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February 15, 2016, 9:34 AM

The Real Prescription

When people visit a doctor at times of sickness, they get a prescription. Do you ever think of what they get when they visit a pastor or minister of God with their problem? You may say ......counselling, prayers, words of comfort from the Bible. I simply call it biblscription.  This word is not in the dictionary yet. I checked it, and it may be included one day. Who knows? We need to get our biblscription - Bible Scripture filled also and not just a prescription from a medical practitioner, "For man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord" (Deut. 8:3). Moses was right when he reminded the Israelites of the great and awesome way God led them through the wilderness, lest they forget His love for them (Deut. 8:2-4)

Th mysteries of the Word of God are revealed in the Scripture. The Word became flesh and dwelled among us (John 1:14, ESV). In Christ, we have the Incarnated Word of God. In the Scripture, we have seen the spoken and written Word of God. When God tested Abraham in Genesis 22, it is like God gave a Abraham a prescription, Genesis 22:2, which Abraham obeyed, and it attracted God's promise and blessing that will extend to all nations of the earth (Genes 22:15-18). 

In the New Testament when Jesus was tempted by the devil, Jesus tapped into the written Word of God and reminded the tempter what had been written. "It is written" - this is the real prescription. Jesus used the biblscription on the tempter. No authority in heaven and on earth can match the authority of the Word of God. It is eternal and efficacious. The devil repeated his foolish tricks, but Jesus stood on the authority of the Word of God - "Again it is written ," "For it is written (Matthew 4:4,7,10). 

The authority of a physician's prescription is that a patient cannot  change or alter what is written in it between the physician's office and the pharmacist, who has the right to interpret and fill the prescription with options for generic drugs or alternatives. Though we struggle to interpret and apply the Word of God, we have no right to add or take away from the Scripture (Rev. 22:18,19)

In 2 Corinthians 6:1-2, St. Paul appealed to the people of Corinth not to receive the grace of God in vain. Here he qouted what was written in the Old Testament concerning salvation and the restoration of Israel (Isaiah 49:8).  What could be more awesome than the grace of grace that brings salvation? The Gospel of Christ which declares us forgiveness through Christ's sacrificial death on the cross. Not for what He has done, but for us men and for our salvation, He took upon himself our sins and punishment. It pleases His Father to lay them upon His beloved Son, so we may have peace with God and live with Him eternally. Thus through Christ, we are reconciled to our Father in Heaven. He entrusted to us the message of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18,19).  This is the grace of God. Receive it and use it, for it is the "real prescription" for life. 

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