by Ken Trivette

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A New Land and a New Life (4 of 14)
Series: The Book of Ruth
Ken D. Trivette
Ruth 2:1-3

1. In our last study we saw Naomi coming back to Bethlehem-judah. But there is something else happening in the story. We not only see Naomi coming back to the land, but we also see Ruth getting into the land.

2. Naomi is a type of a believer coming back to God and restored. Ruth is a type of an unbeliever coming to God and redeemed. Now we find her beginning her new life in a new land. She has left Moab, the old life, and is now in Bethlehem, the new life. She has just been saved from her old life and is just getting started in her new life.

3. In these first days of Ruth's new life in a new land, we have illustrated for us the matter of spiritual growth. August Van Ryn writes, ''The whole of the second chapter unfolds the divine process of spiritual growth and enlightenment.''5

4. Physically, when we are born, we were but babes that entered a life in which there is a process of growth. The same is true spiritually. When we are born-again, we are spiritual babes in which a process of spiritual growth begins. A new baby must learn to walk, talk, etc. A new Christian enters a world in which everything is new. Spiritual growth is learning to talk and walk that new life.

5. Peter declared in I Peter 2:2, ''As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.'' He also had in mind spiritual growth in 2 Peter 1:5-7, ''And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.''

6. John gave us one of the best descriptions of spiritual growth in all the Bible. We read, ''I write unto you fathers, because ye have known Him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, ...

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