Psalm 12:6, “The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times.”
Isaiah 55:11, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
First let me just start out by saying this as a way of laying a foundation; you cannot love something or someone that you know little to nothing about. It just is not possible!
The other day my wife and I were discussing some of what I had just read that morning in the Bible and she read to me a post she came across in Facebook. The person stated, “The more I read the Bible, the more I fall in love with the Lord.” All I could say was a resounding Amen! But it also got me to thinking.
For one thing, this person certainly got it right. The Bible truly describes the character, nature, attributes and personality of God Almighty and specifically as our Heavenly Father. Now I mentioned this briefly the other day in one of my other posts, but today I want that to be what we focus on, rather than just as a side note, as it were.
Many people believe that the Bible was given just to explain how we can get to heaven. They use Scriptures to point out that it is useful for doctrine, teaching, instruction, encouragement and correction and so forth. (2 Timothy 3:16-17). In essence this is true, and yet there is so much more and so much more depth to the Word of God, the Holy Bible, then just a list of how to do things and what not to do.
As you may have realized and notice in the Scriptures posted above, the Word of God is ALIVE and living. It is Spirit-breathed and full of power. It is pure, as pure as God Himself, for in essence He IS His Word.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1:1. Now a lot of people would like to make this simple statement and truth much more complicated than it is. But it is simple, straight-forward truth. God is His Word. Jesus Christ is the Living Word but Jesus and the Father are One. God, the Father is Spirit, Jesus, the Son is Flesh, albeit glorified flesh now, but He did take on flesh when He came to earth to show us the Father. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son. He is the Spirit of the Father when He worked externally with mankind under the Old Covenant and He is the Spirit of the Son working internally with mankind under the New Covenant and the dispensation or age of grace. Same Spirit, Same God, doing different functions. It is NOT complicated when you read and study the WHOLE counsel of the Bible.
In truth and this may seem a bit sarcastic and yet I am speaking the truth, if it was more complicated, there are too many of us, myself included who just would not be able to fathom even the simplest concepts. But the written Word was give for man to understand all that God the Father is and the Living Word came to show us the Father and to correct misconceptions that “religion” had perpetrated.
Everything in the Word of God, the written commands and instructions AND the examples given as lessons, historical and otherwise, are given to demonstrate to us the Heavenly Father’s Holy and Pure nature and character and to show us exactly how we can relate to Him AS our Heavenly Father. His desire since the very creation of man, was to have a relationship, a loving relationship, based on choice and willingness from the creation that He made. This is the very reason why mankind alone has reason, a free will and the ability to choose his path. Anything BUT a free will and freedom to choose would not be love and thus would not be in character with God Who IS love!
Now I stated this the other day as a side not to what I was teaching then but I want to repeat it and have you truly think and meditate on this next fact. Salvation is only a PART of the Bible, an important part of the Word of God to be sure, but it is like the first step a baby takes towards walking. It is a means to an end, an important first step to be sure and do not take it lightly for I don’t; but it is a first step in a lifetime relationship with God, the Father in the natural AND the eternal and it is all accomplished THROUGH Jesus Christ, the Son, Who is the only Way, the only Life, to the Father and is empowered by the Holy Spirit of Christ Jesus Who resides in us at the point of spiritual rebirth! Again, it is ALL to allow us a relationship with our Heavenly Father that was lost due to man’s rebellion in the very beginning.
Now think on this; man’s rebellion did not take God by surprise! God did not PLAN for man to rebel, but in His ability to know all, He was aware that man would fall and so He had a plan for man to be redeemed, right from the very beginning! You see, if man did not have the ability to choose what was obedience in contrast with rebellion, then he would not have a choice, he would not have the capacity to follow his own will; a will surrendered to God, as Father, or a will to do “his own thing.”
There is no love without the freedom to choose and the freedom of will. I will say it again, there is NO LOVE without the freedom to choose by your own will! God knew this and that is what makes His plan for mankind so perfect in the eternal scheme of things. God knows that for man to love Him as Creator and specifically as a Father, man has to do it from his own free will by making a conscious and reasoned choice. Man who refuses has the same free will and the same ability to make a reasoned choice NOT to surrender to God and in essence rejecting the Creator as Father and Lord. A person like that only has love for themselves, but it will always be their choice! God will NOT force man to choose to love Him for then it would not be love at all.
So the next time you pick up a version of the Bible that you like and find helpful, take a look at it in a little bit newer light and realize that in your hands, you are holding the blueprint, as it were, to the Creator’s, our Heavenly Father’s heart! In it, you will then start to see Him as He truly is and just how much He truly loves His creation!