Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Word

In my last post, I started off this series by considering briefly a few of the reasons why we as Christians believe that the Bible is the standard upon which we base our lives, and why we believe it is the inspired, inerrant Word of God. 

In that post, we considered why men and women trust in the Word of God. But what about that Word?  What does God himself say about His scripture?

What God says about His Word

All scripture is inspired by God and useful for us
God’s word is a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path (Psalm 119:105).

God’s words give light and understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:130).

Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All scriptures are God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
* Did you catch that? All scriptures are God-breathed. Not just some of them. Not everything except the first chapter of Genesis. All scriptures come directly from God.

The author of Hebrews declared, “God’s word is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
* It is living and penetrating - perhaps this is why so many refuse to believe that the Bible is wholly and uncompromisingly true.  If you trust that all scriptures come directly from the LORD, you have to accept its ability to penetrate and judge your own thoughts and attitudes. 

God’s word is our very bread (Matthew 4:4).

His Word is perfect
God’s words are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times (Psalm 12:7).
God’s word is right and true; He is faithful in all He does (Psalm 33:4).

God’s every word is flawless (Proverbs 30:5). 

Jesus himself declared that His words are holy and true (Revelation 3:7).
* If you proclaim Christ as your Lord, yet deny that His words are fully true, you are calling Jesus a liar.

The Word brings life
Moses exclaimed to the people of Israel that God’s words to His people are life (Deuteronomy 32:47).

James declared that God gave us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all He created (James 1:18).

God grants eternal life, not condemnation, to those who hear His word and believe (John 5:23).

His words are spirit and life (John 6:63).

His Word will never pass away
God’s word is eternal – it stands firm in the heavens (Psalm 119:89).

God’s word stands forever (Isaiah 40:8).

God’s words will never pass away or lose their power (Matthew 24:35).

Peter declared that God’s word stands forever (1 Peter 1:25) and that God’s word created the heavens and the earth, destroyed the earth with the flood, and reserves the present heavens and earth for fire (2 Peter 3:5-7).
*No matter what this world endures, and no matter how much we lose historically, God's word always endures.  There is no reason why we should have complete books written three thousand years ago, when for much of antiquity we have only single-parchment scraps. But God's word endures.

God's word will always come true, no matter what
God declared that He remembers His covenant forever, and His word for a thousand generations (1 Chronicles 16:15).

 His word is not chained (2 Timothy 2:9).

God’s word will not return to Him empty, but will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purpose for which He sent it (Isaiah 55:11).

God proclaimed that He always fulfills His word (2 Kings 10:10).
* All you have to do is look at the prophecy in scripture to see that God is faithful to keep His promises.  Though the Jewish people were kicked out of the land of Israel for over 1878 years, God did not forget His promise to bring them back to the land, and did so in 1948. But keep in mind that this means His judgment will come as well as His mercy.  When God proclaims that the world will be judged, you can be assured that it will be. You cannot separate God's mercy and love from His holiness and righteousness.

Jesus IS the WORD of God!
John declared that God is the Word of Life, and that He appeared to us (1 John 1:1-2).
* Who is that Word who appeared to us? Jesus Christ, the second person of the trinity and our Lord and God!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1).
Jesus is the Word of God (Revelation 19:13).
* If you proclaim Christ as Lord and your God, and that His Word is true and completely useful for your righteousness, you cannot claim to only believe one section of scripture. If Jesus is the WORD, and all scripture is God-breathed, you cannot profess to follow Christ and yet deny all that He (God) said in the Old Testament. If Jesus is God, the Word, and the Bible is His holy Word, then the words of God in Exodus are just as true as the words of God in John.

These are just a sampling of the statements God made about His Word.  When we reject the Word of God, we reject Him and call Him a liar. If you profess to follow Christ and simultaneously deny the truth of His Word, my question is this: why do you follow Christ at all? If His Word is not reliable, then why do you trust in Christ in the first place?

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