I think one’s attitude concerning His Word is by far the major difference between those that are mere acquaintances of Christ and those that are truly His disciples. Our relationship with Christ all depends on our attitude concerning His Word.
Sin is a bad thing. One could claim the majority of the pages of the Bible are devoted to exposing the evil of sin, the prevalence of sin, the destruction of sin, and the way to combat sin. Sin is everywhere and it is a bad thing.
Jesus’ death and resurrection paved the way for our salvation. The Bible is clear on the fact that we cannot, on our own, resolve the sin issue. We are all sinful, weak, and guilty. But Jesus paid the price for us and while I am not necessarily presenting this work as a referendum on the Doctrine of Salvation, it is important to have this basic fact understood. His work (death and resurrection) has enabled me to be free from the bondage of sin. He didn’t save us because we deserved it. It was all on Him.
Jesus directed us to obey His Word and even claimed for one to love Him, one needs to obey His commandments (John 14:15). If we are to worship, know, love, and obey Him, we must know His Word.
Clearly, our life can be changed when we properly deal with sin. As a Christian we accept Jesus’ work as removing our sin, and it is by His grace we are saved. Yet we still may experience some lasting effects of sin. It can plague us and doggedly undermine our lives. We can easily lapse into cycles of defeat and discouragement when we don’t address sin and submit ourselves to His Word. We do this by incorporating The Key of Discipline By The Word.
Obedience To The Word
How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
– Psalm 119:9
I don’t think I am over stating the fact that we must “take heed” or “keep” His Word (emphasis mine). His Word is the final authority. While many may claim the Bible is inspired, too often ways are found to discredit it, explain it away or ignore it. It is one thing for someone to say they obey the Bible when they personally agree with it. But when it becomes difficult or doesn’t fit our current social trends, there is a tendency to explain away the Scriptures.
When I accept the basic premise that the Bible is His Word, then my understanding of what He directs, through His Word, has a rock solid footing. If however, I come to Scripture with any other concept, I have then elevated my opinion above God’s. This of course means I have no real logical foundation upon which to build anything. Morality becomes an abstract concept based on current sociological trends.
In the opening pages of the Bible, we are treated to the famous encounter of Eve and the serpent. We should find it enlightening that Satan’s first words to Eve were to attack God’s Word.
“Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” – Genesis 3:1b
This has been the pattern from the beginning. Satan attacks God’s Word and gets us to doubt the truth of His Word. We question it, “Is this really true? Does it really apply now? Does the Bible really mean what it says?”
These questions need to be answered before we face off with the enemy. Before we are confronted with these questions, we need to have made the commitment, that yes, we do believe God means what He says in His Word. Once that situation is settled, then we can directly attack sin.
For more about the Key of Disciple By The Word, check out my book, Our Most Valuable Treasure: Psalm 119-The Key To Unlocking His Word
Blessings My Friend!