Thursday, August 8, 2013

Who teaches THIS?

"For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they [Israel] did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith." -Hebrews 4:2

In an important, eternal, bounteous sense, Israel HAD the gospel. Not merely an abstract message of an abstract God and an abstract kingdom. Israel had the GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST. This is the significance of the following passages of scripture:

"Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing MY (εμήν) day; he saw it and was glad." -John. 8:56

"Isaiah...saw Jesus' glory and spoke about him." John 12:41

"[Israel] drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ." -1 Cor.10:4

Israel had Christ, for the gospel is bound up in Christ and cannot be preached without Him as the center and the foundation of the proclamation.

Scholarship has renounced this way. Accordingly, scholarship must be renounced.

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