TUESDAY July 17, 2018
Can You Defend the Faith?
For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Paul gave to the Corinthians the entire Gospel because it was given to him. What a good way of witnessing! He passed down to them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Also notice how Paul always used the Word of God to back up what he taught––according to the Scriptures.
Paul would have known the key passages in Scripture that described how Christ died, as in Psalm 16:10: For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. This convincing prophecy is found in Isaiah 53:8-9:
He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked—but with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.
Paul knew typology, in Genesis 22, in the Old Testament, Abraham is a type of God the Father; his son Isaac is a type of Christ; the wood for the sacrifice is a type of the Cross. The three-day journey to Mount Moriah speaks of the Resurrection. All these types are shadows to come. They are found in the New Testament and demonstrate the truth of Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures.
The majority of Christians cannot defend their faith. The problem is their lack of studying and knowing God’s Word. We need to learn from Paul how to defend our faith using the Scriptures. If Jehovah Witnesses or Mormons came to your door with their doctrine, can you defend your Christian faith? They stand fast on false doctrine, but you have the true doctrine. The problem is, do you know biblical doctrine?
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
~2 Timothy 2:15~
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