I have provided links below to two documents produced by the Assemblies of God (AOG) USA and the Presbyterian Church in America. Both these significant denominations have upheld the divine nature of Scriptural Revelation and as such have clearly stated that they uphold the original Greek and Hebrew renderings of “Father” in reference to YHWH and “Son” in reference to Jesus Christ.
Most of us live quietly going about our daily business; taking care of family; serving at our local churches and generally trying to be as faithful as we can in day to day existence. I am sure that everyone has wondered at some point, does what I do make any difference at all? Frequently, we share our lives and our faith with others and we rarely see the outcome of our labors.
We read in Exodus 12 the details of that momentous last plague God brought on Egypt in order to deliver his people from their slavery. This plague entailed certain responsibilities on the part of the Israelites. You recall the details, I’m sure—the house-cleaning, the prescribed meal, the blood on the doorposts, and so on. After prescribing all this, the Lord commanded that this Passover meal and celebration was to become for Israel an annual event, and the purpose of it was to remind Israel of the great deliverance God had given them.
It’s a fact that is evident whenever we witness—people are not naturally receptive to the gospel. God has not sent us into the world to convince them of things they already believe. God has not sent us into the world with a message it will find palatable. God has sent us into the world to preach a message the world finds absurd. The world lies in wickedness, and it does not have a taste for the things of God.
Come join is Vancouver in the month of October as we explore the foundations of the Christian Church. Our old friend Derek Thomas and a new friend of the ministry, Stephen Wellum, explore the biblical basis for the 5 Solas of the Reformation. Each session will explore these core concepts and expound on their iplications for evangelism, sanctification and the everyday life of the believer.
Calvin says somewhere that the Bible is subtle. It certainly is subtle and so it is easy to miss things. I’ve just finished reading Job again. Among the final verses are these (42:13-15) “And he also had seven sons and three daughters. The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.”
In Acts 26 the apostle Paul tells us some of the details about his conversion on the Damascus Road. He tells us, among other things, that when the Lord saved him he also commissioned him to preach the gospel. That which until now he had been opposing was from here on to be his life’s work. The Lord Jesus arrested him, as it were, and set him on a new course entirely.