Correspondence: 1CO 9:27; 1JO 3:9; LEV 7:13; 2CO 2:14-16; LUK 9:26; 2TI 2:12

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Ans. Yes, Paul referred to damnation in 1 Cor. 9:2727But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (1 Corinthians 9:27), but yet other scriptures show us he had no doubt as to the certainty of his salvation, and glory with Christ at the end.
Ques. Why does 1 John 3:99Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (1 John 3:9) read, "Whosoever is born of God... cannot sin"? If it said "ought not to sin" I could understand it.
Ans. This passage identifies the believer with the spotless new nature that he possesses by the new birth. The epistle regards the believer at the height of his proper standing in Christ. Every Christian is looked at here as acting solely in the power and energy of the new nature. But you may say he often does not. This is true, otherwise there were no need for 1:9, but this is not the subject here. It could not say "ought not to sin" for it is solely speaking here of what is born of God, and it is plain that nothing born of God can sin. The reason we ever sin is because we allow that within us to act which is not born of God. Such a Christian is not contemplated here.
Ans. Leaven throughout Scripture is a type of what is evil, never of what is good,-of hidden "malice and wickedness." Leaven was not to be burned before the Lord; the offering of Lev. 7:1313Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings. (Leviticus 7:13) was not burned by fire, (see Lev. 2:1111No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the Lord, shall be made with leaven: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the Lord made by fire. (Leviticus 2:11)), and the offering of it there shows that though we are not in the flesh, it is still in us.
Ans. The sweet savor is that of Christ's name which is spread abroad by preaching, whether the result of that preaching to man be life by receiving it, or death by rejecting it. In either case Christ is proclaimed.
“But the fearful and unbelieving,... shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.