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Book Look – Jesus Undefeated – Intro

Recently I have been in discussions with some friends that read my blog fairly consistently and they have, in an effort to understand my beliefs, have baited me by calling me a universalist.

That is fair, since I may not have defined every specific teaching as they may want, most likely due to the fact I honestly haven’t come to a settled persuasion on some of the teaching they may ask about me.

After all, I am not quite sure how many angels can sit on the head of a pin!

I want to focus on the bigger picture, the fact that He is the One to look to, to love and listen for, and not necessarily “pure doctrine” that is sometimes advertised as being required to be right with God.

Don’t get me wrong, we need to look to the Word of truth for truth, and yet we need to go beyond simply truth seeking and mature into loving others that may believe the Word from a different perspective!

If you have a different doctrine of where the New Jerusalem will be (Peoria Illinois?) or if you feel that there will be no dogs in heaven (don’t tell my wife!), I believe it is acceptable to love y’all who have a different view. Golly, it is commanded to love all y’all, believers or non-believers, enemies or friends!

You know that whole “love your enemy” thing applies to those who think differently about God also.

Enough of the general rant, I wanted to introduce the book “Jesus Undefeated”, by Keith Giles in this blog. His topic is Universalism, and the debunking of the Eternal Torment teaching. I picked up this book due to some who claim I am a Universalist. Thought I would find out what I believe, or at least get a bit more familiar with my assumed faith.

I have published two other posts describing this teaching, but they were fairly high level introductory blogs ( God – What is HE Like & Universal Reconciliation & the Church Fathers).

With this series, I would like to begin delving into some of the New Testament passages Mr. Giles brought to my attention, for your consideration, edification and civil discussion.

Initially, as I have stated in previous posts, I was surprised with the number of verses that support an evangelical universal teaching. Please do not think that this teaching I am trying to describe is the same as the “all roads lead to heaven” teaching, which I consider to be blasphemous. There is only one way to the Father, and that is through the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the following blog posts in this series, I would like to provide a number of New Testament passages which teach the universal salvation of all through the redemption that is found in Christ Jesus.

Regarding the book itself, I read it in one sitting, not simply because it was under 200 pages, but that it challenged my though process and I found it enjoyable reading. If this topic interests you, please pick up a copy. It is well worth your time.

Our next blog post will begin with passage 1, First Timothy 4:10.

Talk to you then – Thanks for dropping by!



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3 thoughts on “Book Look – Jesus Undefeated – Intro

  1. I always enjoy your work. In fact more work than I have time to ponder but I do a detailed visit from time to time to appreciate your work. I read through the list of Universal & the Church Fathers. I am going to assume you support the theology of purgation after death but this collection of quotes.

    One item for discussion. You quote Augustine as follows: There are very many in our day, who though not denying the Holy Scriptures, do not believe in endless torments. Augustine (354-430 A.D.)

    The body of Augustinian work, in my opinion, supports a hellfire place. I think this quote is recognizing not all subscribe to that theology. but not the position of Augustine on the matter. In some ways he is credited for introducing energy into the theology.

    For him the only unforgivable sin (against the Holy Spirit – the only unforgivable sin), is the rejection of love as love.

    Love respects the justice of not-love because of love.

    This not-love by its nature is hell.

    Anyway that is all I have this early in the morning. Keep rocking!

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    1. Gerry – Good to hear from you.
      I am not sure where I stand on the question of hell. Most of my Christian pilgrimage has been understanding hell to be eternal torment, as Augustine popularized. The Augustinian quote does refer to others believing in Universal Reconciliation and the reason for the quote was that he considered UR adherents to be “not denying the Holy Scriptures”
      Hope all is well, and that the Lord Jesus is continuing to work in your life for His glory.

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      1. I wouldn’t base my determination on eternal torment on church fathers or any other man; but only on scripture. How can Jesus be defeated He decreed and ordained all that comes to pass?
        Revelation 20:10-15 is clear the ones not found in the Book of Life are judged according to their works and because by their works no flesh will be justified, they were thrown into the lake of fire where the first beast and false prophet were tormented day and night to the ages of the ages .

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