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Monday, January 19, 2015

Then opened he their understanding

"Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures."
Luke 24:45

He whom we viewed last evening as opening Scripture, 
we here perceive opening the understanding. 
In the first work he has many fellow-labourers,
 but in the second he stands alone; 
many can bring the Scriptures to the mind,
 but the Lord alone can prepare the mind to receive the Scriptures. 

Our Lord Jesus differs from all other teachers;
 they reach the ear, but he instructs the heart; 
they deal with the outward letter, 
but he imparts an inward taste for the truth, 
by which we perceive its savour and spirit.

 The most unlearned of men become ripe scholars in the school of grace when the Lord Jesus by his Holy Spirit unfolds the mysteries of the kingdom to them, 
and grants the divine anointing by which they are enabled to behold the invisible. 

Happy are we if we have had our understandings cleared and strengthened by the Master! 
How many men of profound learning are ignorant of eternal things! 
They know the killing letter of revelation,
 but its killing spirit they cannot discern; 
they have a veil upon their hearts which the eyes of carnal reason cannot penetrate. 

Such was our case a little time ago; 
we who now see were once utterly blind;
 truth was to us as beauty in the dark,
 a thing unnoticed and neglected. 

Had it not been for the love of Jesus we should have remained to this moment in utter ignorance, 
for without his gracious opening of our understanding, 
we could no more have attained to spiritual knowledge than an infant can climb the Pyramids, 
or an ostrich fly up to the stars. 

Jesus' College is the only one in which God's truth can be really learned; 
other schools may teach us what is to be believed, 
but Christ's alone can show us how to believe it. 

Let us sit at the feet of Jesus, 
and by earnest prayer call in his blessed aid that our dull wits may grow brighter,
 and our feeble understandings may receive heavenly things.

If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, 

you can be accepted in to his kingdom. 

 I invite you to let him to make of you what 

He always wanted. 

Marvelous God Almighty, 
I come to you in the precious name of Jesus, 
who died for me to make me free of sin, 
 I want Jesus to enter in to my heart and make me free. 
I confess that He is the son of God. 
I ask to change my heart and to give me wisdom to understand your Holy Word full of promises of eternal value, not only to live on this earth, but to be expectant of my life in heaven.
 In the precious name of Jesus I ask. 
“The true minister of Christ knows that the true value of a sermon must lie, 
 not in its fashion and manner,
 but in the truth which it contains.” 
.... Reflection and inspiration from the "Prince of Preachers,"
 Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

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without acquiring any monetary reward. 
God gave me the salvation for free, 
so I share the gospel of his word the same way ..

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