Notes by Dr. Fred Wittman
THE WORTH OF GOD'S WORD! (B)
"I will worship toward thy holy
temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou
hast magnified thy word above all thy name. . . . 0
LORD . . . for great is the glory of the LORD" (Ps. 138:2-5)
Intro: What value do
you put upon The word of God?
ILL. 5000x Found in The Bible. imraw translated "word" refers to
God's: Word, promises, truth, oracles, and sayings.
I. THE RECOGNITION OF THE WORTH
A. Value - magnified:
given greater value
1. The Name
of The LORD(Ex. 6:3; Ps. 34:3; 83:18)
2. The Name
of the Lord Jesus Christ
a. Salvation (Acts 4:12) b. Attention (Mt. 17:5) c.
Adoration (Phil. 2:9)
3. God's Word is used by The Holy Spirit to provide:
Salvation (Heb. 2:1-4)
Regeneration (I Pet. 1:23)
Sanctification (Jn. 17:17)
B. Veneration -
honour, reverence (Phil 2:9)
C. Validity - executed
with proper legal authority (Jn. 5:22,27,30;12:47-50;
D. Veracity -
truthfulness; faithfulness (Jn. 17:17; Jas. 1:18; I Th. 2:13)
II. THE REACTIONS TO THE WORTH
A. Rejection in part or the whole, immediately or after acceptance
(Mk. 4:3-20). We are
responsible for being the type of soil we are!
Too deep or too shallow (I Cor. 2:9-13)
Reception balanced or unbalanced - Cherish
and revere The Word or
Worship the Bible (bibliolatry)
D. Reading through or reading at random (Mt.
12:3,5; Mk. 12:10,26)
E. Heartily and readily receive and reflect or rationalize.
III. THE RECEPTION OF THE WORD A. Attention & Acceptance (I Tim. 4:13; Acts
17:11; I Th. 2:13)
B. Awe & Accuracy (2Tim.2:15-correctly read and
interpret; 2Pet. 3:16)
C. Authority & Accountability
D. Acknowledgment & Application Joseph (Ps.
105:19; Gen. 45:7,8; 50:20)
waited 22 yrs. in Egypt for God's Word to be fulfilled. The
less time we spend
in God's Word, the longer it will take God to mature us.
CONCLUSION:What value will you place on God's Word?
The length of time you spend in it will determine the value you give
it! How much time will you devote to study? How much attention? To what length will you go
to get a deep understanding of the Word of God? For what amount of time will you settle to
know God's Word to your fullest ability? How accurately will you interpret God's Word? How
faithfully will you apply it in your life?
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