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The B-I-B-L-E. Is It Really the Book for Ye and Me? Part 2

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December 17, 2021 7:00 pm

The B-I-B-L-E. Is It Really the Book for Ye and Me? Part 2

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Last week in part 1 of our series on the Bible, we heard some sound bites from a sermon by pastor Alistair Begg, addressing important questions about the Bible, such as:

How exactly is the Bible the “inspired of God”?

Does the Bible have the central place in our lives and church?

What is the structure of the Bible and its main theme?

Why is the Bible different and better than Christian books?

This week in part 2, we are going to hear more sound bites from the messages by Alistair Begg and discuss where the rubber meets the road with Scripture—how to accurately interpret it.

In other words, discovering what God intended to communicate as He guided those who wrote the various books of the Bible. It’s not “what the Bible means to me” but rather “what God means in the Bible”.

Scripture commands us to “accurately handle the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). If we and the church mishandle Scripture, God is misrepresented and humans are misled. What could be more serious than that?

So please join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview as we discuss interpreting the Bible, including the message of Christmas with Christ coming into our world.

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BIBLE is it really that will and me today is part two of that topic and some pre-Christmas special right here on the Christian worldview radio mission is to sharpen the biblical worldview of Christians and to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. I'm David with the host in our website is the Christian worldview.get to the preview for today's program today is going to be the last new program of the year.

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She's been the program. Many times, and her organization put this out to be really helpful for you to read so you're really up to date on what's going on with covert was the best way to avoid getting it what to do it. If you do get it and just a short summary keep your immune system strong.

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From a religious standpoint, they were developed using stem cells from aborted babies number two were against them.

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The BI BLE is it really the book for you and me now last week in part one of our series on the Bible we heard some soundbites from a sermon by pastor Alastair beg addressing important questions about the Bible, such as these, how exactly is the Bible. The quote inspired word of God or God breathed, does the Bible have the central place in our own personal lives and also in our church as well.

Another what is it read us the most important part of the services reading the word of God. Question number three what is the structure of the Bible going from the Old Testament, the New Testament, in the law on the prophets in the Gospels and the letters in Revelation was the structure of the Bible and what is the main theme of the Bible which we heard last week is the coming of the Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

And finally, we discussed why the Bible is different and better than all the plethora of Christian books that are constantly coming out. You can listen to part one by going to our website so I won't repeat what we went over last week but this week in part two we are going to hear more soundbites from this message series by Alastair beg and discuss where the rubber really meets the road when it comes to Scripture how to accurately interpret it. In other words, discovering what God intended to communicate as he guided those who wrote the various books of the Bible. And it's not about what the Bible means to you or me, but rather is about what God means in the Bible that is the the calling that we have. Scripture commands us in second Timothy 215 two accurately handle the word of truth. If we in the church miss handle Scripture misinterpreted that misrepresents God and misleads men and women in what could be more serious than that. Some glad you joined us today in the Christian worldview to discuss how to accurately handle the word of truth and were going to get to a portion of the program on Christmas regarding Christ coming into our world.

The last week we mentioned this passage where Jesus is praying to his father in John chapter 17 when the great insights into how Christ talks to his own father and in John 1717 Jesus prays this sanctify them, referring to his disciples and believers, by extension, sanctify them in the truth.

Your word is truth.

And while the Bible makes that claim over and over again to be the word of truth. The question we have to answer is, can we trust this word of truth. Are we going to believe in this word of truth in this past week. Pastor Stephen Lawson in a Bible study from first John talked about the importance of the truth being so integrated into every part of our life, it's that our foundation for how we think and live everything the Christian life begins with the truth. You cannot be saved without knowing the truth.

You cannot know God without knowing the truth. You cannot know Christ and you cannot follow Christ for one step without knowing the truth, you cannot grow spiritually without knowing the truth. You cannot stand strong in this world without knowing the truth.

You cannot resist temptation without knowing the truth. You cannot witness to anyone without knowing the truth.

You literally cannot do anything any eternal value in your spiritual life without knowing the truth. The truth is that important. You can know the truth cannot be saved but you cannot be saved without knowing the truth what is the word truth main in one word. The word truth means reality, truth is the way things really are, and truth is whatever God says something is sin is whatever God says sin is that matter the polls that matter. The preacher that matter whoever all that matters is what is God say sin is in salvation is whatever God says salvation is heaven and hell is whatever God says it is the truth is that important to your Christian life you you are at a complete standstill without further installments of the truth in your Christian life.

It's the engine that's driving your Christian life.

It's the steering wheel that's guiding your Christian life. I just love the way pastor Steve Lawson teaches so clear so black-and-white all the things you said you can't be saved, sanctified, you can overcome temptation. You can't witness about Christ. If you don't have the truth without knowing the truth, he said, truth is reality. The way things really are. Truth is what God says not what the world around you, says not just what highly educated people say nothing is truth unless it corresponds to what the Bible says and that really is what we are after.

Here on the Christian worldview radio programmer after the truth. According to Scripture, we want to accurately handle the word of truth. We don't even imagine that we have a corner on the truth that we actually want to be corrected if were not speaking the truth because as you said the truth is the most important thing that we need to stand firm on the truth because there such an attack on the truth all the time. This is what Satan has done from the very beginning in the garden has God indeed said questioning changing perverting corrupting the truth of God's word and just this past week I read a column with a good example of this attack on truth going on up in Canada right now. They have now made a law against so-called quote unquote conversion therapy enlarging the definition of that term to go way beyond some sort of un-biblical coercive threatening approach to getting someone not to be a homosexual to also include what a pastor would do in counseling or any encouragement of anyone to try to help someone come out of the sin of homosexuality or transgender is him a ministry. The preamble to this new law in Canada skull Bill C four and it came out December 8, 2021. The preamble is, whereas conversion therapy. They define this very broadly causes harm to the persons who are subjected to it, whereas conversion therapy causes harm to society because, among other things. It is based on improper gates, myths and stereotypes about sexual orientation and gender identity and gender expression including the myth that heterosexuality or cyst gender, gender identity that's identifying with the, the gender that you were born with, and gender expression that conforms to the sex assigned to a person at birth are to be preferred over other sexual orientations. Gender identities and gender expressions, and whereas it goes on to say, in light of those harms. It is important to discourage and denounce the provision of conversion therapy in order to protect that human dignity and equality of all Canadians.

So we know what this bill is refuting what it's attacking what it's undermining it's undermining that God's word. The truth of God's word, which says just the opposite. These lawmakers in Canada have believed a lie they've rejected the truth that's revealed in Scripture, which then leads them and others away from God and therefore salvation. This is a horrible direction to go. It brings ultimately brings judgment upon people. That's why so serious is not just simply about homosexuality and in transgender is him. This leads people away from being in a right relationship with God and bring judgment upon them. What could be more serious than that. So Canada is criminalizing those who disagree with the homosexual transgender movement now, but what they're going to attack.

Next is going to be the Bible because the foundation the source for those who oppose homosexuality in transgender is a candidate is a very religious liberty loathing country at this time, and makes one wonder how close we are in the United States. This becoming our law here. The Christian worldview.

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That's 1888 646-2233 or the Christian and be sure to specify which station website or app you listen is that helps us decide whether to continue on a given outlet. Thank you for your support. Welcome back to the Christian worldview. Be sure to visit our website and the Christian we can subscribe to a free weekly email an annual print newsletter resources for adults and children and support the ministry. Now back to today's program with host David Wheaton that we need to get to the soundbites from pastor Alastair Begg on this sermon series did in the Bible in the first one has to do with how we actually hear from God. Unless, incidentally, answers the question that I get all the time. Could we have a service what all we do is saying no, why not think about what God has to say to our lives is much more important than what we have.

To say to him, and indeed we have nothing to say to until first, we have had from an island in the passing is one of the reasons why Whole Approach to the Study of the Bible and the Praise Is Is Upside down Traditionally so Little Comes after Having Inherited from Him.

We Are Talking to Him before He Speaks to What Sue Presupposes That We Been Listening Every Day of the Week but If We Have and Then We Arrive, Cold, Uneducated, Uninspired, and Are Exhorted to Praise God with Whom We Have Spent No Time in the Preceding Seven Days. This Is a Very Interesting First Soundbite Because As We See in the Evangelical Church Today. The Quote Praise and Worship.

The Music Has Become Much More Prominent in the Longer during the Weekly Service Probably up to Half or More of the Time and the Sermons Are Getting Shorter and Shorter so What Does That Tell You What It Tells Us Is the. The Worship Experience What We Do toward God Ostensibly Is More Important Than Hearing the Word of God Preached to Us. Alastair Begg Says Just the Opposite Tell You Can't Sing Rather Than Just Hear the Bible Preach. We Need to Hear from God Because What God Has To Say to Us Is Far More Important Than What We Have To Say or Sing to Him. It Was Also Interesting What He Said about the Fact That If You Go All Week without Reading Your Bible, or Hearing the Word Preaching This Come to Church Every Sunday for a Little Sermon at That's Not Going to Lead to You Being a Very Grounded Believer, You Need to Be in the Word on a Daily or Lease Regular Basis. Hearing the Word Preached from Sound Teachers Who Know Water Rightly Handled the Word of Truth.

So You're Not Relying on a 20 or 30 Minute Message on a Sunday for Your Spiritual Nourishment. So Then onto the Next Soundbite, Knowing That We Have To Hear from God from His Word. Well, How Do We Actually Understand Improperly Interpret His Word. How Are We Supposed to Understand. Let Me Give You the Answer in One Word Properly. The Bible Does Not Have a Special Esoteric Spiritual Meaning Which Can Only Be Gleaned by Setting Aside the Plain Grammatical and Historical Sense Finding like This All the Time They Pop up and Bible Studies All over the Place. While I Believe That What This Is Saying Is Because I Was Such and Such and so on Is Able Listen Sort, Just Maybe Make a Cup of Coffee or Something Just Sit over There in the Corner for a Little While We'll Come Back to You. Maybe. But Right Now Our Concern Here Is to Understand the Bible Properly Were Not Really Interested in What It Means to You and If You Been Reading Your Bible during the Week Say Why Got Nothing Out Of It Because He Didn't Mean Anything to Me What You Expect to Happen to Me If You're Reading the Book of Leviticus. What Do You Really Think Is Supposed to Happen or What It's about. You Need to Stand Back from It Is like Stockton Paintings You Can See Them up Close. You Have To Take Them in the Process. And When You Stand Back and You Realize What God Is Conveying of His Holiness and of His Pilot of His Grandeur and Pointed into the Nature of Substitution and Sacrifice, and Suddenly All These Elements Begin to Take on Form. Now We've All Heard Someone Say That What the Bible Means to Me Is or the Person Who Has Alastair Begg Mentioned There Who Believes or Some Special Esoteric Meaning Other Words, the Scriptures, Only to Be Understood by a Small Number of Highly Informed People. They Always Have These Different in These New Interpretations That No One Else Is Discover for the Last 2000 Years. Stay Away from Those Kind of Teachers As He Said, Stand Back and Look at the Whole of Scripture Get a Good Overview of What's Going on in the Bible. This Is Why Think It's Extremely Helpful Just to Read through the Bible on a Regular Basis. Even If You're Not Studying It in the Original Language Word by Word and No Studying the One Sentence per Day.

That Can Be Good, but That Doesn't Give You the Big Overview of Scripture As It Would If You Were Reading the Whole Chunks of It Whole Books of It. The Entirety of Scripture Itself That Will Help You Understand Who God Is and How He Is Worked through History from the Old Testament in the New Testament with Christ and beyond. That's Why It's so Important That I Tell You How You Need to Understand the Bible. The Reason That People Make Those Applications Is Simply Because They Refused to Accept the Plain Meaning of a Passage Is the Plain Meaning of a Passage That I'm Prepared to Accept the Main Things in the Plain Things in the Plain Things of the Main Things and They Have the Idea That the Plain Meaning Must Always Defend Our to Some Heavy Spiritual Interpretation, Incidentally, That Is Why You Can Write a Book That Is Fairly True and Straightforward and Only 10 People Buy It and Read It and Those Are All Members of Your Family or You Can Write a Book That Takes a Notion Spends It into an Interesting Dimension Andrew Retire in the Islands While Because of the Perversity of the Human Mind the Idea That Perhaps in This Secret Notion in This Strange Meaning in This Little Idea That Is the Answer to Spiritual Fitness Will. This Explains Why the Christian Book Industry Churns out All These Books with a New Perspective on Paul or the Shack or Something like That and People Just Heated up. Oh Something New and Different Than the Traditional Orthodox Interpretation of Scripture Let Me Have at It like Alastair Begg Said the Main Things Are the Plain Things the Plain Things Are the Main Things the Way to Interpret a Passage Is on the Basis of Its Straightforward Sense in Order to Do That You Have To Interpret It First. According to Its Original Meaning, According to His Original Meaning. So Paul Writes to the Corinthians. At a Certain Point in Time at a Certain Place a Certain Latitude and Long Beach.

It We Must First Understand the Historical Context to Which He Writes in Corinth before We Start Making Application Here in Cleveland.

If You Go Immediately to Application in Cleveland without First Understanding Why Corinth and You Can Make the Bible Say Just about Anything You Wanted to If You Interpreted According to His Straightforward Sense. Not Only Do You Have To Pay Attention to His Original Meaning We Have To Pay Attention to His Literary Form Its Literary Form. My Reading .3 or Pros on My Dealing with Compatible My Dealing with History and My Dealing with Allegory by Dealing with a Metaphor with a Simile Because It Makes a Difference Doesn't. Two Chronicles 69 Speaks of the Eyes of the Lord, Ranging To And Fro throughout Their Unless You Understand That Is a Figure of Speech That It Is a Metaphor That You Will Inevitably Conclude the Two Great Cosmic Eyes Scanned the Globe Intermittently Somewhere. Another out in the Solar System.

There Are Two Gigantic Eyes Looking All around. Is That What It Is, Say, a Person Limiting the Bible Literally. Therefore, Yes, It Is My Dear Friend, Your Daily Bible It's Realistically to Take the Bible Literally Is to Take It in the Genre in Which It Is Conveyed and This Is Clearly a Metaphor What It Is Teaching Is the Omniscience of God.

It Is a Picture to Convey a Truth. This Is Another Important Point That We Need to Interpret Scripture. According to Its Original Meaning. What God Inspired That Author to Write to the Group or Person. He Wrote to Add a Specific Time in Place. So You Need to Understand the Context of the Time It Was Written before Going on to Application for Today and This Is What Can Be Helpful to Have a Good Study Bible from a Trustworthy Pastor Who Can Give You the Context for What Say Why Paul Was Writing to Timothy or the Romans That Can Give You That Original Context of the Time It Was Written, Anyone on to Talk about. It's Important Also to Understand the Literary Form, Whether It's a Narrative or Poetry Don't Just Jump in and Pluck a Verse out without Understanding the Context in Which It Was Written and Pluck That Verse out As a Proof Text for Some Application That You Want to Apply in Your Own Life or to Our Society Today. The Next Soundbite Alastair Begg Gives a Critically Important Principle. That's Not Mentioned Enough Today That Scripture Must Interpret Scripture If You're Pulling out Some Interpretation of a Passage That Contradicts Other Portions of Scripture You're Getting It Wrong You Need to Go Back in and Interpret Scripture in Light of Other Scripture. Scripture Needs to Be Interpreted by Scripture. There Is a Harmony to the Bible That Is a Unity to the Bible That Is a Self Consistency to the Bible That You Would Expect Given a Single Divine Author and When You Interpret Scripture with Scripture You Need to Interpreted According to the Purpose of Scripture. What Is the Purpose of Scripture Will Come to This. Eventually He Says to Timothy As a Young Man He Says You Should Be Paying Attention to All These Things He Should Be Thankful That You Known the Bible for a Very Long Time. The Bible, Which Is Able to Make You Wise for Salvation through Faith in Christ Jesus.

What Is the Purpose of the Bible Is to Make Men and Women Wise unto Salvation Is Not a Book about Astronomy the Scientific Textbook. The Booklet Is Been Written to Make Us Wise for Salvation, so We Should Be Very Very Careful. Then about Trying to Extrapolate Scientific Terminology and Deductions from the Book Does Not Have That It Is Expressed and We Need to Understand a Passage or a Writer in Relationship to Us. I Can Illustrate This for You Easily. People Come to Me from Time to Time Is It like on a Contradiction between James and and Paul, I Always Say That Is All Grace and I Was Reading James Read His Little Five Chapter Think and It Seems to Me That He Saying Is All Will Ask Is an Obvious Contradiction. While It Is an Apparent Contradiction until You Interpret Scripture with Scripture and in Doing so, You Acknowledge the Fact That You Have To Understand the Purpose of the Writer. What Is the Purpose of James in Writing His Letter, It Is to Address a Group of People Who Are Going around Saying My Morality and My Social Involvement Is Irrelevant. All That Matters Is That I Have Faith in Jesus and James Writes to Them to Say You Better Be Very Careful of Us Stare While Faith You Show Me Your Faith without Works and I Will Show You Faith. What Works so He's Addressing People Who Are Tempted to Say. All I Have To Do Is Believe in Jesus and Nothing Matters.

He Says We As Everything Doesn't Matter If You're a Snob You Call in Question Your Commitment to a Humble Christ.

If You Simply Say Be Warm and Do Nothing to Help and You Apparently Haven't Understood What It Means to Prepare Your Enemies and Allow Those Who Despise You.

But When Paul Writes to the Galatians He's Writing to a Group of People Who Have the Exact Opposite Problem.

He's Writing to a Group of People Who Are so Convinced That on the Basis of Their Own Good Works and Their Own Good Deeds That Made Acceptable to God. They Keep Themselves Going by What They Do and Paul Writes This Is Not What You Do That Matters Is the Grace of God That Might Not How You Understand According to the Purpose of Each Writer and Therefore It's Obvious That You Need to Interpret Other Passages in the Light of Passages That Deal with the Same Thing.

So Alastair Begg Explains This Really Well You Hear This Charge Often That Paul Says Salvation Is by Faith.

And James Says Faith without Works Is Dead.

So There's a Contradiction of Scripture Which Is It Will. Both Are Correct. Need to Understand the Purpose and the Audience to Whom Each of Them Was Writing and He Mentioned That in That Soundbite. Paul Was Writing to Those Who Were Thinking They Could Be Justified Based on Their Good Works. Paul Refuted That James Is Writing to Those Who Are Exhibiting No Good Works As Evidence of True Saving Faith and As Alastair Begg Said There Is a Harmony, a Unity of Consistency That Stems from.

There Is One Divine Author of Scripture Which Is God. So As We Apply the Principle of Scripture Interpreting Scripture. We Should Never Come out with an Interpretation. That's Going to Violate Another Portion of Scripture, the Apparent Contradictions. We Think We Come up with Should Be Resolvable in the Example He Gave with Paul Versus James.

It's Not Versus It's Paul and James Give a Fuller Picture on What It Means to Be Saved and Have Good Works Are Evidence, but Not the Means of True Saving Faith. The Christian Worldview. David Wheaton Returns in Just a Moment.

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Just a reminder that today's program and pass programs are archived at our website. Christian things are also available and be sure to share with others. Now back to today's program with host David Wheaton okay we just have a couple more soundbites from this message by Alastair Begg and the next one has to do with how there is a progressive, a further revelation in Scripture. So something that is introduced, perhaps in the Old Testament gets more fully developed maybe in the prophets, and then in the Gospels and then in the epistles in the New Testament, the same problem of reading the Gospels are never going on to read the episodes because in the Gospels, it is clear that Christ died, but it is really only in the epistles that it becomes perfectly clear why Christ died that he died for our sins, and that he died for our sins according to the Scriptures, according to what scriptures according to the Old Testament Scriptures. So you need Peter and he says Christ died reason we know that I saw in the gospel he died for our sins. All explains and he did so, according to the Scriptures, will that make sense of Isaiah.

That's why he was saying he was led like a lamb to the slaughter it as a sheep before she was never opened his mouth. He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities in the chastisement that brought us peace was upon him. I read that I had a clue what it meant. I saw it in the Gospels and I will is his outfit and then I read the epistles in the epistles that Christ died got it for our sins understand according to the Scriptures and suddenly reading from the back to the front it begins to make sense that we played that soundbite last week of how Alastair Begg said, reading from the back of the Bible to the front can be helpful because you're getting a Fuller picture in the New Testament of things that were introduced, and perhaps of slightly more obscure way. In the Old Testament. But again, this goes to the point of the importance of reading the entirety of Scripture.

This is why would Andy Stanley said about we need to unhitch the Old Testament from the New Testament is just an egregious error. All Scripture Old Testament and New Testament is inspired by God themes that are introduced in the Old Testament are important to understand as they get developed throughout Scripture and are more fully made clear in the New Testament, and again this is why reading through the Bible in its entirety. Several or many times during your life is going to give you a deeper understanding of not just Scripture, not just gaining more knowledge about the book itself, but about who God is, what his character and nature are about who his son is and how we can be right with God through Jesus Christ about the nature of the sin nature of man and the explanation for what is gone wrong in the world. All these things. The Bible addresses in its entirety to read the whole thing. Read the whole book, realizing that if you are a believer. God has given you the Holy Spirit inside of you to guide you into the truth of God's word and that's what Alastair Begg says in this final soundbite. Ultimately the Bible can only be interpreted for us by the Holy Spirit because true understanding is not natural to us. Milner is right when he says what we understand of God's truth is related less to the capacity of our brains than to the extent of our obedience. What we learn of God's truth is related less to the capacity of our brains than to the extent about obedience, and that my dear friends, is why it is that a young Christian begins to lap this older believer because the older believe it, thinking that they simply sit on the pew and flatten out the proceeding out over time, never taking seriously the Bible never absorbing its truth, never applying into their lives and suddenly this young believer comes along and they're so crazy to think you know if you go to the morning service, presumably leaving service to after all God's word is preached, and apparently you do what the Bible says, yet you believe in, you get baptized. Let's get baptized and apparently the people got baptized enjoying the fellowship concerning to join the project and they got involved in the read their Bibles and suddenly laughing you and your saying why you have me know what it is because is not directly related to the length of time you sat listening to sermons on the length of time that I have preached sermons.

But it is directly related to the obedience of my this is so. Will said by Alastair Begg that what we learn from Scripture is less due to the capacity of our brains. He said then her willingness to obey it.

Ultimately, it's about having a humble and soft heart seeking closeness with God and a willingness to obey him as he reveals his will in his word is not simply about gaining knowledge so you can be some great apologists or have your T's crossed and your eyes darted on the finer points of every doctrine we need to come to Scripture praying to God that he would help us understand it through the indwelling Holy Spirit that he would give us the power to apply it, and to be obedient to him as he reveals his will to us in his holy Scripture, so this should be encouraging to you to know that you don't need to go to seminary. You don't need to be the most intelligent person in the world. You just need to approach Scripture, having been born again because then you have the Holy Spirit to help you interpret it, and you need to approach it with a prayerful humble heart.

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. The Bible says and that God meets each person where they are in this supernatural book providing the truths that each of us need to learn at the various stages of our lives. And so this transitions well to the next soundbite, not by Alastair Begg but by Steve Lawson. We played a soundbite from him earlier in the program and want to play another one where he talks about some of the essential truths of Scripture that lead to salvation that really anyone can understand even a child that what John is referring to here is not a comprehensive knowledge of the full counsel of God is talking about those that essential truth. Those essential trays that are necessary to enter into the kingdom of heaven. And you have to know the holiness of God. You have to know that you have sinned and fallen short of the holiness of God. You have to know that the wages of sin is death.

You have to know that you are a sinner and that there is only one Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. You have to know that he is truly God and truly man, you have to know that he preexisted his entrance into this world that he is without beginning as eternal God, he took on the form of sinless humanity. He was born of a virgin that he lived a sinless imperfect life that he went to the cross that he was lifted up to die that the sins of all those who would trust him were laid upon him and that he took our sins far far away. He shed his blood and washed away our sins. He was taken down from the cross. He was buried in a tomb and on the third day he was raised from the dead. He walked out of that 10, the risen Savior, Lord of heaven and earth is ascended to the right hand of God the father and whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved all authority in heaven and earth has been given unto him, and there is salvation and no other name for there's no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. You have to know that and you have to believe that in have to commit your life to that that no amount of good works can contribute anything to the finished work of Jesus Christ upon the cross he paid in full. Our sin debt with his death upon the cross and because of our faith in him we have been clothed with the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ and we now stand, as it were, in the very presence of God faultlessly with full acceptance in the family of God by God the father. That is the essential truth of the gospel, and not one of those sentences that I just said can be denied.

They must be fully embraced. I just love hearing good and accurate presentations of the gospel as pastor Stephen Lawson just gave their I know it sounded like a lot of essentials you must know, but really, if you could just whittle it down into about four categories who God is, that God is the creator. He's holy. He's the just judge of this universe. He created us to be in relationship with him. We are created to worship him. Secondly, you need to realize who you are that you're created in the image of God but that each one of us. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God in the wages of that sin. What we have earned the wages is physical and spiritual death. The consequences for sin is eternal separation from God. We are alienated from God because of our sin.

We are sinful man and he is a holy God.

And so the question is how do you make that right. How can we be restored reconciled to this holy God. So we aren't justly judged for our sin, but instead receive forgiveness and eternal life with him nest the third point who Christ is that he is the perfect son of God, the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world that he came in which we celebrate at Christmas. He came born of a virgin woman so he didn't have the sin nature we have.

He never sent any lived as a man as our representative. But not just as a man as a perfect sinless life. He grew up, and then offered himself on the cross as our substitute. We deserve to be crucified for our sins and die and be sentenced to hell, but Christ paid the debt, the penalty, the punishment that God requires and we deserve that there is salvation in no one else sees. The only way the only truth. The only life. No one comes to the father except through him. There's one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ. Jesus said I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. So those are the first three points at who God is and who we are and who Christ is in Christ ended that statement by saying do you believe this. Which brings us to the fourth point.

Do you believe that here at Christmas we celebrate the coming of the son of God into the world do you believe that Jesus is the son of God and the only Savior of mankind easier only hope to be saved. Repent and turn confess your sin before God in put your trust, your faith in Jesus Christ alone and what he did for you on the cross as paying God's required penalty for your sin satisfying God's wrath, injustice over your sin so you could be justly forgiven of all your sin, you could be clothed with the righteous robes of Jesus Christ. God sees you if you've repented and believed in Christ, he sees you as righteous now, because all of your past, present and future sins have already been paid for by Jesus Christ. That's amazing. The Bible says in second Corinthians 521 God made Christ who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him. If you have never made the decision that only you can make to repent and believe in this gospel, I urge you I exhort you to do that is the most important decision you make in your entire life. It literally determines where you will spend eternity.

The Bible says in Romans. If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be safe in the passage goes on is saying and you won't be disappointed. Every year sometime during the Christmas season. We seem to watch Charlie Brown Christmas it first came out in December 1965. That's 56 years ago and I watched the portion of that Christmas special by Charles Schultz, the creator of peanuts where Linus answers Charlie Brown's question. Toward the end of that special word. Charlie Brown is very distraught. He's bought this Christmas tree in it was, pathetic looking Christmas tree in all his peers are laughing at them and so forth and try Brown finally cries out and says can anyone tell me what Christmas is all about, and one of the greatest moments in American television history on network television. That is Linus actually quotes from Scripture in Luke chapter 2 about what Christmas is all about how to write nice I should have taken for a tree, everything I do turns into a disaster Christmas is all about what Christmas is about pain and patiently bounding the field, keeping watch of angel round they name resellers any child should be to gain Christ Frank and Shane Christmas China. He's exactly right Jesus Christ coming into this world is what Christmas is all about. Don't be distracted by the Christmas movies and Santa Claus and everything else Satan in the world do to distract away from this most important advent most important coming of the son of God. Read some of the comments.

After that, Charlie Brown Christmas video clip on YouTube. Without question someone said one of the greatest moments in television history. Another person said his speech last about one minute is widely regarded as the best part and most pivotal part of the whole special is the best one men I've ever seen on commercial TV, a Christmas another one. The Bible passage read by Linus at the play rehearsal was something Charles Schultz insisted upon being in their otherwise he wouldn't give CPS permission to make the Christmas special. One more years later in this still brings tears praise God in the highest for all eternity for his unending love for us.

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