Yes, healing is in the atonement, like every biblical benefit. So why not 100% healing? What about his kingdom coming and his will being done on earth as it is in heaven (Matt. 6:10)? Why doesn’t that prayer–part of the Lord’s Prayer!–guarantee healing all the time without one exception?
This theory of the atonement or the significance of Christ’s death on the cross has come under attack of late. And maybe some sermons and illustrations of it have been out of line. But this theory of the atonement is still biblically valid. Here’s why.
Critics say: “God sent his Son to the cross and poured his just wrath on him? Would any loving Father do that? It’s cosmic child abuse!”
At first glance he seems to be a mysterious figure. But who was he according to the entire Scriptures that mention him? An old-fashioned Bible study here, with my translation of Hebrews 7.
The parable may not cover the titled theological dispute in detail, but many interpreters believe it does. So let’s explore.
Paul begins and ends each letter with grace. Great for your personal edification or a series in a Bible study or sermons.
What are those alternatives? Only one man, inspired by the Spirit, turned the problem and solution on its head.
Hint to its meaning: Think about it and take it on credit.
The New Testament issues all sorts of commands and imperatives that many of us can’t live up to. What then?
What does “being justified” mean? Acquittal in law court, put right in a covenant, or both, or what?
Do we ignore the Old Law so we can be free to live as we wish in the New Covenant? What about Christian Sabbath keeping? What does the Bible really say?
It is very sad on a human level. But what is the answer biblically? Is there hope?
If you have an overactive conscience, this post is for you. God hurls your sins into the sea and remembers them no more.
Some believe that in the epistle to the Romans Paul promises salvation through good works. The answer is not as clear as some interpreters claim.
It is important to distinguish law from the gospel. If we don’t, we’ll get confused about how to walk the walk.
Can truly born-again believers drift permanently away from their relationship with the Lord, or are they eternally secure?
In the old days, this used to be called the “perseverance of the saints” (believers). All that means is the persistence of Christians to keep their relationship with the Lord. So the related question often comes up: Can a truly born-again believer walk away from this relationship?
Renewalists believe a wide range of versions of the term, because there are a wide range of Renewalists, but here is what the vast majority believe, as I have observed things.
Renewalists are a diverse group, so they believe different things about justification. However, by my observations, the majority of them believe what’s in this post.
What is justification? Can God declare a guilty man not guilty?
When we experience salvation, we respond to it in our daily lives. How doe we and should we respond?
Who brought it about? How did salvation happen? Do we play our part to receive it?
The Scriptures use metaphors or imagery to describe salvation.
Read the Scriptural answer.
Start with this post, if you want the Bible basics. It will boil things down and clarify them. Key Hebrew and Greek words, too.
You must be born again. But what does that mean? Does anything result from being born again? Or do we just stay the same?
Does it merely mean “changed mind,” or does it go deeper?
This is about God’s foreknowledge, choice, and human freewill. If we have the right perspective, we can reach sensible conclusions.
This post looks at the major Scriptures about the atonement. It also asks whether healing is “in” the atonement.
This is a simple look at Leviticus 16 in ten steps. Jesus fulfilled all the elements required on that holy day. How?
Are some theories about it better than others? J. Rodman Williams, a magnificent and irenic theologian, a leader in the Renewal Movement (specifically of the Charismatics and Neo-Charismatics), provides a balanced view on the various theories of the atonement.
This is an easy-to-follow study of some key Hebrew and Greek words, all transliterated into English.
God didn’t move. We did. Now he is wooing us back.
This is an easy-to-follow word study in Hebrew and Greek, with all the words transliterated into English. And then redemption and ransom are applied to our lives today.
Ever since the Enlightenment (1600-1800+), modern man does not like the bloody elements of Christianity, the blood that was shed on the cross. This man knows best, right?
Postmodern man after the Enlightenment (1600-1800+) does not like the bloody part of Christianity. Of course this man is shortsighted. This post answers the question and lays out the efficacious benefits of the blood of Christ for our salvation.
Grace means God’s unmerited, unearned favor. But once you have experienced it, you must show it.
That’s a shock. Aren’t we supposed to obey the Ten Commandments? Well … only if you don’t do something else first.
I used to teach world religions for a number of years. I learned that even though many people never got the chance to hear the gospel, they still lived impressively moral lives. What happens to them at judgment?
This is important for our walk with God. Don’t get them confused!
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