"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
Sometimes, being a believer you may say things that offend others just by default. You have no intention of hurting them, but the Word says that it cuts like a two edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). It cuts, burns, and hurts when warnings from the Gospel are heard by the ears of our flesh. In this instance I never intended to hurt any one’s feelings, but it happened. For that I am sorry. The comment was regarding a grave stone. That person is known for making a particular comment every day without skipping a beat. Their first words after “hello” is always their daily slogan. I kindly reminded them that people are often known for slogans such as theirs, after they have passed. Many times the words that they were famous for saying is then written on their gravestone. What made the person upset is that I was referring to death in the physical realm while adding their name and slogan. The reason it is offensive is because it scares them to think about her own death. They obviously are not aware that believers should not fear death and that it should be celebrated as a going home party. If they were saved and headed to heaven, such Words would never be offensive. I can only think of one kind of Word that I would want to be known for which was also written on stone by God himself. That was the 10 commandments. Do we truly want to be remembered by a silly saying or do we want to be remembered by our faith and endurance in God? So what does God’s Word say and can it be trusted? Where does God’s Word say we go after this life? Do I have a choice in where I go? All these questions can be answered here.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 (KJV)
“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.
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.”
Psalm 12:6 (KJV)
“6 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”
Proverbs 30:5-6 (KJV)
“5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”
I. God’s Word Holds All Knowledge
A. All wisdom can be found in God’s Word. Many sayings you hear today come from it.
1. Solomon, one of the wisest men that ever lived is the author of Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, and many of the Proverbs.
2. I personally don’t know anyone who followed the advice of God’s Word as it should be to the exact letter and suffered negative consequences due to following it.
3. Many prophecies within the Old Covenant (books prior to Christ) have already been fulfilled. With only a few left to be fulfilled which will historically mark the ends of the Earth as we know it.
B. All Scripture Is Inspired By God
1. As noted in verse 16, inspiration of the Bible is by God alone. Man’s style was often incorporated, but it was God who inspires the Words on the page.
2. God only worked through obedient men to author the books of the Bible, allowing it to be pure and un-affected by man’s opinions. Author’s like Moses and the Apostle Paul were some of the most humble men that ever walked this planet. Jesus was God in man who came to serve man and not be served himself all while giving the wisdom of the “walking Word” here on earth.
3. Because God’s Word is inspired by Him, as you read you grow closer to Him.
C. God’s Word Is Infallible Without Error
1. If you add to God’s Word or take away; you’re a liar
2. The scripture clearly says that “Every Word is pure”. This means without error or flaw.
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Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)
“12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged 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.”
II. God’s Word Convicts Hearts
A. God’s Word often offends because it convicts
1. That person was mostly upset at the comment I made more so because of what it represented than what I was actually saying. I was even startled that they would even be offended because after all, I realize where I’m headed after I leave this old ball of mud.
2. God’s Word is painful. A two-edged sword is not the best feeling as it slices through the flesh and heart of an enemy. Armies like the Israelites and Roman Empire were notorious for double edged swords, which may have been the inspiration for this verse. It cuts going in and many times it cuts going out as it did in my conversation the other day.
B. God’s Word “Is A Discerner of Thoughts”
1. God’s Word convicts our hearts of sin, wrong-doing, and direction. If something we feel is not of the Spirit of God we will know in our hearts by the conviction of His Word and Spirit.
2. We should seek sanctification and purification of our hearts by God so that our mouths will be a vessel for the outpouring of His Word.
3. You can tell a lot about a person by looking at their words and actions. Many times the sanctification of their hearts are seen through action even when they have learned to tame their mouth. The opposite is also true when a person has allowed God to convict their hearts, but their mouths speak death and curses. Sometimes, a person is also humbled and will not say many praises to themselves. However, if you watch their actions the true Spirit of God within them will show through action. We should strive to not speak highly of ourselves as the Word commands, but to bring attention and glory to God.
John 1:1-5 (ESV)
“1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life,[a] and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
III. The Word Was God And Always Has Been God
A. As is proven by the first verse, Jesus was the Word who was also with God from the Beginning. It also tells us that all things in this world “were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made”.
1. Everything was made by God through the Word which was Jesus Christ. God spoke it and authored it, while Jesus put it into action. Turning water into wine would not be Jesus first or greatest miracle.
2. If Jesus was the Word who was with God in the beginning, there is no denying Him as Lord and Savior. He was God, who came to earth to bear the sins of man. If He was present from the beginning, it is obvious by the triune relationship here that Jesus is indeed the path to salvation.
B. Jesus Is The Giver Of Life and Salvation
1. The same life giving breath that was breathed into Adam in Genesis 1, is the same life that was within the Word (Jesus). Therefore, if we possess the same light in our life (Christ as our Lord and Savior), it cannot be overcome as it shines in the darkness. Our salvation is secured in Christ. Raising Lazarus from the dead was no hard miracle for Jesus, as He is the giver of all life.
3. “The darkness has not overcome it”. Just as it says, the darkness may not overcome the light. The Lord is power which darkness may not defeat. Regardless of how hard the enemy tries to destroy the Church, it is to no avail. Claim your victory in Jesus’ name today!
4. Because of the words of God in His Word, we should know our destiny. The Words tells us without Christ we can’t get to the father, so we are destined to the enemy in hell. John 14:6 (KJV)” 6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”
5. The only way to know for sure that you are headed to heaven after your death on earth or in the resurrection during the second coming of Christ is to profess faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, allowing you admission into the Fathers presence in Heaven (Romans 10:9 “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.”)
Why delay? Know where you’re headed today with repentance unto God!
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God Bless, Pastor J.W.