Category Archives: Word of God

Hear Him!

Like it or not, Jesus Christ is God’s spokesman today. The Hebrews writer, attaches a series of phrases to the basic declaration, “God has spoken” (Heb 1:1). “In time past” tells us God has spoken before (recorded in the Old Testament). “In various times and in various ways” tells us He spoke in time past on multiple occasions, “to the fathers” (to different people like Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses), “by the prophets” (through a variety of men who delivered God’s message). In verse two, a new time element is introduced: “In these last days” (the time of Christ), God has spoken, “to us,” which gives us a different audience, one that includes Gentiles also. God has spoken, “by His Son”, which gives us a different speaker. The way God spoke in times past has changed. He now only speaks through His Son Jesus Christ, which necessarily rules out the Law of Moses, visions, prophecies, and modern-day revelations.

We have the assurance that Jesus is God’s final spokesman by how He is characterized in verses 2 and 3: He has been, “appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds,” and is, “the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His person.” He is, “upholding all things by the word of His power.” After having, “purged our sins, He has sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Jesus Christ, being God the Son, has all power and authority and is reigning right now in His kingdom (Matt 28:18; 1 Tim 6:15; Rev 1:9). We need to heed Him and Him only (Heb 2:1-3). In fact, the Holy Spirit inspired writer later declares, “See that you do not refuse Him who speaks” (Heb 12:25a). Will you hear Him or refuse Him? – By Shawn Smith

Truth Is Absolute

Pilate’s question of Jesus, “What is truth?” is the norm of today in our society. We live in a relativistic world. “No” sometimes means “No,” maybe, possibly, but not certainly. “Yes” may mean “Yes, perhaps, unless I mean no.” And, we certainly do not know what the meaning of “Is” is. Therefore, truth is what we believe the truth is.

May I ask, “Are we, as human beings, really that dumb?” Do we really not know what “yes” and “no” mean? Are we really confused over right and wrong? Is truth really relative? We know better. Our problem ascertaining whether truth is absolute or relative is not intellectual but moral. We, as people, do not like to be told there are some things that are absolutely right and wrong. Why? Because we want to do what we want to do. We don’t want anyone telling us what we can or cannot do. God forbid that we should point out sin. If there really is such a thing as sin, then there really is such a thing as an absolute right and wrong, which means there is such a thing as an absolute standard: truth.

The problem of understanding absolute truth is not new to our day. Isaiah spoke of the same thing. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isa. 5:20). Why did the people of Isaiah’s day confuse right and wrong? “Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” (Isa. 5:21). That is the problem today as well. The problem is not “is truth absolute,” but whether we in our eyes see it as absolute. In our pride, we want to do other than what God commands, therefore, truth becomes relative. We allow our pride to determine what is right and wrong, not God.

In order to correct this problem we need to understand truth is the standard by which all knowledge is ascertained whether it be in the field of law, science, medicine, or religion. Truth is the standard. When we go to the store to buy a pound of meat, we are confident it has been correctly weighed. What gives us that confidence? A standard of weights and measures: truth. We recognize the importance of truth in every area of our lives until it comes to religion.

Once we recognize truth as the standard for all knowledge, we must admit that absolute truth must have a source. Truth is absolute because it comes from a Sovereign God. Sovereign means above or superior to all others, chief, greatest, supreme. We can’t get any higher on the scale of government than God. When we say God is sovereign, we include the idea that His authority is inherent because of who He is and what He has done. It is His by right of creation. That is what makes the Gentiles behavior so sad. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie…. (Rom. 1:25). They exchanged the sovereign God and His authority for their own standard. What did they do? They committed the vilest acts known to man (Rom. 1:26-32). Do you see why admitting truth to be absolute is a moral problem not an intellectual problem? They did what they wanted to do, but they could not do that and admit there is truth. Why? To admit there is truth is an admission there is a God, and by right of creation He has the right to tell me what to do.

We cannot get more fundamental than thinking truth is absolute because it comes from a Sovereign God. Once we understand God is Creator that says something about His power, wisdom, greatness, excellence, kindness and majesty. Who am I? Nobody! What can I do against Him? Nothing! Who shall I go to for counsel? No one. But, look, He holds our very lives in His hand. He has the right to rule our lives. He gives absolute truth (Rom. 11:34-36).

Truth is woven into the fabric of our universe. It is ordained and sustained by God. We can disregard truth, but we cannot destroy it; it is indestructible. When men change the image of an incorruptible God into the form of man we have a god we make in our image – that fits what we want to do. If our god is one we can carry in our pocket, then we are never wrong, are we? Truth is what we make it.

Furthermore, our Sovereign God has not left us to wonder what truth really is. He has revealed what He wants for us to please Him. Truth has been made known to man. However, it takes a special kind of heart to see that truth is absolute. Not everyone will because not everyone wants to. Not only do we owe God a debt of gratitude and service, we must listen to Him. His word is truth (Jn. 17:17). Scripture contains truth that God breathed (2Tim. 3:16-17). Each word is from the mind of God (1 Cor. 2:11-13). No man could have imagined the truth God revealed. Only our Sovereign God could have produced truth because He is truth (Jn. 14:6). He produced the truth in such a manner that man can know the truth (Jn. 7:17). It is able to set him free (Jn. 8:32).

Our problem is, “We have lied to ourselves, that we know the truth, until we have crippled our hope of learning the truth. Or, we have convinced ourselves (another lie) that there is no certain truth, so that even faith becomes a leap in the dark, an essential to avoid despair, or maybe truth (?) is treated subjectively, every man to himself. We know that truth in the material universe is not so vacillating: 2+2 = 4 to all men; God is different” many will say (Plain Talk 16:3: May 1979).

Finally, truth, by its very nature is singular. Truth is intolerant and exclusive. It is not subject to arbitration nor subjective appraisals. That which is truth is real and genuine. The truth is not some philosophical extraction which is reached by the reasoning of the human mind. Truth is not relative to time, change or feeling. Truth is without exception or exemption. It is not subject to recounts, no hanging or pregnant chads. It is not subject to a Presidential veto, congressional approval or a ruling by the Supreme Court. It is the standard by which all else is measured. It is objective. God has revealed truth. Our challenge is to search [His Word] and find it.

By Rickie Jenkins from Focus Online

Two Sources of Authority

“The baptism of John, where was it from? From heaven or from men?” (Matt. 21:25).

The chief priests and elders questioned Jesus concerning the authority for His work, saying, “By what authority are You doing these things? and who gave You this authority?”  Jesus did not dispute the need for authority.  In fact, he asked them a question about authority concerning the baptism of John, promising to answer their question if they answered His question.

Jesus’ question tackled the foremost issue in any study of authority – its source.  Jesus identified two, and only two, sources of authority – heaven and men.  “Heaven” has reference to divine authority, that which is provided by God.  Such authority is found in God’s revelation to man.  God’s word to man today is the word of Christ in the New Testament (Hebrews 1:1-2; Ephesians 3:3-5; Jude 3; Colossians 1:5; 2 Timothy 1;13).  When we do what God has revealed in the divine pattern of His word, we are acting by heaven’s authority!

On the other hand, man’s authority is just that, human authority – that which stands in contrast to divine authority.  This human authority can be manifested in several ways:

  • Preachers and scholars – following what men say.
  • Creeds of men – religious doctrines of men.
  • Majority opinion – what most people believe.
  • Personal opinion – what I think is right.
  • Emotions – what I feel is right.
  • Sincerity – what I really believe is true.
  • Results – the end justifies the means.

Each person must decide which authority he will ultimately and completely follow or submit to – man or God.  God’s word is truth (John 17:17).  If most folks choose to follow man, division and confusion will continue in our world.  Choose to follow Jesus and His divine authority.  He is the only true way.

— By Marc W. Gibson, The Central Voice, March, 2014

The Authority of Scripture

The importance of something is seen by how much emphasis it’s given.  God has emphasized the importance of His Word more than anything else He could have emphasized.  Consider Psalm 119; Colossians 3:16-17.

I.    WORD OF CHRIST

A.    The authority (name) of the Lord Jesus (Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48).
B.    The authority of His ambassadors (Acts 4:7, 10, 18-20).
1.    Both carry equal weight (Matt 17:5; Acts 3:22; John 16:13).

II.    BIBLE

A.    All Scripture (2 Tim 3:16-17).
B.    Books of Moses (Exo 4:12).
C.    Psalms (2 Sam 23:2).
D.    Prophets (2 Pet 1:21).

III.    SCRIPTURES

A.    Jesus explained (Luke 24:27).
B.    Jesus quoted (Luke 17:26-32; Matt 12:39-40).

IV.    WORD OF GOD

A.    Divergent views:
1.    Incomplete, irrelevant, slightly profitable.
B.    Accurate view:
1.    Complete and final (2 Pet 1:3; 1 Cor 2:11-13; Jude 3).
2.    One and only (Eph 4:5).

Jesus made promises relating to His word in the Bible: Teach them, and I will be with you (cf. Matt 28:20).  Abide in them, and I will answer you (cf. John 15:7). Keep them, for they will judge you (cf. John 12:48).

God’s Amazing Bible

How much do we take for granted?  We take for granted freedom in this country, and the blood spilled to make that possible.  We also take for granted the accessible nature of the Bible and our freedom to read it, believe it and practice it.  Go to other countries and you will realize just how much we take for granted.  But, our freedom gives us opportunity to learn the most amazing evidences for God, the Bible, and Jesus Christ being the Son of the Living God.  There are many amazing things about the Bible, but one feature sets it high above all other religious books.  We have the prophetic word, and we have that prophetic word made more sure and certain.

Consider the element of prophecy in the Bible, unmatched by any other religious book.  Consider the Old Testament as the part that Jewish writers wrote hundreds of years before Jesus Christ was born.  Then consider how many prophecies they wrote that described Him in amazing detail.  Consider the odds of one man fulfilling just eight of those prophecies, to say nothing of the dozens and dozens of Old Testament prophecies, types, and shadows of this Messiah and His kingdom fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  Consider the following article: The Mathematical Odds of Jesus Fulfilling Prophecy.

“The following probabilities are taken from Peter Stoner in Science Speaks (Moody Press, 1963) to show that coincidence is ruled out by the science of probability.  Stoner says that by using the modern science of probability in reference to eight prophecies, ‘we find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.’

To help us comprehend this staggering probability, Stoner illustrates it by supposing that we cover the state of Texas with silver dollars two feet deep.  ‘Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state.  Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one.  What chance would he have of getting the right one?  Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man” (Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell).  Now consider the fact that there are not just eight Old Testament prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ, but roughly 353.  It should be quite evident that Jesus did not fulfill the prophecies by accident.”

The Bible is an amazing Book.   It not only prophesied great details about a Messiah who was coming, but it also gave amazing types and shadows of him hundreds of years before the Messiah arrived in Jesus of Nazareth and fulfilled every detail.  The writers of the New Testament were amazed by this factor, as one of the reasons they were convicted enough to live and die for the spread of this message.  They saw what we all need to see.

The New Testament shows how Jesus fulfilled those prophecies, types, and shadows in every way.  Those writers suffered and died to let us see what they saw, and understand what they understood (Eph.3:3-5).   It would be a shame if we let it sit on the table and collect dust as the rich man and his brothers had done for so long (Luke 16:19ff).  Let the rich man’s anguish over that neglect, and his regret and fear that his brothers would repeat the same mistake, be an alarm to make us afraid to take God’s word for granted any more.

We have the prophetic word made more sure (2 Pet.1:16-21).  When you study and start grasping these marvelous things, light comes on in the mind, heart, and life,  growing brighter and brighter until it is like the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.  You realize that you hold in your hands the most important information in the world.  Nothing in the security vaults of our nations’ top-secret chambers holds any information more important than the treasures of wisdom and knowledge available to us in the Bible.  When it dawns on you, Glory fills the soul.  We are enlightened and illuminated (Heb.6:4).  Why does that happen?  Because it becomes very clear that the will of man and human wisdom did not produce the prophetic word.  Truly, holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

This book of prophesy contains the power of God to save the soul from death, enlighten the mind, and guide the soul to eternal life.  Oh, what a subject that is itself!

“Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls” (Jas 1:12).

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Rom 1:16).

If you have lost sight of how marvelous and amazing the Bible is, spend some time within its pages, and let that Star rise again in your heart.  The Psalmist said: “Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from your law”(Psalm 119:18).

Have you seen that glorious light?  Don’t let your chances get by you.  Neglect other things, but don’t neglect this.  It is too amazing to neglect for needless and useless things that make useless lives.

Study this book, your life here and after death depends on it. — Terry W. Benton