July 2012

Applying The Ten Commandments 04

Text: Deuteronomy Ch 05 Part 04

Sermon by Andrew Zekveld

The South African Expositor’s Podcast

Living With Leaven 01

Text: Luke 12:1-5 Part 01

Sermon by Clint Archer

The South African Expositor’s Podcast

* Apologies for the poor quality of the recording

Is Jesus Christ Eternal

In the last two posts I’ve looked at the subject of forgiveness, and  how it applies to the future sins of a Christian as well as those from the past. You can read part one and part two here. 

This post is a bit different from the previous two. I haven’t attempted to write out the theology of this doctrine in full at this time. I have simply collected and collated every relevant verse I could find on the subject. Bearing in mind that this was originally for an audience of Jehovah Witnesses, who believe that Jesus is the arch-angel Michael, I have kept the commentary to a minimum, letting the text do the talking. All of my commentary is in italics. 

This is obviously not an exhaustive list, and if you can think of any other relevant verses, feel free to drop them into the comments section. Also as a practical theological exercise, feel free to articulate this aspect of Christ’s nature in biblical theological terms, and share your results with us on the comments page.

Open Bible Holy Bible

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:1-4, 14

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” Exodus 3:14

Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.”
So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”
So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple. John 8:56-59

Note Jesus is claiming that He was older than Abraham, indeed using the same term as in Exodus 3, He describes Himself as ‘I am.’ Realizing that Jesus is claiming to be the eternal God, they pick up stones to kill Him for blasphemy, but Jesus hides Himself and leaves.

Open Bible PaperJesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Note that one of Christ’s names prophecied in this verse is Everlasting Father, key word everlasting.

Open BibleAnd now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.   John 17:5

Note that in this prayer, Jesus describes how He and the Father had glory before the world existed.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26

In Genesis 1 God uses the plural “let us” implying the presence of at least one more person. Other verses teach us the concept of the Trinity, but when you couple this verse with John 1:3, which says that nothing was made except that was made through Jesus.

 

Two Truths About The Person And Work Of Jesus Christ

For Jehovah’s Witnesses

Part 1: Forgiveness Of Sin Is For Sin Past, Present And Future Part 01

Part 2: Forgiveness Of Sin Is For Sin Past, Present And Future Part 02

Part 3: Is Jesus Christ Eternal?

 

Forgiveness Of Sin Is For Sin Past, Present And Future Part 02

This is part 2. You can read part 1 here

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:13-14

Yesterday we looked at the subject of Jesus Christ’s

Fourth Point

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Forgiveness

This verse is key because almost without exception, the difference between biblical Christianity and every false religion is the teaching of works salvation. In these religions, you have to do something. Catholicism teaches this, you have to do all the sacraments; Islam teaches this, you have to do the 5 pillars; Buddhism teaches this, you have to strive to get rid of all desires. And so on, every one teaches some variation of having to work, do, strive, earn. Biblical Christianity teaches something different, a person is saved by grace, unmerited favour, through faith. A person puts their trust in Christ, and Jesus, according to the riches of His grace (Eph 1:7, Eph 2:7) forgives their sin.

 Fifth Point:

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1

No Condemnation

This verse is one of my absolute favorites. It is explicitly clear. For those who are in Jesus Christ, (those who have repented and put their faith in Christ) there is now no condemnation. God will not and does not condemn one whom He has bought and paid for with His precious blood. There isn’t any, He promised. I repeat it because it is such a glorious and comforting promise to a sinner such as I. No condemnation very clearly implies the forgiveness of future sins as well as past sins because if we had to pay for future sins ourselves, and if we failed to do so (and we would) there would be condemnation. That is why Roman Catholics have purgatory, Somewhere to be temporarily condemned while they work of their sins they never fully cleared in life. Purgatory is false, for a number of reasons, but particularly because there is no condemnation.

 Sixth Point:

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15

But when the fullness o

f time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5

he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, Ephesians 1:5

The Father's Adoption

The above verses all talk on a common theme, namely that when God saves a man, He adopts Him into his family according to that man the full rights of sonship. This is a most wonderful part of salvation, that we, instead of being enemies of the King of Glory, are instead brought into His family and given an inheritance. Now again, you notice this adoption is steady and unconditional. If we are in God’s family, we are in.

Final Point:

Christians rest in the finished and final work of Jesus Christ

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28

Jesus Christ offers you rest. Rest from striving to earn and maintain salvation through good works that are never sufficient to save a person, and never could. And like many of the points above, this rest is a constant; it’s not offered on condition of you fulfilling certain rites or religious strivings and zealousness, indeed it’s a rest from having to do all of those works. It is finished, Christ’s work is complete, you can now rest in this finished work.

 

Rest in God

The implication of this again is that future sins are already forgiven. You cannot rest if you are constantly worrying if you have repented for everything, or if you have lost it again.

In summary Jesus Christ offered one offerings for all sins of all who would repent and believe in Him. They are justified, adopted, redeemed, sanctified, by grace through faith along in Jesus alone and that we rest in Him. All of these things by definition and by description demand that sins are once and for all times forgiven, covered for all times by the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Further relevant verses are below

All of Hebrews 10 – 12

Romans 5:2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

Romans 6:6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

 

Any thoughts? Let me know in the comments section

 

Two Truths About The Person And Work Of Jesus Christ

For Jehovah’s Witnesses

Part 1: Forgiveness Of Sin Is For Sin Past, Present And Future Part 01

Part 2: Forgiveness Of Sin Is For Sin Past, Present And Future Part 02

Part 3: Is Jesus Christ Eternal?

 

Forgiveness Of Sin Is For Sin Past, Present And Future Part 01

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:13-14

This is part one of the biblical case that Christ’s death provided forgiveness of sin, both past sins committed and those that may be committed after the point of salvation. My case is this; firstly that Christ’s atoning death covered all sins. Second, when a person is born again, they are justified. Because they are justified by God, they cannot lose their salvation. Third, that Jesus’ work was declared to be finished
ForgivenessFirst Point:and we have attained peace with God, and that no further effort was needed to attain that peace. Fourthly because we are justified by Grace through faith alone and not of works, it is impossible to loose salvation, because we did not earn it nor keeps it by our own merits. Fifthly, God adopts those who He saves, permanently and eternally. Sixthly, God says that there is no longer any condemnation for those believers. There would certainly be condemnation if we still had sins to clear after repentance. Finally because Jesus offers rest from all works and striving to be forgiven and to be saved, something that you need to do if you lost that state every time you sin after the point of conversion.

And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,
waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.
For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,”
then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. Hebrews 10:10-18

If you needed one verse that spells out this concept most clearly, it would be the one about, Hebrews 10:10-18, as you can see, it says that

we have

  1. been sanctified by Christ’s offering of Himself
  2. That no priestly effort, was ever able to take away sins, This includes Catholic mass, penance and confession.
  3. But Christ’s death, His offering of Himself, in a single sacrifice which was effective for all time. Notice that this single sacrifice covered all sins. Also that it was finished, Jesus sat down.
  4. Notice that there is a single offering, and it perfected for all time, meaning that there is no further offering for sin, in any way, ever. The final and now only offering for sin that is of any effect is Christ’s death on the cross
  5. God the Holy Spirit promises in covenant to write His law on our hearts and minds (this is the conscience (Romans 2:15) and that He will not remember our sins any more. They’re gone, forgiven and forgotten. Not only our past sins, but our sins, all of them that we commit during our lifetime.

Second Point:

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1

Justification

Part of what happens when a person gets saved is that God justifies a person. This biblical and theological word justified means a legal declaration of a person’s righteousness standing before God. (See the dictionary.com definition)

Justification happens to a Gospel believing person regardless of what particular sin they have committed and regardless. It is done entirely by God and is how He sees one of His children. Because it’s all on God’s side that justification is done, and that justification isn’t something that can change all the time, therefore, you cannot become unjustified, therefore, you cannot lose your salvation, therefore, Your future sins are already forgiven.

Third Point:

When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 Also see Romans 5:1 above.

It Is FinishedIn John 19:30 Jesus is one the cross, He has already received the many beatings, and has carried His cross to Golgotha and has been nailed and raised. After hanging there, having the wrath of God poured out on Him in our place, having completed this work, He says the words: “It is finished”, literally in the Greek, the debt has been paid. This work of Jesus was finished; He had paid the sin debt we had accrued. It doesn’t say that He paid that debt until we get saved, then it’s up to us to pay for our sins. No! He declares the work to be complete. Also you will notice that when these events actually happened, all the sins He would be atoning for would be in the future. For us, the work was finished before our salvation, during, and after. Our sins were covered by Christ’s death, both before our repentance, and afterwards.

Also we have peace with God through Christ (Romans 5:1). Notice that this peace does not fluctuate. It is a continuous state of peace. We have no peace with God if we still have to cover for some of our sins. But we don’t, as Christ already forgave them.

 

Two Truths About The Person And Work Of Jesus Christ

For Jehovah’s Witnesses

Part 1: Forgiveness Of Sin Is For Sin Past, Present And Future Part 01

Part 2: Forgiveness Of Sin Is For Sin Past, Present And Future Part 02

Part 3: Is Jesus Christ Eternal?

 

Better Than Any Conference 02

Text: Acts 2:37-47. Part 02

Sermon by Tim Cantrell

The South African Expositor’s Podcast

New Series

If you are a regular reader of this site you might have noticed a distinct lack of posts over the last few weeks. The majority reason is that I’ve been on holiday and taking things easy, while at the same time having lots of fun upgrading my podcast so that its got music and an introduction. (You can listen to my efforts here). But I’m happy to announce a new series of posts which will be coming out within the next few days. The series is entitled Two Truths About The Person And Work Of Jesus Christ. They come out of a series of interactions I recently had with a couple of Jehovah Witnesses. In our last conversation I quickly managed to steer the debate towards the person and work of Jesus Christ. The first thing we had to demonstrate to be true or false was the question of Christ’s atoning work, specifically, did Christ forgive sins both of the past and of the future. As a Christian, I strongly affirm YES! Whereas they equally strongly said no. The second disagreement was over the nature of Christ. Did He exist before the creation of the world or didn’t He? Christians affirm that He did, Jehovah Witnesses say that He didn’t.

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http://frjody.com/writings/seminary/the-person-work-of-christ/

Thus over the next few posts, I will show you just what the bible says on this topic. It is very crucial, if a person has the wrong Jesus, they cannot be saved until they repent of it and put their faith in the real Biblical Jesus

 

But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. 2 Corinthians 11:3-4

Applying The Ten Commandments 03

Text: Deuteronomy Ch 05 Part 03

Sermon by Andrew Zekveld

The South African Expositor’s Podcast

The Pharisee In The Mirror Part 09

Text: Luke 11:45-54 Part 09 of 09

Sermon by Clint Archer

The South African Expositor’s Podcast

* Apologies for the poor quality of the recording

Better Than Any Conference 01

Text: Acts 2:37-47. Part 01

Sermon by Tim Cantrell

The South African Expositor’s Podcast

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