Bible Truth Restored

Bible Truth Restored

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.           1 Peter 4:11

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And now let us look at three occasions on which Christ used the saying, “Be of good cheer.”
“And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer, thy sins be forgiven thee” Matthew 9:2. Maybe the poor fellow had a past that robbed him of his peace, and knowing his inner need, before healing him, Christ gave him the peace of Heaven’s forgiveness. What good cheer there is in the knowledge of sins forgiven!
Then there is that story found in Matthew 14. The disciples feared shipwreck, for their “ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary ... and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid” Verses 24-27. He not only calmed their fears, but also the sea. If life for you these days is a troubled sea, remember, he can take care of the present.
And there is also the passage in John 16. Christ was about to leave his disciples, and they were in mortal dread of the future. He gave them his peace and assured them that the future was in his hands, saying: “In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” Verse 33.
Jesus came to earth, and in all his dealings with men he proved to be down-to-earth in his practical ministry. Therefore be of good cheer, and let no regret for the past or concern for the present or anxiety for the future destroy your peace, for, says God’s angel, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy ... For unto you is born ... a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

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