.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
Chapter 19 records again the cities of refuge
Chapter 19 records again the cities of refuge.
We have already seen that they were protection for those
who were guilty of causing accidental death, what is
today called manslaughter. Moses had already set aside
three such cities east of Jordan (Bezer, Ramoth, and
Golan). Later, Joshua set aside three cities west of
Jordan (Kedesh, Shechem, and Hebron). All six were
Levitical cities, included in the Levites' 48 cities
given in Numbers 35:6. Chapter 20 records the rules of
warfare. Those who had built a new house, planted a new
vineyard, were newly married, or fainthearted were to be
excused from military service.
Chapter 21 records various laws and
instructions. In verses 1-9 the law is given in
connection with an unknown murder. Bloodguiltiness of
this sort had to be atoned for by killing a heifer in a
deserted valley, and by the elders and Levites washing
their hands over the dead animal.
Our reading today again emphasizes the fact that
God is a jealous God. As His Word was explicit to the
children of Israel, so it is to men today. It is His
desire that His people worship Him only and follow Him
explicitly. If we disobey, then we will be chastened. He
is an all-loving God, but He is also a just God. He
hates sin, but loves the sinner. He sent His only
begotten Son to die in our place. It is His desire that
every man be saved, but when one rejects the wonderful
gift of His Son, he will be eternally separated from
God. Also, when a child of God sins, fellowship with God
is broken and the happiness and joy of Christian living
departs until that child comes to a point of repentance,
and allows God to restore the joy of salvation to him.