Jesus is the Word of God

Revelation 19:13 says ‘…his (Jesus Christ’s) name is the Word of God.’ That means, when we read the Bible, it is Jesus who speaks to us.

Revelation 19:13 says ‘…his (Jesus Christ’s) name is the Word of God.’  That means, when we read the Bible, it is Jesus who speaks to us.  God doesn’t lie, so we know it is true. Let us look at three examples:

#  It takes effort to enter

Someone asked Jesus, ‘Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?’ 2  His answer was clear, ‘Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.’ 3  How do we make that effort?  The effort has to do with how we handle Scripture, because it is the key to enter the Kingdom.

#  Do we gather or scatter?

Jesus said, ‘‘He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.’ 4  How do we gather?  Gather has to do with how we see Scripture.  Is it the inspired wonderful Word of God, or just a book?  The one who gathers will not be shy to tell people about God’s Life Giving Book.

#  Do we acknowledge or disown?

Jesus said, ‘Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.  But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.’ 5  Are we ashamed of what the Bible (Jesus) teaches?  Then He will be ashamed of us.  When we are willing to acknowledge that what Scripture teaches, leads to eternal life, Jesus will acknowledge us before   His Father.

#  Why are the sayings of Jesus important?

Jesus warns us in the Bible that there is someone walking around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he can devour.  He is the devil, the murderer.  Whether we like it or not, we live in enemy territory.  The enemy harasses us and attempts to shipwreck our faith.  He influences people to lead honest seekers of the Lord astray.  We have to be on our guard.  And it boils down to the Word.  Jesus is the Word of God.  We cannot separate the two.

Conclusion

The important aspect for faithful followers of Jesus is to realise every day how wonderful it is that God speaks to us through Scripture.  It is such a treasure.  That is why the devil tries his best to keep us away from the Bible.  We should be on our guard not to let go of that precious gift because some ‘scholar’ claims that this or that is wrong with Scripture.

References

  1. Titus 1:2
  2. Luke 13:23
  3. Luke 13:24
  4. Matthew 12:30
  5. Matthew 10:32-33

What does Satan’s war against the Word prove?

The 27 books of the New Testament have withstood the intense scrutiny of God’s enemy, and are vindicated by his actions. Whichever humans wrote the books, is irrelevant. They are the true words of God.

When people argue about the validity of the New Testament, they often forget that there are ‘scholars’ who know the minutest details of the Bible.  The best informed of them all is obviously the Holy Spirit, the ‘Author’ of Scripture.  He knows God intimately, ‘The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God…no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.’1  The Holy Spirit’s testimony about God’s thoughts and plans in Scripture is completely reliable.

#  There is another eminent ‘scholar.’ 

He studies the Bible in the greatest detail, because he has a very good reason to do so.  He is the world leader who controls the whole world, ‘We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.’ 2

#  The person we are talking about is the devil.

As the ruler of the world, he is the archenemy of God, the deceiver and liar. 3  For his rebellion against God, he was sentenced to the lake of burning sulphur at the end of this age. 4  Therefore he hates God and Scripture.

#  Why the devil hates Scripture.

  • It explains that he caused suffering and death to come into the world.
  • It explains his failure to overpower Jesus by killing Him on the cross.
  • It warns people against the destructive work of the devil.
  • It foretells his grim future of eternal torture in the lake of burning sulphur.

#  If the devil can prove that God lied in Scripture, he knows he can escape hell.

The Holy Spirit says, ‘But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur.’5 Any mistake in Scripture, any untrue fact, anything that can disprove God’s integrity, will vindicate the devil.  He can just tell God that liars are not in heaven.  So if Scripture (God speaking) is not true, God is a liar, who cannot be in heaven.

#  The battle against the Bible is the test

If Scripture is not true, then God is not in heaven.  Then the whole Scripture falls apart: no heaven, no hell.  Then there is no reason for the devil to wage war against the Bible.  Yet his war against the Word (using among others, ‘scholars’) is very real, especially in the Western World.  So the war against the Bible (which is not a dangerous book) proves that Scripture (including the New Testament) is true.

#  The devil’s witness is that the Bible is true.

Because God is truth,6 the devil knows the argument about the human writers of the New Testament is a useless argument, designed only to lead people astray, away from Scripture, straight to hell.

Conclusion

The devil has a vested interest in disproving Scripture.  He cannot do it, but he carries on with his evangelisation for hell.  The 27 books of the New Testament have withstood the intense scrutiny of God’s enemy, and are vindicated by his actions.  Whichever humans wrote the books, is irrelevant.  They are the true words of God.

References

  1. 1 Corinthians 2:10-11
  2. 1 John 5:19
  3. John 8:44
  4. Matthew 25:41
  5. Revelation 21:8
  6. Isaiah 65:16

Why the war against the Word?

If there is one thing that is very apparent, it is that the world is at war. It is not the Third World The GuideWar, but the World War against the Word. Why?

 

It is easy to understand. We read in Titus 1:1-2 about, ‘…the faith …and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness – a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life….’  What it says is that faith (from the Bible) and knowledge (from the Bible) lead to eternal life (with God on the renewed earth).

 

That means the Bible is the Guide or Map to the restored Garden of Eden, the new heavens and earth. Without the Bible, we don’t have a Guide.

 

Someone apart from the Trinity also knows that the Word is the Map to God’s eternal destination. He is the devil, a Bible ‘scholar.’ He knows that Revelation 21:8 says, ‘…all liars – their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur.’

 

Scripture is the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God. God is its real Author. The devil knows that if there are lies in the Bible, God will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur. Then there cannot be eternal life with God on a gloriously renewed earth. So if the Bible is filled with errors, why would the devil attack the Guide to eternal life?

 

Satan knows it is impossible for God to lie. He knows Scripture is true and without error. Yet he desperately wants to lead people to his eternal destination, hell. So he influences them to war against the Word. There are numerous books, blogs, websites and other media that send the message that the Bible has many errors and contradictions. They try to convince people, that the Bible is just a human book; that it is not true that there is a life after death which they need to prepare for.

 

The devil uses the principle of yeast that spreads through dough. Sow a little bit of doubt about the Bible. It will spread and people will reject God’s words and follow the devil’s lead. It worked with Adam and Eve and it still works today.

 

The sad thing is that people believe these agents of the devil and seal their eternal damnation. That is the tragedy of this global, fierce, terrifying, destructive, merciless war.  The advice of Scripture is very apt, ‘But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit…. Be merciful to those who doubt, snatch others from the fire, and save them.’ 1

 

References

1.  Jude 20, 22a

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