Bite Sized Theology: The Bible, “The” Book

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This week we’re going to take a little bite out of the Doctrine of the Bible or Bibliology.

The Greek word for Bible is Biblos, but when the early Christians wrote the name on a scroll containing God’s Word, they wrote Ho Biblos: Biblos meaning Book and Ho meaning The.

The Bible is no ordinary book. It is The Book.

2 Timothy 3.16-17 says:

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

It was inspired by God, literally, God breathed it out.

The Bible is not a book about God, it is the very Word of God.

But wait a minute, didn’t men write the Bible?

Men penned the Bible. They were His instruments transcribing what was in the mind of God.

 

I’m a note taker. I take lots of notes … during church services, in classes, and when I’m counseling. I even have a preferred writing instrument, a special pen I like to use when writing. Yet, it would be silly to say that my pen took notes. It was merely the instrument.

2 Peter 1.21 says:

21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

The same Greek word was used in Acts 27.15 talking about a ship caught in a powerful storm. It says:

15 and when the ship was caught in it and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and let ourselves be driven along (NASB).

The storm was so fierce that the sailors couldn’t sail into it without great danger. They had to allowed the ship to be “driven along” by the wind.

God used men to write the Bible, but they were carried or driven along by the Holy Spirit. God carried them along insuring that they wrote His very words and what was written wasn’t corrupted in any way. He used their individual personalities and writing styles but, He was the guiding force.

In Acts 1.16, 20 Peter said:

16 “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus;

20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms:
‘Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it’;
and, ‘Let another take his office.’

And in 1 Thessalonians 2.13 Paul said:

13 For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.

But it wasn’t just certain passages of the Bible which were authored by God. 2 Timothy 3.16 says “all” Scripture is inspired by God.

Over the next few weeks we’ll talk more about the Word of God, why it is inerrant and sufficient, what is meant by the Canon, and why we can trust God’s Word as the guiding standard for our lives.

 

Every believer should be a theologian. But theology doesn’t have to be difficult to understand. Each week I’ll be explaining another concept and why it is important to your life and mine.

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The Jesus Code: “Who am I?” + LINKUP

Chapter 4 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer, by O.S. Hawkins.

For those of you just tuning in, The Jesus Code has 52 questions, one to contemplate each week. The author believes every Christian should be able to answer these important questions.

The question for week one was, “Has God Indeed Said …?” (Genesis 3.1).

Week two: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18.25).

Week three: “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” (Genesis 39.9).

 

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And this week: “Who am I?” (Exodus 3.11).

Have you ever believed God wanted you to do something, but you wished He would make it clear, like speaking to you from a burning bush?! And yet, if He did, we would probably respond much like Moses, “Who me? Who am I? I can’t speak well. You must have me confused with someone else!”

But as Hawkins points out “Who am I?” is a question each of us must answer. Quoting the author:

Who am I? The Bible reveals that we are a composite of “spirit, soul, and body” (1 Thessalonians 5: 23). However, note that we don’t phrase it in this order. We generally say “body, soul, and spirit.”

After all, the body is visible. We pet it and pamper it. We tan it and tone it . We measure it and weigh it regularly. But one day it will go right back to the dust from which God created it. We are not just bodies, though. Our soul is the seat of our emotions. It is our feelings about ourselves that too often dictate our own self-worth, or lack thereof. Our spirit is that part of us that will live as long as God lives. It is our spirit that connects with God’s Spirit— spirit bearing witness with Spirit that we are His children. So who am I? I am a spirit-soul . . . I am just living for a few short years in a body.

The world focuses on finding esteem in the right body image (attractiveness, physical strength, athletic ability), or how well we do socially, financial, and educationally.

Yet, the Bible calls us to take the focus off of ourselves and place it on God and others:

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Our esteem and our self-image is to be found in Christ. To quote the author again:

But I am not my body, and I only have a soul. I am a spirit. Therefore, the Bible is the best self-help, self-awareness, self-image, self-confidence book ever written because it explains who I really am. Again, who am I? I am a spirit made in the very image of God.

 

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Next week’s question is, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” (Numbers 21.5).

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Hawkins, Dr. O. S. (2014-07-29). The Jesus Code (Kindle Locations 332-334). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

 

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Bite Sized Theology: Why Theology?

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I heard someone say once that being a believer + time does not necessarily equal spiritual maturity.  The longer I’ve been a follower of Christ, the more truth I see in that statement.

I believe the writer of Hebrews knew something about that when he wrote:

11 There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. 12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. 13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. 14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong (Heb. 5.11-14 NLT).

Having a good understanding of the rich truths in God’s Word (theology) isn’t about knowledge for the sake of having knowledge. Good theology is important because, properly understood and applied, it gives us the wisdom to live the Christian life well (“to recognize the difference between right and wrong” v. 14). As Paul told Timothy:

Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly (1 Tim. 4.7 NLT).

That’s not possible without the right blueprint. Godliness is not determined by our religious activities, but by how much we resemble Christ. If we are going to grow to be like Him, we must know Him, know what life looks like when lived His way, and understand how He deals with His people. We must know and understand basic theology.

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quote bubble“Good theology is important because, properly understood and applied, it gives us the wisdom to live the Christian life well.”

 

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“The Jesus Code: Discouragement, Diversion & Doubt” + LINKUP

Chapter 3 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer, by O.S. Hawkins.

For those of you just tuning in, The Jesus Code has 52 questions, one to contemplate each week. The author believes every Christian should be able to answer these important questions.

The question for week one was, “Has God Indeed Said …?” (Genesis 3.1).

Week two: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18.25).

And this week: “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” (Genesis 39.9).

This week hit close to home. I’ll explain in a minute.

First let me talk a little about the question itself. You probably remember the setting. Joseph had been sold by his jealous brothers into slavery. He wound up in Egypt in the home of a man named Potiphar.

The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority … 

Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.

And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.”

Joseph was faced with the age-old temptation.

His master was gone. Who would know?

But Joseph understood that sin was not just sin against another person, but more importantly, against God Himself. So he ran.

Joseph’s stand for righteousness cost him. Once she was rebuffed, Potiphar’s wife falsely accused him of rape and Joseph was thrown into prison.

Many years before, Joseph had a dream of his brothers and parents bowing down to him. Now sitting in that prison, his dream must have seemed nearly hopeless.

In this great chapter Hawkins talks about the three obstacles Joseph had to overcome to reach his dream – the same three obstacles many of us must overcome before we’ll reach our dreams:

  • Discouragement
  • Diversion
  • Doubt

So why was this chapter so personal? Because I have been struggling with some discouragement, and even some doubt, about my own dream. Just this morning, before I read this week’s chapter, I was pouring my heart out to God.

Then God did a couple of things for me. First, I had a schedule change and was free during our early morning service, so I decided to attend our women’s Sunday school class. Our Women’s Ministry Director was teaching on goal setting. The first thing she said was, “Do you have a dream?” She went on to make some great points, most of which I had heard before, but I heard them today with that clarity only the Lord can give.

When I got home and sat down to read this chapter, those “obstacles” jumped off the page at me, especially, discouragement and doubt. As I read the rest of the chapter, I could feel the Lord continue to minister to me and refresh my dream.

If you have a dream and you’re getting weary of waiting or just feeling discouraged for some reason, I want to encourage you to read the rest of the chapter for yourself.

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Next week’s question is, “Who am I?” (Exodus 3.11).

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Donna

 

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“The Jesus Code: Our Righteous Judge” + LINKUP

This week chapter 2 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer, by O.S. Hawkins.

For those of you just tuning in, The Jesus Code has 52 questions, one to contemplate each week. The author believes every believer should be able to answer these important questions.

The first chapter and question was, “Has God Indeed Said …?” from Genesis 3.1.

This week’s question: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18.25).

Hawkins says:

In my decades of Christian service, far and away the most often asked question has been something like this: “What about the person who has never even heard the name of Jesus? God will let them into heaven , won’t He?” This is usually accompanied by such follow-up questions as, “What about those devout and sincerely religious persons of other faiths who spend a lifetime in service and worship?” and “What about our Jewish friends? Are they the ‘other sheep’ Jesus referred to as His own who are ‘not of this fold’ (John 10: 16)?”*

He goes on to explain the three theological perspectives on this question (inclusivism, pluralism and exclusivism) and why only one is true according to the Scriptures.

I hope you’ll get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Next week’s question is, “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Genesis 39.9).

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*Hawkins, Dr. O. S. (2014-07-29). The Jesus Code (Kindle Locations 189-193). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

 

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“The Jesus Code – 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer” + LINKUP

I just started a new book, The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer, by O.S. Hawkins.

This past year our church read The Joshua Code: 52 Scripture Verses Every Believer Should Know. The book contains 52 chapters, one for each week. They were short and easy to read in one sitting, but packed with insightful comments. I couldn’t wait to start Hawkins new book.

The Jesus Code has 52 questions, one to contemplate each week, that the author believes are vital for every Christian to answer. Reading the first chapter, I wasn’t disappointed.

The first chapter and question is, “Has God Indeed Said …?” from Genesis 3.1.

The answer to that question is one of the most important truths in the Bible! Getting it wrong has lead to incalculable sin, heartache, and destruction.

Hawkins says:

Satan entered the scene of life just three chapters into the Bible, and the last time we encounter him is three chapters from the end. And the damage he has caused is seen on every page in between. This cunning creature was smart enough to know that doubt is deadly. He did not try to force us to eat the forbidden fruit. He simply tossed a seed of doubt our way, and we took it from there: “Has God indeed said?”*

He goes on to talk about the downward digression that follows once doubt takes root:

Eve “saw” the tree, she “coveted,” she “took” and gave to her husband, then they “hid” themselves. Hawkins points out the same pattern in David’s life. He “saw” Bathsheba bathing, he “coveted,” he “took” her, then he “hid” to the point that he was willing to commit murder to stay hidden.

And if we don’t answer that questions rightly, we will fall into the same downward spiral.

Next week, the question is, “Shall not the judge of the whole earth do right?” from Genesis 18.25.

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Donna

 

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*Hawkins, Dr. O. S. (2014-07-29). The Jesus Code (Kindle Locations 138-141). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

 

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