In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son; who was born of a virgin, died on a cross, risen from the grave and caught up to sit at the right hand of our Father in heaven is The Word of God. All glory, honor and worship belong to Him and Him alone.
As we discuss this, keep this one partial verse in mind “and the Word was God.“
Scripture was canonized mid 3rd century. I think I read that the Revelation of Jesus Christ was given to John about 90 AD? With this in mind the New Testament was not in existence until many years after the letters were penned. As we read scripture verses, please keep this in mind also.
I would ask one thing. That for every person that reads this teaching to ask the Holy Spirit to show you any error either in spirit or doctrine, and share it with me. I will not be offended in the slightest. I have one burning desire and that is to assist the Bride in preparing herself for her groom. Pleasing my Lord and being found faithful on that day.
I have taught that scripture is believed to be the Word of God. I do not hold to this credence. I will attempt to show as clearly as I can from scripture, why I feel this way and the danger I perceive from holding this belief.
I suppose this would be a good place to say what I do believe scripture is, how it is to be understood, its place in the Body of Christ and what its uses are.
First, I believe scripture to be inspired by the Holy Spirit. In its original penned form it is without error and perfect. This last statement I am sure will rile up some fleshly responses. Brethren regardless of the reason your flesh is active it is vile. Its only purpose is the die on the cross and carry you about in this world to share Christ. That being said I will provide a link showing just one error. One proves the presupposition perfectly well that, there is error present.
Now if there is error as we see there is. This is one known and easy to document. What about other purposefully performed by someone else a little more skillful? This on the surface seems to be problematic, but in fact it is not. We know two things:
1) The Spirit of God wrote the scriptures.
2) He is our teacher of the scriptures.
Problem solved. What does still remain as a problem is the carnal mind. No small problem I might add. This is no fault of the finished work of Christ our Lord either. His work was and is Perfect. Now on the other hand our cooperation and participation with this work is greatly flawed. Bear your cross, ensure you are born again. Rely of the Spirit to teach you and lean not on your own understanding. Did I mention to bear your cross? Put to death the works of the flesh. Obey the Spirit and that obedience is the death of self. Remember “Not my will, but thine be done.”
The perfection of scripture. This is a matter of awe and wonder. Have you ever dug deep into prophecy with the Holy Spirit? It is right here that the entire book becomes one. Cover to cover the perfection, the awe. I simply do not have words to explain this beauty. Our Lord is very, very smart. He hides the greatest truths under and in the simplest places. How He uses pictures for words and how the picture says volumes about the subject as well as hiding it those that are not His.
What is its place in the Body of Christ? Man is weak at best. Easy to lead astray and a sheep of sorts really. I know of no one that doesn’t fit this description. Our God is outside of time in eternity. In heaven. A whole different place. From there, and He being who He is can see the beginning and the end all at the same time. You all know this. From the first verses in Genesis to the last in the Revelation it is obvious. He knew we would need scripture to restore us as the Body. The restoration began with the mystics and an abiding relationship in Christ Jesus. Carried thru Luther and salvation by grace. Then things began moving faster. Revival of the Holy Spirit and gifts, spiritual warfare with Jessie Penn-Lewis and Evan Roberts, body life with Watchman Nee and the Little Flock. There is so much more restoration I need to make a list someday. I hope you can see the Lord’s hand throughout the ages and His desire for building up the Body of Christ.
It is my belief that our Lord is not a loser. That He is not going to return to His bride looking this way. We have a scripture that says the Bride will prepare herself for her Groom. I can see through the eye of the Spirit a glorious bride in waiting. What does this mean? You know the Lord as well as I do. He is and ever will be the same. At regeneration we receive new Life. This new life is beyond compare. We have to tell everyone and want them to share in Him with us. Then it fades. Why? Because it’s time to get busy working out our salvation. Loving the Lord, bearing a cross and maturing to the fulness and stature in Christ Jesus. Then, as we mature the joy returns and we possess Christ as a adult spiritual man. Not as a newborn babe. Jews have a way of interpreting scripture. Its called Midrash. For example, we can study baptism this was to know what the full meaning of baptism is. The flood saved Noah, The Red Sea save Israel, Christ after baptism was full time for His Father. Ours should be as our Lord’s. So what is baptism? Its a salvation from the destruction of the world and an entering into a new life completely devoted to the service of our Lord. A public confession of these facts. That being said, what would be a Midrach to an individual believers walk in relation to the Body of Christ? A mature body of Christ in close resemblance to the first century Church. Now I ask at this point to please “share with your teacher all good things.” Does your spirit give an amen to that or is it just me? Does He bear witness to the truth to you or am I off base a bit?
So if we are to prepare there is something needed. It is something the first century has that we do not. Let’s read scripture and see if we can find it.
Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God,
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.
And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly;
Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
But the word of God grew and multiplied.
And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by(through) the word of God.
What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
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.
Can you see that the Word of God is something other than scripture. What this word does are things that are alive and so much more than ink and paper. Do you remember my request? The canon was not compiled for another 300 years or so.
We need Jesus Christ now as then. As the Word of God. His words spoken straight from His mouth to our ears. We are a nation of priests and prophets. It is His word that will bring life back into the Body of Christ. We need Christ as the central element of the Church; as the head, and we the members. If we turn our hearts from all other distractions, and place our eyes firmly on Jesus Christ, making Him alone the head of us individually and corporately we may stand a chance to be ready for His soon return.
We are told that “from our bellies will flow rivers of living waters.” This is a promise to each and every member in the Body of Christ. Do you experience this?
Our faith is comprised of two things. Spiritual knowledge and spiritual reality. When we are born again the reality is preceded by the knowledge. It really matters not in faith; which comes first, but usually everything requires faith and knowledge seems to block faith at times.
That being said, we need to begin with knowledge to find the river of Living water. At regeneration our dead spirit is reborn and made able to commune with the Godhead. The Holy Spirit takes up His abode in the regenerated spirit. For Him to flow through us the blockages need to be removed. What blocks the flow of the Life? Our carnal, fleshly nature. Sin, flesh and self. The fix? The cross. As our outer man is placed in death our inner man grows in grace. As we begin to have a life truly lived in fellowship and partake of the nature of God that life will begin to flow out and nourish others in the body and bring the lost to salvation. This is the life of every member in the Body of Christ. It’s our life here on earth.
That is one part. The second part that births of the first is to desire nothing other than the will of the Father. Seeking every moment to do His will and not our own. With a condition of the heart such as this He can use us for His work. If we jump out of our own the rivers stop flowing. Only as we remain immersed in the will of God can we be one in whom the water will flow through to others.
This is all new to me the last few weeks, so I hope it had been helpful. I would question you about one thing. Did it seem as if there was any water here?
Thank you for reading this and I love you all in our Father and Savior Christ the Lord,