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John 1:4 "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men."

John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

 John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." 

MONTHLY LESSONS DESIGNED TO CONVERT.

 

December, 2018

Lessons to Convert

This Month's Theme:

The People of the Book

2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

 

In our opening passage of scripture, we note that the Apostle Paul recognizes that “All Scripture” is accredited to God's act of breathing it. The word inspiration (from the Greek, “Theopneustos”; “Theos” – ‘God', and “Pneo” – ‘to breathe'), describes this universal method of revelation. The Apostle Paul establishes here, that God is the Author of all that we recognize as scripture or His word.

What is not included in this specific description, is the vehicle used to reveal this Divine revelation.

1 Corinthians 1:21 “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”

 

In Paul's letter to the church at Corinth, he refers to the vehicle used by God to render His Divine word; human agency!

Jesus recognized that King David (human agent), spoke as the Spirit of God directed, note:

Matthew 22:43-44 "He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,' saying: 44 ‘The LORD said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”'
(a quote from Psalms 110:1).

This has always been the vehicle that God has used to reveal His will to mankind. In times past God used different methods to reveal His will to these vehicles as recorded by the Hebrew writer, note:

Hebrews 1:1-2 “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds”

 

In addition to the differences in the past as to how God revealed His word to chosen men, the Hebrew writer identifies that God has now unified the way that He breathes His word; through His Son! The Lord, before His arrest and subsequent death, shared with His chosen disciples (soon to be Apostles; meaning ‘One Sent') the method that would be used to reveal God's word through their agency, note:

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

John 16:13-14 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

 

So, we see that God has always used human agency to speak His Divine will to all men. Instead of different methods, He has unified the link by which He would reveal His will; through His Son. As we recognize that Jesus has been given all authority by God (Matthew 28:18-20); in turn, Jesus revealed to His chosen disciples that He would send them the Holy Spirit who would reveal to them all truth. He would then command them to go into the world and preach this Gospel (good news) to all men (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 1:8 – human agency).

The Apostle Paul would speak of this chain of authority that is responsible for the God breathed word that guides us, note:

1 Corinthians 2:10-13 “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
13 These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”

 

I have underlined the pronouns in this passage to represent the Apostle Paul as he includes himself with the other Apostles in the revelation of God's word. This passage, by itself, stands as one of the best descriptions of inspiration in scripture.

As the Apostles of our Lord began to render to the world the God breathed word, making known to man “all truth”, we see them also command Christians (those who have heard and obeyed the Gospel's call - Acts 2:38; 2 Thessalonians 2:14), to stand fast in this word, note:

2 Thessalonians 2:15 “Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.”

 

Summary

2 Peter 1:19-21 “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

 

We must recognize the imploring of Peter, as an Apostle of Jesus Christ. We must recognize the word of God as the only source of authority in establishing the righteousness of God. We must recognize that this is the method that God chose to teach us, and that it does matter what it says!

 

WE MUST BECOME THE PEOPLE OF THE BOOK!

 

Come! Learn with us, what this wonderful revelation really has to say about your salvation and relationship with God, through Christ Jesus!

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