Once in my life time I loved reading novels and other literature that has no value to me now, for a student once said, “literature is the study of a man’s life”. And sad to say, the world right now has this mind set that life is like a fairy tale due to these non- Biblical write ups.
I’m not being an anti- literature here but, I pray that people will also have the appetite to study God and who He is as He revealed Himself from the pages of the Bible. For it is more weighty to study who God is than to study the greatest man in the history, for He is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).
Now what does the Bible says about the word of God? It says:
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12”
In the words of Paul Washer he says that, we should make the word of God as our mirror and compare our self and our life to the lens of the scripture, as Hebrews 4:12 says, it is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And when you have such wickedness in the heart? The word of God will purify it to cleanse us and make us able to walk in holiness, as God Himself is holy.
(John 17:17 says, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth”.)
In Luke 4:4 where the Lord Jesus quoted the old testament verse from Deuteronomy 8:3, “That a man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”
John Macarthur explained the verse that, “Israel’s food in the wilderness was decreed by the word of God. They had manna because it came by God’s command therefore it ultimately was not bread that kept them alive, but God’s word.”
Again we see in Luke 4:4 that the word of God is the source of life, that’s how important it is to study the word of God, as again, it is the word of eternal life,(John 6:68).
Now, if your asking if whether or not we can trust God’s word, then the answer is this, “YES” we can trust His words as it is:
1) Sovereign- “And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of LORD hath spoken it. Isaiah 40:5”
Notice the word “for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it”, which means that every word from the Bible will going to happen such as the upcoming judgment day where the unrepentant sinners will be thrown to the lake of fire and the truly saved Christians will have an eternal life, for the Bible says so.
2) God’s word will stand forever-
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever. Isaiah 40:8”
The verse explains that all things will pass except for the word of God, therefore, His word is the ultimate guide to our daily Christian living as it is the unchangeable word of “GOD”.
So the question is, if you truly believed that you are a Christian, do you regularly read the word of God for purification of the heart? Do you have a Bible? Because if you don’t read your Bible, then there might be something wrong with your faith, maybe you are not truly saved at all. So think again and examine your heart if truly you’re in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5)
So let’s trust the Lord Jesus Christ, who has the “word of eternal life” (John 6:68), and the bread of life (John 6:48-51).
“I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give you is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:48-51)
Once again, John Macarthur explained the verse this way: “Jesus contrasted the earthly and heavenly bread. The manna that was given in the wilderness although sent from heaven to help them sustain the Israelites for their physical needs, could not impart eternal life nor meet their spiritual needs as could the “bread of life”(John 6:48) that came down from heaven in the person of Jesus the Messiah. The proof of this contrast centers in the irrefutable fact that all the fathers died who ate the wilderness manna. ”
John Macarthur is saying that, the manna may sustain the physical needs but not the spiritual needs, for only the Lord Jesus Christ can satisfy the needs of our soul, as he alone is the “bread of life” who has the words of eternal life.
Now what must be our attitude if we truly believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the bread of life? It’s this, “REMAIN IN THE FAITH NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENED” just like what Peter did, when other fake disciples of Jesus Christ left Him, for he believed that the Lord Jesus Christ has the eternal life.
“From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.” John 6:66-68
So the challenge is this: “REMAIN IN THE FAITH AND KNOW THE WORD OF GOD FOR IT IS THE BREAD OF LIFE”