In my last post I talked about the tendency of our generation to replace time with the Lord by studying Scripture. I think that part of our problem is that we’ve become spoiled by an abundance of the availability of Scripture.
Bibles are everywhere. I personally have about 20 Bibles. That doesn’t even take into consideration all of the Bibles I have access to online.
Please understand what I’m saying. This proliferation of Scripture is a great thing. The availability and accessibility of the Bible to all people is a wonderful blessing.
You would think that with so much Scripture around, there would be more salvations, healings, and miracles. Instead, what we see is a greater rise of worldliness – even among God’s people.
The problem is not that we need more Scripture. We need more of the Word of God. The more I hear from God, the more power I have to live for God.
The early church exemplified this. Think about it. How did they live? When persecution arose against the church in Jerusalem, the believers fled in all directions.
Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
Here’s the foundation for their power. The Bible says that when they scattered, they preached the Word. How do you see this in your mind’s eye? What did they do, specifically?
Do you picture them walking into town, calling a meeting, and then saying, “Turn with me in your Bibles to John 3:16.”? That’s how we do it; but did they preach that way?
If you know your history, then you understand that nothing could be further from the truth. When this verse was written about them they had no Bibles. They couldn’t preach Scripture.
“Wait a minute, Pastor Nick, they had the Old Testament. They could use that to preach.”
First of all, most Christians of that day only knew a smattering of Old Testament Scripture. Secondly, they would have no access to an Old Testament “Bible”.
The Scripture was written on scrolls with painstaking detail. In order to afford a copy of the Scriptures you would need to be the equivalent of a multi-millionaire. Then if you did purchase it, you would need a storage space the size of a small living room to house it. Let’s face it, the normal Christian, on the run, had no access to a Bible.
Yet, we’re told that they “preached the Word” wherever they went. What is the Word that they preached? The answer is simple – they preached what they received in their intimate times with the Lord. As they did, an amazing thing happened.
Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
Question: Is a lack of “signs” because God is no longer confirming, or because the church no longer preaching the Word?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013