We Desperately Need a More Sure Word
Never before has the debate been so intense about the nature of truth. On the one hand, our culture argues strongly that autonomous human reason is the final word on truth, that there is no possibility of supernatural divine revelation, and that morality is entirely subjective. On the other hand, wise men and women take refuge in a more sure word from God, believing that God has spoken and has revealed Himself to us in an infallible way in the Scriptures – in the Bible.
Even within Christianity, there is a growing number of leaders who divide God from His Word, presuming to have the capacity to rule out various pieces and passages of Scripture as sub-par according to human reason. But the Apostle Paul declared something that I believe with my whole heart: “When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.” (1 Corinthians 2:13 NLT)
I believe in God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And because I believe in God, I accept that He can speak and can preserve His Words through any medium He so chooses. One of my heroes in the faith, W. A. Criswell, said this about the revelation of God:
The written word, the spoken word, the incarnate word are all three inseparably tied together. God is identified with his Word and the Word is identified with God – the written Word, the spoken Word, and the incarnate Word. Whenever I receive the Word of God, I receive God himself. When I believe the Word of God, I believe God himself. Spiritually, when I know the Word of God, I know God himself. When I trust the Word of God, I trust God himself. God and his Word are identified forever. The Psalmist says, ‘For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven’ (Psalm 119:89). God’s Word is like God himself, the same yesterday, today, and forever.
In a world gone mad, we need a more sure word than what human reason has to offer. And while subjective morality has left us floundering and drowning spiritually, God has revealed and preserved His Word for anyone willing to hear it. And this more sure word from God offers an invitation with solid assurance that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13 NLT)
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