Once and Forever

For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh.
Romans 8:3
Bob Ebeling spent a third of his life consumed with guilt. He was one of the engineers connected to NASA, and he worried that cold temperatures would cause the 1986 Challenger space shuttle to explode. Ebeling was so concerned that he called his boss, and they assembled data that would demonstrate the risk. When NASA proceeded with the launch anyway, Ebeling watched in horror as the Challenger exploded. He spent nearly the rest of his life overwhelmed with guilt, thinking he could have done more to delay the launch. Shortly before his recent death at age 89, Ebeling said he had found peace.[1]
It’s terrible to live a life consumed with guilt. Few of us have to face the explosion of a spacecraft, but we all look back on our lives with our share of regrets. But God doesn’t intend for us to live any longer in the sins He has washed away by the blood of Jesus. Our Lord’s blood is an acid that eats away at the corrosive guilt that can rust out our heart.

In Christ, there is no condemnation.

Jesus’ death is the only real answer to our guilt.
Timothy Lane

[1]Howard Berkes, “Challenger Engineer Who Warned of Shuttle Disaster Dies,” NPR, March 21, 2016.

from David Jeremiah

The Promises of God

Hebrews 10:19-23 19 Christian brothers, now we know we can go into the Holiest Place of All because the blood of Jesus was given. 20 We now come to God by the new and living way. Christ made this way for us. He opened the curtain, which was His own body. 21 We have a great priest over the house of God. 22 And so let us come near to God with a true heart full of faith. Our hearts must be made clean from guilty feelings and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold on to the hope we say we have and not be changed. We can trust God that He will do what He promised.

Many people in the world today place little value on commitments. We see politicians retract campaign promises once they take office, and some friends are quick to reschedule when a better opportunity comes up. Certain people even take marriage vows lightly. 

Thankfully, God always keeps His word and never changes. That means we can confidently count on Him to do what He says in Scripture. The Bible is filled with His promises, which give us stability in an uncertain world. 

The Lord’s promises reveal His character. Every time we see Him keep His word, we learn a little more about His greatness, faithfulness, love, power, and sovereignty. As a result, our confidence in Him grows. What’s more, His promises bring tremendous comfort in times of distress. And when we struggle with doubts about our salvation, Scripture gives assurance for our eternal future.

In a changing world where vows are often broken, it’s reassuring to know we serve a God who always does what He says. Think about the hope His promises provide. Then praise Him for the way they reveal His character and bring Him glory.

 

The Atonement

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

What happened on the cross? Why did Jesus need to die? Today, R.C. Sproul continues his exposition of the gospel of Mark, expressing why Christ’s death was required to bring reconciliation between the holy God and His sinful people.

Substitutionary Atonement

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

Some people argue that Jesus Christ died merely as an example of selfless love. From his Foundations series, R.C. Sproul corrects this view and explains what Christ’s death accomplished: atonement for those who believe.

What Is Atonement?

https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/what-is-atonement-and-why-is-it-necessary.html

Eight Views on the Atonement of Jesus

https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/02/12/eight-views-on-the-atonement-of-jesus/

Eight Views on the Atonement of Jesus

https://chab123.wordpress.com/2018/02/12/eight-views-on-the-atonement-of-jesus/

The Biggest Problem For Atonement Theories?

By Scot Mcknight

What do you think?

Thomas Andrew Bennett, in his book The Labor of God, contends the biggest problem with atonement theories is that they resolve a problem but not the fullness of the problem. Here are his words in the next four paragraphs:

Of the idiosyncrasies characteristic of contemporary atonement theology, perhaps the most peculiar is that atonement, based as it is on the “at-oneing” of God and humanity, never appears to be concerned with a fundamental change in us. …

Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2017/10/09/biggest-problem-atonement-theories/#imopqOF86yQwAxJ9.99