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Bringing Home the Faith (sixteenth installment)

The sobering truth is that anyone less than perfect, anyone who sins, even in a seemingly insignificant way, cannot stand before God, in the end. As I said at the beginning of this chapter, “God hates sin,” which is a good thing. Yet, if we turn to Jesus and confess him as our Savior, he will stand beside us and his blood will cover all our sins. Paul writes in Romans:

Since we have now been justified by Jesus’ blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath [against sin] through him. (5:9)

Therefore, everyone born into this world needs to be saved if they are to have eternal life. All sins can only be atoned for by Jesus. Continue reading

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Bringing Home the Faith (fifteenth installment)

So there was a system in Israel, for when a person — or entire communities — sinned, that would set them right before God. Forgiveness was granted when innocent blood was shed, when something of great value took the blame for sin.

It is not just a coincidence that Jesus is called “the Lamb of God”. In fact, John the Baptist said, when he saw Jesus for the first time,

“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29) Continue reading

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Bringing Home the Faith (fourteenth installment)

Was Jesus an unwitting victim, merely put to death by religious leaders who were jealous of his popularity among the people of Israel? Or, was he a willing sacrifice, who knew that his death was a central part of God’s plan of salvation from before time?

In this letter I talk about another important doctrine about Jesus called, the Atonement – how Jesus’ death set us right before God. Continue reading

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