“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it” (Revelation 1:3).
If you love God you love God’s word.
How can you know who God is? The only way to know God is through God’s word.
That’s the reason why God’s word always trumps all other authorities when it comes to what is true, right, and good. No other source can usurp the place of God’s word in our lives. God’s word is the standard by which all other truths are measured.
But, here’s the problem. In today’s world, there are way too many people who call themselves followers of Jesus who place themselves as a higher authority than God’s word. We mean well, but when it comes down to it, when God’s word contradicts what we believe, what we think, or how we feel, we allow our personal beliefs, thoughts, and feelings to usurp the truth of God’s word.
Let me show you. If you’ve ever said:
- “I know what the Bible says, but I think…”
- “I know what the Bible says, but I feel…”
- “I know what God said about sin, but it feels so good, so right…”
If you’ve ever said or thought any of those things, you have made yourself a higher authority than God’s word.
Listen, this isn’t just James’ thoughts. If these were my thoughts then you can ignore them and there is no consequence. However, if these are God’s words, if what you are reading is consistent with what is revealed in God’s word, then there are eternal consequences to rejecting these words.
The Bible isn’t supposed to be just read. The Bible is to be obeyed.
It’s not just knowing about God’s word. It’s allowing God’s word to transform our life and thinking.
The Bible is God’s word. “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it.”