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Scripture – God’s Word

13 Nov

God has chosen to reveal Himself to us. To reveal means to make known. God wants us to know Him. So how does God reveal Himself to us? There are a number of ways:

1) Through His creation. Romans 1:18-20 “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” NIV

2) Through Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy 1:8-10 “So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” NIV

3) Through His Word (the Bible). 1 John 5:13 “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” NIV

The Bible is God’s love letter to us. Back when Emily and I were courting, we wrote hundreds of letters. Love letters. Letters that communicated what was going on in our lives, what God was doing, and our love for one another. God’s Word is similar. In it are stories of God at work, His relationships with various people, and His love for us. When you get a chance, pick up God’s love letter to you and spend some time with Him.

This week I would like you to post a comment on your favorite Bible passage and why.

 
3 Comments

Posted by on November 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

3 responses to “Scripture – God’s Word

  1. Steve P

    November 15, 2012 at 12:27 am

    1 Corinthians chapter 15 verse 10, “but by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

    What a beautifully sad picture of the apostle Paul. Here was man who persecuted those who proclaimed the name of Jesus. He sought Christians to be tortured and killed. Yet, God chose Paul to spread the name of Jesus. Paul thrived in this work because of the unending love he had for Jesus. But here we see a glimpse into the man himself, “but by the grace of God, I am what I am.” You don’t think there were nights Paul woke up in a cold sweat seeing the faces of those he had persecuted, those he had sent to be tortured, and those he had killed knowing that EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM was innocent? And yet God still forgave Paul and knew he was the only one equipped to spread the love of Jesus. Here was a man with no remorse, CONVINCED he was doing right when he was really doing evil. Really this is a beautifully sad picture of every believer in Christ. No words touch me more than, “but by the grace of God, I am what I am.” Paul knew there was no reason for God to forgive him, there was no reason to choose him for his work, no reason to do great things throughout the known world through Paul. Yet God ALWAYS forgives, no matter the offense. I have done plenty of things I regret and spent a lot of time in my youth apart from God drinking and chasing after girls. When I read first 1 Corinthians 15:10 I picture Paul spending many a sleepless night staring at himself in the mirror wondering why God chose him after all he did to hurt Him. Now when I look back on those times apart from God I feel ashamed that I did those things. They may not be a big deal to many other people, but it is such a humbling and shameful feeling when you realize that you are doing things that anger God–and you are happily doing them thinking nothing is wrong with your actions. Thank God for his grace! Although from time to time God does force me to come to grips with some of the things I’ve done in the past, I am so much more happier that God forgave me and loves me still. And he wants me to spread this love (agape) to the world. Just like the song says, and just like Paul knew, you have to have more of Him and less of you every day! The only way back to God is to surrender yourself to him, knowing that it is not about what you as an individual are capable of doing because God wants you to trust in his infinite power and wisdom, not your own. I rest in Christ knowing what I do is not me, but Christ living in me and through me. I know now as I follower of Christ no matter if I am successful, no matter if I fail, no matter what, but by the grace of God, I am what I am.

     
  2. Kevin Richardson

    November 15, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Well written, powerful truth.

     
  3. Rob Kull (@rkull)

    November 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    My favorite Bible passage is the Beatitudes. It is a great reminder of the blessings God has in store for someone who leads a life seeking after God.

     

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