Here is a trick question…
Is this (below) Bill Gates? Or is it a book ABOUT Bill Gates?
Assuming you said that it is a book ABOUT Bill Gates then well done!
Now… another trick question…
Is this (below) the Word of God? Or is it a book ABOUT the Word of God?
If you answered “that is God’s word” then I admire your loyalty and your faithfulness… but you are wrong.
YES the bible is God breathed…
All Scripture is God-breathed – 2 Timothy 3:16
and therefore it contains God’s words. But the bible is not God’s Word…
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. – John 1:1-2
Jesus Christ is the Word of God. And the bible contains God’s words. Word and words. One is capitalised and the other isn’t. The one is God and the other isn’t.
Why is this so important?
Because calling Jesus Christ “the Word” is a pointer to a very important Old Testament scripture… important because it has the power to change your life.
But the enemy has cunningly hidden this scripture by getting us all confused. He made us think the bible is the Word… in this way He stole the truth from us.
You see… this verse is very important…
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. – John 1:14
because it points to something very important in the Old Testament called “Word”…
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. – Is 55:11
I find this interesting and stimulating.
The commonest term in the Old Testament for “word” is דבר, dābhār (also “matter” “thing”).
The important characteristic – according to God – is that when He speaks a matter/thing His matter doesn’t return to Him without having achieved the purpose for which it was sent.
It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. – Is 55:11
Now let me ask you a third trick question…
If Jesus Christ is God’s Word made flesh… and He was sent by God… and He returned to God… then… did He achieve the purpose for which He was sent?
If you answered YES, then well done.
So… if Jesus Christ achieved the purpose for which He was sent… then… we should try and discover what He was sent for… don’t you think?
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. – 1 John 3:8
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. – 1 John 3:8
The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done]. – 1 John 3:8
So… it would appear that if Jesus Christ HAS returned to God… and He was the Word of God… then He must have achieved the purpose for which He was sent. Right?
So then… what if you look around you and see the works of the devil… and yet we know for sure that Jesus Christ achieved the purpose for which He was sent… how do we resolve this?
The problem is not that He didn’t achieve His purpose. The problem is that we don’t believe that He did.
For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. – Heb 4:2
The GOOD NEWS about Jesus Christ is of no use to you if you don’t believe.
When you look at the giants in your life… are you like Joshua and Caleb… do you believe Jesus Christ defeated them? Or are you like the 10 other spies and you don’t believe that God achieved His stated purpose through His Word before His Word returned to Him?