Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Gospel Of Jesus Christ

John 3:

14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

15  that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

16  "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

18  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

John 6:

35  Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

36  But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.

37  All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.

38  For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.

39  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.

40  For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day."

John 17:

1  When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,

2  since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.

3  And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

Ephesians 1:

3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

4  even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

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

6  to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

7  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

8  which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight

9  making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ

10  as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11  In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

12  so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

13  In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,

14  who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

(Romans 8:1- 9:6-24)
The sufficiency and efficacy of Christ’s obedient work, i.e. His atoning death, applies only to the elect, those chosen in Christ from before the foundation of the world. He came into creation to redeem it. His death and resurrection is not for condemnation, but for redemption and justification (of the elect alone, which is the will of the Father). Condemnation is forever tied to unbelief and unbelievers, all those made as vessels unto wrath. All men are God’s vessels, some created for wrath and some for mercy. There must coexist wrath/mercy, darkness/light, hatred/love, condemnation/salvation in order that the glory of God and the knowledge of that glory be made known. For those who would argue against the true Gospel, the reply given is the same as Paul’s:

Romans 9:

20  But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, "Why have you made me like this?"

21  Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?

22  What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction,

23  in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory--

24  even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?

Paul gives no other answer other than God has decreed this to be so for His own sovereign purpose and pleasure. He leaves nothing to chance, i.e. our choosing Him (Romans 3:10-12). It truly is all about Him and only Him. 
Habakkuk 2:                                                                                                                                           13  Behold, is it not from the LORD of hosts that peoples labor merely for fire, and nations weary themselves for nothing? 
14  For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

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