Perhaps it’s such a generic phrase that it gets frequently overlooked. But as I was doing some study in Portuguese yesterday, I noted that in a goodly part of our literature, we don’t include the phrase, “people of God,” in our lists of descriptions of the Lord’s church. Continue reading
By Jeremiah Tatum — God has always wanted His people to be “people of the book.” He had Moses write down the book of genealogy so that man could trace himself back to Adam and thus remember his Creator (Genesis 5:1). He had Moses read the book of the law to the Israelites so they would vow to keep every word (Exodus 24:7). Joshua also read the book of the law to God’s people, including every blessing and every curse (Joshua 8:34). Providentially, God allowed Hilkiah, the priest, to find the book when it had been neglected and lost (2 Kings 22:8). Later, after the Jews had returned from captivity, the book was read once again to the whole congregation by Ezra, the scribe, instigating a national revival (Nehemiah 8:1).
In every circumstance, God required that his people take an oath that they would know the book. He made them promise to obey every word in the book. God promised that they would be blessed or cursed based on their keeping or not keeping the words of the book. Every step, every ounce of success for God’s people was always directly related to the book. You can check the book itself.The success or failure of mankind still rides on the knowledge of and keeping of the book. But in our day and time, there are only a few people in existence who are truly people of the book. Consider the facts: Continue reading
Steve Preston wrote today on his BibleTalk email list: “The kingdom, the church, will last for ever. However, it will not always exist on the earth.”
What a wonderful distinction! The people of God will participate in God’s eternity. But their passage on earth will be brief. They will be relocated to that place that Christ has prepared, Jn 14.1-4.
The great blessing is that we know where he went, and we know how to get there. He calls us to follow him there.
If you have not yet begun that journey, start now. If you have, call others to join with us.
Limiting oneself to 140 characters, as Twitter requires, is a challenge. One must reduce to the bare essentials, which often makes for positive results. (Stay with me, this will be worth it, I think.)
I started Quick Bible Truths on Twitter. With the undesirable tendencies and directions it has taken, I moved the primary content generator from there to a Hubzilla installation. (Unfortunately, not my own, but hosted by another, but he’s a good type.) Continue reading