During the dark ages the scriptures were kept from the brethren. The Roman Church allowed them in Latin; a language the common uneducated person was unable to read. The Lord raised up a man that gave his life to translate the scriptures; that being William Tyndale. He was strangled and burnt at the stake for his efforts.
Martin Luther and John Calvin headed up the reformation of Catholicism to Protestantism. During these times the scripture was used as the primary tool to battle the Roman Catholic Church. Many beautiful truths were regained throughout all this, and the scripture was in turn revered. Rightly so I may add.
“If a little bit is good, more is better.” We all think this way. What the translation of the scripture into English accomplished was good, very good. But things got out of a proper balance. Scripture was placed as the final word on all things in the Christian faith. A man may have the new birth, but it takes a few years to put to death the works of the flesh and have a mind renewed into the Mind of Christ. Even though Luther restored the doctrine of salvation by faith, and union with Christ, he was a fleshly man. As a consequence of these days we still suffer from the carnal mentality that scriptural knowledge is equal to spiritual age in Christ. Then to compound the problem Paul was a scholar and able to explain spiritual life in a scholarly fashion.
I challenge you to read everything Paul ever penned trying see the man behind the teachings. He was deeply in love with Jesus Christ and he gave and poured out his life for the Body of Christ. The believers of that day would do anything for him. They shed many tears for their Apostle.
The inordinate position of scripture in the Body of Christ has created separation upon separation though out the centuries. The book that teaches we are to be one; has been the same book that’s divided the Body of Christ times without end. Why? Because it has been given too much predominance in the Ekklesia.
As you read this dissertation, try and very simply believe what scripture says, and the heart of what it is teaching. Keep your spirit keen to hear and know the Spirit of Truth. It is he who wrote the scripture and it must needs be Him to teach them as well. If this should be the case they will never again create a separation between believers in Christ our Lord again.
We are going to review what scripture says about The Word of the Lord, Scripture and Scriptures and The Word of God. For the latter two we will review each time they appear in the scriptures.
If we believe a lie; even just one; it can and will direct us on an improper course. For example, consider the lie Eve believed and acted upon. Just one lie believed has caused more sin and misery than any other single act in the history of mankind. The scriptures are incomparable in their scope, truth and beauty, but if used outside of their designed purpose bring nothing but death and destruction to the believer in Christ.
Scripture and Scriptures
“But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth:” Dan 10:21
It appears the “Scripture of Truth” the Angel is teaching Daniel from is a book in Heaven, and unrelated to our scriptures. We can see by what the angel’s content shown to Daniel. It was something completely new to scripture. Namely the course of history from Daniel’s day to the return of our King. This leaves the word “scripture” exclusively used in the New Testament.
I think it prudent to list each and every instance where scripture talks about scripture. There are 51 more instances. If you were to look up Strong’s G1124 on Blue Letter Bible you can view chapter, verse and Thayer’s definition. http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G1124&t=KJV
Here are the 51 instances, try and see how the Lord viewed them as well as others who we love and respect.
Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.
(Notice how the Lord calls the writing of the prophets scripture)
And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:
I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.
And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
(These two verses show scripture in its proper usage.)
When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(If you truly want to be a witness for the Lord and build up the Body of Christ ask the Lord to make you one of these believers. One who rivers of living water flow from.)
(The Lord seperates the Word of God and scripture here. He was quoting Psalms 82:6 “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.”)
They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots.
For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.
(When David spoke by the Holy Ghost it was The Word of God. Peter is calling those words scripture.)
Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
(This is how we as believers learn scripture. Discuss and reason with one another in reliance upon the Holy Spirit to teach us. If you ever experience bible study with another believer that wants nothing more than to sit at the feet of the Holy Spirit and learn scripture, you are a deprived believer. What He teaches individually has no comparison to what He teaches corporately.)
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
(Can you see the Word and scripture are differentiated here? Paul spoke the Word and they searched scripture to see if it was so.)
Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,
(The prophets are now considered scripture.)
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
(The prophets are scripture.)
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
(This is the proper place for scripture. Its proper usage and place in the body of Christ. Comforting to know we can fully rely on scripture; that it is written by the inspiration of God. It is written in the Spirit and needs be taught to us by that same Spirit. If this were the case we would have a thriving Church without division)
If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
(Prophecy is scripture.)
As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
(We see Peter instructs that Paul’s writings are scripture. But when spoken or written to their target audience were The Word of God.)
Brethren can you hear the tone of the Lord and Apostles concerning scripture? Their use and importance. Also the complete silence in considering them to be The Word of God. There is also a silence in scripture as being a commandment to you and I. We have errentantly allowed the scripture to usurp the authority of the Holy Spirit. Those led by the Spirit are the sons of God. Those not; are not. Remove them from the assembly.
The bible is our scripture; when God speaks that is the Word of God. They are separate. We glean the truth from the Word of God spoken to others. We read scripture to do this. When the Spirit teaches us and speaks fresh to you and I; whether directly to our spirit, through a brother or sister, or thru the scriptures; that brethren is God’s Word.
The Word of the Lord
The Word of the Lord – occurs 255 times (243 times in the OT and 12 times in the NT)
Take notice the “Word of the Lord” is always a spoken from the mouth of God. It is never considered scripture. I have only listed a few instances; as 255 times is a bit much to list. I have included a link in case you desire to read them all. I would suggest doing so.
And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
And Moses numbered them according to the word of the LORD, as he was commanded.
(God’s commandments to you and I are not written any longer. We are no longer under the written law. None of it. Not one single letter. NONE!! The law is written on our hearts and as we fellowship with the Godhead He tells us personally what to do and not do. If you do not experience this you are in sin or not born again.)
Only the cattle and the spoil of that city Israel took for a prey unto themselves, according unto the word of the LORD which he commanded Joshua.
And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying,
came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah
From the above verses we can see The Word of the Lord was given personally to these men. It was what He spoke. Below are some interesting verses concerning the Lords Word. Please notice that none seem to be speaking about the scripture, but what the Lord has personally said. To and through whomever.
“The Word of the Lord” appears 243 times in the Old Testament. Each time as far as I can tell it is what He spoke right in that moment of time to a prophet. His Word was for them to do something, tell someone, tell a nation or even an inanimate object such as a mountain or altar what will befall them or what to do.
There is just one verse that attaches His Word to scripture.
Go, enquire of the LORD for me, and for them that are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD, to do after all that is written in this book.
(For us in the new covenant what is written in the Law is no longer in effect.)
New testament usage of “The Word of the Lord”
There are 12 times it is used in the New Testament. In each of these it seems to be what Jesus spoke while walking and teaching His disciples here on earth. Here are all 12 for your perusal. None of these verses infer “The Word of the Lord” as being scripture.
Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
I know there is a lot of scripture reading here, but it is overwhelming how many verses there are that seem to suggest that scripture is scripture and not the Word of God as we have come to believe over the years. The reformation has ingrained into our thoughts that scripture is Gods Word to us. When in fact it was Gods Word to others, and we glean the truth from what was spoken to these others. The prophets were speaking to the Jews. Paul was speaking to the Galatians and Romans etc. Now let me say something here. I Love the Scriptures. They are the most beautiful, tangible and visable item here on this earth that is from our Lord. But, they are not the Word of God. If you are able and your flesh is not having a volcanic eruption about now hang in there with me for just a little while longer.
The Word of God
The Word of God – occurs 48 times (4 times in the OT and 44 times in the NT)
The 4 times in the Old Testament “The Word of God is used exactly as “The Word of the Lord.”
Let’s consider its usage in the New Testament. It is used 44 times. As with scripture and scriptures I feel the need to list each occurrence. Why? The adversary was unable to stop the compilation of scriptures around the year 300 something. But he was very effectual in keeping them suppressed for many centuries. Those years were called the dark ages. It always seems as if he is winning. Killing us and destroying the Church. For all practical purposes he seems to win way too much. Why is that? It’s because we as the Church fail constantly. We are just like Israel. Always forsaking our Lord and allowing the adversary to get the upper hand on us. It is the Ekklesia that is to hold back the gates of hell. The Lord had given this earth to us to subdue, and He wants, and has allowed Himself to need us to do just that. He is perfect in every way. We have failed Him in so many ways.
Place yourself for a moment in a position akin to His. You are a Father and Love is your nature. But there is a problem. Your brightest has fallen and is working to usurp your power and authority. he is set on destroying any and everything you hold dear. You are perfect in righteousness and only judge in perfection. Subject to the laws of righteousness. You set in motion a complex plan that will allow judgment to your adversary, and a bride; that has proven herself in obedience and suffering for the love of your Son.
So here we are you and I in the throws of this grand perfect plan of restoration to the universe. What an honor. But alas, what are we doing? Loving the temporal world, concerned with food and shelter, doing what seems good in our own eyes etc etc. The Church has split so many times you would think she is an embryo. And why has she split? Over the scriptures. We have power to route satan and all his powers as the Body of Christ, but do we? No, we don’t. Too busy worrying about our self and what we want. Discussing, memorizing and arguing over doctrines. It is pitiful.
So why this note. It would seem obvious. The scripture is to be used to build up the Body of Christ into Christ. Not to create separation. satan was unsuccessful in keeping the scriptures suppressed so he has taken the opposite attack and has caused them to be worshiped; giving them an inordinate position in the Body of Christ and successfully making us ineffective in tearing down his strongholds. We have made an idol out of a created thing and placed this thing in our heart where our Lord belongs. We have failed our Lord as individual believers and especially as the Body of Christ.
Look at the abusive use pastors have accomplished with their handling of scripture. They have managed to cause us to sit at their feet year after year and be taught. Convincing us due to their schooling and bible knowledge we are not qualified to learn from the Holy Spirit ourselves. Then we have become passive and forsook the Lord and allowed it to happen. So here we are a dead Body or nearly so. satan runs rampant over the face of the globe dragging creation to hell. The blood is on us. We have, and continue to fail our Lord just to fulfill our own desires. What is satan labeled in scripture? “the willful one” and so are we!!!
New Testament usage of “The Word of God”
Now let’s consider the New Testament usage. While reading these think on them as being something the Lord is saying; The Fathers, Son’s and Spirit’s word to us personally. To you and I.
Some of you are probably too young, but for those who have been a believer for a few decades may remember the days when we would go and here a teacher teach and know the Lord was speaking to us through him? We would say that was a “word from the Lord”. There was a day when the Spirit was in the organized churches. I know that may be hard to fathom, but it is true. There is restoration coming btw. It’s going to be like nothing the world has seen since the first century.
Anyways, don’t think in the mindset satan has created thoughout the years. That being the misunderstanding of scripture being the Word of God. Read these verses as what the Lord speaks to and through His servants; as this being the Word of God instead of scripture.
(His Word coming through man and going into a heart can be nullified with our actions.)
(It was not scripture that came to him.)
(The Word is what keeps our spiritual life alive. Not dead letters on paper.)
(We love to read or listen to a teachers that the Holy Spirit bears witness to; so did they.)
(Doing it – is being led by the Spirit. It will also bring us to the cross. We will not always want to. Even our Lord in the garden asked to be allowed to have the cup pass from Him.)
If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
(The word is scarce now. We have so few who can wield it. It takes a deep working of the cross and an immersion into the will of the Lord to be able to. We are much to self serving.)
Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
(When we teach; if within our heart we are wanting to say what the Spirit wants said, and allow our own desire to die; to say what He wants said, and not what we want to say. This is where the rivers of living water spring from. Those rivers are The Word of God.)
Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
(“by” is better translated though.)
What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
(If in fact the rivers do begin to flow; we can corrupt and or handle them deceitfully.)
(If we are able to work in conjunction with the Holy Spirit, wait upon Him and speak what and when He leads; we can effect great damage upon the gates of hell. We must all learn how to wield “The Sword of the Spirit.”)
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
(His Word comes through men, but are His words. Awesome.)
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
(This division is the heart of being a spiritual man. There is really no other way to recognize what is spiritual, and what is of the soul or body. Inundating yourself in Spirit taught reading and teachings will effect the division.)
(There is no substitute. His word is Life.)
I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
(Many young men here on FB can speak the Word of God. It gives my heart more joy and comfort than you will ever imagine. They falter at times, but return to an abiding relationship with the Lord and continue on.)
I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
(Those that have put to death their own desires and wholly live for the Lord will be able to wield the sword of the Spirit. It is those that will undergo special persecution for the adversary. I can promise them special consideration from the vile one.)
Let’s close with some related verses.
And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
(Jesus Christ is the Word of God. He is what the Father wants to say to us. If we know Him, bear His cross, serve Him, are led by His Spirit, know His voice, walk daily with Him, are completely consumed with Him. We have the Word of God. Then we can share Him with others. Bringing the lost to their Savior and the brethren into the fulness of Christ. Its by the Word of God that these are accomplished.)
And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness to me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen; and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe him whom he has sent. You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me; yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.
(Don’t make the same mistake. The scriptures are beautiful, but they cannot save you. If the Spirit teaches you from them; opens them up and speaks to you; then brethren they are the Word of God. But not a moment sooner.)
Much Love Brethren in Christ our Lord,