Posts Tagged ‘God’s Word

19
Apr
18

Growing In Grace And Faith

As Peter concludes his second letter, he does so on an encouraging note. Instead of listening to false teachers and falling away from their faith, Peter wants them to grow in grace. He wrote:

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. – 2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

In order to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus, one has to pursue Christ. You cannot sit idly by and expect to grow in your faith. If you want to know Jesus better, you’ve got to spend time in God’s Word. You need to spend time with other Christians in worship, service and study. You must learn to feed yourself a steady diet of Scripture, fellowship and service. God expects His children to grow in grace and faith. If you isolate yourself from other believers and if you don’t learn to feed yourself, you’ll starve your soul and you won’t grow. Take time to cultivate your garden of faith and your faith will grow healthy and strong.
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17
Apr
18

Distorting The Scriptures

In Galatians 2, we read of a rift between the apostle Peter and the apostle Paul. It could have divided the church between their followers. They were able to patch things up, even to the point where Peter wrote about Paul’s sometimes difficult to understand teachings. He wrote:

He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. – 2 Peter 3:16 (NIV)

Peter defended Paul despite Paul’s rebuke of Peter. It goes to show you that there are more important issues than personal pride. One of those issues is the handling of Scripture. Peter says that those who distort the Scriptures are ignorant and unstable. When they do this, they are doing it to their own destruction. God’s Word is not something to be trifled with. It should be handled carefully and properly and not twisted and distorted to fit one’s own agenda. Pastors and teachers should be very careful when handling the Word of Truth, not only for their own sake, but for the sake of their audience.
02
Apr
18

The Heavy Responsibility of Handling God’s Word

Peter closes out his description of false teachers and their destiny by quoting the book of Proverbs. Peter wrote:

Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.” – 2 Peter 2:22 (NIV)

He was writing about how there were false teachers who were returning to a former sinful way of life. They had become followers of Jesus, but were abandoning their faith to return to a life of sin. Perhaps even worse, they were convincing others to do the same. Teaching carries with it a great deal of responsibility. The apostle Paul told his protege, Timothy, to handle the word of Truth correctly. We who preach and teach are held to a higher standard because so much is on the line. If we don’t handle God’s Word correctly, we could lead people astray from the Truth. It’s a scary thing to know that so much is on the line when it comes to teaching and preaching. God has given us His Word so that we would know the Truth and could be set free by it. We must be careful to not only preach and teach well, but to live consistent lives of holiness and righteousness, too.
20
Mar
18

What False Teachers Do

Peter, addressing the topic of false teachers, said that they will lead many astray. They would deny the truth and bring it into disrepute, Peter says. He wrote:

Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. – 2 Peter 2:2 (NIV)

When false teachers spread lies, two things occur. First, they lead people astray from the truth. Whatever heresy they spread, they end up leading people from the truth. Their version of the truth is really more of a perversion of it. Peter says that their conduct is depraved.
Second, not only do they lead people astray, but they hurt the witness of the church as well. False teachers cause confusion in the church and they hurt the church’s reputation in the world. The world doesn’t know any better for they tend to be ignorant of God’s Word. What is sad is when Christ’s followers are ignorant of the Word of God as well. If we don’t know the truth, we’ll be apt to be led astray and the church will be hurt as well.
19
Mar
18

Truth Versus Lies

False teachers are nothing new. In the days of the Old Testament prophets, there were false prophets. Peter warned his readers that false teachers would come among them as well. He wrote:

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. – 2 Peter 1:1 (NIV)

If you want to recognize a false teacher, you have to know what is true. You have to know what God says in His Word to be able to spot heresy and false teaching. If you don’t know the truth, how can it set you free? If you don’t know the truth, how will you ever be able to differentiate it from a lie? God has revealed the truth of His Son in His Word. Commit yourself to knowing the truth so that you won’t fall victim to a lie.
05
Dec
17

The Living Word Of God

God’s Word has the power to change lives. It is through the message of the Word of God that we hear and believe and are born again. Peter wrote:

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
24 For,
“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”And this is the word that was preached to you. – 1 Peter 1:23-25 (NIV)

Though we may only live temporarily here on earth, God’s Word endures. It reaches generation after generation with the good news of Jesus Christ. Though we may never fully grasp the entire scope of its meaning, we can understand its basic message. There is a God who created us and loves us and wants to spend forever with us. He went to extreme lengths to make salvation possible by sacrificing His only Son on a Roman cross and raising Him from the dead. This salvation is a gift of His grace and is for every man, woman and child on this planet. He has entrusted His people with this message and we must preach it to the ends of the earth until everyone hears about Jesus and His love.
13
Jul
17

Heeding The Words Of Wisdom

Proverbs 7 is a warning from Solomon to his son about staying away from an adulterous woman. He begins the chapter with these words:

My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and you will live;
    guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
    write them on the tablet of your heart. – Proverbs 7:1-3 (NIV)

Not only should sons and daughters listen to their parents and learn from their wisdom, but we all should listen to God’s Word and learn from Him. The Holy Spirit instructs us through God’s Word. We need to pay attention to the Spirit’s leading and listen to the wisdom of God’s Word. God gave us the Bible, not as a list of rules to follow, but as an instruction manual for life. As our Creator, God has given us instructions for how to navigate through life without hurting ourselves and others. He knows us inside and out and when we listen to His Word and we do what it says, life tends to go better. So heed the words of wisdom found in God’s Word and may God bless you today.



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