“So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.’ He said to him, ‘Feed My lambs.’” John 21:15
When believers fall, they sometimes falsely think that their service, usefulness, and preciousness to God the Father are at an end. Thankfully, those who have received Christ by faith have become children in His family, and can neverRead More
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17
People sometimes caricature the rift between Adam and Eve and their Creator as being a matter of stolen “apples.” Of course, this betrays an ignorance of the Scripture’s sophisticated narrative of the history of mankind’s progenitors. The tree was not an apple tree, but rather “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” What is more, people often criticize God for seemingly overreactingRead More
“And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” Genesis 2:9
There is a common misconception about God: many people erroneously assume that He does not want them to enjoy life – that He is a sort of cosmic-killjoy. Nonetheless, from the beginning of creation the Almighty demonstrates His desire to bless mankind and give them lasting joy. The problem is that humans have a skewed understanding of well-being. Many of the things that we love in this world are self-destructive. The drunk loves his drink; the addict loves herRead More
The term “work” often conjures up images of drudgery, fatiguing toil, and unrequited effort. To pleasure-loving westerners, the choice between work and play usually presents no contest. Of course, it is true that there are “workaholics” – people who thrive on mental or physical labor. Yet the high heart attack rate among hard working people shows that there is a human cost to our labor-oriented society.Read More
“Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” Genesis 1:3
Light is frequently used metaphorically in the Bible. For example, Psalm 119:130 declares: “The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” There it obviously refers to light’s elucidating character: it shows things as they actually are; therefore, it conveys intelligence, understanding, and wisdom. Of course, the Scriptures also use this versatile symbol to depict good versus evil (e.g. 1 John 1:5-7.) All wisdom, truth, and goodness are rooted in the Creator’s own being; this light is supremely revealed in His Word.
God is speaking, is anyone listening?
From the outset of creation, it is evident that God verbally reveals Himself. “God said” is repeated ten times throughout the Bible’s first chapter. Hebrews 1:1-2 reiterates this truth in these words: “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.” This incomparable Son – called the Word in John 1:1 – is the chief means of God’s self-disclosure. There is a vital connection between Him and the written Word of God, for it is in the Scriptures that He most clearly shows Himself.
Today people often ignore God’s Word in favor of their own notions and opinions, yet this is a grave mistake. Genesis 1 demonstrates that God’s Word is powerful: He speaks and light appears, life is created, the stars are formed – all without difficulty. His Word is effective; it accomplishes whatever He says.
The Word of God is living and powerful
Thankfully, the New Testament affirms that the Scriptures also effect new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17.) A sinner, spiritually separated from his Maker, upon believing the Word is transformed by it. This change is described in the Bible as being born again (John 3); it is a brand new beginning, offering a new relationship with the Creator through His Son Jesus (John 17:3.) The content of that Word is the glorious story of Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, followed by His triumphant resurrection, and His glorious ascension back to heaven (1 Corinthians 15.) 1 Peter 1:23 describes the eternal and abiding result of believers who are born again by this Word: “Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.”
The same Word that saves also sanctifies: that is, it changes a believer into a holy being who reflects the character of His Lord (John 17:17.) This work will culminate in every true Christian being conformed to Christ’s glorious image (Romans 8:28-30.) Believers will be transformed inside and out in the most extreme makeover ever seen in the universe. What is more, they will share in “the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1:12.) God’s Word and His light meet in eternity, therefore, as believers forever bask in the light with Almighty God (Revelation 21-22.)
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