Today’s reading: Deut 12:29–14:29, 2 Cor 4:1–6, Ps 36:1–12
Today’s theme: The light of the Gospel
We seek to preach the Gospel plainly so that the Holy Spirit can use the truth of the Gospel to open the eyes of those who have been blinded from the light of Christ. In His light we see the truth and are made free.
We do not want the pure light of the Gospel to be darkened by any underhanded ways, so we are committed to sharing it faithfully and guarding against anything that would distort or distract from it.
You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the LORD hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods. Deuteronomy 12:31 (ESV)
This still happens today through the wicked sin of abortion, where children are sacrificed on the alter of convenience, to the gods of comfort and choice.
Be on guard
you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the LORD your God is testing you, to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 13:3 (ESV)
We need to be on our guard against any dream, vision, declaration, teaching or movement that goes against God’s word. Even if there are apparent supernatural results, these may simply be the Lord testing the covenant heart of His people to see if we love Him, or signs and wonders. This is picked up in the New Testament in Matthew 12:39, Galatians 1:8-9 and 1 John 4:1-6.
God’s treasured possessions
For you are a people holy to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. Deuteronomy 14:2 (ESV)
There is no doubt that Israel are God’s special chosen people, elected by God unlike any other nation. This is also true of the church, where those elected and chosen by God are saved. Those chosen by God should find confidence, increased faith and security in knowing that they have become God’s treasured possessions. See 1 Peter 2:9
2 Corinthians 4:1–6
Declare the truth plainly
But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 2 Corinthians 4:2 (ESV)
As Paul says, we do not need any gimmicks, tricks or cunning to declare the truth of the gospel. Instead we must declare the truth boldly and then leave it to the God given conscience of the hearers and the work of the Holy Spirit, to lead sinners to repentance.
Fight for the minds of men
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4 (ESV)
Our fight is one for the minds of men. Christianity is not a religion that asks for the mind to be empty or discarded, but to be transformed, renewed, enlightened and fed.
We fight the devil’s schemes which he uses to keep the unbelieving from seeing the light of the Gospel and the glory of Jesus. The devil will fill the minds of unbelievers with lying Philosophies, theories and beliefs, which stand as strongholds against the truth.
The devil is not a real god but is the ultimate example of a false god, who was ultimately defeated at the cross and God will soon crush him under our feet. Romans 16:20
The light of Jesus
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light. Psalm 36:9 (ESV)
Jesus is both the fountain of life which gives life and the true light that gives light, as mentioned in John 1:9, 4:10-14 and 5:26. In the light given by God’s word, we see the truth.
Most of the above post is a copy of the original notes from the same date in 2014.
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