An important rule of walking with God is to know Scripture within its context. Avoid misusing verses of the Bible. It is God’s word and will for our faith and life. We must respect the original meaning of its author. (This is a concept that many reject today, but twist something they say and listen to them howl!) Continue reading
READ: “Therefore, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold on to the traditions that we taught you, whether by speech or by letter” 2 Thes 2.15.
THINK: Without the live teaching of the apostles, we have their holy writings in the NT. The traditions are the teachings that Christ gave to the apostles and prophets in the first century. One must not go beyond what is written, 1 Cor 4.6, add to the word of God nor take away from it, Deut 4.6; Prov 30.11; Rev 22.18-19. What was transmitted by the apostles must be practiced exactly, 1 Cor 11.2. Continue reading
READ: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” 2 Tim 2.15 ESV.
THINK: The right handling of the word spares the disciple from shame and allows him to be approved by God. It also helps him to avoid involvement in useless debates and profane chatter, vv. 14, 16. Right handling is more than reading: it means a careful study in order to arrive at a correct comprehension of the text, that leads to communicating “with precision” (ISV). Continue reading
READ: “’What is written in the law?’ He asked him. ‘How do you read it?’” Lk 10.26.
THINK: God’s family is a people who read. They meditate constantly on his law, Psa 1.2. All should hear the word of the Lord, 1 Thes 5.27. We will be judged by it, Jn 12.48; Heb 4.12-13. Zeal must be accompanied by knowledge, Rom 10.2. We must excel in knowledge, 2 Cor 8.7, among other things. In the Scriptures are God’s power, Mt 22.29, and eternal life, Jn 5.39. We must examine them daily, Acts 17.11. Continue reading
READ: “and how from infancy you have known the holy writings, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” 2 Tm 3.15 NET.
THINK: Faith comes by hearing the truth in Scripture. Faith has to have content: in Christ. It is the initial condition for salvation. What’s important is to believe in Jesus and let that faith lead us to obedience. Continue reading
“[The Bible] is the only source of divine knowledge we have, and we should rejoice that we can learn enough from it and understand enough of its instructions, if we will believe and obey it, to guide us in to the port of eternal felicity. … Is the word of God a dead letter? … the word, unless accompanied by the Holy Spirit is dead, and therefore has no power to convert or turn sinners to God.”
Life and Sermons of Jesse L. Sewell, p. 134
by J. Randal Matheny © 2015
What cheerful word, what charm of love?
Who’ll ring the tones of the righteous God
And the deeds of saints? The daily food
To revive our hearts and fill our souls?
What truths of God can entrance the mind? Continue reading
The word apocalipse (the Portuguese title for the last book of the Bible) means revelation. God wanted to reveal truths to his people. He chose the apostle John to reveal to them the message that he wanted to communicate. Continue reading
Many recognize that the commercial media is a means of manipulation and base appeal, in order to persuade the consumer to think, act, and buy according to the subtlety (or not) of suggestion. (It’s ironic to see people talk so much about being independent using brand-name clothing, mass technology, and popular products.) Friends are another strong influence of opinion and conduct. In one way or another, something or someone will direct and control our thoughts. Continue reading