What Were the Early SBC Leaders’ View of Salvation?
by Emir Caner, Ph.D.
President, Truett-McConnell College
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Unforgettable. Such is the description of the first time I walked into a Southern Baptist church. On a cool fall evening in the early 1980s, I was invited to the Stelzer Road Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio, for their biannual revival. The evangelist for the protracted, week-long meeting was a country preacher from the mountains of Kentucky whose preaching and demeanor were typical of the time. A blend of thunderous passion with simple exposition, Brother Joe, as he was called, heralded an intensely personal message pointed directly at me. He seemed a bit eccentric to me at the time, especially by his attire. Driving an old green car that resembled a boat more than an automobile, Brother Joe filled the back seat of his vehicle with suits he would wear as the circuit-riding evangelist crisscrossed the country hundreds of days a year. But one thing remained the same – he always wore red socks representing the blood of Jesus.
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 Dr. Franklin L. Kirksey, pastor
FBC, Spanish Fort, Ala.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) painted his rendering of “The Last Supper.” It is this image of Jesus and His disciples sitting upright at a table, that many still have in their minds. We must beware of “artistic license” that abounds in the depiction of many biblical accounts, lest we are carried away from truth.
I. First, note Christ in the Passover through prophecy and type.
A study of Bible symbols and types is extremely interesting and inspiring.
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.