Written by Christian Author, Pola Muzyka
The scriptures have been handed down to us throughout generations. In fact the words contained in the scriptures, or Bible, were written by 40 different authors from all walks of life and socio-economical backgrounds. Paupers to kings, poets to physicians all took part in writing its divine message. None of it disagrees, even though most of the authors lived in different parts of the world at different times, spanning a period of 1500 years.
Jesus Christ – detail from Deesis mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Since the Bible places moral demands on us, we have a natural aversion to its authority. It’s easier for us to shrug and move on then for us to give the Word the time, honor, and respect it deserves.
When all the pieces of a puzzle are put together we see the whole picture. Taken out of context and without understanding or consideration of the spiritual [divinely inspired] truths of the Bible, we fail to recognize that the Word fits together in a perfect framework of the eternal existence and omnipotence of God.
If we distort, twist, or leave out parts of the Word, we disconnect ourselves from understanding the Word in its entirety. To prevent this from happening we must move forward, accepting all of the Word as truth. Only then can we uncover the secret completeness of the infinite Almighty God.
Qumran in the West Bank, Middle East. In this cave the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
1. Believe. Many of us fail to see the entire picture [of God’s Word] because we discredit God and His Word too quickly–distracted by our own desires, cares of this world, and hunger for riches, we take our eyes off God and place our attention on the world and the world’s way of doing things. Like seeds planted on the wrong ground, we fail to achieve the fullness of what God offers.
Luke 8:12-15 The seed on the path are those who hear, but then the devil comes and steals the word from their hearts so that they won’t believe and be saved. 13 The seed on the rock are those who receive the word joyfully when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while but fall away when they are tempted. 14 As for the seed that fell among thorny plants, these are the ones who, as they go about their lives, are choked by the concerns, riches, and pleasures of life, and their fruit never matures. 15 The seed that fell on good soil are those who hear the word and commit themselves to it with a good and upright heart. Through their resolve, they bear fruit.
2. Do not allow anything taken out of context. Taking bits and pieces of the entirety of the Word out of context [out of the true meaning] can confuse and discourage us.
Acts 20:30 Some of your own people will distort the word in order to lure followers after them.
2 Corinthians 4:2 We have refused to use secret and shameful ways. We don’t use tricks, and we don’t distort God’s word. As God watches, we clearly reveal the truth to everyone. This is our letter of recommendation.
3. Don’t be double minded. If you believe one part of the word, believe it all. Ask the Lord to add trust and understanding to what you heard or read.
James 4:8 Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery].
James 1:7-8 For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord, 8[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].
4. Believe Christ, the word who became flesh. A belief in Jesus Christ does not cancel out a belief in the one true God. God is one–that is undeniable.
John 17:3 And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.
John 12:44 But Jesus loudly declared, The one who believes in Me does not [only] believe in and trust in and rely on Me, but [in believing in Me he believes] in Him Who sent Me.
5. Look to God for your honor, not to the world or each other. When we honor God and put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ we are assured of our reward.
John 5:44 How can you believe when you are always wanting honor from each other? And yet you do not look for the honor that comes from the only God.
Matthew 10:41 Whoever receives a preacher who speaks for God because he is a preacher, will get the reward of a preacher who speaks for God. Whoever receives a man right with God, because he is a man right with God, will get the reward of a man right with God.