MI 101 Lesson 3 audio - Are the Lost Really Lost_

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The lost are really lost. They must receive Jesus Christ to be saved. Sincerity is not enough. The "greater hope" does not guarantee salvation for all, nor is hypercalvinism correct.

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Are the Lost Really Lost? Lesson 3:

Are the Lost Really Lost? Lesson 3 MI 101 Dr. Robert Patton

Introduction:

Introduction Is Jesus Christ necessary? Pluralism – exclusivism is offensive Against confrontational soulwinning & evangelism Pluralism Universalism or wider hope theory H ypercalvinism

Jesus Christ is unique:

Jesus Christ is unique Deity : He claimed to be God. That is why the Jews wanted to kill Him, plus His convicting life challenging theirs. John 8:58 Before Abraham was, I am. The Jews picked up stones to kill Him for blasphemy

Jesus Christ is unique:

Jesus Christ is unique Deity: John 10:33 The Jews answered him saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy, and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God…. Savior (John 14:6) I am the way, the truth , and the light. No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus Christ is unique:

Jesus Christ is unique Unique life Virgin birth – there were some of the mystery religions that claimed this Sinless life – no other great founder claimed to be without sin. Muhammad was not certain that he would go to heaven Miracles – well documented, including healing, multiplying food, walking on water, and raising the dead

Jesus Christ is unique:

Jesus Christ is unique Unique death and bodily resurrection to eternal life Unique bodily ascension

Jesus Christ is unique in salvation:

Jesus Christ is unique in salvation Fall – everyone else thinks man is basically good. Salvation from suffering, not from sin. Salvation is on the basis of good works Often looks at a scale in the balance – if good deeds are greater, then you go to heaven. This is the contention of both liberal Christianity and Islam

Jesus Christ is unique in salvation:

Jesus Christ is unique in salvation Grace – unmerited favor (Eph. 2:8-9) For by grace are ye saved by faith, and that not of yourselves. Not of works, lest any man should boast Titus 3:5a Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…

Jesus Christ is unique in salvation:

Jesus Christ is unique in salvation Forgiveness and assurance: John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath (notice present tense) eternal life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is (already) passed from death to life. John 3:36 He that believeth on the son hath everlasting life, and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him .

Jesus Christ is unique in salvation:

Jesus Christ is unique in salvation Forgiveness and assurance: John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them, is greater than all and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.

Are the unevangelized lost?:

Are the unevangelized lost? Eternally lost – in reference to God. Man is separated from God and bound for eternal death. Universal spiritual and physical death (John 3:18) He that believeth on him is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God .

Are the unevangelized lost?:

Are the unevangelized lost? Eternally lost –Note – it is not that we are OK now but will be condemned when we die, but we are already condemned. Jn . 3:36 he that believeth not shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.

All mankind needs salvation:

All mankind needs salvation Even good Jews, like Nicodemus Good gentiles, like Cornelius O.T. believers like the high priest Joshua Greek intellectuals

Only one way to heaven:

Only one way to heaven John 14:6 … I am the way, the truth and the light; no man cometh to the Father but by me. Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name given among men, whereby we must be saved . I Tim. 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus

Is God fair?:

Is God fair? General revelation – there is a Creator: Romans 1:18-20 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them: for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made; even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse

Is God fair?:

Is God fair? ( 21) Because that when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible Go into an image made like to corruptible an, and to birds, and four footed beasts and creeping things.

Is God fair?:

Is God fair? Conscience – men know they are sinners Romans 2:1ff. Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgeth another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doeth the same things. But they don’t know salvation unless we tell them

Remember God’s character:

Remember God’s character God is light, love, Spirit and merciful and gracious – but He is also holy and just If only those who consciously reject the gospel will go to hell, then better we don’t tell them. Then missions condemns millions to hell – but this is NOT true

Objections:

Objections Sincerity is enough – but what about a sincere but wrong doctor, or pilot? God’s justice would condemn all men to hell, but He has made a way of escape Can we apply the merits of Christ to those who have not heard?

Warning:

Warning Verbal profession is not enough Wonder works is not enough Jesus indwells the true believer and this shows in a changed life

Enemies of Missions:

Enemies of Missions Clark Pinnock – salvation only through the cross of Christ, but explicit faith is not a necessary condition of salvation. Implicit faith vs. explicit faith Billy Graham: Changed his message from the Gospel to stating that sincerity is enough.

EmeEnemies of Missions Hypercalvinism:

Eme Enemies of Missions Hypercalvinism God will save whom He wishes without the help of us All these undermine our faith in the Bible, Jesus Christ and salvation Bible – explicit faith in Christ needed

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