22nd September 2018

Insight

“Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind [Christ’s mind].…”
1 Peter 4:1 (NKJV)

When God decides to make his information available to us, he freely turns some sort of spiritual or mental key in our minds. Suddenly we can understand what before we had great difficulty with. And that revelation seems to become progressive. As the years pass by, repeated Bible Studies seem to unlock more passages to our understanding, and often more information from passages we had studied before.

Some time ago a group that studies the Bible on a regular basis, with reservations, began an in-depth study into the Book of Psalms. With 50 years of such study already under their belts, would there be anything new to learn? Would it become a somewhat tedious revision and reminding of what had been studied before?

They began with the three-fold requirements of Bible Study: What was the text meant to impart to someone of the time when it was written? Then what would it mean down through time to other individuals? And finally, what about us today and other special people? In this case, the conclusion was that the Book of Psalms revealed Christ’s mind on special occasions.

We’re all aware of “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” from Mark 15:34. But Christ is quoting from Psalm 22:1. That’s what Christ said, but the rest of the Psalm is what was in his mind as he spoke those words.

And there are lots of other similar quotes for special occasions. In fact, the group found that the whole book of Psalms became an in-depth insight into the mind of Christ for all sorts of happenings in our lives.

At the end of each study, most sat in mute wonder at the insight the study had given them. All of which leads to the thought—how many Christians actually study their Bibles with such intended purpose in mind?

Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would call to mind and remind us as to what we have read and studied, but to have that possible, we have to put the information into our minds in the first place.

Prayer
Holy Father, when we begin our walk with you, we begin at such a low level of understanding. You augment that and add understanding over the years, till we have some insight into your mind and how the Christian is to act, to become, to BE. For all this we give you grateful thanks, in Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by John Stettaford
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About the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School, Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
READING
RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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