The Lord is Near Daily Bible Meditation





To this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps. (1 Peter 2:21)

Peter spoke and wrote much about Christ’s sufferings, showing that He suffered in two different ways. (1) During His life, Christ suffered in various ways and situations, to be our perfect Model and Example, so that we might follow Him. (2) On the cross, especially in the three hours of darkness, He endured unfathomable sufferings for our sins. There, as the Sin-offering and as our Substitute, He suffered in our stead, to bring us to God (1 Pet. 3:18).

The objectives and results of His work demonstrate Christ’s uniqueness, for we could never follow Him in that path. We will forever be thankful to Him for His accomplished work, and will bring praises and worship to Him and to our God and Father. On the other hand, we may and should follow Him in His attitude, in His love to God, and in His commitment to God’s interests. God’s call implies practical lessons for us. It challenges us to follow His beloved Son, to take His yoke on us, and to learn from Him. His call affects our whole life, from the day we were called and saved, until our death or His return.

We learn much from His example, obedience, commitment, and His love for God, as well as for His people and for the lost. Every step He made is given for our instruction and to follow. Besides, we learn much from the examples of Abraham, the patriarchs, Moses, and the prophets. “As Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror” (1 Pet. 3:6). Let’s always consider these two points: (1) the marvelous example of our Lord Jesus challenges us to follow His steps; (2) His once-for-all sacrifice causes us to be worshipers and bring praise and glory to Him and to our God, now and forever.

Alfred E. Bouter

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Newsletter Bible Questions

A) Question How did Christ learn obedience by the things which He suffered even though He was co-equal with God?

Scripture Reference – Hebrews 5:8 – “though he were Son, he learned obedience from the things which he suffered”

It was an entirely new thing for the glorious Son of God to learn obedience. He who commanded all things from all eternity came into this world of sin, and took the place of obedience, in a pathway of suffering in which He never yielded to temptation – “He suffered being tempted” – never yielded – He learned what it was in this world to obey.

We learn obedience by the subjection of our wicked hearts and wills to God. He learned it as one of whom it was a new thing, and who had a perfect will, but who laid it aside – (“not my will but thine be done”) who submitted to everything, obeyed in everything, and depended on God for everything. His obedience ended in death rather than fail on faithfulness or disobedience to His Father.

How contrary to the first Adam was the second in all this! And the Christian is “sanctified unto the obedience … of Jesus Christ.” May we have grace to be conformed to Him and obey!

B) Question What does the number “five” signify in Scripture as a symbol?

Scripture Reference – Leviticus 26:8 – “and five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you of you shall put ten thousand to flight, and your enemies shall fall beside you by the sword.”

Five seems to be used to signify that which is relatively small; the number characterizing weakness. In Lev. 26:8, we read, “Five of you shall chase a hundred.” The very smallness of Israel, if faithful, would easily discomfit their enemies in power. In Isaiah 30:17, on the other hand, it is said of them in the time of their judgment, “At the rebuke of five you shall flee; till you be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on a hill.”.

In the parable of the Ten Virgins, we find that after the midnight cry they were broken up into fives –weakness – in the interval between the hope of the Lord’s coming being revived in the Church, and the shutting of the door. We find the Lord (Matt. 9, Mark 6, Luke 9, and John 6) feeding the multitude from five loaves and two fishes. He is equal to the demand, no matter how
scanty the supply, at times of peculiar moment in the gospel history. Paul says, “I had rather speak five words with my understanding … than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue” ( 1 Cor. 14:19)

There are many other places where “five” is used in Scripture, but these passages will help to an understanding of its meaning as a symbol.

C) Question – Is there any Scripture to lead us to believe that the Holy Spirit will dwell in us forever?


As believers, the Holy Spirit dwells in us. having believed, we are sealed until the day of redemption, and He is the earnest of our inheritance (Eph. 1:13,14). He will eventually quicken our mortal bodies, as we find in Rom. 8:11.

There are no specific Scriptures that I know of which state that the Holy Spirit will abide in us forever. But His action in spiritual power is essential to our power in life. The Spirit is life, and surely is not to be taken as a power of enjoyment in heaven. “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free.” We are to be fully conformed to the image of God’s Son, and we find Him, a Man risen from the dead, giving commands through the Holy Spirit after His resurrection (Acts 1:2).

We shall have the Holy Spirit thus after our resurrection, and His divine energy will be wholly free to guide and direct in the service committed to us by our God, and in unhindered power of joy and worship. This is now checked, because of His now giving power to restrain and mortify (put to death) the flesh in us.

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