Building faith on the framework of God's Word

Why You Can Trust the Bible – Part 3

The Word is a Person!

(John 1:1-3 NIV) (1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) He was with God in the beginning. (3) Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

(John 1:14a NIV) The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…

The Bible Is Alive!

(John 6:63b NKJV) …The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

Spirit = (Greek – Pneuma) The literal translation means the breath of God for the fulfillment of what He just said. When God speaks, His power is present to cause that word to come to pass in whatever He spoke it to.

(Hebrews 4:12 AMPC) For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

The Bible has a way of getting all up in you.

You are not just getting information; you are getting the power to do the information.

In order for the Bible to come alive for you:

  • Meditation activates revelation.

It takes time to slow down and ponder it, think about it.

(Joshua 1:8 NIV) Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Prosperous – Hebrew meaning: break out, be victorious

Successful – Hebrew meaning: to be prosperous and deal wisely; to prosper and know why.

  • Revelation activates faith.

For faith to arise in your heart, you must have the connection, the “aha” moment.

Logos – written Word

Rhema – revealed Word

(Luke 1:34-38 NIV) How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God… For no word (rhema) from God will ever fail.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word (rhema) to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

  • Faith activates the Word.

(Hebrews 4:2 NIrV) The good news was preached to our people long ago. It has also been preached to us. The message they heard didn’t have any value for them. They didn’t combine it with faith.

Faith turns it from the natural to the supernatural.