Larry Osborne, On Who Jesus Came to Save

See the source image“Jesus didn’t come to thin the herd. He didn’t come to recruit “special ops” Christians. His goal was to expand the kingdom, to bring salvation to people who previously were excluded. He came to seek and find the lost, including a large group of folks no one else wanted to invite to the party. Everything about Jesus’ ministry was designed to make salvation and the knowledge of God more accessible.” (Larry Osborne, Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith)


Q/A Friday: How Can We Know the Flood Was Universal?

Remember that God cannot clear the guilty (Exodus 34:7). Genesis 8:21 tells us every inclination of the heart of man was evil, which is one of our earliest proofs of total depravity. Thus, God decided he would judge every righteous man in a judgment of water.

God flooded the entire earth. This flood would be a universal flood. There are times when those who discount the miraculous in Scripture say the flood was only local, but here is evidence of universal flooding in archaeology and geology and in the inerrant Word itself.

  • If the flood was local, why build such a large ark? Most agree that the ark was the size of a modern cruise ship. And why would such a large ship even be necessary of the flood was local. It seems like God could have just told Noah, “Travel 100 miles from here and you will be saved from the flood.”
  • The judgment was for world-wide sin; thus, a world-wide flood was necessary. In Genesis 6:7 and 7:18-24, God said He would destroy the entire human race for their wickedness.
  • Genesis 7:19 speaks of the waters rising to the tops of the mountains over the whole earth. Mt. Ararat – the closest mountain – was about 17,000 feet. If it reached the peak of this mountain, it had to be this high worldwide.
  • Why else would God need 150 days (Genesis 7:24) for the water to recede from the earth if it was only a local flood?
  • Why else would God promise not to flood the earth again (Genesis 9:15) if He only meant a local flood? That would seem like an odd promise to make.

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Q/A Friday: How Important Is the Virgin Birth of Jesus?

We cannot afford to cast the virgin birth aside; we must accept it for the following three reasons:

First, the Bible is not trustworthy if the virgin birth is a hoax. If Scripture is erroneous, then all of Scripture if up-for-debate and so is its truthfulness, because Scripture claims Mary was a pregnant virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38). If the virgin birth was a lie, the authority of the Bible can be questioned. If we cannot trust what the Bible says about Jesus’ birth, how can we trust what it says about His atonement or resurrection or deity?

Second, Jesus would not be divine without the virgin birth. The incarnation would also be a hoax. And if Jesus Christ was not both God and man, then salvation was a wasted execution. Humans could not bring about their own redemption; thus, the virgin birth, the God-man, became necessary.

Third, Jesus could not be sinless without the virgin birth. If Jesus were conceived of human parents, then the guilt of Adam’s sin would be passed onto Him.

The virgin birth is the most important fact of the Christmas story.

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