The Jewish leaders came to Jesus challenging His authority after He rebuked the moneychangers in the temple. The exchange between Christ and the Pharisees centered around a fact that neither disputed: that all must be said and done by divine authority. “By what authority doest Thou these things and who gave Thee this authority?” is another timely query that we pose in our ongoing series Great Questions Of The Bible. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we look at the many insufficient things people cite as their authority for what they say and do in religion.
Preachers are charged to preach it, churches are to strive together to promote it, and Christians are to live in a way that becomes it but what is it? The gospel of Christ means the ‘good news’ of Christ. The gospel is the glad message of salvation from sin come to earth. It is not a political agenda, a social platform, or a health-and-wealth philosophy. The Apostle Paul said it is ‘the power of God unto salvation…”, according to Romans 1:16. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we see that many preachers and churches are not truly preaching the gospel because according to scripture, the gospel of Christ includes facts to be believed, commands to be obeyed, promises to be received, and warnings to be heeded.
Freedom is an exhilarating word to the ear of one who is burdened and oppressed. Freedom from political tyranny; freedom from addiction; freedom from debt are all phrases billions of people around the world have longed to hear. Almost 250 years ago, America gained independence from the tyranny of King George III and a nation was founded upon principles of personal liberty. The subsequent expression oft-stated and sung “Let Freedom Ring” intimates proclaims the desire to see freedom spread to every soul and every land. The Christian enjoys even greater freedom and should be even more zealous to spread this liberty to people around the world. Are you free or yet oppressed and in bondage?
Since the dawn of time, God has had chosen people through whom He worked His purposes in the world. The godly line, for example, can be traced from Seth to Christ in the Old Testament. In particular, God created a nation from the loins of Abraham constituting His chosen people in that dispensation. They were separated from all other nations of the earth, selected by God for service in His plan to redeem the fallen human race. When Moses gave them the law to govern them in Exodus through Deuteronomy, he used the word “holy” more than 200 times. They were not, however, always a holy people. They lost their identity as the people of God. In the same way, the church constitutes the people of God today and we are called to be a holy people. Is the church maintaining its peculiarity and identity today? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we learn how the church is to be A People For God’s Possession.
Our culture often casts aside that which is old and shuns any path that seems too familiar. We see the ancient as irrelevant. The Word of God, however, tells us to reconsider. The weeping prophet Jeremiah pleaded with the people to “Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we listen to the timely admonition of Jeremiah to stop, look, and listen before we choose the paths of life.