Where Are You Looking?

  What you see depends upon where you are looking. 

  Cheri Cowell in her devotional of June 26 wrote this:
“Do you know you will never see the sun rise, if you are looking to the West? Dumb question, I know, but many of us are trying to do just that.  We are trying to find God by looking at what the world tells us. The Bible says God’s mind is not like our own, and therefore, to see God we must understand God’s mind. So, how do we do that, you may ask?”

  May I state, emphatically, that I believe the Bible to be the adequate piece of the mind of God.  The Bible is not a history of man’s effort to find God.  It is an account of God’s effort to reveal Himself to man.  The Bible is God’s Word in a sense that no other book in the world is God’s Word. The Old Testament is an account of a Nation.  The New Testament is an account of a MAN. The nation, Israel, was founded and nurtured of God to bring the MAN into the world. In founding the Hebrew nation, God’s ultimate object was to bring Christ into the world. Christ Jesus is the theme of both the Old and the New Testaments.  The Old Testament views Christ in anticipation.  The New Testament views Christ in realization.  The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed.  The New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.  

  The theme of the Bible:  Someone is Coming (Old Testament).
Someone has come (Gospels) Matthew, Mark, Luke, John of the New Testament.
Someone is coming back (Letters of the New Testament).

  What is the purpose of the Bible?  Jesus said, “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”  John 12:32  (NIV)
Man is drawn and made acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. This is why the Bible reveals to us Christ, so that we can know the Father, God.  Paul, inspired by God, wrote to young Timothy stating, “And how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.:  2 Timothy 3:15   (NIV)
Faith in Jesus, being the Messiah, saves.  How do we get faith? “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”   Romans 10:17  (NIV) 

  It is the Word of God (Bible) by the Holy Spirit of God that convinces, convicts and converts the lives of those who will let it.  Man is begotten by the Word of God, that is born again through the implanted seed of God.  The gospel message is the power of God unto salvation, to all who believe.  How essential it is, then, that we hear, know (experience) God’s Word, the Bible.

  Sir Walter Scott, aged and in-firmed, a writer of many volumes, lay upon his bed. He spoke to a friend standing by and asked: “Read to me from the book”.  “The book?” responded the friend, from what book shall I read?” he asked. “What Book?” answered Sir Walter Scott, there is but one book, read to me out of the Bible.” 

  If you want to know God fully, you need to go to the book, the Bible.   The Bible is our only rule for faith and practice.

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