Bible Baptist Church

" Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." ...... John 3:3


The Word of God


Hebrews 4:12-13


Introduction:

·         The word "For" (4:12) connects this verse with the preceding verses (4:1-11).

·         You will enjoy God’s rest as you study the Word of God.

·         God’s Word brings true health, fruitfulness, prosperity and success to what we do (Psalm 1:3, Joshua 1:8).

 

I.                    How did we get God’s Word?

a.      General Revelation and Special Revelation

                                                              i.      C.S. Lewis summed up the Atheist’s problem very well when he wrote: “An Atheist cannot find God for the same reason that a burglar cannot find a policeman.”

                                                            ii.      If we want to find God, we will! He wants to reveal Himself to us!

b.      Inspiration

                                                              i.      II Tim 3:16, II Peter 1:21 help us see the Bible’s testimony concerning itself. God superintended

                                                            ii.      The Bible is God’s way of revealing Himself to us

                                                          iii.      Inspiration is evident because of the hundreds of fulfilled prophecies, impact and changed lives, the preserving of Jewish people

                                                           iv.      Illustr- I heard about a Bible teacher in a question and answer session one time when he was asked, “What do you think is the greatest evidence that the Bible came from God?” His answer: “The Yellow Pages of the phone book.” When the questioner asked what he meant, the Teacher said, “Look at the names of the banks, the names of the department stores, the names of lawyers and doctors and accountants. You will see one Jewish name after another. God promised He would preserve the Jewish people, and He has.”It’s another example of precise prophecies being precisely fulfilled.

c.       Preservation

                                                              i.      The doctrines of inspiration and preservation must be held together- to hold to one without the other is meaningless

                                                            ii.      Both doctrines are accepted primarily by faith

                                                          iii.      Matthew 5:18- For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

                                                           iv.      Psalm 119:89, Isaiah 40:8, I Peter 1:23-25

                                                             v.      The fact of preservation- 40 different authors over about 1500 years- and for centuries Christians have continued in its doctrine!

d.      We believe in the inerrancy of Scripture in the original writings and as preserved through the manuscripts and copies from which we get our translations today.

e.       We believe the KJV is the best translation for English speakers. The KJV accurately reflects the preserved Greek and Hebrew manuscripts that we have had down through the ages.

f.        Why don’t we use the Modern Versions?

                                                              i.      It is primarily a textual issue! We avoid the danger of the newly discovered manuscripts which leave out verses, and major sections of the Bible- and also imply that Christians did not have an accurate Bible down through the ages

                                                            ii.      We avoid confusion and have uniformity in our church (reading, memorizing, etc.)

II.                  The purpose of God’s Word

a.      As we study the word of God, we do it for far, far more than intellectual knowledge or to learn Bible facts. We do it for the ministry of the Word, because God meets us in His Word and the Holy Spirit works powerfully through the word of God. This spiritual work goes far beyond the basic educational value of learning the Bible.

b.      God’s Word diagnoses the condition of man with a surgeon’s precision. It lays open our heart and discerns our spiritual health.

c.       Quick and powerful

                                                              i.      “Quick and powerful” means it is alive and active!

                                                            ii.      The Bible isn’t a collection of musty stories and myths. It has inherent life and power. The preacher doesn’t make the Bible come alive. The Bible is alive, and gives life to the preacher and anyone else who will receive it with faith.

                                                          iii.      God is alive, and so is His Word!

d.      Sharper than any twoedged sword

                                                              i.      God’s Word reaches us with surprising precision

                                                            ii.      Often people wonder how a preacher’s message can be so relevant to their life. They sometimes wonder if the preacher has inside information about their life. But it isn’t necessarily the preacher at all. It is the sharpness of the Word of God, delivering the message in just the right place.

                                                          iii.      The writer to the Hebrews makes a distinction between soul and spirit, indicating that a distinction can be made between them.

                                                           iv.      Because the soul and spirit both have reference to the “inner man,” they are easily confused. Often an experience intended to build up the spirit only “blesses” the soul. There is nothing wrong with “soulish” excitement and blessing, but there is nothing in it that builds us up spiritually. This is why many Christians go from one exciting experience to another but never really grow spiritually – the ministry they receive is “soulish.” This is why the Word of God is so powerful and precise; it can pierce even to the division of soul and spirit, which isn’t easy to do.

e.      Discerner- We need to study the Bible in order to discern what is right and what is wrong

f.        The Bible gets to “the heart” of the matter- confronts our unbelief

g.      All things are naked and opened to the eyes (give an account): There is no one hidden before God. He sees our heart and knows how to touch it, and we must give account for how we respond to His touch.

h.      Naked reminds us of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and how God saw their nakedness. They could not hide from God and neither can we.

i.        The word of God exposes our sin and our guilt before God- illustr mirror. See James 1:22-25

III.                Rightly divide the word of truth

a.      The Bible is to be ready, meditated upon, memorized, and obeyed!

b.      We must study- II Tim 2:15

c.       We must interpret the Bible correctly- literally

d.      We must obey what we find!

 

Conclusion:

The Bible stands every test we give it,
For its Author is divine;
By grace alone I expect to live it,
And to prove and to make it mine.

 

The Bible stands though the hills may tumble,
It will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble;
I will plant my feet on its firm foundation,
For the Bible stands.

 -- Haldor Lillenas