As I was doing some research today, I came across this study that I had prepared a few years ago. I tried to post it earlier today under the title “The Bible” but I had some technical difficulties.
My heart’s desire is to teach others how to “rightly divide” the Word of God so that they will have a deeper understanding of whom God is and then be able to develop a closer relationship with Him.
I believe that in order to understand God, we must understand His Word and that in order to understand His word, we must believe in the authenticity, authority, power and truth of God’s word. We must believe that God’s word is the ultimate truth and authority for our lives.
In sharing teachings and studies, I will use God’s written Word, the Bible, as my ultimate authority. The teachings and studies are not based on my or anyone else’s opinion, but the truth, as I understand it, that is found and revealed in God’s written word. I challenge and encourage anyone doing these studies, to prayerfully search, study and meditate the scriptures for themselves.
2Ti 2:15 Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
STUDY ON THE WORD OF GOD
The Bible reveals to us God’s character and will:
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
All of scripture is inspired by (comes from the mind of) God:
2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
2Ti 3:17 that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work.
Paul stated that the gospel he preached did not come from man, but from revelation of Jesus Christ:
Gal 1:11 And, brothers, I make known to you the gospel which was preached by me, that it is not according to man.
Gal 1:12 For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it except by a revelation of Jesus Christ
Holy men of God spoke (and later wrote) as they were moved by God, the Holy Spirit:
2Pe 1:20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture came into being of its own private interpretation.
2Pe 1:21 For prophecy was not borne at any time by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke being borne along by the Holy Spirit.
God’s word is pure and absolutely trustworthy:
Psa 12:6 The Words of Jehovah are pure Words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
God cannot lie, so His Word is truth:
Num 23:19 God is not a man that He should lie, neither the son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken, and shall He not make it good?
God not only revealed His character and will through the form of His written word, He revealed them through the human form of the person of Jesus Christ, who was the human
manifestation (representation) of the Word of God:
Joh 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us. And we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and of truth.
Jesus lived by the written word of God and he used it to teach others:
Luk 4:16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And, as His custom was, He went in to the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read.(the scriptures)
Luk 4:17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And unrolling the book, He found the place where it was written,
Luk 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me; because of this He has anointed Me to proclaim the Gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and new sight to the blind, to set at liberty those having been crushed,
Luk 4:19 to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Luk 4:21 And He began to say to them, Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your ears.
THE WORD OF GOD IS THE REVEALED WILL OF GOD.