“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.
“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.
“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.
“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 is primary.
All else is fine, but secondary.
“We are dust” – Psa. 103:14b
It’s not about you. It’s not about your wants & desires. It’s not about your purpose or best life. It’s not about your prosperity.
You are grass. You are a flower that withers (103:15). You are a vapor (James 4:14). You are a breath (Job 7:7). You are a passing breeze (Psa. 78:39). You are a passing shadow (Psa. 144:4). You are smoke (Psa. 102:3). You are clay (Job 10:9).
We are dust (Gen. 3:19; Eccl. 3:20).
It is about God and His name.
Teaching that places the focus on you is not Biblical.
“Bless the LORD, Oh my soul, and forget not His benefits” – Psa. 103:2
This is a personal call to worship. David is speaking to his own soul.
We all talk to ourselves. Since we do, why not talk like this:
Bless the LORD! Remember being forgiven of sins, being regenerated from our old life, being resurrected from the dead, being saved from eternal damnation in Hell, being redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb.
Imagine if THAT was our internal monologue!
Those are His benefits.
Never forget them.
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” – 1 John 5:3
What does God love? When we follow His word.
The Greek word for burdensome means heavy.
His word is not heavy to lift. It is not difficult to carry out. It does not press down on you.
Weighing someone down makes movement less possible and uncomfortable.
Following God’s Word lightens the load and makes your pathways straight.
“Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus” – 2 Tim. 1:13
The end was near for Paul. This was to be his last letter and he knew it. So what did he write on such an important occasion?
Getting fresh new revelation? Getting new private messages from God? Looking for signs and reading tea leaves? No!
Retain the standard of sound doctrine! Be a faithful guardian of the truth! Be a steward of the sound words presented in the Bible.
And do so in faith and love which originate from Christ Jesus.
This mandate goes for all of us.
“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” – John 15:3
Jesus said His word cleans.
Without the word? Not clean; contaminated, impure, corrupted, polluted, stained, spoiled.
With the word? Clean; pure, disinfected, expunged, refined, sterilized, flawless, unclouded.
“And the common people heard Him gladly.” – Mark 12:37
Jesus taught in a straightforward, plain, and acceptable way. His teachings are not confusing, convoluted, or complex.
Even the common people could grasp the gospel of Jesus.
God’s Word is clear.
If it’s rejected, it’s not due to the text being too hard to understand. It’s due to the reader understanding it all too well.
Do you hear Him gladly?