An “About face” on the Bible

For those who do not have a genuine saving relationship with Jesus, the Bible is of very little importance to them. They don’t really understand it. It may be appreciated as great literature, interesting history, or as teaching high moral values. However, it is often considered boring, or outdated, or not relevant. What a total “About face” when one comes to Jesus, and through Spiritual rebirth discovers the Bible to be the most amazing book for all of time and eternity. Their prayer becomes: “Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law” (Psalm 119:18). This complete change comes as a result of new Spiritual illumination from the indwelling Holy Spirit, living now in the regenerated person. For the redeemed soul, the vastness of the change of attitude towards God’s Word encompasses a lifetime of exposure to its Spiritually alive contents. For some, much is grasped “early on.” For others, it comes more slowly. But it comes, informs, challenges, guides, explains, reveals, and changes the hearers. It is realized that this supernatural Book is the voice of God speaking to His child’s heart and mind. John Burton’s hymn, “Holy Bible, Book Divine,” gives musical voice to the wonder of God’s Word: “Holy Bible, Book divine, precious treasure, thou art mine: mine to tell me whence I came; mine to teach me what I am. Mine to chide me when I rove, mine to show a Savior’s love; mine thou art to guide and guard; mine to punish or reward. Mine to comfort in distress, suffering in this wilderness; mine to show by living faith, we can triumph over death. Mine to tell of joys to come, and the rebel sinner’s doom:  O thou Holy Book divine, precious treasure thou art mine.” Selah! The Word of God is the only Truth that will last forever!  Ron

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