Someone else from Philly is Shai Linne. Of course I've never met the guy, but I'm a fan of his music. I really wouldn't have ever guessed that I would be a fan of hip-hop/rap. I suppose most people would look at me and think I would never in a million years know every lyric to Shai's The Atonement album, which I sing very loudly in my car about every chance I get. What I like about The Atonement is that it's basically God's Word rapped (or hip-hopped). It's what Shai Linne calls lyrical theology.
So today I bring you "Atonement Q&A" from The Atonement.
I thought it'd be good to chop it up about certain terms that we throw out a lot but never really define. So why don't I give you some words and you can give us the definition?
Who is God?
God is the universe's Creator and Sustainer, plus the only Savior. There is no one greater. He's triune, holy, omnipotent, omniscient, absolute. Loving, sovereign, and righteous are a few of His attributes.
How do we know this?
We know this from the Bible, where God has revealed Himself. Anything else is just an idol.
What's the Bible about?
Man's complete ruin and sin and what God has done in Christ to bring us to Him again.
What is sin?
Sin is the breaking of God's law, plus our condition which means from birth we all got flaws.
What's the result?
The result is by nature we're God's enemies and must pay the penalty unless God provides the remedy.
What's the remedy?
The remedy is the cross of Christ, where He suffered all the strikes for the lawless type.
I've been rescued by the Lamb, I'm convinced that He's risen and blessed is the man whose sins are forgiven.
Regeneration: the Holy Spirit's true work in His love to the elect who receive new birth from above.
Expiation: Expiation means God's removed my filthiness. The Old Testament type was the goat into the wilderness.
Redemption: We've been freed from slavery to sin and His very own blood is the price He paid, my friend.
Propitiation: Propitiation means since the Lamb has died, His work is finished. God's wrath is satisfied.
Adoption: Adoption means God is now my Father. I've got the hottest Poppa and by the Spirit holler "Abba!"
Reconciliation: means there's no more enmity. God is now a friend to me; we're no longer enemies.
Justification: God declares us righteous.
Sanctification: We're being made into His likeness.
Glorification: That's what happens at the finish when God conforms believers perfectly to Christ's image.
God's grace is magnificent. He slayed His innocent Son. Through faith and repentance we get the benefit.
What is faith?
Faith is a gift from God; when we receive this, we trust and treasure the person and finished work of Jesus.
Repentance is turning from your sin and trusting Christ as the Spirit cleanses you within.
What is grace?
Oh, grace is unmerited favor. Our inheritance major 'cause we cherish the Savior.
Right, and if I may quote again, we were doomed with Satan, but believers get Jesus' righteousness through imputation.
God takes Jesus' righteousness amount; through faith He credits it into the Christian's account.
Well, I guess this overview must suffice, but none of this is possible apart of union with Christ. And finally, once you know the way of the Lord then the only thing that you can say is Soli Deo Gloria.