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May 27, 2020 2:00 am
The advantage of having access to the Bible is enormous, but it is not a fail-safe. In the message "The Advantage of Having the Bible," Skip shares how you can live out the truths of Scripture in your own life.
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Not believing God's promises will never nullify God's promise; I don't believe that. So you didn't hurt the promise. God says is so not believing God's promise doesn't nullify God from just ruins it person you can have understand all the knowledge of Scripture and apply it to your life is worthless today on connect with skintight Skip shares how you can believe and live out God's promises by learning from the mistakes of many of Jesus first Skip wants to invite you to check out an exciting project from his wife when it's hard to make sense out of everything going on. That's why I'm excited to announce the launch of my wife podcast called all the things journey with Lenny and her cohost Lindsay my*in this unscripted podcast as they learn about different issues, engage in fun conversation and tackle some pretty hard-hitting topics subscribe to all the things today. Whatever you listen to your podcast thanks Skip in Romans chapter 3 as we dive into the teaching with Skip Heitzig if your testimony is that I was raised in a Christian home given a framework of truth given a spiritual stability and I never strayed from that I I believe that five years old and I still follow Jesus today you have the best testimony in church because your testimony is the keeping power of God. God can keep a person through a lifetime. You have advantages.
So after the arguments and the answers. Let's consider the advantage of the Scriptures after process much in every way. Notice the next sentence, chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God went to camp on that for a moment, chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God.
My version says chiefly some of you if you have a new international version, or maybe a new living translation is this. First of all first of all interviewed somebody says. First of all, you expect a list of some kind of follow-up. If a part of a guy says now.
First of allthem and then your second essay second, third, fourth, the you expect the list was the first of all, and that's all he talks about.
He doesn't give a list here, but he does give a list he finishes the last, but not until chapter 9 so hold this thought to be a while before we get to chapter 9 chapter 9 he gives a whole list of advantages. Gives one in the whole list of advantages. He gives this one so let me just read it to you. This is Romans nine beginning at verse one. I tell the truth in Christ. I'm not lying, my conscience, bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit that I have a great sorrow and continual grief in my heart for I wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh who are Israelite, the Jewish people. Now here's the list to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law. The service of God and the promises of whom are the fathers, and from home. According to the flesh Christ came, who is over all eternally blessed God. He gives eight advantages here. He says chiefly here, he says. First of all, the Greek word is proton. Don't think of something in a nucleus proton is a word that means primarily most importantly first in rank. What Paul is saying is this the most important advantage you have as Jewish people. Is this what is that advantage, he says to them were committed to what oracles of God in order oracles. The Greek were large ER log DOS means word or words words of God, all the words all the promises all the Old Testament Scripture. That's the oracles of God. This is what he says gives you the edge gives you the advantage over anybody else. God shows you. You are God's chosen people and that God revealed himself to the world through you. God spoke to to Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and Joseph and Moses and Isaiah Jeremiah and Ezekiel and Daniel and Hosea, Joel, and Amos Zephaniah, Zechariah, Malachi, and all the rest. All of them were Jewish people that God spoke to, so Paul is stressing this one advantage over all the others because this is the basis for all the others it's first.
Its primary something else just in passing, you'll notice the Paul answers his first question but not a second. His first question what advantages the Jew. He answers that second? What profit is earned.
Circumcision does not trip and touch on that ritual because he is already done so now he is zeroing in on the advantage that they have and that is they have the Scripture did you know that's also our advantage. Our chief advantage, one of our primary, most important advantages is that we have the Scriptures see when we gave our lives to Christ is not the end of it is not like you come to Jesus and then he leaves you to drift in a sea of human speculation about the meaning of life know he gives you oracles and gives you words.
He tells you what to do in your marriage how to get along with people how to forgive others how to humble yourself what that will do. He gives you a guide.
The Holy Spirit as well as the book the word the oracles. Now I have no problem with God writing a book some people to other guy write a book. Well, I currently have. This way God is a powerless color technology to create the world by speaking a word in the world exists then God has the technology to get a book written back. I got a book written. I think I can do.
I think I can manage to preserve his word to different people to time and space of the book we have. The result is the very oracles of God and by the way, notice or call not just oracles but oracles of God, of God, which leads me to a question I posed to use a question. I think we all have to answer an attack.
I think we need to answer it periodically and the question is what is the Bible.
What is that exactly is it a human book or is it a divine book is of natural origin or is it of supernatural origin is a just a collection of wise sayings by smart man or is it much more well in answering that question, there's basically only three positions you can take number one is the word of God. Position number two assess the words of man position number three is a combination now.
I don't think it's any mystery that I fall into position number one. I think most of you know that I believe the Bible to be the word of God.
The oracles of God.
It's the not only my position. It is if there is one an official position of this church. It is been the official position of the church throughout history so that when church councils got together in the past and wanted wrangle things like the nature of Christ, the Trinity justification resurrection they got together and they argued and they spoke and they argued again in the spoke again and the candle resolution in the appeal.
The one thing the Bible that's what they were dealing with a work they were looking at the text of Scripture and trying to find its meaning and make the statement of faith.
Accordingly, why because they belie believe the Bible to be inspired second Timothy 316 all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable inspiration for our new starts breathing out by God.
Every time you bring the septum because I have that happen.
How does that work has got inspired writing the essay. Isaiah taken out it's up and ready.
Here goes a dictation and Isaiah is writing what we evaluate we said again. I missed. Notice how it happened. Isaiah had his own style his own education his own set of experiences going on around them. Jeremiah had different ones. Other prophets are different ones, but God move them all know Peter explains inspiration in one verse in the second Peter chapter 1 Peter wrote prophecy never came by the will of man, he didn't have Jeremias and I got something to say if I say the say of the Lord. People really listen to the prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were removed by the holy spirit.
That word moved is a sailing metaphor become from the maritime world speaks of a ship being carried along to its destination by the wind. Sometimes sailing ships, especially in antiquity were at the mercy of the wind winds would take them where the winds were blowing what that means here is that the writers had their own styles their own set of circumstances, but they raise their sales so to speak, so that what they ended up saying is exactly what God wanted to express that in a nutshell, is the doctrine of inspiration of the Scriptures. That's my position sort of got second position. However somebody through the Bible is just words of men there good words there lofty words. Inspiring words there just men's words that is the view of the liberal liberalism does not believe the Bible to be the word of God, but they'll say it's inspired in this way it's inspired like on the level of a Picasso's really good work in this view, the Bible embodies the highest human thought ideals ethics and aspirations, but at the end of the day it's just a human book 3rd position somewhere between first and second it's a combination of the word of God as well as the word of men, some things are from God, and therefore truthful of the things written by man and are not truthful. So it's a mixture it's a mixture of truth and their guys said some things can't really believe that. So it's a mixture in and and here's the deal, and their scholarship is gonna tell you which is which. Now you can see we have a problem because in this framework, the scholar becomes God telling you what is true and what is not truth. The dangerous position.
For this reason, everybody's a center including scholars all have sinned and fallen short of the glory about including scholars in this case, maybe there greater centers in the rest of us because their same guy didn't say that but he said that and then the scholars disagree. So you're gonna play God deciding whose scholarship you can listen to, so it does come down to what is your view of the Bible are these the oracles of God are just the opinions of men. I would read to you before weekly moved to Alaskan closing section 1 read to you what one man believe the Bible to be. I think you've heard of him. He was an 18th-century evangelist by the name of John Wesley and he said this, I am a creature of the day passing through life as an arrow through the air. I am a spirit come from God and returning to God just hovering over the great golf tell a few moments. Hence, I am no more seen. I dropped into an unchangeable eternity. I want to know one thing, the way to heaven. How to land safe on that happy sure God himself has condescended to teach the way for this very end he came from heaven, he hath written it down in a book oh is me that book at any price give me the book of God.
I have it here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be home all erroneous libre or a man of one book. Essentially, at the end of the day that's what I am.
I'm a one trick pony. I'm a man of one book, my life is always been all about what the Bible says so you can have to answer that question for yourself what is the Bible that is the advantage of the Scriptures… Let's finish this out because he gives a asked more questions and gives an admonition. The admonition of the scribe verse three what are some that I believe will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect. Certainly not. Indeed, let God be true, but every man a liar as it is written that you may be justified in your words and may overcome when you are judged according Psalm 51 but if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God. What shall we say is God unjust to inflict wrath. I speak as a man, certainly not for how within God judge the world. Here's the question. Okay what about all those Jews who didn't believe all of God's words. These are oracles of God.
You know plenty of people in history. Jewish people who didn't believe those are.
Does that mean that God's promises to Israel are empty. One thing about Jewish history if you just read your Bible. There's is a history of failure, God called them stiffnecked God call them rebellious. They failed to believe his promise. They failed to obey his word, especially when it came to sending the Lord Jesus Christ in the world. By and large it was rejected by them.
He came to his own his own did not receive. However, do you know that God is made a promise in both the old and New Testament to one day restore and redeem the nation of Israel were still waiting for that hadn't happened yet. It's happened in part, but not totally. Yet Paul will say this is the same book. Romans chapter 11. Paul will write this blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles were come in and then all Israel will be saved as it is written, the deliverer will come out of Zion, and he will turn away ungodliness, and Jacob.
All of those are unconditional promises and the fulfillment of those promises may be postponed, but it is never prevented still going to happen. God still has a plan for the nation of Israel in the future. So let's apply.
Not believing God's promises will never nullify God's promise; I believe that so he didn't hurt the promise God system is work. The word out so not believing God's promise doesn't nullify God's promise. It just ruins it for you personally in this where the advantage becomes the disadvantage you can have the oracles of God you can be exposed to it. But if you don't read believe apply no value Jesus to the leaders of his day. The crowd in John five said you search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life.
But these are they which testify of me. The writer of Hebrews chapter 4 writing of the promises God made wrote for. We also have had the gospel preached to us just as they did, but the message they heard was of no value to them because those who heard it did not combine it with faith. Outward identity with God's people is one thing in word conformity to God's principles is another thing now for some people it's all about human tradition. The outward the ceremony the denomination and for some people the ceremony the tradition the denomination in their mind supersedes the revelation of God in the when I was a young believer. I share my faith with the girl that I worked with.
She was a Roman Catholic explained the gospel tour when she found out that I came from a Roman Catholic background.
She got so mad at me, her face target read to start a new month and she was so mad she goes.
How dear you leave the church to become a Jesus freak. That's what she said was where her work.
I said did you hear what you just said I told you about my personal relationship with Jesus in your more angry about the institution that you claim and they claim follows the same Jesus.
I know of a personal relationship with Ivan ran into a gallop in Santa Fe. She recognized because I listened to you all the time and I'm praying you'll come back to the church. I would be quite a thing wouldn't so being in a Christian environment with the Bible. Todd has many advantages, but like Alexander Smith found that Bible and started reading it and believing it and applying it and sharing it is where you take advantage of the advantage the Bible is the power to change a life that is the power to do more to change a life style but only when you apply your apply if you just get exposed to it so now you know this to be true.
If you spent any time at all in any book of Scripture that there are certain things you read that you like their happy there encouraging. Then there's other things you read my writing this you a lot with the hard truth you say or boy that sounds narrow right.
Many truth many a truth sounds very narrow but me, let me respond by saying so is every runway at every airport in every city around the world, very narrow little strip. The pilot asked Alanna but he was a passenger would wanted no other way if if the pilot said hey there's a bunch of grass out to the side of the runway.
It's a big field.
Do you mind if I land there. You wouldn't feel too excited about because you know that that narrow little way leads to your safety and well-being so it is with the oracles of God they might seem narrow to you but they lead to the gateway of fulfilled and happy way of living that is our advantage.
We have the advantage of having the Bible, not just the old and New Testament. The very oracles of God, not just the words of man.
These are the words of God. Men wrote them. God inspired them in the carriage along so that what was expressing his example. God wanted us skips messages from the series heart and soul want to share about an exciting resource dives into some of the most exciting stories found in the book of Genesis never walk into a movie. You may never catch up on one seems to the is the opening book your questions Genesis is the foundation of the ground floor. If we don't understand the book of Genesis stand follows that's divisive reminding that our redemption and resurrection starts in the book of Genesis, God says to say I will put enmity between you and the woman between your seed and her seed promise of the seed part of the rest of the five discover the foundation of your faith. Genesis argued to you $35 or more today and request your copy when you get online securely connectwithskip.com/or call 800-9200 92 1888 the Bible is full of God's promises to you and think he is thankful to know that he will carry out this promises don't have to fear share this promise is found in Scripture with even more listeners like you back to the gift today to keep these encouraging messages going out.
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