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    The Starting Point of Christian and Biblical Apologetics

    "but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect..." (1 Peter 3:15)

    The Lordship of Christ is the starting point of all Christian and Biblical apologetics (a reasoned defense of the faith). What exactly does that mean? How are we to apply this truth? My friend, Dr. James White explains in this 40 minute video below:

    Posted by John Samson on June 25, 2010 08:55 PM

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    What seems to be missed is that admonition is a "general" call to everyone and that particular instruction began with these words:

    1Pe 3:8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.


    That being noted, isn't this apologetics then for "all" of us, not just for a select and few of us?

    Things might sound differently in the market place or school house or while on vacation if every enlightened Elect Believer at every age of coherence was giving a clear and bold defense for the Hope God put in us! My question is: "why aren't we being asked more frequently about that peculiar "hope" God put within us in while living in this darkened age?"

    Jesus said, "you must be born again".

    Peter went ahead and exegeted that by opening his epistle this way:


    1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
    1Pe 1:4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
    1Pe 1:5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

    God caused us to be born again to a living Hope. We have an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled and does not fade, "kept" for us as we too are being kept through faith by the power of God for that day of Salvation to come!

    Heb 9:27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,
    Heb 9:28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

    Good Reformed video on Apologetics ...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JjiClztcwQ

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