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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The Bible, it's authority and purpose.

Callington House Group

7th January 2015

Bible Study: 

Read Heb. 4:12

What is the Word of God?

A person - The Lord Jesus Christ:


John 1:1 The Word was God - in the beginning
The creator God is the Word
John 1:14 The Word became flesh, lived with us
The Son of God (Also 1 John 1:1 - The Word of Life!)
Rev. 19:13 (esp. vv11-16) The risen Lord Jesus Christ is the Word of God

Heb. 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever

Speech:

Creating

Gen. 1:3 God spoke and things were created. “Let there be light , land , animals etc.” and by His word there came to be out of nothing.
Psalm 33:6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.

The Word of God is powerful and creative!

Sustaining

Heb. 1:3 God sustains all things by his powerful word

Personal

Gen. 2:16-17 Instructive word to Adam and Eve
Gen. 3:9 Calling word “Where are you?”. Also Saul on road to Damascus Acts 9.
Gen. 3:16-19 Cursing word. Woman, man and the ground
Ex. 20:1-3 Directing word. 10 commandments. The Lord spoke all these words.
Matt. 3:17 Exalting word. This is my Son in whom I am well pleased.


God spoke many times audibly to his people. God speaks in a variety of ways to His people.

He speaks through humans


God raised up prophets through whom he spoke. They were ordinary people, who spoke human words in everyday language BUT they were words of divine origin and therefore they spoke the very Word of God.

The Word they spoke is truthful and authoritative.

Deut. 18:18-20 “I will put my words in his mouth” The words of God were spoken by the prophet. The true ambassador only says the words of his king.
Jer. 1:9 Sanctified lips
Jer. 1:7 Speak only the commandments of God (see also Num. 22:35,38)
Ex. 4:12 God helps those who are to speak for him

There are many other examples in scripture.

What about today? We are called to preach the Word! The gospel is God’s word for life today, nothing must be added or taken away from it.

God’s word in writing - the scriptures

Written by God

Just as God instructed men to speak His word, he also instructed men to record his Word.
The first account of the written word is by none other than the hand of God. The 10 commandments were written by the finger of God. Ex. 31:18, 32:16 and 34:1, 28.

Written by O.T. authors

Deut. 31:9-13 Moses
Josh. 24:26 Joshua
Is. 30:8 Isaiah
Jer. 30:2 Jeremiah (also Jer. 36:2-4 and vv27-31 The word of God protected)

Written by N.T. authors

Promise of the Holy Spirits help to remember
John 14:26 Also John 16:12-13 The promise of truth and future events
1 Cor. 14:37 Paul’s writings are the commands of the Lord
2 Peter 3:2 Peter’s second letter reminds the people of the Words of the prophets and now the command of Chris through the apostles

The written word of God is absolutely true and authoritative. Therefore to disobey brings judgement.
Jer. 36:29-31
1 Cor. 14:36-38
Warnings about adding to or taking from!
Deut. 4:2, 12:32
Prov. 30:6
Rev. 22:19

God’s written word is complete, true and infallible
Trustworthy
Living - life giving
Active - today and always because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Sharp - cuts away even the most difficult sin
Penetrating - reaches the inner man


God's word judges man to be either: guilty or not guilty.

Hebrews 1:1-4


Jesus Christ is the subject and the fulfilment of all that God's word is.

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