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These Daily Reflections supply the messages from Grace Church as daily video clips from the most recent sermons. Each day's clip will last about 10 minutes and if you watch them all, you will have reviewed morning and evening sermons from the previous Sunday.

Ministry Reflection - July 05, 2009

God's Word Revealed: 1 Chronicles 29:29-30

In closing, let’s consider this final application: the importance of the Scripture. It’s the primary means by which redemption is applied. We’ve just seen how the Lord used it to move His work forward, showing us more of the Messiah and His plan to bring Him into the world. OT saints were saved by seeing the Messiah through the prophetic word and believing in Him. It’s still the primary means of salvation today: It is the only source God has given to reveal Christ to us. It is the only means the Lord uses to convert us and others. It is the only source of the Gospel – the power of God to salvation (Rom. 1:16). For this reason alone it’s infinitely precious and worthy of your full attention, because it alone contains what you need to be saved.

But it is also our rule of faith: It tells us what we are to believe concerning God. It gives us the ability to distinguish between the truth that can save us and the false Gospels that will end in the damnation of so many. You should study it to make sure you are believing the truth.

And it is our rule of life: it shows us how to glorify Him. Remember what we’ve seen in the evenings: the Lord didn’t save us merely to prevent our going to hell, as though our salvation is an end in itself. He saved us to give him glory by becoming like His Son, serving Him like His Son, honoring Him like His Son. Salvation is a means to an end – the glory of God – and until we begin to glorify Him, we haven’t begun to live as Christians. The Scripture is the means to make this happen: it contains the Gospel to save us, doctrine to build us up, and ethics to live by.

And so embrace the Scripture, the whole Bible: The OT saints were blessed to have what they have; but they would have been so much more blessed to have what the Lord has entrusted to us. This should make us all the more thankful that He has given us this treasure, and hopefully encourage us to use it more often: And so read, study, understand, memorize Scripture, but especially do what it says. To have more knowledge only to do nothing makes us more culpable. But to do what we know glorifies the Lord ends in blessing. And so be hearers, but not hearers only; be doers of the Word. Amen.

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