~ Jesus Christ Gave His Life: Consider Concentric & Narrowing Circles ~
For All (the widest circle)~“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15a).“There is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Timothy 2:5-6).Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
For Many (the believing circle)~“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
For His Church (the elect circle)~“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified [those who are set apart]” (Acts 20:32.“Just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25b-27).
For Me (the narrowest circle)~“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).“Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.This is a faithful saying: for if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we endure, we shall also reign with Him.If we deny Him,He also will deny us. If we are faithless,He remains faithful;He cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:10-13).
the key question: “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). This is the most important question you will ever answer. If you do not answer it, or answer it incorrectly, you have made the biggest mistake anyone can make!
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