What Did God Say? (2)

  • After studying part 1, lets look at Hebrews 1:3 again. Can we attribute any of what is said in verse 3 as being God’s words? The answer is yes, even though it is the writer of Hebrews here that is writing these words by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they are backed up by what Jesus said.

    Jesus is the Word and He is Truth. John 1:1 says in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Then verse 14 goes on to say that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us full of grace and truth. Now with that established we can look at verse 3 in parts, for instance. “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God”.

    Okay. Jesus said in John 14:9 – “Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father”? It’s that bolded/underlined portion that makes that portion of Hebrews 1:3 the logos word of God, or God’s Word. It gives Truth to the phrase that the Son is the very character of God.

    Okay. Let’s take the next portion. “And he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command”. This again is referring to Jesus, who is the Word. Jesus said all power was given him in heaven and earth (Matt 28:18). So again, the statement made by the writer of Hebrews here can be categorized as God’s Word.

    Finally, verse 3 of Hebrews 1 says “When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven”. Do I really have to give you scripture to prove this is talking about Jesus and the finished work on the cross? This too can be categorized as the logos of God, or the word of God, because it refers to Jesus who is the Word.

    Wow. I don’t know if this is challenging you, but it’s challenging me. I now have a new understanding of rightly dividing the Word of Truth as stated in 2 Timothy 2:15. Let me quote it here again. I have said it many times when referring to NOT reading the Word, but STUDYING the Word. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

    I remember saying several times in our Grace Bible Studies that many people make the bible a god. Also, people believe the bible is the Word of God, but they don’t believe the God in the Word.

    All scripture is truly God inspired, but all scripture is not God speaking. We must study to determine if God said something. In other words, can we find a place where God spoke it so that we can put quotes around it. For instance “Let there be light”.

    That’s my new challenge in rightly dividing the Word of truth. So, let’s test a scripture together. How about Gal 5:1 in the NAS. It says, it was for freedom that Christ has set us free. Is that the logos of God or God’s word? The answer is it is the logos of God, because of John 8:36, to mention one scripture. It says – “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed”. That ties back to the finished work of the cross and the statement made in Hebrews 1:3 which was “When he had cleansed us from our sins….”

    There’s a lot to chew on, but hopefully it will give us a better understanding of what to stand on. After all “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”. Find out what God really said, what can be quoted as being said by God, and stand on those scriptures. Don't be fooled by nice sounding religious phrases like "God helps those who help themselves". Where is that in scripture? Instead stand on scriptures with truth like 1 Peter 5:7 which reads "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." This is backed up by what Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30:

    28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Grace and peace.


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