By the title of this post no hyperbole is intended. it is only meant that the Bible is not to be read casually but with the aid of the Spirit. Similar to Pauline injunction with regards to the Holy Communion (1 Cor.11:27-30) one need apply great care to receive divine guidance from the passage one reads daily. Best way is to read is with the aid of the Spirit. Marginalia is part of my Word ministry since He revealed His grace in so many ways and I wrote it wholly by His grace: from the experience I witness that God did refresh me despite my failing vision and ageing body. It was thus in 2015 everyday for three months. I required one year to arrive at the final shape. I owe the Spirit for his unfailing power to have led me through the paces. I could complete yet another book in the series. I have left my third book half way in order to concentrate on publishing the present book.
Marginalia, a concise guide to the Bible in two volumes in paperback and Kindle available through Amazon.com
Author: Benny Thomas
The book is the result of the author’s spiritual experience of 70+ years.
How this book can help a Bible Student?
Marginalia helps the reader bear in mind the person and deity of Jesus Christ as holding the centre of gravity of the divine Will so everything else in the Scriptural narrative falls in place as one unified whole. It helps him from being distracted by sideshows which are but a shadow. This makes the role of the Spirit very vital in order to get the best out of the Bible. We have the testimony of Jesus of the role of the Spirit. “He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you (Jn.16: 14)”.
When we speak Father of lights what does that mean? The light of the Son shall have quality of life which is the light of life (Jn.8:12). Similarly Holy Spirit as Inspiration of God instructs each believer into righteousness. He throws light so the reader can be helped into spirit of truth. His is laser light with which he glorifies role of the Son in the Scripture. The thrust of Marginalia therefore is to throw light on the Bible consequently as from laser than with an ordinary flashlight. In literal interpretation there is a danger of following incoherent light and the number of heresies still current owe to such misreading of the Scripture. With laser light of the Spirit it is hoped that this concise guide shall reveal to the reader the role of Jesus Christ as fulfillment of the Will and the Way to lead them to the rest that God himself has entered.
Finally the author’s faith-based approach is to show the inerrancy of the Bible (1Co.2: 5).
Marginalia, a concise guide to the Bible puts up guideposts so a student can safely navigate through the entire Scripture effortlessly. This serves as a Bible Study Help and not a substitute for the word of God.
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‘I and Father are one’, Jesus affirmed Jn.10: 30. He was also with the Father in the beginning Jn.1: 1. In so many instances the Spirit elucidates the unfolding Will of God as coming from the Son in that these are fulfilled. Divine Will speaks for God the Father; whereas in its fulfillment it is Jesus Christ whom we see.
Jesus Christ as St Paul says is the image of the Invisible God.(Col.1:14) On analysis we can infer that Jesus as the Son of man and his Father are one.
In Marginalia I have laid the principle of Association in order to throw light on this Father-Son relationship. We shall see how Jesus chose to fulfil the Will of his Father.
There are two instances which the Holy Spirit narrates each specifying the jealousy of God for his holiness. Any transgression against it brought death. God made a covenant with Abraham which he was to keep as ‘an everlasting covenant’ (Ge.-17:13-14). After God had chosen Moses to deliver his message to the Pharaoh we read that the Lord met him in an inn, and sought to kill him(Ex.4:24). God’s Judgment probably arose over his son born to him in exile. From the subsequent passage indicating Zipporah’s intervention we can infer it has to do with his son who was not circumcised. Zipporah however averted God’s wrath by her quick action. Similarly we read how angel of the Lord met Joshua and would have slain him. He saved himself by putting his shoes away from the holy ground.(Jos.5:13-15). God the Spirit found it appropriate to contrast divine Judgment from two standpoints of God and the Son of man. The lesson, which the Holy Spirit teaches is this: Judgment under the law of Moses and the glorious liberty of Jesus Christ under grace.
When Apostle John in his gospel writes ‘Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ(Jn.1:14)’ what are we to understand? Judgment of God acquired a human face as it were. “(The Father) hath given him authority to execute judgment also because he is the Son of man (Jn.5:27,22).” When Jesus would want to visit Samaria and sent an advance party to make arrangements the Samaritans did not receive them. Response of James and John, his two disciples were typical. They would command fire from heaven as punishment even as Elijah did. ‘You know not what manner of spirit ye are of (Lk.9:55)’ God is a spirit which Jesus Christ expressed in a characteristic manner. Grace and truth came by him. By principle of association God the Son revealed the nature of God the father truthfully.
God is the Father of mercies. Grace and judgment are drawn from Mercy.
This is adapted and modified for this blog.
Selected from Marginalia- chapter 3. Eternal verities: grace and judgment.
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God as Omnipresent and Omnipotent. His sovereignty over the earth is evident in his creation.
The river from Eden branching into four heads (Ge.2:10) is an illustration. The creation account clearly states that God had not caused it to rain upon the earth (vs.5). The Spirit clues us that not natural causes but God is the Prime Mover. We read in the last book of the Bible :there was ‘a pure river of water of life proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb(Re.22:1)’ and it goes like straight as an arrow. The river from Eden forms four heads compassing different lands.
The number four has significance to which I shall come by and by.
God sets his Will in a series chains of events where man and his actions do count. Adam’s disobedience in eating of the fruit informs us nature is also a component or divine instrument. ‘Cursed is the ground for thy sake.’ Weirder climate and one-percenters of today did not spring out of nothing but are the result of accumulated effect of chains of cause and effect.
In fulfilling divine Will nations of the world are the living canvass wherein man is placed and chains of events are the means to build up his faith or correct him. His individual life shall bear the lights and shadows cast by the immediate context in which he is placed. The example of Ruth amply bears out this truism. During the time the Judges ruled Israel there was a famine. Although Ruth being a Moabite and outside the promise of God made to the House of Israel, she was predestined to glory. She is the matriarch from whose womb the Messianic Promise would stream forth.
The eternal verity of Mercy is unchangeable but chains of events. Similarly we see volcanoes are upheavals of the earth causing many hiccups but renewing the face of the earth. God’s sovereignty assures His children the greatest good not according to any time frame of man but in his Time. Sorrows are like the birth pangs a woman undergoes before the birth never thought of once she holds the baby to her bosom. A child of God bonded with God through the redemptive work of the Son never need concern of whatever happens. Ruth suffered her share of misfortunes but when God had put these under the heading of Mercy her case was unlike anything that she had imagined. What does Isaiah say? “Sing, O barren that thou didst not bear;… (Is.54:1)
In the Will of God nothing is created for itself. The earth is not singly created but in context of the heaven. If we examine the earth in detail we shall see the Lord God first set up whatever appurtenances needful for the wellbeing of Adam.
Mathematics and counting of numbers hold relevance only for man. The Alien shall have his own system of counting. When the Spirit uses numbers it with the intent of sharing the divine Will in a manner man can find use for. So what is the significance of the number 4? In the Book of Zechariah we read of four chariots (Zec.6:1) four artisans, four horns(1:18,21) These are instruments appointed by God. It is clear from so many clues how God establishes his sovereignty of history of nations.
This is adapted and modified for this blog.
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Originally posted today in my blog under a different title.
Shall all churches be redeemed to makeup the Bride of Christ? Answer to that shall be found in the Book of Revelation.
Merely because God did not spare natural branches it does not mean God cast aside the tree as well. Because of their unbelief they were broken off. If God rejected those who did not abide in him how much more his anger shall be kindled if the gentiles (branches of the wild olive) do note abide under his goodness? (Ro.11:24) In the end times those who are kept from the Great Tribulation shall be a remnant from the House of Israel and those who remained under the grace. These two shall constitute the male child.
The illustration is taken from the Book of Revelation. In Chapter 12 Apostle John describes the vision thus: “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven- a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. And she being with child, cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.” In the illustration I have also included a red dragon who having cast one third of the stars to the earth is posing a real threat to the woman in labor.
What does the woman represent?
She is the symbol representing the House of Israel and the Church. Promise of God shall never fail but election demands both meet certain criteria. When male child is lifted to safety the woman is no longer a wonder in heaven but is the left-behind church and about to undergo the Great Tribulation.
The events described in the vision are under different time frames, scenes switching from heaven to the earth. In the illustration we also see God’s providence for the left out church in times of her greatest trial. The angels shall lead her to safe place were she is to be nourished for a time.
First some facts as on 2012 : according to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary there exist roughly 43,000 Christian denominations worldwide in 2012. That is up from 500 in 1800 and 39,000 in 2008 and this number is expected to grow to 55,000 by 2025. It also estimates that a new Christian denomination is formed every 10.5 hours, or 2.3 denominations a day. (Ack: churchrelevance.com).
With such denominations mushrooming we need understand that the Second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ is drawing nearer. So at every nook and corner of the globe assemblies of believers are engaged in planting churches and preaching the word of God. So let us take a charitable view of these local assemblies are the work-shops in which ministers of God winning souls for the Redeemer Lord. None of these is the Church or Bride but artisans of God doing their best. We should not certainly forget they do yeoman service not only engaged in saving souls but also fighting insidious force of heresies. Our Lord Jesus predicted of such false teachers/prophets who would come as wolves in sheep’s clothes. We see them already and they draw crowds as well. But well are they in giving glory to God His word? Marginalia is a guide for those who who shall know the truth. Truth shall surely make children of God free. Marginalia is my service and I believe God has given a ministry to serve the Word to His glory.
Whatever revelations my book contain as such I claim nothing of my own but how the Holy Spirit revealed on daily basis to buttress the inerrancy of the Word with what grace He has poured into my life. It took three full months to write the initial draft and another one year to make it to the present shape.
I shall post the blurb I have added to the book.
“Christianity has been bedevilled by controversies from the Apostolic Age to the present. Among the early converts those who came from Judaism favoured an interpretation that sat well with their Jewish upbringing. It was like putting the new religion in old wine skins so to speak. The world ecumenism of our own times would have the person and deity of Jesus pass the test of sceptic and believer alike. Either way it is less than the Word made flesh. One cannot photoshop Jesus Christ to please all. The aim of this book is to present him of whom we read as thus ‘ it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell (Col.1:19)’.
This concise guide to the Bible is presented from two standpoints of God the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit has set these two as single narrative where the Will or Intent of God is shown as coming from the Son since he is the Image of the ‘Invisible God(Col.1:15)’
Coherence in the Scripture is the work of God the Spirit and maintained so the Son of man ‘is before all things and by him all things consist’. Adam is thus an antitype of Jesus who is qualified as the last Adam. He is the spiritual rock; and bread from heaven. The entire scriptural unity testifies this: the Bible is from God to man.
In short Marginalia: a concise guide to the Bible favours a faith based approach to understand the word of God. Faith as St Paul says comes from ‘hearing by the word of God (Ro.10:17).” ”
Marginalia in print is available through CreateSpace; as e-boooks volume one shall be available soon from Amazon,Google Play,Apple i-book, Kobo, Barnes&Noble and many other. Volume II shall be a week later
My first book in a series available through CreateSpace.com
The first volume has 148 pages and priced at $7.00
Second volume has 264 pages $14.25
By 27 June my book Marginalia shall be available for Kindle, Google Play Apple iBooks Kobo,Barnes&Noble Bibliotheca etc., It is priced at $3.99
Marginalia is in two volumes. It is a concise guide to the Bible.The first volume has 112 pages.
The cover shows the vision of the Woman Clothed with the Sun from the Book of Revelation (chapter12).
For those who love the word of God this book shall reveal how we should approach the Bible Study. It is a valuable guide to anyone who is serious about whom he has believed and what that relationship would mean in this world and in the world to come.