Monday, April 11, 2016

The Centrality of the Word

If you doubt God's Word, beginning with the Beginning or with the End, you will doubt His Word in between. How can you be sanctified then? Where will you get wisdom,knowledge and insight?
Joh 17:6 "I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your WORD.
Joh 17:7 "Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You;
Joh 17:8 for the WORDS which You gave Me I have given to them; and THEY RECEIVED THEM and truly UNDERSTOOD that I came forth from You, and they BELIEVED that You sent Me.
Joh 17:14 "I have given them YOUR WORD; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:17 "Sanctify them IN THE TRUTH; YOUR WORD IS TRUTH.
Joh 17:18 "As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
Joh 17:19 "For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be SANCTIFIED IN TRUTH.

The Word the disciples received was all the doctrines Christ taught which included:

Creation by His Word
Who the Father is
Who Jesus is
Who the Holy Spirit is
Jesus' deity
Jesus' salvation
Jesus' lordship
Jesus' resurrection
Jesus' glory
Jesus' exclusivity of salvation
Man's total depravity
Warning against the leaven of Herod and Jews (a little IS deadly)
Our new creation and identity in Christ.
Put off the old man
Knowing the Word
Obedience to the Word of Christ.
His return to gather the saints
His return as Judge over all the earth in a final battle (Day of the Lord)
Destruction of heaven and earth
How a church is to be/not be (like in Rev. 2-3)
Morality and warnings against homosexuality
God's wrath
Literal Heaven and Hell
Church discipline
What love is and how to love
How to worship God
Promises of and how to view trials, insults, and persecutions
Nature and object of hope

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