Whom do we honor in our hearts? I’m talking about the depths of our “subconscious”. Not simply our surface thoughts and words but, our “heart of hearts”?
The New Testament revealed many things that were previously hidden in shadows and types because the O.T. only testified to that which was coming in Christ! One of the OT shadows was the “Word of God”. The OT Scriptures were idolized by the religious Jews and I, personally fell into that deceptive trap for a few years. I believe that when we are serious about our love for the Lord, it’s not an uncommon thing to fall into “Bible worship”.
Let’s be clear. The Word if God is God and worthy of worship! However, we must be on the same page as the New Covenant writers in our understanding of the Word! The Bible and the Scriptures are truly God-breathed and testify to who God is and how he lived in the flesh through Jesus but, they are not God.
THE WORD IS GOD.
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God; 2this one was in the beginning with God; 3all things through him did happen, and without him happened not even one thing that hath happened.”
The Word was no longer supposed to be understood as an “it”. The Form behind the shadow has been revealed and it’s Jesus! The OT outlined an idea, it veiled the face of God so to speak. However, Jesus tore the veil and stepped into full view as the perfect representation of God; even the Word of God!
Everything in the universe was created through the Word, Jesus. This cannot be said of the Bible because the Bible, apart from the Spirit of God is a dead letter.
“12For the word of God is living and active” ~ Heb.4:12
Is your Bible living and active? Does it ever wake you up in the middle of the night and ask you to come read it? It’s just a book! If it gets thrown into a fire, it will quietly burn into ash!
I would never do that because I revere the authority behind the Scriptures and the sacrifices that God’s people have made to preserve them. However, I will not elevate the Written Words above the Spirit of God.
One is fully God and the other is not.
The Holy Spirit is God. The Bible is not.
This is why I have a problem with the Theology that came from the Reformation called “Sola Scriptures”. I agree that we need to read and learn from the Scriptures apart from the doctrines of man but, Sola Scripture replaced one faulty doctrine of man with another! Nowhere in the NT are we encouraged to restrict ourselves to a book! We are consistently instructed to depend on the Spirit of God; the Holy Spirit to guide us in the Truth!
ABOVE EVERY NAME ~
Consider Psalm 138:2 from 2 slightly different versions ~ “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” (KJV)
“I will bow down toward your holy temple, and give thanks to your Name for your loving kindness and for your truth; for you have exalted your Name and your Word above all.” (WEB)
Whether God has exalted His Word above His Name or His Word and His Name above all is not worth disputing. The main issue is whether God has exalted the Scriptures above all?
No. Jesus is the Word that is exalted above every Name. Jesus has been given the Name above every Name! The Scriptures must be placed under the feet of Jesus and not above him! He is the Head of the Church and not a book.
The Title “Word of God” is very intentionally given to the Lord Jesus Christ and not the Scriptures in the NT. About 2 years ago, I have personally studied all 331 instances of the use of “Logos” in the NT and can say that the NT never once calls the Scripture “The Logos/Word”.
CAN’T WE HAVE IT BOTH WAYS?
Sure. If you want to be a casual Christian that simply has a daily devotional instead of being the Light of the World and being a living devotional to God. I don’t “do my devotions”. I have a long quiet time with Almighty God, my Father and friend in the morning and I stay devoted to him throughout the day…(for the most part).
When I sin (miss it), it’s because I stopped focusing on God and temporarily stepped out of intimacy with the Lord. I repent (turn back around) and focus on Jesus and continue to run well.
I used to think that God wanted me to memorize and recite Scripture all day long. I meditated on the Scriptures (which is a great thing!) but, I also found myself striving instead of abiding. My zeal for the written code became an obsession that trumped relationship with people and even with God.
God doesn’t want us to think about Scripture all day long. He wants us to stay in a practical relationship with him.
The Scripture contains powerful information about God. The Holy Spirit is God and will teach us how to live in intimacy more fully and practically with Our Father and Our Lord Jesus.
The Holy Spirit will also teach us profound mysteries in the Scriptures that reveal God’s amazing heart for us that teachings of man have unfortunately tried to conceal.
We have heard so many times “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty!” It’s absolutely true! However, have we noticed that the context of this verse is specifically regarding reading the Scriptures?
This saying was not some random Word from God (although it is Holy-Sprit inspired) about every situation in life. Yes, it has practical application for our lives. However, Paul was specifically referring to “sons of Israel” (2 Cor.3:13) who revered the Scriptures but could not fully see the glory of God because of the Old Covenant veil!
In the next chapter, he declared that the veil was “the god of this (that and not ours) age”. What if the Veil (and therefore god of their age) was not Satan in this context. What if the veil was something pertaining to the Law or Judaism? Is it possible that the Old Covenant and the veil are related?
“3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.4The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
Because in the context that Paul was writing; he was not specifically writing about unbelievers of the Scripture. He was writing in regards to the Jewish unbelievers, who believed in the authenticity of OT Scriptures but, not in their Messiah! They believed in the Torah but not the Gospel!
13We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at the end of what was fading away.14But their minds were closed. For to this day, the same veil remains at the reading of the old covenant. It has not been lifted, because only in Christ can it be removed. 15And even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. ~ 2 Cor.4:13-16
I think that we have many people who believe in Jesus and have “given their lives to him” but, still have blinded eyes. I say that because, it’s how I lived the first few years of my Christian life. We can loves the Lord and honors the Scriptures all of our lives! But if we don’t see God’s glorious love for the entire world expressed in the life of Jesus, we are probably looking at God through a veil.
“For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.” ~ 2 Cor.4:6