The Basics Of Faithful Bible Reading Part 3: Validation Of Life C. Ross Duncan
Welcome to installment 3 of The Basics of Faithful Bible Reading. This article will help us continue to notice in our lives individually and in daily life practically, why reading God’s Word is vital and valuable to us as believers. We know that God’s Word is read by a vast number of believers across the globe. Still, I am afraid that most of us do not open the Bible for purposes that honor God in how it becomes applicable to our daily lives, and therefore do not experience its life-changing effects.
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The Basics Of Faithful Bible Reading Part 2: Value For Life C. Ross Duncan
Welcome to installment 2 of The Basics of Faithful Bible Reading. This article will discuss what I think will be one of the most important topics of the blogs I will be writing on this subject. When I hear the word value concerning the Bible, I cannot help but think of the Bible alone as the most essential resource a believer will ever possess. Indeed without it, we can never understand what Christianity even is, much less its value or its value for us.
The Basics Of Faithful Bible Reading Part 1: Vitality To Life C. Ross Duncan
Welcome to installment 1 of 4 in this series on The Basics Of Faithful Bible Reading. In this article, I desire to help us grasp a practical understanding of why daily Bible reading is vital for those who have placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.
The Basics Of Faithful Bible Reading Introduction: The Task At Hand
Looking back over our lives as Christians, what can we remember up to this point in our journey with the Lord? Maybe it is unexpected events that took us by surprise, or maybe a friend or coworker we talked to a few times about Jesus who finally gave their life to the Lord, or maybe it was a hurt that we saw the Lord heal and restore in friendships and relationships that we thought would never be like they were before they went down the drain.
"Behold, the days are coming," declares the Lord God, "when I will send a famine on the land - not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it." (Amos 8:11-12 ESV)
I believe you are seeing this exact description play out in our day as it has in other days. For far too long our churches in America have rejected the plain and expositional teaching of the true Word of God and have heaped themselves to things they want to hear.
Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. (Galatians 2:16 ESV)
John MacArthur in his commentary on Galatians says the following about justification and salvation:
"The basic term was originally used forensically of a judge declaring an accused person not guilty and right before the law. It was the opposite of being declared guilty and condemned. Throughout Scripture, justification refers to God's declaring a sinner to be guiltless on the basis of faith in Him. It is the free and gracious act by which God declares a sinner right with Himself – forgiving, pardoning, restoring, and accepting him on the basis of nothing but trust in the Person and work of His Son, Jesus Christ.
But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. (Galatians 2:11-13 ESV)
In a sermon "Not Corrupting the Word," J. C. Ryle told the following account:
In the sixteenth century, there was a protestant reformer in England by the name of Hugh Latimer. He was known as a great preacher of his day and as a result, he had many opportunities to speak. Once he found that he was to preach before the King Henry VIII of England. As he thought about his great responsibility to bring a message before the king, he realized that the message that God laid on his heart was not the message that the king would want to hear.
Once the devil was walking along with one of his cohorts. They saw a man ahead of them pick up something shiny. "What did he find?" asked the cohort. "A piece of the truth," the devil replied. "Doesn't it bother you that he found a piece of the truth?" asked the cohort. "No," said the devil, "I will see to it that he makes a religion out of it." Truth taken out of context and twisted is the basis for many false religions.
Dr. James White said in his teaching on Hebrews: "The only true path to exaltation and being commended by God is that of humiliation. The person who seeks exaltation will be humbled. The person who is humbled will be exalted by God."
Instead of exalting Christ in our life and humbling ourselves, we so often exalt ourselves and bring Christ down from where He rightfully belongs and that is Lord and God of all. Instead of exalting Christ, we exalt idols after our own imaginations and fleshly desires and we worship them which means that we are ultimately worshiping ourselves instead of God.