The Holy Spirit

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the LORD has appointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to hear the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound (Isaiah 61:1:1).”’

When did you last hear any preaching about the Holy Spirit? In my case, a very long time ago; in fact so long ago I can’t remember much about the preaching, except the Spirit is He who gives life to those who are dead in their trespasses and sin (Ephesians 2:1). Now, that’s of great importance; for, without life in the Spirit (John 3:3-6), we have no hope of salvation – that’s salvation from our sins (Matthew 1:21), the power of sin (Acts 26:18) and everlasting hell (Matthew 18:8; Revelation 20:15; 21:8).

The Bible makes it very clear through a *combination of texts that the Holy Spirit is one of the Persons of the Godhead; the other two being God the Father and Jesus Christ – three persons in one God – for God is One (Mark 12:32; Romans 3:30). It’s difficult for our limited and feeble minds to understand the apparent paradox of there being three Persons in One God. Of course, there is no paradox, since the Word of God is true and does not contradict itself.

Each Person of the Godhead has a role to play, and yet they work together in complete harmony to carry out their plan of salvation agreed between them from before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4).

The Holy Spirit Equips People for God’s Service

The first mention of the Holy Spirit in the Bible is in Genesis 1:2 : ‘The earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.’ The Holy Spirit was active in the creation. We find, too, that Jesus was the Creator of the universe, along with God the Father (John 1:1-3).

From that time onwards the Spirit has had a distinctive role. We learn from Genesis 41 that Joseph could, by the enabling of the Spirit (V 38), know the dreams of Pharaoh and interpret their meanings. The Spirit revealed to Joseph there would be seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine. In Exodus 31 we have the account of God filling Bezaleel with His Spirit so that he would have wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and all manner of workmanship for designing artistic works for the construction of the tabernacle of meeting and all its appurtenances. So the Holy Spirit equips God’s people for carrying out certain tasks.

Throughout the Old Testament there are numerous texts indicating the Spirit was given to chosen people to enable them to carry out God’s will; for example: Numbers 11:17, 25, 26; Judges 6:34; 11:29. Perhaps one of the more well-known visitations of the Spirit was when He came upon Saul to enable him to prophesy (1 Samuel 10:6, 10).

The Coming of the Holy Spirit for Giving Birth to the Church

Before the resurrected Jesus ascended into heaven He appeared to His disciples and others gathered with them (Luke 24:33, 36) and said, ‘“Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you, but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high (Luke 24:49).”’ He was referring to the giving of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2), and it was the Spirit that transformed (2 Corinthians 5:17) those who heard Peter’s explanation of what was happening (VV 14-39) there at that time. Peter told them to repent and to be baptised for the remission of their sins (V 38), and they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit who would empower them to speak and act in His name. Water baptism did not bring them forgiveness and salvation. Jesus is the Saviour, and it is He who forgives sin through the gift of faith by His grace (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

The Book of Acts draws attention to one specific visual manifestations of of the giving of the Holy Spirit, It came in the form of what appeared to be ‘divided tongues, as of fire (Acts 2:3)’ that ‘sat upon each of them’.  At that time the disciples and those gathered with them spoke in tongues, i.e., different languages, ‘as the Spirit gave them utterance’ (V 4).

Later, Peter visited Cornelius and his household who were Gentiles, as distinct from Jews. He had come to the conclusion that God accepts people from all nations – not just the Jews (Acts 10:28, 29, 34, 35). While he was with Cornelius and his household the Holy Spirit fell upon them, and they spoke ‘with tongues (Acts 10:46)’, but there was no mention of there being ‘divided tongues, as of fire (Acts 2:3)’ on that occasion. The same can be said of the time the Holy Spirit came upon disciples of John the Baptist when Paul laid hands on them and ‘they spoke with tongues and prophesied (Acts 19:6).’

I believe these signs, i.e., the manifestation of ‘divided tongues’ and speaking with tongues, were temporary for the fulfilment of Scripture, and for confirming and verifying the arrival of God’s Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church (Acts 2:-21). I know of others, who claim they speak in a tongue (1 Corinthians 14:2-27). This is quite different to ‘speaking with other tongues’, as in Acts 2:4-6, which were foreign languages.

These early New Testament ‘signs’ were temporary expositions verifying and testifying of the coming of the Holy Spirit in a special, empowering way.

The Holy Spirit Today

Today the Spirit dwells within those to whom He has been given. Jesus said,’“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you (John 14:18),”’ and He said the ‘Helper’, the ‘Spirit of Truth’ will abide with them (V 17). He is the Holy Spirit who indwells all believers and guides them ‘into all truth (John 16:13).’

Once again, I cannot emphasis enough that it is the Holy Spirit who gives birth (John 3:3-8) to those who are dead in their trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1). They are then able to believe and trust the Saviour Jesus who died to save them from hell, and not be subject to the binding requirements of the Mosaic law (Daniel 9:11; Leviticus 26:14-46). They are forgiven their sin (Psalm 103:12; cf Hebrews 9:26), and Christ brings them into His kingdom (Colossians 1:13; 2 Peter 1:11).

*The Godhead Comprised of Three Persons in One

http://www.bible.ca/trinity/trinity-proof-texts.htm

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Our God is a Consuming Fire

‘For our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).’

Fire is to be feared and respected. When I was a child my mother warned me several times about being careful when handling matches. In those days our house was heated with coal fires and there was an anthracite stove in the kitchen. It was wartime, and sometimes there were power failures which plunged us into darkness. We used candles and torches to give us light. Every room was equipped with at least one candle and matches. Therefore you can understand why my mother was so concerned about me being careful with matches.

James gives us an illustration in the Bible of a tongue being like a tiny flame that sets on fire a great forest (James 3:5); therefore the tongue needs to be tamed to prevent it from spreading evil, which in turn multiplies itself. [One lie leads to more lies.] The *Grenvell Tower fire was ignited by a tiny flame which grew and became an inferno of death and destruction.

We may be surprised, therefore, that the author of Hebrews describes our God as ‘a consuming fire’ (Hebrews 12:29). What does fire do? It utterly destroys all in its path. The recent **fires of California have caused death and destruction, the likes of which have not been seen before – whole neighbourhoods, such as the town of Paradise, have been wiped out!

The Bible warns over-and-again of God’s destructive power likened to the purging force of fire which He will bring to bear upon His enemies:

Psalm 21:8, 9 ‘Your hand will find all Your enemies; Your right hand will find those who hate You. You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger; the LORD shall swallow them up in His wrath.’

Psalm 50:3 ‘Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent; a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous all around Him.

Isaiah 47:14 ‘Behold, they shall be as stubble, the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame; it shall not be a coal to be warmed by, nor a fire to sit before!

Isaiah 66:15, 16 ‘For behold, the LORD will come with fire and with His chariots, like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by His sword the LORD will judge all flesh; and the slain of the LORD shall be many.’

Ezekiel 22:21, 22 ‘“Yes, I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and you shall be melted in its midst. As silver is melted in the midst of a furnace, so shall you be melted in its midst; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have poured out My fury on you.”’

Matthew 3:12 ‘“His winnowing fan is in His hand; and He will thoroughly purge His winnowing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”’

Matthew 13:41, 42 ‘“The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of the kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

2 Peter 3:7, 10 ‘But the heavens and the earth which now exist are kept in store by the same word, reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. …… But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.’

Our God, who is consuming fire, is a God of justice (Deuteronomy 32:4; Isaiah 30:18). As such He will destroy all His enemies, and finally His arch-enemies:

Revelation 19:20 ‘Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshipped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.’

Revelation 20:10 ‘And the devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.’

Therefore let us take heed and keep our tongues from evil (Matthew 6:13).

*Grenvell Tower Fire

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire

**Californian Paradise Fire

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46198498

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The Redemption of God’s People

‘Therefore say to the children of Israel,”I am the LORD; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as My people and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from the burdens of the Egyptians (Exodus 6:6, 7).’

The sense in which the word ‘redeem’ is used in the above passage is ‘deliverance from bondage’ – the deliverance of God’s chosen people from their distress of physical labour and oppression under the tyrannical rule of the Egyptians (Exodus 5). God promised Moses He would judge their oppressors with demonstrations of His power (Exodus 7-11:10). He would free them from slavery (Leviticus 26:13) and He would take them for Himself to be His people. He would be their God (Genesis 17:6-8) who would free them from the shackles of slavery.

Furthermore He promised to take them to a land flowing with milk and honey (Exodus 3:8), a land where they would have peace (Leviticus 26:6) and prosperity. To this end He commanded Abram to leave Ur, the country of his birth, and to take with him his kindred and his father’s house. God said He would show them a land they would inherit, and He would make of him a great nation that would live in the land. He would have many descendants (Genesis 12:1-3) and He would bless him and make his name great. Abram himself would be a blessing, and God would bless those who bless him (Genesis 12:1-3).

About 645 years later when Abram’s descendants were slaves in Egypt, God sent Moses to deliver them from their bondage, and to take them to the promised land (Exodus 3-6). After roaming in the desert for forty years, and Moses having died (Deuteronomy 34), Joshua their new leader, took them across the river Jordan (Joshua 3) to enter and capture the promised land. Under the power of God’s mighty hand (Deuteronomy 3:24) they conquered every king (Joshua 12:7-24) – thirty-one in all (v 24). Seven years after crossing the Jordan Joshua allotted the land they had conquered to the tribes of Israel (Joshua 13-22).

God had faithfully redeemed His people from slavery and brought them into the promised land, but as the years passed by they utterly failed Him. They were a disobedient people who lacked faith in Him (Acts 7:51; Romans 9:31, 32). Over and again, because of their disobedience, God punished them (Ezra 9:13). Despite many warnings from His Prophets (Acts 7:52) they failed to draw near to Him and worshipped foreign gods (Psalm 81:8-13). They were overthrown by the Assyrians (2 Kings 17:1-6, 24; 18:7, 9; Isaiah 10:6, 12, 22, 24, 34) and the Babylonians who exiled (2 Chronicles 33:11) them to their own lands.

Jesus, the Redeemer

It wasn’t until 432 BC when Nehemiah (Chapter13) restored God’s laws that there was a measure of peace again in Judah – nearly a thousand years of strife and discord had passed. In 430 BC Malachi announced the future coming of the Messiah (Malachi 3:1), i.e., Jesus, who would save [redeem] His people from their sins, and inaugurate for them the new covenant of grace (Hebrews 8:7-13) through the shedding of His blood (Matthew 26:28). He would save them and give them access to His kingdom (John 17:24) where they would have peace (John 14:27) and prosperity (John 10:10) for evermore (Revelation 21:1-22:5).

‘And they sang a new song, saying:”You are worthy to take the scroll, and open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God, and we shall reign on the earth (Revelation 5:9).”’

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The Reality of ‘Now’

‘“In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).’

How do we understand ‘now’? Most dictionaries define it as the ‘present’. That doesn’t really tell us much. ‘Now’ is a specific moment in time, and as I’ve mentioned previously in my article about *time, time is part of God’s creation of the universe. I suggested there are various ways of measuring and understanding time, but eventually God will bring it to an end (2 Peter 3:7, 10, 12). Immediately afterwards He will re-form us by giving us spiritual bodies (1 Corinthians 15:42-44) and incorporate us into His eternal system of time (2 Peter 3:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

People say they live for the present, i.e., the ‘now’ (Ecclesiastes 3:12, 13). They say the future is uncertain, and many believe there will never be a future for them after death. They believe they will not exist in a tangible, animate form. They insist they will become nothing more than inanimate elements – dust and ashes without cognisance. They dismiss God and deny that He exists. So they live for the present.

Existence

The seventeenth century French philosopher René Descartes is famous for saying, “I think, therefore I am.” The lesser known assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, Arnapurna Rath, puts a different slant on existence. She says, **“I feel, therefore I am.” I would add, “I know, therefore I am.” We know of our existence through our five senses which are intrinsically linked to the cerebral cortex, the seat of our rational being.

Existence is very real when one experiences extreme pain. It can be so severe for the sufferer, that he or she would gladly die to be relieved of the agony. Paul the Apostle pleaded three times with the Lord for Him to remove a ‘thorn’ in his flesh, but He replied that His grace was sufficient for him (2 Corinthians 12:9). Perhaps not in the same context, Paul said, “For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21).” His life was so dedicated to Christ that the closer to Him he could get, the more real would be his existence with Him, and the happier he would be. In Christ he truly existed (John 14:20). In God he had eternal life (John 3:16).

Existence is more than the present, i.e., the ‘now’ – for existence is in the ***mind, the body and the soul. In our mind we are cognisant of the present, and we can prognosticate, i.e., consider prospects of the future. If we are sensible we will prepare for what may be ahead. Our five senses inform our mind regarding our physical state, and the mind is programmed for our survival. Our soul is eternal, for it never dies. If we are born-again Christians our souls dwell in the eternity of Christ, i.e., we are in Him; but if our souls have never been enlivened by the Holy Spirit (John 3:3-6) we are in satan, dead in trespasses and sin (Ephesians 2:1).

Now

How real is the present? – our ‘now’.

‘Now’ is very real. It is tangible, significant and precious. The reality of ‘now’ is experiential. It is significant; for in the present we [Christians] can make a difference for good. We can please God by doing good (Ephesians 2:10) to others while in His service and to His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31), but those who are in the flesh cannot please Him (Romans 8:8). ‘Now’ is precious, as life is precious; for without life (John 1:4) there can be no experiential ‘now’. Moments can never be retrieved; therefore ****procrastination is a real evil, and a tool of satan.

Let us make good use of every waking moment.

‘Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).’

*Time

https://thebiblicalway.blog/2018/06/06/time/

**I feel, therefore I am

http://www.fundamatics.net/i-feel-therefore-i-am/

***Mind, Body and Soul

https://thebiblicalway.blog/2018/07/23/mind-body-and-soul/

****Procrastination – a Tool of Satan

https://thebiblicalway.blog/2017/12/06/procrastination-a-tool-of-satan/

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A Christian’s Great Adventure

For much of my life I’ve been fascinated with sailboat adventurers – more specifically people who sail small boats across oceans. I suppose my interest in them can be traced back to my history teacher who made the voyages of Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake come alive for me. They were real adventurers who thrived on the rush of adrenaline. Their motives and desires were not always noble; indeed, some historians would brand them as privateers, robbers and murderers who sought glory, fame and riches for themselves. Incidentally, both of them ended their days by being executed!

Planning and Equipping for Adventures

The point I wish to make is that they were ‘adventurers’. Before setting off on their voyages they would have planned and prepared for possible eventualities, but they would have had no idea or assurance as to the outcomes of their adventures. In those days of sail the prospects of survival and success for trans-ocean sailors were very poor.

I too have sailed small boats on voyages of adventure – I grant you nothing so daring as the voyages of those Elizabethan sailors, but nevertheless, for some of my *adventures I had no idea how they would end. Like Raleigh and Drake I planned and prepared before embarking on them. I hoped they would end happily, but I could not tell. Thanks to God, all of them ended without loss of eye or limb.

God Equips His Adventurers

By contrast to my uncertainties, God knows the beginnings and the endings of all of our adventures, and what goes on between (Ephesians 1:4, 5). Indeed, He plans them and orchestrates them (2 Timothy 1:9). When He commissions us [Christians] to go forth in His Name, He doesn’t leave us alone (Hebrews 13:5, 6). He equips us with the sword of His Spirit which is the word of God, and He prepares us with the gospel of peace. Above all He gives us His shield of faith and the helmet of His salvation. We are protected by His breastplate of righteousness and we are girded with His truth (Ephesians 6:13-17). He fully equips and prepares us for all eventualities (1 Timothy 6:17).

Missionary Adventurers

Jesus leaves us in no doubt about where we are to go on our life’s voyage of adventure and what we are to do while upon it. He commissions us to ‘make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things’ commanded by Him (Matthew 28:19-20).

By the grace of God our life’s adventure is dedicated to His **glory. We can give Him absolutely nothing (Romans 11:35); for He has all things, and He has made all things (John 1:3). We depend upon Him for everything (Mathew 6:11) .

The Adventurer’s Reward

In His steadfast love and mercy (Exodus 34:6) God has set aside an inheritance (Ephesians 1:11; 1 Peter 1:4) for His adventurers. He welcomes us into His family as His adopted sons [daughters] (Romans 8:15-17; Galatians 4:4-7) to whom He will bestow rewards (Psalm 62:12;  Matthew 5:12; 6:4; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

In the Book of Revelation He gives us a glimpse of a new and greater adventure to come. His Word describes the new Jerusalem (Revelation 21:9-22) where we shall have a new beginning and the prospect of a never-ending adventure (John 3:16). The eternal city will be magnificent and glorious – beautiful beyond our wildest imagination. Within it we shall enjoy the most delectable and abundant life (John 10:10) in the presence of the Lord Almighty and the Lamb (Revelation 21:22).

For those who love God there is a very happy ending to this life’s adventure (Romans 8:28).

*Bill’s Log [My cruising logs]

http://bills-log.blogspot.com/p/cruising-logs.html

**The Glory of God

https://thebiblicalway.blog/2018/01/07/the-glory-of-god/

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The Apostles’ Creed

When I was sixteen I was confirmed in the Church of England. Preparation for the event included learning and reciting ‘The Apostles’ Creed, which goes as follows:

I believe in God the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth:

And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord,

Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

Born of the Virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

Was crucified, dead, and buried:

He descended into hell;

The third day he rose again from the dead;

He ascended into heaven,

And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;

From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost;

The holy Catholic Church;

The Communion of Saints;

The Forgiveness of sins;

The Resurrection of the body,

And the Life everlasting.

Amen.

This has stuck with me ever since, but at the time of my confirmation I did not understand or realise the deep significance of these words based on the doctrines of the Bible. Now I have a better insight to them through the revelation of the Holy Spirit; for unless one has been born of the Spirit (John 3:3-8), a person is unable to discern things of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9-16). By God’s grace through faith in His Son (Ephesians 2:8, 9), and by the revelation of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10), I have a better understanding of all parts of the Creed.

As stated at the *inception of this blog, I put no faith in creeds and confessions of faith, because they are devised by men and not by God. Men are open to error and their hearts cannot be trusted (Proverbs 28:26). Only the Bible itself can be trusted, but even with the Bible, one has to be wary because some translations fall short of the original, and most ancient sources of the texts. However, I feel I can make an exception with the Apostles’ Creed, because as far as I can ascertain it agrees entirely with the Bible, and it is a great summary of the Bible’s main doctrines.

Clarification of the Creed

A few points may need clarification; for example, the Holy Ghost, in modern translations of the Bible, is the Holy Spirit. Hell is the place the Bible calls **Sheol. The Holy Catholic Church is the true church of God, which is comprised of all believers; the term does not refer to the Roman Catholic Church, per se. The communion of saints is the fellowship or active relationship that believers have with God (Genesis 18:17-33; Exodus 33:9-11; Numbers 12:7, 8) and with Jesus (John 14:23). Believers commune or have fellowship with one another (Ephesians 4:1-6). They also meet with Jesus when remembering Him (1 Corinthians 11:23-26) at communion. This meeting is a special ‘communion’ that is commonly known as, ‘The Lord’s Supper’ (v 20).

The Apostles’s Creed an Exception

In view of the accord of the Apostles’ Creed with the Scriptures, I have made it an exception to other creeds and confessions of faith, and I recommend it to all Christians. I suggest they should memorise it as an aide-memoire for use when they find themselves in difficult situations.

Let me explain: There are times when we can be hard-pressed because of the occurrences of traumatic, unexpected happenings. We may find ourselves stressed, even threatened for our very lives. Under those circumstances we may find verbalising meaningful prayers difficult. Even the simplest task such as recalling *** the Lord’s Prayer to help us focus on Him might not be easy. Likewise, shooting out simple ‘arrow’ prayers to God could be difficult because of the distractions of the moment, but we may be able to recall to mind The Apostles’ Creed. This could help remind and reassure us of our faith in the Almighty God (Genesis 35:11) – the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in Jesus Himself in whom we have peace (Philippians 4:6, 7).

*An Extract from:

‘The Fallibility of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith?’

https://thebiblicalway.blog/2017/11/08/the-fallibility-of-the-1689-london-baptist-confession-of-faith/

‘Each one of us who worships the Lord has a responsibility to seek the truth contained within the Bible. We must use our reasoning in like manner to that of the Bereans who diligently searched the Scriptures to ascertain the truth. (Acts 17:11) The answer for us is to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth as we study the Bible. (John 16:13) By relying on fallible Confessions of Faith we can be led astray. We must rely on God’s Word alone; appropriate it and live it in the Truth, i.e. for Jesus to His glory. We must abide in Him. (John 15:4, 5). We should not put our faith in men, but trust Jesus and His infallible Word. (1 Timothy 4:10).’

**Hell

https://thebiblicalway.blog/2018/03/30/hell/

***The Lord’s Prayer

https://thebiblicalway.blog/2018/05/18/the-lords-prayer-chapter-1/

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“Come Unto Me.” – The Words of Jesus

I was searching through folders and files I keep on my computer, and I came across some old notes entitled ‘Life Words’. They were all about the invitation Jesus gives to everyone to COME to Him. This is a universal invitation, but not all are able to accept it. [Read below]

Life Words

‘Life Words’ is an organisation that was originally called the Scripture Gift Mission. It was founded by William Walters in 1888. His great desire was for all people to read the Bible, and to that end he started publishing them. Since then the Mission has published Bibles and Testaments in over 1,000 languages. You can read more about their work at: https://www.lifewords.global .

The Invitation

Jesus has extended His invitation for people to come to Him from the moment He set about His Father’s business (Luke 2:49). He made this possible by living a perfect, sin free life (Hebrews 4:15), dying on a cross and by being raised to life (Romans 6:4). From the time of the sending of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2) who gives life to those who are dead in their trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1), millions have been drawn to the Father through the Son. The story will continue until Jesus returns at the ‘great and awesome day of the LORD (Acts 2:20).’

The words Jesus speaks are the words of eternal life (John 6:68), and they are found in the Bible. Unless people ‘hear’ these words they cannot be brought to faith in Jesus (John 6:65). Hearing is the key. If they do not hear Jesus, who is the Prophet spoken of by God to Moses (Acts 3:22, 23), they have no hope. If they are enabled to respond by the power of the Spirit (Romans 15:13) they willingly ‘come’ to Jesus.

Therefore, unless there are people like those at the Scripture Gift Mission, preachers of God’s Word, missionaries world-wide, and born-again Christians who ‘speak’ the words of the Prophet, the unsaved are unable to hear Him (Romans 10:17).

His words, and only His words (John 14:6), are the key to eternal life (John 6:68). These life-giving words are found in the Bible.

Life Word Verses – “Come Unto Me.”

Matthew 11:28, 29

28 Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Matthew 19:14

14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Luke 9:23

23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

John 5:40

40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

John 5:24

24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

John 6:37

37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.

John 6:45

45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

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