One Word: Him

Him—Just Him                                                                                        By Adrian Rogers / Now in Heaven

“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.”      Second  Timothy 1:12

Adrian_Rogers pixI heard of a lady who memorized so many verses of Scripture, that she quoted them back to the Lord in praise to His name. When she grew old and began to lose her memory, she could only remember one verse, “For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” She would quote it over and over.

Soon her memory deteriorated more, and all she could remember was just the phrase “committed unto Him.” It brought her much comfort. Finally she came to a place where all she could say was “Him.”

You can distill the Bible down to that one word, “Him.” Can you tune all of your life to that one note of praise? Him.

Dr. John R. Rice Answers a Hard Question

Did the Scriptures Exist Completely in the Mind and Plan of God Before they were Given for Men to Write Down?

AAAA John R Rice Pix1. Some Scriptures seem to teach so.  Psalm 119:89 says, “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in Heaven.”  Was all the Word of God, including the part yet unwritten, settled in Heaven when this Psalm was written?  On the same line, Psalm 119:152 says, “Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.”  I note the past tense.  That seems to teach that they were founded before they were written down.

In Acts 15:18 we read, “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.”  That is recorded as a statement of James,  but I regard it as an inspired and authoritative statement.  If so, does not that mean that all the Bible, in detail was known unto God from the beginning of the world?

2. Consider the ceremonial law.  The Tabernacle in the wilderness, and its furniture and appointments were evidently copied after a heavenly tabernacle which Moses saw in Heaven.  Hebrews 8:2 speaks of Christ as “a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.”  And verse 5 says that earthly priests “…serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.”  Would that not mean then that all the ceremonial matters involved, and their spiritual meaning, were already planned out in every detail before the Scriptures were written down?

3. The whole matter of the crucifixion of Christ, the types picturing it, the allusions to it, and the doctrines involved, were evidently planned before God killed innocent animals and made garments for naked Adam and Eve and before righteous Abel offered a sacrifice that pictured Christ.  It seems that is involved in the mention of Christ as “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” in Revelations 13:8.

I am deeply concerned to see the truth about this, and if what I am suggesting is true, then the Word of God and whatever human color, testimony, feelings and experiences are incorporated in the Word of God were planned of God ahead of time and thus incorporated in the Bible.  If I am not understanding these Scriptures correctly in the light of some other Scripture or Bible truth, I honestly want to know it and will welcome any counsel or criticism that may come to mind.

Editor’s Note: Dr. John R. Rice wrote to a select group of Bible scholars and asked them to prayerfully consider these questions and more that he submitted.  You can read their answers in Dr. Rice’s classic book, “Our God-Breathed Book–The Bible.”  The book is available from Sword of the Lord Publishers, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   SwordoftheLord.com

 

 

 

 

 

The Whole Machinery of Salvation

Here is a strong Bible sermon on the simplicity of salvation, emphasizing the “whosoever will” aspect, by the man called the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, pastor in his day of the great Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, England.

The Whole Machinery of Salvation

By Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

[Preached at Metropolitan Tabernacle, Sunday, August 18, 1889]

Charles H Spurgeon
Charles H Spurgeon

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” – Romans 10:13-15

Click the following link for the complete sermon by this great preacher of the past.  http://www.biblicalevangelist.org/index.php?id=469&view=Sermons&issue=Volume%2037,%20Number%205

Is The Title Clear?

Dr. T De Witt Talmage
Dr. T De Witt Talmage

❊ You have a valuable house or
farm. It is suggested that the title is
not good. You employ counsel. You
have the deeds examined. You
search the records for mortgages,
judgments and liens. You are not
satisfied until you have a certificate,
signed by the great seal of the state,
assuring you that the title is good.
Yet how many leave their title to
Heaven an undecided matter! Why
do you not go to the records and
find it? Give yourself no rest day or
night until you can read your title
clear to mansions in the skies.
—T. DeWitt Talmage

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AAAA Pix of Book Ou God Breathed BookBook by John R. Rice

The apparent conflict between Christ’s deity and humanity was fought out years ago, so that now Bible believers all accept the fact that Christ was perfectly human, yet without a trace of sin or a limitation of His deity. The similar paradox of the eternal perfection of the Word of God, “settled forever in heaven,” yet given in human words through human personalities, has not been so well explained and thought out. We believe that here Dr. Rice has gone further in clearing up this matter than has before been done. The teaching agrees closely with that of Gaussen, Warfield, Harris and Young. Here you will find the truth, witnessed by devoted and learned Bible scholars Charles Feinberg, R. Laird Harris and S. Maxwell Coder, as well as other trusted fundamental scholars, that the Bible was settled in God’s mind in every detail before written down on earth and that God prepared the men who wrote–Isaiah is “a polished shaft,” for example (Isa. 49:2)–and that God even prepared and controlled the environment and character and feeling of the writers so that they wrote down God’s revelation in His inspired words. Here the Bible’s clear claim to being God-breathed, perfect, eternal, is expounded; the greatest Bible expositors and authors on inspiration are quoted, questions are answered, fallacies explained, all with a holy devotion to Christ and to the Bible as the very Word of God. There has been a great need for a scholarly, thoroughly trustworthy exposition of what the Bible claims for its own inerrant, authoritative inspiration recorded in God-breathed words. Here, evangelical faith and scholarship combine with evangelistic warmth and crystal clear, flowing language. This is the documented result of forty-eight years of Bible teaching, preaching and writing, followed by monumental labor to prepare this volume. We believe the book will prove itself an indispensable classic setting the standard for Bible believers for years to come.

Dr. John R Rice
Dr. John R Rice

This classic book available from the publisher: Sword of the Lord Publishers, Murfreesboro, TN http://swordbooks.com   or from Amazon.com

Pancakes: What have they to do with God?

You May Have All of God that You Want

Adrian Rogers
Adrian Rogers

BIBLE MEDITATION: By Adrian Rogers
“He that loveth silver shall never be satisfied with silver.” Ecclesiastes 5:10

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
We live in a day that has confused luxuries and necessities. Material things can never bring contentment, for they can never satisfy the deepest need of your heart. Either you can’t get enough of them, or when you get them, you find out they don’t meet your need.

Do you remember the story of the little boy who loved pancakes? One day his mother thought she would satisfy him, so she decided she would cook all the pancakes he wanted. He ate the first ones with relish and the second plate—if not with relish, at least with delight. He ate more, and then some more, and she just kept cooking them. Finally she asked, “Johnny, do you want another pancake?”  He said, “No ma’am. I don’t even want the ones I’ve already had.”

Now that’s the way it is with silver. “He that loveth silver shall never be satisfied with silver.” When you get it all, it doesn’t satisfy, and you want more.

ACTION POINT:
This round world will never fit into your three-cornered heart. There is nothing wrong with material things; they just cannot satisfy the deepest longing of your heart. Your deepest needs will never be met by material things, only by the living God. I don’t know how much of God you have, but you may have all of God that you want.

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