Midweek Wake-Up, January 23rd, 2019
On Sunday we heard of the infamous heretic Marcion, such a successful heretic, that he was excommunicated from the church in and around the year 144. Marcion, the man who disregarded the Old Testament, believing it only portrayed a God of wrath and justice. The man who acknowledged much of Paul’s writings, but edited them to his liking, in order to create a God who was a bit more palatable for himself, making God easier to worship. I can’t help but think of the words of Tim Keller who wrote: “If your god never disagrees with you, you might just be worshipping an idealized version of yourself.”
Yet in Romans 15 Paul writes that the Scriptures gives us hope. He goes on to write that we desire to see people come to know Christ, in order that “we all with one voice may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Then a few verses later he refers to The Psalms, 2nd Samuel, Deuteronomy & Isaiah in order to clarify his point. Paul believed in the authority of the Old Testament and used these words to point to the God of hope and salvation. Which is why Paul tells a young Timothy on his deathbed in 2nd Timothy, guard the deposit and remember that all of Scripture is God-breathed. Don’t ever quit preaching this. Paul believed the Old Testament was written in order that we might have hope. Paul believed we could not distance ourselves from the Old Testament, for it is what helps us understand the New Testament.
So Paul tells a young Timothy, and so Paul tells us at NSC today, endure in preaching the Word of God, all of it, in order to fulfil your ministry. And in so doing, you will point others towards the hope we have, that we might with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.