2 Corinthians 3:2, “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.”
Look at any page of your Bible, God’s Holy Word! When you observe that little piece of paper realize that it was once a part of a tree in a forest. It was planted as a seed in the ground, and from that seed there grew a tree. That tree no doubt withstood many a storm.
I wonder how many hurricane winds blew across and against the tree from which that one piece of paper came? I wonder how many storms that little piece of paper has weathered? I wonder how many times tornado winds came and almost blew the tree down that finally gave us that piece of paper on which Scripture is printed? I wonder how many gusts of wind and thunderstorms that little piece of paper has endured?
You see, we did not receive the Gospel on paper easily, for someone had to plant a seed, the seed had to germinate, grow and then withstand all the elements of rough weather. However, something else happened to that tree, for it had to be cut down. There would be no epistle without the tree being cut down. We would not have the epistle from which I read without the tree being cut down.
That is not all! It then had to be processed into paper. Then it had to be purchased. Someone had to pay the cost of the epistle. That is not all! It had to be owned by the purchaser. That is not all! There had to be some type of printing press that put what was on the machine onto that piece of paper. A printing machine of some type had to make its impression on that piece of paper. The truth is that piece of paper is an impression. This piece of paper then becomes an epistle that I can read.
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Think about what it cost for you to hold in your hand a piece of paper with Scripture on it! It took planting! It took growing! It took withstanding many a storm! If it had not withstood the storm, it would not be here on that piece of paper you hold called Scripture. Then the tree was cut down. It had to die! It was then processed, purchased, owned, printed on, and then, and only then, could it be read.
The Apostle Paul wrote the church at Corinth and said, “Ye are my epistle.” Now, just as this epistle we call Scripture did not come cheaply, neither will it be a cheap purchase if you and I become God’s epistle.
You are the only Gospel this careless world will read. You are the sinner’s Gospel. You are the scoffers creed. Hey, you are the Lord’s last message written in deed and word. What if the line is crooked, what if the print is blurred! What if our hands are busy with works other than His? What if our feet are leading where sin’s allurement is? What if our tongues are speaking of things that Christ would spurn? How can we hope to aid Him and hasten His return?
We can take filth, blood, and garbage, and smear the piece of paper containing the Scripture, and though the epistle is there, you won’t be able to read it. That is why we ought to live clean lives. We are His epistles! That is why we ought not to live like the world lives, for we are His epistle. The world doesn’t like the words I read off of that piece of paper, for in fact the big battle in America today is over the inspiration of those very words that exist in our hands today. The issue is not over women’s rights. The issue is over whether the King James Bible inspired or not! The issue is not over abortion, but rather is the King James Bible preserved inspiration!
The battle being fought today is against the King James Epistle being preserved inspiration. The world doesn’t like what is written in the King James Epistle, and unfortunately some fundamental know-it-alls, with their egos being bigger than their brain, like little children ridicule those of us who believe by faith that God did preserve His Words, and they did not lose any inspiration at all!
The question today is not whether the world likes you or not, for the question is concerning the message that Jesus wants sent to the world being seen clearly by your life. You are His epistle. I am His epistle, not written on tablets of stone or tablets of paper.
Please follow my reasoning! A seed was planted in Paul. It was planted at the death of Stephen. The Apostle Paul was a young man known as Saul of Tarsus. He was holding the coats of those who killed the deacon, Stephen. He watched Stephen die. He heard his great sermon while being persecuted and martyred. He heard him say that he saw Heaven opened, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God the Father.
The Apostle Paul saw Stephen die and heard him say, “Lay not this sin to their charge” to God. At that very moment something pricked the Apostle Paul. Do you know why, because Stephen was an epistle revealing what God wanted Paul to see! Paul had read the epistle of Stephen, not on tablets of stone or pieces of paper, and not with ink, but the Saviour Himself imprinted into a Baptist deacon who died preaching and was martyred. He was a clear message from God, and Paul could not remove Stephen from his mind. A seed was planted in Paul, and it was Stephen’s sermon and Stephen’s death!
That is not all, in order for the Apostle Paul to become an epistle, he had weathered many a storm. If you are going to be a great Christian, you are going to have to weather some storms. You are not going to go through life, eat, drink, and be merry, and have a big time with no enemies, no battles, or no fights! The greatest churches that have ever existed have weathered the storms, and the greatest Christians who have ever live have weathered the storms.
Read PILGRIM’S PROGRESS, written by John Bunyan. He had a seed planted. He grew and weathered some storms, thus we have PILGRIM’S PROGRESS. There is no other way! You and I must weather the storms!
Dad, you must weather the storms. Mom, you must weather the storms. Son, you must weather the storms. Daughter, you must weather the storms. Young preacher, you must weather the storms. College students, you must weather the storms.
2 Corinthians 6:4-5, “…in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,”
“In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watching’s, in fastings;”