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September 18, 2020 1:00 am
Episode 535 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions.
1. If Jesus had limited knowledge due to his human nature, does he now have full omniscience being seated at the right hand of the Father?
2. Why is David allowed to eat the Bread of Presence in 1 Samuel 21? Leviticus 24 sounds pretty straight forward that only the priests and their family could eat the bread. I understand that Jesus makes reference to this event in Luke 6 in order to show the Pharisees that they were incorrect about how to interpret the Law, and that he, being God, knew and applied the proper interpretation of the Law. Still, I don’t understand why David was allowed to eat the bread in the first place.
3. Can you follow a false prophet into the kingdom of God?
4. If we are born in sin, how could Jesus not be a sinner in that he was born to a sinner?
5. I hear the word love used so many different times, and it seems like everyone has a different interpretation. How can it be interpreted so many different ways?Resources
Knowing God by J. I. Packer
Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing The Heart Of The Gospel by Michael HortonOffers
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That's just one of the questions will be answering on today's addition of core Christianity this is Bill Meyer along with pastor Pedro Sanchez and this is the radio program where we answer your questions about the Bible and the Christian life every day call is right now with your question. At 833 the core that's 1-833-843-2673 and you can email us with your question at questions at core, Christianity.com first up today. A good news story to share with you a young man from Maryland has been admitted to Harvard Law school after a string of difficult circumstances merely made him abandon college altogether. After graduating high school financial issues illness and a major sports injury left 18-year-old Rehan Staten frustrated and exhausted as he worked to support his brother and father as a garbageman, his family and his coworkers at the Bates trucking and trash removal company said they wouldn't let him give up on himself today. Rehan is not only a college graduate, but he is heading to Harvard Law school this year they drill. I just love these stories. When a person who is gone through difficult circumstances perseveres there diligent and are able to accomplish their goals is just so cool it really is the me what at what an inspiration and a reminder hey, keep pressing forward a man let's get to our first question of the day. This was the posted on her Facebook page by Jonathan. He says if Jesus had limited knowledge due to his human nature busy now have full omniscience because he seated at the right hand of the father.
Hey Jonathan, you're asking about the person of Christ. This is the doctrine of Christology and for some people, your question might feel like seem like splitting hairs, but did you know that in the early days of the church to be back right in the time the New Testament was being written and then also the first few centuries of church history. The primary arguments, the debates that were being had had to do with who is Jesus.
I think one of the things Satan wants more than anything else is to confuse us about who Jesus is. John in first John talks about the spirit of the antichrist who denies that Jesus came in the flesh that is denies the incarnation and when you look at church history.
The first few centuries of the church. It seems like that was what was under attack more than anything. Both the divinity of Christ and the true humanity of Christ and it wasn't just something that was debated because you know people wanted to sit around and they had extra time on their hands. It has to do with our eternal salvation because if Jesus was not a true human with and he couldn't stand in the place of true humans, of you and I but if he wasn't God incarnate, will then he couldn't truly save humanity amid this question gets at the very heart of the gospel and you ask if Jesus had limited knowledge due to his human nature to see now have full omniscience that is interesting, because you do get those those texts in the New Testament that seem to indicate that Christ in his humanity did have this sort of limitation and in his knowledge he think about when when he talks about not knowing the day or the hour but only the father in heaven.
Knowing what you think also about that statement that he makes in the Gospels were he says the father is greater than I.
It's one of those verses that the Jehovah's Witnesses love to point out what we need to realize about those texts is that Jesus is talking about in the plan of salvation is God the son, equal with the father in power and glory came to earth clothed himself in humanity. He embraced in one sense that the limitations the weakness of humanity as he assumed it into himself and that's why Jesus can make some of those statements now ascended at the right hand of the father as God at any really always right like as is the divine person. He was always omniscient is not like EP was never not God, but I would say yeah we we would want to confess as the sovereign Lord and King of all he knows all he sees all. He's all-powerful and I think there's actually a beautiful verse in the book of Revelation demonstrates this in a very colorful way. Revelation chapter 5 verse six. This is Jesus in heaven. John has this vision. He says between the throne and the four living creatures, and among the elders.
I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, get this with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
Now the horn in the ancient world was a symbol of power, strength. So when John sees Jesus the land that has been slain, but is standing resurrection with seven horns. He sang seven is the number of perfection.
He sang, he has all power is omnipotent when he says yes seven eyes he saying he's omniscient, he sees all things. There isn't anything that he doesn't know if I think John actually answers your question Jonathan it in a very in a very neat way in a vivid way as he has this vision of Jesus in heaven right now standing as a land that has been slain, all-powerful and all-knowing. Jonathan, thank you so much for your question. This is core Christianity with pastor Adm. Sanchez and Adm. Trent emailed us with this question, he said, why is David allowed to eat the bread of presence in first Samuel chapter 21 Leviticus 24 sounds pretty straightforward that only the priests and their family could eat that bread. I understand that Jesus makes reference to this event in Luke six to show the Pharisees that they were incorrect about how to interpret the law and that he being God knew and applied the proper interpretation of the law.
Still, I don't understand why David was allowed to eat this bread in the first place, a trend that is an excellent question that bread was for the high priest and in his priestly cohort. So in taking the bread. David is acting like a high priest. Now, usually in Scripture when kings do priestly things there punished I think for example of Saul, Saul, try to offer sacrifices at any wasn't supposed to.
And God condemned him because of infections around that time that God says he's in a tear the kingdom away from Saul because of Saul's disobedience. And yet here David is acting in a priestly way he's eating the bread of the presence and David, I think, is acting as the type of the Messiah here.
He's both a king, but he's acting as a priest as well and we know that Jesus is the King priest. In other words, Jesus brings both of those offices that we see in the Old Testament that actually even the office of the prophet as well. Altogether, in Jesus we have the perfect prophet, priest and king. Now this was indicated in Psalm 110 that the Messiah would be this kingly and priestly figure someone 10. This is a Psalm of David begins the Lord says to my Lord, sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool. The Lord sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter rule in the midst of your enemies, your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power in holy garments from the womb of the morning. The due of your youth will be yours. This is all very kingly Juergen a rule and then verse four says the Lord has sworn and will not change his mind.
You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. What an amazing picture we have here we have this revelation that the Messiah Jesus isn't just going to be the king who rules over all is going to be the priest who offers himself for his people. A priest after the order of Melchizedek were told not Jesus in the Gospels when he's in the grain field is also acting as a high priest and and you refer to that passage as well right in Luke chapter 6, he's both the king and the priest was so interesting about Jesus is Jesus as God incarnate, is the true temple of God.
So wherever Jesus is God is because he is God, and in that field right there.
Those heads of grain are like the bread of the presence if you will because they're being handled by the true high priest of the people of God in Jesus distributes them to his disciples. He's treating them like his priestly cohort.
If you own the Pharisees are upset about it there wondering why he's he's picking grain on the Sabbath and and eating there will have the Lord of the Sabbath in front of them. Jesus, the true temple of God, eating the grains with his disciples. His priestly cohort is I think there's some really cool things that are happening here. I think were being tipped off to the fact that Jesus is the great King priest and as far as I can tell, the reason that David is in condemned for what he does. There in the book of first Samuel is because he is acting as the type of Jesus, the true priest king.
Thanks for your question Trent. Fascinating parallel Israel and there are these things in the Bible where God kinda gives us these. Hence, these these 410s of things to come that are clear prophecies but they are like, well, it's very exciting to put those two things together. Yeah I mean it really is bill the more I read the Bible, the more I'm blown away because you have those really specific messianic prophecies you think of Isaiah 53 you think of Psalm 22 passages of Scripture that we oftentimes go to to say, look, that's very clearly talking about Jesus. We don't realize that all of Scripture, the entire Old Testament one way or another.
Through types and shadows is pointing us to Christ, so that these offices that we have under the old covenant the office of the prophet, the priest and the king all of them in one sense are showing us something unique about the ministry of Jesus. So it's it's beautiful because it makes so that when I'm preaching to the Old Testament I'm talking about King David. I'm talking about the prophets. I can go from there to legitimately talking about Jesus because in one sense everything that they're doing is helping to shed light on either our need of Jesus.
Right like atonement for send those kinds of things or Jesus is the true and perfect king who rules over his people. I mean, it really is so beautiful. It is one of the things I think that highlights the fact that the Scriptures are inspired by God. You have this this amazing story. 66 books written over hundreds of years with this unifying theme of the salvation that God is bringing to his son's awesome this is core Christianity with pastor Israel Sanchez and Italy got a call come in at 833. The core from Jan very recently, very intelligent, but she followed almost religiously abilities prosperity pastor and so for that you see on TV and my question is if you follow someone who is portraying Christ in an image that is not Christ that affect you when you expect to enter into the kingdom.
Can you follow a false prophet into the kingdom. I guess it is a question okay Dan I is a very question. There are also warnings in Scripture about following false prophets in the first text as you were talking to came to my mind is what the apostle Paul says in second Corinthians were he talks about people coming in preaching a football Christ or a false gospel and his concern is that the Corinthians would accept that would embrace that would receive another spirit or did I just recently wrapping up preaching through the book of Galatians and there again you have a church that's being influenced by false teachers that are corrupting the gospel so I think Jan if a Christian or a professing Christian embraces the theology that false prophets are proclaiming that strike that the vitals of what the gospel teaches that there if they're trying to be saved on the basis of their own works, or if they think they can buy their way into heaven with her in for a very rude awakening.
Yet at the same time.
I think that there are a lot of believers who have a genuine faith in Jesus Christ who believe the gospel, who know right there's no way that I can save myself and yet, for whatever reason have gotten caught up in some of this false teaching.
I remember couple years back I had this friend who was a Mormon and he actually died not so long ago as well. Sadly he was an older gentleman that we would talk about the gospel and we would go back and forth that I would share the gospel with them so clearly Jan he was so I believe that was it him. Well, you know, if you embrace with the Mormon church teaches they don't teach it like this. You really are going to have to twist things around because this is not what I'm telling you right now is not Mormon doctrine, and he would get frustrated and he was a yellow don't tell me what I believe and and would go back and forth, back and forth in eventually throughout the course of our discussions. He was older, as I said he he died he passed away and I wonder sometimes did he know the Lord.
He heard the gospel. He said he believed it, and if he did then he is saved, and what he's he's forgiven. Here's the thing jet were not saved by our perfect understanding of salvation were saved by casting ourselves on Jesus by trusting in him and laying hold of him by faith, and a person can be a part of a system or even a church that is confused about the gospel and still have enough understanding of the gospel to be saved really like using that word because I think it's it's got a lot of baggage in our context today but but that's just the realities is someone can truly embrace Jesus and yet fall into some of these traps and be confused by your friend. I guess the question that I would have is did she trust Jesus even though she was caught up in some of these prosperity gospel stuff did she realize I can save myself I need Jesus and I trust in him. I have faith in him. I think the ones were to be judged very severely aren't necessarily the people that are led astray by these false teachers as much as it is. The false teachers themselves.
They're the ones who are going to be held more accountable you think about what Peter said in places like second Peter where he talks about false teachers who take advantage of people who through greed and sensuality and at I think in one sense when you read that you just think avoid this is the prosperity gospel. It's pastor's quote unquote pastors who are taking advantage of people and robbing them basically and engaging in this lifestyle of sensuality and greed, lust, will God is going to hold them accountable.
The sad thing is there are sheep sincere followers of Jesus to get caught up in these lies and I think God is going to be merciful to them. But if somebody goes all the way and they embrace that doctrine and they think Christianity is not about faith in Jesus about making myself great salvation doesn't come solely through the atoning work of Jesus Christ in an repentance from sin. It comes through. I don't know having my best life now or something like that will that's not the gospel, and if a person embraces that Jan than they will not be saved. I hope for your friend, sake that she didn't think that she clung to Jesus, and if she did. Even if she was caught up with some of this other stuff I would think that you could be confident that she's with the Lord you're listening to core Christianity with pastor Israel Sanchez and here at core.
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This study is to help so head over to core Christianity.com/offers to download. Jesus is God and you can call us for any one of our offers at this number 833-843-2673. Again, that numbers 833 the core and just a reminder that core Christianity is listener supported and we, people just like you to keep this program on the air. There's an email that came in from Roy. He says if we are born in sin. How could Jesus not be a sinner like the rest of us a text that I would go to do it to help answer that question is possible. Romans chapter 5 where he talks about how sin entered the world and how we inherit sin from Adam. He doesn't chapter 5 verse 12 of the book of Romans. Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death spread through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted. Where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who sitting was not like the transgression of Adam, who was at the height of the one who was to come now, who's Paul talking about their Romans 514, Adam was the type of the one who was to come. He's talking about Jesus. He continues but the free gift is not like the trespass.
For if many died were the many born anatomist. Many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many in the free gift is not like the result of the one man sin for the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification for it because of one man's trespass death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. You have here.
The first Adam who were all born into. We inherit Original Sin from him. He was that the representative of all humanity there in the garden and when he sinned, we fell with him. Paul says in Romans chapter 5 verse 12 and we inherit. This is the doctrine of original sin we inherit from Adam. Not just the corruption of sin, but the guilt even that comes within all of his sin, guilt, corruption. We need to be not under the old Adam but under the new Adam C. Jesus was not born in Adam in the same way that we are born in Adam. He was conceived of the Holy Ghost were told in Luke's gospel. Jesus came as the second Adam to fulfill the works of the first Adam, so that work.
Adam failed and was disobedient. Jesus might be perfectly obedient obeying the father casting out the serpent if you will to think about that scene in the Gospels were Jesus is tempted by the devil. And what does Jesus do points to the word of God cast out the serpent. Jesus is obedient everywhere where Adam failed and everywhere where Israel failed and everywhere where you and I fail. That's why he's the perfect Savior. He came to fulfill the righteous requirement of the law perfectly so that in him you and I could be justified as a through Adam. We inherit sin through Jesus we inherit eternal life. We are born in sin.
But Jesus was not born in sin, nor was he a sinner because he didn't come under Adam, but he came as the second Adam to fulfill the works of the first, thanks for that excellent question. Roy, thank you, Roy. We appreciate you taking the time to email us would love to get your email question as well at questions at core, Christianity.com you can also call us at 833 the core that's a 33 843-2673 and record your question anytime there's a call that came in from Arthur and one radio show many many times and every time somebody differently, but I hope to hear from you know you get there. Thank you and I mean it's crazy or the right.
Because we tend to use that word love quite flippantly in our culture. I love my dog. I love pizza I love you, no taking walks.
I love my wife. I love my kids and I added with each of those right. Would we would say well there's a little bit a bit of a difference or make a lot of difference between each of those and in the ancient world acting the Greek language you had different words for love. You had you had one word may be emphasized little bit more. The brotherly aspect of love.
You had another word that tended toward the more intimate sexual relationship and you have in the New Testament. Another word that's used agape, which is used a ton of times in the New Testament oftentimes referring to that unconditional love that God gives to his people in the Old Testament you have this beautiful word.
The word has said it refers to God's steadfast love his covenant love for his people, and so oftentimes you know you have all these different words in Scripture that are used, to describe love and and we just translate them the same way over and over again a lot of times and and we don't have in the English line which is many words to convey what we mean when were talking about love. I think in Scripture. Most the time were talking about love. The love that God calls us to have a special many tests that word agape and it really refers first and foremost, that unconditional love that God has for his people and I think the best way to describe it the best way to define it.
Arthur is by looking to the cross.
John said in John chapter 3 verse 16 for God so loved the world how do we know that what you do. How did God demonstrate his love.
He demonstrated his love that he sent his only begotten son so that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Love as this self giving this action. It is not to say I love you and and you know because I said it's God saying I'm going to show you my love for you and God showed us his love for us in his son. Sending Jesus to live, to suffer to die and then to rise again for look to Jesus look to the cross.
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