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From the editor: Enjoying the Scriptures

J Grant

Recently, looking through note books from many years ago, my memory was sent back to some of the Bible teachers who explained so much to us, and whose teaching was vital. Below there is some of what I heard and learned from one well known teacher after listening, noting, and then studying.

First, the Lord Jesus is declared as being the Word "In the beginning". Second we note that He is "with God", and third, that He "is God". The expression "Word" is clear, with authority. It occurs only in John 1.1: "In the beginning was the Word…"; in 1 John 1.1: "the Word of life"; and in Revelation 19.13: "The Word of God". It should be noted that the Lord Jesus was before John Baptist (Jn 1.27); He was before Abraham (Jn 8.58); He was before creation (Jn 1.2-3); He was before the world (Jn 1.3); and He was declared to be before all things (Col 1.17).

Second, note that the Lord Jesus is marked by omniscience, which is all knowledge. He knew the woman at the well (Jn 4.16-18), and John declared that "He knew all men" (Jn 2.24-25). Also He is marked by omnipresence. Note His words in Matthew: "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst" (Mt 18.20) and in John: "He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven" (Jn 3.13). Note also now His omnipotence - He turned water into wine (Jn 2.1-11), and he raised Lazarus from the dead (Jn 11.1-46).

Third, His humanity was also clearly seen. He was weary (Jn 4.6), thirsty (Jn 4.7), hungry (Mk 11.12), shed tears (Jn 11.35), suffered pain (Lk 24.26), and died (Lk 23.46). Note also that He was on the mountain alone and His disciples were in the ship (Jn 6.15-21). Despite the fear shown by the disciples He was able to walk across the stormy sea to be with them.

Fourth, note the reality of His acceptance in heaven. The Lord Jesus asked the question, "Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?" (Jn 8.46). His accusers could find no fault in Him.

Before His birth He it was announced that the "holy thing which shall be born of [Mary] shall be called the Son of God" (Lk 1.35).

Observe also the approval of God from opened heavens (Mk 9.7; Lk 9.35), and the declaration of the "young man sitting on the right side...And he saith…he is risen; he is not here" (Mk 16.5-6).

Fifth, let us look at the testimony of three men. Consider Peter, a man of action who declared that He "did no sin" (1 Pet 2.22). He had lived closely with the Lord Jesus right through to the cross and beyond that. Consider John, a man of contemplation, who wrote of the Lord that "in him is no sin" (1 Jn 3.5). Consider Paul, a man of knowledge who had been an enemy of Christ but who came to know Him when he met Him on the Damascus Road. Paul declared that He, the Lord Jesus, "knew no sin" (2 Cor 5.21).

Sixth, He was triumphant in His resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15.5-8 furnishes complete proof of His resurrection. The Lord "was seen of Cephas (Peter)", and some might claim that to have the possibility of error. Then He was seen "of the twelve", but some might claim that this could have been collaboration between the twelve to deceive. Then He was seen of "above five hundred brethren at once" which is overwhelming proof. However, Paul deals with this for a second time - "he was seen of James" which some may claim had the possibility of error. Then He was seen of all the apostles which, again, those of the world would claim was a collaboration to deceive. Then Paul states, "He was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time" - irrefutable truth!

What you have read above is short and is some of what I, and many others, gathered in early years by listening and putting on paper. I have noted here what I heard from one teacher and then studied it and made it my own. Let those who are younger study the Scriptures, listen to those who engage in conversation, and carefully take note when in the presence of saints who expound the Word of God. The ministry from past years is still fresh and vibrant.


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