Devotionals by Dick Woodward

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A Definition of Sin

Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.” - (John 9:41)

Jesus spoke these words to the Bible experts of His day. He had just healed a blind man and then preached, “I am the Light of the world.” He explained that this Light He is gives sight to those who know they are blind and it reveals the hard reality that some who are proud of the fact that they can see are actually blind.

Let me illustrate what I believe Jesus meant: There was an explosion in a coal mine that trapped miners for many days. When the rescuers broke through to the trapped miners there was much jubilation and celebration until one of the miners asked, “Why didn’t you guys bring any lights?” The rescuers had actually brought many lights. This miner had been blinded by the explosion, but he did not know he was blind until the light came.

The intriguing part of the verse above is the declaration of Jesus that if they were blind they would have no sin. This means His declaration that day was “No light, no sin.” By this He gave us a definition of sin. Sin is a rejection of the light that was brought into this world by the One Who was – and continues to be – the Light of the World. Our response to the light we receive is therefore critically important.

We can conclude that it would be better for us to not receive light than to receive light and not respond properly. You can see why Jesus taught that doing is more important than knowing (John 7:17).

Does the Light of the World cure or reveal your blindness?


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The Mini Bible College (MBC) serves as International Cooperating Ministries’ (ICM) core curriculum for nurturing believers and assisting the spiritual growth of the Church worldwide. Pastor and teacher Dick Woodward has a unique approach to making the scriptures come alive, cutting through denominational and cultural boundaries. The audio teachings, which cover Genesis through Revelation, provide a devotional approach to the scriptures and is easily understood by those with little education and those who are very educated. MBC has been translated into 26 languages spoken by over 4 billion people with more languages in development.

About Dick Woodward

In the late 1970s, when his mega-church ministry seemed at its zenith, Pastor Dick Woodward was afflicted with a rare degenerative disease of the spinal cord that slowly and steadily left him a bedfast quadriplegic. In spite of huge obstacles and crippling limitations in his life, he remained active in small groups, mentoring, and writing Bible study materials.

The late Pastor Woodward, who passed March 8 2014, received his B.A. degree from Biola University and did graduate work at San Jose State University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author of many devotional and inspirational booklets. His expository survey of the scriptures, known as the Mini Bible College (MBC), has been currently translated into 36 languages and used around the world to nurture and assist church growth.

This husband, father of five and grandfather often says, "The less I can do, the more the Lord does."

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