Word of God - Day 5 - The Word of God
Except for the King James Bible, none of the 20 different versions I checked contained this verse in its entirety. They say something like "For there are three that testify" and then they jump into verse 8. Why would the devil attack this particular verse, do you think? The devil's primary goal is to exalt himself to be God. He hates Christ and everything about Him. Therefore, the only way he can discredit Christ and His redemptive work is to remove key verses depicting Him and His work of the cross.
It is interesting that the only verse in the Bible that actually comes out and defines the Trinity refers to Jesus Christ as the Word! The Word is of vital importance to God's nature. The Father provides us salvation through His Word (through Christ) and teaches and moves us spiritually through the Spirit (His Holy Spirit). All three Persons of the Trinity are essential to draw us to salvation and all Three are essential to the Christian's growth. Is it any wonder that the devil would attack the very word of God? It began in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1) with "Yea, hath God said," and it has continued to this day. I found it interesting that his words are documented in chapter 3 verse 1. The number three symbolizes "the Trinity and Godhead" and the number one symbolizes "the beginning and one God." The Trinity is One God. If Satan can successfully remove credibility from God's Word, then he can cause people to doubt salvation through Christ.
How can Satan do this? The one source that points man to salvation through Christ is the Word of God, the Bible. (Rom 10:17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. The phrase, "the Word of God" can be found 45 times in the Bible. Three times in the Old Testament and 42 times in the New Testament.
1. God's Word can be shown:
(1Sa 9:27) And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on,) but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.
2. God's Word can be heard:
(1Ki 12:22) But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
(1Ch 17:3) And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying,
(Luk 3:2) Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
(Luk 5:1) And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
(Luk 8:21) And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.
(Luk 11:28) But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
(Act 11:1) And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.
(Rom 10:17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
3. God's Word can be minimized by tradition:
(Mar 7:13) Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
4. God's Word is considered a seed:
(Luk 8:11) Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
(1 Pe 1:23) Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
5. God's Word cannot be broken:
(Joh 10:35) If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
6. God's Word is spoken:
(Act 4:31) And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
(Act 6:2) Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
(Act 13:5) And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.
(Act 13:7) Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.
(Act 13:44) And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.
(Act 13:46) Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
(Act 17:13) But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.
(Heb 13:7) Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
7. God's Word saves:
(Act 6:7) And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
(Act 8:14) Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
(Act 12:24) But the word of God grew and multiplied.
(Rom 9:6) Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
8. God's Word must be taught:
(Act 18:11) And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
(Act 19:20) So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
9. God's Word is not confined to a certain few:
(1Co 14:36) What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
10. God's Word can be corrupted by the unsaved:
(2Co 2:17) For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
(2Co 4:2) But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
11. God's Word convicts:
(Eph 6:17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
(Heb 4:12) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
12. God's Word is to be taught/preached by the Man of God:
(Col 1:25) Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
13. God's Word is Truth:
(1 Th 2:13) For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
14. God's Word sanctifies the believer:
(1 Ti 4:5) For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
15. God's Word is not bound:
(2Ti 2:9) Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
16. God's Word is blasphemed when we disobey it:
(Tit 2:5) To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
17. God's Word framed the worlds:
(Heb 11:3) Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
18. God's Word holds the unbeliever accountable:
(2Pe 3:5) For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
19. God's Word abides in us and makes us strong:
(1Jn 2:14) I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
20. God's Word was confirmed by men of God:
(Rev 1:2) Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
21. God's Word causes enmity with the world:
(Rev 1:9) I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
(Rev 6:9) And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
(Rev 20:4) And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
22. God's Word is Jesus Christ:
(Rev 19:13) And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
(1 John 5:7) For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
The devil can try to remove Christ from the Bible but he won't be able to. The Son of God - the Lamb of God - the Word of God has spoken through the Bible. To trivialize the Bible or to change it is a very dangerous thing. Is it any wonder that the devil would be busy trying to discredit the Word of God?
(Psa 119:89) LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
(Psa 119:160) Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.