.K.! NEW CHRISTIAN....WHAT NOW? by Elmer G. Magnussen
If you are a new Christian, there are some very
important things you need to
know. First, you need to know exactly what has happened to you. Second,
you need to know God's provisions for your future growth and service to Him.
The entire world today is seeking wisdom! Education is prevalent in every
city. Literally thousands of young and old alike are attending universities.
But how many of them really know the meaning of wisdom? Wisdom is seeing
things from God's point of view.
The following testimony is that of a man by the name of Andre.
I WAS IN PRISON, AND YOU CAME TO ME (Matthew 25:36c)
"My testimony to my Christian Brothers and believers in Jesus Christ our
Savior. I want to thank the Lord for saving me from the life I was once
leading. First of all, I was living in darkness and I thought that I truly
loved the way I was.
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the
LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall
not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent,
We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of
the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not
eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said
unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day
ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good and evil.
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Today's Bible Study
Ezekiel was a prophet of the captivity. He was carried to
Babylon in 597 b.c., eleven years before Jerusalem was destroyed. He
was the son of a Zadokite priest. His wife died the day the siege of
Ezekiel's prophetic ministry began in the fifth year of
Jehoiachin's exile, and continued until at least April, 571 b.c. As
we read the Book of Ezekiel we will notice a striking resemblance to
the Book of the Revelation. While Jeremiah was in Palestine
prophesying the destruction of Jerusalem, Ezekiel, his younger
contemporary, was in Babylon, declaring the same fate for the
Ezekiel's ministry was principally to the exiles, and his
messages had a large note of consolation in them. He showed his
suffering colleagues that the Lord was justified in sending His
people into captivity. His ministry centered in showing the
preventive and corrective nature of God's chastenings, that His
people might "know that He is God." This expression is found many
times throughout the book.
In chapters 1--3 God's glory is revealed to Ezekiel. Ezekiel
was a priest in captivity, and thus unable to exercise his ministry,
since he was away from the Temple and the sacred altar. But God
opened the heavens to him and called him to be a prophet. He had
been in captivity for five years when his call came. It was
Ezekiel's task to tell the people that God was going to destroy
Jerusalem, not Babylon, but that there would be a day when the
glorious restoration of the people and the Temple would come to
pass. The phrase, "The Word of the Lord came," is used 49 times in
this book. How wonderful to know that God's Word is never far from