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    At the Heart of the Christian Gospel

    “The gospel tells us that our Creator has become our Redeemer. It announces that the Son of God has become man and has died on the cross to save us from eternal judgment. The basic description of the saving death of Christ in the Bible is as a propitiation, that is, as that which quenched God’s wrath against us by obliterating our sins from his sight. God’s wrath is his righteousness reacting against unrighteousness; it shows itself in retributive justice. But Jesus Christ has shielded us from the nightmare prospect of retributive justice by becoming our representative substitute, in obedience to his Father’s will, and receiving the wages of our sin in our place.
    By this means justice has been done, for the sins of all that will ever be pardoned were judged and punished in the person of God the Son, and it is on this basis that pardon is now offered to us offenders. Redeeming love and retributive justice joined hands, so to speak, at Calvary, for there God showed himself to be ‘just, and the justifier of him that hath faith in Jesus.’
    Do you understand this? If you do, you are now seeing to the very heart of the Christian gospel. No version of that message goes deeper than that which declares man’s root problem before God to be his sin, which evokes wrath, and God’s basic provision for man to be propitiation, which out of wrath brings peace. Some versions of the gospel, indeed, are open to blame because they never get down to this level.” - Dr. J. I. Packer

    Posted by John Samson on February 22, 2006 04:51 PM

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    I believe that firmly. It was once said to me by my Arminian brother that they too are saying the same thing. That God became man in Jesus Christ,That he died and rose again for our justification. When I explained to him the specific teachings of the doctrines of grace he replied " I was playing with words " I wondered for a long time do you have to understand the doctrines of grace to be saved. Notice I called him my arminian brother for I and no one else can say he is saved but Jesus himself. But what I do wonder is if this Arminian theology is error or actually apostate?

    johnny:

    I suppose that it is always safe to say it in language such as "they are in danger of..." and then follow up with an answer. . This way you condemn no one with any finality but reveal that there is a very real possibility, due to this doctrine that someone is not trusting in Christ alone. For example, anyone who believes that they can lose their salvation are really in danger of believing that Christ is not Himself sufficient to maintain their salvation ... meaning that our salvation really ultimately depends on us. If we can be lost then Christ did not save us complelely and this is, in my view, heretical..

    But best not to pry into knowledge that only God knows. We can only point to what he has revealed and place it before their conscience.

    Thank you!

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