20Truths – Word of God (Wk1)

06/05/2008   |   growth    |       |    0 Comment

The first truth for us to get a handle on is the Word of God.  It’s our lense by which we interpret life.  All 66 books are essential for life and godliness.  What about the words in the Bible?  Every word in the Bible is God’s words.  In other words, everything within the Scriptures came out of the mouth of God. 

So, why is it essential for Christ followers to study the Bible?   It’s essential that we study the Scriptures to know and understand God.  If we want to know God, we study the book that reveals him the most.  If we don’t want to know God, then we ignore the Bible.

Why do we say that Jesus is in the Old Testament concealed and in the New Testament revealed?  Jesus is the word of God.  To know the Word is to know Jesus (John 1:1, 1:14; 1 John 1:1; Rev. 19:13).  Jesus communicates the character of God and the will of God for us through the Scriptures.  If we obey the Word, we are obeying Jesus; if we disobey the Word we are disobeying Jesus.

How has God’s words been revealed to men?  (1)  In the form of decrees.  Decrees are God’s words that cause something to happen or cause things to come into being.  Does God currently decree things?  Yes, through the Word of God (Gen.1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26, 28, 29; Psa.33:6; Hebr.1:3). (2) By speaking directly to people.  The Scriptures show us that God has spoken directly to people in an audible voice (Gen.2:16-17; Gen.3:16-19; Ex.20:1-3; Matt.3:17).  Does God speak directly to people today audibly?  No!  Can you imagine living in an age where everyone has a different spoken revelation from God?  How could we test the validity of what they heard and whether they really heard from God? The Scriptures provide a consistent revelation from God.  (3)  Through human lips.  God raised up prophets through whom he spoke (Deut.18:18-20; Jer.1:9; Ezek.13:1-7).  These men were God’s messengers heralding his message to the masses.  The authority was in God’s words, even though it came out of human lips.  Is there such a need for prophets today especially with all the hype about “godly” men being prophets of God?  No!  God’s revelation of himself through the Scriptures has done away with the need for modern-day prophets (men who speak for God).  However, preachers do function as a “prophet” in the sense that they herald or proclaim God’s Word based on the authority of His Word.  Also, understand that their is a gift of prophecy but is more related to telling something that God has spontaneously brought to someones mind.  (4) In written form.  These words were still God’s words even though written down by men (Ex.31:18, 32:16; 34:1, 28; Josh.24:26; Isa.30:8; Jer.30:2; John 14:26; 1 Cor.14:37).  What are some benefits of having the written word?  It can be preserved for future generations.  It allows for repeated review in order to gain an understanding.  And it becomes easily available for all to enjoy.

Scripture commands us to study it (Ps.1:1-2; Josh.1:8; 2 Tim.3:16).  As you can see the Bible you possess is more than a “best-seller”, it is our revelation of God.  Let’s create a dialogue and conversation about your views of the Scriptures.  Also, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.  This Sunday we’ll discuss canonization.