Friday, April 11, 2014

Propitiation for the Whole World

The Bible was not written to be a brickbat. Sadly, 1 John 2:2 has sometimes been used in that way, heaved out of context and hurled at theological opponents' heads as if it would settle the debate, in particular, the debate over the question, "For whom did Christ die?"

We are not out to bash heads this Lord's Day. We are out to win hearts with what the Scripture actually says. We have considered (to some degree) the context of 1 John 2:2 in order to clearly place before our eyes God's purpose in giving us this text. Now we want to gain the confidence and joy that comes from knowing that we have the true God and eternal life by laying hold of the strong truth that "he is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world."

Songs
Chosen of God (290)
Salvation! O My Soul, Rejoice! (291)
The Church's One Foundation (221)
A Debtor to Mercy Alone (614)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 21:21-35; Psalm 98
New Testament: John 6:60-71

Sermon
Propitiation for the Sins of the Whole World - 1 John 2:2

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