Today’s message is the first in a series of messages about the Bible itself. How should we think about this book? Is it meant to be taken literally? Or is it a book of great quotes, marvelous stories and great characters, but not meant to be more than that? This first message is about building your life on the Bible and how to do it!
What is the expression of your person? Your word. When you meet someone and you want to get to know them, it’s what proceeds from their life that reveals them.
Your word is spoken and unspoken by example, principle, verbal expression, tone, and body language. These are the exact representation of you, especially in unplanned moments; unless you have an agenda and you purposely hide the real you.
Have you been watching some of the Republican/Democrat debates? How many times have you said, “I thought he was ___ until he opened his mouth”. The word is the expression of who they are.
What’s better than a spoken word? A written one.
Robin and I had an addition built on our house two summers ago. We had an idea of what we wanted, so we contacted a contractor we know. He heard our ideas and helped us to make some clear plans. Before he began the work, he visited us again one Saturday with some paper in hand. He had a very clear, written contract and a drawn design plan. In that contract he wrote down his word to us. His spoken word was great, but not enough. We needed his written word to be able to count on what he said verbally. It was more certain.
What about God?
Jesus is the Word of God because He is the express image of the Father.
He proceeds from the Father as the Word, because He is the exact representation of the Father.
John 5:19, 30 “I only do what I see the Father doing”
John 14:8-9 “Lord, show us the Father and it is sufficient for us, said Philip. Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father…”
But what if God had stopped there? Wouldn’t it make sense that He would put His Word in writing?
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”
We know this to be true, because we read it in the written Word of God, the Bible.
For the next few weeks, it’s going to be all about the Bible, the Word of God, itself.
This is the great dividing line, and the question is, “Is the Bible the Word of God”?
If it is (and it is) then it carries the highest authority on the planet because it is truth. It has to be “rightly divided.”
Psalms 119:160 “The sum of your word is truth; and every one of your righteous ordinances endures forever.”
The sum of thy word is truth. We may see one side of the truth in one section, balanced by the opposite on another facet.
You should build your life on the Word of God!
What you build on, you need to be able to trust. We all know what happens when we have a faulty foundation. What does the Bible say about itself?
II Tim. 3:16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
What are some facts about the Bible that support what it says?
This book is the Word of God.
How long is a line of cord? You measure it against a standard. You let it define your answer.
Are you comfortable with being wrong? His thoughts higher than ours; way higher.
How should I think about modern issues? We compare them to the Word.
Is homosexual marriage really marriage? Not according to the Word. In every instance in the Bible, marriage is seen as the covenant relationship of one man and one woman for life. The Bible indicates that the practice of homosexuality is sinful, twisted and broken behavior. It’s not marriage, even though I may have an emotional connection to someone who is gay and “married”. Or our government declares something else than God’s definition.
“We must veto our heart’s inclination to outsource our authority from Scripture to our emotions.”
Should I have sex with my girlfriend or boyfriend or the married man or woman I’m seeing? No. Because God is so very clear about sex outside of marriage. He uses the words fornication and adultery to describe those actions. He says that those who do those things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
What about socialism or communism? The Bible teaches the importance of private ownership and giving. Not the coerced giving of socialism or communism. He teaches us that giving without being forced to give, but to give from the heart, is how giving ought to be.
So what should you do from here?
I was out with a friend for a walk this spring and we stopped by a stream. While I was standing there, talking with him, I asked if there were any fish in the stream. He said yeah, like that one right there. I looked and couldn’t see anything like a fish. So he handed me his sunglasses and said look through these. Sure enough, I could see the fish. The Bible is your pair of glasses to see what’s in the water.
This is the dividing line.
Whole denominations are falling apart because they are standing on the wrong side of this line. We will be called into account by the world for standing uncompromisingly with its contents. But it will determine whether or not you have the life that God has planned for you or not. You will see the details of life, be able to know which fork in the road to choose, and know how to see solutions to problems and principles to guide you if you are familiar with the Bible, the Word of God.
He left this book for you and I so that we would know.
Build your life on the Word.