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THE WORD OF GOD A LIVING WORD

                                WHAT is the nature of the word of God?

   "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12.

How are the oracles of God described?

"This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us." Acts 7:38.

What was Peter's testimony concerning Christ's words?

"Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life." John 6:68.

What did Christ declare His Father's commandment to be?

"And I know that His commandment is life everlasting." John 12:50.

THE WORD COMPARED TO FOOD

What lesson was intended by feeding the children of Israel with the manna?

"And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live." Deuteronomy 8:3.

What instance is recorded of one who fed upon the true manna?

"Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy name, 0 Lord God of hosts." Jeremiah 15:16

What reference did Jesus make to this same manna of life?

"But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4

How did the word of God become food to Jesus?

"Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work." John 4:34.

JESUS AS THE LIVING WORD

What name is applied to Jesus as the revelation of the thought of God in the flesh?

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1. "And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God." Revelation 19:13.

What did this Word become?

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." John 1:14

What was in the Word?

"And in Him was life; and the life was the light of men." John 1:4.

What is Jesus therefore also called?

"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life." 1 John 1:1.

JESUS AS THE LIVING BREAD

What did Jesus declare Himself to be?

"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst." John 6:35.

What did He suggest that men should do with Him, the bread of life?

"As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth Me, even he shall live by Me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever." John 6:57, 58.

What did Jesus really mean by our eating His flesh?

"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." Verse 63.

     NOTE.—Thus we clearly understand that to eat the flesh of the Son of God is to live by His words. As one has said, "He who by faith receives the word is receiving the very life and character of God."—Christ's Object Lessons, p. 38

THE TABLE OF THE LORD

What grand privilege do we have?

"And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come." Hebrews 6:5. (See Jeremiah 15:16.)

What glorious invitation is extended to all?

"0 taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." Psalms 34:8

How are we instructed to pray for both physical and spiritual nourishment?

"Give us this day our daily bread." Matthew 6:11.

    Note.—When "the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us," the thought of God was revealed in human flesh. When holy men of God "spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost," the thought of God was revealed in human language. The union of the divine and the human in the manifestation of God's thought in the flesh is declared to be "the mystery of godliness"; and there is the same mystery in the union of the divine thought and human language. The two revelations of God, in human flesh and in human speech, are both called the Word of God, and both are the Word of Life. He who fails to find Christ thus in the Scriptures will not be able to feed upon the Word as the life-giving Word

THE OLD SCOTCHMAN

There was an old Scotch man who said of the Bible, "It is a good thing in a good place for a good purpose." It is a good thing to remember that the Bible in the head won't do. The Bible in the hand won't do. The Bible in the pocket won't do. The Bible on the shelf won't do. But the Bible, the word of God, in the heart, accepted through faith and .full surrender, will bring a new life. He that hath the word bath life, and "He that hath the Son hath life." 1 John 5:12 (John 6:63

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There was an old Scotch man who said of the Bible, "It is a good thing in a good place for a good purpose." It is a good thing to remember that the Bible in the head won't do. The Bible in the hand won't do. The Bible in the pocket won't do. The Bible on the shelf won't do. But the Bible, the word of God, in the heart, accepted through faith and .full surrender, will bring a new life. He that hath the word bath life, and "He that hath the Son hath life." 1 John 5:12 (John 6:63

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