The Navigator: 6.16.22

**NOTE:  I will be out the next two weeks teaching a Youth Camp and then visiting our kids in Nashville, TN.  As such, the next Navigator will be published on July 7th.

THIS SUNDAY, June 19th

  • Join Sammy as he continues his series through the Old Testament.

 

CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR:

  • Remaining sessions: June 22 & 29

And,…

  • Students are at Lone Tree Ranch this week; Capitan, NM.

 

This week’s tip:  Thinking our words through before we say them.

Clearly, whoever put this on their church sign didn’t think through how it could be interpreted.

James, the half brother of Jesus, wisely counseled,

Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak…” – James 1:19

As you prepare each week, carefully consider your delivery.  You could well mean one thing, but it be interpreted completely differently.  Always pause to ask if what you are teaching is being understood in the way you intend it to be.

 

THE INCARNATION OF GOD IN CHRIST

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,…” – John 1:1, 14

Can we explain the incarnation or, as scholars call it, the Hypostatic Union?  No.  Not even close.  And that’s perfectly ok.  As I read from one author, “I don’t want a God I can (humanly) explain.”

The erudite Tolkien wrote:

“…infinitely greater…”  Beyond the reach of human logic, reason, or intellect.

Jesus was not 50% God and 50% human.  Rather, he was 100% God and 100% human.  The gospel writers commonly give us stories where his humanity is on display, and then stories where his deity is on display.”  To borrow a title from one of my classes I taught:  “Jesus was just like us, and nothing like us.”

Meditate on this miracle as I leave you with two powerful quotes:

 

Equipping ourselves to be able to engage in intelligent dialogue where the Christian faith is concerned.

“Apologetics is a waste of time.  People should believe in Christ based on the Bible alone, a part from evidence.”

The above quote is embarrassing for one who would claim it since it betrays a blatant ignorance of simple scripture, not to mention it leaves a Christian impotent (and foolish) to defend why they believe what they believe to someone who believes the Bible to be nothing but a fairy tale for the gullible.

How Jesus Used Evidence to Logically Defend the Christian Faith

  • God preached an entire sermon to David in Psalm 8 using only the evidence of his power through creation.
  • In Ps 19, creation itself preaches as evidence for the glory of God.
  • In Romans 1, we are without excuse for rejecting faith in Christ solely because of the evidence of God’s existence through his creation.
  • Jesus knew people’s hearts are hard and, as such, knew we wouldn’t believe him on his verbal assertion alone.  That’s why we have story after story of Jesus providing evidence of being precisely who he claimed to be.
  • Then there’s the gospel of John, by far the most apologetic of the four biographies.  John was the gospel writer most concerned with recording evidence for Jesus’ deity.  It was one of the primary purposes of his gospel.
    • “Now Jesus performed many other miraculous signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not recorded in this book.  But these [miracles] are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” 20:30-31
  • That’s why John, alone, records the following:
    • “For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify [by providing evidence] that the Father has sent me.” – 5:36
    • The people surrounded [Jesus] and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name.” – 10:25
    • “…the Father set me apart and sent me into the world. Don’t believe me unless I carry out my Father’s work. But if I do his work, believe in the evidence of the miraculous works I have done, even if you don’t believe me. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.” – 10:37-38
    • “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.” – 14:11
  • Finally, those who deny the command to defend the Christian using logic based on evidence are impotent to explain away Peter’s clear exhortation:
    • “…Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance that is within you, yet [do it] with gentleness and respect.” – Amplified

 

YOUR COSMIC PIC of the WEEK

Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system. This planet is a gas giant planet which means, if you want to land here or land your spacecraft here, you will not be able to do it because there is no land on Jupiter.  This planet is made of gas.

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

“If you want to ban, muzzle, and cancel speech with which you disagree, you are not a hero, you are an intellectual coward.” – Douglass Groothuis, Ph.D.

“My prayer is that when I die, all of hell rejoices that I am out of the fight.” – C.S. Lewis

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

SOUL FOOD:  The Width & Depth of Scripture

Satan would love for us to think “we know it all” where the Bible is concerned.  Or, in the words of a cynical Solomon, “There’s nothing new under the sun.”  Oh, don’t fall into that trap.  David wrote, “The unfolding of your word gives light…”  And, God’s Word never stops “unfolding.”  Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick