Sanctify them through Thy Truth; Thy word is Truth
John 17:17

To be of worth, any magazine must have an object. It must serve its readers in some way. Certainly this is the case with the new publication now before you.

The Bible Magazine as the name implies, is about the Bible: the word of the living God. If, as a result of reading this magazine some are stimulated to open a Bible and read -- a most worthwhile object will have been achieved, because it is from God's word that true faith comes (see Romans 10:17).

So if our writers can plant seeds of faith in a few minds and if they can help remove the weeds of doubt sown by human philosophy, then The Bible Magazine will prove to be a rewarding project.

But perhaps we should hope for more than that. It is a good thing to believe the Bible to be true, but Scripture tells us that "faith, if it hath not works, is dead" (James 2:17). Thus we understand that action is called for.

What is it that God wants people to do? The answer as given in 1 Peter 1:16 is: "Be ye holy; for I am holy." The word "holy" means set apart or separate and to be made holy is to be "sanctified." What is it that sanctifies a person? The answer given by Jesus in John 17:17 is "the Truth."

As men and women come into contact with the Truth of God's word it has an effect on them -- they become set apart or sanctified by its influence. The outward expression of this state of mind is seen in baptism. May our magazine be of some service to those who seek the LORD in these latter days.


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