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THE BOOK - HOW WE GOT IT AND HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF IT

#26 - I COMMEND YOU TO GOD AND TO THE WORD OF HIS GRACE

Speaker
Rev. Don Horban
Scripture
Acts 20:29 - 35
#26 In The Series "THE BOOK - How We Got It And How To Get The Most Out Of It" 


There are few verses in the Bible that I love more than verse 32 - "And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified." These are Paul's parting words to the elders of the church at Ephesus. And I love that description of the revelation from God (the Scriptures) as the "word of God's grace." I love it because it directs my mind back to truth about God's Word and away from error. 


Here's the error. If I'm not very careful I can easily link Bible study more to duty than to grace. I know I should read my Bible - in fact, must read my Bible. And whenever I must do something the life-giving nature of it can turn to dust. If I do what I must do well then I'm fulfilling an obligation. And if I don't do what I must do well, then I'm under guilt and condemnation. And either way, the life has gone out of what should be a love for God's grace manifested in His Word.


I said there was both an error and a truth in that thirty-second verse. Now here's the truth. God's Word is a grace producer. That's why Paul calls it the "word of His grace"(32). How much of God's loving, empowering, renewing, transforming grace do you need today? Much? That's why God has given us the Bible. The Bible takes dirty lives and makes them clean. It takes fearful lives and makes them courageous. It takes ugly lives and makes them beautiful. It takes disorganized lives and gives them meaning and purpose. It takes discouraged lives and make them joyful. It takes lives imprisoned in sin and emancipates them with luscious freedom.



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