The Word of God is our authority. It reveals to us His character, His nature. It tells us of the good plans He has for our lives (Jeremiah 29v11) and how to fulfil these plans. But how can we receive the direction and walk in the plan God intended for us if we do not know the Word?

God’s word never changes nor will His good will towards us. He will never force His word or His will on anyone. We must choose if we want to live the life that the Word describes. We must choose to be teachable.

As we make that decision to be teachable the Word tells us that we are not on our own. In John 14 v 26-27 Jesus says “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to remembrance, whatsoever I have said to you.”.

The Holy Spirit will point us to Jesus so that we can see God for who He truly is. He is a Father who loves us, who has given everything that we might know Him and experience His goodness. The Holy Spirit is our helper, counsellor and guide. He will teach us who we are and help us fulfil God’s plan in our lives.

To find out how to receive your Comforter, Helper and friend, contact Charis Bible College 028-7222701 enquiries@charisbiblecollege.org.za and website www.charisbiblecollege.org.za.

When casually reading certain passages in the bible you might think that there are an angry God and a loving God. In one scripture, in the Old Testament, we see God command a man to be stoned to death for picking up sticks on the Sabbath day and in another, in the New Testament, He forgives and does not condemn a woman caught in adultery – an act, which by law, would have the woman stoned to death.

God’s nature is not judgement. He does judge, but he is just and holy. In the Old Testament God had to deal with mankind in a different manner.

So what was God doing in the old Testament? Romans 5:13 says “For until the law sin was in the world: but sin was not imputed when there was no law.” The law refers to the Mosaic law and includes the Ten Commandments and all other ordinances. “Impute” means to take what you have done and apply it to your account, or hold your sins against you. This means that, before the Law, sin was not being held against people. Because there was no Law or rules and regulations, people could do anything and there was no consequences for what they did. God just loved them and did not want them to know how bad they really were. Mankind became so bad that God had to do something drastic. That is when the Law was established. The purpose of the law was to show people how bad they were. The law brought condemnation and gave strength to sin. The law, the old covenant, couldn’t make anything perfect. Only Jesus as perfect man could fulfil the law and He did for us.