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Thursday, November 4, 2021
Message summary: The ancient Scriptures never needs modification and its message is always relevant in every age for every person in every corner of the world.
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"And He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment--to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ" (Ephesians 1:9,10). "So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts" (2 Peter 1:19).
We are flooded with more information than any other time in history. We can now follow people and events anywhere in the world instantaneously, even simultaneously. But some information is more important and holds greater significance.
Yet there's the most important information in this information age. It begs our full attention. And it's not new. But tragically, for so many, this information is shrugged aside, considered a relic of the past useful for previous generations but unnecessary or irrelevant in modern times. Today let us consider the ancient words of Scripture.
But the ancient Scriptures never need modification and its message is always relevant in every age for every person in every corner of the world. Technology does not know the spiritual heart of man, but the Creator certainly does! Let's receive His blessings and heed His warnings.
Consider the degree to which the human race has ignored and rejected the most important information of all time; the instruction manual for life inspired by our Creator. Of course it's the Holy Bible I am speaking of. It is widely available and applicable to every generation since the beginning of time. If you are reading our message you almost certainly have access to it.
Yet for the most part the Bible's instructions are ignored and considered irrelevant by many in the "enlightened" modern generation. And increasingly these timeless decrees are not only ignored but mocked. They're commonly misinterpreted by modern philosophers who are secularized rather than Christianized. Paul wrote to believers in Ephesus "so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments" (Ephesians 2:4b).
Paul wrote his letter to the Ephesians almost 2,000 years ago from prison, bound to a guard while doing so (Ephesians 6:20). Consider the great effort he made to impart God's truth "to the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus" (1:1). It surely took a lot of time for the message to be delivered and read aloud as the people assembled in church. Now, as part of the Holy Scriptures, his words are for us as well.
Our desire today is like Paul's and many, many others who have gone before us and like those who presently serve as ministers of Christ. We want to share a perspective that we must pay attention to from God's instruction manual as we especially focus on the phrase "And He made known to us". What an extremely rich blessing this impartation is.
Thank God that He has spoken and made known to us "the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure". Primarily and fundamentally we have His Son and the written Word of God. "In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed Heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe" (Hebrews 1:2).
God has clearly revealed and imparted His will. He has shown us the way through the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. We have an absolutely adequate instruction manual that is so often under-utilized or unread, even by believers, leading many to ignore, mock and ridicule His Word.
Today in all the hustle and bustle of life with all the beeps and notifications of our modern life, consider and rejoice that the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth has spoken and made known His will to the human race. Are you faithfully paying attention to this most important information?
The next time you open the Scriptures, prayerfully petition, "O let the ancient words impart". His Word is always relevant!
Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, turn my eyes away from worthless things, whatever they may be and preserve my life according to Your Word. Help me to delight in your Law, in Your Word, in Your message. Help me not to neglect your Word. Show me Your ways, O LORD, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long. As we see so much attention given to that which is relatively worthless and the deliberate neglect and ignorance of the ancient words that Scripture imparts, help us to not lose hope, but be fervent in our study of Your Word, so that it changes us from the inside out and strengthens our resolve to live as light in this darkened world. Amen.
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"Ancient Words" Video Michael W. Smith
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