Summary: The Word of God in the final authority for the Christian’s life.
It is His Word
The Lord is looking for a few good men and women. Those who are willing to be in the Word and growing in Christlikeness. Before we can become all that we should be in Christ we need to decide that the Word of God will be the controlling factor in the decisions we make. We have to decide what will be the authority in our lives. Some want reason to be the authority in our lives but this fails first because our minds are finite and we do not know everything. Those that I know that have much learning and degrees in education have said that it only brought them to realize how little they know. Another point that our reasoning will not be good is because our minds have been polluted by sin. Others want feelings to be in control of what they have as authority. So they let their emotions rule them. You know as I do that emotions can change many times in one day. Another authority some like to rule is the conscious. Their own sense of right and wrong. The conscious can only be guided by what it has had put in. Pro choice VS. pro life. In Titus 1:5 "To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. There is only one source of authority that we can really count on and that is the Word of God. God’s word is inspired. We believe that the books of the old and new Testaments constitute the Holy Scriptures. They are the inspired and infallibly written Word of God, fully inerrant in their original manuscripts and superior to all human authority, and have been transmitted to the present without corruption of any essential doctrine. We believe that they contain all things necessary to salvation; so that whatever is not read therein, nor any be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man or woman that it should be believed as an article of faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. The New testament teaches Christians how to fulfill the moral principles of the Old Testament, calling for loving obedience to God made possible by the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit. I want us to hear one aspect that will enable us to benefit from following God’s Word.
God’s Word is a Revelation of Himself. It is the only source that lets us know what He wants us to know. In the Revelation of His word we pull back like a curtain to see God. Revelation is very critical because this is the only way we get from god what He wants us to know about Himself. If we want to know Him better then we must be more in His Word. One of the first things we find out is that God is totally different from us. So different that it tells us that if we would look on Him as He is in these bodies we would die. God is so far above us that if we were left to our reasoning, emotions or conscience we would have no way of finding Him. Many have used these and found something totally dissimilar from God. Let us look at Is 55:8,9. We cannot adjust God to how we think or feel. We would also see here a liking to a preschooler coming to a parent and saying "hey I know what is best for life." Can we counsel One who is wisdom? Can we advise One who created us? God must reveal Himself if we are to know Him. Let us look at revelation more closely:
1. REVELATION IS COMPELLING. God’s Word goes out from His mouth. It is personal and tired up in His person. When the bible is opened to you, you are getting what God is like. When the Bible is opened you get to see God. How that would and should change us the next time we hear or read the Word of God. Not only do we see God, we find that God is seeing us. "The Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of the soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart." If you want to follow Him then you must be a person of His Word. Be Reconcilers
"It is easier to be a problem-solver than it is to be a reconciler. It costs less to preach advice than it does to participate in the hurting. It’s easier to pray for someone than it is to confront him knowingly with his sin. What is the fruit of reconciliation? Peace. Peace with God; peace with other people. We are called to leave the ranks of troublemakers and find peace in reconciliation. Let us join in accepting the challenge Christ has put before us. Let us count the cost and consider it of no consequence compared to the joy of fellowship. Let us celebrate the end of enmity and promise of peace! For blessed are the reconcilers who mirror Christ’s self-sacrificing love. They shall be called the sons and daughters of God" (Kathleen Catrett)