Archive for June, 2017

The Little Word “If” Proves Salvation Is Conditional

June 23, 2017

The word “if” means – “on condition that … a condition, requirement, or stipulation” (Random House College Dictionary)

Illustrations:

Bobby, if you eat your carrots, Mommy will let you have some ice cream.

If you finish your homework, you may go out and play.

If you take this medicine, it should make you feel better.

Now notice some verses that use the word “if” to show our salvation is conditional:

Matt 6:14-15 if ye forgive men their trespasses, your … Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

I John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Rom 10:9 if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

I Cor 15:1-2 … the gospel … By which also ye are saved if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you

II Peter 1:10 … for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall

Conclusion: Salvation/Election is “if” (conditional)

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II Cor 5:21a – For He Hath Made Him To Be Sin For Us

June 16, 2017

II Corinthians 5:21a (“For he hath made him to be sin for us”) is saying the same thing as Isaiah 53:6c. God “made him to be sin for us” is the same as God “hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

Suppose a Mob boss ordered a small potatoes underling to take the rap for a crime some more important mobsters did. The mobsters let off the hook could accurately say – “For the Boss hath made him to be dirty for us.” Wouldn’t that mean the low man on the totem-pole substituted for the big wigs, he took their penalty for them?

In a similar way, Jesus was “made … to be sin” means he was literally treated like a sinner by God:

· not in the sense that Jesus sinned or was made guilty of sin – not in any shape, form, or fashion – He was the most innocent lamb that ever lived

· we see this in Isaiah 53:5 – Jesus took our chastisement so we could have peace with God

· I like the way David Lipscomb put it on page 81 of his Gospel Advocate commentary on II Corinthians – “God had made Jesus who committed no sin to suffer as though he had sinned.”

Jesus made to be sin for us = took our sins in our place = Substitute

Where Were People Being Baptized Ever Told To Get Out Of Their Unscriptural Marriage?

June 9, 2017

Several times in debate I have been asked where the Bible ever tells those being baptized to get out of an unscriptural marriage? My response (in part) has gone something like this …

· Where were homosexuals ever told specifically to get out of that relationship when they were baptized (Rom 1:26-27)? Does that mean God allows them to continue to be a practicing homosexual even after they become a Christian?

· Where were thieves ever told specifically to quit stealing when they were baptized (Eph 4:28)?

· Where were polygamists ever told specifically to get out of their extra marriages when they were baptized (I Cor 7:2)?

It’s all right there in the important command to “repent” in Acts 2:38. When a person repents before he is baptized to become a Christian, he will quit being a homosexual, thief, polygamist, … and adulterer (Matt 19:9) – as the case may be.

I Cor 6:9-11 does show people got out of adulterous marriages when they were converted – “adulterers … and such were (past tense) some of you” – meaning they had quit being an adulterer when they obeyed the gospel. And Mark 6:17-18 shows in principle it is unlawful to stay in an unscriptural marriage. Read it in your Bible.

Salvation Passages – Taking Them From Where They Are

June 3, 2017

In answer to the question, “How do you get to Atlanta from here?,” someone from Birmingham would answer differently from his house than I would from my house in north Alabama. The question is correctly answered based upon where you are.

It sometimes happens this way in the Bible when a person is told what to do to be saved:

· In Acts 16:31, unbelievers were told to “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ” to be saved. (they were baptized 2 verses later)

· In Acts 2:38, believers were told to “repent, and be baptized” for the remission of sins.

· In Acts 22:16, a penitent believer was told to “be baptized” to get his sins washed away.

What should we conclude? That all conditions stated as necessary by God for salvation should be obeyed. They don’t all have to be in one verse.