May 28

Living Epistle Of Christ“The divine method of gradual revelation and publication of the law was given in seven steps.

It was first written upon nature, next upon man’s conscience, then the fundamental principles upon the tables of stone. In due time Jesus appeared as the perfect embodiment of the truth, which he illustrated in his own sinless life. Later the entire Scriptures contained a larger and more complete edition.

It was the divine purpose that the law, at last, should be written in the hearts of men, and the final publication of its precepts be found in their outward lives.

1. First Edition: Written on Nature – Ps 19:1: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.

2. Second Edition: Written on Conscience – Ro 2:15: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.

3. Third Edition: Written on Tablets of Stone – Ex 24:12: And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.

4. Fourth Edition: Christ the Illustrated Edition – Jn 1:14: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

5. Fifth Edition: The Entire Scriptures – Ro 15:4: For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

6. Sixth Edition: Written on the Heart – He 8:10: For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts; and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.

7. Seventh Edition: The Outward Christian Life, Living Epistles – 2Co 3:2-3: Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.”
–Thompson Chain Reference Bible p1583

Related Questions:
–Is your testimony that you are, by the grace of God, a living epistle of Christ read and known of all men?

–With this in mind, are you working out your salvation with fear and trembling (Php 2:12), watching unto prayer (Eph 6:18), and being an example to both believers and unbelievers in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity (1Ti 4:12 NASB)?

–Do you daily remind yourself that you may be the only epistle of Christ (Bible) that people that meet you will ever read?

–Do you feel like you are portraying Christ in your speech, conduct, clothing, and attitudes?

–Will you go to prayer now and ask God to lay upon your heart the seriousness of your conduct? Will you repent for areas that God has shown you that you have been a poor example? Will you take steps to change?

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