September 22, 2019
We continue this week on the WIFE Series. last week, we discussed the first letter of WIFE which was W and had to do with Worship.
The I in WIFE gives us the thought of Instruction. 2 Tim. 2:15 states "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needs not to be ashamed". And then in 2 Tim. 3:15 it states "All Scripture is given by Inspiration of God, and is profitable for Doctrine, for Reproof, For Correction and for Instruction in Righteousness,. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Two of the most important things which a Christian should have as a part of their everyday life is the Studying of the Scriptures and Prayer. I want to discuss a couple of things pertaining Instruction.
One is the fact that we have the Scripture that we can study and the Word of God is most powerful. John's Gospel states that "in the beginning was the Word and the Word was God." We need to understand that Every Word of the Holy Scripture is inspired or "God Breathed". The Greek Word for this statement is "Theopneustos". Without imparing the intelligence, individuality, literary style or personal feelings of the human authors, God supernaturally directed the writing of Scripture so that they recorded in perfect accuracy His comprehensive and infallible revelation to man. If God Himself had done the writing, the written Word would be no more accurate and authoritative than it is.
As we study the entire Bible, Old and New Testaments, the Inspiration of Scripture is attested by the writers and most occasions if not all, they made the statement "Thus saith the Lord" By means of divine inspiration the writers of Scripture spoke with authority concerning the unknown past, wrote by divine guidance the historical portions, revealed the law, penned the devotional literature of the Bible, recorded the contemporary prophetic message, and prophesied the future.
The inspiration of the N.T. is also authenticated by Christ. The Apostles claimed inspiration for their portions of the N.T.. Therefore in a small way of my giving you this information, we have the authority of the Word of God to stand upon as we witness to the world around us.
As quoted in 2 Tim. 2:15, We as Christians should understand that because we study the Word and have a knowledge of the Word, and yes since we are living in the day when many will come in our path of life and will not endure sound doctrine and heap to themselves teachers, preachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables. We are living in the day of Apostasy or falling away. and as a result of these things going on in our world, we need to be equipped with the Word and knowledge to stand and be able to witness and also to counterman the false fables which come our way.
So, we have the Inspiration complete and powerful and with authority to go into the world and proclaim the Good News of Jesus and of course season this with our prayers. Acts 2:42 states that the early church "Continued steadfastly in the Apostles doctrines, fellowship, and breaking of bread and in PRAYERS" We are to Pray and Go.
Next week we will discuss the third letter in WIFE which is F. Fellowship.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor