Can something that is free cost us something at the same time? Eternal life is the gift of God given by His grace. We have not and will never do anything to merit His favor and the salvation He provides. There is a paradox for us to consider though: this gift does not come without cost. In the broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we learn about the high cost of providing and receiving the gift of God.
The Bible records three occasions when Jesus wept. He shed quiet tears of sympathy with the family of Lazarus who died; He cried tears of agony and dread while deep in the garden before His passion on the cross, and He sobbed with tears of grief and sorrow over fallen Jerusalem as He made His “triumphal entry” into the doomed city. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we see the reasons that Jesus wept over the waiting judgment of Jerusalem and how today, as well, is a time for tears. Is your heart broken over the lost?
In the days following the crucifixion of Christ, it is easy to imagine His disciples being so forlorn and discouraged that they scattered and went back to the lives they once knew. Had they understood the words of Jesus before His death, they would have drawn together in eager anticipation of what was about to take place. As that Sunday dawned, however, Christ’s followers did not know what the future held. That morning, Jesus arose. As rumors spread throughout the day about His possible resurrection, the disciples, except for one, gathered in a locked room that Sunday evening. One of the greatest events of their lives took place in that meeting but the absent disciple missed out and spent another week in doubt and despair. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we learn an important lesson from the man who missed the Sunday night meeting.
The plan of salvation existed in the mind of God at the dawn of time. When man sinned, God immediately began executing His plan to redeem the fallen. Though it is not until the New Testament age that God’s wisdom in Christ was fully revealed, His plan can be seen in its unfolding stages throughout time. What does it mean to be predestinated? This is one theme we will look at as we notice the gospel in five stages: purpose, promise, prophecy, preparation, and presentation in today’s broadcast of Let the Bible Speak.
Jesus once said that in order to enter His kingdom, we must be converted. What does it mean to be converted? Have you been truly converted and how can you know for sure? The New Testament teaches that we can know and that there is a divine witness to the fact. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we pose the question for personal introspection: Was Your Conversion Genuine?