(08-09-2011 03:21 PM)Ekklesia Wrote:
(08-05-2011 08:19 AM)Mary Wrote: Let's go back to post # 30 where you asked:
"show me where God forges a covenant with someone other than Israel; show me where God calls someone other than Israel his sheep, his bride, his garden, his branches?"
(08-05-2011 08:19 AM)Mary Wrote: What is a covenant? It is an agreement, a promise. In the Bible specifically it is an agreement between God and a person or group of people. It can be conditional or unconditional.
No, it is more than that Mary. Though God makes many promises in the bible, a covenant has specific components to it that makes it something more than a mere promise. Not all of God's promises are covenants, though all of God's covenants are promises. This is the same as saying not all 'promises' are 'contracts' though all 'contracts' are 'promises'.
Specifically, God's 'covenants' all have a legally binding component to them, above and beyond the certain truth of His word. Often, you can see elements of this in How God establishes His covenants, such as God limiting His own sovereignty according to the terms of the covenant. This is different than God simply choosing to exercise his sovereignty. The Hebrew word used for 'covenant' specifically includes the binding between parties.
Notice that God promised Noah and his children through a rainbow, a prohibition on the use of water (but not fire) as a means of enacting judgement forever. Notice also that God used the shedding of blood to exemplify His 'sealing' of the covenant with Abraham and descendants ( [Gen 15:9-17] particularly [Gen 15:17]). Both examples above had promises, restrictions, and a signatory seal.
(08-05-2011 08:19 AM)Mary Wrote: So what have we here in John 8: 31 -33?
We have Jews, who have just heard Jesus proclaiming he is the son of God; he has been sent by the Father, and that God the Father is with him. Some of those Jews believed in him; and to those Jews Jesus makes a promise: "if ye continue in my word then you are my disciples indeed, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free."
This may have been a confirmation that God's covenant was still in effect, but it was not the establishment of a covenant itself.
(08-05-2011 08:19 AM)Mary Wrote: You say that these Jews who heard his voice could not have been of the house of Israel, because the house of Israel had been enslaved twice. You conclude that these Jews were descendants of Esau - were Edom. Not his sheep, as you have argued consistently. Yet here we have Jesus - God: making a covenant with them.
Any Jew claiming never to have been enslaved was either not an Israelite (since Israel had been enslaved twice), or unbelievably ignorant of Israelite history. We know there were non-Israelite Jews that were Edomites, so it could have been both. I don't believe Jesus' use of the word 'slave' was the same as the Pharisees or Sadducee understood it, but even so - Jesus was not establishing another covenant, rather, he was showing people how to be assured whether or not they belonged to the 'tree' (were they under the 'covenant'). In other words, he was showing everyone how to recognize a tree by its fruit [Matt 12:33][Luke 6:44].
(08-05-2011 08:19 AM)Mary Wrote: While still on the topic, let's look at Abraham: is Abraham Israel? No. Yet God made a covenant with Him, and his offspring for eternity.
Quite right. Notice, however, that Israel's covenant was first inherited from Abraham (through Isaac). Notice also, that Abraham's covenant was NOT inherited by Ishmael, though Ishmael was Abraham's son [Gen 21:12][Rom 9:7][Heb 11:18]. It was also not inherited by Esau [1 Chron 16:16-17][Psa 105:9-10][Mal 1:2-3] though Esau was Isaac's son. The covenant may have been inherited by blood, but it was not simply based upon blood.
(08-05-2011 08:19 AM)Mary Wrote: Then let's also look at Gen 25: 20 -23. God makes a promise to Rebekah - a Syrian- and Jacob and Esau are born.
I'm not sure of your point here. Abraham was a Hebrew, so was Rebekah having come from Nahor. Israelites were a subset of Hebrews that came after Abraham, and Rebekah. It was Jesus who identified to whom he was sent, according to His own claim and contemporary to His ministry. Clearly, all Israelites were Hebrews, but not all Hebrews were Israelites.
So what are you arguing? I hope you're not suggesting that because Abraham was a Hebrew rather than an Israelite, God couldn't establish the 'new covenant' with a subset of Abraham's Hebrew descendants (who the Israelites were). I hope you're not suggesting God could not specifically bless Israel, because Abraham came before. God blessed Abraham before Israel, and Israel descended from Abraham. God's covenant promise passed from Abraham to his descendants, though clearly not all (as evidenced from Ishmael, and Esau). Paul in Romans makes this very argument; simply having Hebrew blood did not mean one would 'automatically' enjoy the blessings of the covenant [Rom 9:6-13]. God's promise most certainly was restricted to Israelites, even if it wasn't first made with an Israelite. I would also add that those Israelites who rejected Christ were cut off like Ishmael and Esau before.
If anything, Christ's claim to have come 'only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel' is evidence that the covenant first established with Abraham, inherited by Isaac, then Jacob, was absolutely worth something because of the blessings it carried with it; whether or not Abraham was an Israelite.
Vic, this post is an example of how you've already made up your mind, and how your method of arguing is based upon a straw-man.
You've posed the questions. and you've answered them (suggesting your answers are actually mine). Your answers are your staw-man.
I've said (honestly) I answer from the bible, and yet you use expressions like 'white race'. If you want me to take your questions seriously, put them in biblical terms, otherwise we're talking apples and oranges. I'm not the one being elusive because I don't talk in terms of the 'Aryan race'. The bible doesn't talk in terms of the 'Aryan race', so like the bible I don't employ that type of vocabulary. That vocabulary is yours.
And you conclude with:
(08-04-2011 01:07 PM)Vic Wrote: That's ok. We understand. [/b] [/color]
Which is to say, you've already pre-judged my position and made up your mind (so it really doesn't matter anyway).
If you want to challenge my position, do so. If you don't (because you already understand), that's fine too.
Ekklesia, I'm sorry but your reply to me is just a summary of the inconsistencies in your doctrine throughout the entire thread. The whole of the matter goes back to John chapter 3 and verse 16. Now all along you keep saying to us that you believe Jesus words, all of them, and you say we disbelieve them because we 'reject' that He came only for the lost sheep of Israel. Yet these words "for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him may have everlasting life" are spoken by Jesus. Does he contradict himself? The chapter relates the event of Nicodemus going to Jesus. Here is the chapter from the beginning to verse 18.
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
In Jesus Christ' death and resurrection we are born again, and are a new creature: whether of Israel or Edom, Ethiopia, or Italy or where ever in the world we are from, from whatever tribe or nation. Giving credence to the blood of a person is literally glorying in the flesh, which we are not to do. See Romans, and here Galatians Chap 6:12 - 18
As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
Now look very carefully and prayerfully at 2 Corinthians Ch5 ( the whole chapter) but I will just post these verses: 15-18 :
And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;