GOD LOVES YOU.
GOD DESIRES ALL MEN TO BE SAVED
AND TO COME TO THE FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH
LIFE-STUDY OF GENESIS
GENESIS?THE GENERAL SKETCH
AND CENTRAL THOUGHT
Praise the Lord for the Bible! Praise the Lord for the life,
the divine life, the eternal life, which is contained in this Book! And praise
the Lord that He has afforded us this opportunity to have a life-study of His
divine Word with such a large congregation! The Lord willing, starting from
today, April 6th, 1974,
we shall continue this life-study through the Bible, book after book,
consecutively every weekend. May the Lord grant us His dear presence with His
rich anointing all the way through our study.
A WONDERFUL BOOK
The Bible is a wonderful book. It is "The Book"
among all books! It took 1600 years to complete, starting with Moses, the
greatest prophet of God, and ending with the Apostle John. It was confirmed 300
years later (397 A.D.) at a council held at Carthage
in North Africa. Not long after that, the
Bible was locked away from the people by the Catholic Church. For nearly a
thousand years, from the 6th century through the 15th century, the Bible was
locked up. History calls this period the Dark Age. Human society became dark
because the Bible, containing all the divine light, was locked away from
Then, in the Reformation, God used Martin Luther to unlock
the Bible. At the same time, printing was invented, allowing the Bible to be
printed. Although the Bible was unlocked, it was not so open. Yet, we thank the
Lord that during the past five centuries He has opened up His Word again and
again through many great teachers. We stand on their shoulders and we are
grateful to them. Yet, how we thank the Lord that today the Bible is so open to
us, allowing us to have a rich life-study of the living Word.
THE BREATH OF GOD
What is the Bible? We know that the word "Bible"
means "the Book." But what is this book? The Bible itself says,
"All Scripture is God-breathed" (2 Tim. 3:16). The Bible is the breath of God. It is
not merely the word or the thought of God, but the very breath of God. Whatever
we breathe out is our breath, and this breath proceeds out of our being. So the
Bible as the breath of God is something breathed out of the being of God. The
Bible contains the very element of God. Whatever God is, is contained in this
divine book. God is light, life, love, power, wisdom, and many other items. All
these items of what God is have been breathed out into the Bible. Whenever we
come to this book with an open heart and an open spirit, we can immediately
touch something divine: not just thoughts, concepts, knowledge, words, or
sentences, but something deeper than all these
things. We touch God Himself.
PRAISE THE LORD!