Sunday, June 7, 2015

I Shall Live

Bobservations Column
by Pastor Bob Lawrenz

A friend passed along a riddle to me this week. And as with most riddles, once you hear the answer, it becomes perfectly obvious. Perhaps you will remember hearing it years ago. The answer to this riddle is a seven-letter word:

It preceded God.
It is greater than God.
It is more evil that Satan himself
Poor people have it.
Rich people are in need of it.
If you eat this, you will die.

        I imagine that a few of you are recalling it already, while others of you are stumped. It’s quite simple really, and it affords us the topic of today’s teaching. 

As King David continues to laud the glorious Word of God, we should find a greater and greater desire for more of it. 

    King David spends about 173 verses of this Psalm describing how phenomenal God’s Word is, and how nothing will replace it, nor surpass it in its role in our hearts and lives. God’s testimony; God’s judgments; God’s Commandments; God’s precepts; God’s statutes; God’s Law; God’s Word: 

    It is this Word of God that was made flesh and dwelt among men. Now the living and breathing Entity of God’s Word, Jesus Christ, will perform all of these things. He has begun a good work in men’s hearts and He will perform it until the Day of Jesus Christ. 

    Once a man realizes that he cannot live apart from God, then Jesus Christ makes it possible to reconcile with the Father, and not only live, but live eternally. Even the most hardened of hearts will not be able to resist Jesus’ grace and mercy as the living embodiment of God on Earth. Once a man meets Jesus, there will be no turning back, and that’s the testimony of Saul the Persecutor, turned Paul the Apostle. Jesus taught us:

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.    ~ John 15:5

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