The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"What Does the Bible Actually Say?"
"What does the Bible actually say?" A friend's seminary theology professor asked the question at the beginning of class each day. We all do well to seek the answer to the best degree we can regarding what it means to know and walk with God in the light of His Word.
"Thy Word is truth" (John 17:17).
We will not one day answer to the Lord for what our pastor said, or what our denomination said, or what the particular line of theology we follow said. We will answer for what the Bible says. We will answer for what it says to us personally, in the sense of caring enough to find out what it means to know and love God through the Lord Jesus Christ, and how we are to walk with Him in faith and faithfulness. Thankfully, the light of Scripture shines clearly regarding these issues, telling us plainly what God intends us to believe and do in response to His truth. Moreover, the Holy Spirit teaches the seeking believer as we open our hearts and minds to God's Word, promising to "guide you into all truth" (John 16:13). Thus, it behooves all believers to devote ourselves to a lifelong pursuit of discovering answers to the question: what does the Bible actually say?
We do not have to be the seminary professor or student to learn what we need to know. Communicators called to preach or teach help, but only as adjuncts to our own prayerful and careful reading of the Scriptures. Again, the fundamental truths of what it means to enter into and maintain relationship with God through the Lord Jesus lie in plain sight on the pages of the Bible. We will never know all, but we can ever know more. And we can know enough to consistently and increasingly walk with our Lord as "What does the Bible actually say?" leads us in pursuit of the love, light, and life we find awaiting us in the Word of God.
"Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me: for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day."
"But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him."
(I John 2:27)
Weekly Memory Verse
As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him.