2. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. Whether a man is racked with pain all his life, or disordered, as some are, from their mother's womb; whether he is blessed with health and a cheerful mind, or if he has anything that relieves him in this vale of tears, any flower that blooms in the desert, any star that brightens the dark sky of our fallen lot; is it not all from God? A. "With whom we have to do." When he left he had no idea where he was going. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Then, having arrived at the full stature of his maturity and having been announced by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who believingly obey him. Grow up in Christ. The appeal was to conscience, not so much in its sensitiveness to right and wrong, as in its appreciativeness of the false and the true, of God speaking this and God not speaking that. )The power of the Divine WordF. in those three thousand souls, when, pricked in their hearts, they went to the apostles? 'So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. Study how he did it. "(Pasteur Hirsch. No, no, I will not sell it. The speech of God is to me, and my speech is to Him. In the sanctification of the believer. Henry.The Word will turn the inside of a sinner out, and let him see all that is in his heart.(M. You know you mean God all the time."(J. His word is sharper than the sharpest sword. 1. The conversation is not between two equals, either of whom must contribute his share to the instruction and enjoyment of the meeting. The living Life wrote itself upon other lives; they in their turn wrote it upon others, ere yet a page of Gospel Scripture was written — on purpose that the distinction between ,' letter" and "spirit" might be kept ever fresh and vital, on purpose that the characteristic of the new revelation might never fade or be lost sight of, how that it is God speaking in His Son, God speaking, and God bidding man to make reply. It is going to be a victorious day when we meet with him to give an account of what we did, and we can say I surrendered to your will and purpose, I was not proud, I was not selfish, I did not serve two masters, instead I allowed for your word to penetrate to my heart and make me new. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours. There is no independent life but in the one Fountain of all life, and all other life is a life of dependence — a dependence of the creature on the Creator, of the thing made upon the Maker, of the thing living on Him that gave it life. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. You’ve come to Jesus, who presents us with a new covenant, a fresh charter from God. Of this written Word, of which Christ is centre and end, as well as author and method, which is inspired by the Holy Ghost and sent by God, the gospel message is the kernel. supposing he had seen some one. It is not perhaps the most beautiful or the most attractive. (1)With the one edge it corrects and converts. On the contrary, it is a trumpet call to decision. II. That we come to it, for piercing force when men's consciences and hearts are hard to reach.6. . See to it, "for to whom much is given, of him shall be much required.". There are many such words. )Our relation to GodA. "THE WORD OF GOD." 16-17 Like a will that takes effect when someone dies, the new covenant was put into action at Jesus’ death. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. "Ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth.". He is the Mediator of this covenant. IV. He knows perfectly well all the love you’ve shown him by helping needy Christians, and that you keep at it. It is not perhaps the most beautiful or the most attractive. Romans 1:16 tells us that The Gospel is the power of God for salvation to all those who believe. The words "manifest," "naked," "opened," express the intensity and clearness of the vision which He exerts throughout the vast and varied sphere. Verse Concepts. He is our Creator, Proprietor, Governor, Benefactor, and Judge, and therefore has claims upon us manifold and mighty. 20-22 The old priesthood of Aaron perpetuated itself automatically, father to son, without explicit confirmation by God. Does any man suppose that, because we talk of laws, there is no lawgiver? In clotting out a tumour, an inch in diameter, they sit and talk as if they felt nothing. Stanford, D. D.A leader of thought in Germany, famous as a poet, famous as a man of letters — who had through his long literary career fought against the idea of a personal God — when poor in purse, paralytic in body, and in his last week of life wrote thus to one of his old class-mates, and under its style of banter I detect a pathetic minor of earnest feeling. After all these centuries, that belief continues to catch our notice. We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live? This morning this dear old woman told me that in two neighbouring families the Holy Bible is read, "And," says she, "it has absolutely had the same effect with them as with us. What he says goes. Proud member In man, at the first, there was a perfect law en-graven on the tablet of his heart, and it is there still; and though shattered the tablet, and blotted is the writing, man knows far more than he fancies; he knows more what he ought to do, and what he ought not to do, than he will admit; he has a conscience within him, and this is from God. They had to choose between Christianity and Judaism, between religion and patriotism, almost therefore between duty and duty. The surface is bared, and the depth within is opened up before it. The speech of the man to his God must presuppose and proceed upon the speech of God to the man. The living Word is powerful or energetic. A parent has a claim upon a child as long as it lives. Whenever we feel weak in our duties, let us go to the Word of God, and the Christ in the Word, for power; and this will be the best of power. But where would the Word have been by this time, left to itself — left, I mean, to echo and tradition? Change ). THE PENETRATION OF GOD'S WORD. We have to do with God as our RULER AND GOVERNOR. V. Ah! The Word of God came, and the word of man made reply on the strength of it. This sword can hew in pieces the most stony heart in the world; to see what blindness in the understanding, what frowardness in the affections. Who made us? The Word and its accompanying grace, with its doctrines, and promise, and ordinances, with the manifold ministrations of the Spirit, brings the mind altogether into a new condition. These it surveys with critical judgment. Help each other out. Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle.