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The Living Word (5 of 18)
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
I Peter 1:23-2:3
Dr. W. A. Criswell, of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, once reported that an older man was wonderfully saved in one of the services of the church. He had been a great sinner for many years. He had known no other things but the wayward things of the world. But he happened to marry a devout Christian woman who brought him into the congregation of that church, where listening to the Word of God he found the Lord. The change was instantaneous. He became a new and a different man. He loved to come to church where the holy scriptures were read and where the Bible was preached. Both at home and in his business office, he constantly read the Book as though seeking to redeem the years he had wasted in the world.
Then that day of sorrow came. He was stricken with a heart attack and died immediately. At the memorial service hundreds of friends passed by and looked at the sleeping figure in the casket. To the surprise of many, his right hand pressed his Bible against his heart.
The question was asked, "What an unusual thing that he holds the Bible in his hand. Why is this?"
The wife of the man replied, "For the compelling reason that he loved it so. We read the Bible at church, we read it together at home, he read it at his business office. It seemed appropriate that his Bible be in his hand as his last testimony to the saving power of the Word of God."
And thus he was buried, with his Bible in the casket where his body awaits the great resurrection day of the Lord, when the God of the Book will bring to fulfillment every promise written on every page.
Peter writes in our text, and it is actually a quote from Isaiah 40, "The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the Word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you."
There are several things that I want you to see in our text. As we look at the living Word of God, noti ...
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