Sermon Notes

SBS  Sermon Notes   Note 10/07

Messages from the Scriptures

Reading: 2 Timothy 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 good works.

(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 of God!"    

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 Bible Versions: Which is the Real Word of God? deals with this vital subject in some detail. Make sure you study it.

This morning'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 Epistles.

1. THE LAW OF GOD …the Torah
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.

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:
For I am the LORD, I change not

3. 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 miracles.   Indeed this is their main weapon of deception.

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. (Ecc.12:13)

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.

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.

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?

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…?" (Gen.3:1-5)

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 Sam: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.
Jer:8: 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?

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Elder: David B Loughran
December 1998
Stewarton Bible School, Stewarton, Scotland