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Rich Atchley says that if you went to the average university campus today, & asked students if they know a verse of Scripture, most would say that they do. If you had asked 10 or 15 years ago, most would have quoted John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” Everybody knew that verse then.
But today, most would reply with, “Judge not that you be not judged.” Atchely says, “The whole focus has changed. Ten or 15 years ago the focus was on the truth of God’s love. But today, surveys reveal that practically everyone is convinced that there is no absolute truth. So the emphasis has switched from truth to tolerance.”
And that leaves us free to do anything we want without worrying about what God teaches.
“A Green and White Plate!” 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21 Key verse(s): 17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!.”
“London businessman Lindsay Clegg told the story of a warehouse property he was selling. The building had been empty for months and needed repairs. Vandals had damaged the doors, smashed the windows, and strewn trash around the interior. As he showed a prospective buyer the property, Clegg took pains to say that he would replace the broken windows, bring in a crew to correct any structural damage, and clean out the garbage.‘Forget about the repairs,’ the buyer said. ‘When I buy this place, I’m going to build something completely different. I don’t want the building; I want the site.’”
(Ian L. Wilson.)
When we received the Holy Spirit through baptism into Jesus Christ, we became something more than just a repair site, we became a new creation in spirit....