Category Archives: Soteriology

Religious doctrines of salvation

Firstborn Surprise

It is interesting that Jesus is the first-born and we are the first-born with Him (Rom 8:29), but we are not the first-born of Jesus; we are the first-born of God. God is our Father (I Cor 1:3, II Cor … Continue reading

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Does Christ Have a Law or Just Grace?

Questioner: Please elaborate on “God now has three concurrent laws”. I assume that you mean LOM, LOG, and LOC. It seems to me that Christ dissolved the distinction between Jew and Gentile such that there is now no Jewish kingdom … Continue reading

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What is Law?

I think a discussion of the nature of law and of God’s law in particular would be beneficial. Law is a command issued by an authority that is backed by a penalty for disobedience. Law is only effective where the … Continue reading

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God Enabled Love by the Death of His Son–Jn 3:16

John 3:16 is a wonderful verse that has had countless sermons preached based upon its message. It says, John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not … Continue reading

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“It Is Figurative” and Every Man Is Right in His Own Eyes

The Bible says, “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes”. I believe what I say is right, or I wouldn’t say it. Every honest man does that. Others believe what they say is right, or they … Continue reading

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If God Intended for Sin to Occur, Is God Guilty of Sin?

[correspondent:] To say that God intended and caused this sin to occur is to say that God is guilty of sin. [James replies:] This is hogwash. God sent a lying spirit into the mouth of Ahab’s prophets. God planned for … Continue reading

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Was Sin an Accident?

A correspondant wrote: If all of the outcomes are known ahead of time, then everything is predetermined, and there would be no way to change it. God himself repented that he made mankind. This shows that He chose to let … Continue reading

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Did God Create the Present Order of Things as an Incubator for Sin?

A correspondant wrote: It seems as though you are suggesting that God created the earth and man with the “intent” of sin entering. If this is so – if God created the earth with the anticipation of sin – in … Continue reading

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Does the Fact of Christ Descending Into Hades Validate Calvinism?

Before Christ died, the Devil had the power of death and Hades (Heb 2:14). Jesus took the power of death and Hades from the Devil when He emerged from the grave (Rev 1:18, Acts 2:24). Until Christ acquired the power … Continue reading

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Is the Advocacy of Christ Nullified by His Eternal Subordination to God?

Some correspondants have complained that if Jesus is to be subordinate to God forever, as I Cor 15:28 says that He will be, that it affects His ability to be our Advocate. How does subordination to God affect his ability … Continue reading

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