I collect Bible commentaries that are around 100 years old. Each Friday this month I will share an excerpt from one of these books. Today’s excerpt is from A. B. Simpson, from his 1886 commentary, The Gospel of Mark:
And in our Christian work we must never get away from the Scriptures. The Lord Jesus worked according to the Scriptures. His business was to fulfill everything that has been written concerning Him, and He could not die until the last prophecy had been fulfilled down to the casting of the lots for His clothes. So it is our business to fulfill everything that was written concerning us. Have you found out everything that was written concerning you? This Book was written as much about you as about Jesus Christ. You must find out what it says about you. You have no business to meet Jesus in the new revelation of the coming day until you finish the old. Have you found out what it says about you as a sinner; as a child of God; as a servant of God and a witness for Jesus, and have you worked it out? (p. 22)
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16 (NASB)
4 thoughts on “Friday Faith — Our Purpose”
A. B. Simpson is one of my favorite commentators. He often brings a fresh perspective to a Biblical concept I thought I already understood. Like today: “Have you found out everything that was written concerning you?” Or, “ This Book was written as much about you as Jesus Christ.”
Please forgive the long comment, but your selection also brought a scripture to mind:
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
His fresh perspective is still ministering to people today. It makes me think about how God’s work reaches across the centuries. It is hard to picture the impact we can have on future generations. Indeed, we are his workmanship. Thanks for the comment. Blessings.
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