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Theory Versus Practice

I would like to direct your attention to the 6th chapter of the book of Hebrews beginning with verse one. "Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits." (Hebrews 6:…

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Did Jesus Die In Our Place? (6)

Many of those who defend the substitution theory of Christ also use some of the Old Testament stories as proof for Christs substitution. Do any of the Old Testament analogies we frequent show substitution? Let us take a moment to consider a few of them. A SUBSTITUTE FOR ISSAC The offering of the ram instead of Isaac is a case of substitution. In fact, the Bible clearly states the ram as such: "So Abraham went and took the ram, and…

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Did Jesus Die In Our Place? (5)

1 Peter 2:24 If Jesus did not literally have the sins of the world placed upon him, then what did Peter mean in 1 Peter 2:24, "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed"? I think we must first notice what the text does actually say. Notice that it says he "bore our sins in his body," not on…

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Did Jesus Die In Our Place? (4)

Jesus Became Sin (2 Corinthians 5:21) 2 Corinthians 5:21-"He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (HCSB). "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (NASU). "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the…

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Did Jesus Die In Our Place? (3)

In our last article we introduced the problem of the substitution theory. I believe a couple quotations will easily summarize the problems we considered last time. "The great Baptist preacher Charles H. Spurgeon said: "If Christ has died for you, you can never be lost. God will not punish twice for one thing. If God punished Christ for your sins He will not punish you. "Payment Gods justice cannot twice demand; first, at the bleeding Saviors hand, and then again…

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Did Jesus Die In Our Place? (2)

Problems with Substitution While many people accept the belief that Jesus died in their place on the cross, receiving the wrath due to them, many cannot explain how Jesus was their substitute. In this section, we will consider all the possible ways Jesus could be considered our substitute. 1. Jesus did not take our place in physical death. Since Jesus died for all people, how can it be suggested that Jesus physically died in the place of all people? If…

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On Ignorance and Spiritual Gifts

I’m interested in identifying and dealing with a specific issue amongst teachers and learners of Gods word. As I receive letters and e-mails from time to time, and read the work of some teachers, I have become convinced that we are ignorant on one of the main topics of what I might call "religion de jour." The whole of uneducated Christianity (meaning those outside the body of Christ - those thinking that they are Christians when in fact they are…

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Did Jesus Die In Our Place? (1)

Substitution Assumed We have songs that assert the substitution theory as scriptural fact. The song He Bore It All says "…stood condemned to die, but Jesus freely took my place." The song Hallelujah, What A Savior says "Bearing shame and scoffing rude, in my place condemned He stood." The doctrine of substitution has become so ingrained among the denominations and among Christians that it is stated as an assumed fact. But popularity does not establish truth. This theory of substitution…

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What Really Will Be Left Behind?

As part of Paul's letter to Titus and in his admonitions concerning "things that become sound doctrine" he gave advice and instruction on how all Christians are to act and as to the character they are to exhibit both public and private. In chapter two is this statement: "in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be…

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The Gospel of Peace

The Gospel in the Roman World To us, the gospel has always been a reference to the scriptures, the New Testament, or the arrival of the Messiah. We use the word "gospel" to refer to many aspects of the Gods message. However, in the first century the word "gospel" did not refer the New Testament to the Roman listener. The word "gospel" was already in use in the world and referred to something completely different. The Romans used the word…

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