What allows us as Christians to be 100% sure that Jesus came and gave His life for us? What proof do we have that Jesus died upon the cross and three days later God raised Him from the dead? How can we say with absolute certainty that God created the heavens and the earth, Adam and Eve dwelt in the Garden of Eden or Noah built an ark and survived a flood of "Biblical proportions"?
The answer to all of these probing questions is the same. The only way we can have assurance that these things actually took place is to believe what is written in the Word of God. That which allows us to know in our heart of hearts that there is a God, what He has done, is doing and will do is our absolute conviction that His Word is true.
The Word of God is far more than the dust covered Bible stashed in a bookcase. The Word of God is far more than the book that is opened only on Sundays when a verse is quoted. The Word of God is far more than the recorded words and deeds of men and women who lived thousands of years ago.
The Word of God represents the way God has manifested Himself to mankind. The Word of God was the spoken instructions given to Adam and Eve in the Garden, the conversations with Abraham, and angels sent to Lot and many others. The Word of God was the burning bush that spoke to Moses, the cloud which spoke to the Children of Israel and the stars which speak to us all. The Word of God is and always will be--God speaking to His people.
The Word of God was on the tablets brought down from the Mount by Moses. The Word of God was the covenants made by God with Noah, Abraham and Moses. The Word of God was the sharp rebuke given by prophets to believers and unbelievers alike. The Word of God was the quiet voice which comforted Elijah when he was tired and ready to die.
The Word of God was born in Bethlehem and spoke to the shepherds who saw the baby Jesus the night he came into this world. The Word of God was manifested in the life and ministry of the Son of God as he healed, taught, confronted and gave His life for God's people. The Word of God spoke the truth for all ages upon the cross when He said, "It is finished".
The Word of God is God manifesting His heart, nature, power, love and will to His people. The Word of God is the answer to Pilate's question of "what is truth". The Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any sword. The Word of God opens our eyes and instructs our hearts in righteousness. The Word of God is how God communicates with His creation--us.
We can trust the Word of God because the author is God Himself. We can put to rest the doubts and fears regarding the future because God has given us exceeding great and precious promises which He cannot break. Because God has given us His Word, we can live this life with full assurance that what God has said is true and what God says will be, WILL BE. We have His Word on it.
Great blog. Your sentence, "We can trust the Word of God because the author is God Himself." says it all. If He wrote it, then it's true. If one word is true, then it's all true. Why would God write some true things, and then slip in a lot of stuff that isn't true. If you believe God is the author if the Bible, then logically you believe that every word is true and flawless. That is what makes studying the Bible so exciting; remembering who the author is. - bibleguy64
I am reminded of the lyrics of the song, "The Word" by Sara Groves.
[q]I've done every devotional, been every place emotional trying to hear a new word from God, and I think it's very odd.
That while I attempt to help myself my Bible sits upon the shelf with every promise.
The Word was the Word is and the Word will be. The Word was the Word is and the Word will be.
People are getting fit for truth like they're buying a new tailored suit. Does it fit across the shoulders, will it fade when it gets older.
We throw ideas that aren't in style in the Salvation Army pile and search for something more to meet our needs.
The Word was the Word is and the Word will be The Word was the Word is and the Word will be.
I think it's time we rediscover all the ground that we have covered Like 'seek ye first,' what a verse. We are pressed but not crushed, perplexed but don't despair, we are persecuted but never abandoned. We are no longer slaves, we are daughters and sons and when we are weak, we are very strong. And neither death, nor life, nor present, nor future, nor depth, nor height can keep us from the love of Christ!
And the Word I need is the Word that was. He put on flesh to dwell with us. In the beginning.
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"Blessed are you who have seen and believed. More blessed are those who have not seen, yet still believe." All you have said here, B2y, is so true. A great message!