Sunday, June 2, 2013


Bobservations Column
by Pastor Bob Lawrenz

    Believers often hear that a non-believer has read the Bible, but never got anything out of it. Even as the written Epistles show, the writer introduces himself, and follows up with the purpose of the writing. Every reader of every generation can then easily follow the “who, what, why, and when” of each epistle. Personal introductions seem vital to developing any relationship. This is a no-brainer.. Without an introduction, relationships won’t develop.

    In the Old Testament, many of the Prophets follow the exact format as the writers of the Epistles. It is a timeless formula applied across the ages. The Bible proves to be an apparent resource for all things in life here on Earth, for faith in God, and for hope in a future with the Lord in heaven.

    Jesus tells us in John 6:63 that it is the spirit that quickens; and the flesh profits nothing. He says the words that He speaks unto us are spirit, they are life! As we look at our teaching for today in Psalm 40, we find David writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “Lo, I come: in the volume of the book, it is written of me.” Because we know that David is here to write the Psalm, then the phrase “I come” must refer to another, not to David. David’s Psalm is an open letter to God, and the Lord interjects through the spirit that the Main Character of the book is Himself, not David.

    Further, it is also a prophetic word through David, that the Lord is coming. So, His words are spirit; His words are life; the spirit quickens (to life), and Jesus says He is coming so that we might have life more abundantly (John 10:10). The Lord is coming, He has told us. And within the telling, His Word reveals more of Himself to an unbelieving world.

There are many that read the Bible as any other book. They read searching for evidence of the Holy. Those that search for God, rather than for evidence, will find Him revealed on page after page. Their lives (your life) will change, and you will find Jesus Christ and you might find life more abundantly, an eternity of it.

“It is the spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing: the words
that I speak unto you, they are spirit, they are life.”  - John 6:63

    Read His Word with the anticipation of finding Jesus. Don’t just look
for evidence of Him, look for Him as He reveals Himself to you.

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