2 Timothy 3:16-4:1- “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” NASU
1 Thessalonians 2:13 – “For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.” NASU
1 Peter 2:2-3 – “…like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, 3 if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.” NASU
Before I accepted Christ as my Savior I knew that I knew nothing about the Bible or what it really taught. Once, I accepted Jesus as my Savior, I still knew I knew nothing, but had an insatiable hunger for the Word of God. After, I’d been a Christian for a few years I, like many, developed the idea that I had “THE TRUTH” and became quite a Pharisee. Then, the Holy Spirit took me through a metamorphosis where I once again realized that knew that I Knew Nothing or Knew so Little that it was almost shameful and that realized that no man had a corner on truth and we should always be learning and growing in our knowledge of God and an understanding of Truth. That’s one of the reasons that the Church is called a “body” because the body needs every member or part to function as a complete whole.
Each of us lives at a different level of understanding of “light” in the revelation of the things of God, so if we link together we have a composite of knowledge that is powerful. Sadly, too often we attempt to either live isolated lives or attend churches that are so sectarian and such isolationists that we do not draw from other members of the body of Christ from various doctrinal reasons. To me, that is a shame! Hardly a day goes by that I do not learn something new in God or expand something that I already knew to a more full revelation of that truth. That makes living exciting and makes the Word of God as desirable as the most delectable plate of your favorite food, pleasurable activity, or vacation spot.
The Word of God is our final authority on all matters, but not one portion of it is of private interpretation. That’s what Peter was addressing in 2 Peter 1:20-21- “But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” NASU
We need to remember that we are not Omniscient, Omnipresent, or Omnipotent. We are human and totally dependent upon God, His Word, and the Power of the Holy Spirit to live this thing called life. We also need each other because we are The Body of Christ! Therefore, I refuse to be exclusive and strive to be inclusive in my association and relationships with others who name the name of Christ. We may not agree on all things, and that’s perfectly okay. However, if we can agree on the very basic foundational principles that Jesus is the virgin-born, sinless Son of God, who died as a substitute for our sins and is not interceding for us before the throne of God we, can work around almost anything else. If we accept the Word of God as just that THE WORD OF GOD then we have a basis for working through all other differences. There are some things I consider heresy as do you, but what if I’m wrong? Should I not reach out to those who acknowledge Jesus as their personal savior and truly find out what they believe and share with them what I believe and maybe, just maybe together we can develop a more, clear picture of The Truth of God!
Something to think about as you stand before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords on this Lord’s Day and Worship! Thanks for your continued prayers for my wife as she battles Stage Four Breast Cancer. We treasure your love, prayers, and friendship.
Blessings from the Lord on this beautiful day!