Who chooses? The Shepherd or the sheep? The Giving blog by Cheryl Schatz

A question

This post is in response to Dr. James White from his August 5, 2014 podcast where he gave several challenges about the answers I posted on my blog post “Why are people not coming to Jesus?” Dr. White’s point was that if one believes that Jesus showed a person belongs to the Father before he belongs to Jesus, then it must mean that the sheep choose the shepherd. Is Dr. White’s statement true? Does the sheep choose the Shepherd if they respond to the Father first? This post will be the first in a series of posts that will answer the challenges of Dr. James White on the issue of Calvinism vs non-Calvinism. Continue Reading…

For This Reason - The Giving blog by Cheryl Schatz

For this reason – John 6:64-65. I am jumping ahead in my verse by verse exegesis to John 6:64-65 because these are the verses that give the answer to Jesus’ words in John 6:37, 44-45. I will start with verse 65 first. Continue Reading…

Why are people not coming to Jesus? On the Path blog by Cheryl Schatz Dr. James White has stated on his Dividing Line program that he wants to see how I line up the John 6 passage to show why people are not coming to Jesus. This post will summarize my view from my previous verse by verse exposition and tie in reasons for unbelief from the book of John. Let’s look at two different groups of people from the book of John who walked away from Jesus and several people who also ended up in unbelief and did not follower Jesus. Continue Reading…

None can on The Giving by Cheryl Schatz
Jesus spoke incredibly powerful words in John chapter 6 that many people are afraid to dig into because of their concern that John 6 might contradict their theology. In fact, Calvinists are quick to challenge non-Calvinists to explain what these verses mean outside of the Calvinist interpretation. This post will engage that challenge because we believe God’s Word is truth, and we refuse to ignore the text. What is the challenge that we face? John 6:43-45 is a very important passage that Calvinists use to attempt to prove that God only wants some saved and that only some are drawn by God. Because Calvinists believe that all God draws are raised to eternal life, they conclude that God only draws a select few who He has predetermined to save. However, these compelling verses in John chapter 6 are, in reality, a refutation of the standard Calvinist view when we look carefully at the inspired words and grammar. I invite you to take a journey with me into the intense words of Jesus in John 6:43-45 and I challenge you to believe what He said. This post is a detailed account of the specific language that Jesus spoke because Jesus’ words are profound. After we carefully consider each verse, I will provide a summary of the important points, and questions for Calvinists to answer; both are at the bottom of this post. I trust that you will find this material thought provoking and that you will consider interacting with the material through our comment section. Please be respectful in your comments. Now let us deal head on with this significant passage.

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Unbelieving grumblers on The Giving blog by Cheryl Schatz

Why all the Grumbling?

John 6:41-42 (NASB)  41 Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.” 42 They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, ‘I have come down out of heaven’?”

What were the Jews grumbling about?

41 Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him

The Jews were grumbling about Jesus Himself! The Greek word that is translated grumbling, means to speak against someone in a complaining way. The BDAG lexicon shows it this way: Continue Reading…

The Father's will John 6:37 on The Giving blog by Cheryl Schatz

What is the Will of the Father?

In our verse by verse discussion of John 6, we come to verse 38, a verse that highlights the will of the Father.

John 6:38 (NASB) “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”

The will that Jesus reveals about salvation, is founded not on human will in time, but on the transcendent will of God. It is the will of the Father who sent the eternal Word from Heaven. What is the Father’s revealed will? Jesus reveals the Father’s will in two different ways, by what He says in verses 39 and 40.

 John 6:39  (NASB)“This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.

Who are the all that He (the Father) has given Me (the Son) in verse 39? Continue Reading…

I decided to create a personal blog so that the updates on my personal health won’t clog up my ministry blog. I have posted an update on my fight against cancer here.

 On the Path by Cheryl Schatz on The Giving Blog

This is an update to my transitions post.  On August 6th I was scheduled for surgery to remove cancer. The surgery did not happen. At the time that the surgeon came to see me before I was wheeled into the operating room, he rechecked the site and he was concerned that cancer may have spread to the skin which made surgery a risk. He consulted with a cancer specialist at a nearby Cancer hospital and he was advised that the treatment plan should be reversed and after taking a biopsy of the skin lumps, I should have chemotherapy as a first line of attack against the cancer. We prayed for wisdom for the surgeon and so we must believe that God is involved in the process. The disappointment was that I had waited three weeks to get into surgery and there would be another wait to find an available doctor who could administer chemo. I like in a small community with only one cancer doctor and the oncologists at the nearby cancer clinic are all booked up with new patients waiting three weeks to get into the system.

Yesterday my family doctor came to the rescue and he got the ball rolling by pulling some strings on my behalf. I will enter the “path” of cancer treatment today with a specially arranged appointment at the hospital with the cancer doctor’s assistant. He will begin the work to stage the cancer to see how far it has gone and get all of my tests and blood work up to date so that the day the cancer doctor comes back from vacation I can be bumped directly into the chemotherapy program without a wait to be processed.

Bumps along the path

I am experiencing leg pain and I have a concern that the cancer has already spread to the bone. Or it could just be my sciatic nerve acting up. I am also experiencing tiredness, but this is likely from the new cancer fighting tea that I was recommended by a friend. The tiredness may just be the way my body is fighting the intruder who has invaded my body. For those who have subscribed to my blog and are following my progress, could you please pray that this aggressive cancer be held back from spread until I can get treatment to shrink and destroy the cancer? Please also pray for strength as I have much ministry work to do and I would like to carry on unhindered.

Update from August 24, 2013

On Friday I was rushed to emergency with abdominal pain and my body had gone into shock with very low blood pressure, a low heart rate, and I was as white as a sheet as I struggled to keep from passing out. The tests showed very high lipase in my blood, 10 times the normal high rate. The doctor is not exactly sure what went wrong. It could be my pancreas but the thought is that it was a withdrawal from the steroids that I was given during the time of my chemo treatment and the days afterward. My prayer request is that God will help the doctor to find out how to manage my drugs so that I do not have a reaction like that again. It was a very scary experience.

Transitions

July 22, 2013 — 5 Comments

Transitions by Cheryl Schatz

In life there are transitions. As Christians we go through many transitions as we grow in Christ and become all that we can be with His amazing grace. Today I would like to post about a new challenge in life that involves an area of transition for me.  It is about a struggle with cancer that I am facing as I fight for my life.

I am still dedicated to serving the Lord Jesus in the ministry that He has called me to.  As I continue to work on this DVD project The Giving, I will need every ounce of strength that He provides, as my work will be interrupted by surgery and further treatment as the doctors consider necessary.  I will continue to post on The Giving blog but I may not be as fast as I would like.  Check the subscribe area on the right hand side to follow my posts and to check out my personal journey.

Prayer Support

As I fight this battle for life against an enemy that wants to stop my work, and end my life, if you are inclined to pray for me, I would be very grateful.  I have been eighteen years cancer free, but it has come back with a vengeance. It is an aggressive enemy, but our God is able.  I choose to serve God with every breath that He gives me.  There are 10,000 reasons to bless the Lord, even when we are sick.  Here is a link to a song that was sent to me to bless me, and I hope that it will bless you as well.

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)

All will Come on The Giving Blog by Cheryl Schatz

Jesus gives an amazing promise in John 6:37~

The Promise

John 6:37 (NASB) “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me…

Jesus promises all that the Father gives… Let’s start our search into this passage by looking at the terms “all” and “gives”. Continue Reading…

Jesus is The Bread on The Giving blog by Cheryl Schatz

In my last post I showed how the crowd went from asking Jesus about what they were obligated to do to gain the bread that endures to eternal life, to the next step of asking to see the work that Jesus would do. The purpose of the work is to bring the crowd to faith in Jesus. We stopped in verse 33 where Jesus said that the bread is to give life to the world. Did the crowd understand that they too were a part of the world to whom the bread was given? This post will take apart John 6:34-36. Continue Reading…

 From Doing to Seeing on The Giving Blog by Cheryl Schatz

In my last post, I talked about how Jesus showed the unbelieving crowd, that followed Him in John 6, that the “work” which result is meant to bring the crowd to belief, is God’s work. When Jesus shared that it is God’s work, not the work of the crowd, the crowd demanded a work from Jesus.

John 6:30 (NASB) So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform?

Notice that the crowd is no longer conversing with Jesus about their own work. Instead they want a work from Him. They demand “What then do YOU DO…” They understand that there will be a work whose purpose it is to bring them to faith. They now want a work that they can see, a work that is designed to cause them to believe. Jesus rightfully brought the crowd from their mindset about their own righteous works as being the cause of salvation, to the true cause of salvation which is the work of God. Continue Reading…

John 6:28, 29 Believe

In my last post, I discussed the phrase in John 6, that Calvinists ignore from their own proof text passage. In this post, we will deal with John 6:28, 29.

John 6:28–29 (NASB)

28 Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?”

29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”

When the crowd that had followed Jesus asked Him what they were to do in order to work the works of God, their question was about their moral or legal obligations before God in order to gain eternal life. Their question was about works (plural). Their question was also personal. “What work shall we do…?”, they asked.

In reply to the unbelieving crowd, Jesus responded, “this is the work of God” (a singular thing as opposed to plural works). This one (singular) thing is God’s work, in order that you believe in Him (Jesus) whom He (God) has sent.

Who is working? Continue Reading…

Son of Man WILL give

The verse that is the most ignored by Calvinists in their own proof text is John 6:27, and within the verse in particular, a specific phrase. Calvinists prefer to start their focus in John 6 with verse 37, but it is vital to discuss all of Jesus’ words to the crowd, so that we do not miss out on the truth that is presented in verse 27.

Jesus makes a promise

In John 6:27 Jesus makes a promise that lays the foundation for the important words that will follow.  Jesus said:

John 6:27 (NASB) “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”

To understand this verse, we need to know who Jesus is talking to.

To whom is Jesus talking to? Continue Reading…

The conflict over Judas on The Giving blog by Cheryl Schatz

In my post about Judas and the last supper, Colin Maxwell, a Calvinist responded to my post, although not responding on this blog, but on his twitter account @weeCalvin. He wrote that Luke’s account that listed Judas as being at the first celebration of the covenant in Jesus’ blood, should be considered as a disputed passage. He considers Luke disputed not because he doesn’t believe that it is God breathed, but because he doesn’t believe that it is written in chronological order. He also said that Matthew’s account where Jesus’ words show that Judas could not have been present, should be trusted as the chronological wording of Jesus so that Judas was not offered the wine and the bread representing Jesus’ death on the cross.

This take a look at this issue carefully, trusting that God’s Word does not contradict itself.

How was the book of Luke written? Continue Reading…

All Who Come are Drawn John 6:44 by Cheryl Schatz
In my last post, I showed that Scripture must not be taken out of context by making the word “draw” to mean “drag” in John 6:44. However, if “draw” does not mean “drag” in John 6, what does “draw” mean within this inspired context? In this post let’s discuss what “draw” means, and whether everyone whom God draws, will eventually come to Jesus?

God’s own Witness

Immediately after Jesus gives the strong statement that no one can come to Him, unless the Father who sent Jesus draws that person, Jesus takes us into the Old Testament to understand the meaning of what He has just said. Let’s examine Jesus’ words very carefully. In John 6:45 Jesus said:

It is written…

These are powerful words. They are the same words that Jesus used to answer challenges from Satan, and from the religious Jews. “It is written” is a powerful appeal to what God has already said!  Who is Jesus answering this time from the context of the “It is written” statement in John 6:45? If we look back at verses 41 and 42, we see the Jews grumbled about Jesus’ claim to be the bread that came down from Heaven. In verse 43 Jesus answered and “said to them” (the grumbling Jews). Jesus tells them not to grumble and then Jesus gives an amazing revelation to them starting in verse 44. Continue Reading…

Does Draw mean Drag? by Cheryl Schatz on The Giving blog

When does “draw” mean “drag”?

If we are to believe Calvinism, we would have to conclude that God is a dragger for Calvinists are quick to point out that in John 6:44 the term “draw” actually means “drag” and this is what God does to His elect who, in their unregenerate state, are both unwilling and unable to respond to Him in faith.

Taking the Biblical test

Let’s have a close look at the word “draw” to see what it actually means.

John 6:44 Does God's drawing mean He drags people to Himself? by Cheryl Schatz

If we look up the Greek term for the biblical usage of the word for “draw” we can see that the primary meaning is to “attract”.  There are other meanings for draw when animals, clothing, judgment and mistreatment are the context. For example the Greek word can mean to “haul” in a net, or to “stretch” a piece of cloth.   Continue Reading…

Did God hang babies out to dry? by  Cheryl Schatz/The Giving DVD blog

My last post on Judas brought up a discussion of Jesus’ words about Judas and what it would have been like for him had he not been born.

Matthew 26:24 (NASB) “The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”

What is “good”?

There is no doubt that Jesus’ words are inspired. His words are also preserved in the Scripture so that we can learn things that we could not know without His revelation. Jesus gives a conditional statement about what would be “good” or “better” for Judas on the condition that he had died before he was born. Jesus said that for Judas to die before he was born would have been advantageous to Judas. Look at the range of the meanings for the word that Jesus chose to use:

Matthew 26:24 Greek for good on The Giving DVD blog by Cheryl Schatz

What is the specific usage for the Greek word “kalon” in Matthew 26:24?

Let’s consider the specific usage determined by the BDAG lexicon (Bauer, Danker & Arndt) for Matthew 26:24   Continue Reading…

Judas on The Giving blog by Cheryl Schatz

Is Judas a problem for your theology? He can be a problem if some of your beliefs come from tradition and not from the Scriptures. In this article I would like to discuss the full Scriptural view of Judas and ask you to test your own understanding against what the Scripture reveals.

What was the history of Judas as one of the Disciples?

Judas was a follower of Jesus who was chosen with eleven others to be Jesus’ apostles.

Luke 6:13 (NASB) And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles:

As a disciple of Jesus he was sent out to preach the gospel of the kingdom and to do miracles.

Matthew 10:5–8 (NASB)

5 These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: “Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans;

6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

7 “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

8 “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.

Notice it was the twelve that Jesus sent out and Judas was among the twelve according to Matthew 10:4. Judas was given authority over sickness and the enemy just as the other apostles received. Jesus also said that the twelve were sent out as sheep in the midst of wolves.   Continue Reading…

John the Baptist on The Giving blog by Cheryl Schatz

In the teaching of Calvinism, there is an election to salvation for some men while the rest of mankind are created without a hope of eternal life. In this understanding God has pre-determined from eternity that all but the elect would remain in their sin and be lost forever. If Calvinism is true, then there is a portion of mankind that has been unconditionally chosen and guaranteed salvation because Jesus died for their sins and His death and resurrection guarantees their salvation without fail. Unconditional election is either true or false when tested by the Scriptures. May I share my view of the most famous of the elect in the Scriptures?

Was John one of the elect?

If I asked this question of a Calvinist I am sure that he or she would answer “Yes”. After all John had the Holy Spirit since he was in his mother’s womb. Jesus even said that John was the greatest so if anyone on earth should be one of the elect, it surely would be John. Let’s have a look at John’s election.

The Bible’s witness of John

Malachi  3:1 names John as God’s messenger:

Malachi 3:1 (NASB) “Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me…

John preached in the wilderness where he drew great crowds. His work as a messenger of the Lord is prophesied in Isaiah:   Continue Reading…