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Where the Bible is, God is

God’s Word, The Bible

Is your Jesus, Jesus?

At this time in Church history it’s essential that the issue of the authority of God’s word be urgently addressed. Through neglect or undermining of God’s word, we are in danger of attributing aspects to God after our own imaginations. In this way your Jesus and mine can be quite different from each other’s, and worse, very different from the actual Jesus Himself.

God is not separate from His word

Just as one cannot separate a person from his words, even so, one cannot separate God from His. God’s person, character and standards have never changed; He is the same yesterday, today and forever. What He has said remains an eternal expression of who He is. Although His covenant with us is new, nevertheless, all of His word is alive. In fact, as we read it, He is speaking.

Also, if Jesus is the exact representation of God, then the Jesus that we have in our minds and experience had better match the words of God revealed in Scripture or we have a problem. As God incarnate, Jesus should match His words. God won’t contradict Himself.

As I see it, the Scriptures aren’t separate from God in the same way that creation is. For example, God made mountains separate from Himself so when I stand in awe of them I don’t worship the mountains, but God who made them. However when I interact with Scripture I am in immediate contact with God who remains connected to His word. The words may as well be a part of Him, like His hand touching me. Although creation is of God, it’s not essentially a part of Him. However, His word remains in essence a part of Him.

When Jesus touched someone with His hand, He was worshipped, not His hand. Similarly, when we read God’s word, we don’t worship the word, but God. It is God Himself presently speaking who I am in contact with and I worship.  We would do well to worship at reading or hearing the words of the Bible, because where they are God is! They are inseparably one.

The word is an Essential Part

You cannot separate the scent from a hot roasted chicken. Without the scent, it’s not completely a hot roasted chicken. Even so, although the written word of God isn’t completely God, nevertheless it is certainly a part of Him.  It is a part of the full expression of Him, and while as a part it is not worshipped, nevertheless, because it remains attached to Him, it is Himself that we are in touch with and we ought to worship.

God’s word has been revealed in part through the written word, and in fullness through Jesus. Almost like a limb on a body, the written part remains a part of Him. The full cannot contradict the part expression, neither the part the full expression. Part of the full expression is the part expression. By not receiving the part expression, we don’t have a part of the full expression.

If you take away the written word’s authority, then you misrepresent Jesus whose words they are. If Jesus is God and the scriptures are God-breathed, then by removing their authority, you have a fragmented representation of Jesus. And, His written word is essential to help us to avoid creating a puppet God to express our own imaginations.

Scripture for thought:

ALL Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2Ti 3:16).

And, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow, as it judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart” (Heb 4:12).

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Although He has much to say to each of us personally and corporately, nevertheless, like electricity constantly flowing through a wire, God’s written word too, is Himself eternally talking.

Rob Morley

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Fatalism, Presumption or Faith

I was recently asked whether a decision that I had made, not to allow something to take place for the safety of a child, was me being fatalistic or not. Now, whether or not I had been fatalistic is not my reason for this post. Rather, I would like to share from my musings, as this has had me thinking quite a bit. For one, what if my decision had been the opposite? In other words, what if instead, I had allowed the event to take place? I might then have been questioned on whether or not I was acting out of presumption that the child would be safe. Both fatalism and presumption are two Godless ways that we easily entertain in our lives.

Fatalism is often fear driven, while presumption is based on false or unsound assurance. While fatalism acts apart from faith, presumption often masks itself as faith in action. For example, a villager might never venture outside of his hut for fear of a lion. Now, unless he knew of a lion outside, we would say that he is being fatalistic. On the other hand, someone may nonchalantly or even prayerfully venture up to a lion thinking that he is safe, and be attacked. That would be presumption! It is because neither are based on God’s word that they are flawed and bound to fail. While these illustrations are obvious, we should realize that our every day choices are so easily based on us being fatalistic or acting in presumption. As a result, fatalism can keep me from doing what I should be doing, while presumption can even have me doing “good” things, but not what God had in mind.

So, how do you know if you are acting on presumption or being fatalistic? And, what is the antidote to these? Well, being level headed is the obvious and correct answer, but who can safely be level headed all of the time? Obviously, none of us! That is one reason why God’s Word instructs us not to lean on our own understanding, but rather to acknowledge God in all of our ways. The other more important reason is that we were meant for a life that honors God, demonstrated by our dependence on Him. Acknowledging God in all our ways is a life of faith. Simply put, this is being in God’s presence, listening to Him in all the details of life and, in His Spirit, acting on His leading.

God’s Word says, “…whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” and also “Faith comes from hearing… the word of God”. So, without God speaking to us, we cannot know what to believe and do, and any action without God’s word is presumption. Presumption and fatalism (which is just one form of presumption) is based on wrong belief or unbelief. Let’s instead enjoy God’s presence and allow ourselves to be moved by His Word and His Spirit! As it is written, “Let us confidently draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace in time of need” Heb. 14:16.

Rob

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