The Most Hated Verse In The Bible
The message is called, “The Most Hated Verse in the Bible.” That's what we are going to learn about.
And we are going to start something new... Chris preaching through first Timothy, so I'm not going to try and pick up and fill in what Chris is going to be doing.
But, I'm going to start here with a question for you. Here's the test. I said there is going to be a test. Here's the question. Let's say that this afternoon you hear from God... a plain and clear voice... you hear from God and He tells you that He's going to take away all the Bibles in the world. No more Bibles. Not only that, He's going to take away your memory of all Bible verses you've ever memorized... all gone except for three. And you get to pick which three Bible verses you would like to retain.
What three verses, now think through this, which three verses would you like to be able to retain in your memory?
Now I want to flip this question around. What three Bible verses do you think Satan would most likely want to get rid of? Which ones does Satan hate? Now we think that the ones we love are going to be the ones he hates, right? So what part of scripture does Satan attack the most? I don't know the mind of Satan... I'm not going to try to guess his verses. I don't your minds either. You're probably going to come up with different verses than what I come up with. But, I have my three verses.
So are you ready for this? What are my three verses?
I think the first one is kind of obvious... it's probably the most widely quoted verse in the Bible. It's been called the "Gospel in a nutshell." It summarizes everything. So my first one is... John 3:16 -- “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.” Great verse. There's the gospel right there.
That's a good one... What about my second verse now? Second verse. For my second verse I picked another famous one. It's one that is well-known. It's a verse that is distorted and changed a lot. It's a verse that tells us who Jesus is. That's very important to know. So my second verse is... John 1:1 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
So there's my first two verses.
That has got to be the most plain, straight-forward statement about Jesus' divinity. Jesus is God. Jesus is the God of the Bible. Jesus is the eternal God who already existed at the beginning... He already was... And Jesus was with God. He is God... He is the second person of the Trinity. John 1:1 is very plain and clear.
Just as John 3:16 summarizes the gospel, John 1:1 summarizes the identity of Jesus, the Son of God... the Word. So what is my third verse? I was thinking of Ephesians 2:8... but then another verse came to mind...
It is a verse that is just as packed as John 1:1... and it summarizes God just as John 3:16 summarizes Christianity... It is one of the most important verses in the Bible... and Satan knows that... and this verse opens a section of scripture that Satan has attacked more than any other. What this section of scripture says is actually denied in most seminaries and attacked in churches. More has been written in opposition to this section of scripture, than any other part of the Bible.
And the distortion of what is taught in this section of scripture... has resulted in the destruction of our churches... the destruction of our culture... the destruction of morality... the destruction of life in the womb... and the celebration and protection of criminals and evil and wickedness.
This verse is the foundation upon which everything else in the Bible is built. And that's why it comes right at the beginning... this verse is..
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
It seems so simple. Just ten words. But they are very important words and they tell us a lot about who God is and who we are.
So when Chris is away... we'll be in the Old Testament looking at Genesis... with a focus on Genesis chapters 1 thru 11...
Cannon Beach Bible Church - A Grace Advance Church
264 East Hills Lane
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
Sunday Service: 10:30 AM (Sunday school available for children 5 yrs and younger)
Adult Sunday School: 9:30 AM