Listen To Most Current
Grace Notes Archive
December 2022 (1)
November 2022 (4)
October 2022 (5)
September 2022 (6)
August 2022 (4)
July 2022 (5)
June 2022 (4)
May 2022 (4)
April 2022 (7)
March 2022 (4)
February 2022 (4)
January 2022 (5)
December 2021 (5)
November 2021 (4)
October 2021 (5)
September 2021 (4)
August 2021 (4)
July 2021 (6)
June 2021 (4)
May 2021 (5)
April 2021 (4)
March 2021 (5)
February 2021 (4)
January 2021 (5)
December 2020 (4)
November 2020 (4)
October 2020 (5)
September 2020 (4)
August 2020 (5)
July 2020 (21)
June 2020 (29)
May 2020 (28)
April 2020 (31)
March 2020 (5)
February 2020 (4)
January 2020 (5)
December 2019 (5)
November 2019 (3)
October 2019 (5)
September 2019 (4)
August 2019 (5)
July 2019 (4)
June 2019 (5)
May 2019 (4)
April 2019 (4)
March 2019 (4)
February 2019 (6)
January 2019 (4)
December 2018 (4)
November 2018 (5)
October 2018 (4)
September 2018 (4)
August 2018 (4)
July 2018 (3)
June 2018 (4)
May 2018 (4)
April 2018 (4)
March 2018 (4)
February 2018 (5)
January 2018 (4)
December 2017 (4)
November 2017 (5)
October 2017 (4)
September 2017 (5)
August 2017 (4)
July 2017 (4)
June 2017 (5)
May 2017 (4)
April 2017 (5)
March 2017 (3)
February 2017 (4)
January 2017 (3)
December 2016 (5)
November 2016 (4)
October 2016 (4)
September 2016 (5)
August 2016 (3)
July 2016 (4)
June 2016 (5)
May 2016 (4)
April 2016 (5)
March 2016 (4)
February 2016 (4)
January 2016 (5)
December 2015 (4)
November 2015 (4)
October 2015 (3)
September 2015 (4)
August 2015 (5)
July 2015 (5)
June 2015 (4)
May 2015 (5)
April 2015 (2)
March 2015 (4)
February 2015 (4)
January 2015 (5)
December 2014 (4)
November 2014 (5)
October 2014 (4)
September 2014 (4)
August 2014 (4)
July 2014 (5)
June 2014 (4)
May 2014 (5)
April 2014 (4)
March 2014 (4)
February 2014 (4)
January 2014 (5)
December 2013 (4)
November 2013 (5)
October 2013 (4)
September 2013 (4)
August 2013 (5)
July 2013 (4)
June 2013 (3)
May 2013 (5)
April 2013 (4)
March 2013 (4)
February 2013 (5)
January 2013 (4)
December 2012 (4)
November 2012 (5)
October 2012 (4)
September 2012 (4)
August 2012 (5)
July 2012 (4)
June 2012 (4)
May 2012 (5)
April 2012 (4)
March 2012 (5)
February 2012 (4)
January 2012 (4)
December 2011 (5)
November 2011 (4)
October 2011 (4)
September 2011 (5)
August 2011 (4)
July 2011 (4)
June 2011 (5)
May 2011 (4)
April 2011 (5)
March 2011 (4)
February 2011 (4)
January 2011 (5)
December 2010 (4)
November 2010 (4)
October 2010 (4)
September 2010 (5)
August 2010 (4)
July 2010 (6)
June 2010 (4)
May 2010 (4)
April 2010 (4)
March 2010 (5)
February 2010 (4)
January 2010 (5)
December 2009 (5)
November 2009 (3)
October 2009 (6)
September 2009 (3)
August 2009 (5)
July 2009 (4)
June 2009 (4)
May 2009 (5)
April 2009 (4)
March 2009 (4)
February 2009 (4)
January 2009 (5)
December 2008 (4)
November 2008 (5)
October 2008 (4)
September 2008 (5)
August 2008 (4)
July 2008 (3)
June 2008 (4)
May 2008 (5)
April 2008 (4)
March 2008 (5)
February 2008 (1)
Grace Notes

Current Articles | Categories | Search | Syndication

THE WORD OF GOD: A WEALTH OF INFORMATION
by Philip Owen

Although there are topics that the Bible addresses not at all and others that are broached sparingly, there are many others that we often assume (erroneously, as it turns out) to be given short shrift in the Word of God—sometimes because we have heard as much all our lives but always because we have not examined Scripture sufficiently on a particular topic ourselves.  In many instances, an earnest perusal of the Word will yield a rich vein of truth where we had thought, before we began mining, that there was little or no information to be discovered.  Three examples from personal experience will serve to illustrate the point.

1.  “The Bible says very little about heaven.”  All my life, I have heard that statement and have probably been guilty of saying the same thing myself.  Admittedly, if by that statement, someone means to suggest that the Bible says little about what the experience of heaven will be like for the believer, it is true.  Nevertheless, the Bible has quite a lot otherwise to say about heaven.  More than half (thirty-six of sixty-six) books make one or more significant references to heaven (sometimes many or lengthy ones).  Our adult Sunday School class spent the better part of a year studying the subject without exhausting the topic.  Once we decided to examine the Word rather than believing a cliché, we discovered a gold mine of information.

2.  Jesus Christ had to be a man rather than a woman.  Although I have long been aware of the “gender-neutral” so-called translations of the Bible that have sprouted over the years, the issue of the essential maleness of Christ has never been in my sights.  The Scripture stated the fact that the incarnate Christ was a man and because I had never bumped heads with anyone requiring me to defend that position, I had given it little thought.  But it has been an issue in liberal churches and is becoming one in some evangelical ones as well.  It was a blessing, then, to read a book by Bruce Ware on the humanity of Christ entitled The Man Christ Jesus, in which he lists twelve biblical reasons, as he put it, “why our Savior could not have been a woman and must have been a man.”  I still have had no occasion to defend what seems so self-evident (nor am I looking for one); nevertheless, it is wonderful to realize how absolutely foundationless is the argument that it was necessary only that Christ become a human being, not specifically a man, in order to be the Sin-Bearer.  Anyone propounding that position will find himself drowning under the deluge of biblical evidence that refutes such foolishness.  To take such a stance manifests abject ignorance of the Bible and/or obstreperous rebellion.

3.  “Was the Lord the death angel?”  The question came from my four-year-old granddaughter when she and her mother were reading in the book of Exodus.  Once again, “death angel,” or “angel of death” is a term long bandied about.  But it is extra-biblical:  I can find no instance where either term is used in our English translations of the Word of God.  The Bible does not say that “a death angel” or “the death angel” slew the first born in the houses where the blood had not been applied to the doorposts and lintel.  Rather, on nine occasions, those deaths throughout Egypt are attributed directly to the Lord Himself (Ex. 11:4; 12:29; 13:15; Num. 8:17; 33:4; Psa. 78:51; 105:36; 135:8; 136:10).

What is the point?  The point is this:  the Bible offers an infinite wealth of truth to those who seek it.  While it does not tell us everything, God has provided a vast treasure of information for those who hunger and thirst for wisdom.             

Actions: E-mail | Permalink

Previous Page | Next Page