Explaining and Proving

When Herbert Lockyer penned his voluminous series, “All the _____ of the Bible,” I wonder, when he began, if the book, “All the Messianic Prophecies of the Bible” was going to be one of the largest.

My volume of the book is 538 pages and Lockyer wasted no space. He pretty much did what the Apostle Paul did in Acts 17:3 when he was in Thessalonica. “explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying,  ‘this Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ,’” (Acts 17:3 ESV).

Not only was Paul explaining, he was placing the Scriptures alongside the truth that Jesus is the Christ. Of this verse, the eminent Greek grammarian A.T. Robertson wrote, “Paul was not only “expounding” the Scriptures, he was also “propounding” (the old meaning of “allege”) his doctrine or setting forth alongside the Scriptures (parȧtithemenos), quoting the Scripture to prove his contention.”

We need this kind of propounding today. Many of the Jews expectantly longed for the coming of the Messiah. Are we missing that longing today? Have we become so used to the idea of Jesus that we have forgotten how special his coming to earth was? Is our preaching focusing on the same kind of proving and propounding Paul did?

It certainly should.

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