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Episode 408 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions.
Key questions answered in today's show:
1. When you become a believer, are we to pursue a separate baptism of the Holy Spirit? Is tongues for today and how do you understand Paul having an entire chapter on how to use tongues properly if it’s not for today?
2. I've never understood 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Do we have to keep confessing every individual sin in order to be forgiven?
3. Is Islam a religion of peace?
4. How do you understand John 12:23—33? Was Jesus talking about the cross or his later ascension?
5. Do you have any advice for those of us who trust in Christ but still struggle with assurance? I know intellectually that God loves me, and I’m saved, but I still feel an anxiety that maybe I’m wrong and that I’m not chosen.
The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton
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This is core Christianity, where answering your questions about the Christian life Monday through Friday. Your hosts are author and seminary professor Dr. Michael Horton and pastor atrial Sanchez call right now with your question. At 1833. The core that's 1-833-843-2673 and now here's atrial Sanchez. Welcome back to core Christianity were we answer your questions about the faith good to be together and with Prof. Michael Horton, I'm pastor atrial Sanchez back in 2007 pew research to study on Pentecostalism and found quote about one in three American Pentecostals say that they themselves speak in tongues weekly or more often while about half 51% said that the services they attend frequently include people speaking in tongues, prophesying or manifesting other signs of the spirit. What you think about the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
We got a question here. A phone call from someone want to remain anonymous about the gift of the Holy Spirit speaking in tongues and prophecy.
Let's listen in the world like brother, atrial we become a believer.
We were soon i.e. separate baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues as some suggest it.
Tom's workday was it within days of the acts also all working the address below. Chapter how to use function properly.
You shed some light on the absolutely secure and this is speaking in tongues today are not.
Thank you bye-bye thank you for your question will first of all Paul gave an entire chapter prescriptions 14 to tongues, not because of its importance as much is because the Corinthians were abusing it. It was their abuse of tongues in public worship that elicited Paul's sharp rebuke and so your question is then how do we understand tongues properly today. First thing to say here is that we have to ask the question what is tongues in the first place and asked to. It's clear that it's different languages because the people respond. How is it that we all hear the gospel in our own tongue our own language. The people who were not yet believers, but red gather there for Pentecost were Jews and proselytes were hearing the gospel and they were shocked, wondering how these backwoods Galileans are proclaiming Jesus in their own language and they can all understand so it seems like tongues was given as a gift to propel the gospel out there. As far as possible to the nations to get it out as quickly as possible to make it spread.
It's like booster rockets to get it off the ground. There's no evidence at all that tongues in the New Testament was what we think of as tongues today. There are words for that one word is for go my to utter unintelligible sounds or from God so to cry out with them, unintelligible sounds, such speech was also called Barbara Ross.
But in the New Testament the word is gloss side meeting languages. So what ever is for us today or not. For us today. We have to ask question what was it in the first place. What was it in the book of acts now is Paul talking about something different in first Corinthians. Some people think he is.
Some people think that he is talking about a private prayer language. I don't think so.
I think that Paul is too sarcastic in his critique of what's going on in Corinth. He's so sharp in his rebuke of them as immature in court." Speaking in tongues without an interpreter that I think what he's saying here is what ever the Corinthians were doing was closer to the pagan practices that I was mentioning with those other words, in other words, instead of seeing as the Jews saw at Pentecost that tongues is a way of other people, understanding the gospel in their own language that the speaker himself doesn't know they saw tongues as a private prayer language is sort of meaningless syllables and then they were going to do it in the public worship now. One thing that you you have to say you have to conclude about first transients for Tina's whatever else Paul is talking about there with tongues.
No one can deny that he saying you can't do it in public worship. You have to prophesy in intelligible words is preaching, unintelligible words that people can understand. He says the whole point is edification.
This is not your spiritual high.
This is not your opportunity to show off your higher spirituality pulses. This is what's going on in Corinth, you have people doing one upmanship because of their more spiritual than others, and the height of that is saying that they have a higher baptism with the evidence of speaking in tongues. There is absolutely no support for that in Scripture.
And that's a more important issue.
There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, Paul says in Ephesians 4.
Five. We are all one in Christ were all baptized by the Spirit into Christ, there isn't a baptism into the father baptism into the sun and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
There is one baptism into Christ by the Holy Spirit and every believer is baptized with that baptism we all are partakers of the Holy Spirit. We all are baptized into Christ.
We don't get some gifts from the father, others from Jesus and others from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit delivers to us all the blessings from the father in the son, and those are all of our blessings. They belong to all of us. There's a good reason, then why this teaching that you have to have another baptism, a spirit baptism with the evidence of speaking in tongues emerged only in the early 20th century at Azusa Street. There's a very good reason for that because not taught in the Bible and is a dangerous doctrine. It divides Christians, and it makes people disillusioned by thinking oval. I'd I haven't had the big event, so I must not really be a Christian. I guess I fly coach, I'll get in by the hair of my chinny chin chin. I'm not a super Christian that kind of division is exactly what the apostle Paul was angry about in first Corinthians yeah think that question one other verse that I would put you two in Mike you alluded to it. First Corinthians chapter 12 verse 13 for by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit men, but the next question now this is an email from Brenda.
I've never understood. First John 19 if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We have to keep confessing every individual sin in order to be forgiven. Brenda, thank you for that question first. And what a wonderful promise. We have there in first John is in it. When we do confess our sins were forgiven and let me just talk about that for a moment, because I think a lot of us you know we we genuinely confess our sins to the Lord with everything. I just don't feel forgiven. While on the authority of Scripture. What God has said, you can rest assured that when you confess your sins to the Lord your forgiven. Now, does that mean as you asked Brenda that we have to confess, every single sin otherwise were not forgiven.
One of the things we believe is the inner justification when we are accepted in God's sight fully for the sake of what Jesus has done for us by faith that all of our sins are forgiven that our past sins are forgiven our presence of even our futures with their all forgiven and so what is John talking about here when he talks about confessing sin. So I think part of it has to do with the communion we have with each other as believers we get a little bit earlier in verse seven, first John chapter 1 verse seven how he served begins a section he says. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not in us and others were going to sin were going to fail a perfectionist there. He was trying to.
That's right, the challenge and their people running around today you still kinda teach something similar you know you can get to a point in your walk with the Lord. We are totally sanctified. Were you just knocking us anymore. Well, don't believe it. John says you're making got a larger you're making God a liar and that's why it can't mean that if we don't confess every little sin were were doomed because the reality is Brenda you and I both have sins in our lives that were not even aware of.
I think it's really the grace of God mother there though sins that we wrestle with what they can all Lord help me to grow in this area help me grow in this area and he is he sanctifying us. But the reality is there's probably at 10,000 other areas we still need to grow and I think of God, just sort of you know, pull back the curtain on everything you I do know that we contact Emil yeah yeah and so God is merciful as he sanctifying us you he's revealing these areas of our lives where we need to confess our sins were. We need to repent and align ourselves with the truth of God's word but were already justified were saved and as we confess our sins, what he does. He gives us that renewed sense of fellowship not only with God, but also with the people of God, we have fellowship with one another and that's why confession is so important. It's an opportunity for us to be honest, to bring our sins before the Lord before confessing to a brother in Christ are sister accountability, but also that sense of freedom were free of this and I think all of that is is entailed in what John is talking about here. Go to a church where you can confess your sins together with brothers and sisters and have another sinner in Christ's name, declare that your forgiven in Christ. Amen. You're listening to core Christianity and we are digging into the Scriptures together answering the questions you have about the Bible was a call if you have a question. The numbers 1-833-843-2673. That's 1833 the core and I want to let you know about a great offer that we have for you today sexy resource that I wrote Mike, thank federal were excited to share your resource.
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This is a hard one you I have neighbors who become great friends and their staunch Muslims, but they're definitely not violent.
They believe that Islam is a religion of peace. I've been to Indonesia couple times and it's it has the largest met Muslim population of the world, but for the most part, Christians and Muslims as well as other religious groups live together and in relative peace.
But we have to ask. Also what Islam teaches about itself. Of course that's based on the Koran and the hadith which is the traditions of Mohammed and there we find two periods in Mohammed's life Mecca and Medina.
At first Mohammed was in Mecca and then they moved to he moved with his followers to Medina and the Quran reflects this.
There are Mecca inverses and Medina.
In verses the verses of his Megan. The first period are more positive in instruction in basically his new religion so that these verses begin by addressing all humanity, and they refer positively to Jews and Christians as people of the book the Medina in verses begin with O you who believe, so it's directed more at his followers, who are hunkering down with him in Medina and it's here with the Medina in verses that we find the harshest statements, commanding his followers to kill infidels but one example is the raw 95 of the Koran and when the forbidden months have passed, kill the idolaters wherever you find them and take them prisoners and beleaguered them and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush, but if they repent and observe prayer and pay those I caught then leave their way free. Surely a law is most forgiving, merciful belt. Of course, Christians are considered idolaters in the Quran because they worship Christ and the Holy Spirit, along with the father, the Trinity, and so they would be under this now more liberal Islamic scholars interpret such passages referring only to those in Medina who drove Mohammed and his followers out and sought to destroy them. Even in Mecca, but obviously some Muslims interpret and invoke these passages for killing infidels in general.
Today, so we have to remember that as Islam spread in those early days, the Christian church was also invoking Old Testament passages of holy war as if they were still in effect. Early medieval Christians were doing the same thing that the Muslims were doing the differences we didn't have any right to do it because Jesus said, very explicitly in the sermon on the Mount Matthew five you've heard it said, quoting the old covenant law. But I say instituting the new covenant law you heard it said an eye for an eye and a tooth for tooth, but I say to you, do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right. She turned to them the other, you've heard that it was said, you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I said you love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven because he makes his sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. Evidently Christendom didn't get the memo, and many today also seek to call fire down on enemies and drive out the non-Christians from the land, supposedly America, the promised land but that's against Christ's will and that's the difference Randy. That's the difference there is in Islam. No distinction between an old and a new covenant, but there is in the Bible so anyone who is invoking passages of holy war in the old covenant for today is against Jesus Christ, whereas anyone who is invoking those passages about killing the infidels is actually invoking a passage that many Muslims believe is for today. That's the difference. Let me close Randy with Ephesians 2 beginning at verse 13 but now in Christ you course this is to Gentile relations, but it is easily related to Muslim Gentiles and non-Muslim Gentiles. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought nearby the blood of Christ, for he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances for the last Torah or sharia that he might create in himself one new man in the place of two, so making peace and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross thereby killing the hostility element killing the killing and he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who are near yeah it was in a core Christianity give us a call with your question about the faith. 1-833-843-2673. That's 1833, the court and hate want let you know about our YouTube channel. There are some short clips of some of the action here in the studio really great resources free to share online with your friends answering some of the questions that we get here on the course of our YouTube channel and was a call if you have a question. The numbers 1-833-843-2673 let's go see the next question is, is a Facebook message that we got from Stacy, how do you understand John 1223 through 33, was Jesus talking about the cross, or his later ascension will yeah he says and I when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.
He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die so John tells us what Jesus meant by that we can move good scratcher heads and say I when I lifted up from all the earth, will draw all people to myself must be his ascension and yet John says no, actually he was already enthroned on his cross lifted up, as it were, when he was lifted up bodily on that cross that is really mind blowing. What it means that here we have a king on a cross. As one Christian writer said no more stately throne was ever erected, then the Roman give it on which our Savior was crucified. And so here he is ruling and reigning from the throne of his cross right at the moment when Satan thought that he had God beaten there at that very moment God was reconciling the world to himself in Jesus Christ. Satan lost the very moment that he thought he had one and so to the religious leaders and the Roman leaders.
They all thought, he's finished actually when he cried. It is finished. They were finished as far as their rule and power so I think that that's where Jesus is focusing on his ascension when he is lifted up on the cross he will draw people to himself, even as today we are all drawn to the cross of Jesus Christ by the preaching of the cross. Every week a man or a Facebook message from Paul giving advice for those of us who trust in Christ but still struggle with assurance. I know intellectually that God loves me and I'm saved but I still feel an anxiety that maybe I'm wrong and that I'm not chosen well. Thanks Paul if you look to Christ your chosen. I remember my dad having trouble believing that he was one of Christ's sheep and he went out one day as my mom and I were reading John 10 my sheep or my voice they follow me, and he he's so you guys are talking about that whole choosing thing again any went out the door and slammed the door and went out to work. I caught up with him and I said data. I'm sorry it is it something we said.
He kept working and then eventually he turned around with tears coming down his face and said what if your old man's not one of the elect. The doctrine of election can really scare people. If it's not treated the right way. I told him what is Jesus saying there in John 10 I know my sheep my sheep know me. They hear my voice, and they follow me, and they will never perish.
Do follow him are you one of his followers.
You see yourself in that passage are one of the sheep running to your Shepherd to hear your Shepherd voices will yeah your will is cheap but that's the good news you don't worry or question this anymore.
Paul is an objective fact you would even be calling in right now if you hadn't heard his voice. If you want one of his sheep. You wouldn't care about this question. So from what you've said here even in your question, you are chosen, redeemed, called into fellowship and communion with his son now. Be sure that you're in a church where your hearing that message. Week in and week out where your your hearing about the grace of God in Jesus Christ.
Jesus is being placarded or bill boarded in in front of you, even before your eyes by the preaching you're being assured by his word. Throughout the service of what he has done for you are assurance grows from hearing God's promises over and over and over again specially in the Lord's supper when we take the Lord's supper. We are assured, this is not just for everybody else here the room. This is for me. My body broken for you my blood shed for you eat and drink.
That's the precious confidence that we have in Christ. In Romans 51. Paul clearly says, having been justified or declared righteous. We have peace with God. Objectively that's objective piece. It's not a peaceful easy feeling that comes and goes but it's objective piece so I want to announce to you, Paul. Right now that you have peace with God. Thanks for listening to core Christianity to request your copy of today's special offer. Visit email@example.com and click on offers in the menu for or call us at 1-833-843-2673 that's a 33, the court when you contact us.
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