Category Archives: Atonement

Salvation 2.0: Part 4.4: A reflection or two

Notice how far we’ve come without having to speak about Five Acts of Worship, being Scripturally Organized, or even the Five-Step Plan of Salvation. On the other hand, our basic theology here is thoroughly Trinitarian. Much has been said about … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 4.3: God’s blood oath

God’s blood oath I learned this lesson from Ray Vander Laan. I’ve even gotten to hear him teach it in person. And I know of no other theologian who places so much weight on this event. But it seems that … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 4.2: Jesus made perfect

Suffering to help us in our suffering Hebrews has this surprising passage — (Heb 5:7-10 ESV) In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 4.1: How — Atonement

How? So, if this is true, how does it work? How does someone enter the Kingdom? And how does the sacrifice of Jesus result in salvation for individuals? Atonement Before we address how an individual enters the Kingdom, it would … Continue reading

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The Salvation of the Christians: Election, Part 4 (So what?)

So what? I mean, this whole Jew-Gentile thing has been over for nearly 2,000 years. Why should we spend Sunday school Bible class time studying how First Century Jews should get along with First Century Gentiles? And if this is … Continue reading

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The Salvation of the Christians: Election, Part 3 (Eph 2)

We need to skip ahead a bit. Paul follows the verses we just covered with a discussion of the greatness of Jesus the Messiah, and then he returns to the question of Jews and Gentiles. (Eph 2:11-12 ESV) Therefore remember … Continue reading

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The Salvation of the Christians: Election, Part 2

Let’s take another look at Eph 1 and consider what these verses meant in Paul’s context. Paul’s point is that the Gentile converts enjoy the same covenant promises as the Jews. Well, what are those  promises? Why does that matter? … Continue reading

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The Salvation of the Christians: Election, Part 1

Several posts ago, I mentioned my belief that the NT doctrine of election is the same as the OT doctrine of election — that is, “election” means that God has elected Israel as the chosen people. The Gentiles have been … Continue reading

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The Salvation of the Christians: The Cross, Part 4 (Baptism, Part 2)

Something old, something new … So having hopefully avoided some of the more tedious arguments, let’s talk about something new. Well, not “new” but old. Really old. Paul writes in Gal 3 and Rom 4 that we are saved by … Continue reading

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The Salvation of the Christians: The Cross, Part 4 (Baptism, Part 1)

I admit it. I’m still recovering from back surgery. I’ve been in a lot of pain for a long time. And I’m running low on patience. I’m especially impatient with the endless repeating of the Church of Christ vs. Baptist … Continue reading

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