God's Plan for the Community of Humanity. P2

Is it possible that the Grace Gospel "ONLY", is misunderstood by the Grace plus the Law Gospel people, and stems from a faulty understanding of sin and sinners, and a failure to understand the finished work of Christ on the cross. Why do humanity stand condemned as sinners in the sight of God? Are we sinners because we were born with fallen natures in a sinful world, or are we sinners because we have chosen to exercise our fallen natures in a rebellious way by not accepting God's free gift of salvation provided by His Grace? Depending on which doctrine you believe, two quite different gospels are are taught. The meanings of justification, the new birth, and sanctification are different depending on the gospel proclaimed. Differing understandings are held about our relationship with God while we are involved in personal sins and about whether we can have victory over sin in general.

The belief that human beings are condemned lost sinners because we are born with fallen natures in a sinful world is the standard orthodox belief regarding sin in humanity. Is there a bigger picture with evidence to support something other than the orthodox traditional belief that orthodoxy has been blind to because of seeing through tunnel visioned, religiously clouded spectacles?

I am sure many of you judgmental, condemning sharp-shooters have your pop-gun mouth loaded to shoot Psalm 51:5 as a proof text to disarm my questioning of the subject. It reads "Behold, I was shaped in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me."

Does that verse tell us that David was born a sinner? Some Bible versions actually say that he was, but could that be a theological interpretation without  contextual translational understanding?

Think about it, was there another way David could have been born besides in sin and  iniquity? Hid parents were sinners. David was born into a sinful world to sinful parents but, does that make Him a sinner? If a baby is born into a family of criminals, where criminal activity is practiced and taught by his parents, he would be born into a criminality environment, but would this in itself make him a a criminal? Association does not necessarily mean you are as the people with whom you associate, Christ was known to keep company with sinners, prostitutes and thieving tax collectors, but that did not make Him one. Does being born in sin automatically constitute one being a condemned sinner. It does mean that one's circumstances from birth are extremely undesirable, and that one is most likely to end up a sinner, as being born into a criminal environment one would most likely become a criminal. But does that make one a sinner at birth?

Is the whole picture seen with clarity? Or is it the result of seeing through a glass darkly? Do we need to remove shaded orthodox spectacles to see more clearly before coming to final conclusions by believing babies are born condemned sinners and grow up to be condemned sinners?

This mentality is spawned by concluding that though Jesus said "it is finished" He could not have really meant it because they now see themselves has mandated to convert the world to Christ. Because of this way of thinking many in their ignorance misunderstand God because they evaluate and understand Him by His, as they understand it, unfinished work. While seeing through shaded religious spectacles the finished work of Christ is not able to be clearly viewed or understood, but one day when the blindness and deception of religion is lifted His finished work will be seen clearly and prove to be in harmony with His amazing righteous character and the fulfilling of His plan for humanity.

God's plan and purpose for humanity will be accomplished independent of the doings of man because His plan does not hinge on man's involvement it its completion, its completion is in Jesus and is already completed through Jesus. Man fails to understand this and therefore is working to work God's plan and he feels justified in doing so. Man should be in tune with the Spirit so he can harmonize with God's plan rather than trying to work His plan.

The Lord has left no doubt about the fulfillment and WHO will fulfill His plan: "The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand." "The Lord of hosts has purposed, and who shall dis-annul it?" "I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me... My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure ... Yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it" (Isa. 14:24-27; 46:9-11). Therefore, however haphazard or mysterious God's dealings with men may appear, those who believe this testimony of His Word must acknowledge that His original and unalterable plan has been, and still is, progressing systematically to completion. The "restoration of all things" will come to fruition and Jesus Himself will be the Frutioner.

No plan ordained by God from the beginning will fail to come to fruition or be thwarted  by the efforts of devil or man. It is time for believers to realize the truth that it is "From Him everything comes, by Him everything exists, and in Him everything ends!" (Rom. 11:36).

Is God a God who CHANGES His mind, a God who in the beginning did start out to formulate and implement a plan that would culminate with a glorious conclusion of the good news He brought to man, but somewhere along the way lost control of the situation and has now given up in despair and is going to torch most of His creation for eternity?

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