Bible Gems

Jul 27, 2011 at 14:12 o\clock

Gems worth reading

July 24

"And not only so . . ." (Romans 5:11)
"Much more then . . ." (Romans 5:9)
"Moreover. . . " (Romans 5:20)

In this exposition on justification, Paul elucidates the many blessings we enjoy because God has justified us. As he relates them to us, Paul's enthusiasm bubbles over onto the page. He is like a young child opening a new gift. "We have a peace with God! We have access by faith into this grace! And not only so! There is much more!" And on he goes. Are we as thrilled with our blessings? Let us take a lesson from the apostle and joyfully praise our Father, ". . . who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings . . ." (Ephesians 1:3). (J. Jacob)

N.J. Hiebert - 4504 

July 25

"Then Jesus said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?"
(Luke 24:25,26)

At Emmaus desire had been again quickened, but under different conditions. It was not the desire of a freshly-drawn soul (as in the case of the conversion of Zaccheus), but of restored saints. These two disciples had been unbelieving. They were returning home under a sorrow that Jesus had disappointed them. The Lord rebukes them shortly after he joined them on the road, but so orders His words as to kindle their hearts. When their walk together ends at the gate of their dwelling, the Lord makes as though He would go further. He would not invite Himself as He had done at Jericho. They were not in the moral state which suggested this, as Zaccheus had been; but, when invited, He goes in - goes in just to kindle further the desire which had here invited Him - to gratify it to the full. And so He does; and they are constrained by their joy to return to the city that night, late as it was, to communicate it to their fellows. (J.G. Bellett)

N.J. Hiebert - 4505 

July 26

Anathema or Maranatha?

"If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha."
(1 Corinthians 16:22)

The great apostle in a day when unbelieving Jews were calling Jesus accursed throws back that anathema with power. Then he takes an Aramaic term, which the scholars have argued over as to whether it means the Lord has come or "May he come!"

These two words, spelled with almost the same letters, set forth two viewpoints poles apart. There are millions today whose mark might well be anathema. They blaspheme the Lord and they are accursed. False preachers of "another gospel" are anathema. The bitter hostility of long ago boiled over in that word.

Over against that is the love that said instead, "Jesus is Lord," and looking for His return, cried, "Maranatha." Looking for the Lord was a distinguishing mark of first century Christianity. Strange and sad it is that so many who claim to love Him today do not thrill to "The Lord cometh."

Are you Anathema or Maranatha? Which is the cry of your soul? (Day By Day with Vance Havner)

N.J. Hiebert - 4506

July 27

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
(Psalm 119:105)

I've always thought that I could get through just about anything if the Lord would tell me what the outcome would be. I believe that ". . . all things work together for good . . ." (Romans 8:28), but I'd do a lot better in dark times if I knew exactly what the "good" would look like.

But God usually doesn't show us where He is taking us. He just asks us to trust Him. It's like driving a car at night. Our headlights never shine all the way to our destination; they illuminate only about 160 feet ahead. Bu that doesn't deter us from moving forward. We trust our headlights. All we need is enough light to keep moving forward.

God's Word is like headlights in dark times. It is full of promises we need to keep us from driving our lives into the ditch of bitterness and despair. His Word promises that He will never leave us not forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). His Word assures us that He knows the plans He has for us, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). And He tells us that our trials are there to make us better, not bitter (James 1:2-4).

So the next time you feel as if you're driving in the dark, remember to trust your headlights - God's Word will light your way. (Joe Stowell)

The Word of God provides the light
We need to see the way;
It shows us what we need to know
So we won't go astray.

You won't stumble in the dark if you walk in the light of God's Word.
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Our Daily Bread, RBC Ministries. Copyright 2010, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Reprinted permission. 

N.J. Hiebert - 4507

July 28

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."
(2 Timothy 3:16)

Careful examination reveals that there is nothing in inspiration that conflicts with the unfettered play of the individuality of the writers of the Book of God. When God made a prophet, He did not unmake the man. The personality, mental traits, and even the forms of literary expression of the divine penmen, were left perfectly free. 

- The burning sarcasm of Isaiah.
- The tender, melancholy pathos of Jeremiah.
- The homeliness of the herdsman's son and the gatherer of figs.
- The deep philosophy of John.
- The clear and sharp logic of Paul.

All these were truly and really their own. As every pipe of the organ is so fashioned that it might give one note and not another - and yet all are filled by the same breath - so , these souls, fashioned by the conditions of humanity and the circumstances of their lives, were made each to give out his own note, yet all were filled by the breath of the Divine Spirit, that has made these human and yet divine utterances ring with a melody unquenched and unquenchable. (The Wonderful Word - George Henderson)

N.J. Hiebert - 4508 

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