Walls were vital for the protection of ancient cities. When Jerusalem was overrun by the Babylonians, the task at hand upon Israel’s return was to rebuild the wall of the holy city. The New Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven in Revelation 21 is described as having a wall “great and high”. The same context shows that certain ones could not enter the heavenly Jerusalem due to their sin. So, some walls are necessary and ordained of God in the church today. There is one wall, however, that God had torn down. Just as the ancient Jewish Temple had a wall that excluded Gentiles from the inner court, so the Old Law given through Moses served as a wall that excluded all nations save Israel. Paul shows in the Ephesian letter that Christ tore this wall down and took it of the way, leading to reconciliation and free access by all to the blessing of God through faith. How foolish it would be for men to seek to rebuild that wall. Yet, in effect, that is what some are doing. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we explore how men take up their trowels, stone, and mortar and attempt to rebuild the wall that God tore down at Calvary.
Have you made resolutions for the new year? Are you keeping them? The children of Israel had meandered through the wilderness for 40 years. Their flagging faith, compromised convictions, and retreating resolve had stalled them often just short of entering the Promised Land. Even Moses fell short and when all was done, only two of those who left Egypt entered Canaan. When we come to the book of Joshua, the nation had finally arrived. They would cross the rolling Jordan and begin conquering the land. Joshua, by then an old man, was about to die. He gathered the people at Shechem (where Abraham had been promised the land hundreds of years earlier) and he preached his “farewell address”. He challenged the nation to faithfulness and ultimately renewed the covenant between them and God. In those famous words in Joshua 24 he said “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve… as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Knowing their fickle hearts, Joshua gives an ultimatum. It was a day of decision! God would not tolerate their tendency to idolatry. Their hearts had to be given wholly to the God of Israel. That challenge echoes down the corridors of time and rings in our own ears today. In a age of apathy and compromise, it is a day of decision. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we learn about some similar things we are challenged to do and become to be the people of God.
Adam was the progenitor of the human race and came from the dust of the earth but in the image of God. He could have lived forever with God but sin brought the curse of death. As descendants of the first Adam, we too are but dust and we are as prisoners condemned to die. Jesus Christ, however, is called the second Adam by the Apostle Paul. In contradistinction to Adam, the ruin that the first man (Adam) brought to the race, the second man (Christ) reversed. In Adam we are living souls but Christ is the life-giving Spirit, according to Paul in 1 Corinthians 15. What does this mean? When Jesus resurrected three days after His death upon the cross, He became the pledge of our own resurrection. He came from glory and became dust so that we who are dust might share in His eternal glory. This great plan of redemption is not complete until the resurrection of the body and the destruction of physical death. We shall one day rise from our graves to live forever. How can this be? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we examine the important doctrine of the bodily resurrection.
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The church of Christ is nearly 2,000 years old. It was established on the first Pentecost following the death and resurrection of Christ. It’s history has been bathed in the blood of the saints who took up their crosses and followed in the footsteps of their slain Savior. The incessant war that Satan has waged against her has been on physical fronts but also on spiritual and ideological battle lines.
Today, secularism and theological liberalism seek to crush the influence of the church and eradicate the earth of the influences of the Word of God. Christianity as it was authored by Christ and His apostles is unpopular in America and many other cultures. So, what does this say for the church’s future in this world and beyond?
As we conclude our series on The Church That Jesus Built with this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we look at what the Bible says about the destiny of the church.
The church is a spiritual relationship of obedient believers to Christ and to one another. By that definition, it is an invisible entity. The Lord, however, desires for His followers from place to place to be joined together as a local body to carry out the work He gave His church to do. The literal assembly of the local church is a sacred obligation and precious privilege for children of God. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak we continue our series on the church by seeing why faithfulness to Christ includes assembling with the saints for glorification, edification, and because of association.
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