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Scripture Memory Helps

December 4, 2008

Memorizing and Using Scriptures

There are many verses in the Bible which stand out above others because the meaning of a certain verse more greatly discerns our thoughts and the intent of our heart. (Hebrews 4:12) Such great verses can be mightily used by us in our own spiritual growth, but also in our ministering to others, both the saved and the unsaved.

In order for us to effectively use a verse we first must memorize the verse. The verse becomes easily used by us when we then personalize the verse. And of course, the power of the verse becomes evident as we utilize the verse. The Lord will give us certain verses to use, then the order we follow is:

1) Memorize

2) Personalize

3) Utilize

For our study of the earthly life and ministry of Jesus, through the synoptic gospels in parallel, the Lord led me to select the verse, 2 Corinthians 3:18. My hope is that each of you might memorize the verse, personalize the verse, and utilize the verse.

Personalized quote: “Now we all, beholding the glory of the Lord Jesus, are being transformed into His image, from glory to glory, by the Spirit of the Lord.” Do we understand who “we all” means? All of the children of God. Do we understand the meaning of having “an unveiled face”? Who had to place a veil over his face after being in the presence of the Lord God? [Moses] Why?

When one beholds someone what is he doing? He sees who he is looking for. When we look into a “mirror” what do we see? We see a “perfect” image of ourselves. When we children of God are together, we are beholding one another. We see each other.

But the verse tells us that we are beholding, as in a mirror, the glory of Jesus. We are seeing an image of Jesus in one another. Do we see a perfect image of Jesus? No! Not yet! What were mirrors like in that 1st Century? Mirrors were made of polished metal. They offered a far from perfect reflection of one’s person. You and I are in a continual, progressive transformation into “the same image” of the glory of the Lord Jesus. “From glory to glory”, His glory is progressively becoming our glory.

Being the light of Jesus to a dark world, we are an imperfect image of Jesus. However, we are being perfected each day as God’s Spirit works in us to will and to act, in whatever we do and say, to be pleasing to our Lord God. (Philippians 2:13) In our progression of transformation we are growing stronger in our faith.(Hebrews 11:6)

Growing stronger in our faith we more perfectly reflect the glory of Jesus. As we are faithful, we are beholding in one another the glory of Jesus! Psalm 149:5-6 tells the faithful to “be joyful in glory and let the praises of God be in our mouths and His two-edged sword (Bible) be in our hands.”

Pat Hutchens

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One Comment leave one →
  1. December 4, 2008 12:55 pm

    great help! I especially like: “memorize, personalize, utilize”!!!

    gordon

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