Archive for June, 2010

I Timothy 2:6 versus the Limited Atonement theory

June 25, 2010

I Timothy 2:6 reads … who (Christ Jesus) gave himself a ransom for all …

Who is the all in this context?

• verse 1 Do we pray for “all men” or just the elect?

• verse 2 If “all men” of verse 1 is just “all the elect,” then that would mean all rulers (“kings, and … all that are in authority”), including Adolf Hitler, are just coincidently of the saved/elect.

The Bible says Jesus died for ALL.  It means just that.

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Baptism Must Be Done “For The Remission Of Sins”

June 19, 2010

The following passages (and others) teach that water baptism is necessary for salvation:
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be condemned.
John 3:5 Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God
Acts 2:38 Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost
Acts 22:16 arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord
Galatians 3:26-27 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
I Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus
Read them and see for yourself.

Sometimes the Bible (God) tells us to do things without telling us why. In those cases we must be willing to trust God and obey Him even if we don’t understand or agree with the why. But if God tells us why (the reason) we should do something, then we should do it for that reason (I Corinthians 13:3, Matthew 6:1,5,16, etc.), else we are not really obeying God. Doing something that just happens to coincide with God’s command, but for our own reasons, is not really submitting to God’s will.

Now let’s move back to the topic of water baptism and the reason the Bible gives for why we should do it. The wording of Acts 2:38 ("Repent and be baptized … for the remission of sins") not only proves that baptism is essential to the forgiveness of sins, but it also tells us the reason a person should be baptized. Baptizing as "an outward sign of an inward grace" (meaning, to show you are already saved) is no more scriptural baptism than young children playing baptism while they are out swimming. Baptism is to be done "for the remission of sins," at least according to God it is. If you’ve been baptized, but not "for the remission of sins," then you’ve never really received the remission of sins. You have to be baptized for the right reason to achieve God’s intended results. Peter would exhort you to "be baptized … for the remission of sins."

Baptism Doth Also Now Save Us

June 11, 2010

When God said in I Peter 3:21 that “baptism doth also now save us” he meant what he said. We have to be baptized to be saved. I Peter 3:21 does not mean we merit our salvation by being baptized. First, that would contradict the “salvation is not by works” passages. And second, the blood of Christ is what actually earns our salvation. But I Peter 3:21 does mean we have to be baptized in order to be saved. The salvation provided for by the death of Christ is conditional, and God has a right to place any conditions on that salvation that he wants to, doesn’t he?

Some say baptism only saves figuratively because that word is used in the verse. But I Peter 3:21 does not say baptism is a figure. The figure is Noah and his family’s salvation by water. Baptism is the real or antitype (defined by The Random House College Dictionary as "something that is foreshadowed by a type or symbol, as a NT event prefigured in the OT"). The following shows as much:

· NKJV translation – There is also an antitype which now saves us, namely baptism

· New Testament in Modern Speech – And, corresponding to that figure, baptism now saves you

· The Good News Translation – Which was a symbol pointing to baptism, which now saves you

· The New Living Translation – And this is a picture of baptism, which now saves you

· Thayer defines the word as, "a thing resembling another, its counterpart; something in the Messianic times which answers to the type prefiguring it in the Old Testament, as baptism corresponds to the deluge.”

· Vincent’s Word Studies says it is to be read as "which, the antitype or as an antitype; i.e., which water, being the antitype of that water of the flood, doth now save you, even baptism."

· Arndt and Gingrich’s Lexicon – Thus in I Peter 3:21 … means baptism, which is a fulfillment (of the type), now saves you, i.e., the saving of Noah from the flood is a …, or ‘foreshadowing’ …, and baptism corresponds to it.

· NIV – "and this water symbolized baptism that now saves you also" (baptism is not the symbol, but is what is being symbolized, the real).

If baptism is the type/figure, then the eight souls being saved by water would have to be the antitype/real, which is absurd. The NASV translates the phrase, "And corresponding to that, baptism now saves you." That should be easy enough to understand.

The former is a figure of the latter in that both involve water and both involve a salvation. The first involves a physical salvation while the second involves a spiritual salvation. Notice the latter part of the verse 21 lets us know that water baptism does not provide physical cleansing (“not the putting away of the filth of the flesh”) but spiritual cleansing (“an appeal to God for a good conscience” NASV).

Many have changed the word “now” to “not” so the phrase means “baptism doth also not save us.” But isn’t that just like Satan adding “not” (to God’s words) telling Eve in Genesis 3:4 that if she ate of the forbidden fruit “Ye shall not surely die”?

Isaiah 59:2 versus “Original Sin”

June 4, 2010

Isaiah 59:2 reads “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”

The Israelites’ sins (not Adam’s sin) separated them spiritually from God. The true Calvinist would have to believe Adam’s sin separated the Isarelites from God.

Before the Israelites’ sin, they were not separated from God. This contradicts the Calvinists’ position that they would have already been separated by the “one sin of Adam.”