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Don’t Miss the Central Message of the Bible

August 17, 2019

“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?” John 3:10 (NIV)

Nicodemus had the Old Testament Scriptures, not the New. The words “born again” do not occur in the Old Testament. But Jesus makes it clear that a person with the Old Testament should be able to understand this teaching.

“I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts” (Jer. 31:33).

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean… I will give you a new heart… I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees” (Ez. 36:25, 26, 27).

You are the teacher of Israel and you don’t understand that people come to live under the blessing of God’s rule when he gives them an infusion of new life in which they’re cleansed and renewed?

Here is a man who knows the Bible well and yet has missed its central message. It is possible to go to church, listen to the sermon, sing the songs, and still miss the point. It is possible to give yourself to a sustained attempt at living a God-honoring life, and to completely miss the joy, the love, and the peace of the Christian life.

Do you sometimes feel that you are doing everything you’re supposed to, but you still feel that you are lacking joy or love or peace? Is it possible that you’ve missed the central message of the Bible?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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