between my biblical counseling class and reading grudem’s “systematic theology” i am ever so reminded of so many facets about Gods word. it is immutable, all sufficient, the ultimate authority and clear. it is alive and active, discerning the intentions of the thoughts and of the heart. it brings freedom.
but the even cooler thing is that when i know and believe the word of God is all of these things, it changes things. it allows for a change in my perspective. His word begins to change my heart. His word is truth i can stand on even though how i feel may be the opposite or my circumstances proclaim something different. if the Word is in fact immutable, which i believe it is, i can stand in faith that isaiah 25:1 rightly says:
o Lord, you are my God; i will exalt you; i will praise your name, for in your perfect faithfulness, you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.
that right there is something to stand on! if the word of God is sufficient i can praise His name because hebrews 4 says
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence
praise be to the One who has given us EVERYTHING we need. not some of it. not part of it. He has give us everything. and if the Bible has ultimate authority i know that according to 1 corinthians 3:19
the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God
i get to stand firm, knowing that as i listen to God, He speaks, and i know His voice. that it is His wisdom i long for, not the world’s.
but the best news out of all of that…Jesus came, leaving the comfort of Heaven. He died, taking on my sin and shame. He rose, conquering death. He’s coming back to take me home! and in that is complete joy and peace and hope. that is exciting. because now, i get to stand on romans 8 and romans 5
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us…For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience…and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.