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New Piano music – Meditation in C minor

Here is a piano piece I’ve written recently. This will probably the last piece on my expanded version of my Inspired Piano Album

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Sonata in F Minor Spring

Minuet in F Major

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The threat of Hell!

Some Arminian preachers claim that you need the threat of Hell to save people. In other words, you scare them to love and believe in God in order to make that ‘correct’ choice! Then, you continue to threaten them to keep them saved!

Is Calvinism fair?

Calvinists on the other hand, believe that God only purposes to save a select bunch – who miraculously seem to live in only certain parts of the world and at certain times in history. Odd that, you would have thought God could have been a bit more even handed – rather than be accused of racism! Indeed, most people have no choice, it doesn’t matter how wicked they are, they will respond because God wills so – according to the Calvinist? Unfortunately, the rest get to be eternally tortured in the flames of Hell. Sounds just like what Jesus would do to me!

In support of Calvinist theology though, the Apostle Paul seems to be a good example of unconditional election and grace as he lies in the dirt face down staring up into the face of the resurrected Jesus (who he didn’t believe in). At that point though, what choice did he have – really?

So, I get Calvinism as far as grace goes. When I was born of physical parents I didn’t  decide to get born. Likewise in the new birth; the decision wasn’t mine. Indeed, no one can come to Jesus unless the Father draws them. That’s called grace.

God has a quota of saved souls?

What doesn’t make any sense though, is that a god of love and infinite power would decide to cap the quota of saved people at a few million in a few nations of the world. In other words, God is like Donald Trump building walls to keep people out of the kingdom! Therefore, rather than us choosing God – as Arminians believe – God chooses to reject most!

Dare I hope?

What if then, the Gospel (Good News) isn’t about saving people from Hell but saving them from a hellish life NOW! Jesus came to deliver us from this present evil age or (eternity) aeon. He delivers us from sin; he forgives all our sins; he fills us with the Holy Spirit; he heals us; he showers his gifts upon us. He wants relationship with us now! That is what (eternal) or life pertaining the age is!

Therefore, people don’t need a threat of Hell to be reconciled to God; they need to taste his infinite love!

What if, dare I believe it or hope, that Jesus does win in the end; that he is in fact the saviour of all men especially those who believe; that he will draw all men to himself and that the coming age will be one full of righteousness when all shall know the Lord? Scripture specifically says he wants to save all so why is it such a stretch to believe that he might get his way in the end? Or, is the devil too powerful and man so wicked, that no matter what God does, all he can do eventually – is whisk a few fortunate souls away in a rapture!

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The first person to preach Hell?

Love never fails (Part 1)

Gods brilliant plan (Part 2)

How big are God’s plans? (Part 3)

God is a universalist (Part 4)

Jesus is God’s plan (Part 5)

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CD ‘Inspired Piano’ now available!

CD InspiredDo you like Piano music inspired by the Holy Spirit? If you do, then this CD is for you!

My prayer and belief, is that as you listen to this album the Holy Spirit will lift your spirit and give you a little taste of heaven.

To purchase the CD Inspired

If you wish to purchase the CD then contact me either by the contact page or message me via my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/paulnoblecompose . The CD is priced at £10 + PP.

Track 2 from the Album : ‘By the Sea’

Alternatively, the album is available to purchase for download from www.cdbaby.com

 

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The first person to preach on Hell?

Who was the first person to preach on Hell?

Answer: John the Baptist. Now that might surprise you but I do need to qualify my answer before you bash me over the head with a King James Bible!

The KJV and the OT

fireUnfortunately, the King James Version (along with many others I might add) has muddied the waters because it incorrectly and confusingly translates several different words as Hell including: Hades, Sheol, and Gehenna. In fact, literally the word Hell doesn’t actually occur in the Bible!

If, by Hell though, we mean a place of eternal punishment in the the after-life, then this concept is not found in the Old Testament! In fact, the Old Testament tells us very little about the after-life – except that there is going to be a resurrection of the dead – alluded to in Daniel:

Daniel 12:2 “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”

It was probably this scripture that informed Martha of her belief in resurrection:

John 11:24: “Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Even today, Judaism believes in the resurrection of the dead but not eternal punishment in Hell.

Therefore, when the King James Version of the Bible uses the word Hell in the Old Testament – this is NOT describing a place of eternal punishment. It is a mistranslation of the Hebrew word Sheol – the place where the dead are imagined to reside. The Greeks had similar but more complex idea that they called Hades.

Hell by John the baptist

Back to our question and answer though, was John a hell-fire preacher and if so – what did he mean by it?

Matthew 3:7: “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”

3:10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. I indeed baptise you with water but He who is coming after me is mightier than I whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand and he will thoroughly clean his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire”

What is clear, is that John is not speaking of a place of eternal punishment and torment. No, John knows that he is the messenger and last Old Testament’ prophet prophesied in the last book of the Old Testament:

Malachi

Malachi 3:1 “Behold I send my messenger and he will prepare the way before me”

Malachi 4:6 “Behold I send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord”

The End of the Age

Therefore, John would certainly be aware that when Messiah came, the age (aeon) would be expected to end and new one would begin called the millennial kingdom.

Malachi 3:2 “But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.”

Consequently, what John is announcing is CHANGE! The Old System is going to be purified by fire – its time to clean house; get ready for the owner of the house to visit! There is going to be a big bonfire!

Malachi 4:1 “For behold the day is coming burning like and oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble and the day that is coming shall burn them up”

Jesus and Hell (Gehenna)

Now we understand this, it is much easier to understand what Jesus the Messiah meant by Hell. Jesus uses a word: Gehenna. By the way, no one else uses this word (only the Apostle James). Gehenna is a real place: the valley of Hinnom – the rubbish tip outside the walls of Jerusalem.

2 Chron. 28:3. “Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.”

Therefore when Jesus talks about people being cast in to outer darkness, the wailing and gnashing of teeth and sheep and goats etc, those listening would understand the context is the Messiah establishing the kingdom on earth!

We will look at this in more depth in my next article.

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Gods brilliant plan (Part 2)

How big are God’s plans? (Part 3)

God is a universalist (Part 4)

Jesus is God’s plan (Part 5)

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Grace releases creativity!

I believe that understanding and receiving God’s grace releases creativity!

Just recently I was reading in Ephesians where it says this:

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Then, I heard the Holy Spirit say: “Paul I want you to compose and record some Piano music. That would be a good work!” I had never thought of my desire and talent to compose music in that light before.

The result was my first solo piano album or original compositions called ‘Inspired’. I hope you like it! Below is track 2 from my album ‘Mountain Top’. All images from www.freerangestock.com

My prayer and belief is that as you listen to this album the Holy Spirit will release creativity within you lifting your spirits and maybe giving you a little taste of heaven?

The album is available to purchase for download from wwww.cdbaby.com (see below) and a CD version is available on request within the next couple of weeks. (Use the contact page)

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Jesus is God’s plan!

When we are talking about god’s plan of salvation we are really talking about a person: the God man Jesus Christ. His name means God is saviour or Joshua. Jesus the rescuer; He is God’s elect!

When did God come up with this plan?

jesusLet’s think for a moment. At what point in history did God come up with a plan to save humanity? Was it as a reaction to Adam’s sin? Did God have an emergency board meeting discussing what action heaven should take? No, God’s plan is and always will be the cross of Jesus – even before sin entered the world through Adam and Eve.

1 Peter 1:20 “Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you”

Inventors of evil things

Incidentally, it seems a bit remiss of God not to warn Adam that if he sinned, not only would his children die but that they would burn for ever and ever tortured in hell? The simple explanation of course, is that it just isn’t true!

Romans 1:30 “inventors of evil things”.

I believe that only the wicked minds of men could invent and plan such horrible tortures inducing fear and control. That’s what religion does best! Look at its fruit: in the past – the inquisition and the burning or heretics. Today? Groups like Westbro Baptist Church and ISIS  (Islam has a similar theology of Hell based on gnostic Roman Catholicism but reserved for all those who don’t believe in Islam!)

Jeremiah 32:25 “And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.”

However, I’m getting a bit distracted here. Just to say that God is a good God and he plans good things:

1 Corinthians 2:9 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

Ephesians 1:4 “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:”

Jesus draws all men

Anyway, back to my point. Jesus is God’s plan. He is God’s choice and we are ALL chosen in him. This plan is all about Jesus; he is the focal point of history drawing ALL men and ALL things to himself!

John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw (pull) all men unto me.”

John 6:44 “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

What is that attraction? It is power of unconditional love! Resurrection power!

Colossians 1:20 “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”

Jesus died for all

Anyhow, let’s have a look at what Jesus has done for us all at the cross. Firstly, Jesus didn’t just come to die for mankind. He came to die AS mankind.

2 Corinthians 5 “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again”

Therefore, this means that we should look at lost people around us differently. Not one of them is beyond the grace of God! Our only claim to fame, is that because we believe and are called christians, we now have been given a job to do: we are on God’s welcoming committee!

What about those who don’t hear this good news and die in their sins? Does death mean that Jesus gives up the search? After that point we are a lost cause? Death and the devil won! Just a minute though, Jesus came to save the lost – what can be more lost than missing the final call!

Jesus has the keys of death and hell so if he wishes to preach to the spirits in prison – who is going to stop him!

Jesus paid for all

Secondly, he’s paid everyone’s outstanding debt of sin!

1 Timothy 2:6 “Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

John 1:9 “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

1 John 2:2 “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

Everyone is included! Jesus is the saviour of all men not some exclusive group!

Jesus  – the saviour of all

1 Timothy 4:10 “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.”

For fun, let’s rewrite this verse as a Calvinist and then an Arminian:

If the bible was written by Calvinists this verse would say the following: God is not the saviour of all men only those that believe (the elect)

If the bible was written by an Arminian this verse would say the following: God wishes to be the saviour of all men but unfortunately he can only save those who believe in this lifetime.

Fortunately for us, the sentence structure is used identically elsewhere so the meaning is crystal clear with no ambiguity.

Galatians 6:10 “as we have opportunity let us do good unto all men especially those who believe.”

When you put these two verses together it leaves very little wiggle room as to the meaning of ‘all’.  In other words, Galatians 6:10 means that you are supposed to do good to everyone but ‘particularly’ (same Greek word in both verses) those within your sphere of influence: your neighbour, your church family.

Therefore, 1 Timothy 4:10 means: that God saves ALL. We all qualify but of course to experience that salvation we have to believe it! If we substitute other words instead of saviour the meaning abundantly becomes clear: “God is the judge of all men but especially those who believe.” (this is true by the way!)

Conclusions?

Consequently, could it be that Jesus wins all in the end?

Philippians 2:10 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;”And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (see 1 corinthians 12:3) to the glory of God the Father.

1 Corinthians 15:28 “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.”

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God is a universalist!

God is a Universalist!

universalistWhat is God’s will regarding salvation? Is it to predestine and save only the elect and damn the rest: as the calvinist doctrine of double-predestination teaches?

This flies in the face of some crystal clear scriptures as to God’s will on the matter. I believe, that if you asked God about his plans he wouldn’t sound much like a Calvinist or Arminian! No, he would probably sound a bit like one of those heretical universalists!

In fact, I would be bold to say that what the early church Father Augustine brought in the church, from his greek platonic philosophical roots, was actually gnostic heresy and the basis on which the Roman Catholic Church and much of protestant theology (especially hyper-calvinism) has been founded.

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Therefore, the above scripture clearly teaches that God is a Universalist: in the sense that he wants all men saved! That’s his fool-proof plan! Even the fool ( the atheist who says there is no God) is not immune to God’s desire!

God’s will is…

Consequently, God desires two specific things:

Firstly, that ALL of us are saved from the best to the worst sinner. He doesn’t want anyone to perish.

Secondly, that we ALL repent. In fact, he commands repentance. In other words, he commands you to change your stinking thinking; your paradigm – the strongholds in your mind; your false belief system or maybe even your treasured theology!

Acts 17:30 “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:”

Therefore, it is quite clear what God wants. Who is going to resist his will? Are you stronger than God! Additionally, If God commands repentance then surely he wouldn’t ask us to do something we cannot do?

By the way, notice it doesn’t say ‘times of sinfulness’ but ‘times of ignorance.’ In simple language, God is saying: “You’ve been ignoring the reality guys. Wake up and believe the truth.”

Why does God delay?

1 Corinthians 13 and 2 Peter 3:9 tell us, that love (God), is long suffering or patient. That’s the reason why God doesn’t just wipe us off the face of the planet: HIS LOVE.  He wishes to save everyone!

So, don’t come up with statements like God is love but love is not God. Love is from God. You can spot it a mile off!

1 John 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.”

His patient love is a bit like the pilot of an airliner refusing to take off on the runway until every last passenger is on board. The gates of the heavenly Jerusalem never shut! Rev 21:25.

Another clear verse that is forthright as to God’s will on the matter of salvation is:

1 Timothy 2:4 “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

So, are we saying along with the Arminians (who at least agree with the goal)  that God wants all men to be saved – that in fact he can’t manage it? In other words, his hands are tied by our free-will so he can’t really be blamed that 98% of the population end up damned frying in their own juices for eternity!

It doesn’t seem very godlike of God to fail so spectacularly! I just don’t believe it!

Or maybe, its really our fault because we just haven’t evangelised and preached enough. That’s probably why Arminians are strongly motivated to preach – God bless them!

Already done!

My firm hope is that God indeed does achieve his stated goal. I’m convinced that God can do it!

In fact, I believe he’s ALREADY DONE it. It was finished by Jesus on the cross.

1 Corinthians 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

Did you have a choice to be in Adam? No, of course not. How many people on this planet are in Adam. Everyone! What is the result: death. Likewise, through the cross everyone is included in Christ. What is the result: life. There are now no outsiders; we are all insiders!

Is everyone experiencing this miraculous transformation? No, of course not because faith is how we experience and enjoy it. My part, as an ambassador of this Gospel, is to communicate this message of reconciliation. You are in Christ!

Romans 5:18 “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”

Look at the next verse:

Romans 5:19 “For as by one man’s disobedience MANY (a large number/ all of us) were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall MANY (a large number/ all of us?) be made righteous.”

Again, like 1 Corinthians 15:22 we have two contrasting sentences. Adam sinned. The result  = all of us made sinners. Jesus obeys. The result = all of us made righteous?

Do you see it? How did we become sinners? Was it through our own disobedience? No. It was through the disobedience of Adam!

Likewise, how did we become righteous? Was it through our faithful obedience? No, it was through the obedience of Jesus! 

To finish

To finish, here is a prophetic promise of God’s ultimate victory:

Psalm 22:7 “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.”

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