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Receiving a word

Receiving a word

God has used and still uses multiple modes of communication to speak to man. The Bible testifies of many ways that people have heard God speak to them and also of how we can hear God speak to us today.

For example, people can get revelation from God through members of the body of Christ through a word they are given or a testimony that resonates with them. They may even have dreams or visions from God.

God also speaks through His creation all around us and has even caused a donkey to literally speak to a man.

That said, God is Spirit and ideally He wants to ultimately be reaching man’s spirit when communicating with him.

The purpose of this post is to prove that receiving God’s word while reading the Bible is equivalent to receiving a word directly from God. Both are a way to receive revelation from God. Both are God’s word. The only difference is the route to get to us.

Below are examples of each, that is, God using writing and a direct word to give man revelation.

Revelation from God’s Written Word

The Gospel of John says, these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:21).

Revelation Directly from God

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Mat 16:13-18).

Looking at these two examples, we can see that the written word of God is of equal authority to a direct word from God.

So, when we read the Bible, let us recognize that it is God’s word.

Here are further posts concerning the Bible:

Jesus and the Bible, Separate but Inseparable

“I Hate You” – The Living Power of The Written word

The Bible is God’s Word

What Did Jesus Write In the Sand?

Inerrancy of Scripture

The Words of the Bible are Alive

The Bible Is Jesus Speaking

Where the Bible is, God is

Is the Bible for Everyone?

Do What You Can Do

Rob

Inerrancy of Scripture

Confident in the Bible

Biblical inerrancy is the belief that Scripture, in their original form and properly interpreted, is without error and therefore completely true in everything they teach. Inerrancy is the foundation for the Bible’s authority. Without this belief, our confidence in the Scriptures cannot be secure.

Jesus and the Inerrancy of Scripture

In Matt 4:1-11, Jesus affirms the inerrancy of Scripture where He says, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God (Deut 8:3).'” The word “every” clearly shows that the God-breathed Scriptures are included. That He meant the Scriptures is also strengthened by His immediate use of them, demonstrating that He lived by them.

The Bible and the Inerrancy of Scripture

In 2 Tim 3:16-17 it states that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work”.

That Scripture is God-breathed is what essentially makes them inerrant (without error). Inerrancy is vital to the authority of the Bible, and without it we may as well throw out our Bibles. As John Wesley put it, “If there be one mistake in the Bible, there may as well be 1,000.”

In 2 Pet 1:20-21 it states, “… that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.  For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

Also, the authors of the New Testament identified the Bible with the living voice of God. In various places, the Scriptures are spoken of as if they were God Himself speaking, for example in Matt 19:4, 5 and Heb 3:7. Elsewhere, God is spoken of as if He were in the Scriptures, such as in Gal 3:8.

The Church and the Inerrancy of Scripture

Many church fathers affirmed inerrancy. For example, Clement said, “the sacred Scriptures are the true utterances of the Holy Spirit.”

Calvin said, “We owe the writings of the apostles and prophets that same reverence which we owe to God, because it has proceeded from Him alone…”

Warning against Rejecting or Limiting the Idea of Inerrancy

“The generation of those who first give up biblical inerrancy may have a warm evangelical background and real personal relationships with Jesus Christ, so that they can ‘survive theologically’ on the basis of their limited inerrancy view. But what happens when the next generation tries to build on that foundation?…any denomination or parachurch group that forsakes inerrancy will end up shipwrecked.” – Francis A. Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster.

Rob Morley (based in part on notes by Gus Martin)

Here are further posts concerning the Bible:

Jesus and the Bible, Separate but Inseparable

“I Hate You” – The Living Power of The Written word

The Bible is God’s Word

What Did Jesus Write In the Sand?

Inerrancy of Scripture

The Words of the Bible are Alive

The Bible Is Jesus Speaking

Where the Bible is, God is

Is the Bible for Everyone?

Do What You Can Do

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