Posts Tagged ‘Word of God

16
Mar
18

Who Wrote The Bible?

One of the hottest debates in Christianity centers around the origin of Scripture. Is the Bible the Word of God or did humans write it? There are many facets to this issue, but Peter identified the ultimate Author of Scripture. Peter wrote:

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. – 2 Peter 1:20-21 (NIV)

God’s Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of Scripture to write what they did. God wanted to reveal Himself to humanity so He inspired people to write in human language a message we could understand. Why? So that we could know Him and have a loving relationship with Him by grace through faith in Jesus. We cannot pick and choose what parts are inspired and what parts are not. If any word of Scripture is fake or false, then how can we trust any other part of it? For me, it’s all or nothing. It may sound archaic and naive, but if the Bible is God’s Word, then that is the standard we’ll be judged by. So actually read it for yourself and then decide what you’ll do with it. It might just change your life.
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13
Mar
18

Jesus Is No Fairytale

Some people like to think of God’s Word, the Bible, as a collection of myths and legends. There are some who believe that Jesus was a mythical person or a prophet or a good teacher. He had a good message of morality and love, but as far as being the Son of God or Messiah, they’re not willing to go that far. What if there were eyewitnesses to Jesus who were willing to die for what they saw? That’s who Peter was. He wrote:

For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. – 2 Peter 1:16 (NIV)

Peter says that those with him did not make up the stories about Jesus. They saw Him, in the flesh, do all of the things that Scripture says He did. They saw Him fulfill prophecy. They saw Him heal people and perform miracles. They saw His majesty. Jesus Christ is no mythical figure. Jesus Christ is no mere teacher or prophet. Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Whether you believe it or not, it’s the truth.
07
Dec
17

Craving The Word

When we are born again into Jesus Christ, we are newborn spiritual babies who need nourishment. Newborns cannot handle a hearty meal of steak and potatoes. They need milk. Peter says this is true of infant Christians. He writes:

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. – 1 Peter 2:2-3 (NIV)

When we come to faith in Christ, we need to start off by learning the basics of doctrine through the study of God’s Word. We need people in our lives who will share with us the basic truths of the Bible so that we will mature and be able to handle more difficult tenets of the faith. Eventually, we need to get to the point when we can feed ourselves by studying the Word. Until then, we need to be fed. Once we mature, though, we need to learn to pick up a spoon and feed ourselves so that we will mature beyond infancy.
06
Oct
17

Testing The False Prophets

There are many false teachers and false prophets in our world. There are people who claim to speak for God, but are deceiving millions. We have to be discerning to know what is truth and what are lies. John wrote:

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  – 1 John 4:1 (NIV)

If you are listening to someone claim to speak for God, do you know if they are telling the truth or if they are speaking lies? The best way to know if someone is a false prophet is to study the truth of God’s Word. Know the truth and the truth will set you free from the lies of false prophets and teachers. Don’t believe every preacher just because they’re on TV or the internet or writing a blog. Study the Word of God and learn the truth for yourself.
12
May
17

Those Who Teach

Good Friday morning to you! James gives a warning to those who teach the Word of God. They are held to a higher standard. He writes:

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. – James 3:1 (NIV)

The teaching and preaching of God’s Word is so very important to the life of the church and followers of Jesus Christ. Those who handle it must do so with great care. Not only are we to be concerned with the Word itself, but those who hear it and who sit under our teaching. Hebrews says that the Word of God is sharper than a sword. Many have had their faith cut to pieces because the Word was handled incorrectly and wielded recklessly. May God have mercy on those of us who teach. May God give wisdom and discernment to those who sit under our teaching. May we all honor God and obey His Word faithfully until Christ returns.
25
Apr
17

Choosing Spiritual Amnesia

Have you ever looked in a mirror in order to check your hair or the fit of your clothing, walked away and forgotten how you looked? James says that when we hear the Word of God and fail to do what it says, it’s as though we forget what we look like. This is what he wrote:

Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. – James 1:23-24 (NIV)

The Word of God was not meant to just be heard or read. It was meant to be lived out each day. When the Word says to do something, we are expected to do it. When the Bible says to not do something, we are expected to not do it. Otherwise, we are guilty of choosing spiritual amnesia. We cannot claim ignorance. We’ve heard the Word. We’ve got the Bible in our homes, our churches, our hotel rooms and on our phones. It is up to us to obey it.
24
Jan
17

Watch Out!

Good Tuesday morning to you! One of my greatest fears is leading people astray when I preach and teach. I don’t want to be a false prophet or teacher. I want to make sure that I am handling God’s Word correctly and with great care. Jesus said:

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. – Matthew 7:15 (NIV)

As followers of Jesus, we must be on our guard against those who are false prophets and teachers. There are preachers and teachers who will manipulate God’s Word and God’s people to make a buck or to feed their egos. The best way to guard against false prophets and teachers is to know your Bible. Spend time in God’s Word and listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. You’ll be able to discern between the truth and false teachings much easier. You will not be as likely to be led astray. False teachers and prophets will come and go, but the Word of God stands forever.



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