Commentary on "Friends Forever (1 Thess. 2:13-3:13)"
Day 7: Friday, August 10, 2012 - Further Study
Today’s lesson quote (Ellen G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 101, 102) summarizes the chronology of this week’s material.
In this commentary we will examine just one of the lesson discussion questions:
“If Christ truly died for all, then why are not all saved?”
To answer that question we should look at the Philippian jailer’s question found in Act 16:30: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”. What he was told points us towards the answer:
And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. (Acts 16:31-33 ESV)
So, our response should be this: not all believe in the Lord Jesus and therefore have not been saved. Most importantly, we must be talking about Jesus the Son of God who died for our sins. In-other-words, we must be hearing or be preaching the gospel message of the real Jesus Christ. Some in blindness reject God. Others believe in a false gospel that is not about the real Jesus. When the blood of Jesus Christ has not covered your sins you are still dead in your sins.
Concerning the real gospel message here is a critical warning from Paul:
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. (Gal. 1:6-9 ESV)
Anyone who places their faith in the words of someone who claims to be bringing you a message from God but contradicts the biblical gospel of who Jesus Christ is are those who have placed their faith in something false, something that cannot save them. Only when the blood of Christ has washed away your sins and your dead spirit brought to life by the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit have you become a member of the Body of Christ.
This is the gospel, the only gospel message of the real Jesus Christ:
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, (1 Cor. 15:3-4 (ESV)
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