All True or Not True At All

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” – 2 Tim. 3:16

There is an old preacher’s phrase that goes: “The Bible is either all true or not true at all!

Paul tells Timothy that all scripture is breathed out by God. The Author is YHWH. YHWH is perfect and therefore anything He inspires will be perfect.

The Bible has complete and total authority. It is inspired and inerrant. It is infallible and eternal. We either believe this or we don’t.

The Bible is either all true or not true at all!

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They Which Testify of Me

“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” – Jesus (John 5:39)

The inerrant, inspired, and eternal word of God testifies of Jesus.

He said the Bible points to Him, speaks of Him, reveals Him, and bears witness of Him.

That is why Bible intake is so critically valuable to everyone.

The Scriptures testify of Jesus.

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The Instrument God Uses

“Of His will He brought us forth BY THE WORD OF TRUTH” – James1:18

Only God transforms the soul. He performs spiritual heart surgery (Ezekiel. 36:26).

What is His instrument?

What is His scalpel?

THE WORD OF TRUTH.

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Sin Killed Me

“For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me.” – Romans 7:11

There are many pulpits across this nation that won’t admit that SIN IS REAL. How can we help sick people if we ignore the very thing that is making them sick?

We are born into sin (Psa. 51:5), but also sin is a choice – and that choice leads to death. Owning up to that fact should not be paralyzing; it should be liberating! We don’t wallow in shame. We yield our lives to Christ. We revel in victory.

The root-problem in our lives flow from one source: our rebellious sin-soaked hearts making selfish and foolish choices.

Sin is a matter of the heart. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” – Jer. 17:9

Adam and Eve started as gardeners, became rebels, and ended up as fugitives (Dunnam, 10).  The temptation to disobedience came “from without – in the form of a serpent” (Dunnam, 11). The sin nature was “alien” (not God’s intention for us). It came from without. I think that is an important distinction.

As an answer to the Fall and consequently, Man’s total depravity – God has provided deliverance in the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Ref: Maxie Dunnam and Kimberly Dunnam Reisman. The Workbook on the Seven Deadly Sins. Upper Room Books, 2017.

 

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His Commandment That We Believe

This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us” – 1 John 3:23

The call to believe the gospel IS A COMMAND.

It is not optional. It is not a suggestion. It is commanded. It is mandatory.

Disbelief is disobedience.

Belief is obedience.

Only belief in “His Son Jesus Christ” is fulfilling the commandment.

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Student of the Bible

I never saw a fruit-bearing Christian who was not a student of the Bible.” – D. L. Moody

Want to be a useful Christian? Read your Bible. Know what it says and what it doesn’t say.

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Give Attention To Reading

Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.” – 1 Tim. 4:13

Be careful what takes the place of your Bible reading. Devotionals are fine, books on theology are fine, and books on church history are fine too. But these are all secondary to God’s Word.

I’ve noticed a trend where folks are reading more “Christian” books than THE Christian book.

Look at your weekly reading: of what does it consist ?

Don’t neglect your Bible intake.

Bible first.

Bible is primary.

All else is fine, but secondary.

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