Why should we know God's Word?

In our day and age where anti-intellectualism runs rampant in the visible church, it is not surprising to see poll after poll verify what students of scripture have known for many years. The visible church does not know much about the scriptures they profess to believe in. This is sad considering many saints during the Reformation period lost their lives for the sake of being able to read and study God's word. Not to mention the many passages in scripture that speak as such:

Isaiah 66:2 This is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.
John 8:31-32 Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Psalm 19:7-8 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Psalm 119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
Psalm 119:11 I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
Psalm 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.
Psalm 119:162 I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil.

The posts on this blog will address essential Biblical doctrines of the Christian faith. You can find much of the background for the posts here. My prayer for these posts is that the people who read them will be encouraged to open their Bibles and not just read a verse or two, but learn them and indeed, be transformed by them. As Jesus prayed, "Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth." (John 17:17). This is my prayer as well.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

From the paper - A healing only our Savior can provide

For a very brief introduction read the first paragraph here.

A healing only our Savior can provide
When Peter tells us “By His wounds you have been healed” in 1 Peter 2:24, he speaks of a healing no doctor could perform. If you have an infection you might be prescribed antibiotics and after a week or two you will be just fine. If you have cancer you may have to undergo chemotherapy or surgery and have a chance to survive as a result of these procedures. There are numerous medications for a multitude of ailments that either help or eliminate physical problems we experience. Here, in the latter part of 1 Peter 2:24, we read of a healing that cannot be performed or helped by drugs, surgeries or therapy. It is the healing of the fatal disease of sin we are all born with. Some have compared the condition we all enter the world with to cancer as if we are slowly dying as a result of it. The scripture does not paint such a rosy picture of our innate condition. Death is the diagnosis given to us by Paul in Ephesians 2:1, which is about as dire as you can get.

The only remedy for our condition is for someone else to take the lethal toxin and fatal consequence of it. That is what our Savior did and in the first part of 1 Peter 2:24 we read “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.” When Christ died on the cross He bore our sins and the penalty for our sins, removing both in the process. Jesus tells how to receive this cure, “Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” (John 5:24) JC Ryle, the great 19th century Anglican bishop, said regarding this verse, “The man who ‘hears Christ's word,’ and believes that God the Father sent Him to save sinners ‘has everlasting life.’ Such ‘hearing’ of course is something more than mere listening. It is hearing as a humble learner--hearing as an obedient disciple--hearing with faith and love--hearing with a heart ready to do Christ's will--this is the hearing that saves.” We must come listening to and humbly believing in Jesus, the Son of God - the one who spoke the truth and died on the cross in our place. He bore our sins and our penalty so we might live! This is the everlasting cure that goes to a problem more serious than physical sickness and bodily ailments, and more glorious than any cure modern science can discover. It resurrects our dead souls, infuses new life and most importantly heals our relationship with God. Have we experienced the healing power of God through the blood of Jesus?

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