"I went to Jerusalem to become acquainted (Gk. istoria) with Cephas" - Paul's words from Galatians 1:18.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Why the Atonement Debate Should Matter to You

Real relationship. 

Does salvation (deliverance) from death depend on the work of God or the work of man?

God did not intend death for man, but it is natural to the universe.

Immortality was the gift bestowed on God's highest creation.

Adam and Eve's rebellion toward God plunged mankind into the natural order - "The wages of sin is death."

The end of death for man comes in the death of the Second Adam, Jesus Christ.

Christ represents His people as Adam represents His people. 

Who are the people of Christ? "You shall call His name Jesus for He shall save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). 

"Vengeance is mine," says the Lord, "I will repay" (Romans 12:19). 

God is a just judge. Either your sins are "repaid" in the death of a substitute, or your sins will be "repaid" by you. You will die a "second time." 

I don't want to live forever. 

"I have come that you might have life and live it abundantly (John 10:10). 

one regards faith as part of God’s gift of salvation, the other as man’s own contribution to salvation; one gives all the glory of saving believers to God, the other divides the praise between God, Who, so to speak, built the machinery of salvation, and man, who by believing operated it

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