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 MARK 4:16-17

"And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness. And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended."

 

For the Word's Sake!

 

 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15

 

 

 

 

 

 

LESSON 1:

Mark 4:16-17, just two verses.

Here they are: "And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness. And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended."

These words are part of a greater context, the Parable of "The Seed and the Sower. Actually Mark 4:1-20 forms the greater pericope, all 20 verses!

I am particularly interested in the phrase "for the Word's sake." To be exact, "Afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake ...."

It enthralls me to think that things do exist "for the Word's sake." That's of course referring the precious Word of God.

I cannot find these words, in that order, anywhere else in the New Testament. One time this "string" appears in the Old Testament however. But we will discuss that tomorrow or the next day.

Meanwhile, what are some possible things Almighty God might do "for His Word's sake?"

Surely, calling men to preach!

However, I fear many preachers today believe they are called "for the people's sakes." Or "for some deacon's sake." Or maybe even "for their own sakes." But no, God called us to preach His Word, that being our very highest priority!

Then "for the Word's sake" God sent the Holy Spirit to earth, Day of Pentecost style. After all, the Holy Spirit is the only truly competent Teacher of the Word! He had to come for the sake of Bible dissemination.

Here's a third thing. "For God's Word's sake" we have Churches! Places where the Scriptures can be read and taught and adored. Any Church that no longer teaches and preaches the Book has lost its reason for existence as far as I am concerned.

One might even go so far as to say this. Everything in Christianity, all of its essence, in one way or another, supports God's Word, functions "for the Word's sake!"

Jesus was interested in and quoted from God's Word ... at age 12 in the Temple. At age 30 when tempted of the devil. At age 33 or so when crucified on Calvary! And even in Heaven now at His Father's right hand!

I'll guarantee you that at this moment our Lord is talking about, thinking about, or praying ... the very Word of God!

I just made a trip to Chicago, Illinois, on three of my "off" days between two Revival Meetings, basically "for the Word's sake!"

In three different libraries ... for the Word's sake.

Visiting Churches and hearing their Preachers ... for the Word's sake!

Reading biographies of great Expositors of the past ... for the Word's sake! By the way, one of those men pastored the Church I visited yesterday morning! Nearly 20 years he did so, preaching and teaching the Word!

"For the word's sake."

The Bible is that important to our God!

He guides world affairs according to His Word's sake!

Wow!

Psalm 138:2 literally says that God has promoted or magnified His Word "above all His Name!"

That's saying a lot!

"For the Word's sake."

Read you Bible today.

Study it too.

Learn it well.

Ask the Lord to sometime today remind you of this phrase. The one I've repeated several dozen times in this lesson, or so it seems!

"For the Word's sake."

Listen to what Mary said to the angel when she learned about Baby Jesus coming, about the Virgin Birth. "And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her." Luke 1:38

Gabriel, "according to thy word."

How much more should we Believers say to the God Who saved us, "Lord; be it unto me too according to Thy word."

"For thy Word's sake!"

What a high and noble cause!

                                                                     --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

Yes!

Today let's all ask God to give us a deeper love for the Bible! "Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according unto thy word." Psalm 119:65

Living and, if need be, dying "for the Word's sake."

Amen.

 

 

LESSON 2:

Maybe I have this wrong, but seems like Mark 4:16-17 is saying something about hard times in the Christian life.

Especially concerning that phrase "for the word's sake."

Here's the verse to which I refer. "Afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake."

That's pretty plain!

If the Word of God is important to a person, if he or she lives by the Word of God ... "for the Word's sake" ... affliction or persecution will enter that individual's life!

Almost as if it's a promise!

It's nearly as if we're being told this: Exalt God's Word in your life, expect trying times in your life!

But, wait a minute!

Does the Bible forecast any such thing?

For the dedicated Christian?

Maybe.

Paul wrote this. "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." 2nd Timothy 3:12, which sure looks like godly, Bible-centered living produces "persecution."

Is this not the same thing as saying, "Afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake?"

Then consider the association this verse makes. "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes." Hard times, affliction ... for the sake of learning God's Word! Psalm 119:71

Peter too. "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you." They are going to come, those trials! Just as well get ready! That is, if you are living close to Jesus, following His Word! 1st Peter 4:12

If we identify ourselves with the Book, God's Book, the devil will hate us! And for sure, the more we follow the Bible, God will mature us, help us grow.

So it happens from both sides!

For the Word's sake ... the devil will fight us.

For the Word's sake ... God will help us grow. And that growth process always, to some degree anyway, involves suffering! It's like this: "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

It's a trade off.

Stay ignorant of God's Word, do not concentrate on it ... and life may go a bit easier. But life, your spiritual life, will also be a lot poorer! A lot more impoverished! Lacking quality and substance.

Stay diligent studying God's Word, loving its every verse ... and life will be full of bumps and curves and detours. But yet filled with the Holy Spirit of God! Exciting every day! Thrilling by virtue of the many little Bible "nuggets" you glean from the pages of Scripture!

Like they say down at the gym, "No pain, no gain!"

Love God's Word ... then for the Word's sake ... affliction or persecution is headed your way!

Tomorrow let's try to figure out why!

There are some reasons.

But today, we must decide!

Study the Word and get occasional hard times.

Ignore the Word and perhaps sail through life more smoothly.

Truth be told, there may not be much of a choice after all.

For the real Christian, just like babies crave milk, so do we long for the precious sustenance of God's Word!

Got to have it!

No matter what comes with it!

Just live for Jesus' sake!

Which will automatically be living for the Word's sake too!

And believe me, the rewards and delights and pleasantries of living for the Word's sake far outweigh the trials and heartaches!

For sure!

It will happen to us like it did to Jeremiah the Prophet. "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." Jeremiah 15:16, that's the Jeremiah who suffered so much "for the Word's sake!"

Wow!

                                                                    --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

Is this lesson too  dark and dreary?

But more than that, is this lesson truthful, according to the revelation of all Scripture?

 

 

LESSON 3:

The Text we've been noticing for two days says this. "And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness. And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended." Mark 4:16-18

Plainly, "for the word's sake" many endure either affliction or persecution, perhaps both at times.

That noun "affliction" is "thlipsis" and means "pressure!" While "persecution" is derived from "dioko," the act of "running, fleeing, or being driven away." All such action because someone is chasing you, trying to do you harm!

All this, "for the word's sake!"

But yesterday morning after typing the Lesson I thought. Wait a minute! There are two sides to this story, according to the Bible anyway.

Yes, hardship often comes because of our love for and obedience to God's precious Word. But then again, for sure, blessings also come as a result of concentrating on Scripture!

And when all is told, the blessings of knowing the Word of God far surpass the afflictions and persecutions.

Blessing like these.

"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." Psalm 1:1-3

The Psalmist just taught us that constantly thinking about God's Word will cause everything we do to "prosper!"

No, this is not a light and frothy "health and wealth" philosophy either. Not when lined up beside Mark 4:16-18 and its "persecutions and afflictions!"

That verb "prosper" is neat! "Tzsalach" means "to break out, to make progress, to advance, to profit," ideas like these. Notice also Psalm one's promises of fruit bearing and being planted (not shifting from place to place) and not withering!

The blessings of loving the Bible!

And Joshua 1:8 adds to the list. "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." Wow, look at this!

Here because of the word's sake a believer may expect even more good things! "Meditate," which essentially means "think about it" time and time again, all through the day and night, think about the Word of God and you will "have good success!" And "success" here has nothing to do with money or popularity or ease of life, rather it means "wisdom, prudence, understanding," even at times "skill in godly living!"

Isn't this kind of quality spiritual living worth some of those "tribulations and persecutions" Mark 4:17 promises?

Yes!

And if you want to add to this list of blessings, "for the word's sake," just read Psalm 119. All of its 176 verses are dedicated to the Bible, and what it can do for you and me!

For example, just a sampling too, savor these.

A clean and pure life, "for the word's sake!" Psalm 119:9 says: "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word."

One's sinning less and less! "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:11

Delight or joy along with instruction, directly from the Word of God! "Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors." Psalm 119:24

Just read this list!

Answers to give the enemy, how to refute the devil! "So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word." Psalm 119:42

And liberty, not the kind that can be eroded either! "And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts." Psalm 119:45

Comfort too, from the Lord, "for the word's sake!" Psalm 119:52 now. "I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself."

Wealth, real spiritual wealth! "The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver." Psalm 119:72

Good standing with the brethren! "They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word." Psalm 119:74

Revival, vitality! "I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me." Psalm 119:93 here sounds like our Lord's "abundant life" concept!

Superiority to one's enemies, one's teachers and one's forefathers! Though this perhaps sounds a bit vain, it's in the Bible! "Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts." Psalm 119:98-100, astounding!

The Psalm 119 list is longer than we can study today!

Sweetness of life, "for the word's sake!" Psalm 119:103 says so! "How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"

Light for daily life! "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105 or Psalm 119:130 either one! "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple."

Reverence for the things of God! "Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word." Psalm 119:161

This one I can't omit! "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them." This, Psalm 119:165, certainly implies that there will be much difficulty "for the word's sake!"

Teachability, is that a word? Having a learner's spirit! Being instruction prone, eager to acquire Bible data! "My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes." Psalm 119:171

God's help in all you do, that's omnipotent Help too! "Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts." Psalm 119:173

Plus this, and I will say it quickly. Even when "tribulations and persecutions" come "for the word's sake" ... the very Bible that caused them also helps us overcome them!

Still from Psalm 119. Just read them. I can't comment now on them all. They speak for themselves really.

"This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me." Psalm 119:50 might mean "hardships, 75% chance, but comfort in those trials, 100% chance!"

Or this one, when those trials have come. "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes." Ps 119:71

"Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction." Psalm 119:92

"Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law." Psalm 119:153, when those tribulations come, so will God's deliverance and victory!

"Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies." Psalm 119:157 presumes those enemies, "for the word's sake."

And the victory is sure, for the Bible lover anyway. "Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word." Psalm 119:170

Mark 4:16-17 is right! Tribulations and persecution "for the word's sake!" We can count on them!

But the rest of the Bible is right, too! Blessings abundant, innumerable ... "for the word's sake" too!

I'm going with the Scriptures, they are my choice!

How about you?

Although I already know the answer to that question. Otherwise you would not be reading here today!

Wow!

                                                                        --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 4:

The Text, at least the way I'm handling it, is certainly "unusual," to say the least. I might even be violating some of the laws of hermeneutics, the science of interpretation.

But today, exactly one year after my wife died, this is the Text I need to be studying!

"And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness. And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended." Mark 4:16-17

If you remember we have been placing emphasis on the prepositional phrase "for the word's sake."

Yes, I've deliberately neglected the rest of the Text in order to highlight that one thought, "for the word's sake."

Since Sister Bagwell went to Heaven I have been working pretty hard, "for the word's sake."

The Lord has allowed me to preach more than any time in years, "for the word's sake."

I think, every week since she died except the very first week after she died, I have preached a Revival Meeting, "for the word's sake." I was not physically or emotionally able to preach those first few days after she passed away. You understand if you've ever lost a Mate like that.

I have traveled more, with God's Hand of protection upon the travel, preaching and preaching and preaching "for the word's sake." And God has answered hundreds of your prayers for me, dear friends. Especially in this area of protection. I am so grateful.

And, truth be told, I may learn when I get to Heaven that even the hard times my wife and I endured, hard times made much more pleasant by the sweet Touch of the Holy Spirit of God, were "for the word's sake!" Mark 4:17 again, part of it, "Affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake ...." That's how important the Word is to our Heavenly Father!

Yes, this phrase has helped me again and again as I have pondered my wife's death.

And instead of quitting, instead of staying at home and morbidly mourning her death, instead of blaming God and getting bitter ... He has graciously allowed me to keep on preaching, you know, "for the Word's sake!"

Oh yes, I still cry.

And I still grieve over her passing.

Every day I think of her.

But I have discovered this. The busier I am the less I grieve. The more I think about Heaven and the less I think about that terrible last day she lived, the more victory I have in Jesus.

I used to live, honestly, "for Sister Norma's sake." She had so many needs, physical and otherwise. And you know what? I believe the Bible teaches, Paul especially, that a husband is supposed to live this way. "But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife." 1st Corinthians 7:33

Next to God Himself, she was, rightly so, my top priority.

But now that she's gone, so was my very reason for existence it seemed. Really, right at the first anyway.

But God gradually showed me that since my Darling had gone to Heaven, I needed to get busy for Jesus. He enthused me with another top priority. And you know what it is, "The Word's sake!"

Now, back to 1st Corinthians 7 again. "But he that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord." This is verse 32 of that chapter.

A new goal, "pleasing the Lord!"

And I'll guarantee you this, pleasing Him will require great emphasis on the Word of God!

Then the Holy Spirit one day gave me this phrase. I mean He personalized it in my life! "For the Word's sake!"

God wants of me, I think, the rest of my days or weeks or years, however long He grants me to live and breathe and go ... to do so "for the Word's sake."

Does that make any sense to you?

And yes, hard times still come.

But sweet times do too.

Even the memories of Sister Norma now are, especially after forty five years of marriage, packed full of precious memories!

And I'll just keep on trying to serve the dear Lord Who loved her, saved her, and gave her to me for over four decades!

Busy for Jesus, "for the Word's sake!"

Pray for me today please.

It's 3:34 in the morning as I type these words. And, believe it or not, I have already received two precious e-mail notes from some of you. Encouraging me in the Lord.

How very thoughtful!

So, I'll close with these words. These facts, I should say. Norma Jean Wilson Bagwell, born July 5, 1943. Married (praise the Lord) August 24, 1964. Died January 21, 2009, one year ago today.

My Companion, my Friend, my Darling, my nearly Everything!

And "Honey," as if you can read these words, this past year I've tried to stay busy serving the Lord. That's exactly, I know, what you would have wanted.

Busy preaching, "for the Word's sake!"

Besides, one of these days Jesus is coming again!

Then we will be together for all eternity!

Just come on over to my mansion. Give yours away to somebody. Let's again live together in a Land that is fairer than day!

Where there are no kidney dialysis machines.

No doctors and nurses and ambulances and emergency rooms either!

No pain, just joy and glory and delight in the Presence of Him Who died for us, our precious Saviour.

Rejoicing that we lived while on earth "for the word's sake."

Amen.

                                                                      --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

Honestly ...

I hope I've not been too personal today. I'm just talking to you all "out of my heart." By the way, you too can live "for the Word's sake." Through the good times and the hard times!

 

 

LESSON 5:

The Verses we've been studying for five days now are part of Jesus' great Parable of the Sower.

Here's Mark's Version of the Story. "Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow. And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred." Mark 4:3-8

It's Jesus' explanation of the Parable that yields our specific Bible focus, Mark 4:16-17. He's particularly talking about the "stony ground hearers." Word for word: "And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness. And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended."

Are these people really saved?

Many of my preacher friends say emphatically, "No!" Usually they cite the fact that no fruit was ever born. So, they reason, there was no real salvation present.

But wait a minute. True, no "fruit," but also true, "There was life!"

Read it again, the fifth verse above, "And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth." It did have life, for sure. It at least "sprang up." That cannot be done by a dead seed! "Exanatello" blends two prepositions and a noun! The main portion of the word, the noun "telos," means "the goal, the end, the finish line, the culmination" of a thing!

These people, though never reaching maturity, were "on the way" there! They were saved. They just did not have deep enough root. And when persecution came, they were "offended." When the scorching heat of hard times fell upon them, they withered. And "xeraino" means "to dry up!"

Yes, there are some "dried up" Christians!

But why did the sun scorch them so vehemently?

Why did these persecutions come?

What was the reason for their great afflictions?

Some unconfessed sin?

A bad decision?

A lack of desire?

No, no and no!

Here's why the hard times came, verse seventeen tells us clearly, "Afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake."

See why?

No personal sin mentioned, instead, "for the word's sake!"

No laziness implied, but "for the word's sake!"

No fault of their own, "for the word's sake" they were so violently attacked by the devil!

Wow!

So, here's one more reason why Christian suffer!

An unsuspected reason, too!

"For the sake of the Word of God!"

And look what happened to these Christians, saved I think but obviously shallow, they were "offended." The verb is "skandadalizo," meaning "to stumble!" To trip over something and fall!

But had they only known why such tribulation and persecution came, they might could have avoided that stumbling stone!

"For the Word's sake!"

Today is someone reading here going through such hard times? Has your world fallen apart? Are you hurting? Has the devil attacked?

And you've searched and searched and searched for some reason why?

Well, here's a possibility.

These disruptions and heartaches and pressures have come to you through no fault of your own, absolutely not, but "for the Word's sake!"

Just because you love the Book!

Just because you study God's Revelation!

Because the Scriptures are so special to you!

Because you believed God's Word and asked Jesus into your heart!

Mark 4:17 again, "Affliction or persecution arose ... for the Word's sake!"

Wow!

The Bible is a great Book, none like it on earth!

It brings with it countless blessings!

But at least one liability!

The devil hates it!

And adopting that old Book, loving and treasuring it dearly, or maybe just believing it unto salvation ... sets one up for some hard times! At least occasionally!

Why?

Simply "for the Word's sake!"

So Jesus seems to be teaching us here ... in His best known parable of all!

"For the Word's sake," hard times came!

Just remember that next time the "bottom drops out!"

It all could be happening simply "for the Word's sake!"

And if so, adopt Acts 4:41 as yours! "And they departed, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer for His Name."

Or First Peter 2:20 as well. "For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God."

Hard times, but not your fault!

At least, not this time!

Again I ask, "Why?"

"For the Word's sake!"

Praise the Lord!

                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

Yes ...

More people today make fun of us and mock us ... simply because we love the Word of God ... more scoffers than ever before!

Let them rage and laugh and hold us in derision!

We will live "for the Word's sake" and let God take care of the rest! He will do no wrong!

 

 

LESSON 6:

In only one other location can one find our phrase, "for the word's sake." One other Biblical location, 1st Samuel 7:21.

David there has just been uniquely blessed of God! What we now call the Davidic Covenant had just been pronounced on the Man of God, and David is responding to God's overwhelming Grace!

Why would God be so good to His servant, the sweet Psalmist of Israel?

Why will David's Throne last forever?

Let's backtrack a second. Here's part of what God assures David. These words come directly form the Lord too, through His prophet Nathan. "And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men. But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David." 2nd Samuel 7:12-17, notice the capitalized words!

Now we can better see why David was so astounded!

Listen to the King, in his own words. "Then went king David in, and sat before the Lord, and he said, Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?" 2nd Kings 7:18

Then here comes the answer!

Here is WHY God has so blessed David. It's also why we are studying this Text today.

David, still talking to God, "For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things." 2nd Samuel 7:21

Look at the words I've highlighted!

"For Thy Word's Sake!"

"For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them. Wherefore Thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like Thee, neither is there any God beside Thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears." 2nd Samuel 7:21-23.

Yes, don't miss it!

God is so blessing David "for His Word's sake!"

Simply and purely "for His Word's Sake!"

What does that mean?

God is doing these things for David, fulfilling the very often called "David Covenant" simply because the Lord has promised to do so, in His Word!

And no matter what, if it's promised in the Word ... it is going to happen!

God is going to do whatever He said He would do!

He keeps His promises!

For many reasons He does so, but here's the topmost reason, "for His Word's sake!"

You know what that means?

It means that if you have "believed on the Lord Jesus with all your heart," He has saved you!

Know why?

Because He promised so in Acts 16:31. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved."

And if for no other reason, He saved you "for His Word's Sake!"

And if you are born-again, you are going to Heaven someday! How do we know, God has promised it! "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14:23, where Heaven itself is a fulfilled promise, too!

I'm going to Heaven, for numerous reasons, all of God's Grace ... but at the apex of the list is this reason, "for His Word's sake!"

God keeps His promises!

Furthermore, God answers our prayers!

"For His Word's sake!"

God sent us the Holy Spirit!

"For His Word's sake!"

God will never leave us or forsake us!

"For His Word's sake!"

God is coming again, the Rapture and the actual Second Coming to earth!

"For His Word's sake!"

God is going to give us the victory!

"For His Word's sake!"

Wow!

Everything "for His Word's sake!"

God, ever the Perfect Gentleman, so unlike the mean and vindictive and immoral gods of the heathen, always keeps His Word!

It's a matter of honor to Him!

He will not fail!

Everything He has indicated, will be performed!

"For His Word's sake!"

Makes me want to study the Word a little bit more!

Makes me want to especially study the Promises of God, a whole lot more!

God to Isaac, "I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father." Genesis 26:3

"For His Word's sake!"

God to Jeremiah, "Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it." Jeremiah 1:12

"For His Word's sake!"

"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah." Jeremiah 33:14

"For His Word's sake!"

"Thou God wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old." Micah 7:20

"For His Word's sake!"

David was the beneficiary of God's blessing, "for the Word's sake!"

So am I.

So are you.

Thank you, Lord.

"For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things."

Amen!

Oh, how God honors His Word!

We should too!

                                                                         --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

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