Do You Really Understand the Theme of the Bible?

“Why did Jesus die?’  “What does that have to do with sin?  “Why is the Bible such a bloody book?” These are some of the questions asked and answered today by Ken Craig on the Florida College lecture program. He also addressed the issue of the relevance of the Old Testament for a 21st century generation that must find relevancy in everything.

I knew of Ken Craig through my friend Dan DeGarmo.  And was familiar with his book “The Big Picture of the Bible.”  But today I was privileged both to hear and meet him. His lecture, “The Sacrificial System: The Offering of the Body of Jesus Christ Once and for All,” was a demonstration of his “Big Picture” view of the Bible.  It is an excellent approach.

In this presentation Ken explains the universal practice of sacrificing something innocent when the holy God is affronted by sin.  Since God is holy, nothing is more abhorrent to Him than our sins and iniquities, which separate us from his fellowship and severs our relationship with Him. Ken explained the concept of sin resulting in spiritual death, mortal death and judicial death. He says, “we are in a very desperation situation.  We have broken the laws of the God of the universe.  This has separated us from a holy God and death is required for a payment by a just God.”

Ken explains how the mercy and grace of God enter the picture to provide for man what he could not do and what he does not deserve–provide for him life, and spare him from death. This presentation is a magnificent and profound, yet easy to understand, explanation of how the Levitical system of animal sacrifice served as a type for Jesus, the Lamb of God, “who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29).

For anyone who ever questioned how a person is saved, what he must do, and why baptism is an integral part of that process, Ken Craig’s lecture and “Big Picture” approach can provide the Biblical answers so sorely lacking in today’s religious climate.

For those not as blessed as I was to be present today and who have an interest in being able to understand and clearly articulate these important issues, I would recommend the FC Lecture book, the audio recording of this lesson, and the “The Big Picture of the Bible.”  (BTW, I have no affiliation or financial interest in either Florida College Bookstore, or DeWard Publishing Company, which published “The Big Picture.” I’m simply wanting to share something with you that is spiritually beneficial.)

During the course of Ken Craig’s lecture he said, “It’s all about relationship.”  Being a Christian is not about religiosity, but a relationship with God.  With Christ.  With the Holy Spirit. And with fellow Believers.  If we are not careful, we may allow ourselves to mindlessly go through the motions of “going to church,” without experiencing the intimacy that God seeks. James exhorted, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.”  God cares about you.  And me.  He desires that we experience the fullness of fellowship and closeness of kinship with Him.

I would encourage you to spend some time with Ken Craig’s materials.  I believe they will do you good.  And in turn help you to help others.

–Ken Weliever, the Preacherman

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One response to “Do You Really Understand the Theme of the Bible?

  1. gary

    Hebrew children in the Old Testament were born into God’s covenant, both male and female. Circumcision was the sign of this covenant for boys, but the sign was not what saved them. Faith saved them. Rejecting the sign, circumcision, for boys, either by the parents or later as an adult himself, was a sign of a lack of true faith, and therefore the child was “cut off” from God’s promises as clearly stated in Genesis chapter 17:

    “Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised. Every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring, 13 both he who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money, shall surely be circumcised. So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant. 14 Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”

    What was the purpose of this covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? God tells us in the beginning of this chapter of Genesis:

    “And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.”

    This covenant wasn’t just to establish a Jewish national identity or a promise of the inheritance of the land of Caanan, as some evangelicals want you to believe. In this covenant, God promises to be their God. Does God say here that he will be their God only if they make a “decision for God” when they are old enough to have the intelligence and maturity to decide for themselves? No! They are born into the covenant!

    If Jewish children grew up trusting in God and lived by faith, they then received eternal life when they died. If when they grew up, they rejected God, turned their back on God, and lived a life of willful sin, when they died, they suffered eternal damnation. Salvation was theirs to LOSE. There is no record anywhere in the Bible that Jewish children were required to make a one time “decision for God” upon reaching an “Age of Accountability” in order to be saved.

    Therefore Jewish infants who died, even before circumcision, were saved.

    The same is true today. Christian children are born into the covenant. They are saved by faith. It is not the act of baptism that saves, it is faith. The refusal to be baptized is a sign of a lack of true faith and may result in the child being “cut off” from God’s promise of eternal life, to suffer eternal damnation, as happened with the unfaithful Hebrew in the OT.

    Christ said, “He that believes and is baptized will be saved, but he that does not believe will be damned.”

    It is not the lack of baptism that damns, it is the lack of faith that damns.

    Gary
    Luther, Baptists, and Evangelicals
    An orthodox Lutheran blog

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