[CF Devotionals] 2009-09-06 - God's Revelation to Us

Study on the Bible, Part 10 ~ Introduction

The NIV Bible Dictionary defines revelation in this way:

“In some respects, as Jesus Christ is the Son of God in the flesh (Matt 1:23), so the Bible is the Word of God in the words of men. Paul thanked God continually for the Thessalonians who received the word of God from Paul but “accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God” (1 Thess 2:13). Although the words of the Bible are truly human, they are not merely human. As Paul said: “All Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Tim 3:16) - breathed out by God through the mouths and pens of men. The church has always accepted Scripture as having come from God. Thus it is true: What the Bible says, God says. Jesus is the divine Word (John 1:1-5) who became flesh (John 1:14), and the words of the Bible are divine words that were spoken by men who were “carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet 1:21) in their thinking, speaking, and writing. As the one and only Son of God (John 3:16), Jesus is without parallel; as the only divine-human book, the Bible is unique. …

Just as Jesus is true man and true God and was in the world with a task to perform, so the Bible is God’s infallible (unfailing) Word to us. “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty” (Isa 55:11). Because the words of the Bible are God’s words, the Bible is God’s message to us. Like God, then, the Bible is trustworthy and true. Everything the Bible teaches, affirms, commands, and says concerning God’s kingdom is trustworthy and true! As Jesus said to his Father: “Your word is truth” (John 17:17). Jesus promised that the “Spirit of truth” (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13; 1 John 4:6; 5:6) would guide Christians into all truth (John 16:13) by testifying about Jesus.

Since the Bible conveys God’s message to us, it is authoritative. This places three requirements on the Lord’s followers. (1) Christians are to trust and obey every word of God (Matt 14:31; 21:21; Luke 8:11-13; John 3:18). (2) Christians are to be totally loyal to the Word of God. They are to live by every word that comes from the mouth of God (Deut 8:3; Josh 1:8; Ps 40:6-8; Matt 5:17-20). They cannot serve two masters (Matt 6:24); the double-minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8). (3) God’s Word is to govern every area of their lives (Pss 1:1-3; 119; 2 Tim 3:16-17). It is to be the standard by which they judge all that they feel and imagine, believe and think, say and hear, see and read, do and desire (Lev 18:1-5; Mark 7:13; Rom 12:2; 2 Cor 10:5).” 1

  1. Douglas, J. D. and Merrill C. Tenney, editors, NIV Bible Dictionary, Zondervan Interactive Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1989, Electronic text hypertexted and prepared by OakTree Software, Inc.

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