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Opening THE Book 13 with Rev John K-S

as published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine


Rev John Kinchin-Smith
Assistant Minister, St Andrew’s Church

“Is it true? Does the Bible story make sense?” Here are four more Bible prophecies, all of them written many hundreds of years before Jesus was born. The first two are about Jesus. The other two apply to us:

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end” (from Isaiah chapter 9)


The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD...With righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth... Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash round his waist...for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (from Isaiah chapter 11)


OPEN BIBLEI will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean...I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my will be my people, and I will be your God” (from Ezekiel chapter 36)


And afterwards, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days...And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved”(from Joel chapter 2)

So, “Who exactly is Jesus? What is God’s Spirit? When and how will these last two prophecies take place? And, can they really be for anyone?” We’ll go on looking in the Bible for the answers to these and other questions next month

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