4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
One of the great principles that Paul states here is that a core part of the fabric of the Old Testament was designed for the instruction and establishment of New Testament believers. These scriptures have endured the test of time, culture and trial and they will continue to. It should give us great encouragement and hope that this word has lasted. In times when so much is subjective, and so many talking heads with so many forms of communication, filling our world with many perspectives and thoughts, it is good to have an eternal lasting compass with which we can turn to and find rest in. The people of God can find comfort and encouragement knowing that His word has endured and will continue to endure until the coming of Christ.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Pray through your contacts! Open the contacts on your phone and pray for everyone under the letter “D”, “E” and “F”.