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Knowing The Bible

By: David Lyda (From: Volume 1 - Issue 4)

What does it mean to be in one accord? Basically, it describes being together, in unison, or of one mind. As Christians, we are often separated by silly things. Doctrines, opinions, or just “how we were raised” can cause divisions in the body. Though we may face these issues, we are still bonded by One. We all share the Spirit of Christ. With the Holy Spirit leading, we can be brought together in one accord despite our differences. Our differences ultimately need to be resolved by the Word.

Knowing the Holy Bible is an indispensable part of the Christian life. Going to the inspired and inerrant Word of God for all our answers is the only way that we can be of one mind. When the Bible is spoken of as inerrant, it basically means that when all facts are presented, the Word will always prove true. Man will never be able to “dig up” all the evidence because some things are lost in time, but the Bible is continually proven by archaeological discoveries that often desire to prove the Bible wrong. The simple fact is that we can by faith know the Holy Word of God is true and the Spirit confirms it.

If we honestly took account of our own personal studies, how many of us can say that we have read the Bible once? Twice? Three times? Sadly, we do not value the Word as we should. Some of the first settlers that came to America did so because they were seeking freedom of religion. The freedom was actually from the oppressive Church of England, and the big issue was having the Bible printed in English. The Church had for many years only made the Bible available in Latin, a language that was not of the common people, and even outlawed the printing of the Bible in English. They wanted to tell the people what the Bible said, but the people wanted to know for themselves. The early American settlers fought, suffered, and died to have the Bible available in their own language!

We are spoiled today. The Word is readily available to us, but we do not readily use it. We have it in our own language, in several translations, with commentaries, on CDs and mp3s, and on phone apps. Why should we read the Bible? Well, as mentioned before, it will encourage us to be in one accord. The Word reveals God’s character, it shows us how to handle life, it shows us what God desires of us, and it teaches us to be more like Christ.

Luke 6:40 says “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.” Our master or teacher is none other than Jesus Christ. As the Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline once said “Never going to be as big as Jesus.” We will never be above our Master, but as we are perfected, we will become more and more like Him. This is the sanctification process in action. We are being set apart from this world, and we are being taught through the Word and Spirit.

As we dive deeper into the Word, we understand our Teacher more and more. There is also a grave warning about teachers frequently mentioned in the Bible. These teachers are not of Christ, but are the false teachers of the world. We need to know the Word for ourselves, because if we don’t, we may be fooled by these false teachers.

We see an interesting situation unfold in Acts 17:10-11 “10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming [thither] went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” When Paul would go into a new town to preach, his first stop was the synagogue. He went there to teach the people what the Scripture had to say.

We put a lot of stock in degrees or education that people have today. The Apostle Paul had such credentials. He was highly educated and really knew the Scripture. The people had no reason to doubt his knowledge, but the people of Berea didn’t just accept his teaching. Instead, they searched the Scriptures to prove what Paul was saying was true. When is the last time that we searched Scriptures to make sure that our preacher was teaching Truth?

We shouldn’t accept everything that we hear or read as gospel. We need to study and know what Scripture teaches. It should be no surprise that false teachers are so prevalent in our world. The Bible continually warns us about them, and the Word says that they will get worse as time goes on! People are being led away from the Truth by false doctrines.

Paul was shocked how the Galatians were being swayed, and there is no doubt that he would be upset with many in the church today. In Galatians 1:6-9, Paul said “6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

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