Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, a called apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which He had promised afore by His prophets in the holy Scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, who was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
Horizo, an unusual word, translated here, “Declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” Horizo, “marked out,” our word “horizon” comes from it. That is the line of the earth that is marked out against the sky—the horizon, horizo. “Marked out” to be the Son of God in power, in holiness, and in resurrection.
Importance of the Resurrection
The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the crowning proof of Christianity. Everything else that was said or done by Christ and the apostles is secondary in importance to the resurrection. If the resurrection did not take place then Christianity is a false religion. If it did take place, then Christ is God and the Christian faith is absolute truth.
Death is our greatest enemy and it has conquered all men but Christ. No man is wise enough to outwit death or wealthy enough to purchase freedom from death or strong enough to vanquish death. The grave always wins the victory and every person sooner or later returns to the dust.
In fact, the inexorable triumph of death applies not only to people, but to all things. Animals die and plants die, and even whole species atrophy and become extinct. Cities and nations, like people, are born and grow for a season, and then fade away. Homes and automobiles and clothes wear out and must eventually go back to the dust, just as do their owners. Even the universe itself is running down and heading toward an ultimate “heat death.”
by Hariette Petersen
(Our thanks to Hariette for reposting permission. Read more of Hariette’s thoughts and convictions at her blog, Selah V Today. While there, read her recent post, “A Woman’s Battle to Maintain Confidence Among Mongers and Nit-Pickers” – a good read for both genders.)
Michael Bloomberg said in an interview with the New York Times as he contemplated his own mortality: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.” New York Times for more.
by Doug Sayers, layman
Ed’s. note: SBCToday became aware of Doug Sayers through this blog site. His notation of being a former Calvinist piqued our interest. That led to his post of 26 March, “SBC and Calvinism: All In? or All out?”, wherein Doug related how God used the near-fatal accident of his toddler son to bring Doug to a biblical understanding of the implications of original sin.
Becoming a Calvinist shortly after his conversion to Christ, Doug ultimately wrestled with Calvin’s tenets and eventually left the system (something of a trend these days, just Google it). The transition from Calvinism led Doug to write a book — a serious book, almost 500 pages — about the theological system that puts some people in hell (reprobation) before they are born. One look at the contents and endnotes of the book, “Chosen or Not?: A Layman’s Study of Biblical Election and Assurance,” reveals that the unlettered ex-Calvinist did his homework.
Among other aspects, the book “shows how the Calvinistic doctrines of unconditional election and irresistible grace confuse and undermine the simple gospel of repentance and faith in Christ.”*
SBCToday has not read Doug’s book, but what he has written of late we believe deserves wide dissemination and rumination. And his book may very well be deserving of the same.
Doug trusted Christ in 1975 and is an active member of the Gideons International. We hope God continues to work in people’s lives as he has in Doug’s, and that Doug will continue to write on behalf of the One who is the propitiation not only for our sins, but of the whole world.
Those near my age who had a well-rounded heathen upbringing will remember the very popular 1970s song by Led Zeppelin, “Stairway to Heaven.” (You don’t have to admit that you still like it-but we know you do). In that song, the writers Jimmy Page and Robert Plant acknowledged a deficiency in virtually all language. One line says:
There’s a sign on the wall, but she wants to be sure,
‘cuz you know sometimes words have two meanings.
(Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven – Atlantic 1971)
They were right. We encounter these double meanings often. When I say “glasses,” some think of eyeglasses and some think of drinking glasses. Bible words are no exception. Words like work, seek, dead, flesh, baptize, day, world, and draw can have a lexical range of meaning, or different meanings in different contexts. Sometimes we use the term “fat chance” to describe the same thing as a slim chance. In the vernacular, a “wise man” is not the same as a “wise guy.” This problem in language has caused no small amount of controversy as we try to sort out theological terms in the discussion Calvinism, and other biblical controversies.
Dr. Adrian — twice the SBC’s president, and long-time pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church — is now with the Lord. However, his God-given wisdom remains with us.
In this brief video, Dr. Rogers addresses the problem of evil — where did it come from? why does God allow it?
For more of Dr. Rogers’ timeless, biblical content, go to Love Worth Finding Ministries, www.lwf.org.