In fact, everything that has been written in the past was written to teach us, so that, encouraged by the Scriptures, we will persevere in keeping our hope. Romans 15: 4
“Latin is a completely dead language. First it killed the Romans, and now it is killing me.”
If memory serves me correctly, Professor Schmelling, my Latin teacher in high school, was not very happy when his students said the previous sentence.
Through the centuries many languages are born and die. The passage of time, in turn, causes words to acquire a new meaning.
In contrast to the inconsistency of humanity, we have the Word of God. In the Scriptures we have been given the history of salvation, the way in which the Lord gives us eternal life. These words offer us comfort, hope, forgiveness, peace, and joy.
Think for a moment. What are your favorite passages in the Bible? Perhaps it is Psalm 23: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing …”; perhaps it is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world …”, or perhaps Ephesians 2: 8: “For by grace you have been saved through faith …”.
These texts have one thing in common: they all speak of the salvation that we have thanks to the life, suffering, death and resurrection of the Son of God, our Savior. In Jesus we receive everything we need to be saved. Everything.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we thank you for your Son, for your Word, for your gift of salvation. Use us so that many more receive your gift of salvation. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
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