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Discovering the Word of God

Fearfully I present this teaching.  We live in a deceptive age.  The beliefs some of us have embraced are not set in concrete, but in sliding mud.  Because of this, the revelation that God has given to me to share with you tonight has the potential for divisiveness.  It is for the mature.  It is not for public dissemination.  I ask that you hear me out.  The edict that constrains me is Ephesians 4:3 that we are to be (diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace).  If you are in disagreement with this teaching, keep in mind that we do not have to agree on every detail, but we must stay in the unity of faith.

Martin Luther received his Doctor of Divinity and was appointed to be a professor of theology at the University of Wittenberg, Germany in 1512.  There he began a course of lectures on the Bible, which brought him fame as a Bible scholar and teacher.  He was made a district vicar and preached daily in the parish church.  In the course of his own personal study, Dr. Luther realized the truth of the Apostle Paul’s teaching of salvation by grace through faith.  He began a campaign to rid the church of the practice of paying “indulgences” to the pope that granted shorter terms in purgatory and even salvation to those who do charitable deeds.  This doctrine robbed the people of the knowledge of their direct access to God granted at Calvary.  Certain that the preaching of indulgences would be considered contrary to the teachings of the church, Luther nailed a protest document listing 95 theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg.  The document was printed and spread throughout Europe.  This was the beginning of the reformation, which ultimately led Pope Leo X to excommunicate Luther, causing a huge schism in the church, known today as the Reformation.

The same spirit of control desires dominion over the hearts of the faithful today.  Some of the current teachings have led to traditions that are no less heretical and at least have the potential to once again rob the people of their direct access to the Holy of Holies, but in a much more sophisticated way.  Under the guidance of the pope and with the Bible unreadable by 85% of the population, the question of infallibility was never raised in over 1,000 years of church history.  The Reformation ended the exclusive authority of the Catholic Church.  Protestant churches began defining doctrine for themselves.  Amidst six other English translations, the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible was printed in 1611, and has prevailed from then until today, as The Authorized Version.  Only 75 years earlier, William Tyndale had been strangled and his body burned at the stake for translating the Bible into English.  A movement arose after the release of The Revised Standard Version (RSV) in 1952 to protect certain doctrines that many ministers felt had been watered down by the new version.  Some ministers were so incensed that they publicly burned the RSV.  One newspaper pointed out that we had made progress since the Middle Ages by only burning the translation and not the translators.  Since 1952, seventeen new major versions of the Bible have hit the bookshelves and now we have the Internet.  The purveyors of the purity of truth have never had such an uphill battle.  There is only one thing to do – proclaim the inerrancy of scripture, particularly the KJV.  But the Bible itself makes no such claim.

The purpose of this teaching is:

☺     To bring light to certain deceptive beliefs and traditions

☺      To build a more mature understanding of the source of the life we have in Christ Jesus

☺      To discern the real Word of God

Ten years after writing Dispelling the Myth, I have concluded some interesting points of view concerning the Word of God (WOG).  “Dispelling” is all about how translators of the Bible mishandled the subject of homosexuality by putting their own spin of word meanings into our modern versions so that without access or understanding of the original Greek or Hebrew meanings, you are subjected to and must rely on their interpretation of scripture.

The information age has vomited forth more data than any of us would be able to consume in a lifetime, so too did the aficionados of biblical truth.  Since 1525, there has been 90 something translated and/or paraphrased English versions of the Bible.  Over 70 of them were produced in the 20th century.  I personally am in possession of about twenty of them.  This does not include the other than English versions, commentaries, concordances and Bible dictionaries.  The list is overwhelming.

Paraphrases and Translations.  Several paraphrased versions have become especially dear to our hearts.  Starting with the Living Letters in 1962 and the Living Psalm and Proverbs five years later, since 1971 The Living Bible, as it is now known, became popular, but with a stern warning from the purveyors of biblical doctrine that paraphrasing waters down the truth because it does not regard the exact meaning of the Greek and Hebrew and introduces the prejudice of the interpreter.

What the Bible Claims.  Let’s examine the true claims of the Bible about its origins.

Know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. – 2 Peter 1:20-21 (NASB)

This passage is often quoted to prove that the Bible was dictated verbally to its writers.  Verbal or not, I think we can safely say that the words written down by each biblical writer is in fact “inspired” by the Holy Spirit, but there is no indication if infallibility.

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NASB)

Here too we find the certainty of “inspiration” and an indication of its purpose, but no infallibility.

I should point out that the word “scripture” most surely refers not only to Old Testament biblical text, but to many other “holy writings” not included in the canonization.  Jesus quoted from non-biblical sources and called it scripture (John 7:38).

Then we must introduce the terminology “Word of God” which today is often used synonymously in reference to the Bible.  But neither the Old nor New Testaments support this understanding.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12 (NASB)

Here we begin to list the characteristics of the true “Word of God.”  Unlike a book on a shelf, it is alive.  Using an analogy, the writer of Hebrews further explains that the Word is able to “judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” like a surgical examination. 

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. – Ephesians 6:17 (NASB)

This allegorical statement lends little to our understanding of the true Word of God except to say that it is somehow tied to the activity of the Spirit.  In response to the devil’s temptation, Jesus explains that life is connected to the words that come from God.

But He answered and said, "It is written, 'MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'" – Matthew 4:4 (NASB) quotation from Deuteronomy 8:3

The Greek word here used for “live” zao is derived from the word zoe a reference to the quality of life as opposed to the existence of life.  It’s the same meaning given by Jesus in John 10:10,

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." – John 10:10

Zoe life in all its fullness is what He promised.  The connection is clear that the Word of God is necessary for the survival of spiritual life. 

A key to receiving the inheritance we have in Jesus Christ is found in John’s gospel chapter 10.

 

7 So Jesus said to them again, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. 18 No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father."

 

John 10:7-18 (NASB)

 

 

  1. From this passage, Jesus uses two analogies to describe Himself – what are they?

 

  1. Who are the “thieves and robbers” Jesus is referring to?  Who are the “hired hands”?

 

  1. What is the result of entering the “door”?

 

  1. Who is the wolf?  What does he do?

 

  1. Why did Jesus come according to His own words?

 

  1. What command has Jesus received from His Father?

 

  1. Who is it that knows the shepherd?  How do they come to know the shepherd?

 

It is essential that we hear God’s Word.  Life (zoe’) can only be achieved in abundance through the recognition of the Shepherd’s voice, hearing His Word and responding in obedience.  Only then will you be safe from the thief and the wolf.

What is the “Word”?  The answer to this question is the beginning of everlasting life.  Jesus revealed that to know Him was everlasting life (John 17:3).  Knowing (epignosis) is an experience of intimacy.

John tells us that the Word existed before creation and in fact the Word is God Himself and also with Him.  Before the Bible was written or canonized, the Word of God existed.  He tells us that all that was created was because of the Word.  In the Word is life (zoe’) and in the life was the Light that could not be put out by the darkness.

 

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

John 1:1-5 (NASB)

 

Later in verse 14 we find that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”  What is the Word?  Who is the Word?


 

 

G3056; λόγος; logos; log'-os

 

From G3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (that is, Christ): - account, cause, communication, X concerning, doctrine, fame, X have to do, intent, matter, mouth, preaching, question, reason, + reckon, remove, say (-ing), shew, X speaker, speech, talk, thing, + none of these things move me, tidings, treatise, utterance, word, work.

 

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334 times in New Testament

 

A proclamation; a statement of fact or belief; an explanation; a telling.

 

 

Matthew 5:32 (reason)

Matthew 5:37 (statement)

Matthew 7:24-26 (words)

Matthew 8:8 (word)

Matthew 10:14 (word)

Matthew 12:36 (accounting)

Matthew 12:37 (words)

Matthew 13:19-23 (word)

Matthew 15:12 (statement)

Matthew 15:23 (word)

Matthew 18:23 (accounts)

Matthew 19:1 (words)

Matthew 19:11 (statement)

Matthew 19:22 (statement)

Matthew 21:24 (thing)

Matthew 22:15 (said)

Matthew 22:46 (word)

Matthew 24:35 (words)

Matthew 26:44 (thing)

Luke 3:4 (words)

Luke 4:36 (message)

Luke 5:15 (news)

Luke 9:44 (words)

Luke 11:28 (word)

John 1:1 (Word)

John 1:14 (Word)

John 2:22 (word)

John 4:37 (saying)

John 5:24 (word)

John 8:31 (word)

John 12:48 (word)

John 14:23-24 (word, words)

John 17:17 (word)

Acts 1:1 (account)

Acts 4:31 (word)

Acts 6:4 (word)

 

 

Acts 10:29 (reason)

Acts 10:44 (message)

1 Corinthians 1:17 (speech)

1 Corinthians 1:18 (word)

1 Corinthians 2:13 (words)

1 Corinthians 14:19 (words)

1 Corinthians 15:54 (saying)

Galatians 5:14 (word)

Ephesians 1:13 (message)

Ephesians 6:19 (utterances)

Philippians 2:16 (word)

Philippians 4:15 (matter)

Philippians 4:17 (account)

Colossians 3:16 (word)

Colossians 4:6 (speech)

1 Thessalonians 1:8 (word)

1 Thessalonians 2:5 (speech)

1 Thessalonians 4:15 (word)

2 Thessalonians 2:2 (message)

2 Thessalonians 4:15 (instruction)

1 Timothy 1:15 (statement)

1 Timothy 4:12 (speech)

2 Timothy 2:15 (word)

2 Timothy 4:2 (word)

2 Timothy 4:15 (teaching)

Titus 3:8 (statement)

Hebrews 4:12 (word)

Hebrews 13:17 (account)

James 1:23 (word)

James 3:2 (what, says)

1 Peter 1:23 (word)

1 Peter 3:15 (account)

1 John 1:1 (Word)

Revelation 12:11 (word)

Revelation 19:13 (Word)

Revelation22:7 (words)

 

                   NASB                         1 Peter 1:22-2:3                                  BRV

 

22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,

 

 

23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

 

24 For, "ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF,

 

25 BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER." And this is the word which was preached to you.

 

1 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander,

 

 

 

2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,

 

 

 

3 if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.

 

 

22 Through your faithfulness to live according to the truth, you have transformed your life to be able to love your brothers and sisters with diligence from the heart.

 

23 This has been made possible by the planting and watering of a seed that is indestructible, which is, the everlasting, constant word of God.

 

24 The flesh is temporal and despite all its splendor, even though it is created by God, like a flower it fades and withers and in the end it dies.

 

25 But the revealed word of God lasts forever – and this is the word that was preached to you.

 

1 Therefore, you must lay aside plans for getting even with others, get rid of lies and pretentious behavior and stop coveting what others have and be finished with speaking evil of others.

 

2 Instead, be like a newborn infant that craves its mother’s milk; long for the nourishing milk of the word of God which will cause you to be strengthened and grow up.

 

3 To mature, you must swallow and digest the Lord Himself.

 

Since you have purified (cleaned) your souls (mind, will & emotions) [decided on holiness]

Through obedience (faith) to the truth [by receiving His love by faith] so that you could love each other sincerely

fervently (diligently with passionate enthusiasm) love one another from the heart (deeply),

for you have been born again (made brand new)  not of seed which is perishable (temporary) but imperishable (eternal)

 

G4487; ῥῆμα; rhēma; hray'-mah

 

From G4483; an utterance (individually, collectively or specifically); by implication a matter or topic (especially of narration, command or dispute); with a negative naught whatever: - + evil, + nothing, saying, word.

 

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66 times in New Testament

 

A statement that is understood by those who hear it; a revelation.

 

Matthew 4:4 (word)

Matthew 12:36 (word)

Matthew 18:16 (fact)

Matthew 26:75 (word)

Matthew 27:14 (charge)

Mark 9:32 (statement)

Mark 14:72 (remark)

Luke 1:38 (word)

Luke 1:65 (matters)

Luke 2:15 (thing)

Luke 2:19 (things)

Luke 3:2 (word)

Luke 5:5 (say)

Luke 7:1 (discourse)

John 3:34 (words)

John 6:63 (words)

John 6:68 (words)

John 8:47 (words)

John 10:21 (sayings)

John 12:47-48 (sayings)

 

 

John 14:10 (words)

John 15:7 (words)

John 17:8 (words)

Acts 2:14 (words)

Acts 5:20 (message)

Acts 5:32 (things)

Acts 10:22 (message)

Acts 10:44 (words)

Romans 10:8 (word)

Romans 10:17 (word)

2 Corinthians 12:4 (words)

2 Corinthians 13:1 (fact)

Ephesians 5:26 (word)

Ephesians 6:17 (word)

Hebrews 1:3 (word)

Hebrews 11:3 (word)

1 Peter 1:25 (words)

2 Peter 3:2 (words)

Jude 17 (words)