See The World’s Savior!

September 24, 2011

The Truth really is The Good News. In fact, it’s Great News! –At least for all who hate bondage, who hate evil, who hate sin, and who hate all that is of the dark realm. And what is this Great News? Here it is in a nutshell: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) Who is the Lamb of God? Jesus, of course. What does He do? He takes away sin. From whom? From the world!

Calvinists insist that “of the world” means “of the elect”, but they add to God’s Word to teach this. They do not teach that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world –of all humans who were ever created– but instead teach a repugnant doctrine called “Limited Atonement”. Instead of proclaiming the Truth –that everyone ever created is invited to, by choice, believe, accept, take, and apply the Atonement unto themselves by faith, they teach that Christ’s atoning sacrifice applies only to those whom God, by His own sole choice, preordained / decreed from eternity past would be saved.

The Calvinists’ gospel is not the Good News. In fact, it’s terrible news. Yet unashamedly and callously they continue to blaspheme God by declaring that not only was Christ’s blood not spilled to ransom everyone (–though it was –1 John 2:2 & 1 Tim. 2:6), but that God preordained most people to go to Hell, and just because He decided that this would bring Him the most glory. In other words, Calvinists teach that God created billions of people just so He could deliberately send them to Hell. –Even though God’s Word says that God “wants all men to be saved” (1 Tim. 2:4) and is patient, “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) What a demonic god Calvinists tout!

But, for the rest of us who believe the Truth: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” Look! we are told. How do we do this now since Jesus does not walk the earth bodily as He did when John exclaimed this? And why did Jesus say in John 16:16, “In a little while you will see Me no more, and then after a little while you will see Me”? Was He referring to the mere three days He was to be in the tomb? The chapter’s context lets us know He was mostly referring to “leaving the world and going back to the Father.” (v. 28) For in verses 5 & 7 He says, “Now I am going to Him who sent Me… But..: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.” Then He continues speaking of the Counselor (the Spirit) down through verse 15.

So, what about Christ’s promise in verse 16 of seeing Him? How can we see Jesus / God? We do want to see Him, for 1 John 3:6 teaches, “No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.” We realize that we must know God in order to have eternal life (5:20 & 2 Thes. 1:8 & Jer. 9:24), but seeing Him? How? No one can see God. (1 Tim. 6:15,16)

Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) stood up and quoted several Old Testament passages, one being where David spoke of Jesus: “I saw the Lord always before me…” (v. 25) Yet when we go to this passage, David writes, “I have set the LORD always before me…” (Ps. 16:8) What do we learn here, besides the fact that the LORD (YHWH) is Jesus, the Lord? It is that we see the Lord by setting Him before us. How do we do this? We do it in the spirit. No, not a visualization thing like the mystics or New Agers do, but simply by seeing the Lord through our spirit. We do this by communing with Him… by placing His Word, His beauty, His compassion, His majesty, His companionship, His voice, His comfort, His presence before us. This is how we see God, our Father. This is how we look and see the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world –including our own sin– if we accept this Truth by faith, turn around, and walk away from the realm of darkness into the Light. This is repentance, this is salvation.

1 John 3:5 tells us, “But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins.” And verse 8b says, “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” What work? Sin. (v. 8a) So by comparing Scripture with Scripture, we realize that for those of us who trust in what Jesus came to do, we are completely freed from sin (see also Rom. 6:18), have died to sin (v. 2), have been rescued from the dominion of darkness (Col. 1:13), and can see –in the spirit– our dear Lord and Savior! ! ! ! ! What blessing! What freedom! What comfort! What a glorious salvation!

And what a compassionate, merciful God we have! –He who came to earth to be the sacrifice that bought back the world –yes, the world of anyone who believes (John 3:16)… who wishes to take the pardon (1 John 1:9)… who chooses to drink of the water of life (John 7:37-39 & Isa. 55:1-3 & Rev. 22:17)…

This is the Great News, the Truth, the True Gospel.

with love,

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