Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 25, 2013

The Word of God

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Peter 1:19-21.
So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.  But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”  2 Peter 1:19-21.
We can trust the Bible a/k/a Scriptures, best described as the Word of God:  “for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”  Verse 21.
Here is part of what The Belgic Confession states: 
Article 3:  Of the written Word of God.

We confess that this Word of God was not sent, nor delivered by the will of man, but that holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, as the apostle Peter saith. And that afterwards God, from a special care, which he has for us and our salvation, commanded his servants, the prophets and apostles, to commit his revealed word to writing; and he himself wrote with his own finger, the two tables of the law. Therefore we call such writings holy and divine Scriptures. 

Here is part of what The Westminister Larger Catechism states:

Question 3:  What is the Word of God?

Answer:  The holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, the only rule of faith and obedience.

Question 4:  How does it appear that the Scriptures are the Word of God?

Answer:  The Scriptures manifest themselves to be the Word of God, by their majesty and purity;  by the consent of all the parts, and the scope of the whole, which is to give all glory to God;  by their light and power to convince and convert sinners, to comfort and build up believers unto salvation:  but the Spirit of God bearing witness by and with the Scriptures in the heart of man, is alone able fully to persuade it that they are the very Word of God.

Question 5:  What do the Scriptures principally teach?

Answer:  The Scriptures principally teach,:  What man is to believe concerning God, and:  What duty God requires of man.

Question 6:  What do the Scriptures make known of God?

Answer:  The Scriptures make known: What God is, the persons in the Godhead, his decrees, and the execution of his decrees.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

97 O how love I thy law!  it is my meditation all the day.
98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies:  for they are ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers:  for thy testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
102 I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.
103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste!  yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”  Psalm 119:97-105.  (King James Version).
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches.  I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”  Revelation 22:16.


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