Glorying and Boasting


Whatever one believes makes the difference between salvation and damnation is what one glories in, what one boasts in. Those who believe that it is the work of Christ alone that makes the difference between salvation and damnation glory in Christ crucified. Those who believe that it is anything that comes from the sinner, whether it is faith, repentance, perseverance, law-keeping, whatever, that makes the difference between salvation and damnation, glory in themselves. It is that simple. Those who believe that Jesus Christ died for everyone without exception DO NOT believe that it is Christ's work that makes the difference between salvation and damnation, since they believe that Christ's work was for everyone, yet not everyone will be saved. They DO NOT believe in a real, true atonement, a real, true propitiation, a real, true, satisfaction. They are dead in their sins, bringing forth dead works and fruit unto death. Those who consider these people to be their brothers in Christ DO NOT believe that the efficacious work of Christ is part of the gospel, let alone that it is the very heart of the gospel. They are partakers in the evil deeds -- the dead works, the fruit unto death -- of the universal atonement advocates. Thus, they, too, are dead in their sins. Those who believe that a true believer can confess belief in universal atonement are saying the same thing as those who consider the universal atonement advocates to be their brothers in Christ. They, too, are dead in their sins.

"But may it never be for me to boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision has any strength nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as many as shall walk by this rule, peace and mercy be on them and on the Israel of God." (Galatians 6:14-16, LITV)


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