The Word of God Endures Forever:
“The word of God…lives and abides for ever…the word of the Lord endures for ever.” (1 Peter 1:23,25).
When I got into my office at the church today, the first thing I did was crack open my Bible and read through four chapters in the Book of Proverbs. It was so encouraging and refreshing!
What is the Bible? To some people, it is just a nice little book that takes up space on their bookshelf. For others, it is their most important book, and maybe even holds an esteemed place of honour on the coffee table in the living room. But is that all the Bible is? Is it just a good religious book, a book of rules, stories, encouragement, and principles for living? Or is it something more…much more? I believe that it is.
When we speak of the book called the Bible, we are not only talking about a good book. We are talking about the Good Book, the Word of the Living God. Second Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” The Bible is not just a story book about God. The Bible is not just a collection of man’s ideas about God. But the Bible itself is the very Word of God. All Scripture is inspired by God, that is, it is breathed out from God. Because God inspired the Bible, we have a confidence to believe that it is inerrant (it has no mistakes in it), and it is authoritative (it teaches us how to live right). We have a promise contained within the Bible that declares that it is the preserved, pure and holy Word of the Living God. “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. You will keep them, O Lord, You will preserve them from this generation for ever.” (Psalm 12:6-7).
Today, I simply want to challenge you to read your Bibles. As people who want to hear God speak to us, to know His perfect will for our lives, and live in obedience to His will, we cannot do this apart from the truth contained in the Bible. “For ever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89). Allow me to close with some challenging words from Charles Spurgeon, and may they spur you on to be a student of the Bible…
Truth is sweetest where it breaks from the smitten Rock, for at its first gush it has lost none of its heavenliness and vitality. It is always best to drink at the well and not from the tank. You shall find that reading the Word of God for yourselves, reading it, rather than notes upon it, is the surest way of growing in grace… As you ask a blessing over your meals before you begin eating, so it would be a good rule for you to ask a blessing on the word before you partake of the heavenly food. Pray the Lord to strengthen your eyes before you dare to look into the eternal light of Scripture…
I do not wish to say much more about this, but I should like to push it home upon some of you. You have your Bibles at home, I know, you would not like to be without your Bibles, you would think you were heathens if you had no Bibles. You have them very neatly bound, and they are very fine looking volumes, not much thumbed, not much worn, and not likely to be so, for they only come out on Sundays for an airing, and they lie in lavender with the clean pocket-handkerchiefs all the rest of the week. You do not read the word, you do not search it, and how can you expect to get the divine blessing? If the heavenly gold is not worth digging for, you are not likely to discover it. Love your Bibles! Keep close to your Bibles!
Pastor Chris Jordan