“You keep using that word; I do not think it means what you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya
30:5 “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. 6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.”
People refer to the Word of God being all-sufficient, inspired, inerrant, and infallible. What do these words mean?
All-sufficient– The Reformation was built upon two pillars: Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone) and Sola Fide (faith alone). Scripture must stand above all else, such as intellect, reason, logic and even the Church, for it is the Scripture that gives the foundation for the Church. As for faith, Scripture gives us the foundation for a salvation based upon the finished work of Christ on the cross. The Word of God is all-sufficient to meet our every need.
Inspired– The Holy Spirit is the inspiration for the writing of Scripture and for the understanding of Scripture. The Spirit interacts with humanity to perceive the heart of God, to believe the message of God, and to receive the salvation of God. Every writer was inspired by the Spirit and every listener/reader is inspired by the Spirit in understanding.
Inerrant– The Word of God is without error. Everything God said and says is absolutely right and correct. There is no shadow of turning with God (James 1:17); we can trust Him to be the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
Infallible– “absolutely trustworthy or sure; unfailing in effectiveness or operation; certain.” We can trust that what God says is absolutely trustworthy. His Word will never cease to be effective or to quit working. We can be certain of it.
The question for the day is: What IS the Word of God? Trusting Scripture, let’s look:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:1-2, 14, 17
2 but in these last days he [God] has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. Hebrews 1:2-3
Jesus is the Word of God. Whatever He tells us, we can trust with our lives–even our eternity! Tomorrow, we will discuss the mission of the Word of God in our world.
Abba, I praise You for Your all-sufficient Word, Jesus Christ. In Him, we have complete trust for our salvation, our future, and our day-to-day living. May the Spirit of Christ guide us–which is like saying, “may the sun come up in the morning.” Teach us to lean on Him and not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). Amen.