This love | Housefires

housefires-599x600I thought this song by Pat Barrett of Housefires would be a good way to finish up the week after our look at the atonement. We’re finally seeing our heavenly Father in a true light. He’s the prodigal and elder brother’s father. He waits for us to come home; everything He has is ours. He will never leave us or reject us, even when we run away from Him.  Continue reading

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What the Cross proves

Cross_HeartWhat does the cross of Christ prove to us? The cross proves that God is love (1 John 4:8).

The cross proves that this Love is for every human being who ever lived and who ever will live (John 3:16; Rom.5:8; 1 Tim.2:3-5; 1 John 2:2). Continue reading

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Raw and Real

Mel Wild:

I can’t think of a better reason why it’s important we understand that God was not punishing Jesus on the cross than Tami Benson’s testimony here. We don’t have an angry, abusive god who must be appeased before He can forgive; we have a loving Father who never abandoned or rejected His Son for one moment, and He won’t ever abandon or reject us either. May this testimony draw you into Abba’s embrace.
Blessings,
Mel

Originally posted on Lessons by Heart:

To know that we’re loved by God with the same love as His love for Jesus is amazing; heartwarming; unless…

…you’ve been abused most of your life…

…and you believe that God punished Jesus in your place;

that all Christ endured was God’s ‘heart’ for you.

He hated you that much.

Aren’t you so thankful that Jesus took the hit for you?

Don’t you want to become one of God’s children too?

Strong words?

Yes. I cringe as I type, for this is completely untrue.

Yet, I see that this is the ‘gospel’ most of us believe; is the reason why some Christians protest abortion clinics and homosexuality and other behaviors to which God is opposed by screaming curses and spewing hateful labels at those who participate.

‘Without Jesus’, they deserve wrath…ours, apparently.

In the loving name of Jesus, amen, of course.

(This is NOT my approval of their ungodly…

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Did God kill Jesus? Part four

Father_forgive_themIf God didn’t kill Jesus to placate His wrath, who did kill Him?

This is the final installment of my series that asks the faithful question, “Did God kill Jesus?” Last time we jettisoned the wooden literal take on Isaiah 53:10 for the following three reasons: it’s hermeneutically unsound; it ignores that a biblical literary Continue reading

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Did God kill Jesus? Part three

Father_forgive_themWas God actually pleased to crush Jesus(crush, meaning kill)? We’re now ready to turn our attention to Isaiah 53:10.

This is part three in my short series that looks at the question, “Did God kill Jesus?” The reason for this faithful question is because the popular view of atonement (Penal Substitutionary Atonement, or Continue reading

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Did God kill Jesus? Part two

Father_forgive_themWe’ve been asking some faithful questions about the popular view of atonement (Penal Substitutionary Atonement, or PSA) that postulates that God killed Jesus in order to forgive us. The main verse advocates use for this view is Isaiah 53:10.

We will get to PSA’s proof-text in due course, but we’re still covering some vital background to understanding this prophecy. Continue reading

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Did God kill Jesus? Part one

Father_forgive_themThis is the first of my “red pill” posts, looking at the question, “Did God kill Jesus?” The reason for my provocative question is because this is a central tenet of the popular atonement theory called Penal Substitutionary Atonement (PSA).

If you’re like almost all Christians in the Western world who’ve studied why Jesus Continue reading

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