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God and the Word
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Bible related
How do we get to know someone? When we want to know someone, the first step is usually to listen to what he says. His opinions and intentions show something of who he is. But words are not enough to trust someone. It is necessary to find out or see for yourself what he does. Words backed by deeds give a much more accurate idea of a person’s character. If he talks about his future plans, based on his past record we are inclined to believe him.
Is it possible to get to know someone we have not seen or met yet? It is possible, if we read a book about him or listen to someone who tells us what he said, and did. It is important to know if we can trust the author or reporter. Is it a true and accurate account of the person’s words, intentions and deeds? Can the reports be verified? Would the person who is the main character of the book or report agree with the information given about him? Would he endorse the printing or approve the report?
If all the above is true, it is possible to get to know a great deal about someone through a book. In reading the book it is as if the character is with us in ‘spirit’. We could learn to love him for his integrity and honest character, his good deeds and kindness and believe that he can be trusted to act in the same way in future or when we have to do with him personally.
Let us apply this to God and the Bible
To get to know God is similar and yet different. The Bible is an accurate account of the words and deeds of God. It is endorsed by God and therefore can be trusted. We read in Numbers 12:8, ‘with my servant Moses I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles’ and in Exodus 33:11 ‘the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.’ In Exodus 24:4 we read, ‘Moses then wrote down everything that Lord had said.’ The Bible contains the words of God written down by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. When someone reads the Bible that same Holy Spirit will teach him to understand, interpret and apply the truths of the Word.
NB: the Bible functions as a manual. For example, a manufacturer cannot talk to all the people who buy his product. They will forget the instructions on how to operate the camera, they will mix up his instructions, forget where all the parts are, and he is not available at all times, day and night, to answer questions. The manufacturer knows that a manual is the best way to instruct the user of his product. He sees to it that the information is correct. God did the same, and He saw to it that the information in the Bible is trustworthy. The millions of people who have used the ‘manual’ testify to it that the ‘device’ works perfectly if it is operated and applied as per instruction.
Can we learn to know God through his book? Yes.
Can we learn to love God through his book? Yes.
Can we learn to know God without his book? No.
Can we say anything about God, without knowing His book? No.
Can we say that when we read the book, God is actually with us? Yes, in ‘spirit,’ but in this case it is a real spirit, the Holy Spirit.
Did God let us know about His future plans? Yes.
Can we believe them? Yes, based on His past performance, we can have faith in Him.
Conclusion: God the Father, gave us a book, the Bible that is just as authoritative as if God Himself spoke. The book, the Bible is an ‘attribute’ of God (Frame), and where the Word of God is, there is God. Delusion is believing one is a follower of Christ, without ever having any contact, conversation or conversion with Him. Without God’s Word we have no relationship with Him.