Today’s Scripture:  “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.”  John 5:39

Intro:

I am having so much fun writing messages for this series.  I feel like I’m getting some really good revelation myself, and I hope that I’m passing that on to you.  I hope that what we do here at Christlike Ministries NWA is helping you, and I really hope that above all it’s helping you to develop a strong & intimate relationship with God.

We have been talking about “Why Read The Bible” for about a week and a half now, and so far I believe the messages have been really good.  Today’s message relates again to the Scriptures having something to do with testifying about Jesus…again bringing us back to what we learned on Day 2…the Bible is about Jesus…and the more we read it and apply it…the more we become conformed to His Image as our ministry verse Romans 8:29 tells us we can be.

So, let’s see what we can learn about the importance of Reading the Bible from today’s message…Eternal Life.

Message:

“These are they which testify of Me.”.  Almost any time we read something from the Gospel’s during this series we find Jesus saying something like this.  Once again referring to the point that the Bible’s main point, main character, and main theme is simply this…Jesus Christ.

He is the point, He is the purpose, and He is the main reason for the Bible being written…and therefore should also be the main reason for the Bible being read, spoken, taught or preached.  The Holy Spirit cannot even testify about Jesus without the Word of God.  So…when you hear Christian preachers talk about the Bible being irrelevant to today’s world…then what they are really doing is denying Jesus Christ.  They are saying that Jesus Christ is irrelevant to the world, and the very fact that they say this proves only one thing…they are preaching from the wrong spirit.

1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. – 1 John 4:1-6

Friends, we really do need to be diligent to be very careful where we and who we submit ourselves to when it comes to our churches and our pastors.  Any pastor who stands in a pulpit and says that the Word of God isn’t relevant to today’s world…according to 1 John 4:1-6they are of the spirit of the Antichrist, and we ought to run out of that place as fast as we possibly can.

How can I say that?  What does the Word of God say?  “These are they which testify of Me.”.  What are the “these are they”?  The Scriptures.  The Word of God testifies of Jesus Christ because the Word of God IS Jesus Christ.  How many times to I have to write “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (NKJV).

The Word became flesh…These are they which testify of Me.  In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  How can we read these verses, and then turn around to say to a lost and dying world that is on it’s way to hell that the Bible is irrelevant to today’s world.  Preacher…the Word of God is the ONLY thing that can save this world.  Not your books, not some sermon you downloaded off the internet, and certainly not your opinion.  If you don’t believe that the Word of God is valid and capable of doing that which it’s set out to do…then please do the rest of us who actually do “Preach the Word”…and leave the pulpit.

There are millions of people going to hell because they believe the Bible is irrelevant, and that the next Rick Warren book is going to save their souls from an eternal life of hell and torment and separation from God.  You may believe and preach that Jesus Christ isn’t the only way to Heaven, and if that’s your message then you also need to get out of the pulpit because you’re going straight to hell with them.  You ought to be ashamed of yourself, and know that if Jesus Christ were walking the earth today He may come in turning over your tables, ripping up and burning your novels…and some of you He may even eject from your churches because you are such an offense to Him.

You grieve the Holy Spirit.  You offend God, and all the books your selling won’t matter because you cannot use one dime of that money to buy your way out of an eternal life in hell.  You need to repent, and come back to the Cross.  You need to stop denying Christ, and being ashamed of the Bible.  Listen, preacher, if you’re ashamed of the Bible it’s just like being ashamed of Jesus because Jesus IS the Bible.

Oh, God that we would fall on our faces and turn from our wickedness.  God forgive us for turning our backs upon Your Word, and denying Your Son.  Oh Father, I ask You on behalf of those who are preaching in pulpits around the country and possibly the world that are denying that the Bible has any relevance to today’s society.  God forgive us.  I plead the Blood of Jesus over these pastors and preachers who would rather preach from someone else’s novel then do what Paul said an Preach Your Word.  Draw us back to a place where we are hungry for Your Word, and where preachers return to the Old Paths…and if those that are in pulpits now won’t do it…then I pray in Jesus’ name that You’d raise up mighty men and women of God who will preach the Word…who aren’t ashamed of the Gospel…and who aren’t ashamed of Your Word.  Lord…I ask this in Jesus’ name…in Jesus’ name…Amen & Amen.

Let that be the cry and prayer of our hearts friends and followers of Christlike Ministries NWA.  Friends, I implore you to make time for daily reading of the Bible, and to make sure that you are attending good, solid churches that have the Bible as it’s foundation and authority.  It’s the only way we are going to get this great nation of ours turned around…it’s to come back to the Word of God.

We can find out about eternal life by reading the Scriptures.  We find a little about Heaven in the book of John and chapter 14.  We find out more about the third heaven and what it’s going to be like after the Great White Throne Judgment in the book of Revelation.  We kind of know by looking at the garden of Eden what Heaven is going to be like.  All of us will have the privilege, and ability to talk and walk with God in the garden in the cool of the day.  Our bodies will be perfect, the weather will always be perfect, and we will be perfect.  What an awesome thing to think about that this life is as bad as it is going to get for us that believed and called upon the name of the Lord to be saved.

I urge you to agree with me, and make that prayer I just wrote a prayer of your own.  We need a Word of God revival…that’s what’s going to bring about revival in the church.  Three things we need to return to in the pulpits and ministries of the body of Christ are these…

  1. The Word of God
  2. The Holy Spirit
  3. The Cross

If we can restore those things to the church…then there will such a power surge that the devil and hell will shake which such fury they won’t know what hit them…the devil is terrified of a church that is full of the Word of God, on fire with the Holy Ghost, and always keeps the Cross before them.  There’s power in the blood, there’s power in the Holy Ghost, and there’s power in the Word of God…the power to usher into Eternal Life with Jesus Christ.

Study Questions:

  1. What about the Scriptures gives eternal life?
  2. How have the Scriptures been pointing you to Jesus?

Conclusion & Prayer:

Well, we couldn’t get passed “these are they which testify of Me”.  I think it’s important to make sure that we’re fully aware and have the full understanding that this book that so many preachers feel is no longer relevant to the world in which we live…isn’t just a book.  It’s Alive & Powerful, and it’s the ONLY book like it.  There isn’t another book anywhere that’s quite like our Living Word of God…and I can assure you that this ministry will not ever compromise that point.  We are a Bible believing, Bible reading, Bible teaching and Bible preaching ministry…and there’s never a time where we thought the Bible just isn’t relevant to minister to the needs of this lost and dying and going to hell world…we, in fact, believe the exact opposite…that it’s the only thing that has the ability to save this world…and that’s why we will never stray from it…Amen?

Lord, we again ask You to forgive us for turning away from Your Word for other means.  We know Your Word is alive, powerful, and still very much relevant to the needs of this world today.  We ask again that You’d raise up preachers and teachers who still believe in The Old Rugged Cross, still believe in the power & fire of the Holy Ghost, and still are unashamed to Preach the Word.  I ask God, for a Word of God revival in this world, and that Your name and Your Word would once again be magnified, and be the authority and cornerstone of every American church and family…and eventually once again in our government.  In Jesus’ name….Amen & Amen.