Friday, July 6, 2012

The Power of God's Word

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active.
Sharper than any double-edged sword,
it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow;
it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Jesus is our best example of dependence on the written Word of God. He quoted scripture repeatedly.

When Satan tempted Him in the wilderness, He quoted scripture in answer to each of Satan’s demands (Matthew 4:1-11).

Jesus based His teaching on the Old Testament Scriptures and referred to them frequently for historical examples. It can be said that Jesus authenticated almost every book in the Old Testament by quoting from it at least once as divine authority!

It is especially interesting to note how Jesus used the scriptures after His death and resurrection. While walking with some followers on the road to Emmaus, He began “with Moses and all the Prophets” explaining “…to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself" (Luke 24:27).

The central place scripture held for the early church is evident throughout the book of Acts. Scripture was used to explain the events of Pentecost (Acts 2:16-21), to identify Jesus as the Messiah (2:25-28), to determine their reaction to persecution (4:23-26), to state the church’s position in the face of persecution (7:1-53), to preach Christ (8:29-35), and to determine how to accept Gentile believers (15:13-21).

There are literally hundreds of examples of New Testament Christians and the writers of the epistles using the Old Testament Scriptures to prove their positions.

In fact, it is so basic to sound biblical teaching that it is still common in evangelical circles today.

The Bible is our true source of divine knowledge!

Let us treasure God’s powerful and living Word today.

Thank You Lord for the power of Your Word!

1 comment:

Irvin Cg said...

Thanks for sharing biblical truths... There is power in God's Word... blessings