We Know God Through His Word

There have been times when I listened to a Bible teacher, and honestly, it sounded more like a Ted-Talk than a Bible Lesson. The person talked on and on about what they believe on a topic and throw in a verse here and there to back it up.

When we hear these talks, even through they might be energizing and sound good, we have to ask, “Does the Bible really say that? Or are they basing what they say on their personal experience?

Christians disagree on many things. Does it matter what we believe as long as we all get along? Although there are times when we may disagree, we still need to have a genuine respect for the truth of God’s Word, and we must judge what is preached against the Word of God (like the Bereans did).

I decided to search the Scriptures to see what God has to say about truth. Here are a few verses we should heed.

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” 1 Timothy 4:1 NIV Read full chapter

“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 NIV Read full chapter

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24 Read full chapter

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 NIV Read full chapter

“Sanctify them by[a] the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17 Read full chapter

 “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” Ephesians 4:15 NIV Read full chapter

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,” Ephesians 6:14 NIV Emphasis mine Read full chapter

“Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:5 NIV Read full chapter

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 NIV Read full chapter

 “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4: 1-4 NIV (emphasis mine)

From “All worship is a response to truth, and that which is truth is contained in the Word of God. Jesus said to His Father, “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17b)  To truly worship God, we must understand who He is and what He has done, and the only place He has fully revealed Himself is in the Bible. Worship is an expression of praise from the depths of our hearts toward a God who is understood through His Word. If we do not have the truth of the Bible, we do not know God and we cannot be truly worshiping.”

Clearly, the Bible teaches that false teaching will abound. It did in the early church and it does now. May God grant us the grace and discernment to know the truth and recognize what is false.

With Love, Cindy

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7 thoughts on “We Know God Through His Word”

  1. I’m filled with incredulity at times to see how we Christians cannot communicate with each other, in such a way as to really understand what each other is saying.

    How easily we misunderstand each other.

    Also noticing how different sentences can mean completely different things to different folks.

    I find myself agreeing with your statement 100%, i.e. ‘…need to have a genuine respect for the truth of God’s Word, and we must judge what is preached against the Word of God’. And thank God for all those scriptures you shared.

    But also I agree with what the gentleman said with whom you disagree:-

    “seek some “revelation” that is new, fresh, and personalised just for you.”

    I won’t get into a preach here as it isn’t always appreciated, and I’m not into axe-grinding

    Suffice to offer this scripture that agrees with what he said. (See below *).

    I’m at a disadvantage in that I did not hear his whole sermon and therefore don’t know the exact context in which what he said was spoken.

    I can see how the same words could mean something other than what I hear. Which is my point – the fall of mankind has handicapped us even in our understanding of what each other exactly means.

    Certainly we need to take care regarding ‘private’ interpretations: II Peter 1:20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

    Nevertheless we are to seek revelation on God’s Word continuously.

    * Ephesians 1/17:
    17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,

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    1. I see your point, Ken. On reflection, I realize I could have used a better example of a Bible Teacher saying something that isn’t stated in Scripture. My purpose for this post was to point out that sometimes teachers don’t teach God’s Word and what they say sounds good, but it isn’t Biblical. My desire is that we compare what is being taught to the Word of God. Blessings, Ken!


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