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Nov 19, 2008
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Georgia Tech, Atlanta
Since my sandwich board was destroyed and stolen by sinners in Texas, a brother in the Lord who owns a sign shop made me a replacement. My new sandwich board has a warning to a list of sinners on one side. This is very useful for discussions on universities. The other sides say, “The blood Shed of Jesus Christ substitutes Hell Fire for sinners”, “Jesus Christ Died For You because You Deserve Hell”, and “Follow Jesus, Stop Sinning, He that sinneth is of the devil”.
We were involved in an open air preachers conference in Georgia (S.O.A.P.A.), We had a “permit” for the “free speech area” on Georgia Tech. The area is actually out of the way from the major class changes. This creates some difficulties in drawing a crowd. Students literally have to go out of their way to come to where we are. Nevertheless, our group of preachers with signs and banners was able to draw in enough attention from the students to fill up half of the free speech “stadium”. The students gathered around and listened for hours as we confronted and condemned the sin of the campus, while also pointing to Jesus Christ to be saved from God’s wrath.
Kennesaw State University, Georgia
When a team of preachers went to K.S.U. for preaching, a team of Police Officers also came out to patrol the situation. They told us that we could not call out specific individuals, but didn’t exactly clarify what that meant. We preached as we normally did. We called out sin and sinners. A crowd gathered as usual and we didn’t have any serious problems with the Police. They stayed there the entire time we were preaching.
Atlanta Hockey Game
During the open air preachers conference there was a hockey game going on in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. A few of the preachers decided to head out there to see what was going on. We arrived just in time to preach outside of the main entrance. With our banners and bull horns, we were able to preach the Gospel to literally THOUSANDS of sinners as they waited outside for the doors to open. Open air preaching is by far the best way to reach the most amount of people, in the shortest amount of time, at the least expense. It is the wisdom of God.
I was asked to speak to the “Southeastern Open Air Preachers Association” on the topic of “Why Preach the Wrath of God?” I explained how a sinner must understand damnation in order to understand salvation. A sinner must first become convinced that they are condemned before they will see their need of justification through the blood of Jesus Christ. We must preach the wrath of God, because God still has wrath, and God wants sinners to flee from it! God will only turn from His anger if sinners turn from their sins. I was told that this sermon was possibly the most powerful sermon ever preached at a S.O.A.P.A. conference. The plan is to upload the video to YouTube and also make it available through DVD.
University of Georgia Football Game
Right next to the football stadium is a bridge. From the bridge, we are able to preach as thousands head into the stadium, but we can also hold banners in such a way that those sitting in the stadium are actually able to read them! While we were preaching and holding our banners, there was a plan flying over the stadium with an advertisement. I thought to myself, “Here we are, showing our banners to the stadium for free for hours. But some business had to actually pay that plane to fly over the stadium for only a couple minutes!” Signs and banners is such an effective way to reach the masses!
Florida State University, Tallahassee
This was a new campus for me. I had never preached on this campus before. After I began to preach the Police moved me to the “free speech area”. They actually moved me numerous times during our week on this campus. But every day that we preached we were able to draw in good attentive crowds to listen to the Gospel.
Every single day that I was on campus preaching, this student stood next to me the entire time with his sign “God loves me, and my boyfriend!” This is proof positive that we are not simply to emphasis the love of God. Many today want us to simply tell sinners that God loves them. But what is the result of such a one sided message? Sinners are being strengthened in their sinning! We must not only preach the love of God, we must also preach the wrath of God! Sinners must understand that God is the enemy of sin, that God will severely punish sin, unless sin is completely and totally forsaken and forgiveness through Christ blood be received.
Florida State Football Game
There was a local Pastor in Tallahassee that invited me to preach with him outside of the local college football game. When the crowds were still sober, before the game, we were able to preach the Gospel to them, calling them to repent of their sins and trust in Christ. I explained how many in America are sport idolaters. Many Americans know more about athletes than about the Apostles, they know more about sport statistics than about Holy Scriptures, and they care more about who wins the game than about eternity! America needs to get it’s heart and affections back towards God!
University of South Florida, Tampa
The “Atheist Student Alliance” came out when I was on campus preaching. I tried to engagement them in intellectual debate, but they were not up for it. The spokesmen for the group addressed the crowd with ad hominem attacks against Christianity, but refused to answer my questions. “Where does morality come from?” “Where did the laws of logic come from?” and “Can an effect be greater than the cause?” My argument for God’s existence was that an effect cannot be greater than its cause. There must be a cause that is greater than us. And since we are living, intellectual, moral, conscious beings, our cause cannot be a non-living, unintelligent, amoral, unconscious, non-being. If there is no God, the effect is greater than the cause, and this is scientifically impossible. I have to credit “Lectures Notes on Theology” by Charles G. Finney for this powerful argument against atheism.
As I was preaching, a man came out dressed as a women. I am not sure if he was actually a cross dresser or if he was just trying to be funny. Either way, it shows the moral depravity of these places of “higher education”. An identity crisis is actually a symptom of schizophrenia. If this man actually does think that he is a woman trapped in a man’s body, he should be tested for schizophrenia. Of course, there is freedom in Jesus Christ!
This campus was preached on the whole week before we arrived. Sometimes a campus can hear so many preachers that it becomes hard to get their attention and draw a crowd. Though the crowds were smaller than usual (I am told), we were still able to secure their attention and interest every day we were on campus. But as the time progressed, the hostility of the crowd grew. A sinner must either submit himself or harden himself as light is continually revealed to him.
University of Central Florida, Orlando
Completely unexpected, when I was totally unprepared, a student tackled me from behind wearing a bigfoot outfit. I was blessed enough not to suffer any injuries from the attack. This evolutionary missing link apparently has not yet evolved maturity and kindness.
Here is the proof that Bigfoot has left the woods and is enrolled at the University of Central Florida!
It amazes me that sinners would rather behave like animals than to choose to live the way God does! Animals live by their feelings, but God lives by His conscience! Sinners are selfish, but God is benevolent! Christianity begins at conversion, which is a radical change of heart, when a free moral being chooses to no longer live foolish and selfish like the devil, but rather to live intelligently and benevolently like God does.
During the rest of the time that we spent that week on the campus we were able to have some very good meetings. I was able to reason with the students about the election, explaining how the Bible actually supports capitalism and condemns socialism. Capitalism says that a worker is worthy of his wages, which is what the Bible says. Socialism is when a worker is legally robbed of his wages! Socialism is punishing the rich for being rich, and rewarding the poor for being poor. It is when the government forces an individual to pay for another person’s medical bills through taxation, or go to jail. But in capitalism, an individual can freely give all his money to the poor if he chooses to. The government is supposed to protect our money, not to redistribute our money! Socialism is legalized theft! Some of the students actually began to understand. It is a sad day for America when it takes someone like me to explain to College students the advantages and goodness of capitalism and the immorality and injustice of socialism. Shouldn’t their professors be doing that?
Downtown Orlando, Florida
I had the honor of joining some local brethren in Orlando for a night of street preaching. The streets became very crowded as the night progressed. We were able to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the conditions of repentance and faith for God’s forgiveness. We are preaching on the streets from around nine to midnight. That is the time when the sinners are still sober and are on their way to the bars and clubs. It was absolutely shocking at how immodest the women can dress, walk around in the streets, and still feel comfortable! We told the drunkards to put down their bottles and we told the immodest women to put some more clothing on! Unless they repent, they will perish.
University of North Florida, Jacksonville
A friend of mine, JK, was holding a banner on this campus, talking to a couple students, before we got the open air meetings going. Without having any confrontation on this campus yet, completely unprovoked, a student tackled JK from the side! It actually resulted in him having broken ribs! The student was wearing a “batman” mask. Immediately after the attack, he ran away on a skate board. Therefore we were not able to identify the student and he got away. The Police arrived on the scene (you can see them in the above picture) but they were not able to catch the guy since he was long gone and none could identify him.
Other than JK’s broken ribs, we actually were able to have some pretty good meetings on this campus. The students would sit in the grass as we preached the Bible. I was able to preach the great truths of God’s moral government. I explained why God gave us His law (to promote the highest well-being of all), why God punishes disobedience (lest his law falls into contempt and disobedience be encouraged), and why the atonement of Jesus Christ was absolutely necessary (to substitute the penalty of the law, allowing God to remit our penalty without weakening the authority and influence of His law). I was able to explain how God did not create us to sin and go to hell. God created us to love Him and to be loved by Him. But mankind has failed the expectations of God! Sinners are therefore disappointments to Him! Despite all of the grief and heart ach man has caused God, God is still offering men mercy and forgiveness if they will simply turn from their sins and trust in Jesus Christ.
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THE BIBLICAL DOCTRINE OF
By Jesse Morrell
(Exerpt from “The Vicarious Atonement” booklet)
A term in the Bible which is used to describe forgiveness and justification is “imputed righteousness”. King David and the Apostle Paul described in detail what imputed righteousness is. Their description is the clearest presentation of imputed righteousness in the Scripture. According to these inspired writings, imputed righteousness consists in being considered righteous, having your transgressions forgiven, having your sins covered, and as not having your iniquities imputed or accounted against you (Ps. 31:1-2; Rom. 4:7-8). In other words, to be imputed righteous is when God pardons our crimes, not giving us the governmental treatment that we deserve, but rather treating us as if we were righteous, that is, giving us the treatment of law abiding citizens. God considers us righteous by treating us as righteous.
The New Testament word “logizomai” is translated as “think” (2 Cor. 3:5; 10:2; 10:7; 10:11; 12:6; Phi. 4:8), as “imputed” (Rom. 4:11; 4:22-24; Jam. 2:23), as “counted” (Rom. 2:26; 4:3; 4:5; 9:8), as “reckoned” (Lk. 22:37; Rom. 4:4; 4:9-10), as “accounted” (Rom. 8:36; Gal. 3:6), as “reckon” (Rom. 6:11; 8:18), as “suppose” (2 Cor. 11:5; 1 Pet. 5:12), as “account” (1 Cor. 4:1), as “accounting” (Heb. 11:19), as “conclude” (Rom. 3:28), as “count” (Phi. 3:13), as “esteemeth” (Rom. 14:14), as “impute” (Rom. 4:8), as “imputeth” (Rom. 4:6), as “imputing” (2 Cor. 5:19), as “laid” (2 Tim. 4:16), as “numbered” (Mk. 15:28), as “reasoned” (Mk. 11:31), as “thinkest” (Rom. 2:3), as “thinketh” (1 Cor. 13:5), and as “thought” (1 Cor. 13:11). When an individual is imputed righteous, it simply means that their sins are forgiven and they are thought of as righteous, esteemed as righteous, counted as righteous, reckoned as righteous, or considered as righteous. When a person is imputed as righteous they are treated as if they were righteous, treated as if they were never unrighteous, being treated as law abiding citizens.
The Old Testament equivalent word is “chashab” and it is translated as “counted” (Gen. 15:5-6; 31:15; Lev. 25:31; Num. 18:30; Jos. 13:3; Neh. 13:13; Job 18:3; 41:29; Ps. 44:22; 88:4; 106:31; Prov. 17:28; 27:14; Isa. 5:28; 40:15; 20:17; Hos. 8:12), as “thought” (Gen. 38:15; 50:20; 1Sam. 1:13; 18:25; 2 Sam. 14:13; Neh. 6:2; Ps. 73:16; 119:59; Jer. 18:8; Mal. 3:16), as “think” (Neh. 6:6; Job 41:32; Isa. 10:7; Jer. 23:27; 29:11; Eze. 38:10), as “accounted” (Deut. 2:10-11; 2:20; 1 Kin. 10:21; 2 Chro. 9:20; Isa. 2:22), as “imagine” (Job 6:26; Ps. 140:2; Hos. 7:15; Zec. 7:9-10), as “esteemed” (Isa. 29:16-17; Isa. 53:3; Lam. 4:2), as “reckoned” (Num. 18:27; 23:9; 2 Sam. 4:2; 2 Kin. 12:15), as “count” (Lev. 25:27; 25:52; Job 19:15), as “reckon” (Lev. 25:50; 27:18; 27:23), as “counteth” (Job 19:11; 33:10), as “imagined” (Ps. 10:2; Ps. 21:11), as “imputed” (Lev. 7:18; 17:4), as “account” (Ps. 144:3), as “considered” (Ps. 77:5), as “esteem” (Isa. 53:4), as “esteemeth” (Job 41:27), as “imagineth” (Nah. 1:11), as “impute” (2 Sam. 19:19), as “imputeth” (Ps. 32:2), as “reckoning” (2 Kin. 22:7), as “regard” (Isa. 13:17), as “regardeth” (Isa. 33:8), as “thinkest” (Job 35:2), and as “thinketh” (Psa. 40:17). To be imputed righteous is to be counted as righteous, to be thought of as righteous, to be esteemed as righteous, to be reckoned as righteous, to be considered as righteous, to be regarded as righteous, etc.
The word “imputed” does not mean transferred. It is a theological error to say that “the righteousness of Christ is transferred to our account”. If imputed means transferred, when God imputed an uncircumcised individual as circumcised (Rom. 2:26), it means that someone else’s circumcision is transferred to them! The obvious meaning is that they are simply considered circumcised, reckoned as circumcised, or thought of as circumcised, but not that someone else loses their circumcision so that it could be transferred to another. Some have represented the doctrine of the imputed righteousness “of Christ” as the Gospel itself. But if this is the Gospel, neither Jesus nor the Apostles ever preached it! The Scriptures abundantly talk about imputed righteousness, but it never talks about the imputed righteousness “of Christ”. Rather, the truth is that we have imputed righteousness through Christ!
When a person is imputed righteous, God considers them righteous and governmentally treats them as righteous. It is not that the righteousness of Christ is transferred to them. To say that we need the perfect obedience that Christ rendered to the law to be transferred to our account in order to be justified is to say that we are in fact justified by the works of the law. Christ needed to perfectly obey the law in order to be a spotless sacrifice and qualify as a sin offering (Exo. 12:5; 2 Cor. 5:21; Php. 2:8), but justification is by Christ’s blood (Rom. 5:9) and by faith (Rom. 3:28; 5:1; Gal 3:24), but not at all by the works of the law (Acts 13:39; Rom. 3:20; 3:28; Gal. 2:16; 3:11; 5:4). Christ was under obligation to obey the law of love for Himself (Matt. 5:17; Gal. 4:4), just as God is under obligation to His own conscience (Gen. 3:22; 18:25; Job 34:10, 12), so Christ’s obedience to the law cannot be a work of supererogation, there can be no “extra” obedience to be transferred to another. So if Christ was under obligation to the law, His obedience to the law cannot be transferred to another. And if Christ was not under obligation to the law, there would be no obedience to be transferred. It was not His obedience to the law, but His suffering on the cross, which is credited to us. He suffered and died for us and His suffering was a work of supererogation since He was not obligated to do it. That is the means of justification.
Some have supposed that when God looks upon a Christian who is sinning that God doesn’t see the Christian sinning but “see’s the righteousness of Christ” instead. But God clearly saw the bad works of the Churches in Revelations (Rev 2:2, 2:9; 2:13; 2:19; 3:1; 3:8; 3:15), not “the righteousness of Christ”. Imputed righteousness is not some scheme that fools or blinds God so that He no longer knows reality as it is, or no longer see’s individuals as they are. That would mean God is no longer omniscient. Whenever anyone is in sin, our omniscient God sees it clearly and perfectly (Prov. 15:3; Eze. 8:12; 9:9; Jer. 32:19; Mal. 2:17; Heb. 4:13).
Imputed righteousness is a gift of God (Rom. 5:17), it comes from God (Isa. 54:17; 2 Cor. 5:21) by His grace and mercy, not earned or deserved by anything that we have done. It is “the righteousness of God” as opposed to the righteousness of man, since it comes from God and not from man. It is a gift from God, through Christ, to man. Christ is our righteousness (Jer. 23:6; 1 Cor. 1:30) because it is only through Him, what He did for us on the cross, that God is able to treat us as if we were righteous, treating us as if we were never unrighteous. Imputed righteousness is not the transfer of Christ’s righteousness, neither is it a scheme that blinds God the Father so that He does not see our true condition, but it is rather the same thing as forgiveness and justification, it is when God set’s aside the punishment that we deserve for our unrighteousness and treats us as if we had always been righteous, when God reckons or considers us as righteous, because Christ shed His blood for our sins. Forgiveness, justification, and imputed righteousness are expressions of the same event, when God forgives our sins and remits our penalty, letting our iniquities go as if they had not been committed (forgiveness), thus treating us as if we were just (justification), treating us as if we were righteous (imputed righteousness), because of the blood of Jesus.
But let it be clear that forgiveness, justification, or imputed righteousness is conditional upon an attitude of heart repentance (Isa. 55:17; Eze. 18:32; Mk. 1:4; Lk. 13:3; 13:5; 24:47) and faith from the heart (Jn. 3:18; Acts 16:31; Rom. 10:9; Eph. 2:8-9). And final salvation is ultimately conditional upon perseverance unto the end (Matt. 10:22; 24:13; Mk. 13:13; Acts 13:43; Acts 14:22; Heb. 3:6; 3:14; 2 Pet. 2:20). Repentance is when a person changes their mind about sinning and makes up their mind to sin no more (Isa. 1:16; 55:7; Jn. 5:14; 8:11; 1 Cor. 15:34; Eph. 4:22-28), and faith is the hearts embrace and obedience to the truth (Lk. 24:25; Acts 8:37; 15:9; 26:18; Rom. 10:10; 1 Pet. 1:22). The notion of being righteous in our position but unrighteous in our practice is absolutely contrary to scripture (1 Jn. 3:7; 3:10), and it over looks the conditions of forgiveness and the nature of saving faith. Such a concept is false doctrine and damnable heresy (2 Pet. 2:1; Jude 1:4-5). Jesus is the author of salvation to all them that obey Him (Heb. 5:9), the Gospel must be obeyed (Rom. 2:8; 6:17; 10:16; Gal. 3:1; 5:7; 2 Thes. 1:8; 1 Pet. 4:17). Christians are those who keep God’s commandments (1 Jn. 2:3; 3:22; 5:2-3). Only those who keep God’s commandments will enter through the gates into the Heaven (Matt. 7:21; 19:17; 25:21, 23, 46; Lk. 10:28; Heb. 12:14; Rev. 22:14), while all sinners will be left outside the Holy City (Matt. 7:23; Lk. 13:27; Rev. 22:15). God will kill and destroy all sinners and rebels (Amos 9:10; 2 Cor. 10:6; 2 Thes. 1:8; Heb. 10:27; 1 Pet. 4:8; 4:17). The wrath of God is impartial (Ex. 32:33; Deut. 10:17; Rom. 2:9; 2 Cor. 10:6; Col. 3:25; 2 Pet. 1:17; 1 Jn. 3:15; Rev. 21:8; 22:15), so anyone who consciously or knowingly sins or rebels is under condemnation (Jn. 3:19; Rom. 1:18, 2:6-11; Heb. 10:26-31; 1 Jn. 3:8, 3:15, 3:20; 2 Jn. 1:9). God is utterly against all those who sin every day (Isa. 52:5; Hos 13:2; 2 Pet. 2:14). God must condemn all those who do not stop sinning since God is absolutely benevolent and therefore always enforces His laws which protect the well-being of all. And remember, Christians are those who were formerly disobedient (Tit. 3:3; 1 Pet. 3:20) but are no longer disobedient (Rom. 6:17; Php. 2:12). Christians make the daily choice to obey God (Lk. 9:23; 1 Cor. 15:31). Christians are not sinners (Ps. 66:18; Jn. 9:31; 2 Cor. 6:14; 1 Tim. 1:9; Jas. 5:16; 1 Pet. 3:12; 4:18; 1 Jn. 3:22) unless they backslide (Jas. 4:8; 5:19-20), all Christians are saints (Acts 9:13; 9:32; 9:41; 26:10; Rom. 1:7; 8:27; 12:13; 15:25-16; 15:26; 15:31; 16:2; 16:15; 1 Cor. 1:2; 6:1-2; 14:33; 16:1; 16:15; 2 Cor. 1:1; 8:4; 9:1; 9:12; 13:13; Eph. 1:1; 1:15; 1:18; 2:19; 3:8; 3:18; 4:12; 5:3; 6:18; Php. 1:1; 4:22; Col. 1:2; 1:4; 1:12; 1:26; 1 Thes. 3:13; 2 Thes. 1:10; 1 Tim. 5:10; Phm. 1:5; 1:7; Heb. 6:10; 13:24; Jud. 1:3; 1:14; Rev. 5:8; 8:3-4; 11:18; 13:7; 13:10; 14:12; 15:3; 16:6; 17:6; 18:24; 19:8; 20:9). As saints, Christians are sanctified (Acts 20:32; 26:18; 1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11; Heb. 2:11; 10:10; 10:14; Gal. 5:24; Jud. 1:1), that is, Christians are free from deliberate rebellion or intentional sin (Jn. 8:34-36; Rom. 6:2; 6:6-7; 6:11; 6:18; 6:22; 8:2; Gal. 5:24; Eph. 6:6). Christians have pure hearts (Matt. 5:8; Rom. 6:17; 1 Pet. 1:22), so they keep God’s commands (1 Jn. 2:3; 3:22; 5:2-3).
When men turn from all their sins and put their faith in the blood of Jesus Christ which was shed for them, God forgives them of their sin by remitting the penalty they deserve. God considers them righteous, governmentally treating them just as if they had never sinned.
QUOTES ON IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS
“This is, if I understand it, the true doctrine of ‘imputation;’ not that there is any transfer of moral character from us to the Redeemer, or from him to us, and not that God literally ‘reckons’ or imputes our sins to him as his, or his righteousness to us as ours, but that his work may be estimated as performed in the place and on the account of sinful men, and that in virtue of that we may be regarded and treated as if it had been performed by ourselves.” Albert Barnes (The Atonement, Published by Bethany House, p. 315)
“God imputeth righteousness. Whom God treats as righteous… forgiven, and whose sins are not charged on him, but who is freed from the punishment due to his sins. Being thus pardoned, he is treated as a righteous man. And it is evidently in this sense that the apostle uses the expression ‘imputed righteousness’ i.e. he does not imputed, or charge on the man his sins; he reckons and treats him as a pardoned and righteous man.” Albert Barnes (Commentary on the Romans, p. 105)
“This passage [Rom. 4:5-8] deserves special attention, as it explains all those text that seem to favor, and have been construed to support the theory of the imputation of Christ’s active and passive righteousness to the sinner. Here it is manifest that justification, imputation of righteousness, forgiving iniquities, covering sins, and the non-imputation of sin, are phrases substantially of the same import, and decide positively that the Scripture view of the great doctrine under consideration, is an actual deliverance from the guilt and penalty of sin: from which it follows, that the phrases so often occurring in the writings of Paul – the righteousness of God and of Christ – must mean God’s righteous method of justifying the ungodly, through the atonement and by the instrumentality of faith – a method that upholds the rectitude of the Divine character, at the same time that it offers a full and free pardon to the sinner.” Asbury Lowrey, (Positive Theology, Published by R. P. Thompson, 1854, pg. 211-212)
“In theology, the remission of sin, and absolution from guilt and punishment; or an act of free grace by which God pardons the sinner, and accepts him as righteous, on account of the atonement of Christ.” Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
“Holiness isn’t something you can borrow – you either have it or you don’t. The theological doctrine of ‘imputed righteousness’ has been grossly distorted in our day. We are told that God looks at us through the blood of Christ and see’s us as righteous, regardless of our actual state… Let’s stop kidding ourselves. God sees us exactly the way we are. If we are living in obedience, He sees it. If we are living selfish, unholy lives, we can be sure he sees that too.” George Otis Jr. (The God They Never Knew, Published by Mott Media, p. 40)
“As one ‘made under the law’ (Ga. 4:4-5), Christ was obliged to obey and keep the law. Since He had to obey for Himself, He could not obey for others in the sense that His obedience could be literally imputed to them… while Christ could not obey for us, He could die entirely in our behalf since there was not the least guilt charged against Him for which He must die.” Gordon Olson (The Kindness of God Our Savior, Published by Revival Theology Promotions, p. 91)
“Forgiveness of sin, such that the penalty is not carried out, is sufficient to qualify as a definition of ‘imputed righteousness’… How could the Holy Spirit convict us of sin if he did not know we were sinning? How could we grieve the Spirit of God if he never saw us as anything other than righteous? God has a very good sense of reality, he knows when we sin, and he sees us exactly as we are.” Michael Saia (Understanding the Cross, Published by Xulon, p. 132).
WAS JESUS A SINFUL OFFERING
OR A SINLESS OFFERING?
(Exerpt from “The Vicarious Atonement” booklet)
Jesus did not literally become a sinner on the cross nor did Jesus literally become guilty of our sin. Certain theologians have claimed that Jesus literally became a sinner when He hung on the cross, or that Jesus literally became guilty of our sin. But when the Bible says that He who knew no sin “became sin” for us (2 Cor. 5:21) it simply means that He became our “sin offering” (Isa. 53:10). And when it says that Christ bore our sins (Isa. 53:12; 1 Pet. 2:24), this is language meant to signify that the atonement takes care of our sin, that the suffering is made on behalf of our sin (Isa. 53:5; Gal. 1:4; 1 Jn. 2:2; 1 Jn. 4:10). Jesus bore our sins in that Jesus was offered for our sins (Heb. 9:28), He bore our sins by taking it upon Himself to die for our sins. To say that Jesus bore our sins, and to say that Jesus suffered and died for (on behalf of) our sins, is to say the same thing. To bear someone’s sin means that you suffer for the sins of another (Lam. 5:7).
Just as the scapegoat did not literally become a sinner, the scapegoat did not literally become guilty, nor did the scapegoat take the punishment of the people, neither did Christ who is our scapegoat. But the scapegoat bore the sins of the people in that it was released on behalf of the sins of the people (Lev. 16:9-10). Jesus died for our sins, He was offered for our sins, but He did not become guilty of our sins.
Jesus was a spotless sacrifice, not a sinful sacrifice. We are told that if the offering “hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer, for it shall not be acceptable for you” (Lev. 22:20; Ex. 12:5). Therefore the actual moral condition of Christ at his death was sinless and pure, not sinful and defiled. “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, the he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” (1 Pet. 3:18). The moral character of Jesus never changed; He is always the same (Heb. 13:8). He was a perfect sinless offering (Heb. 4:15) without spot or blemish (1 Pet. 1:19). “He offered himself without spot to God” (Heb. 9:14). Jesus was always morally perfect, especially during the crucifixion (Isa. 53:7, 53:9; Lk. 23:9, 41; Jn. 19:9; Acts 8:32-33; 1 Pet. 2:22-23). When Jesus hung on the cross, God saw Him as a sinless offering not as a sinful person, as a spotless Lamb that was being slaughtered for the sins of the people. This is what it means that He became sin (sin offering) for us, and that Christ bore the sins of the whole world. God saw Jesus as sinless. It was the world that esteemed Jesus as a sinner (Isa. 53:3-4; 53:9; 53:12; Heb. 12:2-3), who numbered Him with the transgressors (Mk. 15:28-32; Lk. 22:37). Jesus was treated as a sinner by the world (Isa. 53:12; Lk. 23:33). It was the world that considered Jesus to be a sinner and treated Him as such, but God viewed Jesus exactly as He was, as a spotless sin offering being made for the sin of the world. If Jesus was not morally sinless at His death His offering would not have been acceptable unto God because His blood would have lost its purity and value.
Jesus was forsaken of God (Matt. 27:46; Mk. 15:34) but not relationally separated (Jn. 8:29) because of any sin (Hab. 1:13; 2 Cor. 6:14). He was always pleasing to His Father (Matt. 3:17; 17:5; Mk. 1:1; Lk. 3:22; Jn. 8:29; 2 Pet. 1:17), especially during the crucifixion (Isa. 53:10-11). But He was forsaken in the sense that the Father gave the Son over into the hands of wicked men to be crucified (Matt. 17:22; 26:35; Mk. 14:41; Lk. 24:7; Acts 2:23), when He lifted up the protection He previously had over the Son (Matt. 4:6; Lk. 4:11; Jn. 7:30; 10:31; 10:39). The Son was forsaken by the Father only in that the Father was “far from helping” or delivering the Son (Ps. 22:1). Pilate had no power over Jesus except what the Father gave to Him (Jn. 19:11). It was wicked men who actually crucified Jesus (Mk. 12:7; 27:35; Mk. 15:24-25; Lk. 20:14-15; 23:33; 24:20; 24:7; Jn. 19:18, 23; Acts 2:23; 2:36; 4:10; 1 Thes. 2:14-15). The Apostle Creed says that Jesus “suffered under Pontius Pilate”. That is because it was Pilate who “delivered” Jesus to be “crucified” (Matt. 27:26; Mk. 15:15; Lk. 24:7; Jn. 19:16). In this same way the Father can be said to be the one who bruised the Son (Isa. 53:10), or sacrificed the Son (Gen. 22:2) in the sense that the Father gave the Son over as an offering (Jn. 3:16), lifting up the protection that He once had over the Son, delivering His Son as a sacrifice for the sins of the people. As the hymn says, “God, His Son not sparing, sent Him to die…” God spared not His Son but delivered Him for all mankind (Acts 4:25; Rom. 8:32). The Father bruised the Son only in the sense that He made “His soul an offering for sin” (Isa. 53:10), but not in the sense that the Father directly bruised and crucified Him, or that the Son was under the wrath of the Father.
The atonement of Christ was a substitute for the wrath of God, which allows God to turn away from His wrath when sinners repent and believe. The atonement is an alternative to the penalty of the law, which allows God to remit the penalty of the law when sinners are converted.
A CALL TO LOVE
How can we say that we love people but yet don’t even warn them about the eternal path of their soul. Do we love them enough to warn them about their eternity or do we love our social acceptance more then the value of their soul. Christ gave us all a mandate, “Go, ye, into all the world and PREACH the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:15, 16
Let’s take homosexuality for one example. The Bible says in Romans 1:26-27 “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet” KJV. If you are so bold a believer in the word read on to the end of the chapter. 1Cor 6:9-10 Says “Do you not know that they unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous nor drunkards, nor revilers, or extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” NKJV.
God really spelt that out for us so that there would be no excuse on the day of Judgment. Yet when we preach on campuses across America many “Christians” come up to me confessing that they have homosexual friends but do not witness the gospel to them. Does the Church believe the scriptures any more? Do we really want to see our friends delivered from the darkness of hell? Is Christ the savior of our lives but not our Lord. It’s time for us to pray that God will break our hearts for the LOST and help us to give up all the things that stop us from reaching them. Things like, “what will people think of me”, “what if they don’t like what I say”, “Can’t I just be nice to them and they find their way to heaven that way.” Friends I have those thoughts too but I realized that I am putting more value on my comfort than the value of their eternal soul. We must speak the truth and compel them to come in as it says in Luke 14:23 “And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and the hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”
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