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September 30, 2021 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton on this edition of The Encouraging Word today.
Dr. Wilton takes us back into our study of Hebrews and he'll be diving into everything from the divine authority of the Scriptures. More but in the few moments we have before we begin. Dr. Wilton insists I remind you we are available to pray with you right now at 866899 if you need someone to talk with her prey with jot this number down where available 24 hours a day as a matter fact at 8668998668999673, and online as well. T. W online.org is also placed government right resources to help you grow in your faith that's email@example.com now today ceasing with Dr. Wilton when the books of the Bible recognized as inspired. The servers that the books of Scripture were immediately recognized as inspired. The moment they were written.
There was no waiting. For the Scripture to be established. There's another big word by the way we talking about all kinds of things.
The Apocrypha means hidden books literally means this authority that the diamonds that the Bible is absolutely true. The inspired and infallible and inerrant word of God. When was the canon of Scripture established the entire canon of Scripture was established as soon as the book of Revelation was completed in the first century. Early in the first century future church councils. All they convened.
If you study church history to recognize the canon of the new state church which was established off Constantine's conversion. In fact, off about 250 years often unbelievable persecution of the Christian state church did not even authorize the canonization of Scripture, despite church may only recognize the obvious heavenly authority of the books of the Bible which had been affirmed since the apostolic age began when is the apostolic age, the apostles, with those man who had witnessed literally the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. So the apostles with those who lived and lived immediately during and following the day of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul, the apostle Peter the apostle John and the disciples as we know them so well in the top goal. One of the apostles. He called the gospel Scripture by quoting Luke chapter 10 in first Timothy chapter 5 in 60 A.D., about 25 or so years off to the death of Jesus recognized all the Old Testament and the Gospels as the inspired word of God.
Peter gave people authority to the apostles pulled alongside the Old Testament.
He called them the word of God. In second Peter chapter 3 the New Testament church knew that Paul's writings with the inspired word of God way back then in the first century, the entire Bible as we have it today is recognized as the word of God by the church of the apostles all the way back.
In the first century.couple of other thoughts and I'm going to move on the Bible my friends is superior to all other books ever written so as to be unique stands in a class all by itself. It is superior to science and philosophy written concerning those disciplines in wisdom literature and otherwise take, for example, in 1903. That famous scientist and those of you that have studied science will remember Herbert Spencer, one of the most notable scientists, a brilliant man, Herbert Spencer, litotes Longman will recognize scientific career by saying that the universe is made up of five elements, what with those five elements, time for action.
Space and matter what.
Herbert Spencer didn't know.
In 1903 was that he was actually unknowingly quoting Genesis chapter 1 and verse one, which I preached on on Wednesday not, why in the beginning time, God force created action. The heavens space and the matter but let's go even further than that. Dr. Montoya Williams again.
Some of you I know have studied him. I remember studying him when I majored in English literature in one of my degrees. He was a professor at Brown University professor of Sanskrit for years and for years for over 40 years. One of the things that profess about. Prof. Williams did was that he compiled a study of all Eastern religion and philosophy and he compared them to the Bible with these words.
This is what Prof. William said parley me if you will, on the left side of your study, type, place your own Bible on the right side will box over the wide gap between the two, so there is a gulf between it and all the so-called sacred books of the East, which serves the one from the other actually hopelessly and forever the religious writings of the East are not in the same class with the word of God go back to the Emperor Diocletian boy. He was a troublemaker. Diocletian if you remember you history created a column in Nicaea at the column. Even to this day still reads extinct of nominee Chris story directly translated, that means that the name of Christ is extinct yet. 22 years later.
The Council of Nicaea made within sight of that same column to declare that the Bible is the word of God. What about the French philosopher that infidel Voltaire born in 1694. What did Voltaire say they'll tear my deadbolt unabashed pronouncement that within 50 years will hear no more of the Bible, yet 50 years off the ball to his death. We know the Geneva Bible Society. Used Voltaire's house to print and distribute fibers in the mid 20th century, the British Museum purchased from the Russian government. The same tree New Testament manuscript called signee Atticus. I'm one of those unfortunate beings you have studied part of signee Atticus and you got a good microphone my lens. You can have a look at and I tell you it is an awesome study of signee Atticus with petition both discovered in a Monastery on Mount Sinai in 1858 on the same day signee Atticus was purchased for $2.5 million voltage is first addition manuscripts were selling for $0.13 on the streets of Paris. Ladies and gentlemen, I simply want to make an announcement to you today that the word of God is living and active. It is sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to the dividing of the soul and spirit, joints and marrow, it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the hall thing. In all creation is hidden from God, sign, and everything is uncovered and laid before the eyes of him to whom those of us who are in Christ must give an account the word of God shall abide forever dry here and they may know this morning and so it is my friends. What does the Bible say it is. I wish that I could stand here today and give you all these definitions but I'm afraid my mere human mentality could never reach that fall. What is the Bible say it is well in this passage. In verse 12.
The Bible talks about three things concerning itself. Number one, it is alive.
That's what he says writer in verse 12, the word of God is living what is the word of God. It is alive. What does that mean that means it's not dead. The Bible he is a living Bible is the word of the law.
What is the word of God is not any living, but it is not love that word active. That means that the Bible according to God's word is actively engaged as a living will be missing the spirit of God in the hearts of mankind. Some of you children of grown up some who do not have children, folks.
You want a definition of active I've got a suggestion for all of you today. You want to know what activities find the couple in our congregation got little children go to them and say something like this. I've noticed that you got three or four or five little children. My husband and I all I would like to just do something for you. You bring them to my house next weekend. We look off to them for you. You will change in appearance. I promise you, because children are active.
By the way could I could I just say a word to all the young mothers own all young mothers to look at me. It's okay to be stressed out. I'm just telling you something that precious little bundle of your Joshua I tell you I watched couples who get married and I don't have any children and all of a sudden the bundle of joy arrives.
Always the bundle of joy. Boy does life change I mean you get up in the middle of the night and no longer can you just get up and go and do whatever you want. I mean, it is activity. Let me tell you something about the Bible. The Bible tells us all itself. Number one, it is alive. It is active.
There are four specific things that it is active concerning someone say number two conference number three nourishes, for me it hews I could go on and on talking about the activity of this living word of God, three. Not only is it alive. Not only is it active, but in the third place. The Bible says of itself is Shaw in a shop right there in the second part of verse 12. The Bible says sharper than any double edged sword. You're listening to Dr. Don Wilton our teacher here on The Encouraging Word. Don't go away. He'll be back to complete today's message in Hebrews. In just a moment to remind you that today's message as well as yesterday's. It was kind of the part one to this two-part series and so many more resources are on our website right now. Had TW online.org you can hear this message as other resources as well including the video message from Dr. Wilson again on our firstname.lastname@example.org. It's also a place to discover resources like the one called is this the end so much excitement about what is gaining in the local perspective on car. We in the end times is also wonderful book resource called the King is coming.
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Now back to today's great teaching with Dr. Don Wilton you want to talk about Shaw folks we all know what shoppers Bible says that the word of God is shop you know one of the things that I like to do is go fishing lost my sons my daughter. I enjoy going fishing.
I just don't do it half nearly enough. I don't want a ballot to stand in a boat to catch striped bass gun fish for trout. I've even tried little flyfishing. A love that my favorite thing to do with you. My favorite thing is to go to the beach and I grew up with the sea and I just love I love the sound of the seagulls in the sand and the crashing waves I tell you, folks, I can go down to the beach. You know that phrase hall behaving you want to give me a definition of hog heaven hog heaven is being down at the beach in a home or condo or something like that right on the beach and I can get my big old surf fishing rod I get my tackle box and a chair and bake peanut butter sandwiches bagel thing of coffee.
I'm tiny. I could go down right there with the waves are crashing get my big old rod and I can just throw that baked out there.
All that you feel that spoon out thin fish for raisins and fish for shad and facial barracuda and I can stand. They all died and I could just fish and it doesn't matter if I don't catch a thing I'm in hall behaving but you know what I've done. Every once in a while folks I've gone down. They are booked at the Goldenrod net bagel really that big old hook and I've turned and waited and Rob looked around to see people watching me so they can be impressed by the way offish and I wait for that moment for an only problem is that catches in the back of my leg is not funny that some folks, the Bible says that the word of God talking of itself is shop is sharper than any two-edged sword, now what does that mean it means number one Cox Cox that's what the word of God knows it can cut. I want you to just think about. Not every time we talk about the word of God. Every time we preach the word of God.
Every time we study the word of God.
The Bible says of itself. It is sharper than any two-edged sword can number two it means it can jolly well it friends please listen this morning talking about the Bible. I'm going to tell you the strangest prayer that any preacher ever prayed. You know what I pray once in a while and probably ought to pray this every day the Lord will when we come to church and when we study the Bible, please let it hurt widowhood.
You cannot be cut by the word of God. If it doesn't hurt folks listen to me. I have people from time to time.
Please don't ever stop saying this I have folks come to me and say to me boy pasta you got all of my toes today and you felt that people have you ever come to church and then do not sign old man. How did he know all. How did he know that my wife Kelly. Have you ever felt that folks would've gone sharper than any two-edged sword can cut it.
Watch this it can reveal.
That's what it does, it reveals that's what the word of God does not folks listen to me.
What is the word of God. What is the word of God number one.
It is alive. Number two is active. Number three. It is Shaw.
Remember those three words, boys and girls right if anybody ever says to what is the Bible you can say alive, active shop. That's what it is but you know the Bible doesn't stop me if that's what it is, what does it do Bible does three things according to this passage. Number one penetrates what he sees your again in verse 12 says it traits even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, that word they penetrate is the word from which we get our English word PS.
PS is a big piercing word is you can almost feel it penetrate it. PS it's and the word of God tells us the extent to which it penetrates the care it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, right down to my boat and giving cut to the bone and give a broken bone.
I remember my oldest son breaking his arm in a basketball game in our gymnasium. I remember the pain we experience is a family I was in a meeting down here in the in the fellowship hall and they came and called me and and and I went up there and he was sitting there with these all markets and folks he's here was literally sticking out. That's what I'm talking about. The Bible penetrates right down to the joints to the bone.
What is it mean to penetrate. It means number one that it opens up number two. It means that it explores and that they penetrate speaks to the ability and the character of the word of God to search into the very depths of my being. All right, so what is the word of God do not want to penetrates number two judges judges look there in the third part of verse 12, it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
We've got so many wonderful attorneys at law here in our own congregation. Not snow some wonderful godly men and women who are attorneys and lawyers gone speak to them about this matter of judging. The Bible says that God's word does something God's word serves as judge what is that mean means first of all, let it examine it, examine David the psalmist spoke about that quality. Many times he said examine me, try me. Remember the Lord's supper. Jesus spoke about the Lord's supper. Paul explained to the church at Corinth. He said a man and women therefore to examine themselves by the word of God by the spirit of God. There is a spiritual examination that takes place that's part of the judgment that is being meted out upon us by the preciousness of God's word.
I wanted examine number two ways.
The evidence it weighs the evidence you go into a courtroom.
You will observe that prosecutor.
The first thing he will do, he will examine the witness who is before him when he has thoroughly examined the arrestees case the judge summarizes terms to the jury and he says ladies and gentlemen of the jury you have the examination. I want you to weighing the evidence and do the third thing cost sentence right possible sentence guilty or not guilty.
Now what is the Bible do for us every time we study the word of God. It penetrates it judges.
It examines me.
It lays the evidence processing and frame the Bible is clear cut. The Bible is going to judge me. According to the word of God which it is I'm going to be found guilty or not guilty. The only means by which I am rain but not guilty is when I have been washed and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Why because there is now therefore no condemnation to those who are in union with Christ Jesus, I am examined before the throne of God. The evidence is weighed in light of my personal repentance relationship with the Lamb of God and sentence is passed upon me if I have given my heart to Jesus and tried and tested time cost. I have received what Christ has already done. If I have rejected him will be charged according to my soon and I will be sent to an eternal separation from him. There's 1/3 thing that the Bible does not any of penetrates and judges, but it exposes it exposes.
According to verse 13. Nothing in all of creation is hidden from God decide what is that mean it means it uncovers it uncovers. It lays bare. Nothing is hidden. All beloved friends. I can spend inordinate number of time trying to hide from the public eye, but I can never hide from the word of God. It uncovers a number two.
It tells the truth. It tells the truth to be exposed by the word of God means that my life is laid before God himself and the truth is laid before him. Now the question is this the word of God abiding forever. What is God's word, saying to you.
I'm so glad that I I believe the word of God from Genesis to Revelation. I wish I could speak to you from the Reader's Digest folder National Geographic but I cannot. God has given me word and perhaps the more than just a teaching plan for your prey that you been listening and studying along the book of Hebrews with Dr. Wilson now as he leaves the pulpit and steps in the studio.
Open your heart to what he wants to share next are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm so happy to hear that wanted to pray this prayer with me today. Dear God, I know that you love me very, very much and I know that the Lord Jesus Christ came and died on the cross so that I might be forgiven of arson. Today I repainted my son. I confess my sin to you, and I invite you to come into my heart and into my life by faith in Jesus name I pray, if you prayed that prayer. Let me be the first one to welcome you to the family of God. This is one I hope that you know how much I'm going to be praying how very important this is for me for us so we can talk to connect to the right place you can begin this wonderful which is pretty long moments ago to give your life to Jesus, perhaps to dedicate your life you need to know we are excited for you will rejoice with you and we want to put some free resources in your hands. Dr. Donald wants you to have call us right now at 8668 and ask for your free resources life to Christ will rededicate your life. That's 866-899-9673 also connect with us on our email@example.com is my friend right now. There's such excitement about gaining perspective on is this the end, the powerful question again. Here's Liz with all the details about this very special resource believers around the world are asking these questions about the conduct of the world. Jolene and Dr. welding answers these questions century from God's word. Also, as a bonus coming early bound frame.
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