Years ago there was an investment commercial about a company named E.F. Hutton.
“When E.F. Hutton speaks, everybody listens.
The point of the commercial was that E.F. Hutton was so accurate predicting the markets that everybody wanted to hear their investment advice.
They were claiming to have a very good record of helping people make money through investing, but they never claimed 100% accuracy.
Just the fact that they were often right was enough to convince people to listen to them.
That reasoning works fine in the business world, but would you build your life on someone’s word if they told you that their word was often right?
Would you trust that word for the answers to the fundamental questions of life?
Who am I?
Where Did I come from?
What is my purpose in life?
What Happens to me when I die?
Would you trust a word that’s usually right for those kinds of answers?
Let’s go look for a Word that we can trust, let’s see if find a word that we can put our trust in.
The Fact and the Assertion
The Fact and the Assertion
1 “The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers. 2 And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. 3 And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
To the christian, ‘man shall live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord’ is an accepted fact.
Because God is eternal, all knowing, and all powerful it is easy to see that He has the ability to bring to pass whatever He says or to prevent whatever He forbids.
In His perfections, God cannot fail in any way. So, it makes sense that He cannot lie, He cannot speak in error, and He cannot miscommunicate.
Taken as an assertion, though, there are those in our world that would have great difficulty in accepting this claim.
They would want some further reason to trust this word beyond the simple statement that the things of life are structured and ordered by it.
I’m sure if someone came to with investment advice that they claimed you could always trust, you would have some questions, right?
To whom does this word apply?
How far does its authority reach?
16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Wherever you live in the world, there are laws; but once you cross the border of that land, those laws are no longer enforceable.
The laws of a land only apply to people in that land. In other words they are very limited in their range.
The book of Colossians tells us that Christ is the creator of all things and that all things were created for Him.
Everyone is under the authority of His word.
Verse 16 says that He rules over all thrones, all dominions, and all authorities.
Verse 17 says that everything that exists is held together by the power of God’s binding word.
Everything belongs to God, everything glorifies God, and whether it wants to or not, everything does God’s bidding.
That includes every galaxy and star, every angel and person, every rock and speck of dust.
Dr. R.C. Sproul has said, “There are no maverick molecules.”
Not only is God’s word in effect in every land, it’s also in effect in every corner of the universe and it’s binding upon every molecule that God has created.
We live in age that has very little respect for the words of wisdom that earlier generations lived by.
In our world, people don’t ask what words mean, they ask, “What does this mean to me?”
Ancient words are interpreted in light of modern understanding and the original meanings and purposes of documents are turned upon their heads.
One needs to look no farther than the way liberals interpret the constitution to see this.
Simple, declarative statements like, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” are softened from being absolute to being malleable and open to the interpretation of the reader.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
24 for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
God’s word does not change meaning over time.
89 Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.
His word is established for all time, and it’s not subject to man’s opinion of what it means or his opinion on what he thinks it should say.
The Character of God’s Word
The Character of God’s Word
God’s word is pure. It contains no error and it never fails to accomplish what God intended for it to.
5 Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.