|What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice|
Msg #2105 Think Right, Read Right, Grow Right
What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Forasmuch as you KNOW you are redeemed,... desire the word that you may GROW,... be a peculiar people that you may SHOW,... and follow in his steps to GO (1Pet 1:18, 2:2, 9, 21). Peter didn't rhyme these but he nailed them. A preacher outlined them in the seventies and I've traced them through three Scofield reference Bibles since, but they have traced into far more lives.
In Peter's GROW charge a new convert's growth is captured in a single sentence that begins, “Wherefore laying aside all malice...”, but it centers on a sincere desire for the Word of God (2:1-3). The ecumenicals changed God's Words but a convert is born into salvation, he does not “grow into salvation”! Check your Bible, modernist ecumenicals made diabolical changes to God's wording. A new convert's growth comes from a renewing of the mind, or “girding up the loins of the mind....” (1:13) as in “laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings...” (2:1). And then comes that sincere desire for the sincere milk of the Word, because “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom 10:17).
Faith is grown with the “quick and powerful, … able to divide the thoughts and intents... Word of God.” Peter's single sentence closes with a categorical if-so-be-test, so one should make sure their salvation is real, i.e. a salvation that is not just professed, but genuinely possessed. That is good advice for even an old crusty Christian. God will save you till you know it, and change you till you show it. Praise his holy name.
It is not to late to add a resolution for 2021. Be resolved to grow your faith this year as you preach Acts 2021 because of John 2021.
An Essay for week #5 - Jan 31, 2021
Msg in audio at www.GSBaptistChurch.com/audio/gs210131.mp3
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