The Word – Special Delivery

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My Musings – Years ago, the Christian worldview, based upon the Word of God, was nearly universally accepted as the absolute truth in the Western world.  This worldview has eroded over the years to the point that truth is largely considered to be relative to the person or circumstances.  Pontius Pilate once asked Jesus “What is truth.”  Nowadays, many (most) would answer question with “it depends.”  But Jesus said then, and would still say today, “I am the truth,” or “my words are truth.”  Jesus is able to say that because He is the Word that was with God in the beginning.

In revelation God unveils truth; by interpretation man understands that truth.  The link that connects God proclaiming (revelation) and man perceiving (interpretation) is the inspiration of Holy Scriptures.  The inspired Word of God.

Revelation – The divine or supernatural disclosure to humans of things (the facts of Divine communication) that were previously secret or unknown.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17, NIV 1978)

Inspiration – A divine influence or action (the means of Divine communication) on a person to enable him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation.

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:20, 21, NIV 1978)

Interpretation – The apprehension and understanding (the process of Divine communication) of God’s revelation to man.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15, NIV 1978)

My Advice – The first two parts (revelation and inspiration) have been done for you.  Do your best to apprehend and understand what God is saying through His Word. through His Son.

 

Litmus Test Theology

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My Musings – In recent years, we’ve heard a lot about litmus test – a test in which a single factor (such as an attitude, event, or fact) is decisive. If there is a God, then His Word (the Bible) should be decisive in all matters of faith, conduct and morality.  It’s a living (not dead or obsolete), active (not deactivated) document.  It can determine the finest points of contention, penetrating to the heart of the matter, exposing what might not be so evident on the surface (inner thoughts and attitudes behind outward words and actions).

My Advice – When the issue to be considered is important, you want resources that are authoritative.  Opinions are a dime a dozen and there are a multitude of self-appointed “authorities.”  Consult the God’s Word on matters great and small in all questions concerning faith, conduct and morality.  It is the only authoritative source document that is above reproach.

The Word Lives In You

1 John 2:14I write to you young men, because you are strong, and the Word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We overcame the devil when we accepted Christ. We no longer need to submit to his temptations. That does not stop him from trying. But we have the strength to resist because God’s Word lives in us.

My Advice – Continue to be strong in the Lord, because His Word lives in you.

Private Interpretations

2 Peter 1:20Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We are being bombarded by new “revelations” and new interpretations at an ever-increasing and alarming rate. But the Scriptures we have had stood the test of time because they were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Let’s stick with them.

My Advice – You will encounter many private interpretations of Scripture. Many will have generated a large following. But always remember, God’s Word does not change, and a large following of another word does not make that word true.

The Time Is Now

2 Timothy 4:3-5For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – The time is now. It describes not only the world, but many churches today.

My Advice – There will be many times that you face such “doctrines.” Keep your head. Remember what you were taught, and the truth that you have believed. Keep your ears tuned to the truth and you will be able to distinguish the myths.

Godless Chatter, Opposing Ideas

1 Timothy 6:20-21Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from Godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. (NIV 1978)

My Musing – Unfortunately, a lot of the so-called wisdom of this world does cause a lot of people to turn away from the truth of the Scriptures.

My Advice – A lot of worldly philosophies that you heard in college are likely in opposition to what you know to be true from your Christian upbringing. Make sure these “beliefs” do not invade your thinking. Weigh them carefully against the Word and discard those that are in opposition.