Joseph’s coat of many colors; people have tried to envision what it would have looked like and the only thing I can say is that it must have stood out from all the other coats.
Joseph’s coat was a symbol of his father’s love, but his father’s love became something that his brothers hated. And no matter how much that coat cost Jacob, in the eyes of Joseph’s brothers that sign of love would end up costing Joseph.
Likewise, our spiritual Father has given us a coat to wear – a coat that is a symbol of his love, a coat of one color (John 3:16); but we must remember that as this coat stands out from all other coats people will hate it and it will cost us, but we must continue to wear it as a reminder of who we are to our Father (John 15:18-19;1 John 3:13). EA
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:26-27)
“…So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:14)
Contrary to Calvinism’s doctrine on “Limited Atonement” God’s offer of grace is not just for some – but for everyone who desires to receive it, trust it and obey it. I can’t tell you how many times the Bible says this, but I can tell you it says it more than once! And for something to be true the Bible only has to say it one time (and it must be said in the proper context), but when the Bible says the same thing over and over and over it might just be a clue pointing towards the obvious.
For example, when it comes to the reality of universal atonement the Bible says:
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,’” Titus 2:11
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” John 12:32
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9
“Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12
“And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” 1 John 4:14
“And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who desires all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” 1 Timothy 2:3-6
God commands all to repent (Acts 17:30), but He desires all to come to repentance through the offer of His grace found in His Son (2 Peter 3:9).
When a person preaches “Limited Atonement” then by default they have to preach a “limited gospel.” Talk about putting the gospel in a set of man-made doctrinal handcuffs! Imagine doing a Bible study, preaching a sermon, or putting up a billboard that says, “Jesus only died for some of you.” How effective! But that’s exactly what you have to teach when your doctrine and understanding of the cross is based on Calvinism. And let me tell you something – the moment the effectiveness of the cross is limited to a certain group, it stopsbeing a sign of hope and it becomes a sign of hopelessness, which is the exact opposite of what it was designed to be!!!
So why, why preach something that so clearly goes against the true meaning of the gospel (Romans 1:16)? Because Calvinists have to! Because the first petals of the TULIP makes them! It’s the result of the Calvinism’s unavoidable downward spiral. Let me clearly explain what I’m saying in case you haven’t gotten it by now. (more…)
Some are of the mindset that they can live a “good” life and do a few good deeds along the way and everything between them and God will be okay.
Now there’s nothing wrong at all with being a “good” person or doing good works, the world needs more of both; but to rely on these two things to ensure a right relationship between a person and his or her Creator is to fail to take into account the problem and reality of sin.
If good works saved a person then Jesus wouldn’t have had to die upon the cross. The fact that He had to shed His blood proves that we could do a million good deeds and we’d still be in the hole spiritually with our sins! Rely upon good works for our salvation and we’re admitting we believe Jesus is optional.
This is not to say that God doesn’t expect good works from His people (read Titus 3:8 if you think He doesn’t), but this is to say that if your relationship with Jesus isn’t right, then your relationship with God is wrong (John 5:23).
The price of sin owed to God is above and beyond the value that any good deed holds (Romans 6:23). God’s word warns that in the end good deeds leave us in the hole while the blood of Jesus leaves us whole! EA
“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)