House Church Talk - No books by Jesus

Bruce Woodford bwood4d at
Sun May 16 22:50:03 EDT 2004

Hi Claire,

You wrote:"Don't you think it is interesting that Jesus didn't personally 
pen any books or writings?  He didn't leave his followers a detailed program 
to follow to make sure they did it right?  He wrote in their hearts and left 
the Holy Spirit to continue with them.  He let those who encountered him 
each tell their stories.  Comments?"

Reading your post reminded me of the following:

More than nineteen hundred years ago, there was a Man born contrary to the 
laws of life. This Man lived in poverty and was reared in obscurity. He did 
not travel extensively. Only once did He cross the boundary of the country 
in which He lived; that was during His exile in childhood.

He possessed neither wealth nor influence. His relatives were inconspicuous 
and had neither training nor formal education.

In infancy He startled a king; in childhood He puzzled doctors; in manhood 
He ruled the course of nature, walked upon the waves as pavement, and hushed 
the sea to sleep.

He healed the multitudes without medicine and made no charge for His 

He never wrote a book, and yet perhaps all the libraries of the world could 
not hold the books that have been written about Him.

He never wrote a song, and yet He has furnished the theme for more songs 
than all the songwriters combined.

He never founded a college, but all the schools put together cannot boast of 
having as many students.

He never marshaled an army, nor drafted a soldier, nor fired a gun; and yet 
no leader ever had more volunteers who have, under His orders, made more 
rebels stack arms and surrender without a shot fired.

He never practiced psychiatry, and yet He has healed more broken hearts than 
all the doctors far and near.

Once each week multitudes congregate at worshiping assemblies to pay homage 
and respect to Him.

The names of the past, proud statesmen of Greece and Rome have come and 
gone. The names of the past scientists, philosophers, and theologians have 
come and gone. But the name of this Man multiplies more and more. Though 
time has spread nineteen hundred years between the people of this generation 
and the mockers at His crucifixion, He still lives. His enemies could not 
destroy Him, and the grave could not hold Him.

He stands forth upon the highest pinnacle of heavenly glory, proclaimed of 
God, acknowledged by angels, adored by saints, and feared by devils, as the 
risen, personal Christ, our Lord and Savior.

However, tha fact that He never wrote a book does not mean that His 
disciples were left without a definite "curriculum" to follow!  He had left 
them with about 50 commands (recorded throughout the Gospels) which they 
were to teach their disciples to observe.  About half of those commands have 
to do with one's relationship to God and the other half have to do with 
one's relationship to people. So we can see that it was not rituals or 
"programs" but rather right relationships with one's Maker and with other 
people that were His priorities!

He never wrote  or penned a book, but He certainly was the Author of all the 
scriptures and so all of the instructions which we have in the Bible are 
profictable for doctrine (to teach us how to live), for reproof (to show us 
where and when we've gone wrong), for correction (to show us how to get 
"back on track") and for instruction in righteousness (to keep us on the 
right path).

You see, apart from the scriptures (inspired by the Spirit of God) and our 
obedience to  their instructions, men and women of God could not be perfect 
(mature) and furnished for all good works.  II Tim.3:16,17

Your brother in Christ,


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