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God’s letter to us
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Bible related
When you hold a Bible in your hand, what does it mean? Is it only a book, an ancient book written by men about God, or is it something special? It is such a unique book, that once you understand how wonderful it is, you will feel as if you are walking on a cloud. The message of the Bible is that there is a supernatural, powerful, Creator God who not only created us, but knows us personally. He speaks to us through the Bible. He wants us to read the Bible to understand and know that we are special to Him. In designing His book, God had us in mind, wanting to make sure that we understand His love for each of us individually. God, the Holy Spirit was sent to help us in comprehending the stupendous fact of God’s love.
☛Present tense verbs are used all the time in the Bible. This emphasizes that it was written for all people of all times. This might make you think it is not especially written for you. Look at it this way: millions of men or women buy the same presents for their spouses: chocolates, diamonds, perfume and the like. Does that mean that I am not special when my sweetheart gives it to me because thousand others also get chocolates? Not at all! It remains very special! It is the same with God. He is giving you a present that has been given to millions of other people (the Scriptures), but He personalized it by giving it to each of His children accompanied by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is very important, since He is the one who inspired God’s chosen spokesmen, the prophets and apostles, to mediate the words of God accurately to us. He not only knows the heart of God, He also knew the hearts of the writers, and knows ours. He is our ‘personal Trainer.’ Can we deserve or earn the Holy Spirit? No, but we can ask God who gives Him to us freely (Luke 11:11-13).
☛Here are some verses to show that God is addressing us personally:
Matthew 22:31 - ‘But about the resurrection of the dead, did you not read what God said to you?’
Mark 12:19 - ‘Teacher, they said, Moses wrote for us...’
Acts 13:47 - ‘For this is what the Lord has commanded us: I have made you a light for the Gentiles...’
Hebrews 10:15,17 - ‘The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First He says...Then He adds....’
Hebrews 12:5 - ‘And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons.’
Hebrews 12:25 - ‘See to it that you do not refuse Him who speaks.’
Romans 15:4 - ‘For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us....’
1 Corinthians 9:10 - ‘Surely He says this for us, doesn’t He? Yes, this was written for us...’
1 Corinthians 10:11 - ‘These things happened to them as examples, and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.’
☛God is addressing us as sons. He wants to take us by the hand, and lead us to His eternal dwelling. John 14:2 - ‘In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.’ Isn’t that marvelous, that the eternal God will take note of us who are but a fleeting shadow (Psalm 144:3,4)?
☛He loves us and wants us to be with Him. His concern for us is seen in His sending a personal word to each of us. The Holy Spirit, who knows every detail about us, is competent to help us apply God’s advice and teaching to our own lives. It is wonderful to read the devotions of other people, but more wonderful to read the personal letter to you from the Holy God (the Bible). With the greatest confidence we can write in the front of our Bibles: With love, from God, to ........ Let us do ourselves the favour to remember that the Bible comes with a personal Counsellor (we do not even have to pay for daily sessions). That will make God’s words become alive and active. God wants each one of us to be part of His wonderful family and to live forever on a beautiful, recreated earth in peace and happiness.
☛Only God could design an indestructible book that is up to date at all times, yet is so personal that it speaks to each of us. It is like Jesus, who died on the cross for the whole world’s sins. Yet He died for each of us personally, telling us our sins are forgiven. What a miracle, wonder and glory!