Bibles for America Distributing Free study Bibles and Christian Books to Feed America It Is Finished! <p class='verse-quote'>John 19:30—“Then when Jesus had taken the vinegar, He said, It is <strong>finished</strong>! And He bowed His head and delivered up His spirit.”</p> <p class='verse-footnote'>Note 2 on <strong>finished</strong>: “In His crucifixion the Lord was still working, and through His crucifixion He finished the work of His all-inclusive death, by which He accomplished redemption, terminated the old creation, and released His resurrection life to bring forth the new creation to fulfill God’s purpose. In the process of death He proved to His opposers and His believers, by the way He behaved, that He was life. The dreadful environment of death did not frighten Him in the least; rather, it provided a contrast that proved strongly that He, as life, was versus death and could not be affected by death in any way. Therefore, the work that the Lord finished here included the accomplishing of redemption, the termination of the old creation, the release of His resurrection life, and the displaying of Himself as the life that cannot be affected by death.”</p> <p class='footer'>The verse and note are from the Recovery Version, published by Living Stream Ministry. The Recovery Version outlines, footnotes, and cross-references were all prepared by Witness Lee. Bibles... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:00:00 +0000 The Power of the Blood of Jesus Christ <p><img src="/media/1%20John_1_9_small.gif" alt="1 John_1_9_small.gif"></p> <p>As Christians, we know from verses like <a href=";lvid=6973">Hebrews 9:12</a> that by the shedding of His own blood, Jesus Christ accomplished redemption for us. By believing in His redemption, we are saved. All our sins are forgiven because Jesus shed His blood for us.</p> <p>But what about after we’re saved? How is the blood of Jesus applicable to us in our Christian life? </p> <p>These questions are tremendously important for our Christian life. We need to know what Christ’s blood means for us every day after our initial salvation. We need to see we’re not only cleansed by the blood of Jesus at our salvation, but also cleansed from sins even after that, so that we can maintain and enjoy our fellowship with Christ every day.</p> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 02:00:00 +0000 The Inner Feeling of the Lord <p class='book-quote'>&ldquo;Life does not make decisions according to outward standards of right and wrong. Matters should be decided according to the sense of God’s life or the sense of death. Decisions should be made according to God’s life as it rises up or recedes within us. No Christian should say that he can do something because it is good or right. We must ask the Lord within us. What is the inner feeling that the Lord gives? Do we feel joyful inwardly about this matter? Do we have spiritual happiness and peace? These are the matters that decide our spiritual path.&rdquo;</p> <p class='footer'>From Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 3, by Witness Lee and Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., pp. 13-14). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can <a href="" target="_blank">order your free copy here</a>. You can also <a href="" target="_blank">download a free PDF version here</a>.</p> <p><a href="/basic-elements-of-the-christian-life/" target="_blank"><img src="/media/BECL3_small.jpg" style="width: auto;" alt="BECL3_small.jpg"></a></p> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:00:00 +0000 The Deep Significance of the Birth of Jesus Christ <p><img src="/media/Isaiah_9_6_small.gif" alt="Isaiah_9_6_small.gif"> <p>Have you ever stopped to think about the deeper meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ? Although many people, even unbelievers, have heard the story of Jesus&rsquo; birth, its real significance may be missed because of that familiarity with the “story” aspect.</p></p> <h3>The birth of Jesus Christ—a momentous event</h3> <p>The birth of Christ was not the ordinary birth of an ordinary man. It was the birth of the most unique Person in history. The birth of Jesus Christ was the incarnation of God Himself. In other words, the very God became a man. The significance of this is profound and will take all eternity for us to appreciate. The conception and birth of Jesus Christ was the mingling of God with humanity. Such a thing had never occurred before.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">John 1:14</a> says that the Word, the eternal God Himself, became flesh, meaning the man Jesus. When this happened, the eternal God stepped out of eternity into time to become a man of flesh and blood. Jesus Christ was indeed a genuine man, but at the same time, He was God. He is both fully God and fully man.</p> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Our Savior God <p class='verse-quote'>Titus 2:10—“Not pilfering, but showing all good faithfulness that they may adorn the teaching of our <strong>Savior God</strong> in all things.”</p> <p class='verse-footnote'>Note 3 on <strong>Savior God</strong>: “Our Savior is not only Christ but the Triune God embodied in Christ, as indicated in <a href="" target="_blank">v. 13</a>. Our Savior God desires not only to save us but also to teach us the full knowledge of the truth (<a href="" taget="_blank">1 Tim. 2:4</a>). Hence, it mentions here the teachings of our Savior God, which can be beautified, adorned, by the transformed character of the most vile persons saved by His grace.”</p> <p class='verse-quote'>Cross-reference “a” on <strong>Savior God</strong> directs us to two related verses:</p> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Loving Jesus with Our Best <p><img src="/media/matt_26_13_small.gif" alt="matt_26_13_small.gif"> <p><a href=";lvid=923" target="_blank">Matthew 26:6-13</a> gives us a moving account of an event that took place just before Jesus was crucified:</p> <blockquote><p>“Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him, having an alabaster flask of ointment of great value, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at table. But when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, Why this waste? For this could have been sold for much and given to the poor. But Jesus, knowing it, said to them, Why do you trouble the woman? She has done a noble deed to Me. For the poor you have with you always, but you do not always have Me. For in pouring out this ointment on My body, she has done it for My burial. Truly I say to you, Wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman has done shall also be told as a memorial of her.”</p></blockquote> <h3>What was the ointment of great value?</h3> <p>In those days, ointment, a substance compounded with oil, aromatic resins, and spices, was used in cosmetics, as medicine, and to anoint the body of the deceased for burial. Because it was so costly, it was stored very carefully, not in a fragile container, but safely, in a special flask made of alabaster.</p> <p>This ointment was surely the most precious thing the woman had. Yet she, Mary, came and poured her treasured possession on the Lord’s head, lavishly, unstintingly, and unreservedly.</p></p> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 21:00:00 +0000 An All-inclusive Christian Virtue <p class='book-quote'>“Forbearance is Christ as our living. The Christ whom we live becomes the forbearance we exercise and make known. If we see this, we shall realize that forbearance is a matter of great significance. It is by no means an isolated virtue in the Christian life. On the contrary, forbearance is actually a synonym for Christ in our Christian living. On the one hand, we may say that our Christian life is Christ. On the other hand, we may say that the Christian life is a life of forbearance. To make our forbearance know, therefore, means to make our Christ known.”</p> <p class='footer'>From A Life Full of Forbearance but without Anxiety, by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 22). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can <a href="" target="_blank">order your free copy here</a>.</p> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:00:00 +0000 In Everything Give Thanks <p><img src="/media/in_everything_give_thanks_1_thes_5_18_small.gif" alt="/in-everything-give-thanks/"></p> <p>The giving of thanks seems like such a simple matter. We teach our children to say, “Thank you,” when someone gives them something or does something for them. Yet giving thanks can be difficult for us at times in our lives. In this post, we’ll see the secret of giving thanks in all things and how giving thanks is a crucial part of our experience of Christ.</p> <h3>Paul exhorts us to give thanks</h3> <p>The Bible has a lot to say about giving thanks; the word “thank” appears in some form many times in the Bible. In the New Testament, the apostle Paul wrote about giving thanks at least 46 times. Surely Paul was touching something particular in this matter of giving thanks.</p> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:00:00 +0000 A Nobler Love <p class='verse-quote'>2 Peter 1:7—“And in godliness, brotherly love; and in brotherly love, <strong>love</strong>.”</p> <p class='verse-footnote'>Note 2 on <strong>love</strong>: “The Greek word is used in the New Testament for the divine love, which God is in His nature (<a href="">1 John 4:8</a>,<a href="" target="_blank"> 16</a>). It is nobler than human love. It adorns all the qualities of the Christian life (<a href="" target="_blank">1 Cor. 13</a>;<a href="" target="_blank"> Rom. 13:8-10</a>;<a href="" target="_blank"> Gal. 5:13-14</a>). It is stronger in ability and greater in capacity than human love (<a href="" target="_blank">Matt. 5:44</a>,<a href="" target="_blank"> 46</a>), yet a believer who lives by the divine life (<a href="" target="_blank">v. 3</a>) and partakes of the divine nature (<a href="" target="_blank">v. 4</a>) can be saturated with it and express it in full. Such a love needs to be developed in brotherly love to govern it and flow in it for the full expression of God, who is this love. Faith can be considered the seed of life, and this nobler love, the fruit (<a href="" target="_blank">v. 8</a>) in its full development. The six steps of development in between are the stages of its growth unto maturity.”</p> <p class='verse-quote'>Cross-references “b” on <strong>love</strong> directs us to one related verse:</p> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:00:00 +0000 How to Experience Christ Living in You <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/experience-christ-in-you/" target="_blank"><img alt="Experience Christ in you" src="/media/experience_christ_in_you_meme-1024x537_small.gif" /></a></p> <p>In a <a href="/8-verses-showing-jesus-lives/" target="_blank">previous post</a> we saw that when the apostle Paul said, “Jesus Christ is in you,” he was not speaking metaphorically. He was speaking of the wonderful fact that Christ as the life-giving Spirit actually comes into those who believe in Him. We looked at eight verses that confirm and enrich our understanding of this wonderful reality.</p> <p>Of course, our knowing Christ is in us isn’t for a mere doctrinal understanding. Christ lives in us to be our life. So in this post, we’ll discuss how we can experience Christ living in us in a practical way.</p> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:00:00 +0000