Word Studies

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                                       Rev. K. W. Munday

WORD STUDIES

 

Word Studies is presented by Rev. K. W. Munday, retired minister and former General Secretary of Assemblies of God for many years. He has served the body of Christ with grace and distinction, is an excellent, quality preacher and speaker, broadcaster, writer of books and still active in Christian service. His contributions here on Word Studies should prove a great means of blessing, inspiration and instruction.

 

CONFESSION

 

The word confession can be used in two ways. It can be the disclosure of certain information, often including a declaration of guilt.

 

It’s not particularly popular, and sometimes has to be dragged out. The Courts encourage it. Where several people are under suspicion it is only fair that the guilty are made to come clean. Most people agree that it is good to ‘get things off the chest’, and sayings like ‘honesty is the best policy’ and ‘confession is good for the soul’. It is even described as good therapy as it relieves repression.

 

To encourage this virtue, some Churches hold sessions when confessions can be made. The exercise has been abused, but that does not detract from its validity, and indeed the Bible endorses it. In 1 John 1 it states that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. That’s real therapy!

 

But confession has another connotation which is positive. It can indicate the creed of a Church, not being the negative admittance of failure, but the confident and dynamic statement of belief. Here’s just two extracts from The Apostles’ Creed which is recited regularly in Anglican

Churches:

 

“I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER, MAKER of FHEAVEN AND EARTH AND OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD”.

OUR LORD”

 

“HE WAS CRUCIFIED DEAD AND BURIED. . . THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD”.

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Wisdom’s Ways by the late Rev. A. Linford

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Rev. A. Linford, before his decease, was recognized as a good, great and interesting Bible teacher in the Assemblies of God Fellowship for many years. He was a well-loved Bible College lecturer and writer that bequeathed a tremendous amount of Biblical material in his generation. What a legacy he has left to be researched and brought forth to refresh our day! We shall be using such on this site: His writings from the book of Proverbs and also his Editorials that he wrote for the Redemption Tidings when he was its editor. I trust you will enjoy and appreciate his inspired teaching.

 

CHRIST – THE WISDOM OF GOD

 

”The Lord possessed me in the beginning of the ways” – Proverbs 8: 22, 23

 

The concept of wisdom is here advanced to a pinnacle of literary expression. To expand its worth, the limited vocabulary of the author, plus his creative imagination, are stretched to the limit. Here wisdom is seen as ”the all-encompassing intelligent manifesting itself in the creation and preservation of the world, and as an eternal and unerring guide and ruler of mankind” (Abeslon). This lofty personalization is fully realised in Christ Jesus. The early Church Fathers used this passage to sustain their Christological vision, although such accommodation of Old Testament scriptures must of necessity be conducted with discretion. Nevertheless, Christ is the wisdom of God – 1 Corinthians 1:30, the embodiment and fulfillment of the divine mind.

 

Detachment of Personality: The Son is not the Father, nor the Father the Son: in personality they are detached, yet in being they are One. ‘This is the profound mystery of godliness, that the Father and the Son, together with the Blessed Holy Spirit should form a trinity, a three-in-oneness.

 

Distinction of potentiality: In the divine economy each Person plays His part in an indivisible division of providential ministry. The Father secures, the Son saves, the Spirit sanctifies: the Father originates, for He is head – 1 Corinthians 11: 3. the Son orders for He is the Word – John 1: 1, the Spirit operates for He is the divine executor. Yet these three are One in nature, in purpose and in love.

 

Difference of presentation: Though the blessed Holy Trinity are cc-equal and co- extensive, yet their joint ministrations are distinguishable. In Genesis 1:1 ”God” – Elohim is plural, which in Hebrew means at least three, but ”created” is singular. The Triune God acted as one to produce ”the heavens and the earth”: the Father will it the Son worded it the Holy Spirit worked it. In Luke 13, the Father seeks His lost son, the shepherd His sheep, the Spirit His silver.

 

But words are inadequate to express this sublime mystery. God is greater than our thoughts and we can only lispingly express the reality of the divine being. We may feel more than we can relate.

 

PRAYER:

 

Help me to grasp more Of Thy greatness, O Lord of Hosts!

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