Monday, April 30, 2018

The Sufficiency of God's Word

Dr. E.W. Bullinger wrote the following words in 1897:
"God's word is the all-sufficient instrument to accomplish all the Divine purposes in this world, we have no need of any other agency. It is "the power of God unto salvation," it is "able to make wise unto salvation." It must "prosper" and cannot fail to accomplish all the Divine purposes and counsels. Oh, let us beware, that as God's workmen (2 Tim. 2:15), we never adopt any means or take up with any new methods, which tend in the slightest degree to imply the Word of God has lost any of its power, or needs any handmaids or helpmeets, to help it. God's Word is given to God's workmen as the one and only implement to accomplish God's work. This Word he is solemnly charged to preach, and though men "turn away their ears" the exhortation remains the same: "Preach the word" (2 Tim. 4:1-4). If we have His message we must deliver it, and if we have not, we had better hold our peace. Apart from the Word, the workman is only "a voice," and nothing more."

That churches today have lost confidence in God's word is proven by all of the programs, gimmicks, and carnal tactics they rely on to "get the people in." It is not our job to "get the people in." We are to get God's word into the people! If they don't want God's word, we CANNOT help them! 

Compare 2 Tim. 3:16 with 2 Tim. 4:2:

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for:
1. "doctrine," therefore "Preach the word"
2. "reproof," therefore "reprove"
3. "correction," therefore "rebuke"
4. "instruction" therefore "exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine"

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