reply to post by MamaJ
I only say this because the Bible states carrots and sticks as a hidden way to the truth. While the law restricts us now, faith sets us free indeed.
This is the ultimate truth in free will. It's not free yet. The other side of this is how God accomplished this apart from duplicity. Here is how I
If we desire good, but only for the reward, then we are of a double mind. We are really after the reward. If the reward was taken away, would we
still seek good. When planning our upbringing as children, how has God accomplished this free from duplicity, yet still handing our reward for good
If we desire good, but only to avoid punishment, then we are again of a double mind. The same questions and answer apply. We are really doing it to
avoid pain. Again, how has God accomplished punishment, yet avoided the creation of duplicity? The key is found in Galatians 3.
3 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just
one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means
of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 4 Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? 5 So again I
ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? 6 So also Abraham
“believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
---Here, where does the credit come from? Works or faith?
7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. 8 Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced
the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9 So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man
---The key to removing the need for duplicity is faith in God. Faith is trust, but it is also our trustworthiness back to God. It's a mutual respect
and deference. When we are not faithful, God is. Can we be faithful fully? No. God can be faithful. Not because he gets anything out of it or
will suffer loss if he fails. God cannot fail. He is assured and has faith in the outcome.
10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written
in the Book of the Law.” 11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law
is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the
law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given
to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
---The curse is where we are now. That curse is the law. We suffer automatically, but we also benefit automatically. When we find the true answer
to this, we remove the need for carrots and sticks. God never needs to lift a finger to make it happen and we can only blame our own duplicity for
missing the point. What is the point?
Read v. 15-22 for examples he gives, then read this:
23 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law
was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to
Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
We cannot be justified by duplicity from the law. We must be justified when we come to the correct conclusion about life. LOVE!
Good is its own reward. Everyone learns this from the law when they remove the double mindedness. The hidden mystery and truth of the entire thing
resides in the true end result for EVERYONE! All nations. Sadly, many will end this reality still asking, "What's in it for me." Instead, the
answer is this: don't make the 'self' the idol. Instead, focus on the good that can come for others. Once this is realized, the law is nullified
and we are free.
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