Is It Enough that Jesus Died?

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After receiving Jesus Christ as our Savior, the two major factors that shape our Christian lives are the messages we hear (preaching & teaching) and the music we sing.   I love good preaching and traditional ‘black church’ choir music.

I remember listening to a well-known “evangelist” in my early Christian walk.  That person had went from a ‘nobody,’ to a ‘somebody’ after using a catchy title to encourage people to stay sexually pure.  That person’s second message was about the armor of God.  The message strongly implied that a Christian needed to have their armor on or they would end up in hell.  Wow!  That message was far from the Biblical doctrine of salvation.

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But songs we sing also shape our theological understanding.

Sermons are not the only medium that may have catch titles; songs can have a catchy chorus.  I once purchased a CD and listen to it so much it began to skip like an old vinyl 45 record.  The traditional cultural choir and its reference to Scripture captivated me, but I had exchanged the truth of God’s Word for a lie and reduced a “saint,” to a “Sinner who just fell down and got up again.”

Jesus is not real because I can feel Him in my hands and feet…

Victory is mine because “I trust the Ever living One—His wounds for me shall plead, not because I told Satan to get thee behind…

I don’t have to fear because I don’t have my armor on…

I don’t have to doubt because I fell down and didn’t get up again…

NO, “Enough for me that Jesus saves—This ends my fear and doubt”

1 John 2:2a states, “He is the propitiation for our sins…”

Not my armor, not my ability to get back up again, not even because I feel him in my hands and in my feet…  It is because of His death on the cross.

Do the messages you hear, and the music you sing proclaim the truths in Scripture and strengthen your heart by the grace of God? (Hebrews 13:9)

If not, stop listening to those messages, and stop singing those works-righteousness songs, and embrace music that reminds you of our security in Christ’s finish work on the cross. “My soul has been anchored in the Lord” – Douglas Miller

“I need no other argument, I need no other plea; It is enough that Jesus died and that He died for me” – “My Faith Has Found a Resting Place” – Lidie H. Edmunds

You will never hear this song on 88.3 Power & Praise, Philadelphia’s Praise 103.9, Sunday Praise Countdown on WBLS, or Kiss FM, but when you sing this hymn you will proclaim the truths of Scripture and establish your heart in Christ’s gracious work on the cross.

Brian Spivey – D.O.C.

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Faces of the Future

Since evolution is a fact, I thought you might enjoy some insight from the scientific community. They seem to have a bead on what evolution is going to do to the human face over the next 100,000 years or so.

Take a look. Make sure you view picture 4 of 5. I knew there was some strange affinity between the human race and puppies.

Kinda weird. But hey, this is science.

What Does the Book of Hebrews have to do with a Nail?

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If you haven’t read or studied the book of Hebrews in the past two years, you might want to move it to the top of your reading list.  But I don’t want you to take my word only, read and ponder the following quotes:

“Every Christian needs to understand Hebrews.  If they do not, they will misunderstand the Old Testament and will also fail to fully appreciate what our Lord Jesus Christ has done, what he is doing now, and what he is going to do in the future.  As a result, they will remain spiritually stunted” xi, Stuart Olyott – I Wish Someone Would Explain Hebrews To Me! (The Banner of Truth Trust, 2010)

“The doctrinal importance of this book is exceeded by none, not even by the Roman Epistle.” Arthur Pink – An Exposition of Hebrews, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, 2006.

Look how much we learn about Jesus from the first four verses:

(1) The Son is the Heir (2) the Creator (3) the Revealer (4) the Sustainer (5) the Redeemer (6) the Ruler and Supreme.

The number seven in the Scripture often connotes completeness.  The apostle wanted to let his readers know right from the start, that Christ was the complete and final revelation of God.  Anything they were clinging to was inferior.  Christ is so much better.

On what doctrinal peg (teaching) are we hanging our soul?  Whatever it is, if it is not the finished work of Christ on the cross, we hanging our soul on a rusty, worn out nail that will eventually pass away.  The only nail we should point to is the nail that held Christ on the cross.  That nail reminds us that the Messiah was God’s plan from the beginning.  That nail reminds us that it was the Father’s plan to bruise Him.  That nail reminds us that our sins have been “Nailed to the cross and we bear it no more, Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, O’ my soul.”

Twelve of the thirteen chapters of Hebrews is constantly pointing to that nail.

 My friend, is it well with your soul today?

If not look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Brian Spivey D.O.C.

Tying Up Some Loose Enns, part 2

March-Fun-198Following up on my previous post, found here…..

I’m not sure why there is such an intellectual struggle for some when it comes to reconciling science and faith.  It’s a false dichotomy to pit the two against each other.  The Scriptures are God’s divine revelation of Himself and of His works in history.  Science is the discovery of how things work and how they relate to one another.  If creation itself was a supernatural event, why insist upon a natural explanation when it comes to human origins?  Professor Enns insists that modern discoveries in evolutionary theory, particularly the human genome project, prove that man evolved from a common ancestor.  But why is he interpreting such information within a secular worldview?  How does Dr. Enns know the scientific evidence points to a common ancestor rather than to a common design?  It seems to me he is quick to put his faith in scientific consensus (a consensus largely produced within a community of unbelieving scientists) rather than in God’s revelation.

The problem with putting faith in scientific consensus is that science is a puzzle with a lot of missing pieces.  As the pieces are discovered, from time to time, the overall picture changes.  Should we not rather put our trust in the One who created it all?  Should we not rest in the fact that science will say no more in the end than that which corroborates what God has already told us?  Isn’t it already scientific consensus that people cannot be raised from the dead, and that miracles do not occur?  Why doesn’t Professor Enns accept consensus in these areas as well?

I don’t think Genesis 1 – 11 is meant to convey scientific facts about the creation of the world, and therefore anyone attempting to exegete physics and geology from these texts is asking more of them than God intended.  However, it is a historical account of what God did and it records the fact that He specially made Adam and Eve.  If this be rejected, what in Scripture cannot be?  Why isn’t Jesus a divine myth as well?  I have yet to receive an explanation of this from Dr. Enns or his proponents.

C.M. Granger

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