Weekly Pursuit – Week 2 of October

Oct 16, 2018 by


Acts 13:34 “And as to His having raised Him up from the dead, no longer to return to corruption, He spoke in this way, “I will give you the holy things of David, the faithful things.”



The resurrected Christ, who is God’s firstborn Son brought forth through His second birth, His resurrection, is the holy and faithful things. In verse 34 the word faithful means “trustworthy.” Here Paul indicates that the resurrected Christ is not only our Savior bringing us God’s salvation and that He is not only the firstborn Son of God. This resurrected One is also the holy and faithful things as a gift given to us by God.


These holy and faithful things are all the aspects of what Christ is. In the Old Testament the holy and faithful things are regarded as mercies. Mercy implies both love and grace, but it reaches further than love. Where love and grace cannot reach, mercy can reach. All the holy and faithful things are Christ Himself as mercies to us. Life is a mercy, and light is also a mercy. If we took time to count all the aspects of these mercies, we would have a long list of mercies.


Our speaking the word of God year after year inexhaustibly is not a matter of our ability or gift. It is altogether a matter of mercy. Not only is it a mercy for us to speak the word of God, but even the dear Savior is our speaking. Our speaking is Christ, and to us this speaking Christ is a mercy. Though our speaking may not be eloquent, our speaking may be full of Christ. This is wholly due to Christ being a mercy to us in speaking the word of God. (The Conclusion of the New Testament, pp. 2996-2997)

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