Preach the Word!

As an alumnus of THE San Diego State University, I keep tabs as best I can on their athletic programs from North Carolina.  It caught my attention that Adam Muema would be in the NFL combine.  I did not get to see him play much (if at all) before moving from San Diego, but his dominance in the bowl game this year gave me hope of another Aztec in the pros.

Instead, the nation was treated to headlines about how God told told Muema he would play for the Seattle Seahawks if he left the combine early.  He then disappeared for three days until reappearing today having spent the time in the Ft. Lauderdale airport.  Muema was still in the uniform he wore in the combine.

Muema has been open about his Christian faith, but it is hard to call this a good demonstration of the Gospel working in someone’s life.  Comments on some news articles have suggested a mental illness may be involved, and I would not rule it out.  However, Muema had to have heard preaching in support of direct, special revelation from God from somewhere first.

I hope he can receive some solid, biblical counseling from an older believer, and that Adam Muema will find himself in a Sola Scriptura affirming church.

God has revealed Himself in His Word, and Jesus states that whoever has seen Jesus has seen the Father (John 14:8-9).  In the opening to Hebrews, the author makes it explicitly clear that Jesus is the climax of revelation from God to which all Scripture attests.

It is imperative for preachers in pulpits to preach the supremacy of Jesus Christ in the life life of Christians, and the sufficiency of the revelation revealed in Scripture for all of faith and life.  All special revelation given in Scripture is binding on ALL Christians, coming from the very mouth of God.  With the death of the apostles, such revelation has now ceased and is fully contained within Scripture.  The Holy Spirit works in the faithful to enlighten believers to the truth contained within.

May our pulpits overflow with the fresh, pure water through the clear proclamation of Scripture by ministers to the church. As Paul declared, faith comes by hearing and hearing through the Word of Christ.

Fundamental Change

The entry below this is from my personal journal.  I had thought I was going to be looking into Scripture for encouragement on going into mission or James to follow our church series, but instead I opened to Hebrews and was floored by what I found:

Praise God for this hunger for the Word!  I had thought I’d be spending time in James to follow our church series, but after opening to Hebrews I am making new discoveries each day.

I am fascinated by the idea that Jesus died for my sins.  The more mechanics of salvation — not in the sense of what I must do, but in the sense of how reconciliation to God was obtained through Christ — that I read about, I am mindblown.

Jesus is our once-for-all high priest, He does not have to offer sacrifice more than once as under the old Levitical law.  He is perfect and made a sacrifice once and absolutely — through this we are forgiven.  IT IS FINISHED.

Tonight what struck me so strongly was regarding the change in the priesthood described in Heb. 7:11-14  Verse twelve does not simply describe a change of the priest in terms of succession.  There is a fundamental change in the actual office of priesthood.  In science this would be called a “chemical change,” in that once the change has taken place it cannot be reversed.  It cannot be reversed.  AMEN.

This change, because of and through Christ shifts the office of the priesthood (of the Mosaic law) from the tribe of Levi to the tribe of Judah, a tribe of whom there is no mention of a priesthood via Moses.

Specifically, the role of priest in this new office fell to the Lion of Judah, Jesus Christ.

As the author writes in Hebrews 7:12:
“For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well.”

This new law, from the change that cannot be reversed is not a set of rules and regulations that cannot be met by annual and repetitive sacrifice.  It is the Gospel, the redemption of man, the reconciliation of man to God, the restoration of the creation to the Creator, and the forgiveness of sins.  Yes!  Amen!