Thursday, December 29, 2005

The Word of God Part II

“ All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16

Yesterday we delt with the Word of God, or Bible, being an everlasting word from God and that it hasn’t changed nor will ever.  Man may try to alter it but God will still have his say.  You may say, “OK, but the Bible is a big book and some of it isn’t relevant for today.”   Well, it’s true that there are portions of the old testament that no longer apply directly to us today but they are still relevant for study and reference.  More on that below.

The above scripture sums it all up though as ALL scripture is profitable for (1) doctrine or establishing articles of faith and manner of living, (2) reproof or pointing out what is wrong and admonishing for change, (3) correction or pointing out what has gone wrong in any given situation and how to make it right or restore it to its former state, (4) instruction in righteousness or how we ought to live rightly in this world regarding our relationship with our fellow man and God.  

If you are familiar with the Holy Book, you’ll say something of the sort, “But why all the begots and all the things about the law in the Old Testament?”  Well, these are important as well.  The law is broken down to at least four parts: ceremonial, government, cleanliness, and moral.  While we are not bound under these necessarily, it is good to take notice of these, especially the moral and cleanliness portions.  The ceremonial point us to Christ while the government give us an example of leadership and shows us God’s thinking on various issues.  The begots verify who lived when and further validates the book.  

One may say, “Well, the Bible conterdicts itself.”  We’ll deal with that tomorrow.  

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