Crumbs
October 21, 2020
197. Week of First Sunday after Trinity - Sunday
Blessed are they that hear the Word of God and keep it
          Blessed are they that hear the Word of God and keep it.   Luke 11:28
          So said Christ. But where do we have the Word of God? In Holy Scripture, or the Bible. What is the Bible? It is the Word of God. It is a collection of books written by the Prophets of God in the Old Testament and by the Apostles and Evangelists in the New Testament, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Thus the Bible is the Word of God. "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God," says the Apostle Paul concerning the writings of the Old Testament. (2 Tim. 3:16). "Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit," says the Apostle Peter concerning the same writings. (2 Pet. 1:21). Every word in these writings is the Word of God. When referring to one particular word, the Lord Jesus says: "And the Scripture cannot be broken." (John 10:35). Just so it is with the writings of the New Testament. The Apostle Paul says: "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches." (1 Cor. 2:13). So the whole Bible is the Word of God. It does not merely claim this for itself, but it proves itself to be such by its great holiness, which cannot be man-made, but must be of God; and by the Holy Spirit, who witnesses and operates through it. "It is the Spirit that bears witness because the Spirit is truth." (1 John 5:6). And for what purpose did God in the Old and the New Testament give His Word? So as to "make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Tim. 3:16). Jesus Christ is the nucleus, the pith and marrow, not only of the New Testament, but also of the Old. "Search the Scriptures," says Christ, speaking of the Old Testament; "and they are they which testify of Me." (John 5:39). Yes, blessed are they that hear the Word of God and keep it. Hear it and keep it, my dear Christian!
          PRAYER: - Almighty and most gracious God, I thank You that to all the world and to me You have given Your Word, which makes me wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. Give me Your Holy Spirit, that I may gladly hear and learn Your Word, read and study it daily, and keep it in an honest and good heart, and obtain eternal salvation. Amen.

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