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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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The Blood of Jesus and the Blood of Animals

The writer of the book of Hebrews is explaining in chapter 10 why Jesus was necessary as a sacrifice for sins. After declaring "it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins," the writer of Hebrews quotes the words of David from Psalm 40: "Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, "Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you…

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