Question for self-reflection

Based on the following verse, what you would say you have learned from God that you didn’t know before you met Him?

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)

You can share your thoughts or keep them to yourself; either way I hope the question spurs some sort of personal reflection.

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Desire to study the Bible shows desire to know God

Those who would know God must study the Bible.

The first step toward knowing God is Bible study. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) Continue reading

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Let us pursue the knowledge of God

A new lesson has been placed in the Old Paths Archive, in text and audio, and in Dutch and English.

Let us pursue the knowledge of God

Laten wij ernaar jagen God te kennen

May the Lord bless you richly.
Roy Davison

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The Will of God Concerning Jesus

A lot of people like to talk about Jesus, but most of those who like to talk about him aren’t really that interested in what the word of God has to say about him. The reason? When one studies the word of God when it comes to the topic of Jesus, the scriptures won’t allow us to keep Jesus at arm’s length while saying we believe who he said he was.

Jesus himself once told a group of unbelievers who questioned his ability (or to say it more accurately, his authority) to speak concerning God’s word and the will of God that it contains, to search the scriptures and see whether or not what he was saying was true. To paraphrase their complaint, they were saying, “How can this guy talk to and teach us like this, he’s never been “properly” educated” (John 7:15). Jesus’ reply shows how important it is to not only study the scriptures, but how important it is to search the scriptures with an open heart when it comes to finding the will of God in it. He said, “…My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.” (John 7:16-17)

Hebrews 11:6 along with Deuteronomy 4:29 are wonderful commentaries of a sort on what Jesus said when it comes to our willingness to examine his words in the light of the scriptures. Hebrews 11:6 admonishes us to remember that when it comes to a right relationship with God that, “…without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” And in Deuteronomy 4:29 Moses told a captivity escaping people whose descendants would be sitting in captivity, “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” The point? We can know God and his will if we have a will to do so.

The heart of Jesus’ admonishment is much the same – “If anyone wills (thelo: to will, have in mind, intend, be resolved, purpose, desire) to do his will (thelema – what one wishes or shall have determined to be done), he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.”

If we have a genuine heart that wants to know about Jesus and whether or not his teachings are from God then we can do both by simply taking him and righteously judging what he said according to what God had already spoken.

Talking about Jesus isn’t nearly as important as listening to what God has to say about him.

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40)

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Instrument? No. But I did notice somethi…

Instrument? No. But I did notice something Sunday while listening to a lesson that involved Eli and his sons. 1 Sam 2:12 mentions that Eli’s sons were corrupt but also says “they did not know the Lord”. What is interesting to me is this use of knowing the Lord. They were priests. They lived in Shiloh and tended to God’s house. Their vocation involved teaching the difference between the clean and unclean. They knew the law. But they did not know the Lord!


Christianity described

Daniel, seems to me that the faith is best described in relational terms. It is above all the restoration of our relationship with God. The great divide among mankind is between those who know him, or are known by him (love that phrase of Paul’s), and those who don’t. Forgiveness is one aspect of that relationship, as is justification, sanctification, and other terms that describe facets of Christ’s redemptive act. Seems also that the best description centers not merely on what has happened to people in the Way, nor what they do, but what God has done in Christ. This is the central event, the main act, the principle truth.

So my bumper sticker might read: “Christ — where God rights the world.”

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