Intro – Here is Bill Shade with today’s “Moment from God’s Word”.
Last week I referred to Count Ludwig von Zinzendorf’s beautiful hymn –
Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness, in which he clearly declares salvation through faith alone in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Through that final and sufficient sacrifice, those who believe are declared righteous, with the perfect righteousness of God.
Well, that was not the only truth Zinzenforf addressed in that hymn. He also wrote; Lord, I believe were sinners more, Than sands upon the ocean shore,
Thou hast for all a ransom paid, For all a full atonement made. And in those words he affirmed the truth that Christ’s atonement was not only efficacious for all who believe, but was universal and available for any who would embrace it.
Zinzendorf was right. The Apostle said it like this, Christ is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). Language could hardly be clearer – you can argue with it, try to twist it to fit your theological bias, or you can believe it and proclaim it to a whole world that desperately needs to hear that their sins can all be forgiven when they believe the testimony of God. Hear it again, Christ is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. Believe it and you will be born again.
Closing – This is Kile Smith. You have been listening to Bible Teacher and author, Dr. Bill Shade, Director of Advanced Studies for Source of Light Ministries International. Our college-recognized, three-year, Bible Institute curriculum is now available online. We invite you to visit us on the Web at advancedbiblicalstudies.net – that’s advancedbiblicalstudies.net and begin a systematic study of God’s Word today.