Saturday, October 1, 2011

Proverbs 25:25 commentary; good news for a thirsty soul

25 ¶ As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Our good news is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is also called “glad tidings” or “good tidings”, as can be shown by cross referencing Genesis 29:13; Exodus 33:4; 2 Samuel 4:10; 2 Samuel 18:27, etc. etc. and by comparing, most of all, Isaiah 52:7 with Romans 10:15, and Isaiah 61:1,2 with Luke 4:18 (remember in cross referencing to note that two different words inserted in a like phrase can be synonyms as per specifically the last two verses noted comparing the gospel with good tidings and poor with meek). We are not doomed to an empty life of toil and drudgery, pain and restlessness, then to an eternity of either non-existence as pseudo-scientists believe or a burning Hell for our souls. We have the promise of eternal life with the God who created us, being transformed into being like Himself, free, in a spiritual, glorified body from all suffering and pain we can experience in our physical existence on earth. This salvation is predicated only by belief in and trust in Him alone as per Romans 10:9,10 and other verses like Acts 16:31.

Jesus gave this command to His Jewish disciples. It is called “The Great Commission” in ExtraBiblical parlance.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Mankind has been at war with His Maker since early on and Jesus’ brought us the gospel of peace with God. How wonderful this is to a thirsty soul which hungers and thirsts after God’s righteousness but has no idea how to obtain it. As Paul wrote, referring to Christ and referring to Christians being made a living temple for God to live in;

Ephesians 2:14 ¶ For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

This is truly good news from a far country for our thirsty souls. Now, as Jesus commanded His disciples let’s get out there and teach others this wonderful news; first by our manifesting what a Christian is supposed to be by our behavior and then, as people are drawn to that Spirit in us, by explaining why we have that peace so that they can experience it, as well.

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