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What a Word! (5 of 16)
Series: There's Hope
I Peter 1:22-2:3
We're pursing some studies in the book of I Peter because it is a book which has to do with hope. Over and over again Simon Peter writing this book says to you and to me that it doesn't matter what the circumstances may be, whatever you're going through, there is hope.
In Romans 15, verse 4, the Bible says that you and I through the patience and the comfort which the scriptures provide can have hope. What that verse is saying is that as long as you have a Bible, there is hope. As long as God has given you a word, there is hope for your life.
This whole passage of scripture has to do with the Word of God. The focus is the last sentence of chapter 1. It says, "And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you." It's almost as if Simon Peter was saying, "Do you see that book in your hand? Do you see that book that the preacher is holding in his hand? This is the Word. What a book. What a word is the Word of God."
This passage does two things in terms of the Bible. First of all, it tells us what the Bible is; and second of all, it tells us what the Bible does. For instance, it tells us what the Bible is in verse 23. It says, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever." Those two statements at the end of the verse tell us what the Bible is. It tells us first of all that this Bible you hold in your hand is a living book. The Word of the Lord lives, and it is a present tense verb which means that it is continuously alive. Spurgeon said that if you cut this book into a thousand pieces, every part will grow and live.
The Bible is a living book. It speaks in contemporary relevance and power to every generation. I'm standing here and holding a book which is thousands of years old; and yet I know that according to the Bible, when I preach what this book has to say, it come ...
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