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God Is For Us!

March 27, 2016

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… If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).

God is for us! What a glorious thought!

The contrast to being “for us” is being “against us.” Contrary to religious thought, God is NOT against us – rather, He is “for us.” How liberating to know that God is on our side and always has our best interest at heart!

“For us” is the glorious principle of God’s attitude and activity toward us. This is manifested through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

There are many “for us” passages to be found in Paul’s writings. Meditate on these.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Union, Not Substitution

March 18, 2016

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Union with Christ is the means of life and reconciliation to God. The word “substitution” should be never be used, since it is not scriptural and conveys to the minds of many the idea that Christ did something INSTEAD of us, in such a sense that we are excluded.

The Scriptures, so far from teaching that Christ suffered and died “in our stead,” as it is often expressed, plainly show that we “suffer WITH Him” (Romans 8:17), and “be made CONFORMABLE unto His death” (Philippians 3:10), in order to share His resurrection life and glory.

This is the grand doctrine, and we think it should not be dishonored by being even seemingly linked, by the use of an unscriptural word, with the barbaric and unjust idea that God “substituted” His innocent Son to suffer the punishment due to sin instead of the guilty. Neither love nor justice could either demand or be satisfied with such an arrangement. Both love and justice will be satisfied when, IN and THROUGH Christ, all mankind will be “reconciled to God.”

John H. PatonJohn H. Paton (1843-1922)
The World’s Hope
September 15, 1890
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Our Father’s Disposition

March 8, 2016

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One God and Father of all (Ephesians 4:6).

God is love (I John 4:8).

Were there no other passages of the Bible handed down to us, but those which declare that God is our Father, and He is love, these alone would be a sufficient foundation for the faith we cherish in regard to the final salvation of all souls.

All His attributes, whatever they may be, must subordinate to His love; and since He “is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works” (Psalm 145:9), as the Psalmist declares, we feel sure that such must be His disposition forever. However severe, therefore, His judgments may be, we may confidently assert, that, in the very nature of His disposition, eternal punishment of any would be an utter impossibility, since, if He were to inflict such a penalty, He would no longer deserve to be called “our Father.”

Henry Kirke WhiteHenry Kirke White (1785–1806)
Voices of the Faith (1887), page 202
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