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Dear Path of Truth,
I've enjoyed several articles on your website. I was just reading a response of Universalism and was blessed that you understand God's plan for all mankind. Yet, I noticed that your understanding of how we are to work out our salvation as members of the body of Christ is based on the kingdom gospel that the Lord gave to His earthly disciples and Jewish converts; leaving them with the command to disciple the nations. The message of today, after Christ completed His work is that God has conciliated the world to Himself and we are to beseech those around us to understand this and be conciliated to God!
Paul is the apostle to the gentiles. He was called by the risen Lord with a heavenly message. Our calling and hope is in that realm. The 12 had an earthly promise. Israel is to reign with Christ as a nation of priests on the earth for 1,000 years. Israel never accomplished her mission but she will!
We live in the dispensation of Grace; a mystery dispensation that brings gentiles into the spiritual blessings of God. The preaching of the cross by Paul has been the salvation message for about 2,000 years and will end when we appear with Him. The millennial reign will bring in the nations.
On “How One is Saved” article. The scriptures tell us many times and demonstrates on it's pages that it is the Lord Who draws us to Him. We are called, chosen, elected, etc. to serve Him. From the beginning of time, all those who are serving God in truth, were chosen by Him. Even our faith is from the Spirit of God. I share this because there seems to be a lot you add to your salvation message.
Christ has already done the work. It's finished. When we grasp it, it doesn't just become real to us. It is already real and because it is, we accept it.
May God continue to bless you and your ministry.
Grace and peace,