Messages from the Scriptures
Reading: 2 Timothy 3
INTRODUCTION All scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Notice the phrase: 'All Scripture is given by inspiration of
God.' Strange as it may seem millions of Christians have
lost their faith in this verse. To be sure they will allow that
most Bibles contain some of God's words; but they
no longer believe that 'ALL Scripture is given by inspiration
of God.' In other words, they do not believe that every
word and every sentence in the Bible was given by divine inspiration.
Neither do they believe that the Bible - ANY version
- is the infallible (faultless) Word of God! "All
Bibles have errors." they say, " There is no
such thing these days as the infallible Word of God!"
This matter concerning the divine inspiration, providential preservation
and the infallibility of the Scriptures is by far the most
important issue facing the Christian Church in these last days!
The article Bible Versions: Which is the Real Word of God? deals with this vital subject in some detail.
Make sure you study it.
This morning's sermon, however, is not about Bible
Versions. Instead I will very briefly take you on a journey
through the Scriptures and point out the objectives of its
five main sections: the Law, the Prophets, the Psalms
, the Gospels and the Epistles.
1. THE LAW OF GOD
Failure to read the Torah will result in a loss of faith in one
or more of these vital doctrines.
In the Torah we learn of the following truths:
2. HISTORY BOOKS
After the Torah comes the History Books: Joshua, Judges,
Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ruth, Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah etc.
All these tell of how the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac and
Israel reacts to obedience or disobedience. These books
give scores of examples of how the Almighty ruled in ages past,
and still is ruling, in the Court of Heaven. Bear in mind
that He hasn't changed. These history books tell of:
In the history books we find scores of examples of how obedience
brought blessing and disobedience resulted in punishment.
These books provide case histories of how Yahweh,
the Highest Judge in the universe, passed sentence in times past.
You may be certain that He will judge every one of us in exactly
the same way. Did He not say in Malachi 3:6:
- People's Behaviour: prophets, priests, kings, ordinary
men, women and children.
- Conditions: constraints, challenges, opportunities.
- The LORD'S Reaction: How the Most High judged individuals
For I am the LORD, I change not
3. THE PROPHETS
True & False
True Prophets of God came from a variety of backgrounds.
But one thing they had in common; they all upheld the law of the
LORD and continually warned people of the consequences of sin.
Because of this, they were not popular. The people of Israel
didn't like to hear what they said and many were martyred. True
prophets always prophesied of war, famine and pestilence
which always come in the wake of national sin. Consider
- Jeremiah: His very name has become a byword for
forecasters of doom.
- Ezekiel: Son of man I have set you as a Watchman.
- Daniel: He even told the great king Nebuchadnezzar
to turn from his sins.
- John the Baptist: His message was 'repent and be
baptised... Oh generation of vipers!' John was beheaded for speaking out like this.
False Prophets, on the other hand, always prophesy 'smooth
things.' They don't warn people about sin, about the danger
of breaking God's law, simply because they themselves break the
law of God and delude themselves and their hearers into thinking that it no
longer matters. Surprisingly, false prophets can also do amazing
miracles. Indeed this is their main weapon of deception.
4. THE PSALMS & PROVERBS
The messages of the Psalms, the Proverbs and Ecclesiastes
all extol faith and obedience and the benefits
that come in their wake. The Psalms are personal testimonies.
Consider just two Psalms.
The message of these two key Psalms is to: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecc.12:13)
- Psalm 1 This is all about the obedient believer.
- Psalm 119 This Psalm is also about God's Law.
5. THE GOSPELS
Were it not for the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and
John) the world would know nothing of Jesus Christ, the
Son of God. Contrary to popular opinion, the Gospels encourage
obedience through the power of God. They explain how the LORD
God and His Son went about paying the price for man's disobedience
(sin) and how the commandments of the LORD ought to be kept. The
Gospels tell the story of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).
They tell of:
Were it not for the Gospels the world would know little or nothing
of Jesus Christ.
- His Origin: He is the Son of God. He is God!
- His Work: Yahweh designed the universe. He was the
architect; but Yeshua was the builder, the maker.(John 1:1-3,
- His Mission: He is the Lamb of God, which
taketh away the sin of the world! Faith in Jesus Christ (Yeshua)
is the only road to salvation and life everlasting.
- His Message: Matt:11:28 Come unto me, all ye that
labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Luke
4: 18: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed
me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the
brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering
of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19: To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
- His Death/Resurrection and Promised Return.
6. THE EPISTLES
The Epistles (letters of the Apostles) give us insights into
the plan of salvation and the law of the Most High. They explain
things difficult to understand. For example they tell of:
The epistles spell out these truths in great detail.
- The Law's Purpose in pointing out sin and also its
absolute inability to save the sinner; because salvation comes
through faith in Jesus.
- The Melchisedec Priesthood which will function throughout
the endless ages of eternity under its High Priest Yeshua.
- The Sacrificial System and how that all the animal
sacrifices detailed in the Torah pointed to Yeshua, the Lamb
of God who was to lay down his life for the salvation of mankind.
- Individual Responsibilities: of believers and the role
of women in the church.
7. THE ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE
What is the ultimate purpose of this amazing book - the Bible?
As spelled out in our opening text it is to teach sound doctrine
concerning the following:
These are the incomparable blessings the Bible tells of. Who
in his/her right mind will ignore them?
- Man's Duty: which is detailed in the Almighty's commandments.
- Man's only Hope of Salvation: which is by faith in
Yeshua the Messiah, the Son of the living God.
- Eternal Life: John 3: 16: For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but
that the world through him might be saved.
18: He that believeth
on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned
already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only
begotten Son of God.
- Sons/Daughters of the Most High: 1 John 3:1 Behold,
what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we
should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth
us not, because it knew him not.
2: Beloved, now are we the sons
of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know
that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall
see him as he is.
3: And every man that hath this hope in him
purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
- Heirs of the Kingdom: James 2:5 Hearken, my beloved
brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith,
and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them
that love him?
- Divine Promises: Rev.21:5 And he that sat upon
the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto
me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6: And he said
unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the
end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the
water of life freely.
7: He that overcometh shall inherit all
things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8. SATAN, THE ENEMY OF SOULS
"Yea, hath God said
No one should delude himself into thinking that Satan reads God's
Word without some evil reaction on his part. Satan is as active
today as he was when he challenged the Word of God in the
Garden of Eden. Satan's words to our first parents were:
That was an extremely subtle attack. Satan began his attack on
the human race by sowing doubt in Eve's mind concerning
the validity of the Word of God.
"Yea, hath God said
By implication Satan was saying: Are you sure that is
the Word of God? Are you certain that you have understood
God's Word? Surely God didn't mean what you think He meant. Maybe
there is something He doesn't want you to know and is frightened
that you may find out. Come I will tell you the facts - the real
Truth, whole Truth!
It wasn't long before Eve and her husband Adam began
to doubt God's Word. It is exactly the same today. Satan
is as active now as he was in the Garden of Eden; and his main
weapon is causing people to doubt the Word of God! Because
if he can get people to doubt God's Word, it will not be
long before they reject it, disobey it, forfeit eternal life and embrace
death! We see this chain of events in the life
of king Saul and many of the most intelligent men on earth.
||26: And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with
thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and
the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.
||9: The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken:
lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom
is in them?
SBS Home Sermon Notes Bible Versions: Which is the real Word of God?
Elder: David B Loughran
Stewarton Bible School, Stewarton, Scotland