THE BIBLE

A guest article by Chuck Schumann of Louisville, Kentucky  

    “THERE ARE SOME BASIC TRUTHS ABOUT THE BIBLE THAT EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD BE AWARE OF:

THE BIBLE IS NOT A SERIES OF BOOKS WRITTEN BY DIFFERENT AUTHORS.

IT IS ONE BOOK WITH ONE THEME AND EVERY WORD WRITTEN IN IT HAS BEEN   PROVIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO THE PROPHETS, AND APOSTLES  WHO SERVED AS THE RECORDERS OF THE DIVINELY INSPIRED  WORD OF GOD.           (Read 2nd Peter 1:20-21)

IT IS THE STORY OF GOD’S UNENDING LOVE, HIS LABORS WITH HIS CREATION MAN,  THE UNENDING PROVIDENTIAL CARE FOR THIS CREATION AND THE AMAZING AND UNENDING GRACE OF GOD  WHO SENT HIS SON JESUS TO DIE FOR US AND REMOVE OUR SINS SO THAT WE MAY BE THE CO-INHERITORS WITH HIM  OF GOD’S HEAVENLY KINGDOM.

IT WAS NOT WRITTEN TO ENTERTAIN US, IT IS MEANT TO ENLIGHTEN US.

THE OLD TESTAMENT GIVES US THE HISTORY OF GOD AND MAN AND THE EFFORTS THAT WENT INTO PREPARING MAN FOR THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH, OFFERING SALVATION TO ALL WHO WILL OBEDIENTLY FOLLOW GOD.  IT IS A COLLECTION OF LOVE LETTERS BETWEEN GOD AND MAN.  IT IS AN INSTRUCTION BOOK THAT SHOWS US HIS WILL AND THE WAY OF SALVATION. IT CONSOLES US WHEN WE NEED CONSOLING.  IT GUIDES US WHEN WE SEEK DIRECTION.  IT EDUCATES US WHEN THE WORLD CONFUSES US. IT LIFTS US WHEN WE HAVE FALLEN,  IT STRENGTHENS US WHEN WEAKNESS OVERTAKES US, IT SAVES US WHEN WE ARE LOST, IT REWARDS US WHEN  WE ARE OBEDIENT.

IT REVEALS GODS MIND, LOVE AND GRACE SO THAT WE KNOW WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE HAS IN STORE FOR US.  IT IS THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH THAT SETS US FREE FROM THE SIN, CORRUPTION AND CONFUSION OF THIS WORLD, WHICH IS ONLY OUR TEMPORARY HOME.”

P.S. Chuck and I have been friends ever since 1975, when we served together at the South Louisville Christian Church, Louisville, Kentucky.  Chuck was one our teachers when I served there as minister.  He was and is an excellent communicator.  He loves the Lord, His Word and serves Him as his health allows.

I was thinking of that saying about the BIBLE meaning “basic instructions before leaving earth.”
Thanks Chuck for your insight into His Word.

2 Responses to “THE BIBLE”

  1. Thanks so much Max for sharing this from our friend Chuck ! I believe the Bible is a gift from God to us and we sure fail in our Christian walk when we do not study His word to us. Thank you so much for our time in our Bible study each morning. I have learned so much, and besides, I dearly love hearing you reading it to me ,what a wonderful way to begin our day !
    Love and Prayers, Joann

  2. Dear Max,
    Many times in my life I’ve read instruction manuals before preparing to work on a project, but still have difficulty getting it right. Sometimes I just need good visual instructions and God has, in some situations, provided those also. I may not have understood at the time why, but in retrospect, now know. It’s in his plan, just like your devotional. Thanks Max

    Sincerely, Mark

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