Do you hunger and thirst for the Word of God? Do you long for things spiritual? The apostle Peter points out that, for the child of God born again by the Word of God which liveth and abideth for ever, it is necessary that the new life within us be nourished and fed. Therefore, the Word of God exhorts the church in I Peter 2:2 that, “as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby.” This is not a popular exhortation in our day.
The Spirit of Christ through the holy writer of the Proverbs instructs us in wisdom and understanding, the beginning of which is the fear of the Lord, according to the Spirit in Prov. 1:7 and Ps. 111:10. The wisdom of the Proverbs is at the same time simple, and profound. The proverbs give instruction in godliness and this over against wickedness and foolishness.
AN INTRODUCTION Just as I finished preparing this article, I received and read the article by Rev. Miersma on a companion text to that of mine. And although there may be some close similarities between the two articles, I believe there are enough differences between them to merit submitting this article for you to read. Besides, the repetition of God’s truth can never hurt one, but can only strengthen.
“Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.” Colossians 3:20-21.
Do you think about the day of the Lord? Do you look forward to His coming? Are you aware of the signs of Christ’s coming, which signs are being increasingly fulfilled roundabout us? Are you sober and watchful—mindful that the coming of our Lord will be as a thief in the night? It is the evident instruction of the Lord that we indeed ought to be able to answer yes to all the abovequestions. For this instruction, we are reminded of several texts of God’s Word.
“The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: Thou maintainest my lot.” Psalm 16:5
“As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you: continue ye in My love.” John 15:9 “If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love, even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.” John 15:10
When was the last time you have contemplated the Word of God as it is recorded in Acts 13:48? It reads as follows, “And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” This is really an amazing statement! For we read that the Gentiles were glad at the preaching of Paul, who brought the gospel of Christ. Not only this, but they glorified the word of the Lord!
I was asked to write an article on the topic of the liberty of the Christian conscience. I will attempt to do this, although I am not sure the following will quite be what the brother had in mind when he chose this topic for an article in this publication. In writing upon this topic we will stay very close to the Scripture’s account of our topic. We will attempt to set forth the principles of the Scripture as they address our topic.