- From the Cedar Street Times, Pacific Grove
What does God say about the Bible?
Jn 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Has His Word existed from the beginning, even before time? Jn 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” Is Jesus God’s Word, which became flesh?
2 Tim 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” Does His Word provide us with all we need to free us from sin and is His Truth necessary for us to live a life filled with good works? Has the Bible proven trustworthy, have any errors ever been discovered? History has shown that every time we fallible humans identify what we believe to be an error; science or experience steps in to correct our mistake, here is a website listing some of those corrected errors, http://eternal-productions.org/101science.html. God has told us in Ps 19, everything He has created speaks to us daily, confirming His creation, if we would only pay attention. Consider the miracle of our created bodies; each with its own uniquely designed DNA.
Matt 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.” Do we need the Word of God to live the life He has seen for us? Jer 1:5, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” He sees our potential before He creates us; however He gives us the free will to live that potential, or not. How are our lives affected by the absence of His Word? Is His Word personalized for each of us? Did Jesus give us an example of this in, Mk 10:21, “Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.” Jesus told this man what he personally needed to do; this message is not for all of us, but for a select part of our society of who need to hear it. Can we each find the advice God has for us in His Word? Is this why we cannot use it to condemn others? Is this why He asks us not to judge others? Matt 7:1, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” When we are busy judging others, we miss the message intended for us. Is this why it is so easy for us to condemn people for their impatience when we need to deal with our own impatience? Is this why He told us, Matt 7:3, “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”
1 Thes 2:13, “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” Does the Word of God work in each of us who willing listen and does it transform us from created beings into believers who will dwell with God for all eternity?
Heb 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.” Is His Word more powerful than anything a man can create? Can His Word overcome any obstacle we face in this life? Heb 12:1, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” the race He calls us to leads us away from sin.
Rom 15:4, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Can His Word bring us the hope we need to endure all this life can bring? Do we need to have patience enough to read His Word with a desire to understand it? Ps 119:9-10, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.” How would this world be different if all of us honestly desired to live our lives according to His Word? Josh 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Will goodness and success follow when we are careful to do all He is asking us to do?
Ps 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Does His Word provide a light that will lead us on the path to Him? Prov 4:26-27, “Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.” Has God not asked us to think about the path we have chosen, to make sure it is the one leading to Him? Are we to use the time He has given us to correct our errant ways and to help others find their way to Him?
Matt 22:36-40, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” What happens when we love God and our neighbors? How will this change our lives and the lives of our neighbors? Gal 5:14, “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Can all that God asks of us be summed up in one word, love?
Does God not ask us to keep His Word pure? Can adding to it or removing parts of it ever be the right thing? Deut 4:2, “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” From Deuteronomy to Revelation He has asked us to keep His Word pure, for our sakes, not His? He knows we will not be able to find our way to Him when we follow anything other than His undefiled Word.
So, why have some tried to change what God has told us? Where is His church, the undivided one, which follows His undefiled Word? Gal 1:6-9, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Preaching any version of the gospel, other than the one Jesus gave us, divides His church, Mk 3:24-25, “And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand” and He does not approve of division within His church.
This is why He gave us His Word, protected it for thousands of years, and warns us not to change it. When He returns to collect His bride, His church, which includes all of us who have freely chosen to follow His pure and undefiled Word, Rev 21:1-3, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God” those who have lied and changed His Word will not be part of His family, Rev 22:18-19, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” There can be no other way, for only those who believe in Him and His Word will be fit to live together for all eternity within a family that shows just love each other. The solution is for all of us to come to His Word, to reason for ourselves; for this is the only way we will receive our personalized message from Him.
Here is a link that tells about the history of the Bible: https://creation.com/how-did-we-get-the-bible
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