Saturday, April 2, 2022
“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20 KJV).
Thankfulness is one result of the Holy Spirit filling us (verse 18)….
Recently, I listened to a 40-year-old audio recording of a preacher-teacher training men for the ministry. They were having class long before I was even born! One student had difficulty with the wording of a certain Bible verse, so he had asked the teacher for help. The teacher answered the question for the whole class as best as he could—but I knew it was wrong. Denominationalism had clouded their judgment. Little did those men know I would be hearing their confusion four decades later. I felt like screaming the simple answer to them. Yet, of course, it was impossible for me to communicate with them. If only they had turned to the very next chapter, and read a verse therein, it would have not only addressed that troublesome query but even saved them from one of their denomination’s most serious doctrinal errors. I can only wonder, though, would they have actually cared to hear me share that verse with them? Would they have been willing to part with their theological system? Only the Lord knows.
Those who value rightly divided Scripture invariably respond with, “I had so many unanswered questions in church, but, now that I know dispensational Bible study, all those doubts and ‘contradictions’ have just disappeared!” We always should remind them, “Now, you go share with others what you have learned! Be grateful, not prideful. I have taught you, not for you to consider yourself a god, but for you to better know the one true God and what He is doing and what He would thus have you do.”
Dear Christian friends, if we truly love the Lord Jesus Christ, we will be thankful for His inspired, preserved, and translated words. In English, that is the King James Bible. If we truly love His words, we will believe them and share them with people as often as we can. If we truly love God’s hidden wisdom, we will teach others about Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery, Paul’s epistles, Romans through Philemon. Be grateful! 🙂