The Word of God
by Jim Gordon
When we talk about the Word of God, we usually think of the Bible. If someone says the Bible is just a book, we get all offended and ready to defend our opinion that the Bible is the Word of God.
Actually, I disagree with that thought. The Word of God is Jesus. He is the true, living Word of God. John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. John 1:14 and the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
So often we Christians focus so much on the Bible that we forget we have the living Word of God inside of us. The Holy Spirit, the spirit of Jesus lives within us.
There is certainly nothing wrong with reading the Bible. All scripture is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. Through it we can learn from the past, we see the story of redemption throughout, we come to know the love God has for us and how he purchased our salvation through Christ. We learn what pleases God and we come to know that it is only by Grace that we are in right standing with God.
The Bible teaches us the Law and how we humans are completely unable to live a life pleasing to God through the law. The law was our tutor to bring us to realize that we need God’s grace through Christ.
The Bible teaches us of the freedom we now have in Christ and that only by His grace can we live a life pleasing to Him. There is nothing that we can do to earn or deserve what He has done for us.
We also need to get over the fighting and arguing over which version of the Bible is the correct version to read. We need to remember that all versions of the Bible are only translations, man-made interpretations of the original writings contained in our modern day Bibles. It is the Holy Spirit that teaches us truth, not words on a page.
We need to focus on Jesus. Only Jesus is the true and living Word of God. Jesus said, you study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. When we focus on Christ, when we listen for the leading of the Holy Spirit within us, we then come to know the true Word of God.
Jim Gordon and his wife left the institutional church after spending over fifty years within the system. Jim wanted a way to express his thoughts and concerns about the religious system and why he and his wife decided to leave the institution but not their faith in God. Jim can be contacted by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org