“Bible Basics – Lesson 3”

Posted: October 29, 2017 in Bible Basics, Bible Study, Christian Life, Salvation

“The Scriptures / Bible”

“Ralph Nader is a baseball player. Charles Darwin invented gravity. Christ was born in the 16th century. J. Edgar Hoover was a 19th-century president…. “The Great Gatsby” was a magician in the 1930s. Franz Joseph Haydn was a songwriter who lived during the same decade. Sid Caesar was an early Roman emperor. Mark Twain invented the cotton gin…. Jefferson Davis played guitar for the Jefferson Airplane. Benito Mussolini was a Russian leader of the 18th century; Dwight D. Eisenhower came earlier, serving as a president during the 17th century…. Socrates [was an] American Indian chieftain….” These were the answers that some college students gave to a quiz that Professor Jaime O’Neill had given to them. [1]

Ignorance. Not only is there a great deal of ignorance among our secular college students, there is also a great deal of ignorance among “professing Christians” about the Scriptures. How is your Bible knowledge? Are you believing a lot of things that just “ain’t so”? With your eternal destiny at stake, it’s important that you have a correct understanding about how you can be saved from the everlasting lake of fire and spend eternity with God in heaven and be well pleasing to Him while you’re here on earth (2 Corinthians 5:9, 10).

Pastor/teachers. After His death for our sins, and His bodily resurrection from the dead on the third day, Jesus ascended back to heaven from where He had come (Acts 1:9). At that time He gave to the Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastor/teachers to equip believers for their work of ministry. The Lord didn’t want us to be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting. He wanted us to grow up in all things into the Head, who is Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16; See 1 Peter 4:10; 2 Peter 3:18).

Study. Many people resist the idea of having to read and study a large Book with rules and regulations in it (2 Timothy 2:15). I didn’t particularly like having to study the driver’s manual either, but I knew that if I got too many wrong answers, I wouldn’t be allowed to drive. While it’s not necessary for a person to have a Bible college or seminary education to teach the Bible, it’s important that those who teach the Word of God realize that they have a tremendous responsibility toward God and others. “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3:1). But Pastor/teachers who do their work God’s way will be rewarded with the “Crown of Glory” that does not fade away (1 Peter 5:4). False teachers will experience greater suffering in the lake of fire than those who believed their lies (2 Peter 2; Jude 1; See Matthew 7:21-23).  Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

God Breathed. “All Scripture is [God breathed], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

Problem. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned to fables” (2 Timothy 4:3, 4).

Solution. “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2). “And the servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses, and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26). “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear…” (1 Peter 3:15).

Purpose. In His High Priestly prayer, Jesus said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You…And this is life eternal, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given to Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was” (John 17:1-5). Jesus came to reveal God to us (John 1:1-18). Being one of the three members in the Godhead, He volunteered to add to His deity a true human nature and body and live among us for about 33 years without ever sinning (Hebrews 4:15). In the end, every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord (i. e. the God-man) to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:5-11). This isn’t teaching universal salvation of all men and angels (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Value. Not only can we learn from the pages of the Scriptures about the true and living God, we can also learn about ourselves and what we need to believe (i. e. the Gospel) in order to enter God’s family (1 John 5:13; John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24). It is a source of hope for us as we think about the promises of God (Romans 15:4). Our hope isn’t wishful thinking but a confident expectation based on a promise from God that we mix with faith (Hebrews 4:2) so we can enjoy the “Faith/Rest Life”.

Assurance. Do you know for certain that you will enter heaven the moment you die? Or do you believe that you have to go to Purgatory first? (By the way, it doesn’t exist.) Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you are saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?

Help. If you aren’t sure about your salvation, we’re here to help you. We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages on our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We also recommend that you read the Clear Gospel at:  http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf   To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Also you can follow us on Facebook and Youtube for our audio/visual Bible teaching ministry.

[1] Charles R. Swindoll, Growing Deep In The Christian Life, Zondervan, p. 19

Outline: http://kelseypeach.com/Bible_Basics/The_Bible.pdf

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