How powerful is the Word of God when brought into contact with one's life?
"For the word of God is quick [literally, "living"], and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12.
What was Peter constrained to say about Christ's words?
"Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life." John 6:68.
What did Jesus declare regarding His Father's commandment?
"And I know that His commandment is life everlasting." John 12:50.
What great truth did God wish to teach us, when He gave the daily manna to feed the children of Israel?
"And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live." Deuteronomy 8:3.
What happens when we feed upon the true, heavenly manna?
"Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy name, O Lord God of hosts." Jeremiah 15:16.
What reference did Jesus make to this same life-giving manna?
"But He answered and said, "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4.
How did God's will for Christ's life become His food?
"Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work." John 4:34.
What name is given to Jesus, since He was the Revealer of God's thought to mankind?
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God." John 1:1. "And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God." Revelation 19:13.
What did this Word become?
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." John 1.14.
What was in this Word that we so much need?
"In Him was life; and the life was the light of men." John 1:34.
What is Jesus therefore also called?
"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life." 1 John 1:1.
What did Jesus declare Himself to be?
"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst." l John 6:35.
What did He say would be given to those that partook of this God-given bread?
"As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father: so He that eateth Me, even he shall live by Me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. " John 6:57,58.
What did Jesus really mean when He said that we should eat His flesh?
"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63.
NOTE.-Thus we clearly understand that to eat the flesh of the Son of God is to live by His words. As one has said, "He who by faith receives the word is receiving the very life and character of God."-Christ's Object Lessons, p. 38.
What is it that God will let us taste right now?
"And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come." Hebrews 6:5. (See Jeremiah 15:16.)
Tasting it, what do we learn?
"0 taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." Psalm 34:8.
Does God want us to ask for this Bread daily?
"Give us this day our daily bread." Matthew 6: 11.
NOTE.-When "the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us," the thought of God was revealed in human flesh. When holy men of God "spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost," the thought of God was revealed in human language. The union of the Divine and the human in the manifestation of God's thought in the flesh is the mystery of godliness and is the same mystery in the union of the Divine thought and human language. The two revelations of God, in human flesh and in human speech, are both called the Word of God, and both are the Word of life. He who fails to find Christ thus in the Scriptures will not be able to feed upon the Word as the life-giving Word.
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Of whom does Christ Himself tell us that the Scriptures speak about?
"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me." John 5:39.
NOTE.-"Search the Old Testament Scriptures: for they are they that testify of Christ. To find Him in them is the true and legitimate end of their study. To be able to interpret them as He interpreted them is the best result of all Biblical learning."-Dean Alford.
About whom did Moses and the Old Testament prophets write?
"Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." John 1:45.
NOTE.-In her translation of the Old Testament Scriptures, Helen Spurrell expressed the following wish for all who should read her translation: "May very many exclaim, as the translator has often done when studying numerous passages in the original, I have found the Messiah!
Who revealed beforehand the death and resurrection of Christ?
"0 fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?" Luke 24:25,26.
Does all of Scripture tell us about Jesus?
"And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself." Luke 24:27.
Where in the Bible is the first promise of the Redeemer?
"And the Lord God said unto the serpent, I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." Genesis 3:14,15.
In what words was this great truth explained to Abraham?
"In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed." Genesis 22:18. (See also Genesis 26:4; 28:14.)
To whom did this promised seed refer?
"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. " Galatians 3:16.
Whom did God promise would especially guide Israel to the Promised Land?
"Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared." Exodus 23:20.
Who was the Rock that went with them?
"And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed [literally, "went with"] them: and that Rock was Christ." 1 Corinthians 10:4.
Where was the promised Saviour to be born?
"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be Ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Micah 5:2.
In what Old Testament prophecy are the life, suffering, and death of Christ foretold?
In the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah.
Which passage of Scripture foretold the price of Christ's betrayal?
"So they weighed for My price thirty pieces of silver." Zechariah 11:12. (See Matthew 26:15.)
Christ's dying words were written a thousand years before His death. Where are they found?
"My God, My God, why has Thou forsaken Me?" Psalm 22:1. (See Matthew 27:46.) "Into Thy hands I commit My spirit." Psalm 31:5. (See Luke 23:46.)
In what passage do the Psalms also foretell Christ's resurrection?
"For Thou wilt not leave My soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption." Psalm 16:10. (See Acts 2:25-31.)
What words does Daniel use to describe Christ's receiving of His kingdom?
"I saw in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him near before Him. And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed." Daniel 7:13-14. (See also Luke 1:32-33; 19:11-12; Revelation 11:15.)
How does the book of Psalms describe Christ's Second Advent?
"Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together before the Lord; for He cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall He judge the world, and the people with equity." Psalm 98:8-9. "Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about Him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people." Psalm 50:3,4.
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