idolatrous relationships to the Bible and scriptures, [Part 2 of 2]

{please see part 1 for intro}

Again, The Word of God is a Person, not a book!

This is so very true and yet so very hard for religious mindsets to grasp!

The Word of God walked on the streets of Jerusalem in the very company of those who had spent lifetimes building a relationship with the Bible of their day, what we know today as The Old Testament.

Many leaders who studied the scriptures in Jesus’ day were well versed in its content yet blind to truth, well able to quote it yet far from God, had all the answers yet didn’t recognize The Answer, knew all the promises and yet missed The Promised One.

Jesus told the them, “You search the Scriptures for in them you think you have eternal life, and it is they which testify of me; yet you will not come to me that you may have life.” John 5: 39-40

How many in the church today are like the Pharisees?

Jesus said to His disciples, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but you can not bear them now.

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he hears, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He will bring glory to me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” John 16:12-14

The Holy Spirit was not finished speaking after the Bible was finished being written.  He was not finished guiding, showing and declaring.  God has not ceased speaking.  He is still speaking today.

Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.  Every word He speaks to our spirit today produces faith to live by.  The just shall live by faith!

He still speaks to and communicates with His sons and daughters that hear.

Faith comes by hearing the spoken word uttered by the Living Voice.

Faith proceeds from spiritual hearing.  Faith does not proceed from repeated reading or quoting.

Reading or quoting a Bible verse over and over does not put a mandate on the Holy Spirit to produce faith in us.  At times this exercise may produce a strong mental belief than can be mistaken for an overcoming faith.  But the faith the just live by, is not a mental belief.

If our faith proceeds from reading and believing a book, we are no different then any other religion in the world.  There are any number of religions in the world we could choose from who all have a special book they revere.

However, if our faith proceeds from walking, hearing, and communicating with a living and resurrected Lord and Saviour, we are one of a kind and very different from any other religion in the world.

Would our faith and Christian experience cease to exist if every copy of the Bible were destroyed?

If so, I question if we have the faith of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  They had no Bible.

I would also question if we have the faith of the early church.  They had no New Testament.  Most of the copies of the Old Testaments they had were in the synagogues and not for the common people.

Jesus said “I am the way, the truth,and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me” John 14:6

 

The Bible does not claim to be The Way to the Father.

The Bible points us to Jesus, He is the ever unfolding and unending revelation of God and the Source of all knowledge.  It is Him in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

 

Let me be clear, I thank God for the Holy Scriptures that are able to make us wise unto salvation through faith which is in Jesus Christ.  While I thank God for the wonderful and beneficial gift of the Holy Scriptures, I do not refer to it as “The Word” like so many do.

The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

The Word was never made book.

Undoubtedly some will misunderstand what I am saying and come to the conclusion that I don’t believe the Bible to be inspired by God.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Again, let me be clear, I firmly believe;

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man [or woman] of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2Tim 3:16-17

I also believe the Bible will bear witness to what God is speaking to His people today for those that have ears to hear.

However, I have observed many who profess and believe the Bible to be the Word of God, who also refuse to profit from it.  They refuse to be reproved, corrected and instructed in righteousness through it by God’s Spirit.

The Scriptures have become more beneficial and precious to me then ever since the Lord has revealed these truths to me. I was granted mercy and led to repentance for making the Bible an idol in my own life.

Let us keep the Bible in it’s rightful place in our lives and let us not be entangled in the sin of idolatry.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who was ,and is, and is to come!

 

God is speaking in many ways to His people in this day!  We are a very blessed people to have been chosen for such a time as this!

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About Geneva

The road in my rear view mirror is marked by hard places. My Guide has been faithful. He came into my life and I was branded. Marked. Labeled. Ridiculed. Judged. Stoned. But the road ahead always looks grand and full of light! The furnaces from the past have only caused the fire of His Spirit to burn hotter. The edicts of man have tried many times to make me bend in worship to him, yet I have met the true Flame who delivers me in every furnace!
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