How Can Jesus Belong to the Royal Line of David if Mary Did Not?

Episode 479 Show Notes 

From the Show

Satan is always trying to come up with clever ways to get us to deny Jesus’ existence, or that he is who Scripture portrays him to be. It’s what John calls, in 1 John, the spirit of the antichrist…people that were denying the physical, bodily presence of Jesus Christ… So John, especially in 1 John, he makes it a point to say, no, we’ve seen the Word of Life, we’ve handled it with our hands, we’ve proclaimed this life to you: Jesus.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. I have heard some Christians claim that Acts 16:6 proves that God does not want to save everybody since Paul was forbidden to speak in Asia. Yet Paul and those with him were not the only evangelists. Sometimes it seems like the church in the US acts like the rest of the world doesn’t exist, and I’m wondering if this tendency can be traced even to how we read the Bible? 

2. How can Stephen call the Jews stiff-necked people if it is God that changed his heart?

3. I know someone who is believing and accepting as truth this book entitled “The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross.” I wonder if you could steer me in a good direction in order to properly address this book and its contents with knowledge and grace.

4. The Bible teaches that Jesus is the promised seed of the woman, the seed of Abraham, to whom belongs the everlasting throne promised to David. A lot of work went into preserving that seed, but then in Matthew 1, we are told that Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary, even though it was Joseph who was connected to the royal line of David. How does this work?

Resources

A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton

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