Gold Chunk verses

David Letterman, an American entertainment showmaster, is known for his top ten lists. I am often asked about my ten favorite films, books, songs, foods and beers. You probably also have favorite lists. In recent years, some of my articles have been based on my ten favorite verses from the Bible. Here are six of them:

  • "He who does not love does not know God, for God is love." (1, Joh 4,8)
  • "Christ freed us to freedom! So, stand fast and do not let the yoke of bondage again! "(Gal 5,1)
  • "For God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world, but to save the world through him." (Jn 3, 17) "
  • But God shows his love for us in the fact that Christ died for us when we were still sinners. "(Rom 5,8)"
  • So there is no damnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. "(Rom 8,1)"
  • For the love of Christ urges us, especially since we are convinced that if one died for all, then they all died. And so he died for all, so that those who live there henceforth do not live for themselves, but for him who died and rose for them. "(2, Kor 5,14-15)

Reading these verses gives me strength and I always call them my gold lump verses. Over the last few years, as I've learned more and more of God's wonderful, endless love, this list has been constantly changing. Searching for these wisdoms was like looking for treasure after gold - this wonderful matter that can be found in nature in many sizes and shapes, from microscopic to huge. Just as gold is in all its unexpected appearance, so can God's unalterable love that envelops us appear in unexpected forms and in unexpected places. The theologian TF Torrance describes this love as follows:

"God loves you so much that he gave himself in Jesus Christ, his beloved Son. He has given his whole being as God for your salvation. In Jesus, God has realized his infinite love for you in your human nature in such a definitive manner that he could not undo it without denying incarnation and the cross and thus self-denial. Jesus Christ died especially for you because you are sinful and unworthy of him. He has already made you his own, regardless of whether you believe in him or not. He has bound you to him in such a profound way through his love that he will never abandon you. Even if you reject him and wish to go to hell, his love will not leave you. Therefore, turn around and believe that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior. "(The Mediation of Christ, p. 94)

Our appreciation for God's love increases as we read the Bible, because Jesus, the love of God, is their anchor point. That's why it saddens me when recent polls show that many Christians spend little time "in the Word of God." However, the irony is that 87% of respondents said in a survey of spiritual growth by Bill Hybel that "parish help in deep Bible understanding" is their primary spiritual need. It is also ironic that the interviewees indicated the greatest weaknesses of their church congregation, their failures in intelligible Bible teaching. We find the gold lumps of the Bible only when digging through them as part of a repeated and thoughtful Bible study. I recently read the book Micah (one of the little prophets) when I read about this treasure: "

Where is such a God as you are, who forgives sin, and forgives those who are left of his inheritance; who does not hold on to his wrath forever, for he is merciful! "(Micha 7,18)

Micha proclaimed this truth about God when Isaiah announced the time of exile. It was a time of disaster reports. Nevertheless, Micha was hopeful because he knew that God is merciful. The Hebrew word for mercy has its origin in the language used for contracts between people.

Such contracts include promises of loyal loyalty that are binding and at the same time released. This is how to understand God's grace. Micah mentions that God's mercy was promised to the forefathers of Israel, even if they were not worthy of them. It is encouraging and motivating to understand that God in His mercy has the same in store for us. The Hebrew word for mercy used in Micah can be translated as a free and faithful love or an unshakeable love. We can be sure that God's mercy is never denied to us because it is in his nature to be faithful as he has promised us. God's love is steady and He will always be merciful to us. Therefore we may call out to him, "God, have mercy on me, sinner!" (Lk 18,13). What a gold lump verse.

by Joseph Tkach

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