Friday, April 17, 2009
2 Timothy 3:16 The Necessity of The Scriptures
A November afternoon in 1971 in Portland, Oregon. A storm was blowing in from the west…rainy/windy/dreary. A man in his mid 40's bought an airline ticket for $20 to fly from Portland to Seattle, Washington. Once the plane was aloft, he called to the flight attendant, and gave her a note.
Then he opened his "carry-on" bag to show her a bomb, with dynamite and wires attached.
Flight 462 was now officially hijacked by a man known as D.B. Cooper.
The plane landed in Seattle and everyone got off except Cooper & Flight Crew.
Cooper demanded $200,000 and 4 parachutes.
The plane took back off, and somewhere over the Washington State wilderness, Cooper took one of the parachutes, opened the rear door of the plane, and jumped with his money. D.B. Cooper has never been found. How was D.B.Cooper able to carry a bomb aboard an American airliner? In 1971, there was no security at American airports. No security gates, no gun/bomb detection devices.
The security steps that are now routine in airports were not in place in 1971.
As a result, Cooper was able to completely take control of a Boeing 727 and its passengers/crew.
They landed where he demanded and did everything he said.
The passengers/crew of Flight 462 lost all control over their lives…They had been hijacked!
The same thing happens to good Christian men and women every day.
Too many Christians get hijacked by the Adversary and false doctrines. Too many Christians feel lost/disappointed and hopeless. Too many Christians are indecisive about their faith…rudderless. Too many Christians give up, or live a shadow of the life Christ called us to live. It doesn't have to be that way!
This passage gives us some clues on how to keep Satan from hijacking us.
Chuck Swindoll said, "The greatest need in our times, is for Gods people to be biblically literate." I could not agree more. Christians leave themselves open to being hijacked today when we don't know the Word of God. Paul warns Timothy 2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 13 Evil people and imposters will become worse, deceiving and being deceived.
Paul is saying men are going to come and try to twist God's Word to match the philosophy of the moment. Christianity is being "re-interpreted" in the light of what is "politically correct" in today's society!
A move is on to make God's Word not only condone today's low morals, but justify them.
Christians are being hijacked from the truth in the name of "political correctness".
What can you do about it? How can you avoid the deceivers?
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing those from whom you learned, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
I wish I could say that I was surprised that Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Community Church, has apologized to his homosexual friends for comments he made in October to his church in support of Proposition 8 in California, that marriage is between a man and a woman exclusively. What actually surprised me was his backing of Prop 8 (although belatedly) at all. There are several excellent reads on his inconsistent statements. Both believers and unbelievers have already called him out on his duplicity.
Therefore, I do not need to point out Warren's parsing of words and phrases in his attempt to walk a tightrope between Scripture and his homosexual friends.
113 I hate the double-minded, But I love Your law.
114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.
115 Depart from me, you evildoers, For I will keep the commandments of my God!
Did you notice the direction Paul gives Timothy? Don’t get swept up with the world and wind up in hell. Listen to the Word of God.
The Word of God is the only thing that can keep you on track ina world that has lost its way.
Paul is giving the first principles that the Psalmist gave in Psalm 1
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
What would you like your life to be like? You are starting out on life.. how do you want to wind up?
Do you want to wind up messed up? Or do you want to wind up useful to the Lord and fruitful in life?
Your personality will set the agenda for your life.. will it be blessing or cursing?
Some time ago I met a deacon in a church who had caught AIDS through secret homosexual liaisons and passed it on to his wife! This was a life that had been blessed that became cursed!
Could your life become cursed? Erwin Lutzer, Pastor to Pastor, reminds seminary graduates that they should have another trade because a percentage of them would fall into immorality and bring discredit on the ministry. Some go to selling grave plots! Perhaps this is the Lord's sense of humour for a ministry made dead through moral failure!
Could your life go from blessing to cursing?
Backing into the passage.. Cursing.. Psalm 1:4 The wicked are not like this; instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not survive the judgment, and sinners will not be in the community of the righteous. 6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.
Will you choose Ruin? Eternal Judgement. A waste life.. chaff that blows away!
Or will you choose fruitfulness? Psalm 1:3 He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
He is like a tree planted beside streams of water Comforted, pleasant and nourished by the Lord.
that bears its fruit in season Gal 5:22 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
John 15 8 My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples.
16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. 17 This is what I command you: love one another.
How? get bye the river 4 Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me. 6 If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
and whose leaf does not wither. Have you thought about children? And the heritage you will leave them? And grandchildren? So many children of believers not walking with the Lord. Grievous in many families.. why? Is it because their parents Christianity did not “catch”? Did something that happen that destroyed the witness of the life? Immorality, anger, violence? Did all these things destroy the testimony? Its not always the fault of the home, but lets be fair, often it is. Proverbs 22: 6 Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. 6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Whatever he does prospers.
1. The Direction of your life is set by the devotion of your life
Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
2 Timothy 3:14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing those from whom you learned, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Psalm 119:118 You reject all those who stray from Your statutes, For their deceit is falsehood.
During the early days of World War II, when the Nazis invaded France, French citizens took down all signposts. As the Nazi armies advanced, they didn't know which way to turn or in what direction lay their objective. Does it seem to you that the signposts of life have all been taken down? They were not taken down by us to confuse the enemy; they were taken down by the enemy to confuse us. We don't know which way to turn until we open the Scriptures. The only reliable signposts are there.
God Himself speaks in His Word. We may add nothing to the Word of God to make the Word relevant. We may only speak the Word in the ears of the people of the world. When we speak from the Bible, the Word opens ears and hearts to God's truth. The Word reveals to the listener what is truly relevant: that God is sovereign, that man is sinful, that judgment is at hand, and that the cross of Jesus Christ is man's only hope.
Psalm 119:57 You are my portion, O LORD; I have said that I would keep Your words.
58 I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; Be merciful to me according to Your word.
59 I thought about my ways, And turned my feet to Your testimonies.
60 I made haste, and did not delay To keep Your commandments.
76 Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, According to Your word to Your servant.
77 Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; For Your law is my delight.
"Desire the sincere milk of the Word that ye may grow thereby" (I Peter 2:2). This verse tells us that if we want our people to grow spiritually, we must get them into the Word of God. Why are so many Christians shallow? Because they’re not in the Bible. Why are so many Christians defeated by sin? Because they don’t think scripturally. Why are so many Christians living in sin? Because they don’t have a biblical mind. II Tim 3:16-17 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
The Bible is profitable...
1. For doctrine that is, it may be used as the perfect textbook to present the systematic teachings of the great truths relating to God himself.
2. For reproof that is, the Bible is to be used to convict us of the wrong in our lives.
3. For correction that is, it will then show us the right way.
4. For instruction in righteousness that is, God's Word provides all the necessary details which will allow a Christian to become fully equipped for every good work.
Matt 5:18 "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
The Bible is the Word of God; It stands for ever
152 Concerning Your testimonies, I have known of old that You have founded them forever. –
89 Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven
The Bible is the Word of God; It is historically accurate.
128 Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way.
129 Your testimonies are wonderful; Therefore my soul keeps them.
130 The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
The Bible is the Word of God It is scientifically accurate.
Oceanography owes a great debt to the books of Matthew Fontaine Maury. His discoveries have been of inestimable help to navigators of the high seas. Maury acknowledged his debt to the Bible for some of his scientific findings. One day when he was ill, his son read Psalm 8 to him. When the boy read the eighth verse, his father asked him to repeat it: "The birds of the air, and fish of the sea, and all that swim the paths of the seas." When the boy had finished, the great scientist declared, "If there are paths in the sea, I am going to find them." Today the great oceangoing vessels follow the paths marked out by Maury, who believed they were there because the Bible said they were. -- Robert C. Shannon, 1000 Windows, (Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Publishing Company, 1997).
The Bible is not a textbook on science, but where it speaks on issues of science, it is always accurate.
In the 10th century BC, Solomon wrote that God inscribed a circle on the face of the deep – that the face of the oceans is rounded, not flat. Proverbs 8:27
In the 8th century BC, Isaiah wrote that God is seated above the circle of the earth – that from space you see a rounded, or spherical, earth. Isaiah 40:22
Job, the oldest book in the Bible, written about 2000 BC, stated that God hung the earth on nothing. Job 26:7
Hindus taught that the earth was supported on the back of a giant elephant that stood on the back of a giant turtle and when the elephant wiggled, it caused an earthquake.
Greek mythology taught that the earth was supported on the shoulders of Atlas.
One of the evidences of the supernatural origin of this book is that not one such absurd myth or legend is found within its pages.
Concerning the origin of life, the Bible begins, without preamble, fanfare, or embellishment, that "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth."
Of course, the scientist, the professor, the teacher, and the filmmaker will tell you that the Biblical account of creation has been proven to be a myth. We have evolved through a series of "beneficial accidents" – mutations – that have resulted in all the different species we see today. As some poet has written:
"Once I was a tadpole, beginning to begin; then I was a frog, with my tail tucked in. Then I was a monkey in a Banyan tree. Now, I am a professor with a Ph.D.
Well, neither reason nor scientific discovery supports the claim of the evolutionist.
Psalm 119:142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is truth.
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
151 You are near, O LORD, And all Your commandments are truth.
140 Your word is very pure; Therefore Your servant loves it.
160 The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever
The Bible is the Word of God; It changes lives.
93 I will never forget Your precepts, For by them You have given me life.
Psalm 119: 2 Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!
3 They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways.
25 My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your word.
28 My soul melts from heaviness; Strengthen me according to Your word. 29 Remove from me the way of lying, And grant me Your law graciously.30 I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.
9 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
10 With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.
45 And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts.
101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word.
133 Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me.
Dr. W.A. Criswell tells of a small New Testament that was taken from the breast-pocket of a fallen American soldier in Vietnam, a young boy from Georgia. When Mr. Pat Zondervan held up that New Testament before the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Dr. Criswell could see the light of a bullet hole through its middle. Later, when Dr. Criswell held it in his hands, he saw that the pages were stained with the blood of that fallen soldier. Flipping through it, he found an inscription in the back that had survived intact. It read, "On this date, I Wilton Thomas take Jesus Christ as my personal Savior." Then it was signed and dated by the hand of that young man. That is what the Bible is for. It is not to amaze us with its scientific accuracy or impress us with its historical integrity, but to lead us to a personal knowledge of God through Jesus Christ as Saviour.
Do you desire the Word of God?
1 Peter 2:2 says, "As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby." If you have really been saved, within you there is a desire for God and His Word. You must feed this desire. There is a story attributed to Socrates, I don't know whether it is truth or fiction but it goes like this. During the time when Socrates was the chief philosopher of his time, many, many young men wanted to become his students. The story is told of a certain young man who came to the great teacher and asked to become his disciple. Socrates responded, "Follow me." With that he arose and began to walk. The young man stepped right in behind him. Socrates walked until he came to the seashore. He walked into the breaking surf and the young man followed obediently behind him. Finally when the philosopher reached a point where his head was barely out of the water, he turned to his would-be student. While the young man wondered what this lesson was all about, Socrates grabbed his head and pushed him under the water. Trying to learn and respect his teacher, the student held his breath and tried to remain still. After a while, with his lungs bursting for air, he began to flail about and finally the teacher let him go. In a burst of anger, the young man shouted, "What were you doing? You were trying to kill me." Socrates answered, "When you want to know as badly as you want to breathe, I'll be your teacher."
Do you desire the Word of God?
14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on Your precepts, And contemplate Your ways.
16 I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.
47 And I will delight myself in Your commandments, Which I love.
97 Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.
18 Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
24 Your testimonies also are my delight And my counselors.
162 I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure.
Psalms 19:7 NAS: “The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.”
2. The Destination of your life can be stopped by the demons of your life Psalm 1:1
Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. This is stuff you won’t notice.
that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
You won’t notice that the time you spend with the ungodly is influencing your life and your destiny.
The influence of scientism on your epistemology is to make you relativistic.
nor standeth in the way of sinners,
The influence of relativism on your morality is to make you tolerant of sin.
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
The influence of toleration of sin is to make you scornful of conservatives
Scornful of Theological conservatives.
Evolution versus creation.
Complacent versus Expectant of second coming
Scornful of Political conservatives
Scornful of moral conservatives
Alcohol versus abstention issues. Abortion versus Life issues. Adultery versus
Do you want to be blessed?