From Beginning To Eternity

My 11 year old granddaughter came to me holding out her first bible given her as a gift from her aunt. “How do I read this?” she asked. I opened her bible to the first chapter and first verse of the gospel of John and read to her, then turned back to the first chapter of Genesis and read the first verse. Then I told her,”This book contains the beginning of understanding life and introduces us to the knowledge of eternity. Within it God reveals Who He is to us, and who we are to Him; the things we can expect from Him, and the things He asks of us in response. This book has been called The Book of Life, The Living Word, The Word of Life, God’s Word and many more self-descriptive titles, giving hints to its purpose, depth and grandeur.” In explaining many more things, I suggested she begin reading the way she would any of her books, beginning from the first chapter of each “book” and following along asking questions and seeking answers to those questions as she read and the story unfolded. The Bible is the story of Jesus, the Way of Salvation from Genesis to Revelation.  g.w

And then I read the following to her, after which I placed in her bible:

the way

The Bible!

(author unknown)

“And we also thank God continually because, when you received the Word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the Word of God, which is at work in you who believe!” 1 Thessalonians 2:13

The Bible contains . . .
the mind of God,
the state of man,
the way of salvation,
the doom of sinners, and
the happiness of believers.

Its doctrines are holy,
its precepts are binding,
its histories are true, and
its decisions are immutable.

Read it to be wise,
believe it to be safe,
and practice it to be holy.

The Bible contains . . .
light to direct you,
food to support you,
and comfort to cheer you.

It is . . .
the traveler’s map,
the pilgrim’s staff,
the pilot’s compass,
the soldier’s sword and
the Christian’s charter.

Here too, Heaven is opened — and the gates of Hell are disclosed.

Christ is its grand subject,
our good is its design, and
the glory of God is its end.

The Bible should . . .
fill the memory,
rule the heart
and guide the feet.

Read it slowly, frequently and prayerfully.

The Scripture is . . .
a mine of wealth,
a paradise of glory,
and a river of pleasure!

It . . .
is given to you in life,
will be opened at the judgment,
and be remembered forever.

The Bible . . .
involves the highest responsibility,
rewards the greatest labor, and
will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents!

“Forever, O LORD, Your Word is settled in Heaven!” Psalm 119:89

via The Bible!


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