And the Word was made 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. John 1:14.
Jesus is called the Word of God. He accepted His Father’s law, wrought out its principles in His life, manifested its spirit, and showed its beneficent power in the heart. Says John: “The Word was made 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.”
All that man needs to know or can know of God has been revealed in the life and character of His Son….
Taking humanity upon Him, Christ came to be one with humanity and at the same time to reveal our heavenly Father to sinful human beings. He was in all things made like unto His brethren. He became flesh, even as we are. He was hungry and thirsty and weary. He was sustained by food and refreshed by sleep. He shared the lot of men, and yet He was the blameless Son of God….
Tender, compassionate, sympathetic, ever considerate of others, He represented the character of God, and was constantly engaged in service for God and man.
The followers of Christ must be partakers of His experience. They must assimilate the Word of God. They must be changed into its likeness by the power of Christ and reflect the divine attributes…. The spirit and work of Christ must become the spirit and work of His disciples.
In the study of the Bible the converted souls eats the flesh and drinks the blood of the Son of God, which He Himself interprets as the receiving and doing of His words, that are spirit and life. The Word is made flesh, and dwells among us, in those who receive the holy precepts of the Word of God. The Saviour of the world has left a holy, pure example for all men. It illuminates, uplifts, and brings immortality to all who obey the divine requirements.
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—–Please pray for Eileen today as she has a medical procedure done. Rose
—–Please keep my husband Stephen in your prayers. He hurt his back earlier today. Valerie
—–Please pray for my wife as she is experiencing severe pain after a biopsy. JS
—– asking for prayers for my uncle. His surgery is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. There is so much involved in this. I’m husking that you pray that the cancer has not spread to his stomach, if it has nothing can be done for him. Life can change so quickly,. God is a miracle worker and I’m praying he’ll heal my uncle. His will be done. Heather
—–please keep my son in your prayers-he was injured on the job, and will be off work awhile. Emily
My grandmother’s favorite food was ice cream. She normally indulged in a quart of it every afternoon. One day when my mother was a teenager, she came into the kitchen and saw my grandmother eating a big bowl of “ice cream” with “butterscotch syrup” on it. She immediately wanted some. She liked ice cream as much as her mother did. My grandmother said, “I do not think that you will like it.” My mother assured her that she would really like some. She could see what her mother was eating. She was eating ice cream.
Without another word, my grandmother got up and made her daughter an identical bowl of “ice cream.” Happily, my mother brought a spoonful of that delicious-looking stuff to her mouth and took a bite. To her disappointment, she found that she had been tricked. What had looked like ice cream was really plain yogurt. What she had thought was butterscotch syrup was nothing but honey.
Sometimes things appear to be genuine, but in reality they are quite the opposite. Sometimes someone we trust may lead us down the wrong path. Sometimes we are confident that we know the way to live our life, but “there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Prov 14:12 As we look back upon our life, we see that what we thought was ice cream and butterscotch syrup was nothing but plain yogurt and honey.
How can we know the truth? How can we know which path is the right way? The Bible tells us, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Ps 119:105 “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isa 8:20
Here is the answer. All things must be tested in the light of God’s Word. If it does not agree with what the Bible says, then we can know that it is only man’s ideas, not God’s. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17 David prayed, “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation, on thee do I wait all the day.” “Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path.” Ps 25:5,27:11 He declares that the result of a in-depth study of God’s Word is, “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.” 119:99,100
May we take the Bible just as it reads and set aside ideas others may say is found therein. May we “study to show [ourselves] approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15 May we determine to follow God’s Great Guidebook allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth and to guide us on the path to Heaven is my prayer.