Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Bible is Essential For the Christian Way of Life

The Bible is the most absorbing and interesting book on earth, and the most profitable to read and study. Those that take pleasure in God's Word are gaining a clear insight into the way of life. Our Bible is a guide for solving everyday problems in our life and for making right decisions in times of crisis. Above all, we are greatly interested in God's promise of everlasting life through knowing his requirements. ( John 17:3 ) All the information we need on His requirements is in our Bible and a guide for the way of life, but we need to understand what we read. ( Prov 4:7-9 )

Apart from God and His spiritual provisions, there can be no indefinite continuance of life. As to living forever, Jesus said: This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. ( John 17:3 )

The Bible's teachings, examples and doctrines are most practical for modern man. The righteous principles and high moral standards contained in this book set it apart and above all other books. Not only does the Bible answer important questions, it also provides many practical suggestions which, if followed, will do much to raise our physical and mental health.

Among the blessings God bestowed on all mankind is the regenerative power of our physical organisms, the ability our body has to heal itself when we get wounded. A physician may recommend certain measures to speed up our recovery, but in reality it is the God given recuperative powers within our body that accomplish the healing. Hence, the psalmist David acknowledged that, though he was born imperfect his Creator was able to sustain him during illness and heal all his maladies. ( Ps 51:5; 41:1-3; 103:2-4 ) God also restored the bodily health afflicted on Job. (Job 42:10)

The whole tenor Scriptures, including the teachings of God's Son is to the effect that the gaining of understanding of God's purposes, the doing of His will, and the attaining of salvation to life, are dependent primarily upon the heart. ( 1 Sam 16:7; 1 Chron 28:9) The Bible is unique in its ability to "discern thoughts and intentions of the heart," revealing what the person really is. ( Heb 4:12-13) As David said to his son Solomon: "Know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts."

The Bible Truth concerning our true God and Father: Our Father is the "God of truth." ( Ps 31:5 ) He is faithful in all his dealings. His promises are sure, for he cannot lie. ( Num 23:19; 1 Sam 15:29; Ps 89:35; Titus 1:2; Heb 6:17-18 ) He judges according to truth, that is, according to the way things really are, and not on the basis of outward appearance. ( Rom 2:2 compare John 7:24 )

God enlightens the 'eyes of the heart of His servants to the hope ahead. ( Eph 1:18 ) Thereby they see the hope in its full breadth and depth and love it. ( Eph 3:16-19 ) As to the hope of God's promise, that He would bring about a "new heavens" and a "new earth" and said the former things would not 'come up into the heart,' to cause distress, hurt or sorrow. ( Isa 65:17-19 ) This is the true way of life that Christian long hoped for, peace love and security.

It is evident throughout the Bible that the hope of servants of God has been to receive everlasting life at God's hands. This hope has encouraged them in maintaining faithfulness. And it is not a selfish hope. The apostle writes: Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. ( Heb 11:6 ) He is that kind of God; it is one of the qualities for which He deserves full devotion from His creatures.

Throughout the Holy Bible we find that there are great benefits for the righteous. God loves the righteous and cares for them. David wrote: I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging for bread. ( Ps 37:25 ) Solomon said: The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, But He cast away the desire of the wicked. ( Prov 10:3 ) The Bible also said God is to judge the inhabited earth in righteousness by Jesus Christ, and will create "new heavens and a new earth" in which righteousness is to dwell. ( Acts !7:31; 2 Pet 3:13 )

Jesus' parable at Luke 19:11-27 shows what the 'coming of the Kingdom' means: its coming to execute judgment, destroying all opposes, and bringing relief and reward to those hoping in it. ( Compare Rev 16:14-16; 19:11-21.) The following express "let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth," thus refers primarily, not to the doing of God's will by us, but, rather, to God's own acting in fulfillment of His will toward the earth and its inhabitants, manifesting His power to realize the declared purpose. The one praying, of course, also expresses thereby his own preference for, and submission to, that will. ( Compare Matt 26:39 ) The request for daily bread, forgiveness, protection against temptation and deliverance from the wicked one, all relate to the petitioner's desire to continue living in God's favor. He expresses this desire for all others of like faith, not for himself alone. ( Compare Colossians 4:12)

To get the true understanding of the Bible for the Christian way of life, we must pray to God: "Make me understand, that I may observe your law and that I may keep it with my whole heart that I may keep living." ( Ps 119:34, 73, 144 ) This is the right motive with regard to a way of life that will lead to eternal life. The apostle prayed for the Colossian Christians that they might be "filled with knowledge of God's will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding that you may walk worthy of the Lord." ( Col 1:9-10)

As to prayer for the Christian way of life, Jesus said to "keep on asking, seeking and knocking,' not giving up. ( Luke 11:5-10 ) Jesus told his disciples: "If two of you on earth agree concerning anything of importance that they should request, it will take place for them due to my Father in heaven." ( Matt 18:19 ) John states: The confidence that we should have toward Him, "that no matter what it is that we ask according to His will , He hears us." So let us ask in prayer with confidence for the true understanding of the Bible teachings for the way of life that will guide us into everlasting life.

Everlasting life is a good reason for why we should make it our interest to read the Holy Bible, not only should we read the Bible, but we should make it our main interest to do a Bible study on a daily bases. For eventual possession of the earth is promised to the righteous; the wicked are to be cleared out of the earth as a "ransom" for the righteous, for as long as the wicked are in control the righteous cannot have peace. And the possessions of the wicked will go to the righteous, as the proverb states: The wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous." ( Prov 13:22; 21:18 )

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