Preachers sometimes preach what are known as “all scripture sermons” – sermons in which no human comment of any kind is made, but in which a number of scriptures are arranged in such an order as to tell a single story, present a particular truth, or teach an especially important lesson.
In this week’s “News & Views” we are presenting without comment a number of important biblical texts in which “the” is used to emphasize something of particular significance. According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, “the” is a definite article functioning as an adjective. It is used to specify persons or things, and is restrictive and limiting in nature. We would be wise to note a number of biblical texts in which it is used and the person or thing to which it is applied. Please give attention to the following. (All quotations are from the New King James Version).
“In THE beginning God created THE heavens and THE earth” (Genesis 1:1).
“I am THE Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:2-3).
“Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is THE whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:8).
“Thus says THE Lord: ‘Stand in THE ways and see, and ask for THE old paths, where is THE good way, and walk in it” (Jeremiah 6:16).
“Enter in at THE narrow gate; for wide is THE gate and broad is THE way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in through it. Because narrow is THE gate and difficult is THE way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in THE name of THE Father and of THE Son and of THE Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
“I am THE way, THE truth, and THE life. No one comes to THE Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
“For I am not ashamed of THE gospel of Christ, for it is THE power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
“THE cup of blessing which we bless, is it not THE communion of THE blood of Christ? THE bread which we break, is it not THE communion of THE body of Christ” (I Corinthians 10:16)?
“For we must all appear before THE judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in his body, according to what he has done, whether it is good or bad” (II Corinthians 5:10).
“Only let your conduct be worthy of THE gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for THE faith of THE gospel . . . ” (Philippians 1:27).
“And He is THE head of THE body, THE church, who is THE beginning, THE firstborn from the dead, that in all things he may have THE preeminence” (Colossians 1:18).
“I have fought THE good fight, I have finished THE race, I have kept THE faith” (II Timothy 4:6).
“And for this reason He is THE Mediator of THE new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under THE first covenant, that whose who are called may receive THE promise of THE eternal inheritance” (Hebrews 9:15).
“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” (II Peter. 3:10).
“Whoever transgresses and does not abide in THE doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in THE doctrine of Christ has both THE Father and THE Son” (II John 9).
“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for THE faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).
“Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have THE right to THE tree of life, and may enter in through THE gates into THE city” (Revelation 22:14).
April 13, 2021