.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 Book of Isaiah is classified as one of the major books
on prophecy in the entire Old Testament. The prophet's main purpose
in writing was to expose the root cause of the sins of God's
people--which was selfishness, idolatry, and moral impurity.
The book is divided into two sections. Chapters 1--39 cover
the period before the Babylonian captivity, when the remnant was
delivered from Babylon, and the main theme is consolation after
trial. Isaiah actually experienced the events in the first 39
chapters, but he prophesied the events of chapters 40--46. He wrote
those chapters to comfort and encourage the Jews who would be
returning to the land after their exile in Babylon.
Some modern critics teach that there was more than one
Isaiah. Nowhere in the Book of Isaiah, or in the Bible, or even in
Jewish or Christian tradition, is there any mention, or even a hint,
of more than one Isaiah. A "second Isaiah" is a figment of modern
criticism. The Book of Isaiah, in our Bible, as well as in Jesus'
day, was one book, not two. It is not a patchwork but, from
beginning to end, it is characterized by a unity of thought, set
forth in the sublimest of language, that makes it one of the
grandest things ever written.
It has been suggested that the Book of Isaiah is a Bible in
miniature. Its 66 chapters are divided into two parts: 39 chapters
in the first and 27 chapters in the second. Like the Old Testament,
the first 39 chapters emphasize judgment, while the last 27 chapters
emphasize mercy and comfort.
The name "Isaiah" means "the salvation of Jehovah" and the
word salvation is repeated many times in the book. Isaiah was
apparently from a good family since he had access to the palaces of
several kings. He was married and the father of at least two sons,
and he began his ministry near the close of the reign of King Uzziah
around 758 b.c.