Rebuilding the Foundations
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It is my prayer that you will follow through on the things that are in this book. It needs to be expanded, but I wanted to have it available for the 2018 Heaven's Family reunion in Pittsburgh. It is somewhat complete in this form. One of the things I would love to add to this book is a discussion of the phrase "Jesus paid the price." The only price the New Testament says that Jesus paid was a purchase price for us (Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 6:20, 7:23; Tit. 2:14; 1 Pet. 1:18-20). Even the word "redeem" basically means to purchase, and the New Testament picture is purchasing slaves from a slave market. We were slaves to sin (Eph. 2:1-3), and now we are slaves to Christ. I do not have time to go into all that, but I highly recommend going further on the atonement. David Bercot has an excellent teaching called "What the Early Christians Believed About the Atonement." It is available on YouTube, and it is easily found by searching there. I will finish then with a quote from John Wesley, whom I revere and I suspect many of my readers revere as well:
The esteeming of the writings of the first three centuries, not equally with, but next to, the Scriptures, never carried any man yet into dangerous errors, nor probably ever will. But it has brought many out of dangerous errors, and particularly out of the errors of popery. (John Wesley's letter to Dr. Conyers Middleton1)