Outrageous humor. Today on Facebook a survey, Uproarious Laughter, on Wesley vs. Calvin though it was clever and did not mention either they are divided fifty-fifty on this. Wesleyans believe they maintain their salvation by works and can therefore in utter illogical manner UNEARN what they did not earn to begin with. Calhatties (what a stupid hat) accuses God of making people without any free will and then holding them responsible for having a free will. Matthew 24: 22: “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” Jesus speaks here to Jews as the elect… God’s chosen people. [Calvin was weak in his obedience as the Welyans also refusing to properly divide God’s word per Jesus’ command … they don’t obey his commands, therefore, EVER, They never have … ] Jesus to Ananias in Acts 9: 15: “But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.”
Jesus in Matthew 10 told his disciples DO NOT GO AMONG THE GENTILES and in Matthew 15 I WAS SENT ONLY (The word communicates exclusion of Gentiles) TO THE LOST SHEEP OF ISRAEL.”
Aside from the division created by the wonder twins here above is Jesus and the way he made by the cross. He said Nicodemus in John in 3: 14, 15:
“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness,so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” (NIV)
The story Jesus refers to is in Numbers 21: 4-9:
“They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea,[c] to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”
6 Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
8 The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.” (NIV)
This picture of the Cross looking forward to Jesus, who pointed to the Bronze Snake, while prophesying to Nicodemus. So Nicodemus witnessed first hand the fulfillment as written here by John 19:
“So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha).18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. 20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21 The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”
22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”
23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.
24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”
This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said,
“They divided my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.”
So this is what the soldiers did.
25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
The Death of Jesus
28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (NIV)
Salvation is only available from Jesus at the Cross.
We have it in John, incidentally the word REPENT (favorite word of many rodeo cowboys) is used in John EXACTLY ZERO TIMES, from Jesus and Paul makes it plain also in Galatians and Romans Salvation is by faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Chris Queen 3/2/2019. If you have questions about salvation you may directly E mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please hit Follow above and to the right for future updates. If you have a Bible please read John 16: 27.