"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. " John 1:1
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14
How can we as professing followers of Christ love Christ, but not love reading the Word of God, our Bibles? The Bible is not just another book. It contains the holy and righteous truths we must live by in order to be disciples of Christ. In observance of the church today there seems to be little emphasis on the Bible and scripture reading. Worship, spiritual gifts, traditional religious works, selfish ambition and empty conceit in ministry seems to dominate as a result of Bible illiteracy. There is no book that can replace it!
As we look at the two previous scriptures the Word was in the beginning. The Word was with God and was God. Then we see the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus manifested the grace and truth of the Word of God. He fulfilled the prophetic Word of God when we read Revelation 19, which I highly recommend you do. We read in verse 13 a description of what is yet to come which is the return of Christ:
"He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God."
As we seek the whole counsel of God’s Word I hope you can see in order to be a disciple of Christ you must love His Word as much as the Trinity. It is one and the same. There is no way to adequately describe the worth of our Bible. Yet within our homes how is it treated? Is it ultimately ignored and tossed aside till perhaps Sunday morning? Jesus said in John 15:15:
If you love Me, you will keep My commandments."
How can we keep what we haven’t read and meditated on? Know the Truth. Jesus prayed in John 17:17:
"Sanctify them in the Truth. Thy Word is Truth."
There is no sanctification in our lives apart from knowing the truth of His Words. In John 15:7 Jesus declares:
"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask what you will, and it shall be done for you."
If we obey this verse we will fulfill the purpose of God in our life! It will be His will we will be living and not our own. This is what it means to be truly saved. Just claiming we are Christians doesn’t make us one. We must convert from an old way of life to a new. Let us take a sobering look at God’s Word this morning and see if we are aligned with it in our lives.
In His love.
While running a 15 mile run on New River Trail yesterday I took my first dip in the river this spring at mile 12! I had faced full sun for the last couple of miles, so in I went! It was so cold!! It took my breath, but enabled me to finish the last 3 miles of my run. The roundleaf Ragwort was coming in in an abundance along the trail! Beautiful!