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The Good Seed - Thursday, June 18, 2020
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH

This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
John 17:3

Today’s verse above is taken from the Lord Jesus Christ’s prayer to His Father before being betrayed, captured, tried, sentenced to death and crucified.
In his foreword to his translation of the Bible John Piscator (1546-1625) commented on this prayer of the Lord Jesus to His Father as follows:

“This prayer teaches us that eternal salvation comes from the knowledge of the one true God and knowledge of the Mediator between God and man, Jesus Christ. Nobody attains this knowledge by himself, but only through the Word of God, Holy Scripture.

God has revealed Himself to man in His infinite power, wisdom and grace in creation. But man has not that enlightened understanding, so that he can appreciate God’s virtues. Instead of recognising who God is and giving Him all due honour, he has been deceived into reducing God’s lofty, infinite majesty to our own level and state. Nor has he shrunk from representing Him in images of a physical, earthly nature (cf. Romans 1:19-23).

Man’s conscience convicts him of offending, insulting and angering God in His noble, holy ma­jesty with many grave sins. Therefore he deserves eternal condemnation from Him as the righteous, stern Judge. To be freed from the accusations of one’s conscience it is necessary to believe in the one Mediator between God and man. It is only on the basis of His suffering and death that we can be reconciled to God and stand in His grace and favour. This knowledge is founded on Holy Scripture, which testifies of Christ the Redeemer.”

Today’s reading: Leviticus 8:1-21 · Psalm 55:1-8


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