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Bible's Value is Dependent on Its Use. Illustration of the unbelieving soap manufacture: Soap works to clean the body when used Bible works to clean the soul when used
Bible's Value is Dependent on Its Use. (James 1:21-25) 21 Therefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he looks at himself, and goes his way, and immediately forgets what manner of man he was. 25 But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues in it, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
David's Declarations: (Psalms 19:7-14) 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. Six Descriptive Titles, Six Characteristic Qualities, Six Divine Effects Name, Nature, and Effects of the Word of God
Law – Perfect: Converting the Soul Meaning: Law – Teaching or Instruction – System of Instruction Perfect – Without Blemish – Complete Converting the Soul – Turn one from the wrong path God's word has the ability to keep our actions in check (Ps 18:30) 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. (Heb 4:12) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any double-edge 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. (Prov 6:20-21) – Bind on the heart – Tie around your neck
Law – Perfect: Converting the Soul It is through God's word that we become clean: (Ps 119:9) Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word. (John 15:3) Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. (Rom 1:16-17) 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God reveled from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. – (Heb 11) (1 Pet 1:22) Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.
Testimony – Sure: Making Wise (Ps 93:5) Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O Lord, forever. Meaning: Testimony – Witness Sure – Trustworthy, Strong, Firmness Making Wise – Reveals what would otherwise be unknown True Wisdom is the Wisdom From God: (1 Cor 3:18) Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
Testimony – Sure: Making Wise Human Wisdom will not Save Our Souls: (Prov 3:5) Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (1 Cor 1:19) For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. The Fool Will Not Error – Looking to God for Wisdom (Isa 35:8) And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
Statutes – Right: Rejoicing the Heart Meaning: Statutes – Precepts – Way of Righteousness Right – Makes upright – Straight Rejoicing Heart – Makes us Glad – Happy Jesus' Promise of Rejoicing: (Matt 5:4) Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Matt 11:28-30) 28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Commandment – Pure: Enlightening the Eyes Meaning: Commandment – Orders Pure – To clear, cleanse, purify Enlightening the eyes – Opens our eyes to the exceeding sinfulness condition of the soul and the need for redemption Creates a Discerning Eye (Rom 7:12-14) 12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. 13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Fear – Clean: Enduring Forever Meaning: Fear – Reverence, Piety, Awe The Examples of Fear, true piety, found in God's word (Ps 34:11) Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Clean – Clear, Free from Error Enduring Forever – Provides permanent set of principles of conduct Example: (2 Tim 2:15) And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Fear – Clean: Enduring Forever Examples found in God's word: Noah God Gave Grace Noah Feared God Fear Motivated – Faith, Obedience Abraham God Gave Grace Abraham Feared God Fear Motivated – Faith, Obedience
Judgments – True: Righteous Altogether Meaning: Judgment – Moral Decisions God's Moral Decisions – What He Decides as Being Right True – Stand – Has a Fixed Character – Unmovable Righteous Altogether – This unmovable characteristic is united with the fact that God's judgment is completely righteous!
Judgments – True: Righteous Altogether The Word of God Tells Us How God will Judge (Gal 6:7-8) 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Rom 2:7-9) 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile
How Much is Your Bible Worth to You? Our Bibles Have the Power to: Turns us away from a path of sin – Back to God Shows us the Light – Reveal to us what God wants from us Gives us Joy – Allowing us to know that we are saved Opens our eyes to the effects of sin – Dangers Provides a permanent principle of conduct – Examples Gives us Knowledge of Judgment Nothing else can give us these advantages Study – Immerse yourself in God's word – fill up with God's truth