The "Word of the Lord" conveyed by the prophets in their oracles, and the "Word of God" set forth by the apostles in their sermons, was always a word applying directly to its hearers, summoning them to recognize that God Himself was thereby addressing them, calling on them to respond to His instruction and direction, and working in them through God's own Spirit to evoke the response which it required (cf.1 Thess. 2:13). Similarly, the Bible as a whole, viewed from the standpoint of its contents, should be thought of, not statically, but dynamically; not merely as what God said long ago, but in general as what He says still; and not merely as what He says to men in general, but as what He says to each individual reader or hearer in particular. In other words, Holy Scripture should be thought of as God preaching--God preaching to me every time I read or hear any part of it--God the Father preaching God the Son in the power of God the Holy Spirit. God the Father is the giver of Holy Scripture; God the Son is the theme of Holy Scripture; and God the Spirit, as the Father's appointed agent in witnessing to the Son, is the author, authenticator, and interpreter of Holy Scripture.Doesn't this truth excite you to study God's word and hear it preached? God is speaking right now, today, through his word.
"When you listen and read one thinker, you become a clone... Two thinkers, you become confused... Ten thinkers, you'll begin developing your own voice... Two or three hundred thinkers, you become wise." - Tim Keller, via Keller Quotes
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"Read the Bible praying, 'Father, hold my mind's attention. Wake my heart's affection. Speak for your glory and my holy joy.' - John Piper
Showing honor to your elders isn't old peoples' idea, it's God's: "Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD." - Lev. 19:32
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