God does not make a habit of telling humanity what He is going to do on a specific date, time or place, it is His prerogative. However, He does use many things and people to reveal to us who He is and who we are. The only possible way for us to fully understand the Word of God and the teachings of His Son Jesus is by the light of the Spirit of God. That light must be inside of you, and it must be on, Jesus said; “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” God speaks to us in visions and dreams, but the most important element of the vision or dream is His word. “According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David” (II-Samuel 7:17).
Christianity is a way of life, as well as, a religion and its foundation is laid upon the Word of God found in The Holy Bible, an awesome book that is in some parts difficult to under-stand. It has hundreds of pages of important information—historical, scriptural and advisory, none of which is insignificant. Although, it may be true that believing Christians and the curious of heart may read and study this wonderful book on his or her own and acquire a degree of spiritual truths or academic insights through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, it is very dubious that they will develop a mature Christian understanding of the Scriptures or Gospels without the aid of teachers more spiritually mature than they are.
“For he whom God hath sent speaketh the Words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him (John 3:34). My Mother would say; “Sometime you can know too much for your own good,” this puzzled me for a while. I was not alone, the meaning of her statement was simple and it applies to all, saints and sinners alike. We may believe we know enough about the Bible to decide for ourselves if what we hear and see as it is being taught to us is true and more importantly correct. Therefore, it is important to keep up our fellowship with the Church Body of Jesus Christ and align ourselves with a Christian congregation that believes and teaches the doctrine of the Holy Bible accurately, deeply and consistently.
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come” (John 16:13). This type of commitment to the Word of God will help to protect the innocent and eager believer from being led into adopting and following false doctrines that have nothing to do with the truth found in Old Testament Scriptures and the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. Rather than relying on gimmicks or ploys, it relies on God Himself for both its content and direction. “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:16).
Expository preaching and teaching for that matter is the type of Christian preaching and teaching which takes as its central purpose the correct presentation and spiritual application of the text of the Bible. All other issues and concerns are subordinated to the central task of presenting the biblical text. It is born and shaped by the weight of the glory of God, how people are awaken to the glory and are changed by it. The preacher’s com-mission is to declare the whole counsel of God. The Holy Bible is the heart of that counsel, and the traveler moving through the Bible landscape loses his or her way as soon as he or she loses sight of the hill called Calvary.
“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour” (Titus 1:2-3). When I step into the pulpit or sit at my computer, the expectation is that I am the messenger of God. I speak on His behalf, not my own. As an ambassador of God, my task is not to promote my own ideas but rather to represent our King rightly. That means that all will never agree with what I say or do. My obligation is to bring the revealed truth of God to bear on the minds of men and women who come here to read or hear the word of God. When a person reaches out to God and God reach back it is by the simple means of words. The quiet still voice of God has spoken a volume of words that we know as the Holy Bible.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- In Remembrance of These things (thethirdcross.wordpress.com)
- A Powerful Word (revmichaelslifejournal.wordpress.com)
- Is The Bible God’s Word Or Man’s Word? (soulrefuge.org)
- A Responsive Reading (thethirdcross.wordpress.com)