by H. C. Heffren

Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law. Make me understand the way of Thy precepts so shall I talk of Thy wondrous work. I will run the way of Thy commandments, when Thou shalt enlarge my heart. —Psa. 119:18, 27, 32.


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Introduction…
Chapter 01…The Bible
Chapter 02…How To Use Your Bible
Chapter 03…The First Chapter of Genesis
Chapter 04…How Does the Bible Teach Us About God?

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Chapter 05…What the Bible Teaches Us About Man
Chapter 06…The Cross in Creation
Chapter 07…God’s Gallery

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Chapter 08…How Christ Saves Man
Chapter 09…The Significance of the Holy Spirit
Chapter 10… The Divine Pattern of the Church

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Chapter 11… How Men Serve Christ
Chapter 12… How to Deal with Special Cases
Chapter 13… How the Old Indian Found Peace

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Chapter 14… The Only Remedy
Chapter 15… How to Avoid Pitfalls and Backsliding
Chapter 16… The Christian’s Hope
Sayings About the Bible

Introduction...

In case you are wondering what this Bible Study is all about, let me say first of all that it is an elementary Bible Correspondence Course. It begins with an introduction to the Bible giving its structure and purpose. This is followed by an explanation of how the Bible reveals God and how it estimates man; The plan of salvation is outlined; you will discover a brief survey of God’s glorious church, and last of all, several chapters are devoted to personal work.

It is assumed that you have a Bible. If not it would be wise to obtain one. Get a good clear print in a King James Version, preferably with marginal references. An expensive Bible is not essential. It is wise to mark passages that will become part of your working knowledge thereof.

Bible study is not dry. It is the most interesting as well as the most helpful study you can take. You should approach the Bible as an adventure for it is full of interest and full of the unexpected, the beautiful and true. Be prayerful and ask for guidance and for strength to put into practice what you have learned. Remember the purpose of Bible study is to learn about God and to serve your fellowmen in a better way for Christ’s sake.

One cannot truly learn to know God without learning to love Him. God’s love is shown to us in the death of Christ on Calvary that we might be saved from our sins and lead a pure and righteous Christian life. Having these things in mind we now approach this great adventure. Our first lesson is about the Book itself—the BIBLE.

Instructions...

You have all heard that old proverb “If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing well” have you not? This certainly applies to Bible Study. Bible Study is worth doing and is worth doing well. You are not just trying to “get through” something. You are tying to prepare yourself for something worth while, for the greatest task there is—to win souls to the Lord Jesus Christ.

In approaching each lesson you should do so in a prayerful attitude. You are seeking for truth and for power to influence men and women. May we point out that back of the “great book” that some one wrote there were years of preparation and toil by the author. Back of the famous picture you saw in the art gallery there were years of patient practice by the artist. The man who won that grueling race spent months in rigid training before the competition began. And if you hope to accomplish something worth while for God you will find that it takes hard work both in prayer and in Bible Study, as well as in practical Christian work. There is no short cut or easy way to success. But the means of success are within the reach of all. See 2 Peter 1:3.

It is important to look up each Bible reference. If there is any part you do not quite understand, be sure to write in for help. Try to obtain a Bible with marginal references. Memorize a verse each day. We suggest you make a list of verses with each lesson. Read the connecting passages if the verse itself is not clear to you. Study each lesson carefully and go over it until you are convinced you understand it thoroughly. Having done so you are ready to answer the questions.

Turn to the back of the book and read over the questions on the lesson you have studied. If you feel capable of answering them take a clean sheet of paper and write your name and address at the top of the page. Then carefully set forth the answers in clear writing. Proceed with the next lesson and treat it the same way. After you have completed three or four lessons send the answers in for instruction or correction. Keep in mind at all times that a beautiful two-color diploma awaits you upon successfully finishing all the lessons. Try to have a set time for your study. It is a good habit to form and you will be better able to continue through the Course if you set apart a certain time of the day or week for “study time.” If possible do one lesson each week at least. Last of all, if you come across teachings that you have never heard before, or have heard explained in a different manner previously, all we ask is that you take your Bible and consult the references and the connecting passages and like the noble Bereans in Acts 17:10–11, search the Scriptures and like them receive the Word gladly. If you follow this method faithfully you will find the Bible unfolding to you in a truly marvelous way. Now to your first lesson.

Chapter 1

The Bible...

The word “Bible” means book. The Bible is actually a collection of books—66 in all. They were written over a period of 1600 years and no less than forty authors made contributions. It is sometimes called Holy Scriptures, which term means “writings.” A favorite term by which it is known is “The Word of God.” The most common name by which it is known however is The Holy Bible. Let us now see what this wonderful book contains.

There are two main divisions of the Bible called the Old Testament and the New Testament. The word Testament means a Covenant or will. It could also be called an agreement. In the Old Testament there are thirty-nine books while the New has just twenty-seven. An easy way to remember these numbers is to count the letters in the words “Old Testament”. You will find three in the first word and nine in the second—39. You will then take the number of letters in “New Testament” and multiplying them together you have 3 X 9 = 27 making in all 66. A further division of the Bible in the O.T. is that of Law, History, Devotion, Major Prophets and Minor Prophets. The first five books are Called Law; a next twelve are History. Following History are five books of devotion. After that you will find the five Major Prophets and the last twelve books are called Minor Prophets. Look them up and write out the names of each group.

Likewise the New Testament has different divisions. First come four books of Biography which are also called the gospels. Next is the lone book of history, namely Acts. After that you will find fourteen special letters followed by seven general letters, closing with a book of Prophecy. It will not be hard for you to write out the names of the books in each division.

The Old Testament was written originally in Hebrew. The first five books were written by Moses. The word “Genesis” means beginning. In this book it tells the beginning of creation, of light, sun, moon and stars, grass, herbs, animals, man, of nations and more particularly the Hebrew nation. It tells of the fall of man in Eden and the beginning of redemption, the great purpose for which the Bible is written. The first promise of a Redeemer is in Genesis 3:15. It indicates the Virgin Birth. Look it up and mark it. “Exodus” means “going out” because it tells of Israel’s going out of Egypt. The book of Psalms is a collection of hymns that were sung in temple worship. The Old Testament is the Bible Jesus used.

The New Testament was originally written in Greek because it was the most widely used language of the time. Eight persons helped to write it, namely, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, Jude and James.

The first four books are called gospels which means “glad tidings” because they tell about the life of Jesus. The book of Acts was written by Luke and it tells of the work of the apostles in spreading the gospel. It can almost be called the Acts of the Holy Spirit because of the prominent part that Divine Person occupies. The Apostle Paul wrote most of the Epistles, or letters in the New Testament. They were written to instruct people on how to live the Christian life. The Revelation is a book of prophecy, though much is already fulfilled. It tells the future about the judgment and the end of the world. “Revelation” means “unveiling.” In Rev. 19:10 we read, “For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.”

All the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit. 2 Tim. 3:16. “Inspired” means “God breathed” and by inspiration all of the writers of the Bible were divinely enabled to give utterance to truth. 2 Pet. 1:21. The Bible was completed more than nineteen hundred years ago and it is still the world’s best seller. For years it has continued to outsell any other book in print. In it is given the one certain foundation upon which to build our hopes for time and for eternity.

Chapter 2

HOW TO USE YOUR BIBLE...

Someone has said that the Bible is the most widely sold book but the least read book in the world. While this is an exaggeration, it is nevertheless a fact that many people know very little about the Bible. There are many professed Christians who have but a hazy knowledge of this priceless treasure. There are others who have tried to learn about it but not having any system of study they have become discouraged.

There are many ways to study the Bible, such as by periods, beginning with the creation, the fall, the antediluvian age or before the flood, the postdiluvian age, or after the flood. One can study the Bible by chapters, by books, by its outstanding characters, or by subjects. Or one can concentrate on the great doctrines of the Bible and even its key words are immensely important. Each of these methods is profitable and will yield good results. There is a danger of one’s learning “about” the Bible without knowing the Bible, just the same as many know “about” Christ while not “knowing” Him as a personal Savior. The object of Bible study is to acquaint one with the Bible and its Savior in such a way as to make them live in one experimentally. Some idea of the importance of knowing the Bible may be gained from the fact that our salvation depends upon knowing the truth contained therein. Paul wrote to Timothy, “From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (II Tim. 3:15). God is quoted as saying in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee.” Note also Jeremiah 23:21–23: “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.” “He that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully” (Jer. 23:28).

It will be noticed from the foregoing texts that our knowledge of God depends to a great extent upon our knowing our Bible. It is possible to get saved through reverently reading God’s Word. It is an irreparable loss to reject its plain teaching. True ministers (prophets) will preach it faithfully and the result of hearing the truth will be that people will turn from evil. Inasmuch as the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit, it is evident that we need His help and guidance in order to have a right understanding and interpretation of it. This aid is promised us in John 16:13: “When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth.” Without His aid we cannot understand the Bible, for, according to I Corinthians 2:14, “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” We should approach the Bible with the prayer that is recorded in Psalm 119:18, “Open thou mine eyes, and I may behold the wondrous things out of thy law.” That prayer will be answered by Jesus who, according to Luke 24:45, “opened … their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.”

It is well to settle upon a rule of Bible interpretation since we are told in II Timothy 2:15 to “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of Truth.” We must heed II Peter 1:20: “No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” Setting dates for the end of the world is a “private interpretation”, because Jesus said that no man knows that time. He said, “Watch, for ye know not the hour.” He is coming, but we do not know when. We must reject all private interpretations.

A good plan to follow is to use the marginal references. For example, in Deuteronomy 18:15 it says, “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me.” You will notice a small letter beside the verse, and looking in the margin you will find the letter again and a reference to Acts 3:22 is given, where the Apostle Peter quotes this verse and interprets it as being fulfilled in Christ. That is an example of comparing spiritual things with spiritual. Private interpretation is where a man gives his views without scriptural proof.

The Bible is not a book of systematic theology, but it does teach us doctrine. Theology means the study about God. Doctrines are really “teachings” and here are a few examples of doctrine.

The most important doctrine in the Bible is that which teaches us about redemption or God’s plan of salvation. This doctrine involves many others, one of the first of which is the “incarnation.” This word means “the act of clothing with or assuming of flesh; the assuming of human nature by the Son of God.” Matthew 1:18 states this truth as follows: “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” Read verses 21–25 now and notice Matthew’s reference to the prophecy fulfilled in Jesus’ birth. Your marginal reference refers to Isaiah 7:14. Look it up. The word “Emmanuel” means “God with us.” “Jesus” means “Savior.” You should compare this reference with Luke 1:34–35, where Jesus is referred to as the Son of God before birth. This is in perfect agreement with John 1:14, “The Word was, made flesh (incarnated) and dwelt among us.” By putting all these Scriptures together, along with many more on the subject, we formulate what is known as the Doctrine of the Incarnation, which God was pleased to bring about in the Virgin birth. A glance at the above scripture reveals the activity of God the Father and of the Holy Spirit, as well as teaching us that Jesus Christ is eternal with the Father (John 1:1) and that He is the Son of God. In other words, we discover the doctrine of the Trinity. This doctrine is very clearly taught all through the Bible. The first reference to the plurality of the Godhead is in Genesis 1:26: “God said, Let us make man in our image.” The words “us” and “our” indicate there was consultation in the Godhead, implying two or more persons present. There are three persons in the Godhead, namely God the Father; God the Son; God the Holy Ghost.

While you were reading Matthew 1:21–25 you noticed these words: “Thou shalt call his name JESUS, for he shall save his people from their sins.” Ponder this a moment and you will discover the doctrine of human sin (indirectly taught), along with the doctrine of salvation—the great purpose for which Jesus came into the world. Both of these doctrines are more clearly taught elsewhere, but we point them out here to show how many doctrines are involved in this one statement. The word that best describes redemption is “atonement,” which literally means “at-one-ment”, the state of being at one with or reconciled with God. In reading your Bible you will find it both interesting and profitable to, watch for doctrines and note them down. We shall go into these matters more fully in following chapters.

Chapter 3

THE FIRST CHAPTER OF GENESIS...

Many have the idea that the Bible can be read and understood by reading a chapter here and a chapter there. Sometimes people begin to read wherever the Bible happens to open, it may be a Psalm or a few verses of the gospel or perhaps an epistle. Sometimes people even try to study the Bible by reading “texts” here and there to support certain doctrines. We would never think of reading any other books in that manner, and while we may get a blessing from reading selected passages at random we can never “know” our Bible that way. The Bible should be read through from start to finish in order to gain a clear understanding of its content.

We must begin with Genesis. The first verse makes a profound statement: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” It does not tell us when that “beginning” was or try to explain who God is. But it does tell us that God is the Creator. In other words, God is the “First Cause.” The next verse says: “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” So here we are introduced to the Spirit of God. The marginal reference here refers us to Colossians 1:16 which says that “all things were created by him (Jesus Christ) and for him.” So we see that God is the Creator but he acts “by”—or shall we say “through”—Jesus Christ. Thus we discover the fact of the Trinity—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit in the first two verses in the Bible.

It is a sublime introduction. The word “create” means to cause to come into existence; to form out of nothing.

It is hard for us to understand how there can be three persons in one God. Mere speculation is unprofitable. It is sufficient to know that the Bible clearly teaches this truth. However, there is nothing unreasonable about the doctrine and we find many other things that are really three in one. For instance a man is really body, mind, and soul. He is not all body, for when he dies the entire body is still here but something has gone. Yes, man is more than body and more than mind. Every object has three dimensions—length, breadth, and height; all three are equally necessary to form one object. Time is measured in terms of past, present, and future. Water can be manifested either as water, steam, or ice. These are but a few examples of how trinities exist in the natural realm. God is a divine Trinity, almighty, all-knowing and all-wise.

Verse six tells about the creation of the firmament, which means sky. The Hebrew word is “expanse.” Now note verse nine: “Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” This sentence was written almost three thousand years before Columbus discovered America, long before modern travel. Yet it tells a truth which men verified less than five hundred years ago—the truth that all the oceans are gathered to one place; that is, they are joined together while the continents and islands are surrounded with water. Today every student of geography knows the oceans are all joined together but how did Moses know? This verse of Scripture is an example of inspiration—that is, of the Holy Spirit enabling the writers to write the truth about things which they had no human way of knowing. The Bible abounds in such examples of inspiration and they are a never failing source of wonder, inspiring our faith.

We pause to note in verse twenty-one that fish and fowl made their appearance on the same day. This fact is well attested by modern scientific research. Perhaps you, too, have noticed the scaly legs on birds similar to the scales on fish. On the sixth day God made the animals and last of all man. But man was different both in kind and degree from the animal kingdom. Of man, God said, “Let us make man in our image.” Thus man was made pure and sinless, having the power to choose and the desire to worship. God saw that everything was very good and He placed man in a garden and gave him dominion over all the lower orders of life. The name “Adam” means “man”.

Man was created in the image and likeness of God. Because of Adam’s fall into sin, the whole human race fell under condemnation and needed to be redeemed. In Genesis 5:3 we read: “Adam … begat a son in his own likeness, after his image.” Thus after Adam’s fall each person was born in the image of the fallen man instead of in the image of God. The evolutionist theory claims that man evolved from the brute creation. But if this claim could be established there would be no “fall” of man and if no fall there is no need of redemption, hence no need of a Savior; the entire plan of salvation would then be unnecessary. We need have no fear that the evolutionists will ever succeed in their claims. The poet has well said:

Hammer away, ye rebel bands;
Your hammer breaks,
God’s Anvil stands.

God’s eternal Word is an anvil which has worn out and broken many hammers. Now let us make a few comparisons between the first part of Genesis and the first part of Matthew. In Genesis we read the story of the “Creation.” In Matthew 1, we are introduced to the “Creator.” In Genesis we read of Adam who soon fell into sin. Matthew tells of Christ who saves us from sin. “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (I Cor. 15:22). In Genesis 2:4 the creation story is called, “The generations of the heavens and of the earth.” In Matthew 1:1 we see “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ.” Adam died because of sin (Gen. 2:17). Jesus died because of our sin (John 10:11). Adam lost the image of God through disobedience. Jesus Christ not only bears the image of God (II Cor. 4:4), but by His sacrificial death on Calvary, He redeemed us back to God and thus makes possible the restoration of the divine image in us (II Cor. 3:18). We shall pursue this theme more in succeeding chapters.

Chapter 4

HOW DOES THE BIBLE TEACH US ABOUT GOD?

Sometimes a little child will ask, “Mama, how old is God?” or, “who is God?” This profound question is really very difficult to explain. As we approach the study of this divine Being, our hearts are inspired to worship. It is fitting that we pause in silent reverence before Him. “From everlasting to everlasting, thou art God,” sang the Psalmist in Psalm 90:2, and perhaps no words better describe the eternal God. God is eternal, without beginning and without end, and remains ever the same unchangeable God. We can never fathom the depth of this mystery.

The Hebrew word for God is translated “Jehovah.” This word was held in such awe by the Hebrews that it was seldom even pronounced by them. Perhaps we can learn a lesson from this fact and be more reverent in our worship and in our conduct as we come into God’s sacred presence. The name El Shaddai introduced in Genesis 17:1 is of outstanding significance. It is translated “God Almighty” and means literally “the God that is enough.” We would say “the all-sufficient One” or “the God who is equal to every eventuality or emergency.” It is wonderful to know

God in this sense. No matter how great the task or how dark the way, no matter what obstacles we may have to overcome, God is enough to ensure victory. Read the story in Genesis 17:1–22; 21:1–5 to understand how the name originated. The word “Jehovah” is first found in Exodus 6:3: “I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.” The place where God first revealed himself as Jehovah was at the burning bush when Moses asked God his name. God replied, “I AM THAT I AM” (Exod. 3:14). This was truly a great revelation and we will do well to ponder it for a while. Jehovah is in a special sense “the covenant God.” Exodus 6:4 says: “I have also established my covenant with them.” The revelation of God as Jehovah, the Covenant God, constitutes the greatest contribution of the Hebrew religion to mankind. No other religion contains this lofty conception of God. It is a basic principle which differentiates revealed religion from all others. The heathen custom is to sacrifice to their gods merely to obtain favor or avert trouble while the inner character of the worshipper remains unchanged. The Hebrew revelation advanced the conception of the Covenant God which introduces the basis of an agreement between God and man; and which demands man’s obedience to God in order to obtain the blessings God has promised to him. This view of God affects the inmost character of man including his motives, will and purpose; faith in this God always inspires the worshipper to become like Him.

The word “Jehovah” means also “the self-existent One that will provide for the needs of his people.” It contains the thought of “the One who is revealing himself.” Thus God is ever revealing himself and providing for the needs of the people under His covenant. Each Christian is under the new covenant or testament, in which God is revealed in Christ as our Father, as we shall study more fully in a later chapter. How personal God is! What depth of meaning is contained in His Name, especially the name by which Christ has made Him known. John 17:6, 11, 12, 26.

You will remember the story of God calling Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Remember, too how God prevented his sacrificing Isaac and showed him a goat which was caught in the bushes near by. God told Abraham to offer up the goat instead, so Abraham called the place Jehovah-jireh, which means “the Lord sees” or “the Lord provides.” This name indicates how God makes provision for all our needs, particularly our spiritual needs, in providing a Redeemer to save us from sin when we were all guilty and condemned to die. Read the story in Genesis 22.

The origin of the title Jehovah-rophi which means “I am the Lord that healeth thee,” is told in Exodus 15:22–26. It is perhaps one of the most convincing proofs in the Bible that God will heal us. Apart from the blessing of divine physical healing shown here we have the spiritual lesson of how the cross of Christ makes all of life’s bitter experiences more sweet and easy to bear. If the fountain of life from which you have been drinking has become bitter, then put Christ the tree of life, into it and notice the healing of the waters. Life with Christ is sweeter!

Now we turn to Exodus 17:15. A great battle was raging and sometimes the people of God appeared to be winning, but at other times losing. The Israelites finally won as Aaron and Hur came to help Moses hold up his hands in prayer. Moses called that place Jehovah-nissi, which means “the Lord, my Banner.” This name is the pledge that under His banner God will give us victory over all our foes, especially over the flesh, since the Amalekites may be taken as a type of the flesh. As they attempted to thwart the Israelites from entering Canaan, so the flesh will seek to prevent us from enjoying the fullness of God’s presence and victorious rest in the experience of sanctification. Read the account in Exodus 17:8–16.

Israel sinned a great deal after the death of Moses and Joshua. Sin always brings punishment. At one time Israel was suffering terrible oppression from her enemies, so God raised up a deliverer, or judge as he was called, named Gideon. The Lord appeared to Gideon and said, “Peace be unto you.” Gideon called the place Jehovah-shalom, meaning “the Lord is peace.” Sinners are afraid to meet God, and when he speaks to them it brings fear. But when they yield to God He brings peace for He is our peace, and the God of peace. Do you know Him by this name? If you can call God by this name it means that all is well between you and God. You will find the story in Judges 6:21–24.

The name Jehovah-shammah is found in Ezekiel 48:35. It means “the Lord is there.” This name contains the idea of God’s abiding presence. He will not leave us nor forsake us. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God’s habitation is now in the hearts of His children as we read in 1 Cor. 6:19 “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost.”

The last name to consider is hard to pronounce. It is Jehovah-tsidkenu (sid-ken-oo), meaning “the Lord, our righteousness.” This is a Messianic title referring to the benefits we derive through the atonement wrought by Jesus Christ. Man without God is poor, wretched, blind, and naked. Our own righteousness is as filthy rags (Isa. 64:6), so our heavenly Father provides us with robes of righteousness through faith unto salvation in Christ. (See Jer. 23:5–6). There are seven names altogether and they describe the very nature of God.

A careful study of these names will reveal that God is the creator and sustainer of the universe, that he provides for us temporally and spiritually, gives us victory over sin, grants peace and pardon, makes us righteous, never forsakes us, and is constantly revealing Himself as well as being our healer. We often repeat the verse: “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst”; or, “If ye ask anything in my name.” … That Name means all that has been stated above. Do we really meet in that Name every time we claim the promise? The names of God signify His totality, His very essence, and reveal Him as being able to meet our every need or, as Paul put it, “Christ is all and in all.” When we ask anything “for His name’s sake” we can understand why the petition must be granted—but we must be sure it is for His name’s sake.

The Bible teaches us that God is omnipresent, or present in all places at the same time. Acts 17:27 is one text proving this point. Omnipotence is ascribed to God in many places, for example in Genesis 18:14: “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Omnipotence means having power to do all things. God also knows all things—both the past, the present, and the future. He even knows our thoughts and motives (I Cor. 3:20). We call this omniscience, or all-knowing. These characteristics are known as attributes of God. When we say that God is infinite we mean he is without limit, or boundless. The word “immutable” means unchangeable. The chapter about Jesus Christ, tells how these names and attributes were manifested by Him during his life and ministry.

God is also infinitely holy. He is so constituted that He cannot sin and cannot make mistakes. God is love, and He manifests His love toward us according to His divine attributes in an infinite degree, as is shown by His sending His Son to die for our redemption. These are just a few of the many things the Bible teaches us about God.

David sang long ago: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork.” God’s glorious majesty is beautifully expressed in a hymn written by B. E. Warren:

Our Father’s wondrous works we see
In the earth, the sea, and sky;
He rules o’er all in majesty,
From His royal throne on high.
What a mighty God we serve.

It would be well to look up Exodus 34:6–7 and mark the verses, and if possible memorize them: “And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty.”

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