Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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As I have mentioned numerous times I am trying to read through the Bible in a year. I did it last year and I am hoping to do it again this year. I have about two weeks to get it done. As I was reading this morning I came across the following passage:
Luke 1: 1 - 4 - 1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
As I read it I wondered who Theophilus was. He could have been anyone. He could have been a wealthy man, a rich man, a poor man, a close friend, a new acquaintance, a distance relative. His name could have been Glenn, or Lamar, or Eric, or Chris, or Tommy. Who Theophilus was is not really the issue in this passage. The issue is why Luke wrote this letter - so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

The Word of God is more than a history book. The Bible is more than a book of fairy tales.

The Bible is God breathed:
II Timothy 3: 16 - All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness
The Word of God is living and active:
Hebrews 4: 12 - For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
The Word of God is not man's ideas on paper:
II Peter 1:21 - For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Another author had this same thought in mind as he wrote his letter. In this case John's letter is not addressed to anyone specific but the purpose of the letter is the same:
John 20: 30 - 30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
If you are searching for truth, if you are looking for more than what the latest talk show host has to offer or what the next best seller is pitching, take a look at the Bible. God's word is clear:
Romans 10: 17 - So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
I would like to challenge you to read through these two books - Luke and John. Both were written to show people who Christ was. To show us what the God of all creation did for mankind. What an amazing story God wrote through his men. Are you ready to read most excellent Theophilus?

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