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- The Doctrine of Inclusion: Why it Appeals, How it Misleads
- Was Humanity Raised With Christ?
- Last Adam’s Greater Work
- Inclusionism is Not Foreshadowed in the Old Testament, by Ed Elliott NEW

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Comments

  1. Thanks Paul!

  2. Do any of your writings refer to the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

  3. Paul, you have done a very thorough study. This is a discussion I had anticipated and hoped for. I am not sure where the dust will settle for me around some of the ideas of Trinitarian Theology.

  4. Chris Esters says:

    Paul, thank you for continuing to provide great teaching. You bring grea clarity to the “hiccups” I encounter when sharing the Gospel of Grace. The greatest challenges come when talking with the religious, the churched, the “seminary trained” folks!

  5. Thanks Paul for sharing your study notes, great teaching!

  6. Paul, this article (study notes) is just excellent! There is so much more to gain from it than simply a counter to ‘inclusion-ism’; it tends to set out some of the very fundamental tenets of our beliefs within the Gospel of Grace. It brings forward the truths of the Gospel tying faith to grace and grace to faith in a manner I have not seen before. Sadly, it takes a “challenge” to the false to bring forward the truth; yet, outshining from this document is the strength of the true Gospel that we hold dear. Everyone should read this!
    Now, if we could say the same truths in a document that is not based on a ‘counter’ to the false… wow!

  7. Leslie Snell says:

    Paul-are you working on anything about knowing God’s will.

  8. Thanks!

  9. i have just finished reading these study notes again… and i am curious to know how an inclusionist can dismiss the unforgiveable sin…

    • An inclusionist is not necessarily a universalist. A universalist says “all will be saved”; an inclusionist says “all were saved – but unless they can to realize this, some will yet be lost (although hell is only temporary anyway).”

      • ok. so they believe that some will be lost and will go to a temporary hell…. but then they are forgiven of the one thing that Jesus Himself says will not be forgiven in this age… or the one to come…?

  10. Thank you Paul for your inspiration, We have exchangedcorrespondence onsite in my search for salvation and found what you write about makes sense to me in understanding clearly what God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit mean to me. Your encouragement is spread to my family and they are looking at it and I am forward to have some dialouge with my sisters, neices and friends. At this point I am looking into baptism, I know Jesus was baptized by John, and I heard on a sermon this morning it was a covenant between God and man. Who do I ask to receive baptism and where would I go to get it done. My understanding so far is baptizm can be or should be done by someone who has been baptized, and acceptence and belief in Jesus Christ is a pre-requisit to the ritual. I’ve asked the catholic church, were study and a partner is involved and another new church Chang Point were I was asked questions on why I chose their church, Your input would be greatly appreciate.

  11. Have just read Part 1. Thanks Paul. I’m on the same page as you and have grave concerns about the teaching of inclusion. Just a question. Not sure how you can say everyone is forgiven. The way I see it, it’s one thing to say Jesus died for all mankind, but another to say all are forgiven. The Scriptures seem to teach that until a person believes, they are still in Adam and still in their sins. For example, Jesus said: “If you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” (Jn.8:24). I am currently teaching my way through the Book of Acts, and see that the apostles taught that only when people believe upon Jesus will they be granted forgiveness of sins. E.g. “To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:38) and, Jesus sent Paul to preach “…to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins…” (Acts 26:18). See also Acts 2:38; 3:19; 13:38&39. As I understand it, whilst Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, anyone who is in Adam is still in their sins. Only by believing in Christ are they baptized into Him, receive forgiveness of their sins and are made righteous. Would appreciate your thoughts on this Paul. Many thanks.

    • Hi Ken,
      I see two issues: When did God forgive us and when did we receive the gift of his forgiveness? I believe God forgave us before we were even made for he knew we would sin, he knew what it would cost him, and yet he went ahead and made us anyway. But only on the cross did his gracious gift of forgiveness become apparent. Forgiveness is an expression of grace; you have to believe it to receive it. If you don’t believe God has taken away all your sins then you’ll cling to them and die with them – that’s John 8:24. But he won’t hang you for it because then he would have to remember what he’s forgotten.

      On the cross the Lamb of God carried the sins of the whole world. It would be unjust of just God to subsequently judge us for sins he’s already condemned in Jesus. I’ve written more about this here and here.

      God won’t condemn unbelievers for their sins; they condemn themselves on account of their unbelief.

      • Hmm. I see what you are saying Paul. But it seems that this is creating the kind of objective/subjective dichotomy you refuted regarding reconciliation and justification etc. “Everyone is forgiven, they just don’t know it…” To me it seems that whilst Christ has paid for our sins this forgiveness is to be found only in Him. While a person remains in Adam they remain in their sins. Thus, the apostles offered forgiveness in their presentation of the gospel, as in the verses I quoted from Acts. When a person believes the gospel they opt into Christ and receive all the riches of His grace, beginning with forgiveness. As Paul says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins…” (Eph.1:7). Anyway, just my thoughts… God bless you Paul, and the important ministry you have.

      • I think we’re saying the same thing. Christ is the gift. When you receive Christ you get the whole grace package – his forgiveness, righteousness, and holiness. Everything is in Him. But the fact is Jesus has carried our sins away (Heb 9:26) which is the literal meaning of forgiveness – to carry away. We may hold onto them but God doesn’t.

    • chrisvanrooyen says:

      Hi Ken
      you pose a very good question to answer it I have to ask you to see things like God see,s them He sees out of time. Everyone,s sins are forgiven and we have to accept it to receive it yes, but God knows who is going to accept and who won,t. Your name is already written in the book of Life.This in no way affects free will, but testifies to the awesome greatness of our God.There are many dimensions and many times.We are VERY limited in our perspective.

      • Hi Chris. I fully understand that God sees things outside of time. But the fact is that we live in time and that’s when the gospel is presented to us. When the apostles offered the gospel they also offered forgiveness (see references above). They were not offering something their hearers already had. I think it is better to say that everyone’s sins have been paid for at the cross, and we receive forgiveness when we believe that. Which is what you said. “Everyone’s sins are forgiven and we have to accept it to receive it.” I think it is important to keep a clear distinction between sins paid for and a person forgiven. Jesus said that those who do not believe in Him would die in their sins. Blessings.

  12. “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”Mark 11:25, NKJV”. Since we have been forgiven at the cross, why does Mark preach forgiveness to be forgiven. This writing seems contradictory to what has already been done, very confusing.

    • Hi Glenn,
      It’s a good question which you will find covered in some of the early forgiveness posts. You can find them all by inserting “forgiveness” in the search box at the top of this page. Or you can just read this post.

    • chrisvanrooyen says:

      Hi Glenn
      It is not conditional at all once you have fully accepted all that Jesus has achieved for you , you will be unable to keep record of wrong. I think Jesus knew this.

      • Thank you Chris, the more I read, the more I study I receive more clarity, my search for the truth is resilient and continuous.

  13. Leslie Snell says:

    I love the gospel of God’s grace. But I have heard believers can loose their faith, if they choose to. Does that mean that their salvation is in jeopardy?

  14. Paul, I have a question for you. I want to make sure I understand what you are saying here.
    There is a grace preacher in the U.S. who asks the question: How many sins does it take to be a sinner? Most common answer is ONE. However, he points out that the correct answer is NONE, you are born a sinner. In light of your notes, and the fact that you stated that the cross covered Adam’s sin (I agree), are you saying you see this differently?

    And if so, would you also conclude that its a “dead” or “born of the spirit” problem more than a sin problem?

    • I don’t believe there is a sin gene. I wrote a long chapter about this two years ago, but figured it was too controversial to publish. Maybe one day.

      • I understand what you mean about controversial because some will discount everything else you’ve written just based on one piece. BUT it is nice to hear that there is someone else on the planet who doesn’t think scripture supports “born into sin”. Rom 5:12-14 simply tells us: Sin entered, death reigned, and all “have” sinned. I hope one day you do write your piece on that subject. Thanks for the reply. Grace & Peace.

  15. ty i knew that about the mirror translation bible . this was a great article!

  16. Paul, do you believe the Bible, not the English translations, but the original Greek words, written by the apostles, is the Word Of God… as understood by most of the evangelical community?

  17. Well, I Am Asking You. Do U Believe Scripture Is inspired?

  18. Veronica Baldwin says:

    I have just started looking into Jesus as The Last Adam and The Second Man. What is the significance? He took us with Him onto the cross, was that the whole of humanity? And was that the end of the Adamic line spiritually? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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