Father Knows BEST!
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
“It is fashionable in some academic circles to exercise scholarly criticism of the Bible. In so doing, scholars place themselves above the Bible and seek to correct it. If indeed the Bible is the Word of God, nothing could be more arrogant. It is God who corrects us; we don’t correct Him. We do not stand over God but under Him.” - R.C. Sproul, Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow
People doubt God, and they question what He says through His Word. This is not new. Man has been plagued with pride and arrogance from the beginning of his existence. In Genesis 3, the serpent planted seeds of doubt into the minds of Adam and Eve, asking “Did God really say…?”. Eve responded well, but she and Adam both lacked fortitude. Playing to the desires of their flesh, the serpent lured them in with the prospect of becoming “like God”, and they fell.
Millenia later nothing has changed. Man still questions the truth of the Bible. Over the last few days, in particular, I have seen many ask the question of the serpent, “Did God really say?” Some focus their inquiry singularly on Jesus. Did Jesus really speak to a specific topic?
Aside from the vast historical, archaeological, prophetic, and scientific evidence to the validity of the Bible, the Word of God testifies to its own truth. II Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” Psalm 119:160 states, “The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous rules endures forever.” Again, in Proverbs 30:5-6, we read, “Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you and you be found a liar.”
To differentiate between God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit in relation to the authority and totality of Scripture exemplifies a grave misunderstanding of the plurality of God. The very first verse of the Bible points to the Trinity. The Hebrew word for “God” is the plural Elohim. In the creation account, God the Father speaks and the Spirit of God hovers over the waters (1:2).
John 1:1-5 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Here, we see Jesus as the Word or the “Logos”, present at and active participant in creation. As Logos, Jesus is the full summation of creation, revelation, and redemption. Toward the end of the chapter, God says, “Let us make mankind in our image”, further demonstrating the construct of the Trinity.
The spoken Word of God the Father, the incarnate Word of Jesus Christ, and the inspired Word of the Holy Spirit, flow from distinct but joined parts of the Trinity, and each has complete authority.
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14 ESV
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