one way

Posted: January 21st, 2010 | Filed under: God | 6 Comments »

This post is third in a series of three.

You can read part one here and part two here. This post is built on top of those.

“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” -John 1:29 ESV

Scripture is like a steering wheel. As soon as you veer to one side or the other, it will come in and set you straight. There are many scriptures which seem to contradict themselves and I believe that current ‘understanding’ gets in the way. Scripture supersedes doctrine. No one has it perfectly right, so be where you are, but know that there’s more.

Does Christ’s sacrifice cover every sin?

Yes. Jesus died once for all.

The thing that I haven’t quite figured out and probably never will is that it’s scripturally clear that you cannot come to God unless he calls you, those He calls eventually come running. Then, I read scriptures like this:

He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. -1 Timothy 2:4-5

I’m a thinker and I want to know the Truth. I don’t believe that scripture contradicts itself, I believe that my understanding contradicts my understanding. I am flawed, not scripture.

‘He wants not only us, but everyone saved…everyone to get to know the Truth we’ve learned.’

…we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. -1 Timothy 4:10

He is the Savior of all people. His sacrifice covers every sin. This tells me that what He did is sufficient for every sin, but those who believe will receive the effect. He wants everyone to know the truth. That knowledge keeps me from thinking about who may be ‘chosen’ and who may not be. That is no concern of mine when all I need to know is that God wants everyone to be saved and everyone to know the truth.

Is there more than one truth?

‘…there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free.’

That is the Truth.

Theological elitism and discrimination is on a flimsy layer of ice wearing heavy shoes of pride. We are all connected by One Spirit and any person trying to illuminate divisions should be questioned about who they’re representing. We have separate parts and purposes, but one Source of Blood, one Heart and are led by one Mind.

God wants us all to be saved even though it’s clear that not all will be. It’s our responsibility to do our part to never give up on anyone. Represent God’s forgiving love and mercy to those who seem to be packing for an eternal vacation to Hell.

Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people. Warn them before God against pious nitpicking, which chips away at the faith. It just wears everyone out. Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. Stay clear of pious talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life, they accumulate as poison in the soul. -2 Timothy 2:14-17

God’s purposes and plans do not need to be cleared by you. He was at it long before your ancestors could form a thought. He deals with each of us on an individual basis.

Every person is on their own journey. I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it: Until a person is dead, their story is not over.

Meanwhile, God’s firm foundation is as firm as ever, these sentences engraved on the stones: god knows who belongs to him. -2 Timothy 2:19


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6 Comments on “one way”

  1. 1 Tia said at 8:33 am on January 21st, 2010:

    I like to think of this paradigm in this way: A group of people are standing outside and it begins to rain. Everyone has an unbrella (the sacrifice of Christ) but only the ones who open the umbrella and hold it over there heads will stay dry.

  2. 2 Heather Kirtley said at 12:47 pm on January 21st, 2010:

    I love this Serena…Cal taught me this, and you put it into words like only YOU can do 🙂

    'Theological elitism and discrimination is on a flimsy layer of ice wearing heavy shoes of pride. We are all connected by One Spirit and any person trying to illuminate divisions should be questioned about who they’re representing. We have separate parts and purposes, but one Source of Blood, one Heart and are led by one Mind.'

  3. 3 Ellen Grant said at 1:23 pm on January 21st, 2010:

    Oh my! You are so my new hero. I have been thinking over and over how to tell you how much my brain has been working over time after reading your book. And it really was just a fluke coming across your blog, really liking your writing, being compelled by your story and thinking "oh, there's a book, too!" Ha! I bought it that day. Our life stories are so different. But, I think, more than anything, it's me, for the first time in a while, being so hungry for Truth, in any form, that I will gobble it up. Thank you for that.

  4. 4 Anonymous said at 2:32 am on January 23rd, 2010:

    The problem is never the Truth.

    The problem is the arrogance of Christians- who act like they have exclusive rights to that truth.

    Is it more important to be "right" in a meaningless theological debate or to share Good News to bad people?

    Like Yancy said, "The Gospel is only good news to bad people.". And I think we lose sight of that aspect of Truth when we start discussing who is right and who is wrong and who knows the Truth and who doesn't.

  5. 5 Serena Woods said at 1:07 pm on January 23rd, 2010:

    Tia: love it.

    Heather: 🙂

    Ellen: I'm glad you're here and that I gave your brain some hard work. 🙂

    Anonymous: Christians are sinners, too. And, grace is for sinners.

  6. 6 Anonymous said at 12:15 am on January 24th, 2010:

    Serena: Yes, we are. But I am convinced that the arguments drive people away from Grace, not toward it. As someone once said, "No one ever converted to Christianity because he, or she, lost the argument."