the blessed word


Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”
(Revelation 1:3)

The flesh profits nothing. It is the word of God that gives life, being itself Spirit and life (John 6:63). The Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10); it is the record that God gave of His Son (1 John 5:10). Christ is the Savior of the world (1 John 4:14), and those that take heed to the word concerning Him will cleanse their way (Psalm 119:9). To be saved, we must be born again (John 3:1-10), and no one is born again but by the word of God, which lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:23). The word of God will judge the world on the awesome day of reckoning (John 12:48; Hebrews 4:12-13), but those who trust in Christ, as the word instructs us to (2 Corinthians 5:20-21), will not be condemned (Romans 8:1; 1 John 4:16-17). Instead, they will find themselves enjoying success in whatever God-ordained activity they put their hands to (Joshua 1:8). Faith comes by hearing the word (Romans 10:17) and with great faith comes great courage to do and be all that we are called to. Having access to complete Bibles is not only an amazing privilege, it is also a serious responsibility. We are called to be diligent students of the Scriptures, workmen “that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Mishandling the Scriptures has serious consequences (2 Peter 3:15-16). We would do well to emulate the noble Bereans, who carefully searched the Scriptures daily (Acts 17:11). Today’s verse passage reminds us that in the original New Testament church it was customary for one man to stand and read the Scriptures while those gathered paid close attention. We are assured that there is a special blessing for both the readers and the listeners. Virtually everyone in the western world has access to quality Bible teaching in the form of gifted pastors-teachers, audio and video recordings posted online or broadcast on the radio, not to mention the mountains of written material such as Bible study aids and commentaries. The blessing of hearing the Bible read and explained is at our fingertips. “Unto whomsoever much is given,” said Jesus, “of him shall be much required” (Luke 12:48). What will God say to us regarding what we did with the Scriptural resources available to us? In large part, that is up to us. Whatever the case, though there may not be many official teachers in the church (James 3:1), we are all called to share “the glorious Gospel of the blessed God” with others (1 Timothy 1:11). We may be very sure that God has a special blessing in store for all those who dared to represent Him (1 Corinthians 5:20), even in a world in the sway of the wicked one (1 John 5:19). Let us continue to take heed to, and share, sound doctrine, knowing that in so doing we will save both ourselves and those that hear us (1 Timothy 4:15-16). Praise God for His grace. Maranatha!

God bless,

pastor john