Morning Devotion: What’s the difference?

There are many things that people call fundamental that are not fundamental at all. For many years we drove a car that had an air conditioner that did not work. We lived in Florida at the time. A/C was not a fundamental part of that car. It ran fine, the fundamental parts worked, the wheels turned as the engine ran. We got around just fine.

What we find in the word of God is fundamental for it is the word of God.

When we say that we mean the word of God is the final authority for all of our faith and practice because it is the word of God. They are God’s words, not man’s words or words of man’s wisdom.

A fundamental of the faith is the verbal plenary inspiration of scriptures. WHAT does that mean? It means that we believe the word of God was revealed to men and those men wrote the word of God word for word. That means the word of God is not my word, or your word or the Apostle Paul’s word, it is the word of God.

There are those who say, man wrote the bible consequently, the bible cannot be trusted because man cannot be trusted. It is true man cannot be trusted when man lives outside of the will of God. However, the word of God can be trusted because God revealed it to men of God. Men of God are rare in this world today.

2 Peter 1:21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

God revealed His word to holy men of God. Those men, by inspiration wrote the very words of God. Today, we simply need understanding of what is already given, that is called illumination.

That brings us to another point, do we have the word of God with us today? There are so many versions out there and we aske which one is the right one?

Without getting in to a long dissertation over the differences we will simply say the King James Bible is the word of God in the English language today. It is the earliest bible given to us through good godly men who compared each word from the Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic to make sure each word was translated correctly. That is called verbal plenary interpretation. They didn’t just give us what they perceived as the overall thought, they translated each word.

We must make sure what we have is indeed the word of God for we will be judged by that word in heaven. We will not be judged by the NIV, ESV, NKJV, or any other version. We will be judged by God’s word that is in heaven.

Psalms 119:89  ¶LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.  

We better make sure what we have matches what God has in heaven.

Jesus, who is God in the flesh said: John 12:48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

In the book of the Revelation, we are told that God will open His books, His word reserved in heaven. He won’t open the NASV or the NIV or any other version, He will open His word. Does your bible match God’s word in heaven?

Revelation 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Some will say, “I don’t understand the King James words.” I had the same trouble when Jesus saved me. But as I read and continued to read, God gave me understanding. Now, it is no problem to read and know.

Never sacrifice on the altar of the temporary that which is permanent. Never sacrifice on the altar of the convenience that which is true.

Not being born again is another reason why people cannot understand the bible. Are you a believing born-again Christian?

1 Corinthians 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The Spirit of God, that is given at salvation, is the revealer of scriptures. Jesus said in John 16:13  “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”

The Spirit of God is given at Salvation. Ephesians 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

When one hears the gospel, the word of God and believe in Jesus Christ to save them, they are sealed with the Holy Spirit of God. He will guide you into all truth.

John 16:13  “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook