Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 29, 2018

A Claim, a Task, a Promise

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A while back I saw this bumper sticker:
“BORN OK the first time!”
Unbelievable audacity! Did the driver realize Who he was disputing?

Such a sacrilegious bumper sticker would once have been highly offensive because it would have been recognized as blasphemous. For it directly contradicts the words of Jesus Christ to Nicodemus, “You must be born again” (John 3:7). The bumper sticker boasts a callous disregard for eternal consequences of heaven or hell.

Yet the driver was confident enough of no social repercussions that he arrogantly displayed this bumper sticker. What an indication of the disdain our society holds for Biblical truth! The bumper sticker boldly rejects Christ and His message. Yet by using Jesus’ own terminology to deny the need for a Savior, the bumper sticker implicitly acknowledges the existence of the Biblical worldview.

Who will act to restore the Biblical worldview, the only TRUE worldview? These last words of Jesus to His disciples speak directly to this issue:
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

These last few words of Jesus contain
1. A Stupendous Claim
2. An Enormous Task
3. A Tremendous Promise

The Stupendous Claim Jesus declared is that ALL authority in the universe belongs to Him. Only days after having been crucified with criminals, He stands alive claiming complete authority over everything in heaven and on earth. What a Man to follow! What a Lord to serve! What a God to worship!

The Enormous Task Jesus assigned is to disciple, baptize, and teach the nations. This means sowing the Good News of rescue from sin through the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. It means baptizing those whom the Holy Spirit regenerates and convicts, and it means teaching Biblical truth to the new believers.

Jesus instructed His original disciples to teach their disciples “to observe all that I commanded you.” And one of those commands to them was to teach others to obey what He commanded them. This therefore is the logical link that extends Jesus’ commands to the original disciples to all following generations of disciples. The promises, however, that Jesus made specifically to the Twelve are not necessarily applicable to all believers, although many do apply.

Jesus gave the disciples the job of passing on His teaching to successive generations of believers. Jesus based His teaching on the Old Testament beginning with the first chapter of Genesis (Matthew 19:4; Mark 10:6). He provided for the New Testament extension of the Old Testament through the writing of the Apostles under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26; 16:13-14; 17:18). They would make a permanent record of His life, death, and resurrection in the four Gospels, and give an explanation of their significance and their application in the Epistles. The teaching of Jesus thus extends from Genesis to Revelation, from the Creation to the New Heaven and New Earth. Genesis to Revelation is thus the content which each generation of disciples is to teach to the next generation of disciples.

The Tremendous Promise Jesus made is to never leave us, to stay with us till the end. This One who has promised to be with us is the same One who has total authority over all things. What can mere man do to me? (Hebrews 13:5-6) No matter what happens, Jesus has promised His presence to the very end of the age.

Jesus’ complete authority and promised presence guarantee the successful completion of the Enormous Task.

If Jesus were to give His command to make disciples today, He might say something like, “Teach people all over the world the Biblical worldview that I taught you.” Now it is time to spread out and speak out. Spread out through our community, city, nation, and world. Speak out to proclaim Biblical truth.

The world needs to hear, on the authority of Jesus Christ Himself, that we were NOT born OK the first time. We must be born again. Be bold and of good courage, brothers and sisters, in planting Biblical truth one person at a time wherever the Lord places us.

Questions to Ponder

1. Do you think a bumper sticker communicates effectively? Why or why not?
2. What engaging and truthful bumper stickers have you seen?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday August 29, 2018 A.D.

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
(2 Corinthians 10:5)


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