Learn to USE Your Bible – Week Eight – Part One 💕
In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word (Christ) was with God, and the Word (Christ) was God Himself.
He (Christ) was present originally with God.
All things were made and came into existence through Him (Christ); and without Him (Christ) was not even one thing made that has come into being.
In Him (Christ) was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.
And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is not receptive to it]. _ John 1:1-5 (AMP)
For the past seven weeks you have studied “The Word”. For the past seven weeks you have studied “The Christ” – “The Son of God”
And Mary said to the angel, “How shall this be, since I have no husband?” And the angel said to her,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;
therefore the child to be born will be called holy,
the Son of God. _Luke 1:34-36 (RSV)
To Know The Word
is to KNOW “The Christ”
Saul, who knew Him not, met Him on the road to Damascus. Knowing ‘The Christ’ changed Saul ‘the persecutor’ into Paul ‘the Preacher’ the author of two-thirds of the New Testament.
For several days he (Paul) was with the disciples at Damascus. And in the synagogues immediately he (Paul) proclaimed Jesus, saying, “He is the Son of God.” And all who heard him were amazed, and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called on this name? And he has come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests.” _Acts 9:19-21 (RSV)
What Will Knowing The Word Change IN You?
Look at some of the things Paul learned:
You are delivered, redeemed and forgiven:
… giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. _Colossians 1:12-14 (RSV)
You are made righteous IN Christ and GRACE abounds
Then as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous. Law came in, to increase the trespass; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, _Romans 5:18-20 (RSV)
You have been set free and have eternal life IN Christ
But then what return did you get from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. _Romans 6:21-23 (RSV)
The Word enables believers to change—IN Christ you are renewed
…assuming that you have heard about him (Jesus) and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus. Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, _Ephesians 4:21-23 (RSV)
It is not your responsibility to work to earn your way to change.
“Get rid of the idea that your spiritual state and condition depend on yourself. It is Christ’s responsibility to keep you where you belong. Don’t be a do-it-yourself Christian.” _ Colleen Townsend Evans