Who is the Christ?

In reading the Gospel of Matthew, we come face to face with Who Jesus is. The testimony of the genealogy of Christ clearly shows the Davidic lineage of Jesus Christ as fulfilled and proven by the Temple records at the time. Prophecies of a coming Messiah, attested by great signs and wonders, healings unheard of in such mass numbers which confirm His identity.

A survey of believers conducted by Ligonier Ministries sadly reveals the weakness of our theological foundation of understanding about exactly who Jesus actually is.

The following link provides more details of what we believe and do not believe about Christ and the Biblical passages which underscore our beliefs about Christ as the third person of the Trinity.

We are called as believers to be able to give a reason for our faith.

sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; ” ( 1 Peter 3:15).

The LIGONIER STATEMENT
on CHRISTOLOGY

We confess the mystery and wonder
of God made flesh
and rejoice in our great salvation
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

With the Father and the Holy Spirit,
the Son created all things,
sustains all things,
and makes all things new.
Truly God,
He became truly man,
two natures in one person.

He was born of the Virgin Mary
and lived among us.
Crucified, dead, and buried,
He rose on the third day,
ascended to heaven,
and will come again
in glory and judgment.

For us,
He kept the Law,
atoned for sin,
and satisfied God’s wrath.
He took our filthy rags
and gave us
His righteous robe.

He is our Prophet, Priest, and King,
building His church,
interceding for us,
and reigning over all things.

Jesus Christ is Lord;
we praise His holy Name forever.

Amen.

https://christologystatement.com/

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The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Did you know how The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge Came About?

I didn’t know that The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge was not composed by R.A. Torrey. It was originally pulled together by Samuel Bagster. Here’s an excellent background of the project by Fred Sanders, a systematic theologian with an emphasis on the doctrine of the Trinity. He and his wife Susan have two children, Freddy and Phoebe. They are members of Grace Evangelical Free Church.

http://scriptoriumdaily.com/what-was-the-treasury-of-scrip…/

“Samuel Bagster (1772-1851) was a London publisher (first in the Strand, then at Paternoster Row) whose company specialized in producing multilingual Bibles, or polyglot editions with several languages printed in parallel. Aside from the TSK, his greatest publishing success was the Biblia Sacra Polyglotta Bagsteriana (1817-28), which apparently included up to 8 languages side by side, but could also be purchased with any two languages you liked interleaved on facing pages. That was an important resource for scholars. Bagster’s most popular work for ordinary people, however, was Daily Light, which was for decades the world’s best-known book of daily private devotional readings taken entirely from the scriptures. It’s still in print, still worth using, and available electronically as well.

When the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge was first published, its sub-title boasted “Consisting of Five-hundred Thousand Scripture References and Parallel Passages from Canne, Browne, Blayney, Scott, and Others, with Numerous Illustrative Notes.” This list of names points to editors of previous study Bibles that emphasized the value of cross-references for profitable Bible study. Bagster’s big idea was to harvest the best insights from all of them, and produce the most comprehensive set of judicious cross-references ever. So the half-million decisions do not represent the work of one student: They are a collection from many sources, and each of those sources in turn encoded decisions made by previous generations, reaching all the way back to patristic commentaries in many cases. I have followed TSK cross-references to surprising texts, only to discover that the same pointer had also been given by the Book of Common Prayer, by an ancient liturgical usage, or by a second-century church father like Irenaeus.

Bagster’s goal was to present an “entirely new Selection and Arrangement of References, in which it has been endeavoured faithfully to exhibit the Scripture as its own Expositor.” He goes on, “The greatness of the advantages that must accrue to a sincere and diligent reader of the Sacred Pages, from having constantly before him a reference to similar and illustrative passages, carefully investigated, and suitably applied, must be obvious to every one; and has been well understood by many pious and able men, to whose diligent and useful labours the Public is unspeakably indebted.”

More like this on Exploring God’s Library FB page. You’re invited to share your discoveries as well.


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Ron Wyatt and Noah’s Ark

I was searching through Pfeiffer’s A Biblical World and was surprised that there was no reference to be found of Noah’s Ark, but several references to Noah himself. Searching for a comparison on flood research, the Gilgamesh Epic, Genesis and other flood accounts is quite revealing in the following lecture by:

Here’s an actual discovery by an American believer Ron Wyatt which we’ve found quite compelling based upon real evidence from on site investigation.

An excellent link for those who desire to go deeper into the textual analysis. There is a comparative chart between the Gilgamesh Epic and the Genesis account which well worth taking a look at.

https://www.youtube.com/redirect?redir_token=3purBZXwFJ7_iOyNqSL6pR_rutF8MTUzOTY0NDI4NkAxNTM5NTU3ODg2&event=video_description&v=DmYPI42zgLE&q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.christian-thinktank.com%2Fgilgy09.html&html_redirect=1

Here’s another link which addresses the disparity within Christian circles who argue over various perspectives on creation. I thank Jasvir Basi for posting this excellent article which addresses how a dangerous modern gnosticism has entered into this debate. The article is a studied response to a talk by a Wheaton Professor. A link to his speech is included if you desire to catch the entire context.

It is written by–Dr. Nicholas Perrin, a professor of Biblical studies at Wheaton who specializes in gnosticism in the early church, explains this essential connection between God and history:

“God made history and history matters. Apart from the conviction that our faith is a historical faith, we are left only to cast about. But, when we are fully persuaded that sacred history meshes with the history in which we live and move and have our being, that is when biblical faith becomes a real possibility…. The heart-and-mind value of reconnecting the biblical world with the ‘real world’ can hardly be overstated. Somehow in our confused modern-day thinking, we have managed to put asunder what God has joined together.”[4]

https://isgenesishistory.com/gnostic-world-of-john-walton/

Has Anything Really Changed?

It seems that man has an innate propensity to tamper with God’s created order. Influences from fallen angels without, and influences of man’s fallen nature, wihin. In the posthumous writings of Stephen Hawking, he addresses a fear of a new and dangerous trend towards gene editing by the wealthy who weed out those destruction tendencies which they speculate are intrinsic in their dna.

I often wondered why God utterly destroyed all that breathed in the Great Flood. All that is except a remnant of preferred undefiled seed. It was not that all of Noah’s family were saints. They were not. They too were affected by the fall, but they only bore God’s curse of Adam and Eve’s original sin. The human race though at that time had mixed with the fallen angels and much had been defiled and was inescapedly and hopelessly corrupted, like a virus which had taken over much of the planet. It had to be quarantined, the virus obliterated. In the Book of Job the wisest man from the East is never told exactly why it is that he has suffered so. In reality, we as limited beings have no way of grasping what it is that a totally just and righteous Creator, who is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent can do and has the right to do to His own creation.

But here again, the fallen and proud human race again wants to take its destiny into its own hands, oblivious of the consequences to its own race. The creature has forgotten that it is but a piece of a well orchestrated Created Order and bought the serpent’s lie, “but you too will be like God” who inserted the poisonous lie and doubt in the human heart. Here’s where we seem to be picking up from pre flood times on which man had grown great in wickedness.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/14/stephen-hawking-predicted-new-race-of-superhumans-essays-reveal