Scripture Readings for March 9, 2006 – The question isn’t “do you KNOW the Gospel?”, but “do you BELIEVE it?”

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture

The Gospel was first preached in by God Himself: Gen. 3:15 “I will put enmity
between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he
shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” All mankind knew the
promise of God to send a Redeemer. And by God’s grace, that message was
preserved by some, while others rejected it, forgot it, or simply neglected it. To
those who believed it, and through whom it was preserved, God continued to
expand and clarify all of what it would entail, until at last Christ was born in
Bethlehem. He lived a perfect, sinless life of obedience; died at Calvary as the
sacrificial Lamb of God for our sins; rose again the third day; and ascended into
Heaven until His return to judge all men in righteousness. All along, God in His
mercy and grace took pains to point people over and over to the reality of His
saving grace. And the account in Numb. 21 of the brazen serpent and its being
provided by God to save those who would look upon it – already bitten by the
fiery serpents He sent among them for their sin – Jesus’ Himself likens to His
own death at Calvary. Indeed, it would not be too much of a stretch to liken
Numb. 21:8 to John 3:16: 8 “And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery
serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall
live.”/ 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever
believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” So Calvin, likening the
setting of the brazen serpent on the pole to the Gospel aptly writes: “that Christ
should be “for an ensign” to all nations, (Isa 11:10) which we know to have
been the case, by the spreading of the doctrine of the Gospel through the whole
world, with which the look of faith corresponds. For, just as no healing was
conveyed from the serpent to any who did not turn their eyes towards it, when
set up on high, so the look of faith only causes the death of Christ to bring
salvation to us. Although, therefore, God would give relief to their actual
distress, it is still unquestionable that He even then admonished all believers
that the venomous bites of the devil could only be cured by their directing their
minds and senses by faith on Christ. Brother, sister, have YOU looked to Him,
that YOU might be saved? That is the question.


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