Why Christian Heritage Matters

7/10/2016

Why Christian Heritage Matters

The Message of the Gospel is Both Historical & Prophetic
Revelation 19:9-10 The angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'” He added, “These are the true words of God.”  I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

The Whole Christian Faith Is Based In Biblical Facts
John 20:30-31  Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ (chosen, anointed), the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name! 

Scriptural History Is Sufficient For Any Soul To Be Informed of Eternal Consequence
Luke 16:22-29  …the rich man died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire…

Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’  “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them…

Jesus Based His Whole Ministry Upon Fulfillment of Scriptural Promise
He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day…Luke 24:44-45

God’s Intent Has Always Been Global
Matthew 28:18-20  Jesus told them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always… to the very end of the age!”

Listen, O coastlands, unto Me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called Me from the womb; from the bowels of My mother hath He made mention of My Name…and He said, It is too small a thing that Thou shouldest be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob only: I will also make Thee for a light to the Gentiles, that Thou mayest be My salvation unto the end of the earth!  Isaiah 49:1&6 

Israel’s Whole Culture Was Founded On Their Experience With God
Acts 7:1-52 —52 Verses —Stephen’s Review of God’s History With Israel

Israel’s Prophets Constantly Called Israel Back To Its Biblical Heritage
Isaiah 8:19-20  When they say to you, “Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,” should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?! To the law and to the testimony!! If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because they have no light in them!

See also Jeremiah 6:16-19 

The Apostles Recognized the Savior Because Of Jewish Christian (Messianic) Heritage
John 1:45  Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the One Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote–Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Moses Wrote 1500 Years Before Jesus Came

American History is only 240 Years 

All People Receive Blessing Because His Word Went Out.
Romans 11:11-12  …because of their transgression (rejection of Christ), salvation has come to the Gentiles (the rest of humanity)  to make Israel envious, but if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring! 

When The Whole World Has Had Total Exposure To The Gospel The End Will Come
Matthew 24:14  …this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Christian Heritage Keeps Us Secure In The Knowledge of His Promises

  • To supply every need we have…Phillipians 4:19
  • That His grace is sufficient for us… II Corinthians 12:9
  • That we will not be overtaken with temptation…I Corinthians 10:13
  • Victory over death…I Corinthians 15:571st Thessalonians 4:13-18
  • That all things work together for good…Romans 8:28
  • That those who believe in Jesus will be saved…Acts 2:38
  • That His people will have eternal life…John 10:27-28
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