20 OCTOBER 2019 EXAMPLES FROM HISTORY And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:11-12 (ESV) The record of God’s dealings with mankind in general and with His people in particular is found in His Holy Word, the Bible. From the creation and fall of man to the coming of Jesus Christ as our Redeemer, God has been faithful in inspiring men to record and pass on the history of how God has led, inspired, judged, and forgiven men and nations. We are to take these accounts as we receive them in His Word and apply them to our lives so that we may escape the coming judgement and so our lives may be a blessing to our neighbours and communities. We have come to know by experience that, but for the grace of God, we would be no different than the vilest of sinners. It is God’s grace that saves us; it is also God’s grace that changes us. We need Christ in our hearts to save us from an eternity of darkness estranged from God. By looking back at how God has dealt with mankind we can see the importance of obeying His Word and the teachings of His body, the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. There is much benefit in knowing how God deals with sin and disobedience as well as how He rewards those who faithfully follow His will. As we can see from many places in Scripture. Jesus Christ Himself was intimately involved with the children of Israel as they journeyed through the wilderness. It is unfortunate that they did not always recognize that God was in control. Even when they did, they did not want to submit their lives to God. Has human nature changed since then? We who are living today have the blessing of reading the many glorious accounts of God leading His people. We can see the unfolding of God’s great plan of salvation and the sacrifice His son Jesus was willing to make in order to buy our pardon. In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” Matthew 26:39. It simply was not possible for that cup to pass from Him if we were to have any chance of being saved. He could have turned His back on our plight. He could have called ten thousand angels to rescue Him, but He chose to die for us. He gave His life that we might live. Nothing else would have satisfied the justice of God. Let us allow this story, miraculously preserved, to prompt us to willing obedience and submission to the authority of God’s Holy Spirit, to His Holy Word so that we too may be counted among those in Hebrews 11, those people of faith who believed though they had not yet received the promise of the coming of the Messiah, His death and resurrection as we have. Courtesy of Gospel Publishers, Moundridge Kansas
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