Lifeless without the Living Word

All Scripture is breathed out by God
and profitable
    for teaching,
        for reproof,
            for correction,
                and for training in righteousness,
 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
 
For most folks who’ve spent time in the church, these two verses are all too familiar, but are most likely among the most disregarded and unbelieved.  A person or a church that truly believes these two verses will, of necessity, live out of sync with the world for they will not have their ears, eyes and passions taught by the prince of this world.  Rather, they will find themselves daily conversing with the God of all creation; hearing and thinking about what God has spoken in the Word of God.  Their prayers will become informed by this Living Word and their minds renewed and lives transformed with Spirit-led and empowered revelation of truth.  They will not live sinlessly, but they will sin less.  They will live, more and more, in light of the truth that they are no longer in bondage to sin.  They will, like an adopted child, take on the nature and identity of the family into which they have been adopted.  And, as one who has been loved to the utmost as demonstrated in the Cross, they will begin to shed the selfishness of sin as the love of God cleanses heart and mind and pleasures.
 
For the person or the church that does not revere the Word of God, it seems that the following would be logically indicated…
    they will have no life without the breath of God sanctifying their lives
    they will be untaught… ignorant of God and His ways
    they will be unproven… there will be no eternal fruit
    they will be unruly (not ruled by God’s word) and disobedient
    they will be untrained in the perfect ways of God and well-trained in the ways of man
    they will be incompetent to walk by the Spirit… not having submitted to God
    they will be un-equipped for any good(godly) work… un-sanctified by the truth
 
Yet, by the grace and mercy of God, He will act for the sake of His name.  In His sovereign grace He will redeem his elect.  Speaking with regard to all (or both) the remnant of Israel, chosen by grace, and to the grafted-in Gentile, he says…
 
For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 
 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?”
“Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:32-36) 

 

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  (Rom 12:1,2)

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3 Responses to Lifeless without the Living Word

  1. Tim – This is so cool. I’m preaching this passage next Sunday, and these words will make part of a perfect conclusion – may I use them?

  2. TimWitten says:

    Sure thing Blaine, if it glorifies the Lord, then I will be blessed and rejoice in the Lord also.

  3. Thanks, Tim, it certainly will. These are just the words I needed to tie together the main themes of the message. God is awesome.

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