.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
These chapters primarily deal with the
These chapters primarily deal with the
relationship and walk of God's earthly people. In Moses'
day, great consideration was shown to the poor. Wages
were paid daily, and loans and gifts were made to the
needy. Gleanings were to be left in the harvest fields
for the poor.
All through the Old Testament emphasis is placed
on kindness to widows, orphans, and strangers. We also
see that the judgments brought on certain sins were very
severe. Many offenses were punishable by death. Some of
these laws may seem very severe to us. However, if we
could transport ourselves back to Moses' time, they
probably would not seem severe enough. The Law given to
Moses insisted on personal morality and equality, and
had consideration for the old and young, for the slave,
and for the enemy. It even covered health and food
regulations. It showed a wisdom far in advance of any
previous Law. Remember that the Law given by God was
given as a school teacher or master to bring us to
Christ (Galatians 3:24).
Chapter 19:18 was one of the highlights of
Mosaic law, "...thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself. I am the LORD." If we would simply obey this
law, we would have fewer problems. In our fast-moving
society, more often than not, next door neighbors rarely
speak. Christians should make it a point to share the
love of Jesus Christ with everyone they come in contact
with. We should also be kind, helpful, and respectful to
our neighbors. You might have a neighbor who is a
drunkard, or a family living near you who is completely
oblivious to God. God says that we should show them the
love of God through our lives, our concern, and our love
toward them. You might be God's instrument for winning
them to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Let your
neighbors become your concern, and let them see Christ
through your daily actions.