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    Tuesday
    May272014

    Reading Genesis 1-11

    A day is a week is a month is…millions of years?

    There is no part of scripture that is attacked more than Genesis 1-11.  Why?  Simply because it gives us the early history of the earth…well, the history of the earth from a perspective that is contradictory to the commonly held “billions of years” theories.  When a person reads Genesis 1-11 as a historical documentation (which it is), they come away with some basic, easy to understand, information.  Without bringing to their reading of the text non-biblical assumptions, a person must take the text as stating:

    •         God created the universe in six literal days                         (Genesis 1)
    •         Man is created in the image of God, not evolved               (Genesis 1:26)
    •         Death is a result of the sin of the first man, Adam              (Genesis 3:17-19)
    •         The flood in Noah’s day was a worldwide event                (Genesis 6-9)
    •         Tower of Babel accounts for different people groups         (Genesis 11:1-9)

    A plain reading of this very important text of scripture reveals a great amount of early earth history, which in turn provides the foundation on which the Gospel rests.  However, people don’t approach reading the Bible (especially Genesis 1-11) without bringing their own bias to interpreting the text. 

    For instance, Genesis 1 clearly states that God created all things in six literal days.  However, people who believe the common consensus by modern scientists that the earth is billions of years old, bring that bias with them in interpreting the text.  They try to justify their stance of billions of years by stating that the word “day” in Genesis does not mean a literal 24-hour day.  Let’s check it out.

    First, the word “day” in Genesis is more precisely defined by the phrase “evening and morning” (v. 5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31).  Any thinking person can determine that the word “day” must then mean a literal day.  How can the phrase “evening and morning” be understood as millions/billions of years?  We know that a day consists of a morning and an evening, and when someone speaks of having a bad morning, we don’t think they mean they have had a miserable million years or so.  We know they mean the early A.M. hours of a 24-hour day. 

    Second, the word “day” is accompanied by a sequential number (one, two, three, etc.).  Genesis 1:5 states, “God called the light day and the darkness He called night.  And there was evening and there was morning, one day.”  Thus, the “evening” and “morning” defined “day” as being “one.”  In verse 8, “…And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.”  Well, the teaching in pre-school is that two comes right after one.  Therefore, we have a listing of consecutive days in Genesis 1, without a gap in between them. 

    There is no reason to try and understand Genesis 1 as meaning anything other than what is clearly stated.  When it is postulated that “day” may mean some other formula of time, then we start attacking the character of God and the inerrancy of scripture. 

     

    Serving the Risen Christ,

    Ken

    Monday
    May122014

    Dealing with Jesus’ Wife

    Have you considered the different attacks that take place on scripture?  I mean, really, there are quite a few.  There is the attack of errors existing in the Bible or the need to reinterpret texts to fit our bias or even the attack that the Bible left something out that is important.  I want to briefly focus on that last point, which I will simply call “Biblical omissions.” 

    Biblical omissions are major ways that people try to discredit the Bible.  They claim that there are other gospels and epistles that were blatantly left out by the early church because it disagreed with their view of Jesus.  As Christians, we should readily admit that there were other gospels and epistles left out of the canon but it is not because they would have destroyed the faith.  The truth is, they did not pass the test of being the special revelation of God.  Honestly, they were forgeries with the intent of changing the true teachings of Christ.  One of these that has come to light in recent days is dealing with the supposed marriage of Jesus.

    In September 2012, an announced discovery was made called “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.”  This was supposed to be the straw that breaks the Christians back.  If Jesus had a wife, that would change the face of Christianity forever!  Well, long story short, they are figuring out that this supposed gospel is a fake.  What I find fascinating is that these findings are being published in secular sources.  Here is a link to the article that was on Yahoo! News on May 6, 2014: http://news.yahoo.com/gospel-jesuss-wife-looks-more-more-fake-113900114.html.  One of the questions that is raised, by Christians and non-Christians, concerning this issue is, “Marriage is a beautiful union that God intended from the beginning of His creation for one man and one woman for life (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6). So why would it be a bad thing if Jesus was married?”

    Well, there are a few points that can be made.  First, Jesus is God in the flesh (John 1:14); therefore, He is sinless and would not need/desire a marriage relationship with a sinful woman.  If He did, why would He send Adam and Eve out of the Garden (Genesis 3:24)? 

    Second, Jesus is already engaged and, therefore, could not give Himself to a woman while on this earth. The husband and wife relationship in Ephesians 5:25-27 is compared to the relationship of Christ and the Church. Why? Simply because the Church is the bride of Christ. Paul mentions that the church in Corinth was betrothed to Christ in 2 Corinthians 11:2. We are also told that Jesus is going to present the Church to Himself (Ephesians 5:27), which is going to take place in the last days at the marriage of the Lamb to His bride (Revelation 19:7-8; 21:9). Therefore, I would say that Jesus is already engaged and it would have been an act of unfaithfulness had He taken a wife.

    A couple arguments could be made from 1 Corinthians 7. First, why doesn’t Paul point to the example of Jesus and His wife as to what a marriage should be?  Christ is the example we ought to follow because He lived a sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 1 John 3:5). Therefore, the argument could be made that He would have had a perfect marriage, one that we should seek to emulate. Second, Paul advocates that people remain single for the purpose of serving the Lord (v. 32-35). Jesus certainly had the purpose of serving the Lord in ministry and might have sought to be single because of it.

    This is not an exhaustive dealing with this topic but I hope these thoughts help you deal with this issue in your conversations.  Keep preparing yourself to provide an answer for those who ask (1 Peter 3:15).

     

    Serving the Risen Christ,

    Ken 

    Saturday
    Sep212013

    Being a R.E.A.L. Christian – Part 4

    So, are you convinced yet?  Satan is that lion, looking for the opportunity to strike a weak opponent and remove any hope they have in life.  However, God has not called us to be weak, but strong!  He has used the Apostle Paul to reveal to us on how to be a R.E.A.L. Christian from the verses found in Ephesians 6:10-20, so that we can stand strong against the enemy:

                Ready (v. 10-12) to encounter the sneak attacks

                Equipped (v. 13-17) to engage in battle when the enemy strikes

                Alert (v. 18) to the weaknesses in our lives that could draw enemy attack

    While these instructions may seem easy to follow, the everyday experience shows that they are indeed difficult.  We need to make the effort to follow through on them and be prepared for battle!  This is a real life battle with real life consequences.  We are in a battle with the enemy for the souls of men!  Once he can get us discouraged and distracted, we then become ineffective for the final element of being a R.E.A.L. Christian, which is Looking for opportunities to share the gospel and serve others. 

    Looking         

                Ephesians 6:19-20

    “and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

    Paul was looking for an opportunity to share the gospel with others, even though he was facing great opposition.  Satan had made Paul a primary target and was doing all he could to discourage and distract him from the gospel.  However, Paul requested that prayer be made on his behalf so that wouldn’t happen.  We need to be lifting each other up in prayer on a regular basis and praying that we would be bold in sharing the gospel with others. We need to proclaim like Paul did in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”

    The Apostle Peter has encouraged us with what our purpose is now that we are followers of Christ. 

                1 Peter 2:9-12

    “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.  Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.  Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

    As servants of the Lord, we should be looking for the opportunity to serve others.  It is when we serve people that God can open the door for us to share the gospel.  In order to do so effectively, we need to keep our lives as a good example among others.  In order to keep our lives as a good example and above reproach, we need to make the effort to be R.E.A.L. Christians. 

    Serving the Risen Christ,

    Ken

     

    Monday
    Sep092013

    Being a R.E.A.L. Christian – Part 3

    Have you been Ready for the unexpected?  Have you been properly Equipped for the battle each day?  I hope so, because the enemy is very much alive and looking for his next attack.  The Apostle Peter warns us of this reality:

                1 Peter 5:8 (NASB)

    “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert.  Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

    For me, this is a scary verse of scripture to consider.  Our enemy is on the prowl, looking for someone to devour.  That may or may not be me.  It could be my wife, children, friends, or other family.  Whomever it might be, I know that I am responsible to be Ready and Equipped to engage the enemy should he come around.  Our next verse in Ephesians 6:10-20 gives us a tip to be on the Alert of enemy traps that are set for brothers and sisters in Christ.

    Alert

    Ephesians 6:18 (NASB)

    “With all prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.”

    Warren Wiersbe has some helpful insight into understanding this verse a little better:

    [“Pray at all times”].  This obviously does not mean “always saying prayers.”  We are not heard for our “much speaking” (Matt. 6:7).  “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thes. 5:17) says to us, “Always be in communion with the Lord.  Keep the receiver off the hook!”  Never have to say when you pray, “Lord, we come into Thy presence,” because you never left His presence!  A Christian must “pray always” because he is always subject to temptations and attacks of the devil.  A surprise attack has defeated more than one believer who forgot to “pray without ceasing.”

    It is important that we keep the line of communication open with the Lord at all times throughout the day.  You never know when that prowling lion is going to pounce!  As long as we have an open line of communication with the Lord, we can speak with Him when we are feeling a moment of weakness coming on or He can show us areas of our lives that need some fortifying. 

    We ought to be evaluating every aspect of our lives to be sure we are glorifying God in everything we do (1 Corinthians 10:31).  It is during that evaluation process that we can see where we are letting our guard down.  Are we having quiet time every day?  Are we talking to the Lord on a regular basis?  Are we participating in gossip?  What kind of witness are we to others?  What about our thoughts?  All these areas need to be fortified. 

    Remember, Satan is prowling like a lion, seeking whom he can devour.  Typically it is the weakest in the bunch that is targeted for attack.  It is important that we are Ready for anything that may come our way and that we are Equipped to engage in battle, always being on the Alert for that lion who is looking for his next attack. 

    Please keep focused on these items and next week we will see how we can effectively Look for opportunities to share the gospel and serve others with our lives. 

    Serving the Risen Christ,

    Ken

     

    Wednesday
    Aug282013

    Being a R.E.A.L. Christian – Part 2

    Being Ready for what we are going to encounter takes quite a bit preparation on our part.  We need to be careful not to become entrenched in our day-to-day lives.  Familiarity is a mindset that Satan wants us to become comfortable with because it can lead to complacency; however, a well Equipped individual will find that familiarity has no place in their lives. 

    Oh sure, we can become used to and confident in our day-to-day work without it causing us to become complacent in our walk with the Lord.  However, it is the mindset that we know what to expect each and every day that can get us into some deep trouble.

    Equipped      

    Ephesians 6:13-17 (NASB)

    “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.  Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

    Notice that the Apostle Paul says to “take up the full armor of God” (emphasis mine).  This is not a list that we can just pick and choose what we want to have or what is convenient for us.  The truth is that we need the full armor in order to be properly equipped to fight the battle.  Whether it is the “belt of truth” (ESV), breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel of peace (ESV), the shield of faith, or the helmet of salvation, we cannot sacrifice any of our defensive armor lest we have a weakness which will be targeted by the enemy.  If we opt to not be equipped with one of these defensive pieces, then we are permitting Satan to attack that area with his fiery arrows (Ephesians 6:16).  The only offensive weapon that we are permitted to have is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.  Honestly, that is plenty of offense to have as it is “sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12) and always accomplishes its intended purpose (Isaiah 55:11). 

    The question now becomes: “Are we allowing ourselves to be equipped for battle with the Word of God?”

    As great and awesome as creation science is to learn and teach, it is the Bible that tells us about the Creator of all that great and awesome stuff.  It is the Bible that helps us understand the world around us and properly interpret the scientific observations that are made.  It is the Bible that reveals to us that sin is the reason why we are all destined to die and that we will be separated from God for eternity.  It is the Bible that explains that God loves us so much that He took the punishment for our sins so that we can have a relationship with Him forever.  All that we have to do is trust in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as sufficient for the forgiveness for our sins. 

    We are expected to be equipped from the Bible for the battle that we are engaged in and we know that the Lord has provided people to help us meet that goal:

                Ephesians 4:11-12 (NASB)

    “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.”

    Nobody can do everything, which is why it is important that we all do what we have been called to do.  The Lord has called NCM for the purpose of teaching science from a biblical perspective and we love to do it.  Perhaps the Lord has called you to do the same or to be a pastor, doctor, or lawyer.  Whatever your calling in life, it is important that we take seriously this admonition by the Apostle Paul to be equipped with the full armor of God.

    The Lord has also put the responsibility on Christians to be equipping ourselves:

                James 1:22 (NASB)

    “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”

    Matthew 7:24

    “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

    It is most important that we hear from the Lord through the reading of the Bible and that we act accordingly.  It is the Bible that gives us the proper instructions for being equipped for the battle that we are engaged in on a daily basis.  We also need to be Alert concerning our surroundings so we don’t fall into a trap, but more on that next time. 

    Until then, be Ready for what is coming your way and get properly Equipped to engage in battle.

    Serving the Risen Christ,

    Ken