Thursday, January 10, 2013

Bible and Jesus

Bible-Testimonies About Jesus

We read in, John 5:31-47;

31 “If I testify about myself, My testimony is not valid.

32 There is another Who testifies in My favor, and I know that His testimony about Me is valid.

33 “You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth.

34 Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved. 35 John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.

36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the very work that the Father has given Me to finish, and which I am doing, testifies that the Father has sent Me.

37 And the Father Who sent Me has Himself testified concerning Me. You have never heard His voice nor seen His form,

38 nor does His word dwell in you, for you do not believe the One He sent.

39 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about Me,

40 yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.

41 “I do not accept praise from men,

42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 43 I have come in My Father’s Name, and you do not accept Me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.

44 How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?

45 “But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set.

46 If you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me.

47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”

Verses 39-40

“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.”

You diligently study the Scriptures: The writings of Moses, and the prophets, which were written under the divine inspiration and authority, and are often appealed unto by Christ, and His apostles, for the truth of what they delivered; and were the standard of faith, and the test of doctrines; and therefore to be searched diligently into, for finding divine knowledge and providence in it.

The Jews had the sacred oracles committed to them, and these they read, not only their kings, princes, and judges, but the common people, who brought up their children to the reading of them, and besides this, these writings were read, and expounded publicly in their synagogues every Sabbath day; and at this time especially these records were examined, and particularly those of them which respected the Messiah, since there was now a general expectation of Him: and certain it is, that the chief priests, Scribes, and elders, or the Sanhedrim, were very much versed in the Scriptures, and could readily refer to those which concerned the Messiah; see an instance of this in Matthew 2:4.

You think that by them you possess eternal life:  Not the doctrine of eternal life, nor the promises of it, nor the way to it; though all these are contained in them, and pointed out by them: for though life and immortality are brought to light by the Gospel, and the promise of eternal life belongs to the covenant of grace, and the way of life and righteousness by Christ is manifested without the law, and not by it; yet there is much of the Gospel, and an exhibition of the covenant of grace, and its promises, and Christ, the way of life, is directed to typically by the tree of life, and the brazen serpent, and other things in those writings. But the meaning here is, that they imagined, by having these writings in their hands, and by their reading them, and hearing them expounded every Sabbath day, they should obtain and inherit everlasting life: hence they call the law eternal life, and say concerning the reading of it

These are the Scriptures that testify about Me : They do of His proper Deity and Divine Sonship, calling Him Jehovah, God, the mighty God, and the Son of God; and of His offices as Prophet, Priest, and King; and of His incarnation of a virgin; and of the tribe, family, and place of His birth; of the miracles which He should work; of the treatment He should meet with from men; of His sufferings and death; of His riding on a donkey into Jerusalem, the betraying Him by one of His familiar acquaintance, Judas Ischariot;  the selling Him for thirty pieces of silver, the spitting upon, and scourging Him, giving Him gall for His meat, and vinegar for His drink, and parting His garments, and casting lots for His vesture, and the crucifixion of Him, and that between two thieves; and of His burial, His resurrection from the dead, His ascension to heaven, and session at the Right Hand of God, and of His future coming to judgment as the Kong of kings and the Lord of lords.

Yet you refuse to come to Me to have life: They search the Scriptures for eternal life. Yet they were full of testimony of Christ. Yet they turned away from Him Who is the life of whom their Scriptures testified.

Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:15;

“You have been taught the Holy Scriptures from childhood, and They have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.”

Dear readers,

Let’s study the Bible diligently everyday if you can. Do not treat the Bible as a mere bestseller book; it’s the Word of God giving us the wisdom unto the Salvation in Christ Jesus.

If you possessed the eternal life, then the Bible will show you the way to keep staying in Christ until He shows Himself again.

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