God’s Word is Absolute Truth!
“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16
“Truly, truly, I (Jesus) say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.” John 8:51
“Consecrate them in the truth; Thy word is truth.” John 17:17 (Jesus prayer to the Father)
Have you ever seen the Bible or anyone associated with the Bible shown in a positive way in a secular TV show or movie? I have not. My experience has been that any mention of the Bible is to either directly or indirectly ridicule or debase the Bible and anyone who adheres to its teachings. I understand that for anyone who doesn’t believe that the Bible is the Word of God, they would see its teachings as foolishness. We live in a society that supposedly values the idea of respecting other people’s opinions even if you don’t agree with them. This doesn’t seem to apply to the Bible.
I mention this because, whether we realize it or not, we are influenced by our surroundings and the messages that our brains are bombarded with on a daily basis. As Christians, we need to explicitly and constantly reinforce the importance of God’s Word, the Bible and the critical role that it plays in our life.
You may be saying to yourself, “I got it; yep; not a problem for me.” But I am not talking about hearing sermons or reading books that quote the Bible; that’s hearing someone else’s opinion or interpretation of the Word. We need to be directly and personally studying the Bible for ourselves. The Bible is a source of wisdom, a source of truth, a source of life, and it is protection against the seductive and deceitful lies of the enemy.
Contrary to the accepted view of the mainstream media, our educational system, and most of the major influential organizations of our culture, the Bible is extremely valuable. In fact, I would say that it is the most valuable physical, non-human, item in this world. Consider these quotes from Proverbs:
“Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold.” Proverbs 8:10
“How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.” Proverbs 16:16
“There is gold, and abundance of costly stones; but the lips informed by knowledge are a precious jewel.” Proverbs 20:15
The Bible is our source of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, and as such is extremely valuable, more than the items that are historically considered to be of high value: gold, silver, and precious jewelry.
Sadly, it has been apparent from my conversations with some Christians that the knowledge and wisdom that comes from God’s word is not present with them. Over the years, it has often been the diagnosis that the source of problems in the church has been the lack of understanding of God’s word, leaving Christians vulnerable to various lies and deceptions that have crept into the church. Many Christians are willing to accept anyone’s teachings as truth as long as that teacher claims to be a Christian or if they have some celebrity status or if their teaching makes sense intellectually, but the real test is to weigh a person’s teaching against the word of God as revealed in the Bible. To do this, we need to spend time reading and studying His word ourselves individually.
Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (Amplified Bible)
“The naive or inexperienced person [is easily misled and] believes every word he hears, But the prudent man [is discreet and astute and] considers well where he is going.” Proverbs 14:15
Most importantly for us as Christians is the realization that God’s Word is the source of spiritual truth. Anyone can say that they believe in God or that they believe in Jesus, but if it is not the God or Jesus that is revealed in the Bible, than it is not the true God or the true Jesus. Remember that our realization of spiritual truth does not come from our own observations or accumulated knowledge from other men. Nor does it come from communication with spiritual, non-physical entities through channeling or parapsychology or open-consciousness and meditation. The realization of spiritual truth is not even something that we “feel in our hearts” as being true because our hearts can be deceptive. Although our conscience will align with the truth (if it is healthy), it cannot be the source for establishing spiritual truth.
Absolute spiritual truth comes as a revelation from our Creator, and there is only one true revelation from Him: the Bible. This is the foundation of Christianity. We can only know the true nature of God and His Son Jesus, the Christ, by reading and studying the Bible. This has been the case since God began to reveal Himself through Abraham and will remain true until the Lord Jesus Christ returns on clouds of glory to establish His kingdom on a new earth and a new heaven.
God has established His Word for us. First, it was recorded through the nation of Israel who has meticulously recorded their history and the words of their prophets. Then the life and teachings of Jesus and the early church has been preserved and is available to us directly today. We are without excuse if we neglect this treasure.
There are no short cuts. We cannot expect someone else to do the work for us. This is not like the world where there are so called “experts” who learn a subject and then become the main source of information about that subject. Dead churches use this ungodly system where only the priest or minister can interpret the Bible and the “average” believers are discouraged from directly reading it themselves since they are not the “experts”.
The church has teachers but their role is to support and build up, not to be the main source of truth and interpreter of the Bible. They should be exhorting and directing their listeners towards the true source, Jesus and the Bible. Christians should be like the believers at Beroea, as recorded in Acts 17:
“Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with all eagerness, examining the scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Many of them therefore believed.” Acts 17: 11-12
I must caution you also regarding the communications from the Holy Spirit. As we pray, we should also be listening to the Holy Spirit, hearing His voice as He communicates to us. I believe this is very important. But we must also be aware that both our flesh and the enemy can influence us and possibly disrupt this interaction with the Holy Spirit. We must be sure that we are aligned with God’s word. The Holy Spirit will never contradict the Biblical truths.
Prayerfully reading God’s word, the Bible, is the most valuable time that you can spend, equal to your time of prayer and supplication, and listening quietly before the Lord. Please continue in this spiritual work. It will not only help you, but also will equip you to help your family and friends.
As we put to death those distractions from this world, and focus our affections on our future hope and promise that God has made available to us through Jesus Christ, we will find the words of His Bible to be satisfying and encouraging, taking us through difficult times, warning us of dangers ahead, and protecting us from evil lies that attempt to draw us away from the one and true God.
“Now this I affirm and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles (non-believers) do, in the futility of their minds; they are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to the hardness of heart; they have become callous and have given themselves up to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of uncleanness. You did not so learn Christ! – assuming that you have heard about Him and were taught in Him, as the truth is in Jesus. Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4: 17-24
The renewal that Paul mentions in the above quoted verse from Ephesians is the same as what Jesus referred to as “consecrate” when He prayed in John 17:17 quoted above.
“Consecrate them in the truth; Thy word is truth.” John 17:17
Other versions translate the word as “sanctify”. The original Greek word is Hagiazo (hag-ee-ad’-zo) meaning to make holy, i.e. (ceremonially) purify or consecrate; (mentally) to venerate:—hallow, be holy, sanctify. God’s word is the source of truth that will allow us to become new creatures, holy and righteous, created after the likeness of God, as Paul suggests.
Please recognize the value of these truths in God’s word and use the Bible to both enable the renewal in the spirit of you mind, and to protect you from the deceitfulness of the enemy. I hope that this writing has re-established the importance of God’s word in your life.