We Need The Scriptures

Jesus, quoting Deuteronomy 8:3, said,

“It is written, “ ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”  Matthew 4:4

This is to say, that as food is necessary for lor life, for physical strength, God’s word is necessary for spiritual lives, for spiritual strength.  We believe that at this time, the Church needs to built up in strength, perhaps even more than ever.    

And in rebuking the Sadducees, Jesus said,

“You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.  Matthew 22:29

Jesus rebukes them because they, of all people, should know the Scriptures.  Jesus said that they were wrong about the resurrection.  Because they did not know the Scriptures, they did not believe in the resurrection, nor did they have faith in God or His power.  

And Paul, explaining to the church in Rome, how it is that the believer comes to experience the changed life, said, 

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1–2 

Paul is saying here that to be in the will of God, we cannot just make changes in our lives, we must be transformed, we must be made new, we must renew our minds through the word of God.  

And to explain the nature of Scripture, and it’s practical purpose, Paul told Timothy, 

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 complete, equipped for every good work.  2 Timothy 3:16–17 

Are you complete?  Are you equipped for every good work of God? 

Ps 77

11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. 12 I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds13 Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? 14 You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. 15 You with your arm, redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah 16 When the waters saw you, O God, when the waters saw you, they were afraid; indeed, the deep trembled. 17 The clouds poured out water; the skies gave forth thunder; your arrows flashed on every side. 18 The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lighted up the world; the earth trembled and shook. 19 Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen. 20 You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.  

~ by James M. Winslow on 2021/04/12.

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