Average Guy: I’m a pretty good person. I’m not perfect, but I do my best. I’m sure once I die, God will see it that way and let me in. He’ll forgive me.
SBC Host: I hate to break it to you, but… God cannot “just” forgive you, because He is JUST. His bar is perfection, and He will not bend the rules or look the other way. There is a penalty. Your sinfulness is a curse, and it must fall upon somebody. It’s called penal substitutionary atonement. “Sorry,” alone, won’t cut it.
Average Guy: Oh.
SBC Host: Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, we welcome back to our pulpit, guest preacher and Kentucky pastor-to-be, Colton Bennett, who not only wrestles with us through the weighty theological subject of penal substitutionary atonement, but points us to the beauty that arose out of it: Christus Victor… Christ is Victorious.
And then we realize that the Gospel is not a message only for the lost, but also the found.
Description: After Jephthah’s defeat of the Ammonites and the wicked sacrifice of his own daughter, his troubles are not over. He is rebuked by the Ephraimites and ends up fighting against them and over 40,000 Ephraimites die. Israelite killing Israelite.
With all of the sinfulness and tragedy in the life of Jephthah, the book of Judges is not the only place we see mention of his name. Jephthah surprisingly is listed in the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11. We explore how Jephthah might have “made the cut”.
Description: Israel fails to take the land and this sets off 350 years of rapid decline. It’s a downward spiral of depravity as things go from bad to worse. God hears the cries of His people and over and over He sends a judge to rescue them, but when the judge dies, the people fall back into idolatry and rebellion…and so the cycle continues.
The anticipation is for a judge that will rule righteously and not die, and whose righteous rule will bring a time of peace and possession of the land. That anticipation has been met in Christ who is the only righteous King and who alone obeyed the covenant for the prospering of His people.
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