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Issue 201402

The Whole Word of God


All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." II Timothy 3:16-17

The Bible tells us that ALL Scripture is given by the inspiration of God.

Many today use only the New Testament. They feel the Old Testament is just an old dead book, full of stories.  Anyone who looks at a Scripture and says this is not for me,  is missing out on a wonderful blessing of God.

"Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted."  I Corinthians 10:1-6

God’s Word, the Old Testament and the New Testament, gives us so many examples for us to live by, such as the children of Israel and their quest for the promise land. Verse one says we should not be ignorant, how our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea. How can we have an understanding if we don’t read and study the whole Word of God?

There are many, many Scriptures in the New Testament that are also in the Old Testament. Luke gives us Jesus words:  And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."  Luke 4:4. If we do not have every word of God, than we are not truly alive. To be alive in Him, we must fill ourselves with the Word of God. We can see these same words in Deuteronomy:

"And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth  out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live." Deuteronomy 8:3

In Luke 4:4, Jesus said, ". . .It is written. . ."  The word written here means all of those things which stand written in the sacred books of the Old Testament and the New Testament.  Jesus was quoting the Word of God from the Old Testament in this verse. If Jesus quoted the Old Testament shouldn’t we also be filled with the Old Testament that we may be able to quote His Word also?

In Deuteronomy 8:3a, he also said,  ". . .and fed thee with manna. . ."  This manna represents the pure Word of God.

"After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to His mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost."  John 19:28 - 30

Jesus said, ". . .it is finished . . ." His job was done.  Jesus was the fulfillment of the Scripture, both the Old Testament and the New Testament.  Jesus was and is the whole Word of God. Luke also tells us:

"And He said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning Me." Luke 24:44

Paul also declares:  "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone;" Ephesians 2:19 - 20

I believe God wants us to have the fulfillment of the Scriptures in our lives also - - - and the only way we can do this is by filling ourselves with His Word, the whole Word of God.  Our lives need to be built upon the foundations of the prophets of the Old Tesament as well as on the Apostles of the New Testament. Jeremiah warns today’s prophets:

"The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Lord. Is not My word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal My words every one from his neighbour."  Jeremiah 23:28 - 30

Jeremiah declares, ". . . let him speak My Word faithfully. . ." We must ask ourselves, “Is God’s Word coming out of our mouths continually?”

Those prophets, teachers, pastors, or preachers who do not minister the Old Testament are stealing His Word from the people.  Jeremiah continues:

"Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy name, O Lord God of hosts." Jeremiah 15:16

When we eat the Word of God it becomes a part of us, it becomes a joy and rejoicing in our hearts.

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."  Colossians 3:16

We encourage you today, let the whole Word of God dwell in you richly.

       Robert Bixler    

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