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THE WORD FROM THE LORD
Dr. Stan Coffey
We'll be continuing the series on THE WORD FROM THE LORD. In Jeremiah 37:17, the king asked a great question. There are may great questions in the Bible. The question asked by God Himself when Adam and Eve had sinned and were hiding in the Garden of Eden. God came forth and said, "Where art thou?" That's a great question from the Bible. The question posed by Cain when the blood of his brother Abel cried out from the ground, the blood of the brother whom he had murdered. The question was, "Am I my brother's keeper?" The great question by Nicodemus who said, "When a man is old, can he enter his mother's womb a second time and be born?" The great question by that rich young ruler who said, "Good master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" But I believe at this particular juncture in spiritual history, there's no greater question than the one posed by King Zedekiah. "Then King Zedekiah sent for him and had him brought to the palace, where he asked him privately, 'Is there any word from the Lord?' 'Yes,' Jeremiah replied, 'you will be handed over to the King of Babylon.'"
Is there any word from the Lord? There is. I want to see how the New Testament describes the Word of the Lord. Is there any word from the Lord today to your heart? to my heart? There is. What kind of word is it? It's described as a very powerful word. "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12) There is a word from the Lord, and this passage says the Word from the Lord is A LIVING WORD. "For the word of God is quick." If you have another translation, it may say, "The Word of God is living." That's a Greek word, "zao," and it means life. We get our word zoo, zoological, zoology, from the word "zao." The word "zao" means life. The Bible says of itself that the Word of God is a living word. It pulsates with life; it imparts life; it gives life; it brings about the growth of life. It brings about spiritual life. The Word of God is like a river that gives life to all who come to it, to all who drink from its fountain. The Word of God is alive.
At the Southern Baptist Convention, there was some controversy on the proposed changes to the Baptist Faith and Message Statement. The change had to do with the nature of scripture and the absolute superiority of scripture and the absolute indispensability of scripture as the revelation of God to man - not just the record of God's revelation, not that it just contains the revelation of God to man - it is THE revelation of God to man. God is revealed in this book. One young pastor stood up; he was against that recommendation. He wanted to leave it as it was. Because he said that we woul ...
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