"Much people of the Jews therefore knew that He was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus."
Today we are in danger of putting the emphasis on guarding the truth, but down playing living the truth. One of the best ways to guard the truth is to put it into practice. It is good to be defenders of the faith, but we must not forget to be demonstrators of the faith. Lazarus did not have to give lectures on the resurrection. People had only to look at him and they believed. (THE CHRISTIAN NEWSLETTER))
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"The word of the Lord came unto Jonah, saying, Arise go to Nineveh . . . but Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish . . ."
Jonah was commissioned to go with a message to Nineveh, but instead of going east across the desert, he fled westward to the seacoast and there boarded a ship going farther west. At the seaport of Joppa he found everything convenient; a ship was there ready to sail; and so sometimes our enemy makes things very convenient for us to go in the wrong direction and even gets us to plead that circumstances indicated we should do this or that instead of obeying the Lord. (CHRISTIAN TRUTH - VOL. 21 - DECEMBER 1968)
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"If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself."
(2 Timothy 2:13)
"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."
The Word of God is "living" and "abiding." It has ever an unchanged freshness and living power for the heart of the Christian. This must be so, for it reveals:
- God in all His infiniteness,
- His love,
- His grace,
- His near and blessed relationship as Father.
It gives us, by inspiration, the life, the very words of Jesus Himself, Who, as the living Word, tabernacled (dwelt) among men, full of grace and truth. (F.G.B.)
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"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."
"Tempted in all points" means of course that appeals were made to Him by Satan from the three standpoints whereby alone any of us can be tempted: " . . . the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life." Tempted on these three points, Eve capitulated completely.
"She saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food" - the appeal to the lust of the flesh;
"It was pleasant to the eye" - the appeal to the lust of the eye;
"and a tree to be desired to make one wise" - the appeal to the pride of life.
She failed on every point. To our Lord in the wilderness the same appeals were made. "make these stones bread" - an appeal to fleshly desire; "he showed Him all the kingdoms of earth in a moment of time" - the lust of the eye; then in the suggestion that our Lord should cast Himself down from the pinnacle of the temple to be borne up by angels before the wondering eyes of the populace, we have the appeal to the pride of life.
But He met every suggestion of evil by the Word of God. And now as the enthroned Conqueror, He sits exalted on the right hand of the Majesty on high, interceding for us, and we are bidden to come boldly unto the throne of grace there to obtain mercy because of failure, and find suited grace for seasonable help when exposed to temptation. (H.A. Ironside)
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"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
Whenever the subject of blame or fault comes about in any sector of life, whether economic, societal, or individual, scapegoating is a far more common reaction than confessing. Most of us are most comfortable when blame is placed as far away from us as possible. Even the word "confession," the definition of which is concerned with owning a fault or belief, is now often associated with the sins of others, which an outspoken soul happens to be willing to share with the world.
Responding to the question of a newspaper seeking opinions, G.K.C. answered the question, "What's wrong with the world?" in one sentence. "Dear Sirs," he replied, "I am." In our confessions of dark realities, can our own hearts really be excluded? It was with visions of war and brokenness around him that David prayed, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me." This is the cry of humanity's best confession. (Selected)
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