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  1. The Jews are often condemned for crucifying Christ, although it was actually the Romans. Can you imagine what would have happened if they hadn't. WE WOULD NOT BE SAVED.

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    • The debate will not end but those whose robes are finally washed in the Blood will discontinue it (the debate); the remaining group (as represented as the foolish virgins) will keep the discussion alive because the spirit behind it is about dissension among all who call on Christ's name. When our focus become centered on our (individuality) sin being responsible for His death, we will repent and stay repented. As it is written, Godly Love works repentance; repentance then is a continual state of being and can therefore be defined thus: actively participating in the avoidance of sin.

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  2. I suppose that I must be one of the foolish virgins but to me actually everyone has had a part to play in Calvary one way or another. As for what happened 2000 years ago, the Romans wouldn't have crucified Jesus except for the Pharisees charge against Jesus which they brought before Pilate whom they threatened politically with the charge of treason against Caesar. Pilate actually wanted to release Jesus (Jn 19:12) and when pushed into the political trap they set lashed out at them in frustration concerning the plaque on the cross, "What I have written, I have written" (Jn 19:22 NKJV). Besides, they didn't kill Christ, nobody did directly, Jesus pulled the plug on His own life as the sacrificial offering typified in the evening burnt offering of the santuary services (Jn 10:17-18; Mat 27:45-51; see also Desire of Ages 756.5-757.1). If the Romans didn't nail Him up someone else would have for it was prophesied to happen in order to complete the plan of salvation.

    I think what is more important than who did what is the reason for the persecution. Certainly the devil was behind the whole thing but Jesus gives us a more surprising answer:

    Remember the word that I said to you,`A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me (Jn 15:20-21 NKJV).

    To me the very last part of the quote is the core of the problem. As Hosea wrote, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children" (Hos 4:6 NKJV). The law is the transcript of God's character and that is what they rejected - knowledge of what God is like. They not only rejected that knowledge they also refused to be like God in character by keeping His law. Therefore, they became like animals and emulated their real master, the devil himself and placed themselves on his side against God.

    Not only that but Jesus said that we will be persecuted for the same reasons and that, "the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service" (Jn 16:2 NKJV). To me that means that they will get their marching orders through a complete misunderstanding of Scripture, especially what they think it says about God and what He expects of His people. As a warning we also must be very mindful of the fact that we too can fall for the same theological trap (1 Cor 10:12; Mat 23:29-30) and end up doing things that are completely out of harmony with Christ.

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