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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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When The Easter Bunny Comes Early

Perhaps some of the readers noticed that Easter came fairly early this year. Many of us have been used to Easter falling either at the end of March or at the beginning or middle of April. But what you may not have noticed this year is that the Passover is four full week AFTER the celebration of Easter. Does anyone find this surprising? Does anyone find this troubling? The last time I read my Bible it declared that Jesus was…

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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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Some Things Said… (Mar 05) (2)

Fear of God "There was a time when "fear of God meant piety, or at least conscience. Today, it more accurately describes the worldview of secular liberals who get itchy and twitchy at any reminder of our religious roots as a nation." --Mona Charen from www.federalist.com 03.17.05 MTV "In 171 hours of MTV programming, PTC analysts found 1,548 sexual scenes containing 3,056 depictions of sex or various forms of nudity and 2,881 verbal sexual references. That means that children watching…

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Savior in the Roman World

In the last article we noticed that the phrase "Son of God" had a different message to Roman ears than to our ears. In this final article, I would like for us to look at the implication and significance of teaching Jesus to be the Savior. Roman context In secular Greek, the word "savior" was "a laudatory name that men bestow in recognition of noble actions." Performing deeds that safeguarded the people or preserved what was precious could earn a…

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Son of God in Roman World

In this series of articles we have been trying to take a look at the message of the New Testament from the eyes of the people alive in the first century. We have been asking the question: what would the apostles message sounded like to the average Jew and Roman. In the last article we noticed that the gospel of peace would have an additional message beyond what the 21st century mind would recognize. While the gospel of peace was…

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Some Things Said… (Mar 05)

Getting Out God designed Christianity to be a 4WD spiritual vehicle with mudders, a truck that brings life to the outback. It is not a sensitive Miata that must be preserved from going off road and into the bush. Quit treating the truth claims of the scripture, the power of the Holy Spirit and the compassion of the Creator like they are some fragile little Faberge' eggs that must be coddled, kept in the sanctuary and never exposed to the…

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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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