Messages from the Scriptures
2 Timothy Chapter 3
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all
(2 Timothy 3: 16-17)
Notice the phrase: 'All Scripture is given by inspiration of
God.' Strange as it may seem millions of Christians have
lost their faith in this verse. To be sure they will allow that
most Bibles contain some of God's words; but they
no longer believe that 'ALL Scripture is given by inspiration
of God.' In other words, they do not believe that every
word and every sentence in the Bible was given by divine inspiration.
Neither do they believe that the Bible - ANY version
- is the infallible (faultless) Word of God!
"All Bibles have errors." they say,
" There is no such thing these days as the infallible Word
This matter concerning the divine inspiration, providential
preservation and the infallibility of the Scriptures
is by far the most important issue facing the Christian Church
in these last days! The article
Which is the Real Word of God? deals with this vital subject
in some detail. Make sure you study it.
This Sabbath's sermon, however, is not about Bible Versions.
Instead I will very briefly take you on a journey through the Scriptures
and point out the objectives of its five main sections: the Law,
the Prophets, the Psalms, the Gospels and the
2. The Law of God
In the Torah we learn of the following truths:
Failure to read the Torah will result in a loss of faith in one or more
of these vital doctrines.
3. History Books
After the Torah comes the History Books: Joshua, Judges,
Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ruth, Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah etc. All
these tell of how the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel
reacts to obedience or disobedience. These books give scores of
examples of how the Almighty ruled in ages past, and still is
ruling, in the Court of Heaven. Bear in mind
that He hasn't changed. These history books tell of:
In the history books we find scores of examples of how obedience
brought blessing and disobedience resulted in punishment. These
books provide case histories of how Yahweh, the Highest Judge
in the universe, passed sentence in times past. You may be certain that He
will judge every one of us in exactly the same way. Did He not say in
(Malachi 3: 6)
- People’s Behaviour: prophets, priests, kings, ordinary
men, women and children.
- Conditions: constraints, challenges, opportunities.
- The LORD’s Reaction: How the Most High judged
individuals and nations.
“For I am the LORD, I change not
4. The Prophets
True & False
True Prophets of God came from a variety of backgrounds.
But one thing they had in common; they all upheld the law of the LORD
and continually warned people of the consequences of sin. Because of this,
they were not popular. The people of Israel didn't like to hear what they
said and many were martyred. True prophets always prophesied of war,
famine and pestilence which always come in the wake of national sin.
Consider these prophets:
False Prophets, on the other hand, always prophesy ‘smooth
things.’ They don't warn people about sin, about the danger of breaking
God's law, simply because they themselves break the law of God and delude themselves
and their hearers into thinking that it no longer matters. Surprisingly, false prophets
can also do amazing
Indeed this is their main weapon of deception.
- Jeremiah: His very name has become a byword for
forecasters of doom.
- Ezekiel: Son of man I have set you as a Watchman.
- Daniel: He even told the great king Nebuchadnezzar
to turn from his sins.
- John the Baptist: His message was 'repent and be
baptised... Oh generation of vipers!' John was beheaded for speaking out like this.
5. The Psalms & Proverbs
The messages of the Psalms, the Proverbs and Ecclesiastes all extol faith
and obedience and the benefits that come in their wake. The Psalms are
personal testimonies. Consider just two Psalms.
The message of these two key Psalms is to: “Fear God and
keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”
(Ecclesiastes 12: 13)
- Psalm 1 This is all about the obedient believer.
- Psalm 119 This Psalm is also about God's Law.
6. The Gospels
Were it not for the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John)
the world would know nothing of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Contrary
to popular opinion, the Gospels encourage obedience through the power of God.
They explain how the LORD God and His Son went about paying the price for man's
disobedience (sin) and how the commandments of the LORD ought to be kept.
The Gospels tell the story of Yeshua the Messiah. (Jesus Christ)
They tell of:
Were it not for the Gospels the world would know little or nothing
of Jesus Christ.
- His Origin: He is the Son of God. He is God!
- His Work: Yahweh designed the universe. He was the
architect; but Yeshua was the builder, the maker.(John 1:1-3,
- His Mission: He is the Lamb of God, which
taketh away the sin of the world! Faith in Jesus Christ (Yeshua)
is the only road to salvation and life everlasting.
- His Message: Matthew 11: 28: Come unto me, all ye that
labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Luke 4: 18: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed
me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the
brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering
of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19: To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
- His Death/Resurrection and Promised Return.
7. The Epistles
The Epistles (letters of the Apostles) give us insights into the plan of
salvation and the law of the Most High. They explain things difficult to
understand. For example they tell of:
The epistles spell out these truths in great detail.
- The Law's Purpose in pointing out sin and also its
absolute inability to save the sinner; because salvation comes
through faith in Jesus.
- The Melchisedec Priesthood which will function throughout
the endless ages of eternity under its High Priest Yeshua.
- The Sacrificial System and how that all the animal
sacrifices detailed in the Torah pointed to Yeshua, the Lamb
of God who was to lay down his life for the salvation of mankind.
- Individual Responsibilities: of believers and the role of
women in the church.
8. The Ultimate Objective
What is the ultimate purpose of this amazing book - the Bible?
As spelled out in our opening text it is to teach sound
doctrine concerning the following:
These are the incomparable blessings the Bible tells of. Who in his/her
right mind will ignore them?
- Man's Duty: which is detailed in the Almighty's commandments.
- Man's only Hope of Salvation: which is by faith in
Yeshua the Messiah, the Son of the living God.
- Eternal Life: John 3:
16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
17: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but
that the world through him might be saved.
18: He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth
not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of
the only begotten Son of God.
- Sons/Daughters of the Most High: 1 John 3:
1: Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us,
that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world
knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear
what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall
be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3: And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself,
even as he is pure.
- Heirs of the Kingdom: James 2: 5: Hearken, my beloved
brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith,
and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them
that love him?
- Divine Promises: Revelation 21: 5: And he that sat
upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto
me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6: And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the
beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of
the fountain of the water of life freely.
7: He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be
his God, and he shall be my son.
9. Satan, the Enemy of Souls
No one should delude himself into thinking that Satan reads God's
Word without some evil reaction on his part. Satan is as active
today as he was when he challenged the Word of God in the
Garden of Eden. Satan's words to our first parents were:
"Yea, hath God said
That was an extremely subtle attack. Satan began his attack on
the human race by sowing doubt in Eve's mind concerning
the validity of the Word of God.
"Yea, hath God said
By implication Satan was saying: Are you sure that is
the Word of God? Are you certain that you have understood
God's Word? Surely God didn't mean what you think He meant. Maybe
there is something He doesn't want you to know and is frightened
that you may find out. Come I will tell you the facts - the real
Truth, whole Truth!
It wasn't long before Eve and her husband Adam began
to doubt God's Word. It is exactly the same today. Satan
is as active now as he was in the Garden of Eden; and his main
weapon is causing people to doubt the Word of God! Because
if he can get people to doubt God's Word, it will not be
long before they reject it, disobey it, forfeit eternal life and embrace
death! We see this chain of events in the life
of king Saul and many of the most intelligent men on earth.
|1 Samuel 15:
||26: “And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.”
||9: “The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?”
In the Son’s Name — For the Father’s glory.
Elder: Max W. Mader