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How To Study The Scriptures: Reprinted from Short Papers, Volume 1

It is a very difficult thing for any one to attempt to prescribe for another the proper method of studying scripture. The infinite depths of holy scripture, like the exhaustless resources that are in God, and the moral glories of the Person of Christ, are only unfolded to faith and need.

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Isaiah 53:7-9 God’s Servant Will Be Submissive Part 4 of 5

The Ethiopian eunuch was reading the fourth stanza of this servant song when Philip met him. He admitted that he didn’t understand what he was reading and “Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him” (Acts 8:35). This is a prophecy about the Lord Jesus and more specifically about His attitude to His sufferings. In one sense, men were responsible for those sufferings: He was despised and rejected (v3), wounded and bruised (v5), oppressed and afflicted (v7) at the hands of men. In another sense God did it: “the Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (v6). But the focus in this stanza is that through it all the Lord Jesus submitted to what was happening without any resistance or retaliation.

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The Love Of Christ: A Meditation And Challenge

The phrase ‘the love of Christ’ occurs just three times in Paul’s epistles, although its truth permeates much more of the New Testament revelation of our Saviour than that. This article considers each of these occurrences in turn with the aim of encouraging us as true believers both to understand its significance better and also to respond to its challenge more wholeheartedly than we have so far done. For the love of Christ is God’s love seen in action in the only perfect Man who ever lived in this fallen world. What has it to teach us today?

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The Glories of Christ: His Incarnate Glories

In our previous study we considered the pre-incarnate glories of Christ. Those glories that He had with the Father before the world was. Little is revealed to us of this glory, but even as we looked “through a glass darkly,” we felt provoked to worship and praise. In this study, we will consider the glories of Christ associated with His humanity.

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The Ministry Of Priests And Prophets

As we read through the Old Testament we discover that God used various channels through which he conveyed His mind to His people Israel, the most prominent of these channels being the priests and the prophets.

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The Seven Churches: Part 3

This is the third of four articles examining the seven churches by way of exposition and practical application. All Bible study should have these two elements: what does the passage mean to those who received it and what can I do about it today? None of us live in any of these cities, our location and circumstances are different but there are lessons for us.

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Two Men and You

The Story Of The Bible

The Holy Scriptures consist of sixty six books. Thousands of years lie between the first human author and the last, but the way its history, its prophecies, its songs and its teachings blend into a cohesive story calls for the superintendence of one Person. He must have existed throughout the years of its production! The Bible claims for itself that it is “God-breathed” or inspired. What is its story all about? Serious students of its pages have made various suggestions as to its overall purpose and plan according to which of its themes interested them. Every valid idea put forward is like a thread woven into the overall fabric of Scripture. It becomes possible to trace these themes throughout its pages like the colored strands in a tapestry. The topics of the glory of God, the sinful condition of mankind, the need for a sufficient sacrifice etc., all contribute to the total impression left on the mind of the thoughtful reader. And each strand of truth that begins in the first book has its counterpart, contrast, and climax in the last.

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Isaiah 53:10-12 God’s Servant Will Be Satisfied – Part 5 of 5

The final stanza of this servant song can be summarized in one word: satisfied! God is satisfied! The Lord Jesus is satisfied! And we are satisfied too!

1. God is satisfied: 53:10

It pleased the Lord to bruise Him.” One can readily understand other statements about the pleasure God found in the Lord Jesus: “It pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell” (Colossians 1:19); ‘this is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). And the Lord Himself could say, “I do always those things that please the Father”(John 8:29). His person, His life and His ministry were all pleasing to God. But in what sense could this be said of His death?

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The Mount of Olives

The Mount of Olives was a place frequented by the Lord during His earthly ministry. The Garden of Gethsemane, where the Lord agonised in anticipation of Calvary, is to be found at Olivet. It is also the place from which He ascended into Heaven whilst His disciples watched. It also is the place to which He will return at His Second Advent, to set up His Kingdom on earth. We intend to examine Olivet’s association with the past, and with events yet future.

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The Glories of Christ: His Eternal Glories

We have previously considered the Pre-Incarnate and Incarnate Glories of Christ, and we now come to consider His Eternal Glories. Needless to say such is the brilliance and the extent of these glories, that here as before, we find ourselves overwhelmed, and feeling that the only possible response is to cast ourselves prostrate at His feet. In John 17, the Lord says to His Father, “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” (John 17:5 AV) However, in that same prayer, the Lord went on to say, “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovest me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:24 AV) Note the two statements “…the Glory which I had with thee,” and ..”my Glory which Thou hast given me.” We learn from these statements, that there are two aspects of the Lord’s eternal glory: First, the recovery of His pre-incarnate Glory, but now in addition – those glories which the Father has given Him upon the completion of the work He had given Him to do at Calvary. We could call them the “acquired” glories of the Lord Jesus. Let us consider some of these glories together:

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