Object Lessons

A Blank Book

Objects: A piece of white paper folded and cut to represent a book, a strong electric light bulb, ten drops of sulphuric acid diluted with twenty-five drops of water. (Lemon juice, undiluted, may be used instead of sulphuric acid. Write on the white sheet of paper with a sharp stick, dipped in the acid solution, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou halt be saved.")

Who will volunteer to read what I have written on this white paper?

"I do not see anything to read. It looks blank to me."

Did you know that the Bible looks meaningless to many people? When they read it, they do not understand it. I will take this bright light and let it shine on the white pages. We shall see whether anything is revealed. (Preheat the bulb, if possible, and wrap the white paper around it. The heat will cause the invisible writing to appear.)

This bright light reminds me of the Holy Spirit. It is He who causes us to see wonderful truths in the Bible. Notice what is happening—writing is appearing on the white pages. It reads, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." The Bible becomes a new book when the Holy Spirit reveals its truths to us.

Each Christian should ask for the Holy Spirit's guidance. God will give the guidance we need, and then we are to remember the words of Paul to Timothy: "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15). Doctors study medicine, lawyers study law, and the Christian should study the Bible carefully.

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