The Word of God
How does the Bible use the phrase “Word of God”? We see this phrase used in 2 different manners.
First, Jesus Christ is portrayed in select passages as the Word of God.
Although this comparison is rare, it serves to remind us that Jesus Christ exists as the only person we should look to to discover the character and will of God.
Second, God’s spoken words are referred to as the Word of God and come in three forms in Scripture:
1. God speaks and His words have such power that they cause something incredible to happen. This is referred to as God’s decrees.
2. God often spoke to individuals directly in the Bible. We read about conversations God had with Adam and Moses. He also spoke at Jesus’ baptism.
3. God used prophets to speak his words. Although His words come from human lips, God said that He put them there, so we receive them as God’s words.
4. God’s words are found in written form in the Bible. In fact, the only reason we know about all the previous forms of God’s words are because of what we read in the Bible. Therefore, our study of systematic theology stems from a close study of the Word of God as found in the Bible.
Today’s lesson seems like a simple concept. However, acknowledging that the words found in the Bible are indeed God’s words should bring about a certain response in our lives. Grudem says it well: “they [God's words found in the Bible] are absolutely authoritative and absolutely true: to disobey them or disbelieve them is a serious sin and brings judgment from God” (1 Cor. 14:37 and Jer. 36:29-31) (50).
If the words found in the Bible are God’s words, then we must obey them. We must believe them to be true. This must be reflected in how we live our lives.
Do you struggle to believe everything you read in the Bible? What is most difficult for you to accept? Let’s talk in the comments.
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