Bruce Collins. I am an evangelist and teacher of the Bible. I
became a child of God by faith in the person and work of the Lord Jesus
Christ on November 24, 1963 and have tried to serve the Lord in various
capacities since then. I am presently an itinerant minister of
the Gospel. I do not work for an organization but I try to
serve the Lord in the best way that I can wherever He leads. That
means that my wife and I have our financial needs met by the Lord as we do
not have a salary from any church or organization. We believe
that the Gospel is free so we have never made a charge for our services.
am available for Bible studies, conferences, Gospel meetings, children's meetings
and camp work. I have traveled throughout much of the United States
and Canada in my service for the Lord. My wife helps me, and
we attend the Bethany Bible Chapel in Cedar Falls, Iowa. They have encouraged us
by commending us for this work.
wife, Geneva and I live in Waterloo, Iowa. We have four children.
One of them is married and has provided us with two grandchildren.
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What Can we Learn from the Genealogies?
1Ch 1:1 Adam,
1Ch 1:2 Cainan,
1Ch 1:3 Enoch,
1Ch 1:4 Noah,
Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
All Scripture is Inspired
I know that all scripture is given by inspiration of God
and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for
instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).
But what is the profit for us today when we read these
genealogies as found in the Old and New Testaments?
I know that the genealogies trace the lineage of the Lord Jesus
and prove that He is the Son of David and of Abraham.
We see some real defects among those who were used to give birth
to those who gave birth to the Lord Jesus.
We have Judah producing children through a gal he thought was a
prostitute but was in fact his daughter-in-law.
We have Rahab the harlot in the genealogies. These people of
course teach us something about grace and mercy.
But what I have noticed in the Old Testament that intrigues me is
the fact that God lists the enemies of His chosen people by name.
The descendants of Ishmael and of Esau are listed.
The descendants of the Canaanites through Ham are listed.
Nimrod who started heathen pagan worship is listed.
Why? Why are they
just not forgotten?
The Book of Life
I have always believed that everyone that is born has a
name inscribed in God's book of life.
When people reject the Lord by rejecting Jehovah in the Old
Testament and Jesus in the New, their names are blotted out.
But their names were at one time in the Lamb's book of life.
13:8 is a little confusing when it says, “All who dwell on the earth
will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life
of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
But of course the Lamb was not slain from the foundation of the
world. It has been argued
that since God planned the slaying of the Lamb from the foundation of
the world, it was as good as done from the foundation of the world.
However, I believe that the thrust of this verse is that the
names are written from the foundation of the world in the Book of Life
of the Lamb that was ultimately slain.
Revelation 17:8 seems
to say this more clearly, “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and
will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who
dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not (found) written in
the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the
beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”
Revelation 21:27 is also a little confusing.
“But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or
causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the
Lamb's Book of Life.” Again, I would translate this:
“Only those who are found written in the Lamb's Book of
Why is the listing of God's enemies by name important?
Because it tells me that when God says that He loves the world
(which means the people of the world or the society), He means that He
loves the whole world. And
by listing all the names of those who became the enemy of His people and
therefore of Him, He seems to show that they were personally and
individually loved by Him. Everyone
brought into this world is created by God and is a part of his original
masterpiece that was very good before the fall of Adam and Eve.
Anyone who ends up being cast away from God's presence forever,
will only have themselves to blame. They will not be able to say that
they were not loved by God. They
will not be able to say that God forgot about them when He devised His
plan of salvation. Not only
are we admonished to believe or trust in the Lord for salvation, we are
warned that there are consequences when we reject Him.
John 3:18 says, "He who believes in Him is not condemned;
but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not
believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
I don't know when that final rejection takes place in any person's life,
so I preach as though one can repent and believe until the day of one's
death. But if one is
condemned, they will not be able to say that God had not taken a
personal interest in them and that He didn't care.
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