Is it to comfort us? I can certainly
understand how KJV /NIV/ etc. translators assumed (from a previous
passage that God is eternal) that “aionian” be “eternal”, thus also
the “aionian” punishment. Yet page 207 demonstrates that “aionian”
should define the quality of life during an eon, so are we talking
about the quality of the God-given eons?

Answer:

Anyone who looks at the state of humanity today in this world will rightly question “where is God?” That’s because we are in the “present evil eon.” God wants us to know He is the Eonian God — the God of the Eons, of the Eonian Times, and He has not abandoned us.  He is still with us, but working behind the scenes.  To declare He is the “eonian God” does not limit Him to live in the eons only — He is the God of Israel, but not Israel only, also He is God of the Gentiles.  To say God is “eternal” is like saying water is “wet” — it needn’t be said at all.
So He tells us He is the Eonian God to give us comfort, even surety that He is in control of all things, no matter what it appears like now. The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us, God’s children.

— Richard

Question:

I can’t find the uses of the word “aionian” in the same way I can
find the verses of “olam”, “eons” and “aions”. Sorry if this is my
lack of searching, as I’m really quite exhausted after my surgery. All
I’m looking for is a verse that undoubtedly limits “aionian” in the
same way “aion” is limited. I think it’s either my stubbornness or
desire for certainty, but finding a verse like that will make me truly
feel relaxed.

Answer:

In Volume 3, God’s Purpose in Creation: The Consummation of All Things”, Page 254, in my version (that I have been carefuly proofreading and editing, so the page number may be off by 1 or 2) lists the “eonian” verses.

Here are two verses where “eonian” is clearly a defined period of time with a beginning and an ending.

II Peter 1:11 — For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting [Greek: “aionion,” “eonian”] kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Jesus’ Kingdom lasts for two eons — the Millennial Kingdom for 1000 years, then the New Heaven and Earth for an undisclosed period of time. Jesus is still King on the New Earth. At the Consummation, King Jesus abdicates his throne, with all who are alive in voluntary submission to him, because it is no-longer needed, and turns the Kingdom over to His Father. It is no longer Jesus’ Kingdom after that. It is God’s, who is the rightful owner.

I and II Peter are written to the Circumcision church and will have special application during the time of Jacob’s trouble (the tribulation). We will not be here. This is not a Pauline epistle to the body of Christ.

Mark 10:30 – But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world [Greek: “aioni,” “eon”] to come [Greek: “aionion,” “eonian”] life. (also in Luke 18:30)

“In the eon to come… eonian life”  This specifies life in the coming eon specifically. It cannot mean “eternal life” then.

Now most of the other usages of “eonian” could be easily translated “eternal” to make sense of the text, but “eonian” also fits. Which do we use? Do we pick and choose our favorite, or keep our questinos unanswered and quietly and “humbly” accept what tradition teaches?

No! We stay within God’s usage of “eon.” meaning a period of time, and see that “eonian” simply means “of or pertaining to one or more eons.” Translating it “eonian” fits these verses and also agrees with all other Scripture such as:

I Timothy 4:10   Romans 5:18 (and context); I Timothy 2:1-4; Philippians 2:9-11;Colossians 1:20, etc.

Translate the word “eternal” and the verses I just listed, among many others, no longer “fit.” How can one be sent to eternal torture — or eternal death — if God is going to save and justify all mankind and also reconcile all in heaven and on earth? The Word only fits one way, like a Master Zigsaw Puzzle that lays out God’s entire plan to achieve His purpose to be All in all!

Check out “forever and ever,” also in the Supplemental Materials section, which must be translated “eons of the eons” “eon of the eon” or “eon of the eons” — not “for ever and ever…”  What a gross mistranslation, because they did not know what the true translations meant! See my chart book for a visual explanation of these periods of time and what they accomplish.

This took some time to come together for me to; I think like you do (I am a computer software engineer). After working this subject for some 7 years now, I have exhausted all arguments against it and can see the Word only fits one way.  It’s a relief to be able to not have to “skip over” verses like the ones I listed above (I tim etc.) that didn’t fit with the traditional doctrines.  I am free of all that now and you will be too as you continue to “ask, seek and knock” through God’s written Word.

— Richard

Question:

When Paul talks about aionian life, this begs the question, is he
not going to be immortal when he is snatched away? I’m referring to
Titus 1:1-3. It briefly made me connect “eonian” to “eternal” in the
sense that Paul should be made immortal?

Answer:

I cover the questionable verses in the Supplemental Materials section of all three books in the Unto Perfection Series. After you read them you will understand the answer to your question 3. Paul is dead, awaiting the return of Jesus for the body of Christ; when he says his “departure” is at hand, the word “departure” is “disolution,” not “departure. Terrible translation work on behalf of those pushing life after death and eternal damnation…

It takes time brother! Just keep reading and let God give you the understanding through His Spirit.  Just remember — the written Word cannot contradict itself!

Thanks for your love for God and God’s Word and for His Son Jesus Christ.
— Richard

Question:

Your replies are amazing! It’s reassuring to know we think alike, so
you know how engineers have a need to ‘tick all the boxes’ before we
can be sure of something.

Your answers to question 1 and 2 are great, and I’m very grateful to
be pointed to a verse that shows “aionian” to be limited.

For question 3, I can find that on page 25 and 226 the verse is
included, yet I cannot find a description of the verse itself and what
it describes. As I understand from your reply now, Paul awaits the
coming of Christ for hope of “aionian” life? My confusion stems from
the fact that he awaits “aionian” life, but knows that he will be made
immortal at the coming of Christ. Thus this begs the question how the
two words can correctly coexist as immortal =/= “aionian”, correct?

It really does take time, but that stresses me out as I hope to reach
the truth before I die/ the indignation/ all matter of things that
aren’t great. This is something that scares me.

I am extremely grateful for your in-depth replies, and your patience.
In the past, I have also been dismissed due to my amount of questions,
and that does absolutely nothing good for my faith. Thus your
continued in-depth replies really, really make me happy and reassured.

Answer:

Check “The Main Objections to Universal Salvation” in Volume 3 (table of contents will help). The question, “If believers receive “eonian” life instead of “eternal” life, do they indeed have “eternal life”?  should answer your question.

Take a few days to read those volumes and the chart book; most of your questions are answered write there.  I appreciate your inquiring mind and heart!

Richard

Question:

Answer:

Questions About Body, Soul and Spirit

Question:

I just found your website and I love it. You have a lot of information
so it may take me a while to get through it. I have two questions for
you that I was wondering if you could give me some feedback on?

    * I agree that the ‘soul’ is the ‘person.’ I find
Bullinger’s Bible helpful in my studies. 1 Thess. 5:23 is used by
folks as their ‘go to’ text  to show that the ‘soul’ is a part
of the person. What is your response to that because it does appear
that way?

    * Our soul consists of ‘spirit’ and ‘flesh.’ Our human spirit
has sin on it ( 2 Cor.7:1) so wouldn’t our human spirit die as well.
1 Pet.3:18b says “…being put to death in the flesh but quickened
in spirit.” In the Greek that’s the human spirit. Richard, the
spirit can’t be made alive unless it is dead. Could not our Lord
have died in body and spirit and remained dead for three days? The
spirit(God’s life giving force) which all life has thus leaving
Christ at Calvary but his own spirit being raised with body after 3
days. We are told that The Lord’s soul was an offering for sin which
would be both body and spirit.

Thank you so much for your time.

Answer:

I just had another thought on the 2 Cor 7:1.  It does not say “body and spirit” but “flesh and spirit” — that makes a big difference. A human being is 2 parts:  body and spirit which generate, or produce, the living being (the living soul). Take either one of those two parts away and the living soul is no longer living, but is dead.

“Flesh” refers to more than the human body. It refers to the entire senses-oriented world we live in. A “sin of the flesh” can be anything from murder to stealing to becoming obese. It can include sex but doesn’t have to. When contrasted with “the flesh” then, “the spirit” is not a literal spirit or spirit being, but an “aire.” The Word of God uses the term “spirit” in this way as well. For example, when a couple of Jesus’ disciples wanted to bring fire down upon those who rejected their witness, Jesus simply said “you know not what spirit you are of.” He was talking about “the spirit of the times.” The “spirit of the times” during Jesus ministry was “grace and truth” which excluded judgment.

Hope this helps.
Richard

Questions About The Secret of Christ

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Questions About the Return of Christ and Subsequent Events

Question:

I was wondering what reason God has for the tribulation, namely it was
stated he is at peace with the earth through the blood of Christ? So
if all our debt is paid, why would the world need to suffer once more?
Similarly, at the judgement, why would people be judged for their sins
if Christ paid their debt?

Answer:

I invite the questions, and I love your heart to want to know the “sure truth.” Now most of what you are asking is explained in the “Unto Perfection” series, so I think that will help you put most of it together. I know you’re reading it, so praise God!

The administration of God’s government that follows ours is the Wrath of God. It includes the tribulation, which is in reality Satan’s wrath upon the Jews primarily and Gentile believers secondarily, and God’s wrath which is His display of His righteous indignation against “the destroyers of the earth.” Things cannot continue on indefinitely. He puts a stop to “man’s day” which is man’s rule and displaces it with the rule of His Son.

When the last Gentile who has been chosen from before the disruption of the earth believes, the body of Christ will be taken up to meet the Lord in the air. That ends this administration, called The Administration of the Secret, and starts the Wrath Administration. We are not here at all during that entire period because we will be enjoying our celestial allotment. We have been saved from God’s wrath and will be taken out prior to that entire period.

God is conciliated now, but He is not during the Wrath Administration. Jews will not be conciliated until the Resurrection of the Just (at the start of Christ’s earthly Kingdom) and their entrance into the Kingdom. Those who are alive at that time through the 1000 year millennium will be reconciled at the start of the New Heaven and Earth. Those who are raised after the 1000 years at the Resurrection of the Unjust will not be reconciled unto the end of the New Heaven and Earth eon, at the Consummation when death is destroyed. Death is destroyed by making alive all those who remain dead. It’s that simple!  Well, to God it is, my friend!

I got long-winded. I appologize.

Talk soon,
Richard

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