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– “The Relevance Or Importance Of The Bible For All Time(s)” { Past, Present & Future }

“The Relevance Or Importance Of The Bible For All Time(s)” { Past, Present & Future } ( “Ang Kahalagahan ng Bibliya Sa Lahat Ng Panahon” { Noon, Ngayon At Sa Hinaharap} )

- The Bible* is always and forever, timely. ( “Ang Bibliya ay palagi at magpakailan mang, napapanahon” ) Main Passage References: 1. Matthew 24:35 ( 35. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My { Jesus’ } words shall not pass away. ); 2. I Peter 1:24-25 ( 24. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: Isa 40:6,7; 25. But the word of the Lord { Jesus } endureth/remains for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. Isa 40:8 )


There are 2 kinds of the words of the Lord Jesus Christ:
1. The uttered or spoken words of Jesus ( “Ang mga binigkas o sinambit na salita ni Hesus” )
– example: Matthew 4:4 ( 4. But Jesus answered and said unto Satan, it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. )
2. The written words of Jesus ( “Ang mga nasulat na salita ni Hesus” )
– The “Bible” or the “Holy Scriptures”, are the written words of God.
Note: Both “the uttered or spoken words” & “the written words” of Jesus, hold(s)/remain(s) true, relevant/important, and timely ( “napapanahon” ), back in the past, now, in the present, and for all eternity. Well, by the time the “Good” Lord Jesus, have already made or created ( “in the future” ), the new heavens and new earth, wherein dwells righteousness, and where there is no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, nor any pain, all the teachings of the Lord Jesus, in the Bible or Holy Scriptures, will still endure or remain. By that time, all Jesus’ adherents could have already memorized the entire Bible or Holy Scriptures, since by that time, we ( everybody/everyone, who have consistently committed/devoted our all “directly” to the Lord Jesus Christ ), as willed/desired/purposed by God the Father and witnessed/confirmed/led by God the Holy Spirit, have already put on immortality or deathlessness, and our minds and our learning and thoughts, have already been greatly enhanced by the Lord Jesus, so that we’re all very shrewd, and clever, and bright, and brilliant, and trenchant/incisive, and quick- witted ( and My!!! We can even, go to and from, both in heaven/paradise and earth, just like angels ). Even then, with the Bible or Holy Scriptures of the Lord Jesus, engraved in the hearts and inculcated in the minds of all His true adherents and faithfuls, all the teachings/messages of the Bible, would still be as relevant/important and timely, as it has always been. The Bible or Holy Scriptures are written documentations, valid for all seasons ( “from the day it was written” ). It’s accurate/precise/exact and infallible! Why won’t it be? It has always been focused on/aimed at/pointing to, Jesus!!! After all, He should always be our “All in all”!
Is the Lord Jesus Christ, your “All” ( Colossians 3:11B; Ephesians 1:23; Romans 11:36 ), today? Is He the substance/essence/meaning of your life, today? Read the Bible, and have yourself drawn/attached/fixed to Jesus ( John 5:39-40; Galatians 2:20; II Corinthians 5:17 )! As the song goes, “… Jesus is my Portion ( Lot/Parcel )”
Question #1: How often should we read the Bible?
Answer: Daily!
Acts 17:11 accounts, ( 11. These { “the Berean believers” } were more noble/superb/outstanding/excellent than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. )
Question #2: How often should we meditate/reflect/ponder/contemplate on the Bible/Holy Scriptures/Words of God?
Answer: Day and night!
Psalm 1:1-2 declare, ( 1. Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel/advice of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful/contemptuous/disrespectful. 2. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. )
Joshua 1:8 ( 1st part ) states, ( 8. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, )
Question #3: How much/many should we read daily?
Answer: No specific/definite/exact/clear- cut/categorical/explicit/precise Biblical instruction.
Note: The entire Bible or Holy Scriptures, being the Words of God, have 2 parts: 1. The Old Testament- with 39 Books, composed of 929 chapters; 2. The New Testament- with 27 Books, composed of 260 chapts.
My personal suggestions or advice:
1. You’re very, very busy- Read “at the very least”, 1 chapter in the Old Testament and 1 chapter in the New Testament, every day.
Connotation/Denotation/Meaning/Implication: If you get to read this way consistently/without fail, in 2 years and 7 months, you have already read the Old Testament once, and the New Testament, thrice/3 times. ( If on certain days, you’re really very much preoccupied/engrossed/absorbed by other concerns inevitably/unavoidably, thus failing to read, your committed 2 chapters daily, to the Lord, then compensate your failed readings, on the succeeding/successive days to come. ). This systematic/organized way of reading, will endow/give you a better and more meaningful relationship, with our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. Didn’t Jesus say, “My people are destroyed, for lack of knowledge!”? ( Hosea 4:6 ); While the Apostle Paul had to say, “Study to show yourself, approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth!” ( II Timothy 2:15 );
­­­­­­­­­*- more appropriately, “the entirety of the messages/teachings of the Bible”

2. You’re very, very lax or relaxed ( you have all the time in the world )- If you can read the entire Bible in one day, so much the better! Guiding Principle for suggestions 1. & 2.: Mark 12:30 ( 30. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. )
Question #4: Why should we read the Bible daily, and meditate on it, day and night?
Answers:
1. It is one of the Lord Jesus’ keys to prosperity and success.
Psalm 1:1-3 declare, ( 1. Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. 3. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season/time; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. )
Joshua 1:8 { whole verse } accounts, ( 8. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. )
2. It transforms our lives ( “Binabago ang ating mga buhay” ).
II Timothy 3:16-17 declare, ( 16. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable/beneficial for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17. That the man of God may be perfect/complete, throughly furnished/fully equipped, unto all good works. )
II Corinthians 3:18 states, ( 18. But we all,with open face beholding as in a glass the glory/royalty/excellence/majesty/magnificence/splendor of the Lord, are changed into the same image/character from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. )
Note: Whenever the scriptures are read ( or we get to read the scriptures ), if we turn to the Lord Jesus, or focus our eyes on Him ( Hebrews 12:2A ), it’s just like, we are looking in a mirror, where we get to see the reflection of our image. We get to see or behold the faults/flaws and blemishes, with all the imperfections, that are present in our lives, as we get to appreciate all the more the glory and perfection, and flawlessness of the Lord, even His very character, and we are led/motivated/encouraged/prompted, to conform to the Lord Jesus’ image/character, from glory to glory. The “Good” Lord Jesus, by/through God the Holy Spirit, gradually change us, as we get to be saturated/flooded/soaked more and more, with His words.
3. It makes the simple ( stupid/ignorant/naïve/inexperienced/unsophisticated/unwise/primitive ), “wise”.
Psalm 119:130 declares, ( 130. The entrance of Thy words LORD, giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. )
Psalm 19:7 states ( 7. The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul/transforming the life: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. )
Restatement or Rephrase of 2. & 3.:
2. The Bible is the best book for “value ( values are “moral” { good/right/appropriate/proper/ethical } principles and standards )- formation”.
Examples:
I. The Apostle Paul is saying in Philippians 4:8, ( 8. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. )
II. Proverbs 16:25 & 14:12 declare, ( There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof, are the ways of death. )
– Human judgments are often faulty, fallible and erratic/inconsistent/unreliable. Therefore, all our judgments should always be premised/based/founded on the judgments of the Lord Jesus, which He taught us in the Bible.
III. Isaiah 5:20 declares, ( 20. Woe { It’s lamentable/sorrowful/sad/mournful } unto them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light, and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! )
– It’s so miserable/pitiable/pathetic/wretched for those who distort/twist judgment(s).
IV. Jesus is saying in John 7:24, ( 24. Judge not according to the appearance, but judge a righteous judgment. )
V. The Lord Jesus is saying to the Israelites in Leviticus 19:35-37, ( 35. Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard/measure, in weight, or in quantity. 36. Just balances, just weights, a just ephah { a measure of grain }, and a just hin { a liquid measure }, shall ye have: I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt. 37. Therefore shall ye observe all My statutes/rules/orders, and all My judgments, and do them: I am the LORD. ) – The Lord Jesus demands accuracy/precision/exactness/fidelity/faithfulness in all our dealings & judgments.

by: DR. EDMUND PAUL MEDINA

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