Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Today in Colossains I read something very lovely. It directly relates to a conversation I have been having with a friend regarding the notion/argument that our sins do not send us to hell and cause the wrath of God to be poured out on us, but instead it is merely our rejection of Christ. Well, that's wonderful if you wish to believe an unbiblical statement because you wish for God to be subject to your free will so that life can be fair, wait wait didn't our mothers tell us life isn't fair. Anyway, in a God sense "life isn't fair" takes on a new meaning in that it isn't fair because instead of sending us all to hell as we deserve he showed mercy on some of us and he is God so he can do that however he pleases. Sorry for that rabbit chase but here it is in the bible plain and simple that sin is indeed what sends us to hell. Here Paul is telling the saved to walk with Christ and put their old selves to death.

5Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.

6For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience.

Now the scripture may indeed, and I think it does but I don't have the reference handy, tell us that our unbelief or rejection of Christ also condemns us to hell. Of course it does because unbelief is a sin(Heb. 3:18-19). Sin is why we are separated from God and sin is why Jesus died and sin is what we must accept Him to save us from so that we can have a relationship with God and go to heaven. Sin is what we need saving from. We have sinned against God and we need a savior. Sin is the issue and has been since Genesis 3. That is where sin began and that is where God first told us their would be a savior to save his people from sin and that savior was slain before the foundation of the world. This world was created so that God could redeem a people to the praise of his glorious grace! Oh my word when you reject this you reject the gospel. These people are taking a hate for a twisted version of calvinism and letting it rule them to the point of twisting the gospel and essentially it isn't the gospel anymore. sad.

A side note of something we discussed a couple of weeks ago that is also dealt with in Colossians 3 is the church being separate from the Jews and Jerusalem. This is covered many times I think, but it clearly says it here as well -

11there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.
12those who have been chosen of God.

Once again we see that God's people are the church. God's people in the OT were the Jews, but now God's people are whoever He chooses, greek, jew, slave, etc.


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