Comfort of the Scriptures (Romans 15:4)
Romans 15:4, For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
The Old Testament Scriptures are of great importance to a Christian’s spiritual life. They are full of personal examples of men and women who lived sacrificially, to the glory of God. It is full of examples of the spiritual victories and failures that can help us as we strive to follow God and avoid evil. Noah, who preached for 120 years as he built the ark, had not one convert outside of his own family, yet he persevered in the face of ridicule and opposition to carry out the task that God had given him. Joseph suffered for righteousness sake. Moses denied himself the riches and glory of Egypt so that he could please God. David suffered at the hand of Saul and others. Daniel suffered for putting God first. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego denied themselves and suffered the vengeance of the king. The Christian life is one of self-denial and putting others first.
Everything that I have read in the Bible and been taught by the Holy Spirit is wonderful. Every doctrinal truth and every principle of Holy Scripture is willfully accepted and submitted to by faith. Yet there are some truths which yield special comfort to my soul. These verses stress the importance of the Word of God in our lives. If we are going to stay revived and minister to others, the Bible must play an important part in our lives. We need to know the Word. Here are three soul-comforting truths of the Scriptures.
1.Patience. Patience is a virtue of great value and none of us have enough of it. But we can learn it from the Scriptures. The more we get into the Scriptures in earnest study, the better we will learn about patience.
2.Comfort. We live in a very discomforting world. It can get pretty rocky and bumpy at times, and often we hit these rough areas of life without any notice. But the Scriptures will give us the comfort we need for the rough places of life.
3.Hope. The world does not give us any hope. Rather, it gives us a lot of hopelessness. But the Bible gives a lot of hope. It will give us hope in the midst of the worst circumstances and trails. It will give us hope for the future. If you want hope in your life, go to the Bible. It gives the best hope.
The Lord our God is absolutely sovereign. In creation, in providence and in salvation, God has His way and accomplishes His will. Nothing ever comes to pass in God’s creation except that which He has purposed. We can safely trust a sovereign God. The God of heaven is a God who does what He will, has mercy on whom He will and graciously accomplishes the eternal salvation of His covenant people by His own right arm.
Redemption is accomplished by the finished work of Christ, the sinner's Substitute. When our Lord Jesus Christ cried, ‘It is finished!’ redemption’s work was done. Nothing is left to be completed by us. Peace, pardon, justification, reconciliation, the forgiveness of sin, acceptance with God were all perfectly accomplished for God’s people at Calvary. He did not leave so much as one thread for us to sew into the robe of righteousness, by which we are clothed. He did not leave so much as one ounce of suffering for us to pay to the offended justice of God. He did it all! Accomplished redemption is good news for hell-bound sinners!
‘Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.' There are no exceptions, no qualifications, no limitations. The invitation is as free as the salvation it proclaims. Anyone in the whole wide world who will call upon Christ as Lord will be saved, even you, even me!
God's Word tells us that He is holy. Because we are sinners, our sin separates us from Him. Our Heavenly Father loved us so much He sent His only begotten Son to die for us "that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). After we have been restored to Him, He tells us how we should live. Through this knowledge of God's Word, we can have hope.
Scripture tells us that we will spend eternity with God if we have accepted the free gift of salvation through His Son. His Word gives us promises that we can cling to. We can be confident that the things God has said will come to pass. If we go through this life waiting for God to do what He said He would do, we can be confident no matter what we face. We have the hope that we will be in Heaven with Him. We have the hope that all things work together for good to them that love God. We have the hope that He will never leave us nor forsake us. These truths from God's Word should be a comfort to us.
No matter what we may face, God has promised His help and presence, His protection and guidance, and His love and mercy. We know this because He has given us His Word. Take some time today to thank God for the comfort of the Scriptures and the hope we have through them.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, thank You for faithfully guiding me through times of uncertainty. For giving me strength when I was weak. For giving me peace through the storms. For saving my soul and for never forsaking me. In Jesus name, Amen.
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