What if you saw something far more beautiful than anything when we think of the Bible? Some people look at the Bible as pages heavy with words, a burden to lift with the mind, a long contract already signed, a knot bound by laws, a simple love letter from God and, or a puzzle with unlimited pieces. These are perceptions of God’s Word that keep many from reading and studying this book. Yet, the Bible is a complete collection of every beneficent deed, every sublime truth for life, and filled with every abundant promise from divine love, and that is the grand perspective of God’s brilliant picture. God’s Word is filled with unending little details of light, so that the observers of this book may endlessly be in awe and adore God’s revelation. Don’t be intimidated. Instead, enjoy being a disciple.
Jesus said that His disciples are to observe all things that Jesus commanded and to teach others to observe all things (Matt 28:20). Perceive purely that there are no more benevolent and sublime words than those of Jesus and those words that Jesus’ Spirit gave to His Apostles and prophets. Jesus stated that He had many more things to say that He would speak all things by the Holy Spirit to the Apostles (John 16:12–13). The Apostle Paul presented how the Apostles’ words did not come from man’s wisdom but from the teaching of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 2:13; Gal 1:11–12). Even more, the Spirit teaches through Jude that Christians are to remember these words from the Apostles (Jude 17). See, man’s godliness is dependent upon whether one follows the words of God (1 Tim 6:3–4).
God planned that through His Spirit to reveal such high words. For the Word would be revealed to His creation to reconcile us to God since we fell from the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Our need for God is seen in our fall from God’s glory by sin. Since we sinned against God’s glory, His image, in which God made us, we alienated ourselves from God by our wicked works (Eph 4:8; Col 1:21). Because of the wages of sin, God in due time begot His Son, Jesus, “for the Word became flesh” (John 1:14) who is “the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person” (Heb 1:3), “He is the image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15), and “the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor 4:4).
“For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight” (Col 1:19–22).
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation” (Rom 5:8–11).
The word shines as a lamp in a dark place. Neglecting Jesus’ words should scare the world for the words of the Word of Christ will judge the world (John 12:47–48). Jesus said that His words would never pass away (Matt 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33). Jesus affirmed that He will be ashamed of those who are ashamed of His words when He comes again (Luke 9:26). For those who do not hear the words of God are not of God (John 8:47). “Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Heb 10:28–29).
Yet, the words of Jesus give life (John 6:63; 1 Cor 15:1–2). We are brought forth by the word of truth (Jas 1:18), and we are born again through the Word (1 Cor 4:15; 1 Pet 1:23). For the Word makes men holy (John 17:17). Therefore, we must observe all things commanded of Jesus for the Scriptures contain all good deeds (Matt 28:20; 2 Tim 3:16–17). For these good deeds, God’s Word produces love (1 John 2:5; cf. Rom 5:5), and there is no greater virtue than love, so we must be godly since God is love (1 John 4:16). By the light shining in darkness, we walk in the the Spirit and we walk through love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22). Because of God’s Spirit, the Word is alive and active (Heb 4:12).
Christ’s words are not just symbols written on paper. His words are spirit and life. These are the only words for a spiritual life. Can anyone else say the same thing about their words? It is by the words of Jesus that we must live. It is by these words that we know Christ enough to worship Him and love Him. We may have some love for strangers lost and saved, but to really love someone, one has to know that person. No one can love Christ without knowing Him and the more we know Him, then the more we’ll love Him. The sole source to get to know the Lord is the written Word. This is where we find life.
Thanks for the visit, Scott. I’ve stopped by your blog a few times and have enjoyed reading several of the conversations you’ve had with others.
Figured you might have seen my comment on the other person’s blog. I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a reply…at least I never got one from him :)
Or was it from the Fellowship Room instead? Either way, thanks for stopping by.
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