by James Merritt

"The Wonder of the Word"
James Merritt
I Peter 1:22-2:3


1. I have been very amused and bemused as I have observed the political scene lately. It is interesting the way that some people are saying that politics and religion should never have any relationship one to another. That was certainly not the opinion of one man. Listen to what he said, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." The man who said that was none other than George Washington.

2. It will be a great day in America both for her people and her politicians when she understands that good laws and good government are based on the Word of God. I want to speak on "The Wonder of the Word." or, "The Beauty of the Bible." Charles Dickens said, "The Bible is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world." Abraham Lincoln said, "I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man." Three of the greatest men who have ever lived have all said the greatest book that has ever been written is the Bible, what is it that is so wonderful, so glorious, so beautiful about this book?

I. The Wonder of Its Purity (Verses 22, 2)

1. The word "pure" in verse 2 is the same word used for deceit in verse 1 except it has a negative prefix before it. So it literally means without guile, without deceit, without trickery, without deceptiveness.

2. In other words the Bible always tells the truth. It is a word that referred to something that was pure without any mixture of dirt or grime. The Baptist faith and message says that the Bible is "truth without any mixture of error." And so it is.

3. You see a man and his word can be separated but God and his word cannot be separated. A man is no better than his word and neither is God. The great king, David, evaluated the word mathematically. He took the laws in Leviticus, the promises in Proverbs and added them up and here was his conclusion: "The sum of thy word is truth." (Psalm 119:160 ...

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