I can’t count how many times I’ve heard or read a misconception of what the Word of God is. I have been guilty myself of believing incorrectly and even treating the Word of God wrongly. I’m sure many other Christians have been guilty of this as well. Yet it is SO important that we have the right view of the Word of God!
Here are 5 things the Word of God IS and 5 things it’s NOT
God’s Word IS:
1. Alive and active (Hebrews 4:12)
Hebrews 4:12 tells us that God’s Word is ACTING upon its reader, in our hearts and minds down to our very soul and bones. It is alive because it is God breathed.
2. The way God speaks to us (Hebrews 1:2, John 1:1)
God speaks to us by His Son Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:2) and Jesus IS the Word (John 1:1) If we want to hear God we need to open our Bibles and read! God will never say something that is not already found in His Word, the Bible.
3. His will for our lives (Romans 6:13, 6:19)
If we want to know God’s will for our lives, we must read His Word. No, we will not find whether we should go to college or not, or which college to go to, what career path to follow, whether we should marry this or that person — BUT
4. One of the ways He fulfills His purposes (Isaiah 55:11)
I love Isaiah 55:11! It speaks to God’s sovereignty, power, and goodness. God says His Word will not return empty but accomplish His purpose. My ESV Study Bible says on Isaiah 55:10-11:
As the rain and snow cannot fail to nourish the earth, so God’s Word of promise cannot fail to bring His people into the richness and fullness of eternal life. Human good intentions fail, but God’s promises succeed. The Word of God not only describes a glorious future, it is God’s appointed means to create that future.
That is beautiful!
5. Sustenance (Matthew 4:4, John 6:35)
Unless we are feeding ourselves spiritually with the only “bread” that can truly satisfy, God’s word, we will languish in spirit and most likely in our physical bodies as well because we were created to depend on God.
God’s Word IS NOT:
1. About me (or you)
The Bible is the story of creation and redemption. It’s about the Gospel and Jesus Christ. It’s about God and WHO He is. The Bible is written for us, but not about us. We read it to know God and grow our relationship with Him, for we cannot have a genuine relationship with someone we don’t know.
2. Just an item on our to-do list
Unless we’re taking the Word of God seriously and truly studying it while giving it its proper place in our lives, we cannot expect to grow in our knowledge of God or in our relationship with Him.
3. Lacking or incomplete (2 Tim 3:16-17)
Paul says that “all scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16. This is possible because it is a complete work that comes from the perfect, complete, and righteous Lord Himself.
4. A mere suggestion of how to lead a Christian life (John 14:15, 23-24)
Jesus says multiple times that whoever loves Him will keep His commandments. In other words, He is not merely suggesting that we obey Him and live as He did. As true followers of Jesus Christ we are commanded to become Christlike (by the strength and power of the Holy Spirit).
5. Mutable (Ecclesiastes 3:14, Numbers 23:19)
It never changes. It is as true today in 2022 as it was when God first breathed it.
For further thought
If you wish to know God, you must know his Word. If you wish to perceive his power, you must see how he works by his Word. If you wish to know his purpose before it comes to pass, you can only discover it by his Word.—Charles Spurgeon
The truth is, if our view of God’s Word is off, our whole theology is off. Did you get that? Here it is again:
If our view of God’s Word is off, our whole theology is off.
A couple of resources that have helped me come to the right view of the Word of God are the Daily Grace podcast and The Bible Recap.
Daily Grace Podcast HERE
The Bible Recap HERE
I also recommend checking out our resource library HERE! A growing list of tools and resources to help you along your journey.