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"For God SO LOVES the HUMAN RACE..."

Discussion in 'Calvinism & Arminianism Debate' started by Acts2.21, Jun 17, 2019.

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  1. JonC

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    You are right. Scripture DOES settle the matter.

    Christ is the propitiation for the sins of the world (in the epistle, the only other uses of "world" is mankind, as Calvin noted "without exception"...even the Egyptians who drowned).

    So Scripture settles it. You are wrong. Christ is the propitiation for the sins of mankind, period.

    And Scripture tells us that those who are not saved will die in their sins.

    The problem, however, is your theology cannot accept Scripture in this case. So it does something horrendous- it bends the text to theology because it cannot handle the truth that Christ is the propitiation for all yet all are not saved (this is not a problem for Calvinism, but it is for "calvinism" as evidenced by Calvin and Edwards).

    The reason this is such a horrible sin is the word "world" actually occurs several times in the letter referring to all. Yet "calvinists" change the meaning on this one occurance without cause except their simplistic error.
     
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    JonC,

    I am suggesting you do not interact with me or my posts

    No.it does not...it never says THE SINS OF ALL MEN
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    Again, I never used this language. I do not need a spokesman the misquotes my words
    I am asking once again, stop doing this


    Whatever...

    I never said this once again. I do not want you as a spokesman

    Your opinion, I do not share it.
     
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    "JonC

    Glad you agree
    I will leave it here,

    2 and he -- he is a propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world,

    "The sins of" is not in there.
     
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    You quoted me.

    Either way I decline.

    Scripture states that Christ is the propitiation for the sins of all men. That is not an opinion. That is God's word.

    What does "world" mean in all other occurrences in the letter? Why change it here?
     
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    καὶ αὐτὸς ἱλασμός ἐστινπερὶ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν, οὐπερὶ τῶν ἡμετέρων δὲ μόνονἀλλὰ καὶ περὶ ὅλου τοῦκόσμου.


    and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
     
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    never says the sins of all men
     
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    Yes, it actually does.

    "Not only for ours" refers to sins.

    καὶ αὐτὸς ἱλασμός ἐστινπερὶ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν, οὐπερὶ τῶν ἡμετέρων δὲ μόνονἀλλὰ καὶ περὶ ὅλου τοῦκόσμου.

    Out of curiosity, what on earth did you think Christ was the propitiation for if not sin???? :rolleyes::rolleyes:


    Do you understand the word? It is not a "bible word" but has become antiquated.

    Is an atoning sacrifice with the purpose of turning aside the wrath of a deity (here, of God). It has sin in view.

    This is why I am suggesting you utalize a good commentary (granted, Calvin is out dated, but I like his works).
     
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    Not so....it is speaking of the sins of believers whose sins were propitiated. ...
    and not for ours only...but the whole world....
    That is any remaining believer who God will draw to himself worldwide...not for the ungodly, who remain dead in Adam...their sins are not propitiated, God's wrath still abides on them.

    So the sin, is only that of those who believe.even though they are scattered worldwide.
     
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    JonC,

    see post 109...

    καὶ αὐτὸς ἱλασμός ἐστινπερὶ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν, οὐπερὶ τῶν ἡμετέρων δὲ μόνονἀλλὰ καὶ περὶ ὅλου τοῦκόσμου.

    He turns away the wrath that abides upon those among mankind who are being saved. I do not think you understand propitiation as it relates to the gospel as Paul explained it:
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    23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

    24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

    25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

    26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

    Yes I do. However it looks like you might have missed those lectures in school.
    Here as Paul explains the heart of the gospel the word is used of those who have
    1]faith in his blood

    2]those who have been justified freely

    3]he is the just and the justifier of Him WHO BELIEVES in Jesus....

    not "all men" as you post.

    from preceptaustin;
    Is (estin) is in the present tense signifying that Jesus is continually the propitiation. This is good news for sinners such as myself who are daily in need of an Advocate Who is qualified. Indeed, He sits in His glorified body even now at the right hand of the Father and not only pleads for mercy for us but also intercedes for us. (Ro 8:34, Heb 7:25) O, what a Savior, what a Lord!

    2434) (hilasmos akin to hileōs = merciful, propitious) in the NT (only here and 1Jn 4:10) refers to a sacrifice that turns away the wrath of God and thereby makes God propitious (favorably inclined or disposed, disposed to be gracious and/or merciful, ready to forgive) toward us.

    I know exactly what the word means, and have no need for you to suggest i do not know what it means. To suggest it was for all men is error plain and simple..

     
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    John MacArthur links hilasmos with the mercy seat in the Old Covenant...

    The term propitiation, in definition and application, is most notably a biblical and theological word. It is a translation of hilasmos, which means “appeasement,” or “satisfaction.” Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thus appeasing His holy wrath against believers’ sins. Several related words provide additional understanding of the nature of propitiation. The verb hilaskomai, “to make satisfaction for,” occurs in Luke 18:13 and Hebrews 2:17. Hilasterion refers to the sacrifice of atonement required to placate God’s wrath (cf. Rom. 3:25). The translators of the Septuagint (Lxx) used this term (hilasterion) to designate the mercy seat, which establishes propitiation’s link to the Old Testament sacrificial system (Read Ex 25:10-22, esp Ex 25:17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22)

    The mercy seat was the lid or cover of the ark, situated between the divine Shekinah glory cloud above the ark and law tablets inside the ark. Because the priests sprinkled the seat with blood from the (animal) sacrifices (Ed: See the inefficacy of animal blood in Heb 10:4, Heb 10:11), it was the place at which atonement for sin occurred. The sprinkled blood thus stood between God (the Shekinah) and His broken law (the tablets). The sacrificial blood of animals never did placate God (cf. Heb. 7:26-28; 9:6-15; 10:1-18), but it pictured the future sacrifice of Christ that would fully satisfy the Father (Heb. 9:23-28; cf. Isa. 53:6, 10; Matt. 20:28; Eph. 5:2). If the Old Testament sacrificial system had appeased God’s wrath once and for all, the Jews would not have continued endlessly to bring burnt offerings (Lev. 1:3-17; 6:8-13), sin offerings (Lev. 4:1-5:13; 6:24-30), and trespass offerings (Lev. 5:14-6:7; 7:1-10) over the centuries. (NT Commentary on 1, 2, 3 John & Jude)precept austin;
     
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    But this still leaves an atonement gutted of its ability to pay for sin. In fact, it ignores it completely and makes calling without justification the means of salvation.
     
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    Logically, according to universalist, Christ's death had nothing to do with sin or all would be saved.
     
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    According to the logic of "Evangelical" universalism, Christ did not pay for the least sin or all would be saved. Which BTW is what hard core universalists claim.
     
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    Why do you believe this (please explain how you arrive at that conclusion as this is the tooic of the OP).
     
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    I am not an evangelical universalist. I am a Calvinist.

    According to pre-Beza Calvinism Christ died for the sin of mankind without exception. By the early seventh century there had developed two primary views (depending on one's philosophical approach to Scripture).

    Neither logically concluded with universal salvation. The "straw-man" is a result of taking the view that Christ died for the sin of mankind and placing it within the understanding that the Atonement was a business-type transaction. It is easy to say the logical conclusion is universalism if one does this, but it is not being honest to the views.
     
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    The term "propitiation", like "sacrifice", "offering", "heavens", "dirt", "cup", "man", etc. is a word.

    Words have meanings. Part of the problem people have is they ignore that words have meanings - that these words were not invented by Scripture but were preexisting.

    You have a bad habit of allowing your "theology" to interpret Scripture and define words. It is impossible to discern the truth of Scrioture so handicapped.
     
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    Words are defined by their biblical usage.
    When the Holy Spirit uses them in a clear way in scripture,that trumps any secular idea.
    My theology is just fine as I could have added a dozen more theologians to the examples I offered who share the view I put forth.
    You seem to read dark motives into my posts.
    That these truths elude you is something for you to work on.
    Perhaps if you read some commentaries, and word study books it might remove obstacles that have blocked your path.
    Others agree with my posts. Again I do not think you are able to follow the train of thought here.
    Perhaps someone else can help you sort this out.
    Read over Biblicists posts again, as he offered post after post of helpful verses. Write out, or print out his posts and list each verse and it will have a positive influence .
    I have offered what I can ,but at this time you do not welcome these truths.
    No Calvinist that I know of expresses the ideas you offer. You evidently are a "calvinist" of a "different kind liking almost every anti Calvinist post offered.
    Maybe another like minded person will come forward and help you. I do not know of any who view you as a Calvinist at all. That is not here not there however. I am just trying to solve this puzzle.
    Thanks for your responses on this matter.
     
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    The problem with that idea (that words are REDEFINED by the Holy Spirit's use) is that it ignores the original audience alltogether.

    It is the definition of biblical illiteracy. One's theology says something so they define words based on what their theology teaches them Scripture is speaking of. It is eisegesis, period.

    If your theology disagrees with Scripture then redefine your theology NOT Scripture.
     
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    Wait a minute, was there not a whole thread a while back where you were arguing against Substitutionary Atonement?
     
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    @1689Dave ,

    How one views the issue depends on the philosophy employed. Both views existed for a long time within Calvinism and it is fair to say the view Christ was the propitiation for all sin without exception was there from the beginning of Calvinism as this was John Calvin's position. Both views may have been there (which may explain why Calvin felt it necessary to add "without exception").

    It depends on "logical order" (which is not the order of decrees but the order we consider these decrees).

    If I believe that God chose a people out of fallen man, then there is no issue with Christ as the propitiation for all human sin (both your view and my view can fit here). If, however, I believe that Creation is post-election (in order) logic would dictate your position without room for mine.
     
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