“The necessity we feel to bring this truth to our fellow believers, I believe, is from the unction of the Holy Spirit Himself. To show that the “TRUTH” is the only thing that is infallible… To make anything else infallible is Idolatry” – Wayburn Paul Walls
What most modern Christian preachers fail to teach their congregations when using scripture such as 2 Pet 1:19 and 2 Tim 2:15 is that the Holy Bible had not yet been compiled and published in mass at the time these words were written. The apostles were referencing specific passages recorded by the old testament prophets. We must understand dear brothers and sisters, context is of the upmost importance when trying to decipher modern church doctrine.
When Peter wrote his letter (2 Peter) to the church, he mentioned the apostles were given “a more sure word of prophecy” (v.1:19) before reminding the church that “no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation”. This passage concerning the “more sure word of prophecy” is not referring to the Holy Bible as we know it today. It is referring to the prophecies about Christ recorded in the various books of the old testament.
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In Paul’s second letter to Timothy (2 Timothy), Paul reminds Timothy that he should “study to show thyself approved unto God” (v.2:15). I believe this is true for us today as well. He also mentions “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (v.3:16). It is important to understand the “scriptures” Peter and Paul often make mention of are in fact the old testament scriptures, which prophesied about Christ fulfilling the law. Remember, what we know today as “the Holy Bible” was not published until hundreds of years after Peter and Paul wrote their letters to the church.
Never once does Peter, Paul or anyone else for that matter ever refer to their own letters as “The Word of God”. Wherever “The Word of God” is mentioned in the bible, the authors are always referring to the spoken word of TRUTH and of Jesus Christ Himself, and not exclusively “the Holy Bible” as we know it today.
In the passages above, Peter and Paul were not equating “scripture” to what we now know as the Holy Bible in its various alterations from translation to translation. The various versions of The Holy Bible that we know today did not yet exist when the apostles wrote their letters to the church. These two apostles were referring to the truths found in the old testament prophecies regarding the coming of the Messiah. More specifically, Peter is referring to the “gift of prophecy” given to the authors of the old testament later to be written down and preserved for the edification of the apostles/disciples/saints.
In the previous chapter, I discussed the many names of our Lord. I’d like to now show you, recorded in the Holy Bible, a very specific name I formerly did not know belonged to Jesus Christ Himself.
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“His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.” (Rev 19:12-13)
The name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is… The Word of God.
There are those who have caught on to the significance of this scripture and among those have risen debates and controversies. A man could ask why this verse says both “a name written, that no man knew” and yet in the same passage it appears to give us that very name, “and his name is called The Word of God”. But how can no man know the name if the name is given to us in the very next verse? I’ve heard men postulated this “name that no man knew” is in fact the name “The Word of God”. It could be possible to interpret Rev 19 in this way, I suppose. It could also be possible to interpret Rev 19 as being: the name that “no man knew” was written on the “many crowns” and the name written on the “vesture” was “The Word of God”. Therefore, two names are mentioned in this passage. 1) the name nobody knows, and 2) The Word of God.
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We can know of at least this one thing being made undeniably clear in Rev 19:13. One of the many names for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is, “The Word of God”.
Knowing this, I have a question I would like the reader to place firmly in their theological understanding.
Why do we Christians refer to the 66 books of the Bible as, “the Word of God”?
Is the Holy Bible, The Word of God, or is Jesus Christ the Word of God?
If you want to get dogmatic about it, the Holy Bible never once refers to itself as the Word of God, however, it does without debate refer to Jesus Christ as The Word of God – by name.
Think about that.
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You will often hear preachers make statements like, “We can be assured of this teaching because it is written in the pages of the infallible Word of God”. I’ve come to find these types of declarations rather unfulfilling as of late.
Have modern Christians used this Infallibility Doctrine as a means to replace the teachings of Christ? In addition, you have to take into account the preacher a couple miles down the road is saying the exact same thing, “I preach from The Word of God” all the while, he is preaching a completely different denominational doctrine than the other minister is teaching. Something is not right here, folks.
Are they really preaching The Word of God? Or are they in fact preaching their denominations version of the Holy Bible?
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