Jesus Christ is the Word
Brother Matthew Peters
Jesus Christ is the Creator. Any Bible believing Christian cannot readily deny this fact without doing some amazing gymnastics with the Word of God to prove otherwise. Let the Bible speak on the matter of creation:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. KJV
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; KJV
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. KJV
The Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Pet 1:21; 2 Tim 3:16) and as such it can be trusted so that mankind can come to the knowledge of the glory of God (2 cor 4:6). Man is able to base the necessary decisions for the conduct of his life on the revealed will of God as found in the Word of God. Jesus Christ whom all Christians claim to follow and worship should give heed to His word when He stated that â€œman shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). It is Jesus Christ that stated that command/simple truth to His people, and is found eternally inscribed in the unerring record of the scriptures. Praise God that He Himself promised in Psalms 12:6-7 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (7) Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever KJV. To believe that we do not have an unerring transcript of the Words of the Almighty God is straight forward unbelief, and blasphemy (1 Tim 6:1). God has promised and He is perfectly faithful, we have a record of His Word.
However there seems to be a disconnect. Not all Christians understand the Word of God, nor have they made a diligent search of its contents, or conducted protracted study that is commanded and demanded of a sincere follower of Jesus Christ, who as we have already seen from John 1:1-3 is called himself THE WORD OF GOD. They worship Jesus Christ, the Word of God, but do not know the Word of God! How disturbing is the fact that many professed followers give heaping laurels and praises to Jesus Christ the LORD of their life, but they shun the clear teaching of His Word through lack of study, and thus have an incomplete knowledge of the One they are worshipping. Their mouth service to Jesus Christ is glowing with bright beams of radiant glory, but due to complacency through a lack of study of Himself as codified in His word their lives are ignorantly out of harmony with His will as clearly found in His testimonyâ€¦the Word of God. Why is this the case? Why do so many Christians know so little of the truths of Him they have entrusted with eternal life? Do they not know that they are to trust the Word of God, and therefore they are bound to serious, diligent, and sincere efforts to know the living Christ through His testimony?
Let us look at three Bible texts, remembering that these texts are not some one-liners in the daily newspaper, but the truth that flows from off the throne of the omnipotent God of all creation, the giver and sustainer of life.
2 Timothy 2:15
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. KJV
NOTE: The Bible states that in order to be approved of God we must study His Word. Please pay close attention to what this text says if we do not study. That the person will be ashamed, and not able to divide (understand, interpret) the teachings of their Life Giver and Redeemer. Ask yourself this question, and just ponder it in your mind for a moment Do I really know the Jesus Christ of the Bibleâ€¦ is my life in harmony with the truth of His testimonyâ€¦ what will He say to me if I have neglected a true-hearted study of His word and there are things, possibly many things that were left undone or found to be not in harmony with His will for my life¦ how will that reflect on my glowing praise of Him despite the fact that I did not love Him enough to come into harmony with His revealed will as found in the Bible through a neglect of study?
28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer : but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. KJV
NOTE: Most Christians believe they are accounted righteousness in heaven as a result of their mouth-profession of Jesus Christ. But the testimony of the One they claim to worship states â€œâ€¦the righteous studieth to ANSWER Therefore, there is a clear standard in heaven as to who is accounted righteous! Them that study the Word of God so as to help others come into a RIGHT or CORRECT relationship with Jesus Christ as found in His Word as He has commanded.
One last comment on Proverbs 15:28, and this many shock the surface reader but nonetheless the truth is clearly evident. The contrast between the righteous and the wicked, is not a contrast between a believer and an unbeliever, but between the sincere believer as measured by his desire to understand thy truth (Dan 9:13), and the believer that does not care to make an inquiry into the Word so the life can be brought into harmony with its precepts, and so that the truths gained can be shared with others to help them out of the snare of devil (2 Tim 2:26). The contrast is clear, many claim to follow the LORD, but do not have a Heart service in their walk with Him, and thus they have perfected a superficial, shallow, unacceptable mouth and lips service, that serves to shield them from the title â€œunbelieverâ€ when in fact they are most deserving of that title according to scripture. The next text should be sufficient to prove that the service that God demands is a heart service, not a LIP and MOUTH service.
1 Peter 3:15
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: KJV
A truly sanctified person in heart, has studied to answer others! They have a genuine hope build not on presumption or caprice but built on the deep sanctification of the Holy Spirit in their mind and heart. Look very closely at the text above and notice where it says their witness for Christâ€¦their giving an answer is done with MEEKNESS. If you will note, in Galatians 5:23 is a fruit of the Holy Spirit! Meekness is the byproduct or result of the work that the Holy Spirit has accomplished in the person, and that fruit or work is then further edified in Galatians 5:23 with the words â€œagainst such there is no law. Meaning if you have the fruits of the Spirit working in you, then there is no law condemning you of sin¦you will not be found under the law which is breaking the principles of the Ten Commandments, but rather you will be found in harmony with its principles and precepts or the true intent of the Law of God; which is character perfection as measured by the fruits of the working power of God (meekness, temperance, etc).
Thus a truly sanctified person in heart will be able to give a reason of the hope that is within them, because they have an intimate knowledge of the requirements of God, gained by study of the Word and have by faith and grace (Eph 2:8) come into a salvation relationship with Jesus Christ through the gift of the Holy Spirit, also called the gift of grace. The measuring rod (Rev 11:1) to determine the accuracy of or validity of a true profession of Christ from the sham or the false is the ability to answer an unbeliever with two things; the first being the wisdom or knowledge of the Word of God, and the second being a character that is reflective of the work of the Holy Spirit that brings the believers life and habits into a reflection of Jesus Christâs life and habits were He in their same calling of life. In other words, we must have a knowledge of Gods will and the character of Christ to share those teachings. Only when we have the knowledge and character of Christ can we perfectly fulfill the Great Commissions given below.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. KJV
It should not go without mention that if we are truly Christ then we have the in-born desire to witness to others, this desire comes from the Biblical New Birth experience commonly known as or termed â€œBorn Again. If we are born again then we will seek with all our heart to know the Word of God so we can share it with as many others as we can.
Please note one more criteria or assessment tool to differentiate between the disconnect in many Christian lives of a true profession of faith and a false one.
1 Thessalonians 2:13
13 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. KJV
NOTE: The Word of God will not be shared as the â€œword of men,â€ meaning from the uninformed, unenlightened, lack of knowledge of Gods word, but with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit attending the message of the believer with a sanctified heart. The Holy Spirit effectually works in His true believers, and their witness will not be the weak, insipid, musings of a person that does not know the Bible for themselves, but the power of God, a savor of life unto life. To know God, to know His Word, is to have the power of His presence with you when you share it. Thus the following promise will be fulfilled in every believer with this experience.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance , whatsoever I have said unto you. KJV
How can the Holy Spirit teach His people if they do not make a diligent search of the Word of God that He Himself inspired? What knowledge do they have if they do not have a knowledge of the WORD? Where are they getting their knowledge? Do they just trust in the Holy Spirit, and pray about it or just wait on the LORD without seeking Him? That sounds more like SPIRITUALISM or some kind of extra-Biblical experience that borders on deception. Jesus Christ stated man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.â€ If you do not study or know the Word, then how are you living? Where is your life Spiritual life derived from? Do you read â€œtea leaves or maybe pig entrails like they did in ancient and wicked Babylon? How is the will of God made known to your life without first having a knowledge of His revealed will for man as given in the Word of God.
It is an absolute truth that the Holy Spirit does make impressions on our mind and heart (Rom 2:15; Rom 9:1; Heb 10:16) and that we can hear the still Small Voice of God speaking to us (1 Kings 19:12) but note that the Holy Spirit speaks according to the Word of God that He inspired, and that in John 14:26 He brings that Word to our remembrance. How then can He do this if study of the Word is neglected? How can we hear His voice God if we do not know that which He speaks, namely His Word. Does the Bible tell us to test the spirits to see if they are from God? 1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of GodKJV. How do we try the spirits but according to the Word of God? What other standard is there? Tea leaves and pig entrails will not do; only a œTHUS SAITH THE LORD. In fact Isaiah 8:20 states:
20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. KJV
Any truth derived from any other place other than the Word of God is darkness! It is a lie and a sham predicated upon the shallow grounded presumptuous built house on the shifting sands of human wisdom and manâs invention! Look at how Jesus Christ describes it:
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. KJV
NOTE: Jesus Christ has stated we are to follow the doctrine of God! What is the doctrine of God?
1 Timothy 1:9-10
9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; KJV
It is clear that the LAW is SOUND DOCTRINE! The teaching of how to obey the Law of God is the doctrine of God! In the beginning of 1 Timothy 1:9 the word Law is used, but when summarizing the things that the law condemns or instructs against, the term â€œsound doctrineâ€ is used. Therefore, in Isaiah 8:20 and as the above passage indicates, if we receive truthful doctrine which is the teaching on how to obey the moral government of our Creator, Jesus Christ then it must be in harmony with the Ten Commandmentsâ€¦which is the only time that God spake to mankind in His full glory and then left a reminder written in eternal stone. To disregard the doctrine of the Bible and to follow our own wisdom or our own judgment is to side with Satan the adversary of mankind, it is to willfully choose a deception and love darkness rather than light (John 3:19). What does the WORD OF GOD say that man is doing when he does not follow the doctrine of the Bible?
1 Timothy 6:1
6:1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. KJV
When Bible Doctrine is neglected or ignored the sin of blasphemy is committed! Look at how this is described in 1 John 3:8-9:
1 John 3:8-9
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil ; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil .
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. KJV
The sin of neglecting Bible Doctrine is the highest form of blasphemy! For Bible doctrine teaches us how to obey the moral law of God, and to ignore it is to choose the worship and slavery to sin and Satan! It is willful hatred against God! In verse 9 we see that to be â€œBorn Again we do not commit sin and it is a sin to not follow the doctrine of Gods law! It is the highest work of God to give man the gift of the Holy Spirit/grace so that he can be molded into the image of God (Gen 1:26; Col 1:26-27). Thus the WORKS of God are to rewrite our character from law breaking, sin loving servants of the devil and Satanâ€¦into law abiding, sin hating, servants of the LIVING GOD. This is why we worship Jesus Christ as the Creator, for only He has the power to do this work in us and to have a finished product that reflects Christs righteousness.
We are to be recreated in His image. Philippians 1:6 says: Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. The good work is to bring us into obedience to His Doctrine/Law as found in the Word of God, therefore the Bible must be studied or we will be ashamed (2 Tim 2:15) because we will not be able to cooperate with Him in His work. That is the very essence of faith! Faith is allowing God to achieve in us the image of God that was marred when man sin in the Garden of Eden sinned (broke the doctrine/law of God) by not following Gods command. Thus the Holy Spirit left mankind after Adam and Eve sinned. Jesus Christ had to come and die for those sins, the Holy Spirit is only allowed back into the life of mankind by faith so that God can recreate man into what he was supposed to be in harmony with the original intent of creation.
How few are neglecting a study of the Word of God and are as unfit vessels in the hand of the Master Potter? How few are as lumps of hardened clay without the refreshing dew of the Holy Spirit that come from a study of the Word, and the Creator can only fashion a saddened, marred, unfit vessel that He will not be please to bring into His eternal kingdom? How many are like the five FOOLISH virgins that have lamps (Bibles) but no oil (Holy Spirit), and are going to be left out in the dark? How many will come to Christ on judgment day and repeat the very words as found in the next few texts?
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. KJV
How many will think they know Jesus Christ, but only to find out that they are unfit vesselslumpy.dryâ€¦and misshapen. How many have negelected the Word of God and do not know true Bible doctrine and when they hear the truth they rise up against it as if it were apostasy or cultish teachings, but in reality the pure Word of the Almighty God. How humble should people be when they are confronted with teaching or truth they do not understand? Do they have the spirit of the Bereans?
11 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. KJV
How few have the character perfection of meekness to go to the Word of God and search out the truth that sounds so foreign to their ears? How little do they realize that the MEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH. The exercise of meekness is manifested in searching the scriptures, not in cheep œone-liner such as I will pray about it or God will tell me of it is so or not. How many are deceived that God will show them something when they do not know Him in His word? Presumptious statements like this betray the inherent lack of a true heart professionâ€ of Jesus Christ as their LORD and Savior. It betrays a cheap and unhallowed experience that will one day be rewarded according to their works (Rev 22:12) and that what a man sows that shall he also reap. If we sow neglect of the Word of God we shall reap a lack of the knowledge of Jesus Christ and when the truth comes to the soul it will be discarded as a pearl is to a swine, or a golden ear ring in a swines snout! Look at thow the Bible describes the experience of this group of Christians:
4:1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach. KJV
Look at what this prophetic message is saying when it is decoded:
1) Woman = Church (Jer 6:2, 2 cor 11:2
2) Man = Jesus Christ (the desire of the church) (John 4:29)
3) Take hold of = mouth & lip service only (Is 29:13)
4) Bread = Word of God (these women eat their own ideas and traditions) (John 6:35)
5) Apparel = righteousness (Job 29:14)
6) Called by name = Christian (Matthew 24:4-5)
7) Take away our reproach = the shame of being a sinner (Proverbs 28:4)
Lets put it all together! There will be many churches in the Christian community claiming to follow Jesus Christ with their mouth and lips, but they eat the teaching that please their carnal hearts or they eat an all white bleached out wonder bread diet of the Word of God, thus their righteousness is of their own doing, and not something from the creative power of God as a gift of grace by the Holy Spirit through faith, and they are called Christian only so they will not be labeled as wicked sinners and transgressors that they really are. All this because they neglected the Word of God, and just prayed about it
2 Corinthians 6:2
2(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) KJV
Let us take the advice of 2 Corinthians 6:2 and make a commitment to be a fit vessel in the hand of God, to be a wise virgin, and to be a student of the Word of God and fulfill the divine commission to share the wonderful truths in the Blessed and Holy Word of God with others. Let us have meekness and study ourselves to be approved of God. Let us cast off the wisdom of man, the doctrine of man, the teachings of man, the spirit of manâ€¦and let us accept the wisdom, doctrine, teachings and the Holy Spirit that comes from God only! Many claim to be recipientsâ€™ of grace, but how does grace work?
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; KJV
THE BIBLICAL GRACE OF GOD DOES WHAT? It teaches us! Who is the great teacher in the Bible? The Holy Spirit! How does He teach us? From the Bible! What does He teach us? To deny lusts! What is lust? Sin! What is sin? Law breaking! What is Law breaking? Bad doctrine! What is bad doctrine called in the Bible? Blasphemy! Will blasphemers be in the kingdom of God? NO! It is the ultimate sin! The sin that will never be forgiven (Matt 12:31)!!!
Now is the time to repent of the sleepy experience that has gotten hold on many of the professed followers of Jesus Christ! Now is the time to humble ourselves and pray for the meekness to receive the light that God is trying to shine in our life! Now is the time for Godâ€™s people to fear God and give glory to him! Now is the time for Jesus to be the WORD OF GOD to us personally, our spiritual rest as only found in the Bible!
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. KJV