Our Daily Elder Devotional
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Today’s devotional is from my heart to you.
The Bible: what is its purpose and why should we read it?
- The Bible is a love letter from God, telling us how much He loves us. He loves us enough to plan our redemption before He created the Universe.
“And the great theme from one end of the Bible to the other is redemption” – Billy Graham.
Think of it, the all powerful, eternal, creator and sustainer of the universe, loves me, a sinner and I have been justified by the blood of Jesus the Christ. I am saved by God’s unmerited grace.
- 2. The Bible is a “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). It teaches us how to honor, worship and praise God.
- The Bible helps us to get to know God. It enables us to develop a true relationship with Him through Jesus and to strive to be more like Him.
- The Bible is never dated, always relevant to current circumstances. We can read a passage over and get something new and different out of it. That is because the Bible is the “living” word of God.
The New Testament is contained in the Old Testament.
The Old Testament is explained in the New Testament.
The New Testament is concealed in the Old Testament.
The Old Testament is revealed in my he New Testament.
The Old Testament anticipates the New Testament.
The New Testament authenticates the Old Testament.
In the Old Testament, the New Testament lies hidden.
In the New Testament, the Old Testament lies open.
The Old Testament predicts a Person.
The New Testament presents that Person.
By Roy W. Gustafson
Critics claim the Bible is full of forgery, fiction and unfulfilled prophecy, but the findings of archaeology have collaborated rather than denied the Biblical data. By Billy Graham
Never be satisfied with only reading a line here and a line there. Get to know God better by reading the Bible. A great place to start is the Gospel of John. My next choice would be Ephesians and Philippians.
Psalm 119:105New International Version (NIV)
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.