Is Jesus God? The Identity of Messiah from the Gospels: Broadcast

Is Jesus God? The Identity of Messiah from the Gospels: Broadcast

Stephen to Eric: Who is the Messiah in the Old Testament?

  • He is called Jehovah in many Old Testament passages
  • He is called God in many Old Testament passages.
  • He is called eternal in many Old Testament passages.
  • He is one of the persons mentioned in the plural unity called Jehovah.

Stephen to Joel: How do the four gospels present Jesus of Nazareth?

  • He is presented as the Jewish Messiah.
  • He is presented as fully God and fully man.
  • Matthew emphasizes His fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy as the Jewish Messiah.
  • John emphasizes His deity.
  • Luke emphasizes many details from His life that harmonized with Old Testament prophecy.

Stephen to Victor: Can you give an example from Luke that demonstrates your point?

  • He deliberately refers to Himself as Messiah: Luke 4:16-22 When He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor…to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD…the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him…today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing…they said, Is this not Joseph’s son? Isaiah 61:1-8 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor;…for I, the LORD, love justice…I will direct their work in truth. And will make with them an everlasting covenant.

Stephen to Eric: Can you give a few examples from Matthew?

  • He is called God with us: Matthew 1:22; Isaiah 7:14 They shall call His name Immanuel, which is means, God with us.
  • John the Baptist was preparing the way for Messiah, who Isaiah calls Jehovah: Matthew 3:3 This is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Isaiah 40:3 The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
  • He is called the glory of Jehovah, the Mighty God: Matthew 4:14 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned. Isaiah 60:1-4 The glory of the LORD is risen upon you…the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. Isaiah 9:1-6 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light…for unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
  • He is called Lord of the Sabbath, which was instituted by Jehovah, God: Matthew 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day. Genesis 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
  • He is equated with Jehovah who was Israel’s Covenant God and Law giver: Matthew 13:35 I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world. Psalm 78:1 Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old.

Stephen to Joel: Can you give some examples from John?

  • He is clearly called God in the first verses of John: John 1:1-3; 10-13 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made…He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not…as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born…of God.
  • The Jews understood His actions and words: John 5:15-18, 22 Jesus answered…My Father works and I work.  Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
  • He calls Himself the eternal I AM, another reference to Jehovah: John 8:54-59 If I honor myself, my honor is nothing: it is my Father that honors me…Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad…Truly, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another. Exodus 3:14 And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM. And He said, Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.
  • He says that He and the Father are one, which made the people furious: John 10:28-39 And I give unto them eternal life…I and my Father are one.  Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him…for blasphemy; and because being a man, you make yourself God…Jesus answered, believe that the Father is in me, and I in him.  Therefore they sought again to take him.
  • He is in the Father and the Father is in Him: John 17:1-26 This is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ…Father, glorify me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world was …that they all may be one; as you, Father, art in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us.
  • He is Jehovah who was pierced: John 19:34-37 These things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled…they shall look on him whom they pierced.  Zechariah 12:7-10 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah…and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him.
  • He is Jehovah the Good Shepherd: John 10:11-14 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep…I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. Ezekiel 34:10-27 Thus says the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.  As a shepherd seeks out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep…And I the LORD will be their God.
  • He is called Thomas’ Lord and God: John 20:27-31 Be not faithless, but believing. Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.  And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Stephen to Victor: What final words would you like to mention?

  • Clearly, the Gospel teach that Messiah is Jehovah God in human flesh.
  • It is impossible to be a Christian and reject the deity of Christ: John 8:24 If you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.
  • If you have doubted the deity of Christ, repent of your unbelief and trust in Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah/God in flesh.

What did the Old Testament Prophets say about the Messiah?

Is Jesus God? What kind of Messiah did the Old Testament Prophets Predict? Broadcast

Stephen to Joel: Why is this topic important?

  • Receiving Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah is an essential part of the gospel message.
  • The New Testament says that Jesus is God.
  • Jesus of Nazareth received worship from men.
  • Christians have worshipped Jesus of Nazareth as God from the beginning of the church.
  • Jesus of Nazareth made statements that only God has the right to make.
  • Jesus of Nazareth was crucified because the Jews accused Him of making Himself equal with God.
  • Only God has the right to get glory in our salvation, not someone who is just a man.

Stephen to Victor: How does this question fit with last week’s discussion?

  • There is only one God: Deuteronomy 6:4 The LORD our God is one LORD: Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other gods before Me.  Isaiah 46:9 I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.
  • God is referred to in the plural: Genesis 1:26 God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. Genesis 3:22 The LORD God said, man has become like one of Us. Genesis 11:7 Let Us go down and confuse their language. Isaiah 6:8 Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?
  • There is a distinction between Father and Son: Malachi 3:1 I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, says the LORD of hosts.
  • Distinction between Father, Son, and Spirit: Isaiah 48:16 I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; From the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit Have sent Me.  Hosea 1:7 I will have mercy on the house of Judah, will save them by the LORD their God.

Stephen to Eric: What did the Old Testament Prophets say about the Messiah?

  • His name means God with us: Isaiah 7:14 The Lord himself shall give you a sign…a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
  • He is called the mighty God: Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a child is born…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God.
  • He is called Jehovah and God: Isaiah 40:3-11 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God.  The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken…Say to the cities of Judah, Behold your God!  Behold, the Lord GOD.
  • He is called the only God and Jehovah: Isaiah 44:6 Thus says the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
  • He is called Jehovah, yet distinct in person from someone else called Jehovah: Isaiah 48:16 I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit Have sent Me

Stephen to Joel: Where there any other prophets who said the same thing?

  • The Messiah who will be the person through which Israel is saved is called Jehovah: Hosea 1:7 I will have mercy on the house of Judah, will save them by the LORD their God.
  • The Messiah who will be pierced is called Jehovah: Zechariah 12:7-10 The LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem…they shall look upon me whom they have pierced.
  • The Messiah is who will be Israel’s good shepherd is Jehovah: Ezekiel 34:10-27 Thus says the Lord GOD…I will both search my sheep, and seek them out…and feed them upon the mountains of Israel…I will feed my flock, says the Lord GOD.  I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick…and I the LORD will be their God, and they shall know that I am the LORD.
  • The Messiah is Jehovah and will have a forerunner: Malachi 3:1 I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, says the LORD of hosts.
  • The Messiah who is Jehovah is called the King of glory: Psalm 24:7 Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.  Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty– he is the King of glory. Selah
  • The Messiah is called God with an eternal dominion: Psalm 45:4-7 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the scepter of thy kingdom is a right scepter.
  • The Messiah is called Jehovah and God interchangeably through this passage: Psalm 68:16-35 The LORD will dwell in Jerusalem for ever…the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.  Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.   Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.  He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death.  But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.  The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea: That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.  They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.  The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.  Bless ye God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel…Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.  Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee. Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one submit himself with pieces of silver: scatter thou the people that delight in war. Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God. Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah: To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice. Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is overIsrael, and his strength is in the clouds. O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.

Stephen to Eric: What are your concluding thoughts?

  • Clearly, the Old Testament taught that the Messiah would be Jehovah God in human flesh.
  • It is impossible to be a Christian and reject the deity of Christ: John 8:24 If you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.
  • If you have doubted the deity of Christ, repent of your unbelief and trust in Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah/God in flesh.

Questions about the Trinity: Broadcast

Stephen to Joel: Is the doctrine of the Trinity important?

Yes, for three reasons:

  • The Bible forbids idolatry, and calls worshipping any God except the Creator idolatry.
  • Our salvation is all a work of God, not a work of the gods
    • The Father planned and initiated our salvation.
    • The Son provided the full payment for our salvation.
    • The Spirit calls us to faith through the gospel, places us into Christ, seals us as God’s possession, indwells us as a down payment guaranteeing our final salvation, and sanctifies us, perfecting holiness in us. 
  • We cannot be saved if we reject who Christ is. John 8:24 If you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.

Stephen to Eric: Is the word Trinity in the Bible?

No and neither are the words: Omniscient, Omnipotent, Providence, Sovereignty, yet they are very Biblical terms.  The word is a term used to describe the Biblical teaching that God is both one in essence or being a three in person at the same time.

Stephen to Victor: What do we mean by Trinity?

  • God is three persons.
  • Each person is fully God.
  • There is only one God.

Stephen to Joel: Where is the doctrine of the Trinity found in the Bible?

We see the concept of one God who exists in more than one person in both the Old and New Testaments.

Stephen to Joel: Where do we find this doctrine in the Old Testament?

  • There is only one God: Deuteronomy 6:4 The LORD our God is one LORD: Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other gods before Me.  Isaiah 46:9 I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.
  • God is referred to in the plural: Genesis 1:26 God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. Genesis 3:22 The LORD God said, man has become like one of Us. Genesis 11:7 Let Us go down and confuse their language. Isaiah 6:8 Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?
  • There is a distinction between Father and Son: Malachi 3:1 I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, says the LORD of hosts.
  • Distinction between Father, Son, and Spirit: Isaiah 48:16 I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; From the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit Have sent Me.  Hosea 1:7 I will have mercy on the house of Judah, will save them by the LORD their God.

 Stephen to Eric: Where do we find this doctrine in the New Testament?

  • There is only one God: 1 Corinthians 8:4-6 We know that an idol is nothing and that there is no other God but one.  For even if there are so-called gods, yet for us there is one God, the Father, and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things. James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. You do well!
  • There is one God, yet three distinct persons: Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one Spirit, one Lord, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
  • Unity and distinction of person are presented in the same passage: John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God…the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
  • The three person of the Godhead as mentioned as a unity together in many passages: Matthew 28:19 Baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 3:16-17 Christ’s baptism all three persons are clearly present. 2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Stephen to Joel: Are the Father, Son, and Spirit ever called God?

All three persons are called God and presented with characteristics that only God can have.

    • Father: 1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.
    • Spirit: Acts 5:4 You have not lied to men but to God.
    • Son: Titus 2:13 Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
      • Omniscience Matthew 9:4, 1 Corinthians 2:10
      • Omnipotence: Matthew 28:18
      • Omnipresence: Matthew 28:18; 1 Corinthians 6:19
      • Forgiveness of sins: Mark 2
      • Regeneration: John 3:5-6
      • Creation and providence: John 1:1, 3; Colossians 1:17; John 5:27

Stephen to Victor: What are your concluding thoughts?

  • If we are going to be saved, from sin and eternal death, we must first receive what the bible says about Jesus. He is God in flesh and should be worshipped as God and trusted without any rival.
  • Since the Bible is clear about God’s nature as three in one, we as Christians should be willing to defend this doctrine just like any other doctrine in the Bible.

How do we know what books should be called Scripture? Broadcast

Stephen to Victor: Why is it important to know which books are scripture?

  • We need to obey all of God’s Words: Matthew 4:4 Man shall live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
  • God judges those who add or take away from His words Jeremiah 23:25-32 I am against prophets, that steal my words from his neighbor, and say, He says, yet I sent them not, nor commanded them…they shall not profit this people.

Stephen to Joel: How did we get the collection of books we call the Bible?

  • No printing presses, computer technology, cell phones, cars, or airplanes
  • Both the Old Testament and New Testament books were immediately recognized and treated as scripture, though we have no formal statement about the New Testament until the fourth century.
  • The authentic books were being quoted, copied, and distributed as scripture throughout the church.
  • There was no need to have an official word on the issue in the early hears due to the presence of prophets, apostles, and their disciples.
  • The fact that there was no need for verification until the 4th century speaks volumes about the understanding of the church up to that time. These books that were authenticate were not being credibly challenged by a large enough group of people to raise the issue.

Stephen to Eric: How do we know which Old Testament books are scripture?

The key is understanding the office of the prophet, because only they were qualified to write or verify a book as scripture.

  • These were holy men of God who spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost: II Peter 1:20-21
  • Their message bore the full authority of God.
  • They predicted future events with 100% accuracy to verify the source of their message.
  • There was a death sentence upon false prophets Deuteronomy 18:20-22.
  • The message of a prophet or apostle could never contradict previous revelation: II Peter 2:2-6, Acts 20:27-32

Stephen to Joel: How do we know which New Testament books are scripture?

The key is understanding the office of prophets and apostles, because only they were qualified to write or verify a book as scripture.

  • They were eyewitnesses of Christ’s earthly ministry, death, and resurrection: 1 Corinthians 15:7
  • They received direct revelation from God/verbal inspiration
  • They received a personal objective call to this office by Christ
  • They received instruction after the resurrection concerning the Kingdom
  • They were authenticated by signs of an apostle II Corinthians 12:12
  • Their apostolic ministry was predicted by Christ before He went to the cross: John 14:26; John 16:23

Stephen to Victor: Why are these two groups so important?

  • There job was to lay the foundation: Ephesians 2:19-20 Now therefore ye are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ the chief corner stone
  • They spoke as God’s messengers: Hebrews 1:1-2 God, spake in time past by the prophets
  • They were eyewitnesses: 2 Peter 1: 16-21 We were eyewitnesses of his majesty…no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Stephen to Joel: How did the early church judge which books were scripture and which were not?

  • The test of authority: Who penned the book? 
  • The test of internal evidence: Does the book penned or authorized by a genuine prophet or apostle bear the internal evidence of being God breathed?
  • The test of God’s people: Did genuine believers from the penning of these books to the present recognize them as scripture?

Stephen to Victor: Can you give us some evidence for the 39 Old Testament books passing these tests?

  • Old Testament books refer to other Old Testament books as scripture: Joshua 1:7–8; 23:6; 1 Kings 2:3; 8:61; 2 Kings 14:6; 21:8; 23:25;
  • The Old Testament as a whole are referred to as scripture by Christ: Luke 24
  • The Old Testament is quoted as scripture regularly by Christ and the apostles: Jesus and the NT authors quote the words of the OT approximately 300 times… all the Old Testament books are quoted except Esther, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon.
  • Jewish historians recognized them and spoke freely about them as scripture. (Josephus)

Stephen to Eric: What about the 27 New Testament books?

  • Their work was recognized as Scripture at a time when other apostles and prophets could verify that their work was valid: I Corinthians 14:29, 32, 37, 2 Peter 3:15-16; 2 Peter 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 7 times in the pastoral epistles, Paul commands Timothy to preach the word/scriptures, so it assumes that he would know what they were.
  • Their work is in theological harmony.
  • Their work has stood the test of the scrutiny of church history.
  • Their work has been preserved while their others works have vanished.
  • Between a.d. 70–170: All the New Testament books were cited in other writings of the period from a.d. 70 to 170. Between them the church Fathers recognized as canonical all twenty-seven books, although not every Father included all twenty-seven.

Stephen to Joel: Is the apocrypha as scripture?

  • They do not claim for themselves the same kind of authority as the Old Testament writings.
  • They were not regarded as God’s words by the Jewish people from whom they originated.
  • They were not considered to be Scripture by Jesus or the New Testament authors.
  • They contain teachings inconsistent with the rest of the Bible.

Stephen to Joel: Is the Quran or the Book of Mormon scripture?

  • Not written by a qualified prophet or apostle
  • Not in theological agreement with the rest of scripture.

Stephen to Eric: What is your final encouragement?

  • Each book in this Bible is scripture, and should be treated as scripture.
  • We should obey it, and study it diligently rather than trusting in the words of men or false prophets.
  • We should take its message about Christ seriously, and embrace Him as the one and only possible Savior from our sins.  Have you repented of your unbelief and self-righteousness to place your faith in Christ alone?

Why is the resurrection of Christ so important? Radio Broadcast

Stephen: Last week you mentioned the resurrection of Christ, do you really believe Christ died and rose from the dead?

Eric: Yes

Stephen: Is this really important to believe?

Eric: Yes, it is one of the most important details of gospel.

1 Corinthians 15:3-53 Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also…if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain…and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ…if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished…if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

  • If Christ did not rise from the dead, we are yet in our sins.
  • If Christ did not rise form the dead, there is no resurrection.
  • If Christ did not rise from the dead, the Christian faith is not defensible.
  • If Christ did not rise from the dead, the apostles are frauds.
  • If Christ did not die, there is no hope of a resurrection for us either.

Stephen: Why have people attacked the resurrection?

Eric: It is hard to believe such a miracle, because we do not see people rising from the dead, and people who want to reject the Christian faith, know how important it is to the Christian faith.

Stephen: How have people attacked the resurrection?

Victor:

  • Some have said it is a myth that developed over the years: Greek, Romans, and Jewish historians contemporary to the time of Christ, knew about Jesus and the stories surrounding His death and the claim of the resurrection.
  • Some say the disciples were just seeing visions because they wanted to see Christ so badly, yet 1 Corinthians 15 mentions several witnesses by name, and Acts 1:3 says that Christ showed himself by many infallible proofs, for forty days after His death on the cross.
  • Some say the disciples planned this out to trick the world and preserve Christ’s legacy, yet John 20 says that they were hiding out of fear, doubting, and going back to their former occupations.
  • Some say that Christ did not really die, but the Romans were masters of execution, John tells us in John 19 that he saw with his eyes the proof of Christ’s death while He hung on the cross.

Stephen: What makes you so sure this is true?

Joel: The Bible records it as a trustworthy historical record of what actually happened.  It also records it as a genuine fulfillment of prophecy.

  • Think about the witnesses
    • Matthew was a tax collector, a careful record keeper:
    • Luke was a doctor and careful historian: Luke 1:1-4
    • John writes a very detailed account of the life of Christ in order to prove a point: John 20:30-31 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: but these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
    • Thomas was an eyewitness of the life of Christ, yet he still doubted, until he saw Christ with his own eyes: John 20:25-28 Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
  • Consider the reaction of the Sanhedrin: Matthew 27:63-66 They went, and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch to guard it. Matthew 28:11-16 They gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, say that, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
  • Consider the reaction of Josephus: a Jewish historian working for Rome: Jesus, was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher…who drew over to him both many of the Jews, and Gentiles. He was the Christ, and when Pilate, condemned him to the cross, those who loved him did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians are not extinct at this day. (Antiquities, XVIII, 33)[1]
  • Consider the reaction of the Apostles: John 20 vs. Acts 2 Fear before the resurrection and boldness to preach Christ after the resurrection.
  • Consider the nature of the spread of the Christian faith: Christians, especially their leaders suffered and died for their faith.

Stephen: What is you conclusion?

Eric:

  • Who is Jesus? Is He an evil liar, a crazy man who thought he was God, or is He really the Jewish Messiah, God in flesh, the one and only Savior of the world?
  • Only you can answer this question, but the way you answer it, will determine where you will spend eternity.
  • We cannot choose a neutral position on Christ.
  • Will you accept this record as true and trust in Christ’s finished work.
  • Salvation is a free gift, but it only comes through trusting in the finished work of Christ.

[1] McDowell, (pp. 177–178). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

A Case for the Bible: Part 1 Radio Broadcast, Is this book God’s Word?

A Case for the Bible: Part 1 Radio Broadcast, Is this book God’s Word?

Stephen: Why is the Bible such a unique book?

Eric: Think about what if says about itself, and the way it impacts those who are influenced by it.

  • It claims to be God’s word
  • It claims to be perfect.
  • It has been wonderfully preserved.
  • It speaks the truth.
  • It is powerful.

Stephen: Is the Bible really God’s word?

Joel: Yes.

2 Timothy 3 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…”

2 Peter 1 “No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man…holy men of God spake as they were move by the Holy Ghost.”

  • πᾶσα – All or every
  • γραφὴ – Scripture
  • θεόπνευστος – God-breathed

Literally: All/every scripture God breathed…this is its nature.  It is from God. Verbal-plenary inspiration.

This is the miraculous event by which God used prophets and apostles to record His Words in the original manuscripts. Every word of Scripture penned by these men represented the exact words of God.

Stephen: Do other passage talk about this as well?

Victor: Yes, many, and here are just a few of these passages.

2 Samuel 23:1-2 The last words of David…the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.

Zechariah 7:12 They made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets.

Matthew 22:43-44 David by the Spirit call Him Lord, saying: The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?

Acts 4:24-25 Lord, thou art God…Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?

Hebrews 4:7 God designates a certain day, saying by David…Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.

Phrase: “Thus saith the LORD” is found well over 400 times in the Old Testament alone.

Stephen: So how did God do this?

Joel: Here are a few ways God did this great work.

  • Luke: Functioned as a meticulous historian who traveled with the apostle Paul. By the way, he was a doctor, and a lot of what he chose to record reflects his medical background.
  • Jeremiah: Was a prophet who recorded many parts of the book a scribe.
  • Moses: Was a prophet who wrote as a spokesman from God to the people, and a historian.
  • John: Wrote as an eyewitness of life and ministry of Christ, as a pastor who was moved by God’s Spirit, and as a witness of the wonderful vision given at Patmos and at times as a scribe.
  • Paul: Wrote from his heart as an apostle, as a former opponent, as a lawyer, and as a meticulous student of the Old Testament scriptures and Christ Himself.
    • I will endeavor…
    • We were eyewitness…
    • Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost…

Stephen: So the Bible was not dictated to mindless people, but rather people wrote what God was moving them to write from the heart and with understanding.

Eric: Yes

  • Not a mindless dictation.
  • Not just inspirational thoughts.
  • Not the writers being inspired.
  • Not just their ideas being inspired.
  • The final product written down would have reflected both the words of the penmen and God’s word.  We could say that the final product in that original document was fully God’s word, or fully God’s words.
  • Not just the religious content, but all of it.
  • We are not saying that only the religious contents of the Bible are inspired while historical records are not.
  • All the words, not just the thoughts of the scriptures are God-breathed.

Stephen: What kinds of people did God use?

Victor:

Prophets: Who were part of royalty, shepherds, historians, Kings, and farmers…

Apostles: Who were fishermen, tax collectors, doctors, historians, and lawyers…

Stephen: What are your final thoughts?

Joel: When we pick up our Bibles, we are not reading any other book.  We are reading the very word of God.  This book is unique and must be reverenced and obeyed.  If we neglect it, we neglect what has the power to give us the information we need to be made right with God, and to walk in holiness.

  • The Bible claims to be the word of God
  • As we read it, the Spirit burns within our hearts a deep conviction that this is indeed the very word of God.
  • As we study the history of the Bible, we see evidences that this book is unique and from God.
  • We have witnessed the effects of the word on our life and the lives of others.
  • If we reject this book, we reject the only message in the world that has the power to save from eternal destruction and to restore us and the rest of creation to its original beauty and perfection.

 

Religions in Conflict: Radio Program

Religions in Conflict: Radio Program

Stephen: How do most of people view religion?

Pastor Joel:

  • Religion is just a preference.
  • Religion is cultural.
  • Religion is a crutch that weak people lean on.
  • Religion is the reason we have so much fighting in the world.
  • All religions are equally valid ways to explain and approach God.
  • All religions are true to the person who embraces it.
  • One’s religious system is the only true religious system, and all others are perversions of the truth.

Stephen: Could we says that all religious systems are equally or reasonably valid?

Pastor Eric: No, because the truth is one.

Biological laws: A dog cannot produce a fish

Mathematical laws: 2+2=4 not 3 or 5

Physical laws: The acceleration of gravity on earth is 9.8 m/s squared not 15 or 25 m/s squared

Moral laws: It is morally wrong to worship an idol.  There are no circumstances that make idolatry acceptable.

Exclusive Religious statements: There is no God but Allah and Mohamed is his prophet. Jesus said, I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me. Jesus said, unless you believe that I am, you will die in your sins. The apostle John said, As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God, even to them that believe on His name.

Stephen: Would you like to refute, add to, or summarize what has been said?

Victor: Two systems in genuine conflict cannot both be exclusively true.

  • Islam and Christianity cannot both be true, because exclusive statements made by both religious systems form dogmas that cannot be harmonized.
  • All religious systems can be wrong, but two or more cannot be correct when they have such irreconcilable differences.
  • All can have elements of truth, because all truth is God’s truth.

Stephen: But does not the presence of similarities make all religions equally valid or equally invalid?

Pastor Joel: No

  • Islam and Christianity are both monotheistic: But there definitions are radically different.
  • Islam and Christianity revere Jesus of Nazareth: But Christians worship Him as God, Muslims call that worship blasphemous.
  • Islam and Christianity talk about Adam, Noah, and Abraham: But their view of Israel and Abraham’s descendents are radically different.
  • Islam and Christianity believe in a final judgment of our works: But Christians believes that the work of Christ alone gives a righteous verdict on the judgment day, and that by the works of the Law, no flesh will be justified in God’s sight.
  • Traditional religions and Christianity believe in a supreme God who created all things: But Christians believe that only Christ should be prayed to and is the acceptable mediator between God and man.
  • Every major religious system has very similar moral codes: Most religions believe you should love your neighbor, but that is simply one element among many other important religious dogmas.
  • Which documents are holy scripture?
  • Which prophets are the true prophets of God?
  • Is Christ God in flesh or a prophet?
  • Is triune doctrine presenting polytheism or monotheism?
  • What is the ultimate basis of a righteous legal verdict at the final judgment?
  • Was Jesus of Nazareth really crucified by the Romans as the sin bearing substitute for mankind or not?
  • Did Jesus of Nazareth really rise form the dead?

Stephen: How do you explain these similarities?

Pastor Joel:

  • Natural revelation
  • Conscience
    • Moral legal codes.
    • Ancient cultural Proverbs.

Practical examples: We hate being lied to. We hate being stolen from. We believe in defending human life. We believe in justice.

Romans 1:19 That which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them.

Romans 2:1-5 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things…after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Romans 2:15 Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.

  • History
    • The creation of Adam from the ground.
    • Noah and the flood.
    • The call of Abraham.
    • The fall of humanity

Stephen: So if only one religion is the correct one, how do the scriptures view other religious systems?

Pastor Eric: Scripture teaches that all religious systems competing with God’s revelation represents rebellion and suppression of truth, not a search for truth.

Romans 1:18-32For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible manthey did not like to retain God in their knowledgehaters of God…Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Stephen: What do the scriptures teach about people who have never heard the Gospel? Will they be judged for rejecting what they did not know?

Victor: All men are without excuse.

Psalm 19:1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

Romans 1:19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

  • Rejection of God’s self revelation in creation is enough to make a man guilty before God.

Stephen: Final thoughts summarizing the broadcast.

Pastor Eric:

  • While we believe that all truth is God’s truth and that the major world religions have overlap in many areas, especially in their understanding of history, interpretation of creation, and moral law, they cannot all be right.
  • Each religious system or world view has made claims that are exclusive and keep them from being complementary with one another.
  • Scripture teaches that all men no matter their exposure to the gospel are without excuse and will be condemned on the basis of this accountability if they reject the gospel.

 

How Can God Be Good and All-powerful, but allow evil to stay in the world? Radio Broadcast

Stephen: If God is good, then why did He create evil?

Pastor Joel: God did not actually create evil, but He created a world that had the potential for evil.  Let me explain.

Genesis 1:31 God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

Genesis 2:15-17 The LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Genesis 3:4-7 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened

Romans 5:12-21 By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned…

  • God is absolutely perfect.
  • God created only perfect creatures.
  • One of the perfections God gave some of his creatures was the power of free choice.
  • Some of these creatures freely chose to do evil.
  • Therefore, a perfect creature caused evil.

Stephen: I am confused, because didn’t God create all things?  Then who created evil?

Pastor Eric:

Evil is not a thing like a rock or a tree, but a corruption of the good thing that God made…like rust on a car or rot to a tree. It is a lack of goodin good things, but it is not a thing in itself. Evil is like a wound in an arm or moth-holes in a garment. It exists only in another but not in itself.

  • God created every thing.
  • Evil is not a thing (but a lack of good, from within a thing).
  • We must conclude based upon what Pastor Joel said earlier when he referred to Genesis, and our understanding of evil, that, God did not create evil

Stephen: Why did God not immediately remove evil?

Victor: God cannot literally destroy all evil without annihilating free choice…even though God could not destroy (annihilate) all evil without destroying all good, nevertheless, he can and will defeat (overcome) all evil without destroying free choice. God cannot do what is actually impossible.

  • It is actually impossible to destroy evil without destroying free choice.
  • But free choice is necessary to a moral universe.
  • Therefore, God cannot destroy evil without destroying this good moral universe.

Stephen: So then will God ever remove evil?

Victor: Yes, God will, and He will do it through the gospel.

Ephesians 4:13-14 Now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace,

Colossians 3:13-15 You, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

  • The Gospel gives us peace with God
  • The Gospel puts us right with God.
  • God puts the Spirit and a new nature in every person who trusts in the gospel, and begins the work of making them righteous through sanctification.
  • When we die, and are resurrected, He will finish the work by conquering the grave and corruption.

Stephen: Can evil be used to accomplish good?

Pastor Eric: No evil is good, but some evil has a good purpose…God knows a good purpose for all evil, even if we do not. Just because, finite minds cannot see a good purpose for some evil does not mean that there is none… This inability to see the purpose for evil does not disprove God’s goodness; it merely reveals our ignorance.

Just one of many examples:

Genesis 50:19-20 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?  But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

  • An all-good God has a good purpose for everything.
  • There is some evil which we see no good purpose.
  • However, there is a good purpose for all evil, even if we do not see it.

Stephen: How do we explain evil in nature?

Pastor Joel: Do you mean, why are there tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes where many innocent people are killed?

Romans 8:18-23 The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

  • Some suffering is brought on directly by our own free choice. The choice to abuse my body can result in sickness.
  • Some suffering is brought on indirectly by free choice. The choice to be lazy can result in poverty.
  • Some physical evil to others can result from our free choice, as in the case of spouse or child abuse.
  • Others suffer indirectly because of our free choice. Alcoholism can lead to poverty of one’s children.
  • Some physical evil may be a necessary byproduct of a good process. Rain, hot air, and cool air are all necessary for food and life, but a byproduct of these forces is a tornado.
  • Some physical evil may be a necessary condition for attaining a greater moral good. God uses pain to get our attention. Many have come to God through suffering.
  • Some physical suffering may be a necessary condition of a greater moral good. Just as diamonds are formed under pressure, even so is character.

Stephen: How could the fall actually accomplish good?

Victor: A tested world is better than an untested one. In a perfect world, how will understand these qualities?

  • Grace
  • Mercy
  • Love
  • Holiness
  • Faithfulness
  • Patience
  • Omnipotence

Romans 11:33-36 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor?  Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Stephen: How would you challenge our audience?

Pastor Eric:

Think about Job: We have no right to say that God is wrong in what He allows.

Job 40:1-5 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said, Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.  Then Job answered the LORD, and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.  Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.

Think about the words of Christ: Evil in the world reminds us that we will be judged.

Luke 13:1-5 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

 

Why do we need to defend the Christian faith?

*The contents of this broadcast will be addressed in greater detail during our ABBI class Thursday night on Apologetics.

Stephen:  Why do we need to defend the Christian faith?

Pastor Joel: Man who was studying religion at UCC…Young man in Abura who believed Christianity is a white man’s religion…young man who wondered how God could condemn someone who has never heard the Gospel.

  • Worldly philosophy: says all religions are essentially different ways to approach the same God, and are therefore equally valid.
  • Worldly culture: says what right do you have to say that your culture is superior to my culture?
  • Worldly ethics: says what right does God have to send people to heel who have never heard the Gospel?

Stephen: Does the Bible ever tell us to do this?

Victor: Yes, 1 Peter 3:15 Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.

apologia: means to give a verbal defense, by use of reasoned arguments and statements.  We must be able to give a reasonable defense of the Christian faith, because what believe about Jesus and the gospel ultimately determines where we will spend eternity.

Stephen: What are some ways that we should use an ordered defense of the truth?

Pastor Eric:

Preaching: We state a proposition and seek to convince from the scriptures that we are to do something.

Evangelism: We take God’s word and move systematically through it to present a case that an unconverted person is under God’s wrath and therefore needs to receive God’s save grace through faith in the person and work of Christ.

Debates: Debates could be on many different levels with those who are in different Christian traditions, different world religions (including atheism), and religious cults.

Stephen: Where do we commonly see the Christian faith and the Bible come under attack?

Pastor Joel:

  • Science: How can the Bible and the Christian faith be true if science and evolution contradict it?
  • History: How can the Bible and the Christian faith be true if they are not historically reliable?
  • Philosophy: How can we know anything for certain, and what right do you and your Bible have to tell me that things I want to do from my own heart are sinful.
  • Ethics: How can the Bible and the Christian faith be true if it presents a God who is all-powerful and good, but created a world that is now full of evil?
  • Religion: How can the Bible and the Christian faith be true, if there are so many different religions in the world?
  • Culture: I thought that Christianity was just a western religion
  • Theology: How can you say that a man is justified before God by faith alone, ifJames 2 says that Abraham was justified by works?                                 

Stephen: Why are you spending time addressing common ways the gospel and Christian faith are being attacked?

Pastor Eric:

  • God commands us to defend the faith:

When the skeptic observer confronts the believer: 1 Peter 3:15 Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason.

When the believer has blasphemous thoughts creep into his mind: 2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

When false teachers invade the church: Jude 1:3 It was needful for me to exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

When unruly members of the church contradict sound doctrine: Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

  • The intelligence of mankind demands we defend the faith: Intelligent people ask questions, and a fundamental principle of reason is that it should give sufficient grounds for belief. An unjustified belief is just that—unjustified.
  • The those without Christ need a reasonable defense of the Christian faith: We should look before we leap. This does not mean there is no room for faith. But God wants us to take a step of faith in the light of evidence, rather than to leap in the dark.  Evidence of truth should precede faith. No rational person steps in a elevator without some reason to believe it will hold him up. No reasonable person gets on an airplane that is missing part of one wing and smells of smoke in the cabin. People deal in two dimensions of belief: belief that and belief in. Belief that gives the evidence and rational basis for confidence needed to establish belief in. Once belief that is established, one can place faith in it. Thus, the rational person wants evidence that God exists before he places his faith in God. Rational unbelievers want evidence that Jesus is the Son of God before they place their trust in him. (Geisler)

Stephen: Do you think you can just convince people to be saved, just because their is strong evidence that the gospel is true?

Victor: No

  • Man’s heart naturally suppresses the truth: Romans 1:18 The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (hold back or supress) the truth in unrighteousness;
  • Man’s heart cannot understand and embrace the gospel apart from the gracious work of God: 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. Romans 3:11-18There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God…the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.
  • Man’s heart naturally runs from the light: John 3:20 Every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

Stephen: So what ultimately causes us to trust in Christ and the gospel message?

Pastor Eric: It is the grace of God alone.  Faith is both in and from God. I am not saying that humans do not make a choice to depend upon Christ for salvation, nor am I saying that humans cannot resist the gospel once they are presented with it.  What I am saying, is that apart from God’s grace sending the message and turning the lights on in the heart of a man, he will not and cannot be saved.  This is a work of God’s grace.

John 16:8 The Spirit will reprove (convict) the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

Romans 2:4The goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

1 Peter 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that your faith and hope might be in God.

Romans 10: 14-17How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard…So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Stephen: How does God bring us to trust in Christ and the gospel?

Pastor Joel:

  • Nature tells us there is a God: Psalm 19: 1-3The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Romans 1:18-20 That which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
  • Our conscience tells us that we have broken His laws and have no hope of salvation apart from Him: Romans 2:1 Thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself. Romans 2:14-15When the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness.
  • The Gospel stands as our only hope of salvation, and we are commanded to embrace it by faith alone: Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: Ephesians 1:13You trusted in Christ, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  God commands all men everywhere to repent and believe the gospel.