Volume 9 / Issue 4 | April 2022
The Apologetics Newsletter
of the Missouri Baptist Convention
In this issue:
A special angel ... God the Father and Scripture ... Introducing the angel of the LORD ... Who are you to judge? ... and more!
A special angel
Of all the angels we encounter in Scripture, one stands apart from the rest. In his many Old Testament appearances, he alone speaks for God as God. He alone bears the divine name. He alone is all-knowing and all-powerful. He alone breaks into the natural realm in a variety of disguises: a flame in a thorn bush, a sword-wielding warrior, a voice from a pillar of cloud and fire. He is malak YHWH: the angel of the LORD.

God the Father and Scripture
While the Holy Spirit is the divine agent of God's written revelation, he moved in concert with the Father and the Son to give us the Bible. Consider just a few of the ways in which the Father plays an active role in unveiling divine truths in Scripture.

Introducing the angel of the LORD
The Lord speaks in Exodus 23:20-23: "I am going to send an angel before you to protect you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared. Be attentive to him and listen to him. Do not defy him, because he will not forgive your acts of rebellion ..." Who is this special messenger with the authority to forgive sins?

Jesus and Scripture
Although Jesus doesn't leave us with words he penned, he speaks and acts in ways that become Scripture when faithful eyewitnesses record them. And he makes it clear he is working in concert with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Who are you to judge?
In his short epistle, Jude describes certain false teachers as "merely natural, not having the Spirit" (v. 16). He seems to be stating plainly that these professing Christians are, in fact, unbelievers. How can he make such a judgment? Doesn't Jesus say, "Do not judge, so that you won't be judged" (Matt. 7:1)?

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