"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
God has created the world and all the people. He loves all people of the world and we all have sinned. So, Jesus died for the entire world to save all. We acknowledge that. However, Christians believe that we are favorites of God. But, God says that he is not a respecter of persons. But, he will save those who obey him. "Hebrew 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" So, those who obey him, are the favorites for God. But, preachers do not want to accept that. They say, that obeying the commands of Jesus is works, we are not saved by works, but by grace, etc. So, there is a conflict between God and the preachers. So, the preachers say, that when Jesus died on the cross, he took our sins upon himself, he has died in our place, and he took our punishment for sins. So, Jesus Christ is the substitution for us, and he took our punishment. But, our punishment is to burn in hell for eternity, but not to be killed on a cross. So, he was not our substitution dying in our place. Their argument is from the devil. Let us look at a few verses they use to prove their point. "1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;" Jesus Christ died not only for our sins, but for the sins of the whole world, not to be a substitution, but to become the author of salvation. Being the author, he will forgive those who will obey him. "Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:" He died not as a substitution, but to deliver the sinners from doing evil, according to the Will of God the Father. "1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:" He bore our sins and died not as a substitution, but to make us dead to sin and to live righteously. So, every scripture they quote will not say that Jesus Christ died in our place, to become the author of salvation. He leads us in his ways, if we obey him we will be saved, if not we will be damned. Remember that he is not just a sacrifice of substitution, but he is the Savior.
God Bless You