Sunday, October 30, 2005
What Do You Need to Believe?
Jumping way ahead to chapter seventeen in Christianity Is Jewish, I found myself hungry for some clarity from God’s refreshing Word. Edith Schaeffer’s words come through with shining brilliance, radical, yet perfectly clear. What are the base things we are to accept as assurance that we are on the right side of man’s division? You know, line in the sand, which side of the fence division. Her entire book is centered on the fact that humanity is split, with no gray area, between believers of God’s Truth and believers of Satan’s lies. Four simple things, so that even a child can understand, are given.
Peter continues with this solemn warning: “For all flesh is as grass and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away; but the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
Schaeffer concludes, “Anyone who believes His Word, and accepts the provision which He made for atonement, is immediately born again—is now a spiritual seed of Abraham, and has his feet firmly fixed on the side of believers in Truth, springing from Abel.” (pp 193-195)
I am aware of the questions that arise. Jesus, the Word, and the Bible, the Word are the same thing? Reading in my Bible Commentary (William MacDonald), the “word” in 1Peter is the Bible, through which the gospel is preached. Mrs. Schaeffer does blend them in point three, however. Christ is the expression of God’s living Word, according to MacDonald on John’s gospel. Or is the Word of God the means to salvation? So, says the commentary! I do believe it means that the gospel would not be ours today without the passing on from generation to generation, in words as well as deeds. “No one is ever saved apart from the instrumentality in some way of the incorruptible word of God.” (p 2256) Also, because God used the Word to prepare men’s hearts for the gospel, as history and prophecy, Jesus could be revealed and seen for Who He really IS and What He has done.
I anticipate comments from those who have a hard time placing the Bible in such high esteem! As an offensive move, God gave us language for communication. He then offered to us His revelation of Himself and His plan, using that language! Now, is that so hard? Bring it on!