No Substitute For God’s Word

July 21, 2013

There is no substitute for the Word of God. God’s Word is the only word that is living and active, that is alive and powerful, that is supernatural and divine. All other books, articles, and words, even if their writers incorporate into them verses and Truths from God’s Word, are only copies, and thus inferior. This is because, although there are many excellent writings that interpret and explain God’s Word for us, they are, nevertheless, not the main and full Source. They are not that which God has ordained to be His flawless Personhood. (See Ps. 12:6 & 119:89,160 // Pr. 30:5,6 // John 1:1,14 // Rev. 19:13-16)

“The Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword” (Heb. 4:12) it judges the heart (same verse), for it is, itself, the Spirit of God. (Eph. 6:17) It is “the Word of Truth, the Gospel, which has come to” us (Col. 1:6) and is able, when obeyed, to produce fruit (same verse), cleansing (Eph. 5:26), and purification. (1 Peter 1:22) Thus, when mixed with faith in Christ (2 Tim. 3:15), it is able to make a person “wise for salvation” (same verse), and is the Instrument by which to be “born again”. (1 Peter 1:23; see also Ja. 1:18,21)

Considering this amazing reality, is it not grievous to God that those people who say they love, worship, serve, and know Him, spend hours and hours of their time reading, listening to, and studying all sorts of “inspirational” words about God, God’s Word, religion, and the spiritual life, but continue to neglect the Word of God itself (Himself)? How cunning the enemy is! For if a person does not go straight to the Source, he is allowing himself to be deceived if he thinks he is eating and drinking Christ Himself, He who is the only way to walk in Eternal Life. (John 6:53-58 & 14:6)

“But I pray,” people often say as they defend their sin of neglecting God’s Word. Good. It is certainly good and necessary to pray. But who are they praying to? There are many deceiving spirits out there impersonating the Holy Spirit. (2 Cor. 11:3,4,13-15 // 1 Tim. 4:1 // 1 John 4:1) If there is any conversation, or any instruction being heard, how can a person know that he is truly conversing with, and hearing from, the real Spirit of Christ? (John 8:47 & 10:4,5) There is no way that he can know this for sure if he has not been getting to know the Lord one on one, with no other mediator between.

What if every time we wanted to hear from or converse with our spouse we would go to a preacher and ask him to relay messages and information to the other? This would be nonsense and a greatly inferior way to get to know each other or to know what the other one’s desires were. And it certainly would be unnecessary when the other person is right there making himself or herself available.

So why do people avoid going directly to God’s Word and hearing from His Spirit there? I venture to say it is because they do not know Christ. They only know the basics about Him, and due to laziness and rebellion, they have chosen an easy route to the claim of belonging to God. But does God claim them as His own? Very likely not. (Luke 13:23-28) They have not walked in His will (1 John 2:17), nor have they walked in His Word and Spirit (John 5:38), for they do not walk according to His Word. (8:51) No wonder we have an epidemic of so-called “Christians” who do not have the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome sin and temptation, or to do the greater works than Jesus did that our Lord promised His children we would do. (14:12) No wonder there is so much timidity and error when evangelizing. No wonder there are often no answers to prayer. Not only has there been no repentance, no renunciation of sin and the world, and no genuine pledge to whole-heartedly live as new creations, but the people don’t even know Christ.

There is no substitute for meditating on and knowing the Word of God. If it is not being done, that neglector may as well consider himself not born again and not an inheritor of eternal life.

with love,

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