Tag Archive | Jesus

The Only Genuinely Reasonably Explanatory Hypothesis

Kenneth R. Samples on the resurrection:

After almost two millennia the only genuinely reasonable explanatory hypothesis for the events surrounding Jesus’ death is that the apostles told the truth and Jesus truly rose bodily from the dead. The proper way to examine such a miraculous claim is to carefully scrutinize the evidence and follow wherever the facts lead. It is logically illegitimate to reject the Resurrection a priori based upon a preconceived commitment to naturalism. As amazing as the Resurrection may be, the bell of truth resonates on every level.

Read why here: http://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/read/tnrtb/2002/04/01/if-christ-has-not-been-raised-reasoning-through-the-resurrection

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He Opened His Side, That We Might See His Heart

Thomas Manton on John 19:34-37:

As an act of Christ’s love and condescension, that he would expose his body to the malice and violence of wicked men. He might have withered and dried up the soldier’s arm, as he did Jeroboam’s when he stretched it out to reach the prophet; but by this stroke Christ would have his heart and bowels opened to us, to show how full of love he was to sinners. Look, as at the beginning Adam’s side was opened, and Eve was taken out of Adam’s side, so is the church out of Christ’s side. He suffered his side to be opened that he might open to us the gate of life. Some of the ancients compared this wound in Christ’s side to the door in the side of the ark, by which all the creatures that were not to perish in the flood found entrance. By this door we have entrance into the heart of Christ, and by Christ presented to God the Father. Patet arca cordis per foramina corporis, saith Bernard. ‘By the hole of his side we may espy the secret of his heart.’ He opened his side, that we might see his heart. He would have sinners know that he had not a drop of blood which he accounted too good for us. He would now let out the residue, that he might not keep a drop. His heart was first pierced with love, and then with a spear. It had never been pierced with a spear if it had not been first pierced with love. Christ saith, Canticles 4:9, ‘Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse.’ First wounded with love to the church, and that brought him to the cross, and there he was wounded and pierced with the malice of men. Other members were wounded before, and now his heart. His hands and feet were pierced with nails, and his life-blood dropped out by degrees; but now his side is pierced, and through his side his heart, which caused the flux of water and blood.​

8 Reasons to Believe Jesus Rose from the Dead

John Piper:

1. Jesus himself testified to his coming resurrection from the dead.

Jesus spoke openly about what would happen to him: crucifixion and then resurrection from the dead. “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again” (Mark 8:31; see also Matthew 17:22; Luke 9:22). Those who consider the resurrection of Christ unbelievable will probably say that Jesus was deluded or (more likely) that the early church put these statements in his mouth to make him teach the falsehood that they themselves conceived…

Read more: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/eight-reasons-why-i-believe-that-jesus-rose-from-the-dead

He Sees No Spots In His People

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 378:

Is there any man can say, I have cleansed my heart from iniquity? No, not one. Yet behold, he sees no spots in his people. He doth not make them his people because spotless, but he seeth them spotless because he makes them his people. There is no covering that can hide men’s uncleanness from his piercing eye, but one, even Jesus Christ his righteousness: and “Blessed is he whose sins are covered.” If this covering were spread over the mouth of all hell, then hell should have a covering from his eyes. If ye therefore strip yourselves naked of your own pretences and leaves, and think not yourselves secure under any created shelter; if ye hide not your iniquity, then it shall be hid indeed; here is a covering that shall hide it from his eyes. There is no spot so heinous, none so ingrained, but the blood of Jesus can wash it as perfectly out, as if it had never been.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/he-sees-no-spots-in-his-people.89685/, Comment 1

Jesus’ Lineage and Jeconiah’s Curse

The Curse:

Jeremiah 22:24-5 – “As I live, declares the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, were the signet ring on my right hand, yet I would tear you off and give you into the hand of those who seek your life, into the hand of those of whom you are afraid, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of the Chaldeans.”

Haggai 2:23 – On that day, declares the LORD of hosts, I will take you, O Zerubbabel my servant, the son of Shealtiel, declares the LORD, and make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you, declares the LORD of hosts.”

The Apparent Problem:

“Here is where the “problem” lies. Jeconiah is listed in Matthew 1’s genealogy”

The Resolution:

py3ak from the Puritan Board:

You may find Fairbairn’s discussion of the two genealogies illuminating.

I studied this some time ago, and after a while it’s easy to go cross-eyed! But in Luke 3:27 Salathiel is said to be the son of Neri, not of Jeconiah.

Jeconiah and Jehoiakim were both cursed (Jeremiah 36:30). In the curse upon (Je)Coniah, the curse upon Jehoiakim was fulfilled. At that point, the line of Solomon comes to an end, and the inheritance passes to the line of Nathan. After David, Matthew traces descent through Solomon, but Luke traces it through Nathan. But they coincide at Salathiel and Zorobabel (Lucan spelling), precisely because it was at that point that the legal descent of the kingship and the physical descent coincided for a time before they diverged again, to coincide once more in Matthan, and then in Jesus.

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/jeconiahs-curse-and-the-two-genealogies-of-christ.48736/#post-623790, Comments 1, 3

Christ in the Title Page of the Bible

Robert Traill (The Lord’s Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:41-42:

It is called the blood of the everlasting covenant, Heb. 13:20. Christ’s blood was not only redeeming and purchasing blood, a just and full price both for the heirs and for the inheritance; but it was sealing blood, and confirming of that covenant, in and by which the inheritance was secured to the heirs, and the heirs secured for the inheritance. Alas! many have the Bible, and use it but little; and many use it amiss, because they know not its right name. It is well and warrantably, from its contents, called, in its title page, in all languages and translations, The Old and New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. But how few, in reading this title, mind the use and virtue of the blood of Jesus, which turned the covenant of God’s grace into the testament of Christ, and thereby sealed and confirmed all the good words and good things in that covenant?

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/christ-in-the-title-page-of-the-bible.91236/, Comment 1

Whence Came This Spark Of Faith?

Robert Traill (The Lord’s Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:21:

Whence came this spark of faith to be kindled in my heart? Did it naturally grow in my heart? No. Time was when I was without it, Eph. 2:12, and loved to be without it. Did Satan plant it? No. I find him to be the great enemy of it; and I never felt his enmity, till I began to trust Jesus Christ; and it is that in me he mainly assaults. Did ministers, and the means of grace, plant faith in me? No! I enjoyed them when no faith was wrought in me; and when it is wrought, all their power, without Christ’s grace and Spirit concurring, cannot raise this faith to act and exercise. Therefore, surely, this faith came from Jesus Christ himself. Was it not from the work, and will, and love, of Christ? How easy and native is the inference? If faith in Christ be the work of his love, how warrantably may I look, by that faith, for all the good that this love purposeth, promiseth, and prayeth for to me?

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/faith-in-christ-is-the-work-of-his-love.91197/, Comment 1