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The Doctrine of the Book of Life, Part 8. The Book of Life in relation to unbelievers.

Thursday, May 17, 2001

Point 5. The Book of life in Relation to Unbelievers.

All unbelievers had their names in the book of life in eternity past.

In the Jews’ zeal to pursue their own self-righteousness they rejected the gift of God’s righteousness through faith in His Son, ROM 10:1-6.

“Be recorded” – expresses an aim or result. David was not just praying for the untimely death of his enemies, but for their removal from the book of life.

JOH 3:18 “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

JOH 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

2PE 3:9 “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”

Atonement = the reconciliation between God and man, accomplished by the efficacious sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.

limited atonement view = Jesus Christ only died for the elect or those whom God has chosen.

unlimited atonement view = propitiation – God the Father was completely satisfied with the work of His Son on the cross; the barrier was removed so that everyone can have eternal salvation.

All mankind is born in sin and is sinful and separated from God and therefore incapable of saving himself, PSA 51:5; PSA 58:3; 1CO 15:22.

ROM 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

There is the penalty of sin which is spiritual death. ROM 6:23 “For the wages of sin is [spiritual] death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We are born spiritually dead and physically alive. JOH 3:6-7 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born again.”

Man’s righteousness is unable to meet the demands of the perfect righteousness of God. ISA 64:6 “For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;”

There is the problem of our position in Adam. 1CO 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.”

The problem of sin is removed by the doctrine of redemption – the unlimited atonement, 2CO 5:18-21.

The penalty of sin is removed by the doctrine of expiation – the satisfying of the holiness of God, JOH 19:30.

The problem of physical birth is removed by the doctrine of regeneration, JOH 3:3, Titus 3:5.

The problem of man’s righteousness is removed by the doctrine of justification and imputation, GAL 2:16, ROM 3:24.

The problem of our position in Adam is handled by our new position in Christ – the doctrine of positional truth through the baptism of the Spirit, 2CO 5:17, GAL 6:15.

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