Ephesians 6:17 …And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
‘The Bible is an armoury where swords are kept. The Bible is the armoury where the swords of God (sayings of God) are kept – it is full of Heavenly weapons. The Bible is the guide book for every road whether we read it or not and or believe or not. Its contents are living and powerful and full of swords (individual sayings of God). The designer of the swords is the Lord Jesus Christ and He showed us how to use the Swords in Matthew 4:1-3.’ (Dr David Jeremiah)
‘Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry and the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” Matthew 4:1-3 (Dr David Jeremiah)
Jesus Christ gave example of how to use the God’s sayings from the Bible: But he answered. “It is written” Man shall not live by bread alone. But by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Matthew 4:1-3 (Dr David Jeremiah).
Jesus Christ is God’s Word to us so that we do not miss the message. He is God’s last word to man. The Bible is the Word of God. The totality of the message in the Bible is the ‘Word or Logos’ (Jesus Christ).’ (Dr David Jeremiah)
The Bible is divine self-expression or speech. God’s Word is effective: God speaks, and things come into being (Genesis 1:3 and 9) by Speech God relates personally to His people -Genesis 15:1 is an example. (The English Standard Version Study Bible)
In the beginning was the Word, (Jesus Christ) and the Word (Jesus Christ) was with God, and the Word (Jesus Christ) was God. He (Jesus Christ) was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him (Jesus Christ) and without Him (Jesus Christ) was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1-3)
The Holy Bible is God’s truth about himself and how we should relate to him. It tells how the Israel came to experience God for themselves and respond to his Word.
Jesus Christ is through whom the world came to be, for whom it was made, and by whom we discover the answers to all our questions.’ Dr David Pawson, Unlocking the Bible2001.
More from Dr David Pawson
If you are new to the Bible, (1) begin reading it from the beginning, the book of Genesis, and carry on reading book by book until you finish off with the book of Revelation (along side with Unlocking the Bible by Dr David Pawson). But be warned the Devil hates the book of Genesis and Revelation. He’ll try to discouraging you from believing these books. Why? Genesis informs us how the Devil took control of our world, and the book of Revelation tells us how he lost it. (2) Another thing to remember, whenever you open the Book of Revelation you have to read some of it out loud and mediate on it. There is a curse attached (on the 1st page) to the person who ignores this warning and a blessing to the one who heed the warning. (3) The Lord God tells us the names He wants us to call Him. All names are in the Holy Bible. Never use any other names for Him that are not in the Holy Bible. The most used name for Him in the New Testaments is ‘Abba’ (Father in English).
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel) is the Father of Jesus Christ. Look out for Jesus Christ in the Old Testament He is everywhere until you meet Him face to face in the New Testament.
In Genesis 1, for example, Jesus was there and involved in the creation of the Universe and all the events. ‘God said, ‘Let us make man in our images, in our likeness…’ Genesis 26
‘Jesus was part of the plurality of the Godhead.’ Further more John’s Gospel begins with, ‘without him (Jesus) nothing was made that has been made.’ Dr David Pawson.
‘Abraham offered to sacrifice Isaac, his only beloved son (Genesis 22) at a mountain called Moriah which later on, the same mountain was known as Golgotha. This same place was where the Almighty God sacrificed his beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Although, Isaac was old and strong enough (in his early thirties) enough to resist his father, he did not stop him but allowed himself to be bound and put on the altar.’ Dr David Pawson
Melchizedek (Jesus) – A King and a High Priest
‘In Genesis 14:17-21 Abraham met a stranger called Melchizedek. He was a King and a Priest of God Most High. He gave Abraham bread and wine and blessed him. Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything.’ Dr David Pawson
Exodus 12:1 the Passover Lamb. Blood was shed and the Angel of death passed over. And in the New Testament, Christ is our Passover.
Leviticus 16:20-23 the Scapegoat made to take all their sins to the wildness.
Numbers – ‘…as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up’
Deuteronomy – Jesus was the prophet foretold by Moses in Deuteronomy. ‘Whoever is hanged on a tree is under the cause of God.’ The death of Jesus was used by Paul as an example of one who was cursed. (Dr David Pawson)
The Lord is God – Exodus 34:6-7
Marginalisation of the Bible by Dr David Jeremiah
Today in Britain, the Bible and its principles are being marginalised in our society in such an incredible subtle way that even the Christians are not realising it yet. The value of the Bible’s teachings in the life of society is ignored. From being a rule of faith and practice, the Bible is now becoming a relic of history in the United Kingdom today.
The dictionary defines marginalize as ‘To relegate or confine to a lower or outer limit or edge, as of social standing.’
1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16the apostle Paul carefully explained why no one should be intimidated by those who use intellectual prowess to marginalize God and His Word.
Luke 9:26 Jesus, the Living Word of God, has strong words for any who find themselves ashamed of the Word of God: Whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s and of the holy angels.
John 14:6 Jesus insisted: ‘ I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’
Marginalization is whereby something to the periphery or outer edge of significance. And it happens slowly over time. When something is marginalized, its influence is reduced without it being totally removed. And that is what is happening to the Bible in the United Kingdom culture
The Bible is being downgraded and its message diluted in public offices, in the media, and in education.
How can a majority of British profess to be Christians while the sourcebook for their religion is being marginalized? It’s because they don’t realize that the Bible is a living book that is indispensable to a living faith. They believe it is possible to be a Christian without knowing and applying God’s truth which is found only in Scripture.
Leaders and authorities in the UK if not professing Christians, had a high regard for the truths of the Bible pertaining to morals and ethics. The Bible was quoted in the halls of government and education – it was part of the cultural conversation. Citizens followed their leaders example of respect, if not reverence for the Bible. But time has changed. Leaders are marginalizing the Bible and citizens are following their example.
Teach the children the Lord’s Prayer, The Ten Commandments and the Apostles Creed! The Bible is being pushed to the edge of society. Did you know that Biblical literacy was once soaring in the United Kingdom? The British people have risked their own lives for the sake of putting the Bible into the hands of people around the world.
William Tyndale gave his life for the sake of the Bible in the sixteenth century, in order that everyone can access the Bible. Englishman William Tyndale translated the Bible directly from the original Hebrew and Greek texts to English so that everyone could access the Word of God. (Dr David Jeremiah)
Yes, it is true. The Bible was used as a textbook or sourcebook in education behind the academic proficiency the centre of the people’s life and they exported it around the world to bless others.
The Bible has been downgraded from taught to tolerated in the public square. From being a rule of faith and practice, the Bible has become a relic of history… ‘ (Dr David Jeremiah)
Jesus Christ loves you!
The Catholic Study Bible, the NIV Rainbow Study Bible – New International Version; the Good News Study Bible, and along side with Dr David Pawson’s Unlocking the Bible are very helpful to understand the Bible.