.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 25 covers the Sabbatic Year and Jubilee
Chapter 25 covers the Sabbatic Year and Jubilee.
The sabbath of days was extended to a sabbath of years.
Every seventh year was to be a year of rest for the land
(verse 5). This was to restore the soil and provide for
the poor from what grew from the untilled fields (verse
6). However, it was primarily a recognition of God's
sovereignty over the land which He was to give them.
Failure to observe the Lord's supremacy resulted in
captivity in a foreign land.
The Year of Jubilee is covered in verses 8-55.
The cycle of seven sabbatic years was followed by the
fiftieth year (verse 8), ushered in by the blowing of
the jubilee trumpet on the Day of Atonement (verse 9).
This portrays Israel's entrance into the blessings of
the Messianic reign, with the Lord in the midst of His
people. It means much more than the promised blessings
to Israel. It also foreshadows the blessings of Romans
8:19-23 for the entire earth.
Chapter 26 gives the condition of blessing in
the land. The blessings for obedience are covered in
verses 1-13. To receive blessing, God's people had to be
holy and maintain a holy reverence for Him, according to
the first table of the Law given at Sinai. The curse of
disobedience (verses 14-39) culminated in the captivity
of Jerusalem and dispersion of the people among the
nations. This prediction and its fulfillment in Jewish
history contain powerful evidence for the divine
inspiration of the Bible.
This same God, who was rich in mercy toward the
children of Israel, is the God we serve today. He loves
us and gave His Son to die for us. However, when His
children are disobedient, this same merciful, but just,
God must chastise them. It would be well for us to turn
to Hebrews 12:1-15 and read of God's chastening of those
who are His own.