I’m in the middle of working on a blog post(s), about the popular but controversial doctrines of “Once Saved Always Saved” and “Conditional Salvation”.  The study thus far has been a tremendous blessing.  However, It’s taking me quite a while to finish, because I’m forever finding new texts or things to study on the topic.

Anyway, I came across a verse this morning, while I was reading in Psalm 69, that caught my attention.  I feel like the blog, and in particular my own study of the bible is definitely causing me to rethink, reshape, and reevaluate where I stand on certain issues (of course, always subject to change – LOL).  This verse from Psalm 69 is particularly intriguing, because David has just finished petitioning God to protect him from his evil enemies.  In the scripture leading up to it David says…….

27 “Charge them with crime upon crime;
do not let them share in your salvation.”

Here’s the shocker….  In the next verse he says the following:

28 May they be blotted out of the book of life
and not be listed with the righteous.

Hmmmmm?  Do all people start off with their name written in the Book of Life?  Although it has implications in the doctrine of election and other hot topics like Once Saved Always Saved, it caused me to think more so this morning about the idea of Limited Atonement.   Was Christ’s atoning sacrifice on the cross for the whole world, or only for the elect?  In other words, if the latter is true how do we reconcile the idea with scriptures like Psalm 69:28 & Revelation 3:5?  Why would everyone start off in the Book of Life, if it was predetermined that no atonement would be made for them beforehand?

Assuming David was not waxing figuratively when he speaks of blotting out (which would normally imply removing) evildoers from the Book of Life (Psalm 69:27-28), then Jesus ‘ death on the cross, and God’s original inention would corroborate well with other texts like…..

1 John 2:1-2

New International Version (NIV)

1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Hebrews 2:8-9

New International Version (NIV)

In putting everything under them,[d] God left nothing that is not subject to them.[e] Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them.[f] But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

And yes, even the dreaded passage from 2 Peter 2:1-3, who many struggle to understand in light of their belief in Limited Atonement..

2 Peter 2:2

New International Version (NIV)

False Teachers and Their Destruction

2 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves.

Wait a minute?!  You mean Jesus even died for false teachers?  I didn’t write this stuff.   And praise the Lord that I didn’t, because it’s far beyond my comprehension.  LOL