THE WORD, THE WHOLE WORD, AND NOTHING BUT THE WORD!

MATTHEW 5:17-19: “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.” NLT
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OBSERVATION: How will I choose to live in 2021? Will I look to the Word of God for all matters that pertain unto life and godliness? Or, will I be pulled by the wisdom of the world and the desire to be accepted by others? I have a choice between living by selected verses of the Bible that fit my current lifestyle, or by living by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Jesus, on His Sermon on the Mount to His disciples, wanted to clear up any confusion that could take place. The disciples could be tempted to think of Jesus’ teaching as something new. They might misunderstand Jesus’ intentions as He taught them. Jesus wanted to make it very clear –

  • “I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. “

In this one statement, Jesus was drawing the line in the sand once and for all. God never changes and His Word never changes. The Scriptures are the written expression of the very heart of God. Jesus is the Eternal Word, the Logos of God. And, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), so the Word of God never changes. Jesus did not come to change God’s Word. Jesus came to accomplish its true purpose!

When Jesus began His ministry, the Jewish nation was filled with religious sects that differed on their interpretation of God’s Word. Some, like the Pharisees, had added man-made rules as an addition to the Scriptures. These became, in their mind, as sacred as the very Scriptures they claimed to follow. And, in all of this, they wandered further and further from the truth and God’s intent and purpose for their lives.

Dear ones, this is what is happening today! The division in the church is growing larger and larger. Every day we learn of someone who is joining the ranks of those who pick and choose what they want to believe in the Bible and dismiss the verses that do not fit their lifestyle or worldview. If God is God, if He never changes, then where do they get the authority or the basis for such a position?

Jesus said He came to fulfill the purpose of all of God’s Word. In doing so His life has either fulfilled the pictures and types that were given in the Old Testament, or His life has clarified and solidified the revelation found in the Holy Script. The whole revelation of Scripture makes it clear which one is true of every verse. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection fulfilled all of the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament. And, Jesus’ perfect life of love clarified all of the moral laws of the Old Testament.

To Jesus, the Apostles, and the early church, it was…

THE WORD, THE WHOLE WORD, AND NOTHING BUT THE WORD!

  • “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.”

So, in 2021 we have a choice. We can ignore the difficult and unpopular passages in the Bible, or we can come before Him with open and humble hearts and receive the Words of life. Our posture as we enter this year will have an eternal bearing on our lives.

  • “So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

I don’t know about you, but Jesus’ words bring me to my knees. I don’t want to be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven. My testimony and my life must be surrendered to the whole counsel of God. I must be willing to pay the price in 2021 for taking a stand on God’s Word. I must always proclaim the truth in love – but I must proclaim the whole truth! Just as I cannot rewrite history, so also I can not rewrite what God has declared. I must take a stand for…

THE WORD, THE WHOLE WORD, AND NOTHING BUT THE WORD!

Lord, grant me the grace to do so, I pray.

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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