GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

JESUS CHRIST is GOD’s CHANNEL of COMMUNICATION for us TODAY

JESUS CHRIST is GOD’s CHANNEL of COMMUNICATION for us TODAY

December 13 Bible Reading: Hebrews Chapters 1-3

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds” (Heb. 1:1-2)

The writer of the letter to the Hebrews begins with a prologue that introduces two definite time periods when God has been speaking to His people: “time past” (v. 1) and “these last days” (v. 2). Our Lord Jesus Christ entered into our world as a babe in swaddling clothes at the beginning of “these last days” to become God’s spokesman and provide us with the gift of salvation just as God had promised in the past through the prophets (Jer. 23:20; Hos. 3:5; Mic. 4:1; 1 Cor. 10:11). The book of Hebrews sustains one thought from beginning to end: Jesus the High Priest, in His ministry and atonement for sins, is superior to anything offered by the collective ministry within Judaism!

At the beginning parts of this book, the author immediately shows that Jesus Christ, the epitome of God’s revelation, is far superior to all the Old Testament prophets. These verses contrast God’s old revelation with the new, specifically by presenting God’s Son as superior to all other previous modes of revelation. In the past, God has revealed Himself through various means, such as visions (Is. 6), dreams (Dan. 2), poetry (Ps. 139), face-to-face conversations (Deut. 5:4), tablets of stone (Deut. 10:4), and history (1 and 2 Chronicles). Compared to Christ, the messages through the prophets were fragmentary and incomplete, and came in bits (see Isa. 28:10) by various means (visions, dreams, and face-to-face communication) and in various ways (supernatural events and natural phenomena such as storms, plagues, and other historical events).

The periodic, partial, and differential prophecies of the Old Testament era have now been overshadowed by God’s preeminent and final revelation in the person of His Son. God’s most recent and final revelation had come through His own Son, Jesus Christ! As John said, “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him” (John 1:18). The Lord Jesus said concerning Himself, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Through the words of Jesus in Scripture, we can “hear” God’s heart and God’s voice–and know what God is truly like!

The words of Jesus Christ were clear, concise and complete as He initiated the start of the end time with these words: "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel" (Mark 1:15). This revelation is qualitatively superior to that given through the prophets. Moses, the greatest prophet, was only a servant in God’s house; Christ is “a Son over His own house” (3:6). The Son speaks, as the prophets did, but speaks as the Son whose revelation is final. Eventually, all the words of Jesus will be fulfilled when He returns to earth to reconcile and restore all things to Himself (Acts 2:16, 17; 3:19–21; 1 Pet. 1:20).

God’s timeless message of hope is still waiting to be received by many people today. God is still speaking, and God’s Word tells us: “See that you do not refuse Him who speaks” (12:25). Jesus Christ is God’s last word for humankind! In Him, divine revelation is seen and heard in its fullness; and in Him, God’s revelation is complete. Through Christ, we understand where everything came from, where it is going, what keeps it going, and why it is here. There is no fine print in God’s communication with us today. God wants us to understand His plans and purpose clearly so that we may love, obey and cling to Him. Let us understand that Jesus Christ is God’s channel of communication for us today!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” (John 1:1-2, 14, 16-18)

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