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The New John 3:16 And More About The Need For Reformation

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Today I heard two committed, knowledgeable Christians tell a room full of people who despite Psalm 145:4 being read in three different versions, and Hebrews 1:1-2 being read once, that they had not heard God speak directly to them so far today.
I also heard them say that while God used to speak to people directly and in lots of different ways, today He speaks to everyone through the Lord Jesus Christ and that we should strive to hear that.
Without any explanation of where and how that communication from Jesus takes place.
And this appeal to listen was grounded in Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 seems to be the new John 3:16 for contemporary evangelical/neo-pentecostals)
When I was growing up, in Christian circles John 3:16 was the verse everyone wanted to communicate as the essence of the Gospel.
Now it seems that instead in a lot of places Jeremiah 29:11 has supplanted it.
Maybe it’s my imagination.
But it seems a fascinating change.
For Christians who think about the Reformation emphasis on the Bible, the Gospel of justification, by grace alone, through faith alone and God’s purposes for His people’s lives it is obvious that Jesus is not simply the conveyor of the Good News.
He, and His perfect, incarnate life; death as our penal substitute; and resurrection glory are the content of the Good News as well.
And we find that Good News revealed in God’s written Word, the Bible.

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