Jun 192016
 

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Over the past five years Bible prophecy students have lost three Dispensational Bible scholars who have been promoted to glory:

Grant Jeffrey – May 11, 2012

Jack Kinsella – March 14, 2013

Jack Kelley – October 18, 2015

Our Sunday Post by Jack Kelley this week is possible because his wife, Samantha, continues sending out Jack’s daily emails and writings that answer Bible questions from people all over the world.

You can sign up for Jack’s emails at www.gracethrufaith.com

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Jun 122016
 

The following is from TheBereanCall.org

A Gross Injustice?

“There are some who think that the teaching that Christ’s death upon the Cross paid the penalty for our sins (which is the very heart of Christianity) is itself reason for rejecting Christianity. They argue that it is unjust for an innocent party to suffer imprisonment or execution in the place of a criminal and that such a practice would encourage sin.”

Their problem is a lack of understanding of what actually happened on the Cross. First of all, Christ is absolutely unique. He is God and man in one Person, the only One who could die for the sins of others. Therefore, His death in our place is not to be taken as a suggestion that others should “suffer imprisonment or execution in the place of a criminal.”

Furthermore, Christ did more than simply die in our place. If that were all that occurred, then Barabbas had the greatest “Christian” testimony of all time. It was literally true that Christ died in the place of Barabbas and thereby set him free. Yet Barabbas knew nothing of the true meaning of the Cross. He did not, so far as we know, understand that Christ had died for his sins, nor did he put his faith in Christ as his Savior. All Christ’s death accomplished for that criminal was to set him free from prison to continue living his old sinful life. That is not the gospel!

Christ’s work of redemption did more than simply pay for our sins. When Christ died, those who would trust Him as their Savior died in Him. The believer has accepted Christ’s death as his very own and, in that act of faith, has given up life as he would have lived it so that the resurrected Christ can live in him. Giving his own testimony, Paul declared:

I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

So the believer does not merely escape from death but is brought through death in Christ into resurrection life on the other side, a life that is no longer his but the life of Christ in him: “If one died for all, then were all dead [i.e. have died in Him] . . . that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them and rose again. . . . Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:14-17):

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:3-4)

An Injustice, Yet the Ultimate Justice

Yes, in a sense it was an injustice for Christ to have died in our place. No ordinary person could have satisfied the demand of justice by taking the prescribed punishment for another person. Nor could any ordinary person have accomplished the glorious results of Christ’s death for us by being imprisoned or executed in the place of some criminal.

It is often forgotten that in His death on the Cross, Christ suffered not merely what man did to Him but the eternal judgment that His own righteousness had decreed against sin. He took our sins upon Himself. Thus, the ultimate justice was accomplished because the penalty for sin was paid in full, a penalty that could not have been paid any other way.

Therefore, those who believe in Christ are given eternal life as a free gift of God’s grace on a righteous basis. Such a transaction would not otherwise have been possible. In Christ we see a perfectly righteous and just forgiveness for sin that none of the world’s religions can offer.

—An excerpt from In Defense of the Faith (pp. 136-38) by Dave Hunt

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SUNDAY POST: If A Pot Could Talk

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Jun 052016
 

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IF A POT COULD TALK

Author Unknown

 Isaiah 45:9; Isaiah 64:8; Jeremiah 18:6; Lamentations 4:2

If a pot could talk, what would it say,
About the shape that it’s in and how it got that way?

Would it say: “Put me back in the ground from whence I came.
Since you dug me up, I’ve never been the same.”
OR: “Thank you for extracting me from the ground,
I was so lost and now I’m so happy to be found.”

Would it say: “Don’t try to clean me and soften me up.
I’d rather stay dirty like the rest of the muck.”
OR: “Thank you for removing all the foreign objects from me.
Because of you, I have achieved such purity.”

Would it say: “Must you knead so hard and press so much?
Just leave me alone, I don’t want to be touched!”
OR: “Since I know you won’t give me more than I can bear,
You must be pushing me so hard because you care.”

Would it say: “First you wanted soft and now you’re making me hard.
Make up your mind! Who left you in charge?”
OR: “Thank you for all those additives to make me stronger.
Now I won’t crack or break and I’ll last much longer.”

Would it say: “Now you’ve done it. I want to be hidden from others.
You’ve given me this pathetic pattern and these crazy colors.”
OR: “Thank you for not leaving me all boring and dull.
You’ve given me even more characteristics to fulfill my call.”

Would it say: “Don’t put me in that fire, it’s too hot in there!
I did not ask for this and it is not fair!”
OR: “I will go through the fire, if I must.
I know it won’t be pleasant, but in you I trust.”

Would it say: “You put me through all that and now you want me to work?
Just put me on the shelf because I’m just too hurt.”
OR: “You were the potter and I was the clay.
It’s because of You that I am here today.
When I was scared and hurting You said I’d be okay.
I’m so glad that I let You have Your way.
You shaped me and molded me; now give me Your fill.
I am ready to be used as a vessel for Your will.”

You may be a pot or you may still be clay.
What do YOU have to say…
About the shape that you’re in and how you got that way?

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SUNDAY POST: "Then Death and Hades were cast into the Lake of Fire..."

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May 292016
 
SUNDAY POST: "Then Death and Hades were cast into the Lake of Fire..."

Today’s Post is a compilation from Jack Kelley’s studies of Sheol, Hades, Paradise, and the Lake of Fire (www.gracethrufaith.com). Hell is not just eternal separation from God, not just a place of isolation. It is a place of torment, and it lasts forever, Revelation 20:14-15. Please click on the blue headline link at top to

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SUNDAY POST: The Land Belongs to Israel

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May 012016
 
SUNDAY POST: The Land Belongs to Israel

Israel from space (photo credit:NASA/BARRY WILMORE) Since May 14, 1948 the nation of Israel is an independent and self-sustaining political state. How does this fit into the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy regarding Israel? Today’s post is written by Wil Pounds, a missionary who pastors in South America, from the website www.abideinchrist.com Click the blue headline

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SUNDAY POST: Why Didn't Jesus Show Himself to the Rabbis After Resurrecting?

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Apr 242016
 
SUNDAY POST: Why Didn't Jesus Show Himself to the Rabbis After Resurrecting?

Today’s Post is from The Berean Call, a website and newsletter we’ve shared with you before. The Berean Call was formed in 1985 by authors Dave Hunt and T. A. McMahon for the purpose of encouraging spiritual discernment among those who regarded themselves not just as “evangelicals” but as biblical Christians. Behind every article is

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SUNDAY POST: If We Are Born In Sin, How Is It Fair For God To Judge Us?

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Apr 172016
 

Question: If we are born in sin, how is it fair for God to judge us for our sin?   Answer: A common accusation against Christianity is that it unfairly judges people. In particular, some people say that God sets us up for failure, and then punishes us for the failure that He caused. If

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