The Word Of God
The Preservation of the Bible
|A.||Not only did God inspire the Bible, but He preserved it as well.|
|1.||Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." (Matthew 24:35)|
David said, "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever" (Psalms 12:6-7)
A great example of inspiration and preservation of God's Word is found in Jeremiah 36. The Lord spoke to Jeremiah (inspiration), who dictated to Baruch the scribe, who wrote the words in a book (preservation). Even when god's enemies destroyed the original book, He made sure it was rewritten.
|C.||Other verses on preservation are Isaiah 40:8 and 1 Peter 1:23-25.|
|D.||We can be sure that if God premised to preserve His Word, we have it today.|
The Scriptures Have Been Inspired and Preserved by God to Bring Us to Salvation and Daily Sanctification
God inspired and preserved the Scriptures that we might have an infallible guide that will bring us to salvation and daily sanctification.
For what purpose? That while we are here on Earth we might fulfill God's objectives of giving glory to Him while we carry out His will on Earth found in what is called our Great Commission:
"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: an, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen: (Matthew 28:19-20).
The teachings of Scripture fall into four categories according to 2 Timothy 3:16, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."
|1.||Doctrine: What is right|
|2.||Reproof: What is not right|
|3.||Correction: How to get right|
|4.||Instruction in Righteousness: How to stay right|
"That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:17).
|C.||Psalms 119 teaches us that the Bible charges the believer with eight responsibilities concerning the Scriptures:|
|1.||Love them (vs. 97, 159)|
|2.||Prize them (vs. 72, 128)|
|3.||Study them (vs. 7, 12, 18, 26-27)|
|4.||Memorize them (vs. 11)|
|5.||Meditate on them (vs. 15, 23, 48, 78, 148)|
|6.||Trust them (vs. 42)|
|7.||Obey them (vs. 1-9)|
|8.||Declare them (vs. 13, 26)|
The Word of God Is Active in Salvation
The Word of God is the agent which brings about the new birth (1 Peter 1:23).
|B.||We are saved by grace through faith and faith comes by hearing Godís Word (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:17).|
|C.||The Word of God is able to save our souls (James 1:21).|
Paulís summary of the gospel contains four parts in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4:
|1.||Jesus Christ died for our sins.|
|2.||He was buried.|
|3.||He rose from the dead.|
|4.||This was all according to the Scriptures.|
|E.||You must believe what the Bible says about sin, your condition, and Godís plan of Salvation in order to be saved.|
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