The Priceless Word Of God
Have you ever considered the value of God’s word? Yes, many consider it worthless. But, for those who are Christians and love the Lord, it is priceless!
It is priceless because God breathed out (inspired) His word to men by the Holy Spirit (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:20-21). Therefore, what we follow today is truly God’s word, and not man’s. We could place a price on the word of a man, but never upon God’s word!
It is priceless because it is eternal. Many of the books men write today are out of date before they are published! Yet, God’s word is up-to-date (I Pet. 1:25). Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Matt. 24:35). God’s eternal word is just as true (Jn. 17:17), as accurate, as alive (Heb. 4:12), and as needed today as ever!
It is priceless because it is truth (Jn. 17:17). There are no false statements in God’s word. Though not a scientific book, God’s word is scientifically true (Gen. 1:1-2; Isa. 40:22; Ecc. 1:5-7). God’s word announces the truth concerning what men must do to be saved (Acts 2:38). It tells us how to live while upon this earth (Phil. 4:8-9; Tit.2:11-12). God’s word directs our steps for living a morally pure life (I Tim. 5:22; Matt. 5:22, 28, 33-48; etc.). God’s true word is a priceless treasure given to men.
It is priceless because of what it took to get His word to us. It took the blood of the Son of God, of martyrs, prophets, and others. It took people losing their livelihoods, friends, family; yea everything so that God’s word might be spread (Heb. 11:32-39). Look closely into the life of the apostle Paul and see what he endured in order to spread God’s word (II Cor. 11:23-28). Consider what our Lord Jesus Christ had to suffer at the hands of His own in order to preach God’s word (Jn. 1:11). Yes, many people knew that God’s word is priceless. Consider the price they paid in order to teach it to others!
Do we appreciate this priceless word as we should? I hope we do! God’s word was GIVEN to men. Yet, it is more valuable than the world!
Did John Establish A Church?
There are people today who believe that John the Baptist established a church some time before Jesus Christ died. Is this true? Let us read the Bible and see the consequences if John established a church.
If John Established A Church, Then....
1. John’s church is not the blood-bought body spoken of in the New Testament (Acts 20:28). Jesus died to purchase His church, not someone else’s.
2. John’s church was not connected with the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:2-5). In contrast, Christ’s church came into existence after the Holy Spirit fell on the twelve (Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-4, 41-47).
3. John’s church is in competition with the one Christ said He “will build”. Yet, Paul said there is only ONE church (Eph. 1:22-23, 4:4).
4. John’s church was founded upon something other than the confession Peter made in Matthew 16:16. The Lord’s church is based upon the confession of Christ as the Son of God (Matt. 16:18).
5. Death prevailed against John’s church, for John was beheaded, buried, and his body stayed in the grave (Mk. 6:16, 27, 29). Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the other hand, was crucified, buried, but arose from the dead, never to die again (Acts 2:22-24, 13:34). Christ said death would NOT prevail against His church (Matt. 16:18)
Friends, who are we going to believe? I wish to belong the church belonging to Christ (Rom. 16:16); the church purchased with His blood (Acts 20:28); the church of which Christ is the head (Col. 1:18); the church which is called His body (Col. 1:24). What about you?
“What Gospel Preaching Can Do”
Preaching Divine Creation stirs the Evolutionist.
Preaching the one true church stirs the denominationalists.
Preaching against liquor stirs the drinker.
Preaching on modesty stirs the immodest.
Preaching on attendance stirs those unfaithful in attendance.
Preaching on pure speech stirs the gossip.
Preaching on dedication stirs the uncommitted.
Preaching on honesty stirs the cheat.
Preaching against sin stirs the guilty.
Preaching on Christ stirs those who love Him.
Preaching on Heaven stirs the hearts of those who want to go there.
Come visit the Caneyville church of Christ and hear soul-stirring Gospel preaching (Acts 17:6; Rom. 1:16; II Pet. 1:13, 3:1)!!
Hearing Problems Or Heart Problems?
There are many that teach that in order to be saved, one must have faith that Jesus is the Son of God (Jn. 8:24; Heb. 11:6). Many agree also that repentance and confessing our faith in Christ is necessary just as the Bible says (Lk. 13:3; Rom. 10:10). However, when there is talk about a person being baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38), many people deny that baptism is necessary. Why is this? Could I suggest that when folks deny baptism’s necessity, it is because they have either a hearing problem or a heart problem. Why do I say this? Let us study Acts 16:14-15 and see this truth.
In Acts 16:14-15, we read, “One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.’ And she prevailed upon us.” Notice that before Lydia was baptized, she “heard” the gospel being preached. Her hearing would have produced faith (Rom. 10:17). Not only did she pay attention, but the words she heard also opened her heart, and then she was baptized. She laid aside all preconceived ideas, and simply listened to God’s word. Therefore, as a result of the words she heard, and her open heart, she was baptized.
Thus it is today. When folks declare that baptism is not necessary for salvation, we see they either have a hearing problem or a heart problem. Let us make sure our hearing is sound and our heart is open to the word of God (I Pet. 3:21). This obedience to the Lord will result in our salvation (Heb. 5:9; Rev. 2:14)!
Some Questions To Ask BEFORE You Decide …
Sometimes folks have a hard time deciding what to do in specific situations that call for a clear decision. When “peer pressure” enters in, some decisions to do what is right become even harder! What ought I do? What would Jesus do? These are thoughts folks have, but it doesn’t mean we always choose the right thing! In light of this fact, below are seven questions we can ask ourselves when trying to make a proper decision. Each one of these questions are based on specific passages from the Bible, so read them carefully and live them so that might make decisions that are pleasing to God.
Before making that “final” decision, let us ask ….
1. Can you ask God to bless your decision (Prov. 10:22)?
2. Can you thank God for it (Col. 3:17)?
3. Are you doing this to the glory of God (I Cor. 10:31)?
4. Will your decision be a stumbling block to others (I Cor. 8:13)?
5. Are you doing this to please God rather than people (Col. 3:23; Gal. 1:10)?
6. Have you thought ahead about the consequences of your decision (Gal. 6:7)?
7. Would you want to be doing whatever you decide when Jesus returns (I Thess. 5:2-3)?
Think seriously about these things, friends. I am afraid we forget just how important our decisions can be, and how our decisions affect others even after we are gone (I Tim. 5:24-25; Rev. 14:13; Heb. 11:4; etc.). What decisions are you making? How will they affect your soul and the souls of others (Matt. 5:13-16)? Choose wisely!!