Assuring Omniscience

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I believe God’s commands are only to those whom He knows are going to desire to obey them. What sense or reason would there be to think He would command those whom He knows would not obey them, which I believe if conceived otherwise, would be to misunderstand His omniscience. I see it that his commands, warnings and admonitions in Scripture stand as identifiable direction to the believer, and as a witness against the unbeliever (Deu 30:19), from who He shouldn’t even expect obedience.

Just as God uses the letters to the churches in the Book of Revelation to reveal His will and direction (which I believe all the churches will follow, being under the Spirit’s control and the Body and Bride), He makes clearly known via these commands, warnings and admonitions unto His children concerning what His Spirit will be guiding them unto—without fail. Similar to Him hyperbolically stating “ye will be doing this, or that, and such and such!

The Book of Life, established from all eternity is the mind of God’s foreknowledge of all who will choose the “straight gate” and “narrow way.” In our knowing that God already knows everything secures comfort to those who are and will be His. Thus we can be at peace to know that He needs not to leave anything to chance, nor, as one has said “never has to call an emergency meeting with the Holy Trinity.”

I think an acceptable explanation of God’s omniscience could be that which concerns what He knows and when He knew it: the former is all that ever occurs here and in heaven; the latter is from eternity past, which is “from everlasting”—to eternity future, which is “to everlasting” (Psa 41:13; 90:2; 103:17; 106:48). What answer could there be to the reason why God would create man, foreknowing that the majority of mankind will perish (Mat 7:13, 14)? I’d like to think that it’s because He also foreknew all who wouldn’t perish.

Though Revelation reveals an innumerable amount of saved souls “which no man number” (but God can - Rev 7:9), they are “few” in comparison to those perishing. Our omniscient God has always had the saved on His mind, and so, created in knowing the worth of those whom He knows are and will be His, which is demonstrated in the parable of the lost sheep and reveals to me that even a single soul is equal worth to God as an innumerable amount of souls would be. This I think is exemplified in the phrase, “doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?” Each believer is as important as all believers combined, meaning no believer is more or less important to God—thus equally cherished!
 
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Hello netchaplain;

Once again, brother, good message and this blesses me.

I have one area that I would like to share. I agree that God's commands are for those who desire to obey them, however, this can have two views to the believers and unbelievers/unreached.

The believer who desires to follow Jesus will see the light in God's Word and through faith "desire" to obey. The unbeliever / unreached is blind to the Word and will not obey what they cannot see, but we also know the unbeliever / unreached, through the Great Commission, has the opportunity to receive the light by coming to Christ, and desire to obey Him per the conversion of Paul in Acts 9.

Sadly, there are those believers who have fallen into apostasy, and the unbelievers / unreached who's minds are made up and choose not to obey God's commands. Still, the opportunity of God's commands is there for everyone.

In my personal testimony my desire to follow Jesus includes the joy and endurance of obedience to His commands. On the flip side of my personal testimony I have also seen the results of my disobedience to God.

Praise Him for His forgiveness, for seeking each one of us who have gone astray and bringing us back unto Him.

Your thoughts? God bless
you, Bob.
 
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Hello netchaplain;

Once again, brother, good message and this blesses me.

I have one area that I would like to share. I agree that God's commands are for those who desire to obey them, however, this can have two views to the believers and unbelievers/unreached.

The believer who desires to follow Jesus will see the light in God's Word and through faith "desire" to obey. The unbeliever / unreached is blind to the Word and will not obey what they cannot see, but we also know the unbeliever / unreached, through the Great Commission, has the opportunity to receive the light by coming to Christ, and desire to obey Him per the conversion of Paul in Acts 9.

Thanks, and always appreciate your encouraging compliments and comments! There are some others besides yourself that have indicated that which concerns God's commands to the unbelievers, and that nobody knows for certain they might eventually come to salvation and need His commands, which is valid. But I didn't clarify enough (which I will need to resolve) of my meaning of "unbeliever." I used the same sense of the word found in Jhn 3:18, which carries the sense of one who remains in unbelief, whom God knows will never choose to believe, hence the past tense usage of "because he hath not believed," which answers to "is condemned already."

Sadly, there are those believers who have fallen into apostasy, and the unbelievers / unreached who's minds are made up and choose not to obey God's commands. Still, the opportunity of God's commands is there for everyone.
I also just want to share with you that my understanding of "apostasy" applies to those who were only notionally in Christ by false profession. As we know, only those truly professing faith in Christ will without fail continue living in Him without ceasing. Apostatizing is never one who "draws back" (Heb 10:39), which designs the intention of that which is related to their walk, and not meaning their spiritual state, in which returning to the natural life manifests they never were spiritual.
 

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Hello netchaplain;

Your understanding of apostasy is correct, but the definition further includes those who have abandoned or renunciate their faith in Christ.

I agree with you that their profession was not truthful from the beginning. Many who proclaimed Christ as their personal Lord was because of an emotional decision.

Your teaching of the unbeliever is also correct but the definition goes further to include those who don't know or believe in Christ.

God bless you, Bob.
 
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Hello netchaplain;

Your understanding of apostasy is correct, but the definition further includes those who have abandoned or renunciate their faith in Christ.

I agree with you that their profession was not truthful from the beginning. Many who proclaimed Christ as their personal Lord was because of an emotional decision.

Your teaching of the unbeliever is also correct but the definition goes further to include those who don't know or believe in Christ.

God bless you, Bob.
Yes I see, but the point I'm making is that false professors had no true faith to abandon, so what they abandon is a false walk and profession, for true faith never abandons its Object.
 

bobinfaith

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Yes I see, but the point I'm making is that false professors had no true faith to abandon, so what they abandon is a false walk and profession, for true faith never abandons its Object.
Thank you, netchaplain, I would say then, that we are both on the same page with this doctrine.

God bless you, brother and your family.