Faith and the Bible
The Bible is Gods perfectly inspired word. The written
Word testifies to Gods self-revelation in His incarnate Son, Jesus Christ. All
Scripture, both Old and New Testament, is a clear testimony to Jesus Christ. The Bible is
not just a record of revelation of God, but it is revelation itself, and it is an
infallible witness of God to men.
"The grass withers, the flower
fades, But the word of our God stands forever" (Isa. 40:8). There is
nothing like the abiding Word of God.
This is why it is so important for us to examine
God’s Word and seek to understand it and its authority in the believer’s
life. Our faith is defined by God's Word, and there cannot be any true
saving faith without the Word of God.
The apostle Paul wrote,
there is the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe
(Romans 3:22). Believe in what? Our faith must rest in
Jesus Christ and His atoning work. Our faith must reside in Jesus Christ.
wrote, “There is a permanent relationship between faith and the Word.
Take away the Word and no faith will there remain.”
of God also does something. Apart from the word of God we are dead in
our trespasses and sins. We are as Whitfield compared us to Lazarus'
body dead in his tomb before Jesus arrived. Martha told Jesus, "Lord, he
has been dead four days and he stinks." What will awaken us from our
spiritual death? "Lazarus come forth!" He shouts to us in his Word,
"Wil, come forth!" And the Word of God awakened in me the truth of my
sinfulness and the saving work of Jesus Christ.
heard Him calling your name? Only the call of the living Word of God can
produce such new life. But where can we hear that call? Not in words of
men or women or a religious guru. You won't find it in secular humanism
or pop psychology or self-help preachers. The only place we can hear God
calling forth the dead is in the pages of the Bible, where alone God
The apostle Pete wrote,
You have been born anew, not from
perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring
word of God (1 Peter 1:23
NET). Why is this so
important? The Word of the LORD abides forever (v. 25; Isa. 40:8). The
opinions of men, including mine, will perish. Lets make sure our faith is centered
in the person of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible.
will burn up one day.
The apostle Paul affirmed,
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for
correction, for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be adequate, equipped
for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Our conviction is that the
Bible, Gods Word, is God-breathed (v. 16). It was written by men divinely inspired and is
Gods revelation of Himself to men. It is without error because it is God-breathed.
God is its author and the Holy Spirit moving over the minds of those whom He chose to
record the permanent revelation of God insured that it is totally true and perfectly
That is why the Bible is constantly under assault by
Christians faith is strengthened and sustained through the Bible. The Bible is
filled with promises, admonitions, corrections, and reproof for the believer
(2 Tim. 3:16). In order for
us to abide in Christ we must saturate our minds with Gods Word. As we study,
meditate, memorize the Word it settles down into our hearts and we learn to think and act
biblically. The Holy Spirit uses His Word to conform us to the likeness of Christ. If you
are not already doing so, please make a commitment to get into the Bible daily.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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