Pastor Alistair Begg says, “The main things are the plain things, and the plain things are the main things.” Grab your earbuds and let’s review the main things! In this show, we’ll define The Gospel and take a 1,000 foot view of the Big Story of the Bible. And, because this is The Born Again Birth Podcast, we’ll view that Big Story through the framework of birth!
God is holy and we are not.
This is a problem because God requires holiness of us. We cannot meet the standard of God’s law on our own. The good news (The Gospel!) is that we have an intercessor for our sinful selves before Holy God. This mediator is a person named is Jesus. Jesus lived the life we could not live and died the death we deserved to give us a right relationship with God.
We freely accept this gift of grace from Jesus by believing and following him.
The Mandate: “Be fruitful and multiply.” (Gen 1:28)
By God’s design and purpose, Adam and Eve had sexual reproductive organs meant for fruitful multiplication.
Thus, both sex and childbirth was part of God’s original design in creation that He deemed ‘good’.
The Curse: “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing…” (Gen. 3:16)
Childbirth – and by extension, child rearing – would now be difficult for the woman.
And also, through a woman would an offspring to defeat Satan be delivered: “…and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” (Gen 3:15)
The Promise: “He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)
Bringing forth life from death is a picture of what Christ accomplished for us on the cross.
New birth in Christ is the best birth! There is both the assurance of new life now and eternal life forever.
The Hope: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Rev. 21:4)
There will be no need for birth in Heaven because ‘the former things have passed away’. Death will be no more because life will be forever. And we will be in perfect relationship with The Ultimate Life Giver.
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The Big Picture Bible* – Our kids love this storybook Bible! It’s a frequent favorite in our house.
The Bible’s Big Story* – Another great book for kids, written by a professor from the seminary where Ben got his degree.
The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden* – Yep! Another book for kids, helping you get the big story of the Bible. This one is especially visually appealing.
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