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Dear Brethren and Friends,
Welcome to the Filipino Bible Fellowship!
Thank the Lord for how He prepared the hearts of His children. There are a few among the Catechumens who have just attended these few months in the FilBF and when they hear the gospel they believe and desire to be baptized. The Apostle Paul also saw this wonderful working of God when he obeyed the Holy Spirit’s direction for him to go west during his second missionary journey. “And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us” (Acts 16:13–15).
Personal Testimony of Salvation – Jeny Babe Caballero
I was born in a Roman Catholic family. My mother is especially very active in the church because she is one of the leaders of my hometown parish. I first applied to work for Hong Kong. However, it took a very long time to get a job offer, so I decided to transfer my papers to another agency hiring for domestic help bound for Singapore. After only one month I received a call from the agency that I have an employer.
I thank God for giving me His guidance where I should go. I arrived here on December 24, 2017. That night, my employers (Mr and Mrs Chun Hian and Jenny Teo) asked me to go with them to the church the next day. It was my very first time to attend a Christian Church. Later, my Ma’am shared to me about Jesus Christ and encouraged me to believe Him as my Saviour. My employers encouraged me to go to the church every Sunday and I also attend the Filipino Bible Fellowship. From these services, I learned to entrust everything to the Lord. After a while, I received Jesus Christ as my Saviour with all my heart.
Why memorize “What is the Bible”?
Last Lord’s Day during our Catechism Class, I asked the catechumens to memorize the Dean Burgon’s definition of what is the Bible. This has become an oath of every lecturer and tutor of the Far Eastern Bible College (FEBC) and session members of True Life BPC. It says,
“The Bible is none other than the voice of Him that sitteth upon the throne. Every book of it, every chapter of it, every verse of it, every word of it, every syllable of it, every letter of it, is direct utterance of the Most High. The Bible is none other than the Word of God, not some part of it more, some part of it less, but all alike the utterance of Him that sitteth upon the throne, faultless, unerring, supreme.”
Is it important for every believer to memorize this? I answer with a resounding YES! But why? This is not scripture nor is a quotation from any Church Father. Why bother our members to memorize this? Below are few reasons why I believe it is important to hide these words not only in every Christian’s mind but above all, in each of our hearts. Please consider the following points we have.
When the oath says, “The Bible is none other than the voice of Him that sitteth upon the throne”, the immediate reminder is God having inspired all the words in the Bible. Paul declares in 2 Timothy 3:16a, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God...” The Bible is a God-breathed Book, written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (Khoo). Every time the Bible is opened to be read and studied, the believer must know that he is not reading or studying the words of men but the words of God. He must seek for heavenly wisdom to understand it for the author of the whole Bible is God Himself. The Apostle John shows how God keeps His own Word in Revelation 22:18–19 “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
When we memorize, “Every book of it, every chapter of it, every verse of it, every word of it, every syllable of it, every letter of it, is direct utterance of the Most High,” it reflects the nature of God. God is perfect and so is His work and words. The Psalmist declares “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him” (Psalm 18:30) It is described further by the Psalmist, “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward (Psalm 19:7–11).
That portion of the definition which says, “The Bible is none other than the Word of God, not some part of it more, some part of it less,” describes the perfection of the scriptures. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself says, Matthew 5:17–18 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” It means that the words received and written by Moses, the prophets and the apostles in the original languages (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek) are by God’s “singular care and providence, kept pure in all ages” (Westminster Confession of Faith, 1:8). The psalmist guarantees us in Psalm 12:6–7, “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”
The phrase “all alike the utterance of Him that sitteth upon the throne, faultless, unerring, supreme” asserts the divine authority of the Word of God. The Apostle Peter declares in his second epistle, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:19–21). Paul sums it up by saying, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16–17).
Memorizing the Dean Burgon’s definition of what the Bible is brings to mind the many scriptural passages that promotes the perfect inspiration and preservation of the Bible which make it the authoritative Book. Thus, in TLBPC-FilBF, it is strongly encouraged for every born-again and baptized believer to hide this oath in our hearts. It is our affirmation to the Verbal Plenary Inspiration (VPI) and Verbal Plenary Preservation (VPP) of the Scriptures. If we will do away with this oath and forget this definition, we will sooner or later end up doubting the 100% infallibility and inerrancy without any mistake of the original scriptures behind the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible.
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