Saturday, April 07, 2012

We Must Recieve, Honor and Obey the Word

For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. (Matthew 5:18)

To be a follower of Jesus Christ is to accept what He says about Scripture and to wholeheartedly echo Peter’s sentiment: “You have words of eternal life” (John 6:68).

The privilege of knowing Christ and His Word also carries with it certain essential obligations. First, we must receive God’s Word exactly for what it is, “the word implanted, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).

We should be completely receptive because the Word is the highest standard of truth, joy, and blessing, and it tells us of the way to salvation. Second, we are obligated to honor the Scripture.

The psalmist wrote, “How sweet are Your words are to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Ps. 119:103; cf. Jer. 15:16). The great Reformer Martin Luther did not fear his human opponents.

However, when He stood in the pulpit to expound Scriptures, his knees often knocked under a sense of awe and duty to honor the Word. Third, we must obey God’s Word.

The apostle Paul commanded Timothy, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15).

A key to genuine obedience in the Christian walk is to “let the word of Christ richly dwell within”
(Col. 3:16).[1]

John MacArthur


End notes:

[1] John MacArthur, Daily Readings From the Life of Christ [Chicago: Moody, 2008], April 3.

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