Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Ambassador Insights

Happy New Year from Reform-Shire!!!
I hope you are off to a great start in this new year as we continue to call the church to preach the Gospel.  And not only preaching the Gospel but also relying on the power of God for salvation. 
This power is not just for the beginning of our salvation but to the end of our salvation.  Justification, Sanctification, and Glorification are all a part of the power of God's saving Grace.  Soli Deo Gloria!!!

Romans 1:16-17

16I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[c] just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."[d]

Grace and Peace,
Coram Deo!!!

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Week 13

Hear, See Handle Believe

The Beloved Disciple brings it all together for us in 1 John.  He opens his letter with the evidence of his own eyewitness encounter with Christ.  Notice how many senses he appeals to:

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we beheld and our hands handled concerning the Word of Life—and the life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us—what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also…

Then he closes his letter like this:

And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.  These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.  (1 John 5:11-13)

To John, faith wasn't a blind leap.  It wasn't wishing on a star.  It was grounded in evidence that led to knowledge.  It was certain.

The record is clear from the Old Testament, to the Gospels, from the very beginnings of the early church, to the epistles of the apostles:  Biblical faith isn't wishing, it's confidence.  It's not denying reality, but discovering reality.  It's a sense of certainty grounded in evidence  that Christianity is true—not just "true for me," but actually, fully, and completely true.

Spiritual growth involves increasing our knowledge and our certainty of God.  So there are two things here:  first knowledge, and second confidence in what we know. 

How do we increase confidence?  Wish harder?  Hope against hope?  Stop our ears to the sounds of the critics without, and ignore the doubts of the agnostic within?  This will never work, because confidence cannot be fabricated.  It must be earned.  As you gather substantiating evidence, your confidence grows automatically and your faith is deepened. 

Faith is not about wishing, but about confidence, and the facts make the difference.  You get a hold of the facts, you study, you learn—even a little—and you'll realize you're not just wishing on a star about eternal things.  You'll realize Christianity is really true.

And that changes everything.

Greg Signature


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