THE REASON MOST OF OUR POSTS ARE ‘REPEATS’
Much of the preaching in the Church of God is a repeat of the Truth which the saints ALREADY KNOW! As said the Apostle – “Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you ALWAYS IN REMEMBRANCE of these things, THOUGH YE KNOW THEM, and be established in the present truth.” [2Pet 1:12]
Unless one is a babe in the Lord who has just been born into the Kingdom, much of what he hears will be a repetition of what he has heard BEFORE. But unlike the wisdom of the world the Word of the Lord is quick and powerful and will speak in a DIFFERENT WAY every time hears it! And the saint never tires of hearing the same Word again and again though he may have heard it a thousand times; because to him God’s mercies (another synonym for the Word) are NEW EVERY MORNING! And great is God’s faithfulness in ministering to His people afresh ever day!
Think of it, most of the time it’s the same old Bread and eggs or meat and potatoes on the table, right? But do we skip breakfast or dinner because it’s the same old meal? No we don’t! Why? Because we NEED THE NOURISHMENT to keep going! How much more the ‘Bread of Heaven’ of which the Lord said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God!” [Matt 4:4]
We must take heed that we are not feeding our body whilst starving our souls! One man said: “I have esteemed the Words of His mouth more than my necessary food!” [Job 23:12]
But that’s not all. We ALL need these constant reminders from God’s Word! Notice again carefully what the Apostle says –
“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you ALWAYS IN REMEMBRANCE OF THESE THINGS, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by PUTTING YOU IN REMEMBRANCE;
Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease TO HAVE THESE THINGS ALWAYS IN REMEMBRANCE.” [2Pet 1:12-15]
The word ‘remembrance’ is used three times in the above portion to show the importance of BEING REMINDED of the truth.
And the reason for this is: “Like every other faculty of our beings, the MEMORY has been affected by the Fall and bears on it the marks of depravity. This is seen from ITS POWER TO RETAIN WHAT IS WORTHLESS, AND THE DIFFICULTY ENCOUNTERED TO HOLD FAST THAT WHICH IS GOOD.
A foolish nursery-rhyme or song heard in youth, is carried with us to the grave; but a helpful sermon is forgotten within twenty-four hours! The first five times the word “remember” is used in Scripture, in each case it is connected with God. And God remembered Noah, and God remembered Abraham etc. But the first time it is used of MAN we read, “Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but FORGOT HIM” (Gen. 40:23)!” [A.W. Pink]
God’s Word and anointed sermons preached which are full of the Word are quite unique! A single Scripture from a sermon spoken from the pulpit can speak to ten thousand different people in ten thousand different ways, applying to their ten thousand different circumstances!
This is because the Bible is no dead book written by man! It is the Word of the Living God, and is quick (alive), and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”! [Hebrews 4:12]
And so we preach, pretty much the same old truth again and again from every possible angle so that as many as possible may hear God’s Word and those who have already heard it may be further established in it.
But if we are like the Athenians of Paul’s day who always crave to hear “some new thing” (Acts 17:21) and are ‘bored’ with the same old truth of God’s Word which true saints rejoice to hear then we will be greatly disappointed!
Here are a few quotes from older saints on the subject at hand –
“After more than sixty years of almost daily reading of the BIBLE, I never fail to find it always new and marvelously in tune with the changing needs of every day” (Cecil B. DeMille Director of The Ten Commandments movie)
“No one ever said at the end of his days; “I have read my BIBLE too much, I have thought of GOD too much, I have prayed too much, I have been too careful with my soul” (J.C. Ryle)
“There’s far more truth in the Book of Genesis than in the quantum theory” (Malcolm Muggeridge)
“This little Book [The BIBLE] – it has said everything there is to be said. Everything is implied and anticipated in it.
Whatever one should like to put into words has already been said in it” (Mordecai Obadiah)
“The BIBLE is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands; it lays hold of me” (Professor M. Monticro)
“Whatever merit there is in anything that I have written is simply due to the fact that when I was a child my mother daily read me a part of the BIBLE and daily made me learn a part of it by heart” (John Ruskin)
“No one ever graduates from BIBLE study until he meets the Author face to face!” (Everett T. Harris)