Re: Messiah's January, 2002 Update-- sent to supporters via snail mail: THANK YOU for putting into words what the church of Christ needs so desperately to hear. I pray your counsel is taken. -- ML (Grand Rapids)
Matthew 5:33. This is found in a setting known as The Sermon on the Mount. ďAgain you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ĎDo not break your oath. But keep the oaths you have made to the Lord. But I tell you, do not swear at all. Either by heaven because for it is Godís throne. Or by the earth, for it is his footstool. Or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair either white or black. Simply let you yes be yes and your no, no. Anything beyond this comes from the evil one.Ē Thus the reading of Godís Word.
Our Savior, we give you thanks that the Word of God has been recorded for us and is now in the form that we can refer to all the time. As we open it, now, we pray that we would refer to it for our profit, that it would not be a mere reference book, but that the Word would grant us understanding. From your Word comes understanding. Your Word is a light to our feet; it guides our path; it gives us insight, so that we may know what we are to do, and how we are to live. And we pray, O Lord God, as we look in this text, that we would gain that which is profitable for our souls and that would glorify you now and forever. Amen.
This is the Word of God in Matthew 24, Jesus is speaking to his disciples about the end of the period of time in which they lived, the destruction coming to Jerusalem because of their unbelief. And in this context he warns his apostles, because of the increase of wickedness the love of most will grow cold. But he who stands firm to the end will be saved. Thus the reading of Godís Word.