Friday, August 25, 2017

“No Dissonance”

"No Dissonance"      

    Are there ways in which we speak about our Lord and His truth that do not reflect the actual teaching of Scripture?  We do well to seek His guidance and correction regarding words, asking for the Holy Spirit's fine tooth comb that progressively filters out inaccurate jargon and lingo.

    "Set a watch, o Lord, before my mouth.  Keep the door of my lips" (Psalm 141:3).

   The matters in which we require correction may sometimes seem trivial.  Perhaps just a word or a phrase may be all that requires adjustment.  We may wonder, does it really matter if I deviate slightly from the Biblical path, particularly if I mean well, and if perhaps my alteration helps myself or others to seemingly better grasp God's Truth?   The answer lies in another question: can we or anyone express the Truth in a manner that begins to equal the pristine quality of our Lord's Spirit-led prophets and apostles who wrote the Scriptures?  No, we cannot.  "Every word of God is pure" (Proverbs 30:5).  Thus, we must seek to correlate our confession of Christ as closely as possible to Scriptural revelation.

   Certainly our Heavenly Father leads us to do more than merely read or recite the Scriptures as we seek to communicate Truth.  We use other words, phrases, and conceptual expressions that aid in understanding.  However, every attempt to communicate must correlate as precisely as possible with the literal language of the Bible.  Every communication.  No one can say it or write it as well as did the men led by God to pen the words, verses, chapters, and books of the Scriptures.  Thus, we must seek the watch of our mouth and the keeping of the door of our lips referenced by the Psalmist.  Our harmony notes, as it were, must beautifully complement the melody line of "Thus saith the Lord."  Discordance must not and cannot be tolerated.  Moreover, when we realize that some manner in which we speak or write about God and His Word does not align with Scripture, we must categorically reject the word, phrase, or notion that conflicts.  Few more important disciplines accompany our walk with the Lord as we seek to know and respond to Him rightly, and as we seek to communicate Him to others.

"My lips shall utter knowledge clearly."
(Job 33:30)

Weekly Memory Verse 
   For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
(Ephesians 2:10)

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