We are so far removed from the reality of this Scripture. This is such a simple statement about the early church, yet the term Word of God meant a far different thing to them than it does to us.
One of the things I must be careful about is to bring forth this truth clearly so as not to confuse anyone. That’s not my goal. I want to see the church of this generation walk in the same powerful Word that these believers had.
It’s unfortunate that when most believers read the phrase Word of God, they immediately think – the Bible. The truth is, that’s not always the case. We must remember that at the historical point in this Scripture, there was no Bible that they could speak from.
Now, brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not take pride in one man over against another.
1 Corinthians 4:6-7
Here Paul warns us not to go beyond what is written. Unfortunately we don’t understand this today. Because of our shallow understanding of what the Word of God is, many abuses have crept into the church. There are those who are now very adept at using the words of Scripture to fleece God’s sheep for their own personal financial gain.
God wants to clean up His church. I believe a proper understanding of the Word of God will help us in this area. That’s why I’m going to post about this for a little while – it’s so important.
Jesus, the Living Word, is the final authority on this matter. That’s why His teaching will be the foundation for what I share. Before we begin to look at the words of Christ in the next post, I want to share a couple of interesting facts that I uncovered in my studies.
When you read the pages of Scripture, there are some facts that emerge. First, throughout the entire Scripture, the Word of God is always spoken and never read. There is one notable exception to this.
The prophet Jeremiah was banned from coming before the king on pain of death. The Lord spoke to him a Word of prophecy for that king. So Jeremiah dictated it word for word to his secretary and told him, “Write what I SPOKE and read the Word of God to the king.” As this Word was read to the king, he burned it page by page as it was being read.
Conversely, according to the Bible, the Scripture is always read and never spoken. These are a couple facts that we need to think about. Over the next few posts, I believe that the words of Christ will clarify some of these issues concerning the Word of God.
Question: Have you ever heard someone use a Bible passage for their own agenda?