Summary: The Bible is like a best friend; one who is always truthful and is trustworthy.
The Bible: Your Friend
Pastor Eric J. Hanson
March 1, 2015
Pontius Pilate sarcastically asked Jesus “What is Truth?” His attitude about that whole matter was typical of people who are not walking with God. What he meant was, “There is no genuine truth for guiding people’s decisions and their lives.” Jesus had just said “Everyone on the side of truth, listens to me.” What Pilate did not realize is this: Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6) Because Jesus lived without sinning at all, and he fulfilled the Law of God; therefore He is the truth. Indeed, because He always did the perfect will of the Father, therefore He is the truth. Truth is embodied in the person of Jesus Christ, and in the complete Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is also found in God’s written word, the Bible. Jesus prayed in John 17:17 “Sanctify them by your Truth. Your word is truth.”
The concept and practice of being transformed by truth, is a central and major part of truly knowing God. One of the most influential and courageous pastors of our time, the late Dr. D. James Kennedy called his daily radio program “Truths That Transform”. As we walk with the Lord and become ever closer to Him, we can be “transformed by truth”, God’s truth. As we learn God’s word more and more, and seek to obey Him, we can be transformed by truth. Let’s look more closely at this concept now.
The word transform is very interesting. It is closely related to several other words. Bay Area Rapid Transit takes people quickly around to different parts of San Francisco, moving from one part to another. Trans-pass on the Maine Turnpike lets you move through the tollbooth without stopping, traveling from one side of the booth to the other. Transition is the process of change. Moving from one job or career path to a different one is a major transition. Transformation however, is nothing less than the process of changing from being one thing or one form to being another. Transformation is deeper and more powerful than transit, trans-pass, or even transition.
People, who have genuinely experienced “new birth” through embracing Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, know that His truth has the power to transform. People, who have learned to feed on the written Word of God, and to obey it, know that His word has power to transform. At present, Jesus is in Heaven, until he returns to Earth in His Second Coming. The Bible however, is here with us now. How should we relate to it? There are three important ways. Here they are.
1. Accept the authority of the Bible.
Page 186 of “The Purpose Driven Life” says the following: “The Bible is far more than a doctrinal guidebook. God’s Word generates life, creates faith, produces change, frightens the Devil, causes miracles, heals hurts, builds character, transforms circumstances, imparts joy, overcomes adversity, defeats temptation, releases hope, infuses power, cleanses our minds, brings things into being, and guarantees our future forever.” Wow! What a summation of the transforming power released by God’s word! Many times people make decisions based on wrong authority. There are four flawed authorities people often turn to. They include: