Charles E Whisnant
I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008. I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969. I have four grown children. Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio
Following the Dark Ages, the early Reformers took up the mantle of fighting for the Christian fundamentals.
The five solas of the Reformation represented the fundamental doctrines that they saw as non-negotiable.
Sola fide and sola Christus assert that salvation is appropriated by faith alone in Christ alone and apart from any human works (rejecting Mary as a co-redemptrix).
Soli deo gloria reminds us that everything we do should be done to the glory of God alone. Those four solas roar with exclusivity and are pillars that uphold the structure of sound doctrine. But the fifth sola is the foundation of them all.
Sola Scriptura affirms that Scripture is the exclusive authoritative source of truth. It was the Reformers’ chief battle cry against the presumptuous and artificial authority of the Roman Catholic Church. Scripture is the only revelation from God to man. It does not share its authority with the church, nor is it subject to the authority of the church.
God’s Word is the inerrant revelation of all fundamental Christian truth. But does the Bible itself identify which doctrines are fundamental? In his book Reckless Faith, John MacArthur answers with an emphatic yes: "The strongest words of condemnation in all the New Testament are aimed at false teachers who corrupt the gospel." Paul pronounced damnation on anyone who rewrote the message of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ:
According to John MacArthur, the implication of Paul’s condemnation is clear: "Therefore the gospel message itself must be acknowledged as a primary point of fundamental doctrine." That, in turn, helps us understand a key characteristic of all fundamental doctrines. As John explains:
The psalmist wrote, "The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul" (Psalm 19:7). That means Scripture is sufficient. Apart from the truths revealed to us in Scripture, there is no essential spiritual truth, no fundamental doctrine, nothing essential to soul-restoration. We do not need to look beyond the written Word of God for any essential doctrines. There is nothing necessary beyond what is recorded in God’s Word.
That encapsulates sola Scriptura. Any doctrine that is antithetical or supplementary to Scripture violates the exclusivity of God’s Word. And that is the realm in which the Roman Catholic Church has operated for centuries:
But according to the Bible itself, no supposed spiritual authority outside "the sacred writings" of Scripture can give us wisdom that leads to salvation. No papal decrees, no oral tradition, no latter-day prophecy can contain truth apart from Scripture that is genuinely fundamental.
In a world full of subjective opinions and claims of truth, the Bible objectively declares God’s truth. Why build our lives on false religions when God has provided a foundation of fundamental doctrine? Sola Scriptura establishes the source of all fundamental Christian truth.
Now that we know the exclusive source of truth, it raises a critical question: Is the extraction of fundamental biblical truth the exclusive domain of Bible scholars? Or has God spoken with enough clarity for the layman as well? That’s the issue we’ll address next time.
Hebrews 7:26, Hebrews 9:24 . 25 and 28
6B The suffering of Christ was purposeful. It was purposeful.
Sins (266) (hamartia) originally conveyed the idea of missing the mark as when hunting with a bow and arrow then missing or falling short of any goal, standard, or purpose.
THE JUST FOR THE UNJUST IN ORDER THAT HE MIGHT BRING US TO GOD
In order that (2443) (hina) introduces the purpose for which the perfect Righteous One suffered and died for unrighteous sinners.
Bring us to (4317) (prosago from pros = toward, facing + ago = to go) is used of a person who brings another into the presence of a third party. describes someone’s being introduced or given access to another.
In classical Greek the noun form prosagoge refers to the one making the introduction. In ancient courts certain officials controlled access to the king. They verified someone’s right to see him and then introduced that person to the monarch. Christ now performs that function for believers. He opened the way of access to God.
BUT MADE ALIVE IN THE SPIRIT: : (Romans 1:4; 8:11)
1 Peter 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; (NASB: Lockman)
In the Gospels "the Christ" is not a personal name but an official designation for the expected Messiah (Mt 2:4, Lk 3:15). As by faith the human Jesus was recognized and accepted as the personal Messiah, the definite article ("the") was dropped and the designation "Christ" came to be used as a personal name. The name "Christ" speaks of His Messianic dignity and emphasizes that He is the fulfillment of the Old Testament promises concerning the coming Messiah.
Lord (kurios from kúros = might, power in turn from kuróo = give authority, confirm) describes One who has absolute ownership. Kurios describes the One who has sovereign power and authority. Kurios also conveys the idea of master. Thus, the second Person of the Trinity was to be Lord and Master of their lives. He was to be their resource and defender when persecution came.
Heart (2588) (kardia) does not refer to the physical organ but is always used figuratively in Scripture to refer to the seat and center of human life. The heart is the center of the personality, and it controls the intellect, emotions, and will.
MacArthur commenting on kardia writes that..."While we often relate heart to the emotions (e.g., "He has a broken heart"), the Bible relates it primarily to the intellect (e.g., "Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders," Matt 15:19). That’s why you must "watch over your heart with all diligence" (Pr 4:23).
Now, let me sum up my exposition. The fruits of the sanctified life are to be found in the tender graces and in commanding virtues, in compassion, sensitive and humbleminded (1Pe 3:8), and in moral and spiritual enthusiasm which is perfectly devoid of fear. Now, do you not think that where these soft compassions flow and these sterner virtues dwell—river and rock—a man will be able to "give answer to every man that asketh a reason concerning the hope that is in him"? [1Peter 3:15]