Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

03/04/2020

Randall Caselman

 

Walking In The Word

 

  Gotta ask, what regulates your life and mine? What determines our attitudes, disposition and behavior in life? Is it a discipline we learned in school, Western World thinking, our own self-trained conscience, some religious doctrine, or the Holy Inerrant Word? The Hebrews’ Writer says: “The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Let’s see what we can learn…

 

  The Word of God is living. The Word is living in two ways. It lives in Jesus. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Jesus is the Living Word fleshed out as an example for us to imitate. In Him, we can learn how life is to be lived. We can see what kind of heart, attitude and disposition we’re to have. We have a living example of how to act and react to life as it presents itself daily.

 

  Scripture is also alive on another level, because it is perpetually relevant. Amazing isn’t it, that the world can change, culture changes, nations rise and fall; but the Word of God remains the same. It remains compellingly relevant. “And is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and instructions in righteousness, that the child of God may be complete, thoroughly furnished unto every good work.” Indeed, think of the good we can do; how we ought to treat one another and you'll find it's relevancy in the Word.

 

  The Word is active and powerful. The Word of God will achieve God’s purpose in the lives of those who read and apply it to life. Isaiah has God saying: “My word will not return to Me empty, void! But will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." Jesus said the Word of truth has the power to "sanctify us, cleanse us, and make us holy." Ephesians 5.26 tells us we are cleansed by “the washing with water through the Word.”

 

  The Word is sharper than any sword. The Bible is our most relentless critic. It is sharper than any surgeon’s scalpel and does Divine surgery. When the Bible is read with an open heart and pure motive, it functions as God intended; as a surgical tool. Reminds me of what Oswald Chambers once said: “If you are religious, it is easier to read some pious book than the Bible. The Bible treats you like human life does… Roughly.”

 

  The Word of God penetrates “even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” The Word of God can penetrate into the inner man and can make a distinction between the thoughts and intents of the heart. The intent of every Child of God, is to live a life devoted to the will and purpose of God. Right? Does this mean our thoughts and behavior are always pure? No! God can make the distinction, between who we are and who we want to be. Paul said, “I’m not always the man I want to be, when I want to do good, evil is always present. Members of my body are waging war against my mind.” Then he concludes: “But I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man.” The Word pierces through our own self-deception. It pierces hypocrisy. Listen, the Word of God divides between motive and behavior.

 

  The Word of God will judge us. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” Someday we will stand before God and give an account of just how we adjusted our lives to His Word.

 

  Woodrow Wilson summed it up like this: “You know the Bible is the Word of God when you read it; for in it you will find the key to your own heart, your own happiness, your success and eternal destiny. I beg of you that you read it and find this out for yourselves.”

 

—Randall Caselman