Luke 5:32 "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
Luke 15:1,2 "Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmered, saying, This man receives sinners, and eats with them."
1Tim. 1:15; Paul said "This is a faithfull saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief."
1John2:2 "He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."
1John 4:10 "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins."
Many people believe in Jesus, but are not saved; the bible tells us the devils believe and tremble. James 2:19 "You believe that there is one God; you believe well: the devils also believe, and tremble."
Christianity is not being Baptist, Catholic, Methodist or any other denomination orreligion. It is not cooking church suppers, doing rummage sales for the poor, it's not being a police man for God by enforcing His laws. If God took the cover off and let you see, as Peter did, you would see Christ, and Christ alone.
Not a philosophy, not a protestant or Catholic ethic, not a theological position, not even a way of life......but a Person. Not merely Jesus......but Jesus the Christ.
In Acts 2:36 when Peter was restored by Jesus after His resurrection; Peter preached a powerfull message and proclaimed "God has made Jesus both Lord and Christ.
4. It is very important to know that we can be faithful to the teachings of Jesus, be an excellant churchman, yet not be a christian.
What does propitiation mean?
Propitiation: Is a greek word "hilasterion", meaning " an atoning victim. The Old Testament atonement was made by a propitiation, a blood sacrifice. "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the alter to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that makes and atonement for the soul." Lev. 17:11
This Old Testament declaration of atonement through the blood was a picture of things to come. It was the prophetic announcement of Christ.
In the New Testament we read, "We joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement." Rom. 5:11
Now, atonement means RESTORATION TO DIVINE FAVOR.
When Jesus went to the cross, and died there, He made atonement for your sins, all of them, and restored you, even while you still lived in sin. ON THE CROSS HE CRIED; IT IS FINISHED. THE PRICE FOR YOUR SINS AND MINE WERE PAID.
SALVATION COMES WHEN WE RECEIVE THE FREE GIFT OF HIS SALVATION, AND SIMPLY ASK FOR HIS FORIVENESS AND CLEANSING. THERE ARE NO WORKS THAT WE CAN DO TO EARN OUR SALVATION.
WHEN WE ARE BORN AGAIN, OUR DESIRES WILL CHANGE LITTLE BY LITTLE; WE WON'T WANT TO SIN ANYMORE, THIS IS EVIDENCE OF GOD'S SPIRIT LIVING IN US.