kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind?; <110906>1 Kings 9:6, 7 ? ?For they are not all Israel, that are of Israel: neither, because they are Abraham?s seed, are they all children?; <660301>Revelation 3:1 ? ?I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and thou art dead.? The tares that were never wheat and the bad fish never were good, in spite of the fact that their true nature was not for a while recognized.
(c) They show the fearful consequences of rejecting Christ to those who have enjoyed special divine influences but who are only apparently regenerate.
<581026> Hebrews 10:26-29 ? ?For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which shall devour the adversaries. A man that hath set at nought Moses? law dieth without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses: of how much sorer punishment, think ye, shall he be judged worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant wherewith he was sanctified an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?? Here ?sanctified? = external sanctification, like that of the ancient Israelites, by outward connection with God?s people; cf. <460714>1 Corinthians 7:14 ? ?the unbelieving husband is sanctified in the wife.?
In considering these and the following Scripture passages, much will depend upon our view of inspiration. If we hold that Christ?s promise was fulfilled and that his apostles were led into all the truth, we shall assume that there is unity in their teaching, and shall recognize in their variations only aspects and applications of the teaching of our Lord. In other words, Christ?s doctrine in <431028>John 10:28, 29 will be the norm for the interpretation of seemingly diverse and at first sight inconsistent passages. There was a ?faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints,? and for this primitive faith we are exhorted ?to contend earnestly? (Jude 3).
(d) They show what the fate of the truly regenerate would be, in case they should not persevere.
<580604> Hebrews 6:4-6 ? ?For as touching those who were once enlightened and tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, and then fell away, it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and
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