If the Word of God is not our standard for righteousness, than what is? If the Word of God is not our source for understanding our faith, than what is? If the Word of God is not the final authority, than what is?
God gave us His Word so that we have a way to know Him. Without an understanding of God’s heart, we are doomed to failure as wander aimlessly in this world. If the Word of God is not our basis for understanding the will of God, we will inevitably fall into endless debates and constant conflict.
God is spirit. For humans to see, grasp and understand God He must communicate His will in ways we can see, hear, touch and feel. Jesus Christ was the Word of God manifested in the flesh. He could be seen, listened to and even touched. The Bible is the Word of God manifested in writing. It can be read, studied and learned.
Far too many times Christians allow the things of life to diminish their respect and admiration for the Word of God. Far too many times experience, philosophy and even theology are allowed to trump the Word of God when it comes to authority. Far too many times pride and arrogance surface and squash the simple truths found in the Word of God.
If we do not go to the Word of God to see and understand God, we will end up making our own gods out of what we see and have in the world. For thousands of years, people have worshipped the sun and moon as gods for they can see them and therefore believe in them. Idols are simply a tangible way for people to be able to see, touch and even talk to their god.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him .”
God is spirit and thus it takes faith to come to Him and believe that He exists. Faith in God is simply the belief in His existence and that what He has said is indeed true. Faith in the Word of God is the foundation for the entire 11th chapter of Hebrews. Each person mentioned believed (had faith in) the Word of God to be true and literally staked their lives upon that belief.
The Word of God is not merely words on a page to be intellectually studied or endlessly debated. The Word of God is THE standard for truth. The Word of God is to respected for what it is, and that is the external manifestation of the will of Almighty God. The Word of God defines who God is, what God demands and wants and everything that pertains to life and godliness.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart .”