Summary: Grasping what the Word of God is and how people are to approach the written Word has an effect on those who may hear what is taught out of the Bible.
“Words From Heaven” The Bible
The Foundation of the Bible
What you believe about God affects your entire life. It affects how you respond to the consequences of your past. It affects your response to circumstances and situations in the presence and it determines the outcome of the future, in this life and the life hereafter.
That is why Satan has laid out a plan to distort our view about God. We live in a time which people are living by an un-Biblical view of God, His Son and the Holy Spirit. Satan effectively uses the media, music, movies, experiences, false teachings and people in general to distort mankind's view about the God whom everyone must face someday. The Bible says, "For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:14-19)
The Apostle Paul in prayer asked God to give the Body of Christ Holy Spirit knowledge of His love for them through the revelation of Words from Heaven.
God has shown His love for the church in many different ways. Grasping what the Word of God is and how people are to approach the written Word has an effect on those who may hear what is taught out of the Bible. Our spiritual heart beat toward everything surrounding the proclaiming and publishing of God’s Word determines the Holy Spirit’s influence in a work of God.
A church which is used by the Lord has Christians who are like what the Psalmist wrote, “Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are they who keep His statues and seek Him with all their heart. They doing nothing wrong, they walk in His ways. You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed.” (Psalm 119:1-4)
The God of the Bible has given revelation to mankind so they may know His will for them. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1) Three times we see "word" (????? lógos) meaning to speak intelligently, an intelligent discourse. (The Complete Word Study of the Bible) This Greek word is the title of Christ (John 1:1; Revelation 19:13; Dictionary of Biblical languages) Jesus is the "Word" the logos of life. (1 John1:1; Dictionary of Biblical Languages) This is the very "Word" we are to preach. (2 Timothy 4:2; Dictionary of Biblical Languages) "It is the very utterances of the prophets the Word or Message." (Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains. New York: United Bible Societies)
Recently George Barna Research Group came up with these stats: Eighty-eight percent of Americans own a Bible. Eighty percent say the Bible is sacred. Sixty-one percent say they want to read the Bible more.
We have this exhortation from God’s Word to inspire people to read and pray for people to be enlighten with. "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
God-breathed (?e?p?e?st?? theópneustos), means that the written Word of God was prompted by God, divinely inspired as opposed to (phusikós) coming from mankind's natural abilities. (Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers; (Swanson, J. (1997). Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains: Greek (New Testament). Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc.) "This is the Scriptural view of inspiration; that inspired men were [instruments] of God in such a sense that their words are to be received not as the words of men, but as they are in truth, the words of God." (Hodge, C. (1997). Systematic theology (Vol. 1, p. 157). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.) "The Bible has revealed truths and facts which are infallible... All truths and doctrines of Scripture which are necessary to salvation [and living for God] are without mixture of error and are the infallible rule of faith and practice... It is the operation of the Holy Spirit upon the human mind for the purpose of conveying [God’s truth] to mankind." (Shedd, W. G. T. (2003). Dogmatic theology. (A. W. Gomes, Ed.) (3rd ed., p. 98). Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Pub.)