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We hope “Not as the Word of Men” reminds you of the divine nature and miraculous power of the book we call the Bible!
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On my drive to school today I listened to talk radio. To be perfectly honest I don’t do that often. I don’t even like to watch the news. It’s depressing, and since there are as many opinions as there are opinion-makers, they must be ingested with a strong draught of discrimination if anything intellectually-nutritional is to be gained from them.
Pretty strong words coming from someone who writes a blog! Thankfully, on Taking Back the Bible, we have one saving grace: I Thessalonians 2:13.
On this blog, if we’re careful, our words are not the “word of men.” I Thessalonians says
“For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe [italics mine].”
Every true Christian understands that the Bible is not just a collection of works from forty different writers spanning thousands of years . . . it is the very Word of God. It is true, perfect, and efficacious.
As I said, human beings are fallible. My writing is not inspired; it has the potential of being very wrong! But as long as my opinions and philosophies are grounded in God’s Word I cannot go wrong. That goes for you as well! That’s what this site is all about: 1. Taking a firm stand that the Bible is indeed the spoken Word from the one and only, Almighty, All powerful, All knowing God of the universe, & 2. From that starting point, dissecting God’s Word so as to apply it to our lives.
I will bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.” Psalm 138:2
It was Shakespeare who asked the immortal question, “what’s in a name?” When the Bible speaks of a name, it means far more than the title you call when trying to get someone’s attention.
Firstly, in ancient times names carried a deeper denotation. The word Abraham meant “father of multitudes.” The word Jacob meant “deceiver.” And more often than not a child was named for a very particular reason. Consider Hosea’s daughter, Lo-ruhamah (literally: “she has not obtained compassion”); named because God had chosen to no longer have compassion on the house of Israel (Hosea 1:6). There are also occasions were adults changed their birth names to reflect a modulation in their lives. Ruth’s mother-in-law, Naomi tried to change her name to Mara (“bitter”) for she believed God had “dealt very bitterly with [her].”
Secondly, without delving too deeply into the original language, the word often translated “name” speaks to the character of the individual. Proverbs tells us to choose a “good name” over great riches. Here, having a good name refers to possessing a pure character before the world.
God has magnified His Word according to His name. Who is God? What is His character? Isaiah tells us He’s holy. We know He cannot lie. He keeps His promises. He’s righteous. He’s loving, kind, merciful, and gracious. He’s eternally faithful. He seeks only our best interest. He’s infinitely an infinite amount of things . . . and everything He is has magnified, literally “made big,” His Word.
Do we make God’s Word big? Do we make it preeminent in our decision-making, in our thinking, in our lives? The Bible is a perfect, though not complete, record of God’s doings in regard to man. He created the world. He ordered its way, and when the world chose a different way, God provided the ONLY way though Jesus Christ (see “What You NEED to Know). It is the all-sufficient guide for every situation in life. All of it is from God; you can’t pick and choose which parts God said, which He might have said, and which He didn’t say. It is all directly breathed out by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
If it wasn’t completely inspired, then God is a liar.
“Thank you, Lord for You Word! Thank you for leading us to You and showing us how to glorify You in this life!”