posted on Dec, 16 2015 @ 08:30 PM
A free gift, but with a condition?
BUT NOW, no longer does the human race have to strive to attain and maintain God’s acceptance on the basis of who they are and what they can do. Our
decree of judicial perfection in the eyes of God comes not through Christ’s death for our sins, but through our union with Christ’s resurrection
life. If a person believes Christ died for their sins, but does not believe that God’s justice was satisfied, when Christ died for those sins, that
person has not believed Christ died for their sins.
God purchased the human race out of sins dominion, never to be returned to the market place of sin again. By removing the sin issue from the table of
God’s justice, God effectively canceled Satan’s ownership of all the human race. Satan can lay claim to no person based on that persons
It was God’s plan before the creation of the world, that humankind’s fingerprints would not be found on humankind's salvation. Reconciliation has
to do with God’s justice being satisfied for sins, and that means all of them and that means for all the world, reconciliation is a sin issue.
Justification is something entirely different, it has to do with a judicial decree of the very righteousness of God himself freely attributed to the
Now I am being asked to believe in one more thing? A free gift was offered, but now this gift has a condition? Those who believe Jesus was purely
human tended to understand the Israelites history and they even accept him as a messiah, but that does not mean they think he was God.
They know the monotheism of Israel does not and cannot evolve from polytheism, because the two are based on radically divergent world-views, radically
divergent intuitions about reality. The monotheism of Israel was not, it could not be the natural outgrowth of the polytheism of an earlier age, it
was a radical break with it.
Monotheism was a revolution, not an evolution. Therefore, they say, no, Jesus cannot be divine. The early Christians who chose the human and divine
route, though they had to spilt this up. Some believed Jesus was always divine; others believed Jesus became divine.
If Jesus became divine, then when did he become divine, at his birth, at his baptism, or at his resurrection? Other Christians say, no, he always was
divine, but even they believed in different choices too, because some believed Jesus was divine but also fully human.
Other Christians believed Jesus was fully divine but not fully human. They believed Jesus was so divine he was God, so that when Jesus walked along on
wet sand on the beach, his feet did not leave footprints, that is how divine he was, but this belief became declared as a heresy.
Out of all these choices, only one of them is considered Orthodox by the later church, so that what Christians end up with is the Nicene Creed, or the
Creed of Chalcedon, which is what Christians came to believe? There were lots of complexities in early Christianity that finally got whittled down
into a more united consensus view on Christology.