September 28th 2009

The Bible Stands

“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

John 17:17 (KJV)

Although Pilate did not comprehend truth, we can be profoundly grateful to God who gives us knowledge of the truth through His Word, which endures forever. We should take comfort from the fact that God cannot lie and that the Scriptures cannot be broken. See Isaiah 40:8, 1 Peter1:25, John 10:35 and Hebrews 6:18.

Equally profound is the news in John chapter 1 that The Word of God became embodied as Christ Jesus and lived amongst us. He identified Himself in John 14:6 as The Truth, in addition to other names describing His character.

If we read Isaiah 55, especially verses 8-11 and compare these verses with Our Saviour’s words in John 17, we find Jesus the Faithful Messenger is again identified as the Word.  Having come from God the Father and having done the work assigned to Him by God the Father, and is about to return to the Father. Marvellous!

In Genesis, God’s Word tells us about a being who was instrumental in getting mankind into the mess prevailing in the world today, namely Satan the Devil.  Satan, who deceives the whole world, is a liar and a murderer from the beginning and is the very opposite of truth and life.

In Revelation, God’s word tells us what is going to happen to Satan. Is it any great wonder that the Adversary goes all out to discredit Genesis and Revelation?  We should heed what God inspired the prophet Zechariah to record in chapter 8:19:  “Therefore love the truth and peace.” It is this engrafted Word that is able to save us.

The song “ The Bible Stands” (first verse only and refrain quoted here–Words and music by Haldor Lillenas) merits inclusion:

“The Bible stands like a rock undaunted
’Mid the raging storms of time;
Its pages burn with the truth eternal,
And they glow with a light sublime.

Refrain:

The Bible stands though the hills may tumble,
It will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble;
I will plant my feet on its firm foundation,
For the Bible stands.”

Prayer

Great Creator God, thank You because You are the Truth and Your Word is Truth. Please bless us with hearts and minds that love the truth, and help us remember that Jesus said Your Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, will guide us into all truth.

In Jesus’ name we ask.

Amen

Study by John Armstrong

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