“Limited Or Unlimited?”

Posted: November 12, 2011 in 1 Corinthians, Christian Life, Resurrection, Salvation, Spiritual Gifts

  Strange.  That’s the way it seems.  When a man, out of whom Jesus cast many demons, wanted to follow Him wherever He went, Jesus told him to go back home and tell others what great things the Lord had done for him (Mark 5:19).  Technically speaking he didn’t become a “disciple” or “follower of Jesus” (Luke 14:26-33).  And yet he was a saved man.  There were others too who were true believers in Christ who didn’t leave all and follow Jesus around wherever He went.  Martha, Mary, and Lazarus were a few examples (John 11:1).
  God’s Call.  God has extended to all mankind a general call (invitation) to come to the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved from hell and enter heaven (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24).  The Gospel we must believe to be saved is: “Christ died for our sins…and rose again [bodily] on the third day.”  “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Acts 16:31).  The bodily resurrection of Christ is essential to our salvation and it was witnessed by over 500 people over a forty day period of time (Luke 24:33-43; Acts 1:1-11).  Without it we have no hope (1 Corinthians 15:19).  Do you believe it to be true?  Have you trusted in Him exclusively for your salvation?  Are there any good works upon which you are depending for your salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)?  If so, stop right now.  Your “righteous works” are like filthy, smelly rags in God’s sight (Isaiah 64:6).
  Limited?  Believe it or not, there are some large denominations within Christendom who don’t believe that Christ died for the sins of the whole world.  They believe that Christ died only for certain ones.  And yet the Scriptures teach us that “He [Jesus] is the propitiation [satisfaction] for our [the Christians’] sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world (1 John 2:2).  The Apostle Paul said, “…we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:10).
  Gospel.  If those who really believe in “limited atonement” were completely honest, their “Gospel” might sound like this:  “Perhaps Christ died for you.” “Maybe God so loved you.” “Christ shed His blood for you, perhaps.” “Salvation has been provided for you, maybe.”  “Possibly God commends His love toward you.” “Hopefully He’s the propitiation for your sins.” “There is a possibility that Christ died as your Substitute.” “I bring you good news, maybe.” “It’s possible that Christ died for you. If you get saved then we know that He did die for you, but if you continue to reject Him then He did not die for you.” “Christ died for you only if you believe that Christ died for you (thus proving you are elect), but if you do not believe this and if you continue in your unbelief until the day you die, then Christ did not die for you.”  Does all this sound confusing to you?  It should because it’s not true.

  Quote.  “Belief in limited atonement means that the good news of God’s saving grace in Christ cannot be personalized. Those who hold to such a position cannot tell someone to whom they are witnessing that Christ died for him because that one may, in fact, not be one for whom Christ died.” – Robert Lightner
  Medicine.  Just because medicine is available to everyone doesn’t mean that everyone who is sick will be healed.  To be of any value, the medicine must be taken.  As one author wrote, “We need to make a difference between redemption accomplished and redemption applied.”
  Action.  You might know the facts that Christ died for our sins and rose again.  You might agree with the facts and yet you might not be truly saved.  You must apply the Gospel to your own life and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ personally if you want to be saved and go to heaven someday. Then you can be assured of your salvation.  “These things I [the Apostle John] have written to you who believe in the name (i.e. the person and work) of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life…” (1 John 5:13). This verse was very instrumental in my personal assurance of salvation. 
  Grace.  “For by grace [we are] saved through faith, and that not of [ourselves], it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  Once we’ve been truly saved, there are good works that God planned for each Christian to do (Ephesians 2:10).  These works are related to one’s spiritual gift that he/she receives at the moment of salvation (1 Peter 4:10).  Don’t get the cart before the horse. 
  Gifts.  If you’d like to know more about spiritual gifts (i. e. which ones were temporary and which are extant), contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com and then go to the “Bible Basics” section.  We also have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages if you’re not sure of your salvation.

  If you would like more information about “Limited Atonement” and the problems it has, go to http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/danger02.htm


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