We believe that it is important to be thoughtful when considering God's Word, the Bible. We hope you will check back from time to time for thoughts on God's Word.
"And he said to me, 'Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.'" -Revelation 22:10
It is critical that we know God's word from beginning to end. Otherwise we will develop a half informed concept of God's nature and relationship with humanity. This book of books is to be read and known, not sealed up and hidden away. One of the earliest challenges for the church was dealing with the bogus, yet attractive, teaching of a "hidden knowledge," that was only available to a few enlightened people. That is known as gnosticism, and is a lie! Here, God's messenger is explicit that these words, this knowledge, should not be hidden. God's word is for all to see and know. May God give us understanding in the things that He shows us. May we be students of His word.
"...And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me things. Then he said to me, 'See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.'" -Revelation 22:8-9
We humans have a tendency to fall down and worship the messenger when our minds are blown, as if the messenger created the message. It is not so! Faithful servants point to God. Wicked servants receive the worship, just like Satan. Only One is worthy to be worshipped, God alone. May the Lord help us keep our worship focused on His holiness and not the messenger, no matter how special they are. May the Lord help those of us who are messengers to know our place -- we are the brethren, fellow servants, those who keep the word of the Book. May we always direct our worship to our Father.
Anthony is the Pastor of Living Water Christian Fellowship.