.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 idolatry of Jerusalem is seen in chapter 16
The idolatry of Jerusalem is seen in chapter 16.
The allegory here is that of the faithless wife. She
had turned away from God and committed adultery with
other gods. This is a very graphic and vivid portrayal
of Israel's idolatry. Israel is pictured here as a
bride who had a beloved husband who made her a queen
and lavished many precious gifts upon her. She then
made herself a prostitute to every man that passed by,
shaming even Sodom and Samaria.
Chapter 17 is a parable of the two eagles. The
"great eagle" (verse 3) was the king of Babylon,
Nebuchadnezzar. The "top of the cedar" (verse 3) was
the house of David; the "young twig" (verse 4) was
Jehoiachin; the "land of traffick" was Babylonia; the
"seed of the land" was Zedekiah. "Another great eagle"
(verse 7) was Psammethichus II (594 b.c. to 588 b.c.),
who enrolled Zedekiah and other western powers in a
coalition against Babylon. "The east wind" (verse 10)
was Nebuchadnezzar, before whom Zedekiah was doomed to
In the allegory of the cedar, as given to us in
verses 22-24, Israel's hope for the future once again
comes into view. The Lord will take a "sprig" (Messiah)
from "the lofty top of the cedar" (David's house), and
"one of its young tender twigs" (the Messiah), and
"plant it upon a high and lofty mountain." "The high
tree" brought low and "the green tree" dried up (verse
24) symbolize Gentile world power. "The low tree"
exalted and "the dry tree" revived portray the
restoration of the kingdom to Israel when the Son of
David returns. Gentile world power will be broken and
Israel will be restored to governmental and spiritual
glory under Messiah.