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February, 2004: Saved from What?

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The God of White-Hot Rage

"The God of White-Hot Rage"—does my title sound extreme? Perhaps.

But you see, I'm not interested in the kind of God we want to believe in, but in the God who really is. Read more

Christ Our Substitute

Isaiah 53:1-6
1 Who has believed what they heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

A friend in our denomination told me a story about a companion of his who was walking in a field in Montana after a fire had swept through it. As he walked along, inspecting the scorched earth, he came upon a duck that had been killed by the raging fire. Out of curiosity, the man turned the bird over with his boot and was surprised to find a brood of live ducklings. Their mother had protected her young by covering them with her wings, deflecting the fire's deadly heat. She had saved their lives by placing herself between them and death. Read more

You Need a Lawyer!

You need a lawyer! "How can that be?" you ask. "I haven't committed a crime. I haven't been contacted by the IRS or been sued by anyone. And you don't even know me. What do you mean, I need a lawyer?"

Well, of course, people need lawyers for many reasons. Sometimes lawyers are needed to write a will or to help with a real estate transaction. In other cases, they may be needed to defend a person against an unjust accusation. And, of course, a person may actually be guilty of a crime and need a lawyer to help him through the legal system. In an imperfect world, where justice is not always done, skillful lawyers can sometimes get a guilty person acquitted. Read more


I was once confronted by a young man in Philadelphia who asked me, "Are you saved?" My reply to him was, "Saved from what?" He was taken aback by my question. He obviously hadn't thought much about the meaning of the question he was asking people. I was certainly not saved from people interrupting me on the street and buttonholing me with the question "Are you saved?"

The question of being saved is the supreme question of the Bible. The subject matter of the sacred Scriptures is the subject of salvation. Jesus, at his conception in the womb of Mary, is announced as the Savior. Saviorhood and salvation go together. It is the role of the Savior to save. Read more

Cleared and Approved by the Supreme Court!

In the United States, what the Supreme Court says is legal is legal. No matter what lower courts or individuals may say, when the Supreme Court has issued a decision, the case is closed. No one can be treated as guilty when the Supreme Court has pronounced him not guilty. No one can be regarded as having failed to discharge his obligations when the Supreme Court says that his obligations have been fully discharged.

The Supreme Court of the universe is the Judgment Throne of God, the supreme Judge of all. When the supreme Judge of the universe issues a decision, the case is closed for all eternity. When the supreme Judge declares a person righteous, that person is regarded and treated as righteous by the highest authority of the universe. "Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth?" (Rom. 8:33-34). Read more

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