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Salvation Is Accessible 

Posted in New Testament, Romans, Romans 10

Romans 10:16-17

Salvation Is Accessible 

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

 

Romans 10:16a But all did not…

           

Paul strongly advocated that the Gospel was intended for all people, but it was obvious not everyone was receiving it. The overwhelming majority of Jews were rejecting the Gospel, the same could be said of Gentles. In fact, to this very day, the largest part of both groups remains in unbelief.

            Some measure success solely by numbers. This is not the case with the Gospel. Its effectiveness is measured by its quality, not by the quantity of its adherents. People’s rejection of the Gospel is a poor reflection on themselves.

 

Romans 10:16b … obey…

           

Paul has repeatedly spoken of believing the Gospel; now he says it is to be obeyed. These are actually one and the same. Obedience is an inseparable effect of faith. Faith implies submission and surrender. Obedience is the child of faith.

            Since the Gospel is meant to be obeyed, it is presented to people as a command. It is not offered as an option to be pondered, but as a command to be obeyed. “God now commands all people everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:3).

            The fact the Gospel is presented as a command means there is good news and bad news for sinners. The good news: since all pe

The Bible: Strong Medicine

Posted in Matthew, Matthew 25, New Testament

Matthew 25:36b

The Bible: Strong Medicine

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Matt. 25:36b (Holman) I was sick and you took care of Me;

These sermons about Beautiful Christianity, based on the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, have reminded me of three books I read years ago: two were written by D. James Kennedy, “What If Jesus Had Never Been Born” and “What If the Bible Had Never Been Written”; the third was written by S. I. McMillan, “None of These Diseases”. Every Christian would benefit from reading these three books. They tell how history would have been totally different, much less compassionate, without Jesus and the Bible. I am especially indebted to Kennedy and McMillan for this sermon on Beautiful Christianity’s influence on medical care in world history.

Due to the Bible’s Old Testament standards, the Hebrews were light years ahead of other nations in matters of communal hygiene. Cleanliness and good diets were at the heart of Old Testament teachings.

These teachings proved helpful many times in world history. Maybe their best contributions happened in the Middle Ages, when leprosy and the Black Death were the scourge of Europe. Leprosy killed millions. Black Death, in the 1300s, killed 60 million people, one-fourth of Europe; some consider it to be the worst disaster ever recorded in human history.

What finally brought these epidemics under control? The