Scripture Reading: II Corinthians 5:14-21
"In this present dispensation Israel's covenant dealings have been set aside. Israel has fallen and has been cast away as enemies of the gospel. Now God is dealing with an alienated world of both Jews and Gentiles who have absolutely no claim upon God. God's extension of salvation to such a world is COMPLETELY UPON THE BASIS OF PURE GRACE" (C.F. Baker, A Dispensational Theology, page 328).
"God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself [by Jesus Christ]. ... We pray you in Christ's stead, BE YE RECONCILED TO GOD." We emphasize the plea of the apostle, that his hearers be reconciled to God-lest any be lulled into the delusion of the doctrine of Universal Reconciliation. If everyone without exception were automatically reconciled to God by the sacrificial offering of His Son, then such an appeal to men would be pointless. Christ's work of reconciliation opened the way for each individual to believe and accept.
Israel, of course, lost favor with God-but as a nation only. The individual Jew is in the same position as the individual Gentile. Christ was crucified "that He might reconcile BOTH [Jew and Gentile] unto God in one Body by the cross" (Ephesians 2:16). "For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him. For WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPONTHE NAME OFTHE LORD SHALL BE SAVED" (Romans 10:12, 13).
"Through their [Israel's] fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles .... And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled" (Colossians 1:21). Amazing grace!
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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