by Seattle ALC
The Lord not only inspired His Word to be recorded, but He also set up the process for its distribution. How thankful we are for the written Word and also the various mediums we have, to read and meditate on this beautiful record. It is important to remember, and be thankful for what God has provided for us. The context of history helps to give us understanding what we have for today. The Spirit of God has moved through history and inspired the leaders of the Church. I am looking forward to our time to remember the Reformation in it’s 500th year. To properly understand history it is important to respect those leaders that have held this Word, which is Christ, as the only standard of truth.
I have attached an article by our late Pastor Alvin Holmgren. I have appreciated his love of the truth and diligence in the scriptures. He also had a profound sense of the importance history supplies. Throughout the scriptures we see the writers looking back with thankful hearts to properly point to the future. Jesus spoke to us of the work of the Spirit to guide us to all truth.
John 16: 13-15
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
The Word of God is more prevalent today than it has ever been my friends. I hope you enjoy the article that Pastor Holmgren sent to the Christian Monthly in 2005 and as recently republished.