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My Sunday Sermon Journal: Atonement & Grace

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.


Pastor: Dr. Rocky Ramsey
Sermon: Atonement & Grace
Aired: 6-2-13

Atonement & Grace

Atonement: n; the forgiving or pardoning of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ

God created man to have a relationship with Him. Sin separates us from Him and damages the planet earth by natural disasters. We’re born with sin.

He is a JUST God. He sent His son and punished him so that He would forgive you. So we should give back to God.

There will always be needs for Him that no one and nothing can fill, but Him.

“The gospel is so simple that small children can understand it, and it is so profound that studies by the wisest theologians will never exhaust its riches.” -Charles Hodge.

Atonement and Grace.

Jesus did not die for just some. While some believe that He died for few, the Bible declares otherwise.

1.) Gods word doesn’t contradict itself. Ever.
2.) Anything which tells you to disregard scripture is bad.
3.) Even good, godly people disagree.
4.) Let’s be clear: Man does the sinning, God does the saving. Just because man says yes to God, does not mean it takes away from God in any way. Glory is given to God when we turn to Him.
5.) Your position should be biblical, not emotional. Don’t quote other people on scripture, quote scripture.
6.) Search scripture for all your answers. Do not “parent” other people and what they say.
7.) You can still know you’re a sinner and believe that Christ died for you, without having a position on this subject; regarding whether Christ died for some or all.

Many people love God well. But it’s important to be knowledgable and study the Bible.

Atonement and Grace:

Who can be saved? Are we predestined to be saved? Are their “chosen” people for salvation?

1.) We believe that Jesus died for UNLIMITED ATONEMENT for everyone.

He desires all man to be saved and come to knowledge of the truth.

This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:3, 4 NIV)

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 NIV)

God doesn’t wish for anyone to perish. In this God shows His love for us. Hell was made for Satan and his demons, not for us.

John Calvan contradicts his beliefs in confirming what the bible says in John 3:16.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16, 17 NIV)

2.) The Bible teaches that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. (John 1:9). Scripture says this repeatedly throughout. (John 4:42. ) (John 12:32). If there are men that cannot be saved why would God bother to draw them to Himself to find out that they can’t “cross the line” and be saved? Why would God draw in people who don’t have the option to be saved?

He gives every man knowledge of Him. (See 1 Timothy 5:6)

That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:10 NIV)

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. (Titus 2:11 NIV)

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2 NIV)

Also, 1 John 4:14.

God wants everyone to be saved. Scripture says that Jesus died for the whole world.

3.) Scripture about atonement is Christs blood covering our sin. Atonement covers our sin. Everyone that goes to heaven has their name in the book of life. You have one of two options to believe: 1. There is no “once saved always saved.” You can lose your salvation. 2. Everyone’s name is in the book! But those who do not follow have their names taken out.

Number 2 is mentioned as truth in Revelations and Psalms.

Erase their names from the Book of Life; don’t let them be counted among the righteous. (Psalms 69:28 NLT)

Sometimes scripture is specific; Mentioning names from the text or story.

He died for the many. John 10:11-15 Jesus died for the sheep. Scripture like this makes people think that Jesus died only for certain people. Other passages are similar.

(Romans 5:15)

Sometimes the Bible will say something specific; mentioning a city or group of people but it does not state that everything else is excluded. It simply talks to the particular story/event. Throughout scripture you will find passages which declare and affirm that Christ died for the entire world.

Why then can His Grace be resisted?

1.) All scripture calls us to change. Forever the Bible is a book about change. To repent means to change.

2.) We are all accountable to God to change. Admission to hell, in scripture, is always tied to behavior. See chapters Matthew 7:19-23, Revelations 20:11-15, Revelations 21:8, Revelations 22:15, 1 Corinthians 6, and Galatians 5. In these verses you’ll find lists of whose names are still in the Book of Life. It does not mention the good deeds they have done. And in other verses it’s outlined the deeds of the flesh which (without repentance) will send you to hell. Therefore, it is always tied to behavior.

Is it JUST to punish someone for something he is not able to change?

Some people believe that you can’t change and that it’s not because you don’t want to. “He’s too damaged.” We have to change or we will be judged for it. God has warned us many times throughout scripture, and what would be the point if we were unable to change in the first place?

If you believe in “reformed total depravity”, you believe that He can’t hear because he is unable to. But God says if you don’t listen, it’s because you don’t WANT to.

3.) God gives Grace to repent to those He draws to Himself. God grants repentance, it’s our choice in the end.
2 Timothy 2:25, Revelations 2:21 says He gives us a chance!
It says she doesn’t “want” to, she is “unwilling”. We’re all given a choice.

See John 21:11. It’s not about being unable, it’s about being unwilling. God has to open our eyes first. No one comes to Him through something else, or on their own.

The Spirit of God works within us. God opens the door and we choose to step in. This is Gods Grace.

Some people believe that Gods Grace is irresistible.

1.) God wants everyone to be saved. All people.
2.) Christ died for everyone.

Then why aren’t ALL people saved?

We have one of three options:
1.) If Grace is irresistible then all man will be saved. (Matthew 7:13-14 God doesn’t save everyone)
2.) God is unable to save some. Which means He is not omnipotent. (Jeremiah 32:17 says otherwise)
3.) God frees mans Will to choose but cannot violate their freedom to choose.

According to scripture, number 3 would be correct. God gives everyone an opportunity to turn to Him. He frees everyone so that they may have free will, and ultimately is it our choice to obey Him or turn away from Him. Therefore, Gods Grace is irresistible. If it weren’t, everyone wouldn’t be able to turn from Him, but we all know that happens far too often.

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