Purity of the Word

by Richard Mansel, managing editor
water2med.jpgIt is imperative that we uphold the purity of the Word of God so others in the future can have the same opportunities.
In 2 Kings 22:8ff, the lost book of the law is found and read before the people. Previous generations had let it disappear from sight and the nation died spiritually. This possibility is no less true of us today.
We must hold on to the Word of God or allow the corruption of Scripture by editors of modern versions with an agenda. Brethren need to retain the purity of the Holy Word at all costs. Fancy degrees and slick marketing campaigns are not a suitable cover for blasphemy.
We must realize the sobering responsibility that we have as we teach and live God’s Word. Our mindset is very important as we develop a godly perspective on our service to the Lord. A simple turn of the mind can open up new vistas and, as a result, godliness becomes new and fresh.
When we think of preserving God’s plan, we may miss an obvious point. We usually think of stewardship in terms of money. Yet, stewardship means to handle properly the opportunities and treasures provided by God. This would certainly include the truth of Scripture (2 Timothy 4:2)
There is a penalty if we misuse the gospel message of God (Galatians 1:6-8). The Lord is very serious about his words (Jeremiah 23:30-40).
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” ( Psalm 119:105). We must remember that Scripture is to fill our hearts and lives, radiating all of our paths. We can walk in him in peace and wisdom because the Bible is in our hearts and minds.
Nothing man has ever created has the inherent transformational power of God’s Word. It can change the world and extinguish hatred, disunity and bigotry. Fists of war can change to hands clasped in peace. Hearts can melt when we allow Christ to become our Lord and guide.
To allow God to overhaul our world will take away our own selfish behavior and untangle the messes that we have created. However, it would require all of us to submit to God, which is nearly impossible for some people to do (Matthew 7:13-14).
The world continues to suffer because we will not submit (Matthew 11:28-30). Yet, we persist in blaming God for our disasters (Job 38-40). The patience of God is beyond our imaginations (Romans 15:5).
Will we not repent and trust him completely?

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