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-Ephesians 2:5 What's this really saying?

It's saying that if Christ is in us, we are no longer in sin. Why?

-Ephesians 4:8 Captivity captive?
The captivity that Jesus led captive refers to 2Timothy 2:26; Hebrews 2:14,15.
    Jesus captured the things which held us captive; the things which disallowed us having a relationship with His and our Father.
    Just as the burdens today which we seek for relief of, so also it was in ancient times -Isaiah 46:1,2; Haggai 1:6. The devil has many tricks to take us a step further down.
    Christ's work is us -Ephesians 2:10. He is leading captivity captive, as day by day we move further away from the ways of the world.
-Ephesians 5:6 How does one ensure that "no one deceives.(or, guiles).him"?

This verse cautions us to be aware of 'vain' words.(how?), which are words that lead nowhere and really do nothing for you regarding a relationship with God and a special reward from Him.

-Does it not say here in Ephesians 6:1-4 "Children, obey your parents in the Lord.....", and in 1John 2:3,4 that we are to keep His commandments?

The key is, why do we do things. What is in the mind when we act?
    The ten commandments are great guidelines to follow and this particular one of them has a great promise with it too! But does not imply, as a means of righteousness regarding a relationship with God the ten commandments aren't abolished? 
    They are abolished. God doesn't do away with that which is ultimately good. In its intended application, the ten commandments and the rest of the Mosaic Law God designed for back then produced death, as explained
    The application of the ten commandments as a prerequisite to God's approval of you is abolished. The application of the ten commandments as guidelines for living should be utilized. And with the commandment.(instruction).in question here, a blessing is attached to it. Just because something is no longer required does not necessarily mean that it is no longer advantageous in its utilization. 
    God is the Father of spirits -Hebrews 12:9; 1John 2:16-(lust here means desires; the normal fleshly things we all have desires for); Hebrews 9:13,14. We are in the spirit, serving God in the spirit if Christ is in us and no longer subject to a carnal code designed for a carnal people.
    We now live by the spiritual discipline of a higher form of righteousnesslove, far higher than the 'righteousness' of the Mosaic Law that, though accepted by the people (Exodus 24:3), was not of the heart -Deuteronomy 5:29
    Compassion and concern for others makes it easier to discipline ourselves to seek only the highest and best for others, thus weakening and making it easier to move away from the darker side of our human nature. Christ is the way out.
    With this approach hardened criminals have become rehabilitated.
    It takes discipline to develop the character God exhibits.(Philippians 2:5,6).when things are going good. This provides a greater opportunity to develop character, than when you have no other choice than to conform
    On 1John 2:3,4.

-1Thessalonians 4:17 Is this about the so called rapture?

The word 'rapture' means, in the dictionary, 'a carrying away in the body or spirit'. The word does not occur in the Bible.
    The verse says we'll be caught up together with Christ, meeting Him in the clouds, when He returns to the Earth (Acts 1:9,11), and will thereafter forever be with Him -Matthew 26:64; Revelation 1:7. Has this occurred yet? Jesus talked of His return? -John 14:3; 17:24; 2Corinthians 5:8
    Paul knew that the next thing he would know if he died before Christ came-(and he did die), was that he would awake and be with Him -Philippians 1:23.
    There is no scripture for the rapture theory, a supposed time before a supposed yet to occur 7 year great tribulation.(which in fact fully happened in Jesus time with the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. by the Roman General Titus causing 1,100,000 to be killed and 97,000 taken captive)-where good folks will be changed to spirit and rise up out of their cars, trucks, homes, what have you; the cars perhaps then crashing into and killing some little old lady on the corner as it veers off with no driver – gimme a break! Or maybe an angel will take over driving while the 'special' ones get 'spirited away'. The bad folks having made it though this supposed horrible time yet to come are to further suffer another demonic philosophy, that of further punishment in hell forever. Gimme another break before I go crazy! This is on a par with the other crap theory, that of evolution.
    The Jesuit priest Lacunza wrote that Jesus must return twice, not once. This secret coming became foundation for the rapture theory, a supposed time when the saints would escape a suppositious-coming tribulation and antichrist. It was not a part of the "faith once delivered unto the saints" -Jude 1:3 "Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." 1Timothy 4:1.

From-Unmasking Pre-Trib Fallacies-(c) 1998, by Larry Simmons, http://www.icnet.net/users/lsimmons/webpage.htm

"Pre-tribbers-(pre-tribulation believers)-consider the status of one particular group mentioned in the Bible. Despite terrible persecution, they "keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus" ...Revelation 12:17.
    "Most would reasonably assume these are members of Christ’s body, the church. That conclusion however, would present a huge problem for pre-Tribulationists, because they hold the church was raptured in Revelation 4:1. But this group is not mentioned until Chapter 12."

From-What Happened In 70 A.D?-by Edward E. Stevens:-"God unleashed His covenant wrath against Israel, which had been threatened for centuries throughout the Old Testament Law and Prophets and specifically applied to first century Israel in the Gospels and Epistles of the New Testament."

-James 1:16 What does this scripture mean?

The word 'err' in the original is 'deceive, seduce, to cause to stray, to lead astray, lead aside from the right way'. Paul is saying not to be deceived regarding where all good things come from, and that is God, as the next verse shows -verse 17. In other words; don't get so involved in the physical life in pursuing your goals when God can cause them to easily come to you.

-Hebrews 6:6 the "unpardonable sin"?

What about it? And what about this one too?


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