First Baptist Church, Cobden IL
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
200 South Walker St. Cobden, IL 62920
 
 

 

Greetings Church Family,

     May the LORD bless you and keep you, the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance on you and give you peace. Be blessed church family!


     Reading in Acts 13 this morning (and yes my scripture reading this year has caught up to our Wednesday night preaching schedule; therefore I was pumped last night in church) Paul and Barnabas were sent out by the church in Antioch to take the gospel to the Gentiles. What an awesome picture of the church mobilized by the Spirit to proclaim the gospel to the world. Having passed through the island of Cyprus they set sail to Perga in Pamphylia and from there moved on to Pisidian Antioch. Arriving in Pisidian they went to the local synagogue on the sabbath and were invited to share a word of “exhortation”. The Bible says that Paul stood up and motioning with his hands ( he got that from John Piper) began to preach from the law and the prophets the glory of the gospel of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Particularly the doctrine of “justification” (the legal declaration that believers in the finished work of Jesus are no longer condemned-Acts 13:38,39) was proclaimed. The Bible says that many Jews believed in vs. 43. However, jealousy broke out among what seems as the majority of the Jews as they began contradicting Paul and Barnabas. P and B spoke out boldly against them in vs. 46 and said, “you...judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life...” Next, turning to the Gentiles with the gospel, Luke records in vs. 48, “...and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.” The Gentiles rejoiced and celebrated their equal inclusion into the covenant of grace. The two previous phrases highlighted and emboldened above teach the doctrine of “compatibilism”, that is that every unbeliever is responsible for his sin and rejection of God’s authority over his life and every believer has been empowered by the Spirit and appointed to eternal life. Therefore, we stand in the faithful tradition of the “faith once delivered” and call unbelievers everywhere to repent of sin and believe on Jesus. We also stand in that same tradition and edify brothers and sisters in Christ to humbly and faithfully love through obedience the God that chose them before the foundations of the world. 

     Church we are reminded that we have a great commission to fulfill and the Great God to praise! Join with me in prayer and diligence as we pursue these two joys. 

     May the LORD bless you and keep you, the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance on you and give you peace. 

 

Grace to you,
Brother Ed