Man’s Response To God’s Revelation- Part Two

November 9, 2016

By Franklin Kirksey

Third, to “keep His commandments” refers to our requirements from God.

Deuteronomy 6:1-6 reads, “Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess,  that you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you—‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’ ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. ‘And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.’”  Matthew 22:34-40 reads, “But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?’ Jesus said to him, ‘‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.’” The Ten Commandments are given for us to find God’s way not for us to find our own way.  They are given to bring us to the end or ourselves. Asaph writes in Psalm 78:7, “That they may set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments.” Ethan the Ezrahite writes in Psalm 89:30-34, “If his sons forsake My law And do not walk in My judgments, If they break My statutes And do not keep My commandments,  Then I will punish their transgression with the rod, And their iniquity with stripes.  Nevertheless My lovingkindness I will not utterly take from him, Nor allow My faithfulness to fail. My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.” Solomon warns in Proverbs 19:16, “He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of his ways will die.” Continue reading

Man’s Response to God’s Revelation-Part One

November 8, 2016

By Franklin Kirksey

Deuteronomy 13:4

Introduction

Dr. Ray C. Stedman (1917-1992) shares, “Arnold Grunigen, a well-known Christian businessman and leader in the early days of this congregation, used to put it this way: ‘The Bible is God’s instruction book which goes along with man.’ When you buy a new car you get a book with it that tells you how it operates and what to do if it does not. When you get a new washing machine or a new toaster you get a book with it. When you buy a personal computer you get a big book with it. God sent us into the world, complicated beings that we are, so it makes sense that he would give us a book that goes along with man. That is what the Bible is. . .”  Dr. J. C. Ryle (1816-1900) reportedly stated, “Be very sure of this, people never reject the Bible because they cannot understand it. They understand it only too well; they understand that it condemns their own behavior; they understand that it witnesses against their own sins, and summons them to judgment.” Hebrews 4:12 reads, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” John 1:1, 14, and 18 reads, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . .  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. . . No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” Thus, we have the living word in print and the living Word in person!  Deuteronomy 29:29 reads, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” That is the first mention of God’s revelation.   Continue reading

A Letter from Dr. Paige Patterson

November 7, 2016

Last week there was brought to my attention a blog written by an attorney in Louisville, Kentucky, lamenting the fact that several of our leaders have taken a “never Trump” position.  To me, the piece sounded as though the author thought that this was a position more widely held than I believe to be the case within the SBC.  I wrote to let him know that I agreed with his position and so did many others in the SBC.  The letter was not intended for publication but was a private letter.  Attorney Richardson made it public without seeking my permission.  Since my position on this matter is hardly unknown, I would not have objected to that, but the letter was used, in my estimation, to imply that Dr. Al Mohler, because he disagrees with me on this, was somehow culpable before God and the world.  That is the farthest conclusion from my intention. Continue reading

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