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 Vol. 5, No. 11 

November 2003

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He Speaks All Languages

By Mark McWhorter

Image Mithridates, the renowned king of Pontus and Bithynia, who was vanquished in war by Pompey, understood the languages of the five and twenty nations which he had under his dominion; he never conversed with the men belonging to these nations through an interpreter, but spoke with each in his own tongue just as fluently as if he had been a native of the same state. (Short Tales and Anecdotes from Ancient History by William Smith, 1866, p.50)

God through prophecy had promised to send his Son. He had promised that his Son would bring a way so that all men could come to him. Before Christ ascended back to heaven, he told the apostles to go to Jerusalem and wait there. He would send the Holy Spirit.

On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came down upon the apostles. In Acts 2:4 we read, "And they all were filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." Then in verse 8, we read that all the people listening said, "And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?" This was the first outward sign that God was communicating with all men with his new covenant.

God is Creator of all the world. He created man. He gave men different languages at the Tower of Babel. God can speak every language. He not only can speak the languages, he understands the languages. So it does not matter what language anyone speaks, God can understand him when he prays to him.

I am glad that we have a God that can understand us, no matter in what language we are praying. He is not like some manmade gods that only speak one language. He is the All Powerful God.Image

The Legal Avenger

By Mark McWhorter

In ancient writings there was a Greek word used for the person who had the legal right to punish another person. The ekdikos was the person who could avenge an illegal act. He had the authority to bring justice against someone who broke the law.

In 1 Thessalonians 4:6, we read, "That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified."  The word "avenger" is the Greek word "ekdikos."  God is the avenger.

God created the world. He gave us his laws and commands to follow. He is Lord of all. He has all authority. He has the right and power to bring justice according to his law.

The context of the fourth chapter of 1 Thessalonians is purity. We must keep our bodies pure. We should only think on pure things. If we do not keep ourselves pure, God will avenge his law. God loves us and does not want to be the avenger against us. However, to be a Just God, he must avenge.

Learn how to live a pure life. Study your Bible so that you will do God's will. In addition, if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.Image

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