The Word of God: The Bible.
The Word of God:
Psalm 119:105: Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
John 1:1-3: In the beginning, the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. Through him all things were made, and apart from him nothing was made that has been made.
The Word of God is the written Word in the Bible, the very essence of God. The Word is the Bible, so we can say it’s the manual for mankind.
God first gave us Jesus to give us hope for a future in an Eternal Kingdom, to show us how to live and that it is possible to live a life that is pleasing to God.
His Word is given so that we can have guidelines, see how mankind is supposed to function and what is essential for our spiritual and physical survival. We do not have Jesus (in the flesh) with us anymore, but we have God’s Word and His Holy Spirit.
The "Word" is the truth that sets us free from the lies of this world. The manual is mankind’s Handbook.
When man does not know what to do or how to deal with life’s challenges, he will find the real answers in the Manual (Word). This manual has all the answers to all the problems that humanity faces.
That answer is Jesus.
- Themore you live in truth and in the footprints of Yeshua, the more you become like the perfect specimen.
- Likewise the further you live from the truth, the easier it is for faults to creep into your life.
Man lives under the curse of sin. So we must long and strive with everything in us to become like Yeshua, our perfect model.
Romans 8:22-23: For we know that all creation has been groaning with the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. However, not only creation groans, but we who have the first fruits of the Spirit also groan inwardly as we eagerly wait for our adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
Romans 8:22-23: For we know that up to the present time all of creation groans with pain, like the pain of childbirth. But it is not just creation alone which groans; we who have the Spirit as the first of God's gifts also groan within ourselves as we wait for God to make us his children and set our whole being free.
Who is the Author of the Word of God (Bible)?
The whole Word (Bible) has been breathed, by His breath or inspired by His Holy Spirit.
The word "inspiration" in Greek is "theopneustos" which means, "God breathed" by the Holy Spirit.
One can say that the whole Word of God came into being through His breath of love.
2 Timothy 3:16: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
The Holy Spirit is the Author and throughout the ages He has inspired people to write The Bible.
The Holy Spirit used ordinary people to write the Word down for us to understand in a readable form.
The Word is all about Jesus from Genesis to Revelation, in types and shadows of Him, teaching us how to live and how to please God the Father through different characters and stories.
It also teaches us where we came from and that we have hope in a redeemer that is Jesus.
It also teaches us that we can be saved and where we will go after death.
The everlasting moral law of the Word of God.
God’s law is as unchanging as God’s nature. His word is forever, the earth and heavens will disappear, burn up with a loud noise but God’s word is forever.
God is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Remember that Jesus is the Word and Yeshua is God and that life is in Him, He will be there forever, the word)
James 1:17: Every good gift and every perfect present comes from heaven; it comes down from God, the Creator of the heavenly lights, who does not change or cause darkness by turning. (Neither Shadow of turning).
Let’s have a look at where the Bible that we are using today comes from!
The first five books of the Bible were written by Moses, many years after the actual creation, inspired by The Holy Spirit, of course.
Most religions accept these books as truth and are using it as a basis for their religions till this day.
The first five books of the Bible are called the "Torah" or "Pentateuch".
In these books we find the Ten Commandments or Law gave to Moses.
- The first five books are called the "TORAH" and it was the first books that mankind used to govern them according to God’s law.
- The Bible consists of 66 books: 39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament books. (3x9=27).
The Jews anciently counted the books of the Old Testament as 22 in number. When the 27 New Testament books were added it is a total of 49, seven times seven (7x7=49).God’ hand is definitely found in the arrangements of this Remarkable book, the Bible.
- It was written in 3 Languages namely Greek, Hebrews and Aramaic.
- 40 different authors wrote the Bible, all from different cultures, backgrounds, classes, educations and occupations (inspired by the Holy Spirit).
- Covered a period of 1 600 years.
- It was written in various countries and places.
The Old Testament consists of three divisions, while the New Testament consists of four.
This makes a total of seven, the number God uses in scripture to indicate completion and perfection.
By doing that; God say that His word is completed and perfect; you couldn’t include or sup-tracks anything from it.
Jewish Ancient way: Charting the Bible books.
The Old Testament
I. The Law
Genesis (1); Exodus (2); Leviticus (3); Numbers (4); Deuteronomy (5)
II. The Prophets
Joshua - Judges (6); Samuel - Kings (7); Isaiah (8); Jeremiah (9); Ezekiel (10); and the Twelve Minor Prophets (11)
III. The Writings
Psalms (12); Proverbs (13); Job (14); Songs of Solomon (15); Ruth (16); Lamentations (17); Ecclesiastes (18); Esther (19); Daniel (20); Ezra – Nehemiah (21); Chronicles (22)
The New Testament.
IV. The Gospels and arts
Matthew (1); Mark (2); Luke (3); John (4); Acts (5)
V. General Epistles
James (6); 1 Peter (7); 2 Peter (8); 1 John (9); 2 John (10); 3 John (11); Jude (12)
VI. Paul’s Epistles
Romans (13); 1 Corinthians (14); 2 Corinthians (15); Galatians (16); Ephesians (17); Philippians (18); Colossians (19); 1 Thessalonians (20); 2 Thessalonians (21); Hebrews (22); 1 Timothy (23); 2 Timothy (24); Titus (25); Philemon (26)
The everlasting moral law.
The everlasting moral law consists of 10 words.
The first four laws or words are God directed and the last six laws are man directed.
God directed: Exodus 20:1:6; Man directed: Exodus 20:7:17
An easy way to understand the ten laws is as follow:
To love God: this encompasses the first four commandments, our duties to God.
- 1) Trust God only.
- 2) Worship God only.
- 3) Rest on the Sabbath and think of God only.
- 4) Honour God and His name.
To love man: this encompasses the last six commandments, our duties to man.
- 5) Honour and respect your parents.
- 6) Respect and protect human life.
- 7) Be true to your spouse.
- 8) Do not take that belong to others.
- 9) Do not lie about others.
- 10) Be satisfied with what you have.
When we keep these Ten Commandments and set our lives accordingly, we will fulfil God’s commandments as is our duty.
The written word of God is given as our constitution. If you obey you "live" and if you don’t, you "die".
As the Origin and Beginning of Creation, His laws are written in and, over everything in existence, we have been made from the dust of the earth.
Our whole system has been designed and aligned with the King and the Kingdom. In deeply and purposely obeying His laws and principles our whole created system moves into His perfect will and freedom.
The Commandments of God are like Traffic Laws, it is there to help us! If we pass the red light we may hurt ourselves badly or our neighbours... the same with the Commandments of God, they are not intended to restrict our lives but to make them better, full of joy and love and peace... hard to believe?
God loves us and He gave us His Law so that we may function 100% according to His design specifications for us!
Isaiah 61:1: The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me (Jesus) to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound.
Isaiah 61:1: The Sovereign LORD has filled me with his Spirit. He has chosen me and sent me to bring good news to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted, to announce release to captives and freedom to those in prison.
John 14:29: I have told you this now before it all happens, so that when it does happen, you will believe.
We have two parts or Testaments in the Bible, namely the Old and New Testament:
The Garden tomb.
Distinction between the Old and New Testament:
- Deep longing – God over them
- Sacrificial lamb
- Priests, earthly mediators
- Prophets – God’s spokesman
- Judgement and endless bondage
- Israel suffered the consequences of their sins and still do.
- Awareness – God within
- Jesus the perfect Lamb
- Jesus, high priest and mediator
- Jesus – fulfilment of prophesy
- Judgement – Jesus became our substitute and paid for our sin.
The cross became the dividing line through which the Old Covenant has to pass.
In passing through, the natural became the spiritual and Israel became the Church.
- The Old is the history of a Nation - The New is the history of Man.
- The Old is the covenant based on the Law - The New is the covenant of Grace.
- The Old begins with God in Genesis 1:1 - The New begins with Jesus in Matthew 1:1
- The literal became the spiritual.
- The shadow became the substance.
- The promise became the reality.
- The prophetic became the fulfilment.
- 1) From Adam to Abraham we have the history of the human race.
- 2) From Abraham to Christ we have the history of a nation.
- 3) From Christ we have the history of the Church still in the making.
Is the Bible the truth and can we believe the Old Testament?
Salvation is from Genesis to Revelation, to be found in almost every book of the Bible. The word should shape your convictions.
What you do with the truth will determine what the truth will do for you. Many read the Bible without considering "meditating" on what they have actually read.
To scrutinise the Word means to read through it accurately, closely and seriously until we reach the depth of the scripture being read. The Word is in layers and you must read until you can read deeper than the surface. The Word can be seen as written in the physical and also in the spiritual. The Holy Spirit will help you to open the Word to see deeper, into the spiritual.
A question I have asked hundreds of believers is this? When Moses (with the exodus of Israel) stood before the Red sea, what did he do when the water parted, so they could walk through?
Most have said that Moses struck the water with his staff and the water split open with a loud noise, so they could trek through.
Most of us are taught that Moses struck the water with his staff in Sunday school, Hollywood movies and even from the pulpit.
This is not true.
Go and read (study) the truth for yourself in Exodus 14.
There are many such examples in the Bible and we believe people rather than to study it for ourselves. If you really want to know the truth, go and find it for yourself.
How can any person put their eternity into the hands of another person? Put your eternity into God’s hands.
Exodus 14:21: Moses held out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind. It blew all night and turned the sea into dry land. The water was divided.
I challenge you to go and make a study of this scripture portion and to read carefully and look for the truth in this scripture and seek out other truths in the Bible! A good starting point is to go make a study of when Yeshua was born in the book of Matthew.
Questions to help you find the truth will be:
- Why did Herod not know of the star?
- Why did his people not see the star?
- Why did he ask for the time span of when they first saw the star?
- Why did he kill the children from birth to up to 2 years old and not only the newborn babies?
There are lots more questions you can ask, and by doing so you will discover with the help of the Holy Spirit the truth.
- Audio Bible Online
Audio Bible, The King James Version narrated by Alexander Scourby is on-line
- What Faith is in God?
The word, Faith: a firm persuasion – a conviction based upon hearing. Faith is; believing in things hoped for but not yet seen
- God is not finished with you, He has folded the Napkin!
Revelation from God that He is not finished with you and me, this is giving us Hope. The napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus , was not just thrown aside like the other linen cloths.
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