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About-Him.Com Devotional 12-04-2010
The Word of God (Part 1)
2Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Recently, I talked to my nephew and we discussed our family's Christian heritage. We were both thankful that the word of God was instilled in our hearts as children. That is a privilege that untold millions of people in this world have never experienced.
In Deuteronomy 4:10, Moses reminded the children of Israel of the day when they gathered at Mt. Sinai. The mountain was shrouded in dark clouds and was burning. Out of the midst of the fire they heard the voice of the Lord as He gave them and us The Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:2-17). Ten simple rules to live by, which form the basis of the justice systems of many nations today. In addition to these, Moses also gave statutes and judgments to aid in the application of the commandments. The purpose was not to oppress the people, but that they might live in harmony with their Maker. That has never changed!
God's Word is Eternal! The Word was in eternity past when in the mind of God, Jesus was a Lamb slain from the foundation of the world and our names were added to the Lamb's book of life. The Word shall never pass away.
Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
It was Jesus the Word who spoke the worlds into existence (Col. 1:16; Gen. 1:3; Heb.11:3; 2Pet.3:5). God and His Word cannot be separated. His Word is defined as reason and speech, and is certainly demonstrated in His will and intellect. As John 1:1 tells us, the Word was in the beginning with God and was God. If God were to lose reason, speech, will and intellect, we could hardly call Him God. However, that is not the case. In eternity past, He desired a means to communicate His thoughts and reason to us, so He determined to cloth Himself in flesh and entered this world as a child in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. 2Corinthians 2:19 tells us to take notice that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. When Jesus spoke, people paid attention. How could it be otherwise? If His word was so powerful that it could bring forth light and set the moon and stars in their places, how could mortal men fail to be moved by the power of His words? Early in His ministry he stood in the synagogue in Nazareth and read from the Isaiah 11 and the people marveled at the gracious words that came from His mouth (Lu. 4:18-22). Matthew 7:29 tells us that Jesus spoke as one having authority and not as the scribes and Pharisees. Another time some soldiers were sent to arrest Him and they returned empty handed saying, "Never a man spake like this man (Jn. 7:46)."
The bible was written by 40 Writers over a period of 1500 years. Some of the writers, such as Paul were highly educated. Others such as Amos were uneducated. The Old Testament, which the writers of the New Testament referred to as ""Scripture" was inspired by God, or God-breathed. Peter said that it was written by holy men of old as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (2Pet. 1:21).
2Timothy 3:16 All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
The New Testament was written by men who had followed Jesus from the beginning and were eyewitnesses to His death and resurrection, and also by the apostle Paul who had an encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-15). Later he was caught up to heaven and saw and heard things that were unlawful for him to utter (2Cor. 12;2-4).
2Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
Luke 1:1 ¶ Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
God's Word is Alive! And it makes us alive.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.
1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
We must hunger for the Word!
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Job esteemed the Word better than food.
Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
Jeremiah ate the scroll containing God's Word and rejoiced.
Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
We must obey the Word to enter heaven. Jesus said that not every one who cried, "Lord, Lord," would enter in, only those who did the will of His Father in heaven. If we obey the Word, we are like the man who built his house on a rock. The winds blew and the rains came, but his house weathered the storm, because it was built upon the rock (Mt. 7:24-25).
The Word confronts us with these questions. Who is Jesus? What does His death on a cross have to do with us? The Word declares that we are sinners awaiting damnation. The Word says that when our understanding is opened to the fact of who Jesus is and that we are alienated from Him, we must repent.
Immediately after His resurrection, Jesus spoke to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Their eyes were opened when He spoke to them from the law, the Psalms and the prophets of things concerning Himself. All of these scriptures pointed to one thing; it pleased Him to suffer on our behalf and to rise again the third day. Because of this, repentance and remission of sins is to be preached in His name, beginning in Jerusalem (Luke 24:44-47).
The Word is the gospel that we preach, so that men and women may be saved.
Romans 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
An idol of the mind is as offensive to God as an idol of the hand. - A.W. Tozer
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