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The Ultimate Cross-Reference Treasury links you to  key scriptures that enlighten every passage in the Bible.

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– Over 900,000 Bible References, meticulously cross-linked from every verse in the Scriptures!

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There is no other Bible study resource as complete as this that illuminates every verse in the Bible with insight directly from other passages. It links each verse directly to other Scriptures that shed light on any verse you start from. This tool allows Scripture to interpret Scripture, and lets the Bible explain itself.

The Ultimate Cross-Reference Treasury contains more cross references (over 900,000) keyed to more specific words in more verses in the Bible than can be found in any resource, print or digital. This new collection of cross-references enables anyone to study the Bible, and dig as deeply into the Bible as desired. Simply start at any verse, using any Bible translation, to discover what the rest of the Bible has to say about the subjects, topics, concepts, and ideas related to that verse.

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Daily Bible Nugget #554, Proverbs 1:10

The Nugget:

Proverbs 1:10  My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

My Comment:

I particularly noticed this verse from the first chapter of Proverbs when I first began to read the Bible for myself. The verse is short but clear. Do not follow others if what they do will be wrong or lead to trouble. Being popular with the wrong crowd will not get you to where you need to go in life.

Reading and studying the cross references for Proverbs 1:10 lets the Bible be its own commentary. I share them below from my most recent book of cross references, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury, an electronic or digital resource available for the e-Sword Bible Software program.

Proverbs 1:10

My son. +Pro 1:8, Pro 23:15, 1Th 2:11.

if sinners. Pro 2:12; **Pro 4:14; *Pro 7:21, 22, 23; **Pro 12:11; *Pro 13:20; *Pro 16:29; Pro 20:19, Gen 3:6; Gen 11:4; *Gen 39:7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, *Deut 13:6, 7, 8, *Jdg 16:16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 1Ch 21:1, *Psa 1:1; Psa 50:18; +**Psa 119:63; +**Psa 119:101, Isa 41:6, Mar 14:11, Rom 16:18, +*1Co 15:33, 2Co 2:11, *Eph 5:11, **Jas 1:13, 14, 15; Jas 3:6.

consent thou not. Gen 39:8, 9, 10, +*Exo 23:2, Deut 13:8, 1Ki 13:8, 9; 1Ki 21:15; 1Ki 22:49, %2Ch 18:2; +**2Ch 19:2; %2Ch 20:35, 36, 37; *2Ch 22:4; 2Ch 24:17, 18, +*Est 1:12, Job 21:16, +*Psa 119:9, *Luk 23:51, Rom 7:14, 15, 16, 17; Rom 7:20; Rom 7:23, *Eph 5:7.

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Daily Bible Nugget #553, Isaiah 55:3

The Nugget:

Isa 55:3  Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

My Comment:

A friend posted on Facebook recently that if Israel still has a covenant with God, then the New Covenant does not exist.

I don’t know that this would be the case. Israel is surely still under the Abrahamic Covenant as well as the Davidic Covenant, since these two great fundamental covenants contain some eternal and unconditional provisions.

My friend further commented that it is easy to be swayed by false teachers. Some of these teachers are apparently to be seen on television. Some of what these teachers proclaim is not really religious or biblical teaching but political content.

As for me, I don’t watch television. I don’t have a working television in my home. But I understand from the testimony of others that there are popular but mistaken false teachers who use that medium. But there are some good Bible teachers out there who teach what the Bible declares quite accurately. Some of these teachers believe present-day Israel is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy and, according to the Bible, there is much more to come.

Some would identify this view as “Zionism,” and describe themselves as “anti-Zionists.” I’m still learning about this subject, thanks in part to the efforts of my friend. But I have studied Bible prophecy extensively directly from the Bible as I prepared my books, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible, and most recently, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury. I have thoroughly read and continue to read the thorough-going nineteenth century scholarly three-volume study by George N. H. Peters, The Theocratic Kingdom, originally published in 1884.

I have learned through my reading about Bible prophecy that there are plenty of disagreements about the subject. What I find amazing is that George Peters encountered many of these disagreements in his day and answered them carefully from the Bible. That is why I often recommend interested students of the Bible to procure and read what Mr. Peters has written. His work is available now in digital format for free on the Internet.

My friend suggested that since Jesus clearly said, “My Kingdom is NOT of this World,” we ought to just teach Jesus and let the politicians tackle the subject of politics.

My friend might be right. But I include a note below involving the proper understanding of John 18:36, a note taken directly from Peters’ The Theocratic Kingdom. I think what Peters wrote helps us to understand John 18:36 more completely in its original setting and so helps us see how what Jesus said then factors in to understanding Bible prophecy more accurately.

My Response:

Might be wise to reconsider Malachi 3:6,

Mal 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Since God Himself declares that “I change not,” He has preserved the nation of Israel over these many centuries so that He can fulfill the promises He has made to them. They have not been completely fulfilled yet. There is more to come!

Not to mention Isaiah 55:3,

Isa 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

I don’t recall reading anywhere in the Bible that the sure mercies of David have been canceled or transferred to someone else!

In my experience, if you ask anyone in church, or anyone that is even somewhat familiar with the Bible, “What are the sure mercies of David?” the person is usually not able to come up with an answer. This subject makes for a most interesting Bible study.

And as for what Jesus said in John 18:36, my friend on Facebook may not have noticed what is said further on in the verse: “but NOW is my kingdom not from hence.”

Joh 18:36  Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

but now. Peters observes “Will the Savior contradict the predictions of the prophets? No, for He qualifies His language, guarding it, by the “but now,” i.e. at the present time, my Kingdom is not of this world and my servants do not fight, leaving the plain inference that at some future time, just as prophesied, His servants would fight” (Theocratic Kingdom, vol. 2, p. 109).

My friend has since shared with me many citations from standard Bible commentaries which do not support the position I hold. At least a few of those commentaries (especially the commentaries by Barnes, as I recall) are old enough that they are cited by George N. H. Peters. Peters sometimes catches commentators making very interesting concessions when discussing some passages in the Bible which turn out to support the view Peters presents from Scripture. This is a fascinating subject for deeper Bible study.

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Four Questions Answered

The Challenge:

answer these questions and I will covert to christanity. 1-go to church on Sunday. 2-jesus sing and dance in the church. 3-god called jesus his son. 4-where jesus said god is three in 1.

My Answer:

Thank you for your first post, Tahir Tat Adamu.

Let me answer your four questions for you:

(1) Go to church on Sunday

The Bible records in the New Testament that Jesus bodily arose from the dead on the “first day of the week” (Mark 16:9)

Mark 16:9

9  Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
King James Version

The “first day of the week” is our Sunday. From the times of the New Testament the early disciples met for specifically Christian worship on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).

Acts 20:7

7  And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
King James Version

(2) Jesus sing and dance in the church

This may be a cultural feature practiced by some Christians but as far as I know is not the practice of the first Christians as recorded in the New Testament. However, we are commanded in the New Testament to “rejoice evermore” (1 Thessalonians 5:16), so in some cultures today singing and dancing may well express their way of rejoicing and praising the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 5:16

16  Rejoice evermore.
King James Version

See also Ephesians 5:19,

Eph 5:19  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

See also Paul’s description of a Christian worship service:

1 Corinthians 14:26

26  How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
King James Version

(3) God called Jesus His Son

Luke 3:22

22  And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
King James Version

Matthew 3:17

17  And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
King James Version

Matthew 17:5

5  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
King James Version

2 Peter 1:17

17  For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
King James Version


(4) Where Jesus said God is 3 in 1

Matthew 28:19

19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (King James Version)

Notice carefully that Matthew 28:19 contains the direct words of Jesus. Notice also that Jesus spoke of the “name” (singular, meaning one) not “names” of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. In this passage, therefore, the three Persons of the Godhead are spoken of as one God.


There is much more evidence contained in the Bible that shows that all three Persons are spoken of as deity, divine, or God, but only these three, and no others. Those who carefully study the Bible know that this is what the Bible teaches about God: He is One God eternally existing in three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.



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The surest weapon against bad ideas

Proverbs and Quotations

“The only sure weapon against bad ideas is BETTER IDEAS.” A. Whitney Griswold

My Comment:

One source of the best ideas is the Bible. You can find good ideas in many well-written books. In my teaching career I shared a proverb or quotation each day. I wrote the proverb or quotation on the blackboard. One day after school at the last school where I taught in Detroit, a father whose daughter was on another school’s basketball team stopped me and asked, “Do you remember me?” He was a student at the first high school where I taught. I said I remember you but can’t recall your name. You sat in the last seat of the window row in room 629 at Cass Technical High School. He especially remarked, “Your proverbs and quotations have changed my life!” Then he proceeded to quote a proverb he remembered I had used from Benjamin Franklin.

Sometimes people do not believe the Bible. Somehow they have believed a bad idea about the Bible. The study of apologetics, the solid reasons to believe the Bible, has been a source of encouragement to me for many years. That is why you will find under “Categories” to the right of this page a number of categories devoted to apologetics.

I trust that at least some of my readers here will enjoy the proverbs and quotations I share from my “Proverbs and Quotations” file I originally compiled over many years for use in my classroom. At least they ought to give you something worthwhile to think about!

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Sharpen your focus

Proverbs and Quotations

“One of the gravest perils which besets the ministry is a restless scattering of energies over an amazing multiplicity of interests which leaves no margin of time and of strength for receptive and absorbing communion with God.” Andrew Bonar

My Comment:

I share this quotation at the beginning of this new year and decade to alert us all of the danger of being too distracted from important things by things less important.

I learned early in my teaching career and in my participation in church activities that it is possible to spread myself too thin. I decided on a simple solution to reduce this problem: commit to doing the things I can do that others usually cannot, and let others do the things they can do rather than having me do them.

Now that I am retired from teaching, the problem persists! I must prioritize and focus on the most important things to do and the most important things to learn.

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On Reading

Proverbs and Quotations

  1. “Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.”  Horace Mann

My Comment:

We must take time to read. It would be good to “edge in a little reading every day.” There are many things worth reading. I think the best book worth reading over and over is the Bible. I suggest that you start with the New Testament. Read it through several times. When I began reading the New Testament in earnest, I managed to read it all the way through once a month for almost three months, and it changed my whole life. I invite you to do the same. This is a good way to make time count for eternity.

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Reviewing my Reviewers!

There are nearly 100 five-star reviews on the website for  my book, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury.

There are three reviews that I think it would be helpful for me  to comment on that either raise a question or exhibit a misunderstanding:

Great reference – saves me time (9/6/2016)

Reviewed by (Pastor Tim Deaton, Bonita Springs, FL) – The Ultimate Cross-Reference Treasury, for e-Sword

PROS: Seems very thorough. Fast – like the other e-sword products References to other products (e.g. Strong’s) is appreciated. Had the references NOT been keyed, they would be worth little; however, keying them so that the user can immediately see the cross reference makes it a valuable resource. I now start my e-sword with the UCRT as my default CONS: None found yet (have used 2-3 weeks) Suggested improvements: allow me to annotate within rather than using the notes utility. Allow the user to send suggested annotations to the author for future releases.

My Comment:

I have tried to find Pastor Tim Deaton on the Internet but have been unsuccessful. If any of you know him, let him know he can find me here!

I would like a feature like he suggests, but I, too, have been restricted in e-Sword to the notes utility. But at least that works when needed.

Good, but bias. (7/27/2019)

Reviewed by (Curtis Greenwood, Sydney, NS, Ca) – The Ultimate Cross-Reference Treasury, for e-Sword

This is a good and helpful resource. Nicely laid out, well structured, easy to follow, and much more expansive than the TSK. The one flaw is that the comments tend to be biased toward dispensational pretribulationalism, which is unexpected for this kind of resource.

My Comment:

I have stated in the Preface that my book is not generic. I try to present the best evidence from the Bible when I must touch upon controversial topics. I try to present valid alternative views fairly with the best evidence available to me in their support.

I have come down firmly on the side of the Premillennial position, especially the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, because the evidence I have marshaled from Scripture itself demonstrates this is the correct position.

I have thoroughly studied and thoroughly referenced George N. H. Peters’ scholarly three-volume work, The Theocratic Kingdom. He has proven, beyond any possible reasonable doubt, that the Premillennial position is the correct view. This view holds that our Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth BEFORE the Millennium.

What most readers may fail to notice is that I restored notes in the book of Revelation that were originally presented in Bagster’s Comprehensive Bible where the editors of the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge left them out. These notes support an entirely different view of Bible prophecy. Furthermore, the sources Thomas Scott used for the cross references were from scholars who held the Amillennial viewpoint. So in actuality, there is a hidden balance behind what is presented in the Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury after all.

Theological Cross Reference (7/27/2019)

Reviewed by (Derrick Folen, Teaneck, New Jersey) – The Ultimate Cross-Reference Treasury, for e-Sword

This is by far the most cross references any other book has!. But it still lacks a more complete theological cross reference to add onto it. For example: When we read Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. the book list all possible cross references, except one that has to do with The Light of the world, Jesus Christ: In him was life; and the life was the light of men (Jn 1:4 KJV). It will be a plus to have also the reciprocal cross-reference. The book needs to be perfected in order to be The Ultimate Cross-Reference Treasure. Thank You!…and God bless!.

My Comment:

There are theological cross references of the kind Derrick Folen requests. But in this case, he is right. I did not include John 1:4. But I did include John 1:5 and more references in John to this theme in the cross references given for Genesis 1:3.

light. Job 36:30; Job 38:19, Psa 74:16; *Psa 97:11; Psa 104:2; Psa 118:27; +*Psa 119:130, *Isa 45:7; Isa 60:19, *Joh 1:5; *Joh 1:9; Joh 3:19; Joh 9:5, Act 9:3, *2Co 4:6, Eph 5:8; Eph 5:14, Col 1:12, 1Ti 6:16, 1Pe 1:23, 24, 25, *1Jn 1:5; 1Jn 2:8.

Derrick Folen comments, “It will be a plus to have also the reciprocal cross-references.”

Actually, I spent much time and effort to include the reciprocal cross references in the Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury. These are fully given for Isaiah through Malachi for the Old Testament, and for all of the New Testament. I selectively gave the reciprocal cross references from Genesis through The Song of Solomon. I always gave them for the verses included in the “Key Verse Comparison Chart” included in the Thomas Nelson edition of the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance (1984), as well as many more. For the Sermon on the Mount and many other passages I used my Logos Bible Software to do a complete search for “reciprocal references” based on my book, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, which has never been done before. I say in the Preface, and have thought all along, that life is too short for one person to assemble this large of a collection of Bible cross-references. But I am thankful to have had the opportunity to do what I have done.

Fantastic Tool (9/6/2016)

Reviewed by (Ron Rhodes, Frisco, Texas) – The Ultimate Cross-Reference Treasury, for e-Sword

My name is Ron Rhodes, and I’m the author of over 70 Christian books. This tool is FANTASTIC. It is highly highly recommended. A++

My Comment:

Thank you, Ron Rhodes, for submitting what is apparently the very first five-star review for my Bible study resource, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury.


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Martin Smith, RIP

I wrote the following post earlier this week (Wednesday, December 4, 2019) on Facebook:


I received a call from a nurse at Vibra Hospital in Detroit this morning

just after 9:00 am alerting me that my brother, Martin Smith, passed away at

8:50 am on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. He had been hospitalized since late

August in intensive care at Harper then Vibra Hospital.

I am very grateful to all who have visited Martin (“Mark”) during this time.

I am especially thankful to those who have extended extra care and

assistance to help Mark and me during this time.

I believe Mark suffered from the consequences of his long battle with

prostate cancer. Mark was operated on for a neck tumor in early September.

After the operation, he had no use of his tongue so he could not swallow or


I know Mark is in a far better place now, for he had a very firm and

knowledgeable faith in the Bible and our Lord Jesus Christ.

I have been absolutely amazed at the number of individuals Mark’s life touched in Southwest Detroit where he lived. I will miss him for a short while, but I am thankful for his witness for Christ.

Shortly after I began teaching in Detroit, I moved to an apartment in Southwest Detroit. It was in walking distance from where I taught at Neinas Junior High School and then Amelia Earhart Middle School. It was not far from where I next taught at Cass Technical High School.

When Mark needed a place to live, I agreed to have him move in with me. By splitting the apartment rent, it made our housing expense very manageable–just $35 a month. That let me increase my book budget. I still have all the good Bible reference books (5000) and literature, history, mathematics, and electronics books (2000) from that time.

When Mark began having difficulties with his administrators (Mark was a teacher too) I wrote many letters in his defense. But eventually Mark had to leave public school teaching and took jobs in the electrical industry. He has had a very hard life, materially speaking. But spiritually speaking, he has always maintained a good witness for Christ. He last worked at the Salvation Army as a GED instructor. Mark was always good at helping students learn mathematics and science. I suspect that this skill was not at all appreciated by his public school administrators. I think the administrators at the Salvation Army very much appreciated what he was able to do for the adult education students he worked with there.

I understand that Mark was involved with helping students in a local home school group learn mathematics and other subjects and was much appreciated by both the students and the parents.

I am thankful to have had the opportunity to be an encouragement to my brother Mark in various ways, but most especially, spiritually.


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If you are not spiritually hungry, you are spiritually dead!

This is the most important issue you will ever face. If you have no desire to faithfully read your Bible daily, that is a significant indicator that you do not really have the spiritual life in you that true faith in Jesus Christ brings.

Going to church faithfully is no substitute for feeding yourself spiritually through daily Bible reading and study. I am thankful for the many solid Bible-believing Christians I have met over the years in churches I have attended. They have been an encouragement to me in my spiritual life by their good example and instruction.

Nevertheless, the number of genuinely saved, born-again believers in any given church is likely a very small proportion of the whole. Just last week I heard a report that Chuck Misler believed late in his life that 98% of the members of Bible-believing churches are not saved.

Early in my Christian life I was taught that only about 5% of church-going Christians have ever led a person to faith in Christ. How different this is from the pattern we read in the book of Acts in the New Testament.

There are a number of Bible verses that have caught my attention over many years on these subjects:

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

When tempted by Satan, who urged Jesus in his hunger after forty days of fasting to “command these stones be made bread,” Jesus replied to Satan by citing from the Bible as follows:

Deut 8:3  And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

Here is another significant passage related to this theme:

Joshua 1:8  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (KJV)

The Contemporary English Version translates this verse in part so as to read: “Never stop reading The Book of the Law he gave you. Day and night you must think about what it says.”

We now have the complete Bible, and each of us can easily own a personal copy. God in His providence has given us the wonderful privilege of learning from His Book daily for ourselves.

Job confessed:

Job 23:12  Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

Notice that Job compared the word of God (which we now have in the Bible) more important than his daily food! The comparison is important. Just as we would suffer greatly if we had no physical food to eat, so we suffer just as greatly if we do not partake of the spiritual food. Failure to eat physical food would result in starvation and physical death. Failure to partake of the spiritual food God has provided in His Word in the Bible results in spiritual death.

David confessed:

Psa 17:4  Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer. (KJV)

Psa 17:4 With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent. (ESV)

David tells us in his prayer that God’s Word (“the word of your lips,” which we now have in our Bible) kept him from associating himself with the wrong friends and the wrong activities. We all, and especially young people, need this guidance even today.

Psa 119:11  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.  (KJV)

Psa 119:11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (ESV)

David hid God’s Word in his heart in order not to sin against God. That can only be done by reading God’s Word until we know it. It is helpful to actually memorize selected verses from the Bible for this purpose.

Isaiah confessed:

Isa 38:16  O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live. (KJV)

Isa 38:16 O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these is the life of my spirit. Oh restore me to health and make me live! (ESV)

Isa 38:16 Your words and your deeds bring life to everyone, including me. Please make me healthy and strong again. (CEV)

Isaiah recognized that God’s Word brings life to everyone, including himself. Isaiah prayed to God, “Please make me healthy and strong again.” Reading and studying God’s Word in the Bible brings spiritual life and restores us to spiritual health.

Jeremiah confessed:

Jer 15:16  Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.  (KJV)

Jer 15:16 Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts. (ESV)

Jer 15:16 When you spoke to me, I was glad to obey, because I belong to you, the LORD All-Powerful. (CEV)

God’s Word became the source of joy and rejoicing of Jeremiah’s heart or inner being, because Jeremiah knew he belonged to the Lord God of  hosts. As you and I regularly read and study God’s Word in the Bible, we will know for sure that we truly belong to God.

Jesus commanded:

John 5:39  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. (KJV)

Anyone who will faithfully “search the Scriptures” will come to know our Lord Jesus Christ in a personal way. You can have a personal relationship with Him. You will come to the place in your life where you know that you have eternal life (John 5:24). By personal experience, I can recommend that you first read through the New Testament repeatedly. Also read individual New Testament books repeatedly, especially the Gospel of John and the book of 1 John. The Gospel of John was written on purpose to this end (John 20:31).

Joh 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. (ESV)

As you read and study the Bible, especially the New Testament, the Holy Spirit will help you understand more and more of what you read. He will use God’s Word to bring you genuine spiritual life.

The example of the Bereans:

Act 17:11  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (KJV)

Act 17:11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. (ESV)

Act 17:11 The people in Berea were much nicer than those in Thessalonica, and they gladly accepted the message. Day after day they studied the Scriptures to see if these things were true. (CEV)

The Bereans searched the Scriptures daily. They double-checked the validity of what they were being taught by the Apostle Paul by confirming what Paul taught from the Bible by turning to the Bible to see for themselves. Notice that they carefully studied the Bible daily. Notice that they checked up on the teaching they received by checking it out with the Bible. Acts 17:12 records what happened as a result:  “Therefore many of them believed.”

Paul commanded:

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (KJV)

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (KJV)

Eph 6:17  Also take salvation as your helmet and the word of God as the sword that the Spirit supplies. (GW, God’s Word translation)

I accessed nearly all of the above passages by consulting the cross references in the Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury as given for the key words “of God” at Matthew 4:4.

Please make the decision today to take time every day to read and study God’s Word, the Bible, for yourself. You will never be sorry for following through faithfully on such an important decision. Make time count for eternity. Read the Bible daily for yourself. You will be glad you did!


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