Continuing In The Word of God
"Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on
him, If ye continue in my word, then ye shall
my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the
and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:31,32)
This statement by Jesus, about continuing in the word of God, is a very powerful truth that is very needful to be understood by any and all who would attain unto eternal life. Let's first consider that Jesus was referring to the word of God as something that He was saying to the people to whom He was speaking. This is a huge point to realize, for the simple reason that the word of God has always been that which He says. The books of the prophets are replete with phrases such as "the word of the Lord came unto me, saying..." etc. Anyone who has ever experienced receiving the word of God, has understood by that experience that the word of God is something presently spoken by God. Consider what is written about the word of God in the Bible, in the book of Hebrews: "For the word of God is quick (ALIVE), and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged 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" (Heb. 4:12).
The point is this: the Bible is not the word of God, but rather it is a written record of the word of God, and of God's dealings with man. This may sound to some to be a rather frivolous statement, but it actually is something that strikes at the heart of much spiritual confusion, bondage, and division that is in the
body of Christ today. If the Bible was the word of God, then everyone who reads the Bible would be receiving God's word. And if that were the case, then how could there be a million and one different interpretations of the same topics in the Bible? In that case, God would be the author of confusion, which the Bible declares that He is not (I Cor. 14:33). As has always been the case, the word of the Lord is that which the Lord is saying, and is received by those who are hearing what God is saying. The word of God can be received by means of the Scriptures, if someone has the Spirit of God, and is honestly, willingly, humbly, and openly seeking the true
of what is written in the Bible. We receive the word of the Lord only if and when it is revealed to us by God. Period. As is stated in the Bible, the Scriptures are
subject to no private (personal) interpretation (I Pet. 20,21).
To understand this truth more clearly we need only to heed the words of Jesus, in His messages to the seven leaders of the
Lord's assemblies in Asia, at the time that He gave "The Revelation" to John. In each of these seven messages, at the end, He emphatically stated: "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the
[assemblies]." This was a direct admonition to these men who were over the seven congregations of Asia, to be, and to remain; honest, willing, humble, and open seekers of truth so that they would be able to continue hearing what Jesus was saying to them, by means of the
holy Ghost which He sent back from Heaven to take His place until He comes again. It is a continually confirmed truth in the Bible, that the Spirit of God is to convey God's word to His people (Isa. 54:13; Jn. 14:26; Jn. 16:13; I Jn.2:27). It is also confirmed that no one can receive God's word unless they have the Spirit of God (I Cor. 2:11; Rom.8:9).
This brings us to the concluding point. The only people who are receiving the word of the Lord are those who have been baptized with the
holy Ghost, and are continuing to be led by the Spirit after receiving it. Those who are being led by the Spirit are those who are dying out to, or overcoming sin
(Rom. 8:13,14). This is the only way for anyone to "hear what the Spirit is saying," and thereby receive God's word; whether directly through the Spirit, or through someone preaching the word that they have received through the Spirit (Rom. 1:17; Rom. 10:8). If we continue in these things, then we will be built upon a rock, and have an unshakeable foundation of understanding concerning the things that pertain to the kingdom of God (Mat. 16:15-18).
This also is the only way that we can be made free from sin (Eph. 5:26), and from Satan's perversions of the scriptures in the Bible; which are projected by those who have not received the word of God, but are advertising that they have (Eph. 4:13,14; Eph. 6:11,14). And only by these means of receiving the word of God, and continuing therein, can we ever hope to achieve "the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph. 4:3) among ourselves; because divided minds
regarding the things of God is what keeps us alienated from one another. And this is something that we can get past, if we are willing to lose what man has said, in order to receive what God has said; and is saying
to His people (Philip. 3:7,8; I Cor.1:10). Amen.