Blessed New Year
After reading a recent letter, I am so thankful I don’t find God or His inspired word outdated, but a source of instruction, comfort, and strength. These are available to all who hunger after wisdom. Prov. 1:20-23, The Bible has brought to faith some who sought to read and disprove it — as C.S. Lewis — because their hearts longed after truth. Its pages reveal the mystery of the gospel, prophesied in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New.
God has preserved His word through dire attempts to wipe it out, and Jesus is the living word. When He arose, He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in every believer and to lead us into all truth. John 16:13, Romans 1:22 answers the mistake of the pagan.
The Bible is extremely accurate historically and scientifically, but its unsurpassable wealth is the message of redemption: that sinful man can stand spotless before our holy creator God through the unmerited loving sacrifice of the God-man Jesus Christ. Rom. 4:25, Gal. 1:4.
Believers are human beings who ought to be doing, not because it saves us (it can’t Gal. 2:16), but because it glorifies God. Hebrews 13:16, 21, He has given every one of us a choice, to serve Him or deny Him. Josh. 24:15, 27.
While we celebrate the virgin birth of baby Jesus, the spirit of the one who sought to destroy him rages. Peter 5:8 — whose soon end is certain. Rom. 16:20; Rev. 20:2,10, We arm ourselves for this spiritual warfare with prayer and the word. Eph. 6:11-18.
In the fullness of time came Emmanuel, God with us. Gal. 4:4; Matt. 1:23. He is the perfect lamb, slain from the foundation of the world. 1 Peter 1:19, 20.
Have a blessed New Year.