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It Is The Very Word of God

Luke 11:28

Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amOur denomination has a number of issues. One of the issues we seem to have is a different understanding of the Bible. For me – it is very clear – the Bible is the inspired – inerrant – infallible Word of God.

For some – the Bible is a good book where God’s Word can be found. Those who believe this way also think new revelation – new experiences – can supersede the Bible. The Mormons – for instance – believe the Book of Mormon supersedes the Bible. Others believe that the Holy Spirit is giving new revelation that supersedes the written Word. Of course – I do not agree with these understandings. I believe that the Holy Spirit will help us understand the written Word of God and that no revelation from the Holy Spirit will conflict with the written Word of God. The Holy Spirit will remind us of the teachings of Jesus and continue to teach us – but not in a new revelation that is contrary to the written Word. John records Jesus putting it this way – John 14:26 – But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

Paul put it this way – 2 Timothy 3:14–17 – 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Mark records Jesus saying these things – Mark 13:31 – Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. The Bible also has other passages that speak to me on this subject. Here are a few. John records his vision or revelation this way – Revelation 1:1–3 – 1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. Or – Revelation 22:18–19 – 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

From the Old Testament we also see these passages about God’s Word. Deuteronomy 4:1–21 Now, Israel, hear the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you. And – Proverbs 30:5–6 5 “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. 6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

What do you believe about the Bible – dear readers? Do we question the Bible – because we really think it is wrong or because we have a hard time following its teachings? Maybe the Biblical narrative doesn’t match your preferred outcome or worldview? N.T. Wright said this – People often get upset when you teach them what is in the Bible rather than what they presume is in the Bible.

Be careful with how you treat the Holy Bible. It is the very Word of God.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

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1 Comment »

  1. I fully agree with you.
    We do our best to reconcile ourselves to God,
    God does not change, or follow our current thoughts.

    Like

    Comment by Richard Reynnells | October 7, 2019 | Reply


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