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I saw the old book years ago.  Some time later I was able to purchase a copy.  It was written by an old Puritan. 

He named his study THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF GOD! 

It sure was sweet reading as he contemplated on the things Scripture tells us are "precious" to the Believer and his Lord.

I've taken a concordance and searched for that little word "precious" and developed a few Bible studies around my findings.

I believe they will be sweet to you too!

                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 A Preacher in his Study

 

THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF GOD ... INTRODUCTION:

Several years ago I saw some study material that caught my eye.  An old preacher had preached a series of sermons on the things the Bible calls "precious!"  He titled his book THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF GOD!

Deuteronomy 33:13-14 --- "And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath, And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun."

The word for "precious" means (Hebrew = "meged") to be "distinguised" or to be "eminent"."  Eminent means "to stand out from!"  It is the Hebrew word for "excellence!" 

Would you agree with me that there are some "precious" things in Heaven?  I know of absolutely no believer who would doubt that statement.  Of course here Moses is thinking of such things as the rain and the dew and the clouds, etc.  But I am thinking of the heaven of heavens today.  (The abode of God Himself!)  Think of the things of heaven:  Our Almighty God!  The very Throne of Grace!  An innumerable company of angels!  The body of now departed believers (including your loved ones)! Mansions prepared and waiting!  The atmosphere of eternal worship!

Then Moses says something so significant.  He mentions the "precious fruits brought forth by the sun."  Here Moses envisions the bountiful crops with which God blessed Israel again and again.

BUT I am thinking of another sun (SON).  You well know that in Psalm 19 the created sun is a type of the eternal SON of God! 

Would you agree with me that there are also "some precious things brought forth" by the SON as well?

Jesus has surely brought forth some precious things in all our lives!

"Put forth" is a verb that means "to yield or to produce."  (This is a forceful verb!  It literally has the idea of causing to burst forth!  To explode!)

If you get around JESUS enough ... some precious things will BURST FORTH from your lives!

For a few days I think we shall notice some of these PRECIOUS THINGS  of God!

We shall begin (Lord willing) tomorrow.

In the meanwhile, I've got my "nugget" for today.  I sure trust that you have too.

                                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF GOD ... THE LORD JESUS CHRIST:

I want to study with you today Something that the Bible calls "PRECIOUS!"  (I really should say "SOMEONE!")

1 Peter 2:7 declares:

  "Unto you therefore which believe he is precious."

"HE IS PRECIOUS!"  In context Peter is speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ!  Let me show you what I mean.  1 Peter 2:6 states:  "Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded."  That "Corner Stone" is Jesus, Precious Jesus!

The verb comes from a root that means "to pay a price."  It then (as a noun) assumes the meaning of "the price or value or worth of a thing."  Next it adopts the meaning:  a very worthy thing!  Something priceless!  Next it carries the meaning of HONOR OR GREAT WORTH!

Again, let me say JESUS IS PRECIOUS!

Ask God to give you today a "felt conviction" of the preciousness of the Saviour!

The old Puritans believed that one would not have a real sense of the preciousness of Jesus until he saw a real picture of the horror of sin!  (Sounds right to me!)  If we could ever really see what He has save us FROM ... we would value Him as absolutely PRICELESS!

May I add here that Jesus is precious as a Person (the God-Man)!  We preachers often talk of the "Person and Work" of the Lord Jesus Christ.   Let me tell you right now that if He was not right in His Person ... His Work simply would not matter!  (Had He ever sinned once ... His death on Calvary would have been meaningless!)  BUT HE NEVER SINNED!  IN HIS PERSON HE IS HOLY, UNDEFILED, SEPARATE FROM SINNERS ... PERFECT  (AND PRECIOUS)!  Tell Him today that He is precious to you because of Who He is!

Then He is also precious because of His great WORK!  (His work on Calvary, for example.  That's how we got saved!)  His great work as an Intercessor today at the right hand of God illustrates His dear Preciousness to my heart.  He's praying for me now!  His great future work in coming again will be so "precious" too.

Let me summarize and conclude this morning.

WE HAVE A PRECIOUS SAVIOUR!

Amen!

If you're saying, "I don't know what he's talking about today,"  it may be that you do not believe!  Our verse did say, "Unto you therefore which believe ... He is precious"

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF GOD ... SAVING FAITH:

I have found something else which Scripture says is PRECIOUS! 

2 Peter 1:1 --- "Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ."

Our very faith is PRECIOUS!

Not only is our Saviour PRECIOUS, so is our faith!   (For a brief study of the preciousness of Jesus, see yesterday's column!  1 Peter 2:7 --- "Unto you therefore which believe HE IS PRECIOUS: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner")

The noun faith ("pistis") is from the Greek verb which means "to believe" or "to trust." But from our verse it is obvious that this faith is not our own.  It is "obtained" somewhere! That verb "obtained" literally means "to receive by lot!"  To be given something by divine appointment (the Christian view)!  We did not earn our faith or deserve our faith or create our own faith.  It was given to us!

Just what is the "medium" through which we received such precious faith?  Our verse tells us: "Through the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." (Glory to His Name!)

Everyone you know does not have this precious faith!  You had better treasure it!  It's precious!  (Now don't have faith in your faith!  Have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ! But, still "highly value" your faith!)

Faith is precious also because it is a gift of the Holy Spirit!  No one could ever get saved (which requires faith) apart from the Spirit's convicting and drawing power.  No Spirit ... no saving faith!  Also the fruit of the Spirit is ... love, joy (etc.) ... FAITH! Faith comes via the Spirit of God!  It is precious!

Furthermore faith is precious because it "links" you to your other brothers and sisters in Christ!  They also are "in the faith."  Paul said that all TRUE believers have "one faith!"  (Ephesians 4:5)

Faith should be precious to us because it is how we please the Father! Hebrews 11:6 declares: "But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him."

Then faith is precious because it brings glory to God!  It places everything in trust at His Feet!  Colossians 3:17 --- "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."

Lastly (on my short list), faith is precious because it is available from the dear Word of God.  Romans 10:17 --- "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."  If the Word of God is precious to us ... then the faith produced by that Word must be precious as well.

Is your faith PRECIOUS to you today, dear friend?  If not, ask God to help you begin treasuring it more and more.  After all, that great passage found in Ephesians 2:8-9 does remind us:  "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast."

I'm beginning to really enjoy this list of "the PRECIOUS things of God!"  You know what?  This could change our very values system, couldn't it?

What a "nugget" today!

                                                                                    --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF GOD ... THE TRYING OF YOUR FAITH:

Here is something else that should be "PRECIOUS" to the believer.  Or at least God says so.

1 Peter 1:7 says: "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ."

Both the noun "trial" and the adjective "precious" are in the same case, the nominative case.  That is grammatical proof that it's the "trials" that are "precious" to the Lord!

Isn't that ironic? 

So far we have learned that JESUS is precious!  (1 Peter 2:7)

Then we saw that our very faith is precious!  (2 Peter 1:7)

Now even the TRIAL of that faith is precious!  (1 Peter 1:7)

It sure looks like Peter loves that word "precious."

WHY is the "trail" of our faith so precious?

WHO sends these trials?  Psalm 11:5 says: "The LORD trieth the righteous."

The very word "trial" ("dokimion") means a "test" for the purpose of approval.  (An opportunity to prove oneself!)  It apparently thrills our heavenly Father when we are tested and found faithful to Him and His Word!

Let me promise you something too.  Whenever you are enduring "trials," God will be keenly aware of your needs ... and:  "The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry."  Psalm 34:15  (Cry out to Him in times of trail!)

Another reason God loves the trials of His people is that it seems that only those testings can produce the maturity we need so badly!  Listen to James:  "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."  (James 1:2-4)   See the end result of those trials?  Maturity!  (Lacking nothing!)

Also let me interject here that God does not sit in heaven laughing while we are under pressure!  Listen to this verse.  Isaiah 63:9 --- "In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them: in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bare them, and carried them all the days of old."  This plainly says that when we are afflicted, He is grieved too!  Both the noun and the verb are from the same semantic "root."  What we are going through, He is going through!  ("Touched with the feeling of our infirmity!"  Hebrews 4:15)

These trials we endure are in reality the child-training classes our Heavenly Father sends!  He "chastens" (the literal word for child training) those whom He loves!  The next time you're in a trial, remember that it just may be proof that you're a child of God!  Hebrews 12:6 says: "For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth."

I've got to close soon.  Get this reason why trials should be precious to us!  In Psalm 119:71 the Christian declares: "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes." Or even Psalm 119:50 says: "This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me."  Trials will draw us closer to the Word of God!  We shall learn things about Scripture during trials that we will not get otherwise!

Without trails we miss so much in the Christian life!  Peter believes that trials (the "patience" thing ... remaining "under the load" God sends)  rapidly produces other things in our lives.  Here's Peter's list:  trials bring:  godliness ... brotherly kindness ... and love!  (2 Peter 1:6-7)

This will be a hard concept for us to grasp.  But God values our trails as something PRECIOUS to our spiritual lives!

Glory to His dear name!

I've found a "nugget" today.  How about you?

Here's how Paul puts it:  2 Corinthians 4:17 --- "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory!"

Amen!

                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF GOD ... THE LORD'S VERY THOUGHTS:

Look at today's verse!

"How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!"  

Our verse is located at Psalm 139:17. 

Let's review.  So far we have learned that the "Precious Things of God" include: Jesus our Saviour! The saving faith with which we believed! The "trial" of our faith is precious too! 

To this list we now add "God's Thoughts!"

Think of what must be on God's Mind!  (A whole universe is under His control!)  And YET He thinks of you and me, dear believing friends!

Did you ever realize that He must have thought of you even before you were born. This very Psalm (139) indicates that the Lord controlled your development in your mother's womb.  He though of you before you were in existence!  (How very "precious!")

The Lord also had you in His thoughts when you were a sinner!  He protected you (no doubt) again and again!

He planned your salvation!  When He was on the Cross ... you WERE on His mind! (Things don't get any sweeter than that!)

He thinks of your spiritual growth every day!  When He sees a little bit more "patience" (or any other fruit) growing, He thinks upon you for good!

Look at this verse!  Jeremiah 29:11 --- "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Isn't THAT precious!

God is even thinking about you when you are thinking about Him!  (We should think about Him all the time!  One sign of a wicked man is that he does not have God in his thoughts!  Psalm 10:4 proves my point: "The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts."

Listen to this verse:  "But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me." Psalm 40:17  (Wow!)

Probably for every thought we have for God ... He has ten thousand thoughts for us! (Just like you can't out-love Him, you can't out-think Him either!)

He thinks of you when you are discouraged!  When you are sick!  When you are lonely!  When you are fearful!  Again, that's just precious!

I just noticed this.  "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."  Isaiah 26:3  (The word "mind" here means "thoughts!")

His thoughts toward us are incomprehensible!  (As is everything else about our Almighty God!)

BUT they surely are "precious" too!

Brethren, today "THINK ON THESE THINGS!"  (Philippians 4:8)

What "Bible nuggets!"

                                                                         --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF GOD ... THE PROMISES OF GOD:

We have this week been looking at some things God calls "precious."

The list is impressive!

Our verse for today is found in 2 Peter 1:4.

"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."

God says that He has given us some "precious" promises!

In our little verse here these "promises" do two things!

They make us partakers of the Divine Nature! 

The noun "partakers" means "to have in common."  It is the word for "communion."

"Nature" is the Greek word "to puff up, to grow!"  God's very Nature is so great and so big that it seems to us to be ever expanding!  (God is not expanding.  He is already perfect in every way.  BUT my little understanding of God's Person sure IS growing day by day!)

Then the implication is made that these precious promises have also helped us to escape the corruption of the world.  "Escape" is the verb which means "to flee from!" "Corruption" is from a stem that means "to wither, to shrivel, to spoil, and then to rot!"  Somehow God's promises can deliver us from this trash! "Lust" is epithumia, indicating strong passion or strong desire!

Now let's look at the very Greek word "promise."  It combines two words, "epi" and "agello."  It means a message given just for you (upon you)!  It comes from the noun that gives us the word "angel!"  (These promises are like angels sometimes too!)

Also notice that these promises "are given" to us!  (It's a perfect middle verb in the indicative mood.)  Once given these "promises" continue to "impact" us for the rest of time!  And the middle voice suggests that you can't receive one of these promises without being yourself changed in some way!  (Glory to God!)

So ... enjoy the promises of God!

One preacher says that there are about 7,000 of them in the Bible!

Peter calls them "exceeding great" promises!  The two English words translate one Greek term, "megistos."  (From "mega" which means BIG!)  It is the superlative degree of "megas" and is only used HERE (in this "superlative" form) in all of Scripture! (Some more promises!)

Let me add this also.

ALL the promises comes to us because of Jesus!  Listen!  "For all the promises of God in Him (the Son of God, Jesus Christ) are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us." 2 Corinthians 1:20

If I were you today, I would get me a handful of promises and live off them!  You WILL find them "precious" to your soul!

                                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF GOD ... THE BLOOD OF CHRIST:

1 Peter 1:18 and 19 say:  "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."

This adds to our list of "The Precious Things of God!"

The PRECIOUS Blood of Christ!

Truly the religion of the Bible was a bloody faith!  Just think what a worshipper at the Tabernacle would have seen!  As he stood at the gate before the great brazen altar the ground would have been soaked in blood!  So would the priests have been covered!  And basins filled with blood would have been evident!  The altar itself would have been blood stained everywhere!  And truth would have settled in his mind:  "And without shedding of blood is no remission." (Hebrews 9:22)

It is the Blood of Jesus that saved us!

It is the Blood of Jesus that keeps us clean!  (1 John 1:7 says: "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."  That verb "cleanseth" is in the PRESENT tense!)

It is the Blood which defeats the enemy!  (Revelation 12:11 --- "And they overcame him (the devil) by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.")

It is the Blood that purchased the Church!  Acts 20:28 thunders:  "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with His Own Blood."

The Blood did not just save us ... it sanctifies us!  Hebrews 13:20 and 21 say:  "Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

And the Blood still speaks in heaven even right now!  Hebrews 12:24 says: "And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel."  If you are going to pray, mention the Blood!

In fact it is obvious! There is just no way today we could possibly comprehend all the Blood of Jesus has done for us!

Be absolutely sure that you have been "washed in the Blood of the Lamb!"  Revelation 1:5 --- "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood ...."

Let me add one more thing here.

Some things can be over-emphasized.  The Church can!  Some believe the church can save!  (It can't!)  Baptism can be overly exaggerated also!  (It does NOT save!)  So can the Lord's Supper!  (It does NOT become the literal body of our Lord!) BUT ... I DO NOT KNOW HOW THE BLOOD CAN EVER BE OVER-EMPHASIZED!  IT IS WORTHY OF ALL HONOR!  Blessed be the Lamb Who shed His Blood for our every need!

Think today (this Lord's Day) about the PRECIOUS BLOOD of Jesus!

I believe I've again found a "nugget" of Bible truth!

                                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF GOD ... THE HOLY ANOINTING OIL:

I am prepared today to say that the Holy Spirit of God is PRECIOUS!

But, preacher, where would you get the Scripture to make such a statement?

From Psalm 133!  "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments ...."

That "Holy Anointing Oil" is an emblem of the Holy Spirit of God!  And here It (He) is called PRECIOUS!

The High Priest here (Aaron) is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who had the Spirit given to Him "without measure!"  John 3:34 tells us:  "For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him."

Notice that once the Spirit (Oil) is poured out on the Head, It flows down upon the body!  It is always so!  Jesus our Saviour, Spirit filled in a measureless way, is the Source of our filling also!

The adjective "precious" here is the Hebrew word "tob."  It means:  good, pleasant, agreeable, excellent, rich or even glad!  (Lovely within itself ... then useful in its effect!)

The noun "ointment" means oil, often "olive oil" but here the special holy anointing oil is in view.

The word "head" ("rosh") means chief or captain!

"Ran down" ("yarad") means to descend, to fall, or even to light upon.  (It is a Qal participle indicating active voice and continual action!  Saturated with the Spirit!)

By the way, the name Aaron means "light bringer!"  When the Spirit falls, He indeed does bring light!

The noun "skirts" is exciting too.  It is the little Hebrew noun "peh," and primarily means mouth! (Wow!)   The Holy Spirit on a mouth!  Preach that in a Baptist Church!

And the word for "garments" is even a bit unusual.  It is the Hebrew term "middah" and usually means measure (37 times) or stature (4 times) or size (3 times).  It is only found 55 times in the whole Bible!

Just think.  The anointed Aaron went everywhere that day spreading the lovely fragrance of that Precious Oil.  We too are to go everywhere as Christian spreading the precious smell ("savour" Paul says in 2 Corinthians) of the Spirit of God!

In the midst of all these "blessings" however, let me caution us New Testament Believers of something.  It is possible to quench (put our a "fire") or grieve (offend or cause pain) the Holy Spirit in our day.  See 1 Thessalonians 5:19 and Ephesians 4:30.

We should have by now covered enough Scripture to reveal a number of Bible "nuggets!"  Pick one or two and ponder them all day long!

The PRECIOUS Holy Spirit of God!

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF GOD ... THE CHILDREN OF GOD:

Today I want you to look with me at a rather obscure verse in Lamentations. 

Lamentations 4:2 --- "The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!"

Here Jeremiah is sorrowful over the tragic events that have happened to God's people (as a result of their sins)!

The verse shows us God's evaluation of His dear little "children."

Now, primarily one can make the case that these "precious" sons of Zion are Israelites.  And they are.  Israel is "the Apple of God's eye!"  For example see Deuteronomy 32:10 --- "He (the Lord) found him (Israel) in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye."  God indeed loves the Jewish people.  (Notice the Scriptures here compare them not just to gold ... but fine gold!)

BUT Simon Peter makes a pretty good argument that the redeemed of this age are also precious to the Lord Jesus!  1 Peter 2:9 --- "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light."

I therefore say that ALL of God's truly "saved" people are "precious" in His sight!

Notice what our verse calls its "subjects."  The precious SONS of Zion!  What an honor to be called the "sons" of God.  1 John 3:1 --- "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not."

Dear sons of God, the Lord Jesus also calls you the "salt" of the earth! (Which is precious in many ways!)  And the "light" of the world!  (Which indeed is precious!)  See Matthew 5:13 and 14.

Paul adds to the list.  You comprise the BODY of Christ!  Colossians 1:18 --- "And he (Jesus) is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence."

And both Paul and John add the fact that we New Testament believers are the BRIDE of Christ!  Read 2 Corinthians 11:2 --- "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ." 

I would go so far as to say to you dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ that you are PRECIOUS to the Father!  Precious to the Son!  And precious to the Holy Spirit also!

And if any doubt remains as to the preciousness of the children of God, read Jesus' High Priestly prayer (the longest recorded prayer of our Lord that we have) in John 17.

There He prays for YOU such things as:  Protection (verse 11)!  Joy ... but not any joy, Jesus' very joy (verse 13)! To be kept from evil (verse 15)!  Sanctification (verse 17)!  Unity (verse 23)!  That we be WITH HIM eternally (verse 24)!  That we be able to behold His Glory (verse 24)!  That we enjoy the same love from the Father that Jesus enjoys (verse 26)!

What a list!

If THAT does not prove how very PRECIOUS the Lord's sons and daughters are to Him, I just don't know what does!

I am overwhelmed!  (Nearly too overwhelmed to pick up the "nuggets!")

                                                                                       --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF GOD ... THE WORD OF THE LORD:

In 1st Samuel 3:1 we are told:  "And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision."

It seems like just a passing comment, but what weight it carries!  "The Word of the Lord was Precious!"

This is the next to last "precious" thing we shall study. 

In fact if it were not for the written Word of God ... we would not know what other things are precious either!

*  It is precious because it is God-breathed!  2 Timothy 3:16,17 --- "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."  I believe God's very Breath/Life is in the Book.  The noun "inspiration" literally means "breathed into!"

*  It is precious because of the value God Himself places upon it!  Psalm 138:2 --- "I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name."  If God "magnifies" His Word ... so must I!  (Paul asks the Thessalonians to pray that in his ministry the Word of God would be "glorified!"  2 Thessalonians 3:1)

*  It is precious because it tells us how to be saved!  Romans 10:9 --- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

*  I believe that in the Word of God we have the very "mind of Christ!"  (Surely THAT makes it precious!) That's how I interpret Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 2:16 --- "For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."

*  The Word of God produces in us faith (and faithfulness)!  Romans 10:17 --- "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

*  The Word of God clearly defines for us the Gospel!  In 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Paul declares:  "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures."  Would that not make any book precious?

*  The Word of God "revives" the soul and spirit!  Hebrews 4:12 --- "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

*  The Word of God is precious because of the direction and counsel it gives the believer!  Psalm 119:105 --- "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."

What, then, should be our response to the precious Word of God?

David said in Psalm 119:161 --- "But my heart standeth in awe of thy word."  That would be a good starting place!

Let's all get alone today for some time with the eternal Word of God!  (Another reason it's so precious:  "For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven."  Psalm 119:89)

                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF GOD ... CONCLUSION ... AND THE LIST CONTINUES:

Today we shall look (for the last time in this series) at the PRECIOUS THINGS OF GOD!

There are just MORE than one would have thought!

I must say this whole study has been "precious" to me.  From it the Lord has given me some preaching material as well!

Here's our list of "precious things so far:  Jesus (1 Peter 2:7)!  Our faith (2 Peter 1:1)! The TRIAL of our faith (1 Peter 1:7)! God's very Thoughts toward us (Psalm 139:17)! The Promises of God (2 Peter 1:4)!  The BLOOD of Jesus (1 Peter 1:18-19)!  The Holy Spirit (the Holy Anointing Oil --- Psalm 133:1-2)!  The Children of God  (Lamentations 4:2)!  And ... the Word of God (1 Samuel 3:1)!

*  Ecclesiastes 7:1 --- "A good name is better than precious ointment ...."  One's testimony is priceless!

*  Proverbs 20:15 --- "There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel."  If you know someone who is wise, listen to what he or she says! 

*  Psalm 49:8 --- "For the redemption of their soul is precious ...."  Thank God for being redeemed.  The COST is unimaginable!

*  1 Corinthians 3:12,13 --- "Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is."  The future rewards of the believer (if he is faithful) are just "precious!"  If he is not faithful, he earns "wood, hay and stubble!

*  I think I'll go this far and say that a godly WIFE is precious.  Listen to Proverbs 31:10 --- "Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies."  While the very word "precious" is not used here, isn't the thought strongly implied?

*  Ezekiel 27:20 --- "Dedan was thy merchant in precious clothes for chariots."  Just note the comment here about "precious clothes!"  To value earthly garments too highly would be a sin ... but what about your robe of "righteousness?" (Revelation 19:8 --- "And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.")

*  And, lastly, Psalm 116:15 --- "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints."  I guess we don't fully understand this one yet.  (But we will some day!)  The dear Lord treasures the day when you will "come home!"

But ... here's a warning ... Daniel 11:43 --- "But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps."  Just notice the phrase "the precious things of Egypt."  Egypt in Scripture represents the "world."  If one lets the things of this ungodly world become "precious,"  he likely will lose his sense of "preciousness" of the things of God.  Be careful!

I have enjoyed studying these things with you PRECIOUS students of Scripture!

I pray you have found some real Bible "nuggets" here (even today)! 

I sure have.  (My heart is "warm" right now!)

                                                                                                    --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

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