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God Said

Doctrine of God's Word - "God Said"

The Bible is the foundation teaching for all doctrine. Below are some key Scripture that will give us some foundation truths. As we wrestle with the whole counsel of God it is critical that we remember God's character and characteristics, therefore none of our interpretations should violate these characteristics of God nor any of His Holy Word.

"Did God really say?" A Question Satan asked Eve and still ask us today.

Jesus when tempted in Matthew chapter 4, defeats Satan with "it is written" and quotes God's Word.

Introduction: Resolution (decision - commitment)

Do you believe the Bible to be God's Word or only contain God's Word? There is a big difference. If it only contains God's Word, man becomes the authority to determine what God has said.

Jesus says, Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (John 17:17)

Let us resolve to:

Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Psalm 119:105 Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Rom 10:17 So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

What is our view of the Bible? Do we see it as inerrant & infallible (no mistakes or errors?)

I. Revelation: the revealing of something previously hidden or secret

The Bible is the primary method of God's revelation to man.

Mystery of God - 1 Cor 2:7-8 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known [it], they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
John 5:39 - Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me

God also reveals himself in His creation and man's conscience:

Rom 1:20 - For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Rom 2:14-15 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and [their] thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) Jesus incarnate was perfect revelation of God - John 1:1-3,4 & Heb 1:1-3

II. Inspiration: - divine guidance and influence on human beings

2 Peter 1:21 "holy men of God " spake - moved by Spirit of God
2 Tim 3:16 "inspiration of God" (God breathed)

What part is God breathed? (All?) What part is for me? (All?) What part do you believe? (All?) Satan is still asking the question that he asked Eve, "Did God really say?".

Jesus never question God's Word and used it to response to Satan when tempted, "It is written" - Mt 4:4 "Man should not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."

Jesus also said not one letter or part of letter will pass away until he comes again? Mt 5:18

III.Illumination:The provision of light to make something visible

John 16:13 "Spirit guides to all truth"
1 Cor 2:14 "natural man cannot understand" Spiritually discerned

IV. Interpretation: establish a meaning

This is a very critical part of understanding the Bible. We need to be very careful and not allow "man's traditions (Mt 15:1-20)" to influence our understanding.

Let Scripture & Holy spirit reveal understanding & not by man's rules (traditions of man) - hermeneutics

1 Cor 2:10 "God will reveal himself " His ways - Ps 119:105

What is the purpose of the Bible? (reveal Himself & his requirements on man) ? Ps 119:11

Did God really say? (Yes) The Word of God is inerrant, however our interpretations are not! What part of Bible relates to me? (All) -

Search scriptures "Find God" John 5:39 - In Luke 24 when Jesus says "Oh foolish men" , what part of the Bible was Jesus referring to? (Old Testament) Based upon this and other statements by Jesus, Is Old testament only for the Jew?

Be aware that many Bible scholars (material we read) teach that the Old Testament is for the Jew only, however, you cannot understand the New Testament without understanding the Old! Read and meditate on Psalm 1

V.Illustration: something that helps to explain something " a picture"

Most of Jesus' parables are illustrations (word pictures). Many of the Old Testament stories are examples of god using Israel as a "living parable" (typology) to illustrate His truths. For example the whole exodus (Exodus - Joshua) story is a picture of redemption. With-in that story or specific examples of typology such as "blood" of the "passover lamb" (Jesus) and the "bronze serpent" (Jesus) . The New Testament tell us very clearly that this both were typology, such as Jesus' statement in John chapter 3 about the "bronze serpent".

VI. Application:(conclusion) "putting to use" in search of truth, "Thy Word is Truth!"

John 17:17 Sanctify by thy word, thy word is Truth Do we believe the Bible is Truth (God's Word)?

Do we believe that God requires obedience? Mat 7:21 - Be doers & hears of word - House being built o n Rock - Mt 7:23

Do we believe that Jesus calls us to obedience? We have misinterpreted God's Word (made faith a passive word) and the traditions of men teach that works (obedience) is a bad word! However, James says, Faith without works is dead (James 2:20) 2:21 Abraham faith was of works! (conditional!). Plus Paul says work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Where is the fear of God in today's traditions of man?

As Jesus was preparing his disciples for the crucifixion, He speaks about going away and sending a comforter. Chapters 14-16 of John sheds light on this event, however John 14:15,21,& 23 seem to give requirements for receiving that comforter. It is my belief that the Bible consistently uses this thought as part of the definition of faith/belief. In other words truth Biblical faith/believe include both "trust & obey", as we often sing "for there is no other way"!

Review the concept of the "fire & cloud" in the wilderness, the people were to follow them, not the other way around. "Traditions of men" teach that Christ will follow us. If this is the case who is the follower/disciple?

What does God require of you? Review Deut 10:12-13, Ecc 12:13-14, John 14:15,21,23 & Rev chapters 2-3