September 20, 2015

Wonderful Words – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“Your testimonies are wonderful: therefore my soul observes them.” (Psalm 119:129)

I recently heard a liberal theologian ridicule Bible-believing Christians as “bibliolaters.” Wow. That sounds pretty bad. I looked it up and Miriam-Webster says the word was coined in 1847 and means, “one having excessive reverence for the letter of the Bible.” Perhaps this supposed scholarly reference should add an example. King David, (the “man after God’s own heart”) quoted above, would make an excellent illustration of this definition.

Faithful Christians should understand that it is not possible to place the Bible on too high a pedestal.

Your testimonies are wonderful,” King David says, and “his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor” (Isaiah 9:6), whose testimonies they are.

Scripture is wonderful from a wonderful counselor. How wonderful?

They were written in the heart of God even before the creation.

Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89). Jesus responded to irreverent attitudes toward the word saying, “the Scripture cannot be broken.” (John 10:35)

The writer of the book of Hebrews reveals that, “…at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,…” (Hebrews 1:1).

The Apostle Paul explains that, by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight …as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit,” (Ephesians 3:3-5)

He says this revelation came, “not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit,” (I Corinthians 2:13)

Finally, it was complete, and the last of the prophets concluded it with an all-embracing warning:”

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book:  if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.” (Revelation 22:18-19)

These inspired writers would have to plead guilty to the charge of “bibliolater.” Their reverence for the word may be labeled excessive, but their attitudes are set forth as examples and are certainly in contrast to those who refuse to submit to the Divine authority of the word.

Refusing to submit, they attack an attitude of reverence. What a surprise. God’s words do not go away because of ridiculing atheists, nor do popular theologians diminish them.

David said: “…every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.” (Psalm 119:160) Jesus said: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)

“forever settled” in the past;

“cannot be broken” in the present;

“everlasting” in the future!

All we will ever need for guidance is to be found in God’s “wonderful” testimonies:

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (II Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)

“Excessive reverence”? Guilty, and confident that the attitude is appropriate. It is not possible to have too high a view of Scripture,

“…For You have magnified Your word

above all Your name.”

(Psalm 138:2 NKJV)

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris

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