All Mine

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Apr 13, 2024

“Never read a Bible verse. Don’t read (just one) Bible verse if you want to know what a Bible verse means.” — Greg Koukl, “Stand to Reason”

Throughout time, the Bible records that God gave specific promises to specific people for specific purposes. But it’s also true that God’s “big picture” for His people has always been the same—it has woven a common thread throughout all Scripture: “My dwelling place shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (Ezekiel 37:27, ESV).

So, let’s look at a promise in the book of Joshua: “I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Joshua 1:5 KJV) This promise was given specifically to Joshua. “As I was with Moses, so will I be with thee.” But … is it also MINE?

Let’s ask the writer of Hebrews, who wrote …“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that WE may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” (Hebrews 13:5-6 KJV, quoting Joshua 1:5 and Psalm 118:6) Notice that the writer of Hebrews identifies with US when he says, “… so that WE may boldly say …” I believe that the writer of Hebrews would declare that, though I am not Joshua, my GOD is still the very SAME. And, while we’re at it—GOD DOES know the plans He has for ME, and He WILL hear ME when I call. (Jeremiah 29)

To quote Peter: “For the promise IS unto you …” What promise? That His Spirit would be in us and never leave us. To quote Paul: “In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith … there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all ONE in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:26-29 NIV) … through the righteousness of FAITH.” (Romans 4:13 KJV)

Warning: Whenever we are “claiming” particular verses for ourselves, we must be very careful—we MUST always read Scripture IN CONTEXT. We cannot legitimately “cherry pick” isolated verses for our own private interpretation … or we run the risk of misinterpretation. Greg Koukl advises us further when studying a verse of Scripture: “You need to read a paragraph or more to make sure you’re not misunderstanding the point. Many promises in the Bible were made to other people and we cannot legitimately claim those. We can (however) learn from them. They are ALL profitable for us.” Good counsel.

THIS we KNOW: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16 KJV)

In other words, ALL of Scripture—every PAGE of the BOOK—tells us something of what the character of God is like, what the plans of God have been and are—and how they apply to US now.

“Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4 KJV)

“For ALL of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” ascends to God for his glory.” (2 Corinthians 1:19-20 NLT)

Prayer: So, thank you, Jesus! Because of YOU, every chapter, every verse, every line in the Book is for my learning. It’s ALL MINE! AMEN!!

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