By Derek Elles
Today I just want to introduce what I will be discussing for the next several weeks. I am sure most of us have sat in church and heard the pastor talk about being holy, and we shake our heads in agreement. He may continue the sermon and mention that we have been justified, and again we shake our heads.
There are many words that get tossed around in theological circles, church services, Bible studies, and what not that upon hearing we nod in agreement. Truth be told, most of us are unsure of the correct meaning of these words and hope to get it out of the context of the sermon or discussion, which rarely happens.
My goal for the next several weeks is to also mention those words, such as sanctification, redemption, and propitiation, but with meaning and purpose. I hope to clarify in our minds what we think when our pastor mentions substitutionary atonement. I hope to help us all understand what is meant when we hear the Bible study leader refer to regeneration.
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By no means will this equate to a degree in theology, but the next time we shake our heads in agreement, we will actually be agreeing and not wondering and hope to figure it out later. The understanding of these terms will not somehow make us better Christians, and we should never think that possible, but along the way we may start to feel more comfortable in our Christianity.
There are many Bible verses that mention some of these terms, and many that allude to them in context. We will visit them as we learn each term and I recommend highlighting them in your Bible. You may already have a grasp on these terms, but it is always good to refresh ourselves and hear them from other sources, such as these upcoming posts.
I encourage comments and discussion for us all to deepen our knowledge, understanding and faith.
Until next week. Blessings in Yahweh’s grace, mercy, and peace.