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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

In the Word is a word for you

by Nelson Roth
God reveals himself through his Word!  So, in the Word, there’s a word for you.  Because God wants each of us to know him and to know the plans that he has for us he reveals himself to us in various ways.  Psalm 19:7-8, "The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes."

Is God revealing himself, or saying something particular to you today?  How does this next story speak to you?

A young man in his mid-twenties purchased a book at the airport newsstand to read during the long flight he was about to take.  When he was seated, he found himself next to a lady about his age.  Each greeted the other and then the young man began to read his new book.  After a half hour or so, he put it down not being able to really get into it.  He then struck up a conversation with the young lady.  She was very interesting and they found that they had a number of things in common.  The conversation was so energizing that the couple continued to talk the rest of the flight.  As the plane landed they exchanged names and contact information.  It was at that moment that the young man realized that the lady was the author of his new book.  Wow, what a surprise!  That night in his hotel room the young man decided to pick up the book to try to read it again.  This time he was not able to put it down.  He kept on reading through the night.  What was the difference? He knew and had fallen in love with the author!

The passage above from Psalm 19 speaks of two kinds of revelation - both general and special.  General revelation and special revelation are two theological references about the various ways that God reveals himself.  General revelation refers to God revealing himself through nature.  The Bible tells us this in verse one of Psalm 19, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”  Special revelation is called special because God at certain times throughout history has chosen to reveal himself by miraculous means. Luke 2: 10-11 "And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."

God, preserving his Word for us and making himself known to the readers is the most commonly shared form of special revelation. God supernaturally gifted the writers of Scripture to accurately record his message through each author’s personality and style. II Peter 1:21, "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."  II Timothy 3:16-17, "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 complete, equipped for every good work."

Do you know that God wants to reveal himself to you?  He has a word for you in his Word!  What would it take for you to get to know the author better? 

Are you a reader of his book the Bible?  If you’ve been bored with the Bible, what can you do to fall in love with the author?  The exciting part - in the Word, God has a word for you!

Being Word based is one of the "7 Marks of Spiritual Health" in life and ministry.  The RM team will be writing about all seven, the topic this month is the Word.  Please feel free to comment and join in on the conversation.

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