10-4-17 Insight Post

Sometimes when I read the Bible I can forget that the writers God used were human beings just like me. God uses regular people to accomplish His purposes. This includes those that recorded His messages to us that have been preserved in the Old and New Testaments. When we read the Bible we are hearing the message God transmitted by His Spirit to select individuals who wrote or dictated the information so that all of us could learn and grow. Often we can see the individual’s personality reflected in their writing like Mark’s conciseness and action-oriented storytelling or Matthew with his Jewish background. This week something else stands out to me. John closes two very short letters by saying “I have much more to say to you, but I don’t want to do it with paper and ink. For I hope to visit you soon and talk with you face to face. Then our joy will be complete.” 2 John 1:12 (NLT) and then “I have much more to say to you, but I don’t want to write it with pen and ink. For I hope to see you soon, and then we will talk face to face.” 3 John 1:13-14 (NLT) Now I don’t know what the main reason was for John to keep these two letters so short when the first one we have is much longer. Maybe he was pressed for time to get it sent. Maybe he was running low on writing materials or tired. Maybe there were other pressures on his time that prevented longer letters. All we know for certain is that there was more to say and he hoped to deliver it in person. The fact that John says this, not just once, but in two letters is really encouraging to me. I often catch myself not being able to do or say all that I want. It is good to know that God understands our pressures, limitations, and struggles and a proof of that to me is that these two verses were included in the Bible!

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Rusty Coram

Senior Pastor

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