Original Message Date 11-30-07 Classic Christianity – Bob George – P2 (01-08-19)
Welcome to Classic Christianity radio with Bob George, where Bob’s clear and timeless teachings on the complete forgiveness and unconditional love of Jesus Christ will transform your life as you learn about God’s amazing grace. Let’s join Bob as he teaches us from God’s word.
Bob shared different ways people come up with on how people are saved. Some believe that salvation is determined by your religious affiliation or denomination. Others say you have to be baptized, and in a certain denomination by a certain person. Bob then explains from scripture that salvation is being saved from the wages of sin, which is death, by the gift of God, which is eternal life in Jesus Christ. Bob then elaborates on how people have not grasped the concept that God does not punish us for sin since all the punishment of sin was placed on Jesus. Bob then explains how Christians are persecuted by the world. That in this world it is inevitable that persecution will come.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
By asking questions, Bob exposes the faulty thinking of those who have believed in error concerning salvation. Jesus came to earth to die on a cross to take away all the sins of the world. Jesus, being God in the flesh, perfect in holiness and love, became the perfect sacrifice to take away all sins. So the cross was the means to clear the deck of all sin so that God could raise Jesus back from the dead. So for all sins back to Adam and forward to all eternity, Jesus became the worthy sacrifice. People talk about getting themselves worthy. We can never make ourselves worthy, being dead in sin already and unable to raise ourselves back to life. Jesus died in order to be raised from the dead so that whosoever puts their trust in Christ shall be raised to new life in Him.
Therefore, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin. Jesus completely fulfilled all of the Old Covenant. All the ceremonies and things performed stringently, under an Old Covenant system, was a shadow, or perfect picture, of a coming Messiah. Perfect love is the fulfillment of the entire law. Therefore, since all sins of the world was placed on Jesus Christ, there is no more punishment for sin.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
After reviewing these things, in the 13:50 minute into the audio, Bob elaborates more on precisely why there is no punishment for you and me for our sin. If there was any punishment from God on you then you would have to say he did not finish the work on the cross. People say “God is going to punish you for that?” Is that true? No! That is a lie from the pit of hell. There is no sin you and I would ever commit that Jesus did not pay for on the cross. He is not going to punish you. He punished Jesus for that.
1 Peter 3:18
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 5:21
21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
1 Peter 2:24
24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
There is now no condemnation for the law of he Spirit of life in Christ Jesus set you free from the law of sin and death.
Bob recalled a conversation he had with a caller on Classic Christianity radio who was mad as a hornet because of the teaching that God is not punishing you. So why is he mad at that? Bob asked him, “How long have you been a Christian?” He said he was a Christian quite some time, since 1979. Bob then asked, “How has God punished you?” He finally understood that he was a Christian who committed adultery. He said that God took his business away, his wife away, and that the girl left him. Bob told him that God did not do that to you, you did it to yourself. He claimed that when he was lost and did those things, he did not face such consequences. The man deep down he is mad at God. He is saying in his heart, “God did not get me when I was lost. I got away with that. If God beat up on me, he will beat up on everybody. And since God beat up on me, and if I see Paul [who committed some sin] is getting away with sin, I will make sure he does not get away with it.” So this blaming God for your sin, believing God is punishing you for sin, is what causes a Christian to turn against Christian and where slander comes in. He is saying: “Old Paul seems to be getting away with it, I am not getting to let Paul get away with it.” So you have a mean vindictive spirit come from thinking God is punishing you. When you know how big God is and little you are, and if you think God is punishing you, then sooner or later enter your mind this is not fair. Start blaming God what Satan brought about. Satan brought about every bit of it, yet people blame God.
God does not punish you for your sins. If God is not punishing then why do I need to. Discipline is mentioned in Hebrews. The concept of discipline is in regard to people being persecuted.
37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
In this world, we will have tribulation. In other parts of world, people know what persecution is. In the early centuries, the believers were deeply persecuted because the religious leaders thought they were turning people away from their teaching. Terrible persecution against Jewish people who turned to the living God. Are people being persecuted in our country today? Yes. The big word today is tolerance. Since all sin, should we not be tolerant? What is happening today? Boggles my mind. Head of Disney talks about being tolerant. Tolerant of homosexuality. When did homosexuals put in the category of Jew, black or Hispanic. What does sexual preference have to do with Jew or Gentile, black or Asian? Nothing. Put all things into a category of the world. Then why don’t put all pedophiles together in the category. Why not get all adulterers together? So the pedophile says, “I was born that way. I just always liked little boys.” And the adulterer says: “I was born that way, just liked girls before I even saw them.” All of us born in indwelling sin. In that sense, all are born the same way. And such indwelling sin manifests itself in a certain way, but has nothing to do with race category. If born a Jew that does not mean I have a sinful tendency to be a Jew. Sinful inheritance manifests itself in many ways, but do not equate that you are born a certain way.
You will not see the word tolerance used in the way the world today is using it. Tolerance is used in Revelation 2 where he was commending the church in Ephesus for their intolerance toward sin.
I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
When you start calling sin something other than what it is, then you are in trouble. You can love the person, and I am tolerant of the person, and I have loved those people, whoever that might be, just like you loved me with your mistakes, and I loved you with your mistakes. But I am not going to call your mistake good when God calls it sin. Otherwise you cannot deal with on a truth basis. If I am going to deal with truth, truth is what sets you free, you have to identify error as error, as truth regarding it. Only then can you apply truth to the solution. We should never get to the point of tolerating sin. Always tolerant of the sinner but not the sin.
When talking about persecution, the only people that do not have any rights to say what they believe is the Christian. So this tolerance today is really a double standard. How tolerant are we of the Christian? No one is tolerant of the Christian. For they say: “They [the Christians] are narrow minded people.” That intolerance of the Christian will get worse and worse as years go by, leading into further persecution.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
2 Timothy 3:12-14
12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it.
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