PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

4/11/18

What would you say or how might you respond to someone laughing at the idea of the Bible being inerrant and going on to say Jesus is the Word of God but not the Bible? When answered; “There is the Living word and scripture as the written word,” the response was, “so you have two words of God, what new heresy is that?”

The above dialogue is being taught in many Lutheran churches. This is another way Satan can destroy the authority of God’s word in the heart of sinners who desperately need Him and His truth. God’s Word is not contained in the Bible; the Bible is the Word of God from the very first word to the last.

So the question, is the Bible and Jesus the Word of God? “Word of God” appears in the Bible often whose meaning can vary due to Greek and Hebrew words and context. John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”  The ‘Word’ is a title for Jesus and it’s the Greek word Logos, which means ‘the expression of a thought’ or ‘word’. It can be understood in terms of the total message of God to man (Acts 11:1; 1 Thess. 2:13). Did Jesus embody that message?  Yes he did and that’s why he is called the Word or Logos (Colossians 1:19; 2:19).

Logos is also often used when referring to the written message of God (John 17:17; 1 Tim. 4:5; Rev. 1:2; Colossians 1:25). Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword. . . . Clearly the Word is referring to the written message of God, it is alive and active through the Holy Spirit. Jesus shows there is a connection between himself and the written work. John 5:39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me.

There is another word used for ‘word’ and that is rhema, which refers to the actual written and spoken Word of God. Heb. 6:5 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened. . . who have tasted the goodness of the word of God. Remember when Jesus was tempted in the desert by Satan, his answer was, Mt. 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ We need the actual written and spoken Word of God to overcome the attacks of Satan.

When you read or hear the bible you can be assured you have the very Word of God. When you read your bible there is no need to try and weed out what is and what isn’t God’s word because it all is. Mt. 5:18 I (Jesus) tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. It is not man’s word, it’s God’s!

Pr. Bob

By The Way:

 Sunday 15, 9:00 AM Morning Worship.  Sermon: Forgive Us As We Forgive

10:30 Sunday School.

4-5:00 Discussion of the book: The Paradigm

Wednesday 18, 6:30 Bible Study Lesson 4