.K.! NEW CHRISTIAN....WHAT NOW? by Elmer G. Magnussen
If you are a new Christian, there are some very
important things you need to
know. First, you need to know exactly what has happened to you. Second,
you need to know God's provisions for your future growth and service to Him.
The entire world today is seeking wisdom! Education is prevalent in every
city. Literally thousands of young and old alike are attending universities.
But how many of them really know the meaning of wisdom? Wisdom is seeing
things from God's point of view.
The following testimony is that of a man by the name of Andre.
I WAS IN PRISON, AND YOU CAME TO ME (Matthew 25:36c)
"My testimony to my Christian Brothers and believers in Jesus Christ our
Savior. I want to thank the Lord for saving me from the life I was once
leading. First of all, I was living in darkness and I thought that I truly
loved the way I was.
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the
LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall
not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent,
We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of
the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not
eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said
unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day
ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good and evil.
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Today's Bible Study
The name Hosea means "salvation
The name Hosea means "salvation." Hosea
preached in the Northern Kingdom (Israel), during a
period of national decline. When Hosea began his
ministry, Jeroboam II was king and it was a time of
great prosperity. But the nation began to decline
rapidly within, after getting involved with foreign
alliances, and trusting them to lead and protect them,
rather than trusting God. Hosea lived to see Israel,
also called Ephraim in this book, taken captive by the
Assyrians in 721 b.c. For historical background
concerning the Book of Hosea, read II Kings 15--17.
Hosea's message to the nation of Israel was one
that exposed their sins and warned them of a coming
judgment, but there is also a message of hope for their
future. The unique thing about Hosea's message is that
he had to live it himself before he could preach it to
the people. He experienced deep agony in his own life
because of the sins of his wife. However, all of this
was divinely sent as a lesson to him and to the people
In chapters 1--3 we are given an illustration
of the unfaithfulness of the nation of Israel. Hosea
was commanded of God to marry a harlot named Gomer.
After bearing him three children she left him. Of
course, Hosea's heart was broken, but God told him to
go find his wayward wife and bring her back. He
discovered her being sold on the slave market and
bought her. He assured her of his forgiveness and love,
and we have every reason to believe that she repented
of her sins and became a faithful wife.
Gomer was a picture of Israel's unfaithfulness
to the Lord. The nation had married the Lord in Exodus
34:14-16, and should have remained faithful to Him. But
instead they lusted after sin, committed adultery, and
worshiped false gods.