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, because God is love." (1 John 4,8)
- “Christ freed us for freedom! So now it is certain and do not let the yoke of bondage be put on you again! ” (Galatians 5,1)
- "For God did not send his son into the world to judge the world, but to save the world through him." (John 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)"
- Because the love of Christ urges us, especially since we are convinced that if "one" has died for all, then they "all" have died. And that's why he died for all, so that those who live there no longer live themselves, but those who died and rose for them. " (2 Corinthians 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 to Jesus Christ, his beloved son. He gave 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 final way that he could not undo it without denying the incarnation and the cross, and thus himself. 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 so deeply through his love that he will never let you go. Even if you reject him and wish to go to hell, his love won't leave you. Therefore: Repent and believe that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Redeemer. " (The Mediation of Christ, p. 94)
Our appreciation for God's love increases as we read the Bible because Jesus, God's love, is their anchor point. That is why it makes me sad when the latest surveys show that many Christians spend little time “in the Word of God”. The irony, however, is that 87% of those interviewed in a Bill Hybel survey on spiritual growth said that “church church help in deep understanding of the Bible” was their most important spiritual need. It is also ironic that respondents said that their church's greatest weakness was their failure to explain the Bible in an understandable manner. We will only find the gold nuggets of the Bible if we dig through it through repeated and thoughtful study of the Bible. I recently read the book Micha (one of the little prophets) when I read this treasure:
Where is such a God as you are who forgives sin and forgives those left over from his inheritance; who does not hold on to his anger forever, because he is merciful! " (Micah 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 loyalty that are binding and released at the same time. This is how God's grace is to be understood. Micah mentions that God's grace was promised to the forefathers of Israel, even if they were not worthy of them. It is encouraging and motivating to understand that God's mercy has the same for us. The Hebrew word for mercy used in Micah can be translated as free and faithful love or as unshakable love. We can be sure that God's mercy will never be denied to us because it is in his nature to be faithful as he promised us this. God's love is steadfast and he will always be gracious to us. Therefore we can call to him: "God, be merciful to me sinners!" (Luke 18,13). What a gold lump verse.
by Joseph Tkach