Wednesday, August 31, 2016

NOT ALL TO US - By Joel Finck

Scripture Reading: James 1:1

We can be thankful that postal employees are more faithful than some Bible interpreters. If they were not, we might never get our mail! You see, postal employees must be careful to read the address on the envelope to make sure the right people get the right messages.

The Bible is no different. God has been very careful to address His Word to the people He intended to instruct. When He was about to reveal the Law to His chosen nation, the Lord God carefully told Moses, "these are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel" (Exodus 19:6). Yet, some would try to impose Israel's religious rituals and ordinances to Gentiles in this dispensation of grace. When Peter preached his powerful sermon on the day of Pentecost, he was careful to address it, "Ye men of Israel" (Acts 2:22). Yet, some would try to apply his instructions to them just a few verses later-"Repent and be baptized forthe remission of sins ... " (Acts 2:38)-to Gentile believers today. James carefully addressed his epistle, "James ... to the twelve tribes" (James 1:1). Yet, some try to apply his instruction to anoint the sick with oil (James 5:14) to Gentile believers in this present age.

As was pointed out in yesterday's lesson, all Scripture is profitable and contains valuable lessons for us to learn; but as seen in today's texts, not all Scripture is addressed to us as Gentiles living in this dispensation of the grace of God. Let us be faithful "postal workers" as we sort God's mail, the Word of God.

How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4

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