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Isaiah 53:7-9 God’s Servant Will Be Submissive Part 4 of 5

The Ethiopian eunuch was reading the fourth stanza of this servant song when Philip met him. He admitted that he didn’t understand what he was reading and “Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him” (Acts 8:35). This is a prophecy about the Lord Jesus and more specifically about His attitude to His sufferings. In one sense, men were responsible for those sufferings: He was despised and rejected (v3), wounded and bruised (v5), oppressed and afflicted (v7) at the hands of men. In another sense God did it: “the Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (v6). But the focus in this stanza is that through it all the Lord Jesus submitted to what was happening without any resistance or retaliation.

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The Virgin Birth

Non-belief in the virgin birth leaves us with serious consequences as to who the person of Christ is. If His life as recorded in the Gospels and referred to in the Epistles is miraculous and His exit from death also miraculous then belief in the virgin birth must be a reality. Sinlessness demands a miraculous origin.

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The Glories of Christ: His Incarnate Glories

In our previous study we considered the pre-incarnate glories of Christ. Those glories that He had with the Father before the world was. Little is revealed to us of this glory, but even as we looked “through a glass darkly,” we felt provoked to worship and praise. In this study, we will consider the glories of Christ associated with His humanity.

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What We Ought To Do

 

If I had entitled this article “What I ought to do” you might have thought, “If he knows what he ought to do why doesn’t he quit talking about it and just do it?” If I had written “you” instead, some might have decided to bypass this article altogether. But the title reads “we” because both of us need to pay attention to what the Holy Spirit says about our privileges and responsibilities. There are things we should be doing, or doing with greater zeal. So before you turn away, think of this article as a reminder to us both. Peter’s second letter had that character. He was deeply concerned that we not only gain access to the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour, but that we have an abundant entrance into it. For that reason he says, “I will always be ready to remind you of these things even though you already know them… to stir you up by way of reminder… (that) you may be able to call these things to mind… stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder”, (2 Pet. 1:12-15; 3:1).

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The Seven Churches: Part 3

This is the third of four articles examining the seven churches by way of exposition and practical application. All Bible study should have these two elements: what does the passage mean to those who received it and what can I do about it today? None of us live in any of these cities, our location and circumstances are different but there are lessons for us.

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Quietness

 “Be still and know that I am God,”

That I who made and gave thee life

Will lead thy faltering steps aright;

That I who see each sparrow’s fall

Will hear and heed thy earnest call.

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Righteous Judge

“Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25).

In the 18th chapter of Genesis we find these remarkable words spoken by Abraham to Jehovah, the Self-Existent One: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Gen. 18:25). God having taken Abraham into His confidence concerning his plans for Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham then pleads with God as to whether He will spare the righteous from the fate of the wicked. Note that Abraham speaks not just of physical death (‘to slay the righteous with the wicked’) but also the prospect of eternal death (‘that the righteous should be as the wicked’). He says, in effect, God forbid that you should do this thing (treat the wicked and the righteous alike), while speaking to very God Himself, so convinced is he of the righteousness of Jehovah.

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Editorial: What is in Thy Hand?

This was the Lord’s question to His reluctant servant Moses1. What was in his hand? A rod it seemed an ordinary thing to Moses. He was likely familiar with it and it undoubtedly had served him well. But this ordinary rod became something quite extraordinary. It proved to demonstrate the supremacy of the God Moses served. It was soon to be called ‘the rod of God’2

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