"Open my eyes, that I may see
Wondrous things from Your law."
did not come to you in word only, but also in
and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance..."
Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for
every good work."
is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life."
"In the beginning was the
Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He
was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and
without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the
life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not comprehend it."
the Word became
flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of
the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
light has come
into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because
their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light
and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed...."
is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
“Now the parable
is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside
are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the
word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive
the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a
while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that
fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out
and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life,
and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the
good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble
and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. "
Cleansing and Triumph of His Word
is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he
meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not
a young man cleanse his way?
By taking heed according to Your word.
With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your
Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I
might not sin against You."
also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He
might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of
water by the word, that He might present her to
Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or
any such thing, but that she should be holy and without
"They are not of
the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by
Your truth. Your word is truth."
"You are already clean because of the word which I have
spoken to you."
The Holy Spirit
reveals the meaning of the Word to His people
"I, brethren, when I came to you, did not
come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the
testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you
except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in
fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not
with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the
Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in
the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
"However, we speak wisdom among those who
are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this
age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a
mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for
our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they
known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
"But God has revealed
them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes,
the deep things of God.... Now we have received, not the spirit
of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the
things that have been freely given to us by God. ... But the natural
man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are
foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually
discerned." 1 Corinthians 2:1-14
drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so
that they did not know Him. And He said to them, 'What kind of
conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and
"...they drew near to the village where they were
going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they
constrained Him, saying, 'Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and
the day is far spent.' And He went in to stay with them.
"Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with
them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.
Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished
from their sight."
Luke 24:15-17, 28-31
"He opened their
understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures." Luke 24:45
"And the disciples came
and said to Him, 'Why do You speak to them in parables?' He answered
and said to them, 'Because it has been given to you to know the
mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
... Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not
see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And
in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
"‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
and seeing you will see and not perceive; for the hearts of this people
have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they
have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their
ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I
should heal them.’
are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for
assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men
desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear
what you hear, and did not hear it." Matthew 13:10-17
"And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do
well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, a until
the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;
knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of
any private interpretation, for prophecy never
came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they
were moved by the Holy Spirit."
"I now send you,
their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from
the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and
an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'"
God's Word is eternal
"The grass withers, the
flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever." Isaiah
"...having been born again,
not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God
which lives and abides forever...."
"For assuredly, I say to
you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle [a tiny
mark in the original spelling of a word] will by no means
pass from the law till all is fulfilled."
"And it is easier for
heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail." Luke 16:17
Do not alter (delete
or add to) God's Word
shall not add to the word which I command you,
nor take from it, that you may
keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you."
"Whatever I command
you, be careful to observe it;
you shall not add to it nor take away from it."
anyone preaches any
to you than what you have
received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I
still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ." Galatians
"For if he who comes
preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive
a different spirit which you have not received, or a different
gospel which you have not accepted,
may well put up with it!" 2 Corinthians 11:4
"Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their
trust in Him.
Do not add to His words,
lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar."
"If anyone adds to these things,
God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone
takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away
his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which
are written in this book." Revelation 22:18-19
Preach the whole truth - whether or
have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.
Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among
which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church
of God which He purchased with His own blood. " Acts 20:28
said to me: 'Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel,
to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their
fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day. For they are
impudent and stubborn children. I am sending you to them, and you
shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ As for them,
whether they hear or whether they refuse—for they are a
rebellious house—yet they will know that a prophet has been among
them." Ezekiel 2:3-5
shall speak My words to them,
whether they hear or whether they refuse..."
"Then He said to me: 'Son of man, go to the house of Israel
and speak with My words to them. For you are not sent to a people of
unfamiliar speech and of hard language, but to the house of Israel,
not to many people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language.... But
the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not
listen to Me.... Moreover He said to me: 'Son of man, receive
into your heart all My words that I speak to you, and hear with your
ears. And go... and speak to them and tell them, ‘Thus says the
Lord God,’ whether they hear, or whether they refuse."
yourself and arise, and speak to them all that I command you.
Do not be dismayed before their faces, lest I dismay you before them....
They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you.
For I am with you,' says the Lord, 'to deliver you.'"
"‘Hear this now, O
foolish people, without understanding, who have eyes and see not, and who
have ears and hear not: Do you not fear Me?’ says the Lord.
‘Will you not tremble at My presence?'" Jeremiah 5:21-22
the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will
hear and shall not understand,
and seeing you
will see and not perceive; for the hearts of this people have grown
dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have
Lead new believers from the "Milk" of the
Word to the "Meat"
"...as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word,
that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted
that the Lord is gracious."
"I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people
but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with
milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not
able to receive it, and even now you are still not able;
for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife,
and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving
like mere men?"
"For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need
someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need
milk and not
solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is
unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.
But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that
is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."
Obey the whole truth
"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but
you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to
do according to all
that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and
then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong
and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord
your God is with you wherever you go"
"Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against
“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to
him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep
My words...." John 14:23-24
"Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of
wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is
able to save your souls. "
us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to
the same example of disobedience. For the word of God is living and powerful,
and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul
and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart."
confuse man's teaching with God's Word
"These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with
their lips, but their heart is far from
Me. And in vain they worship Me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"
"Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:
‘This people honors Me with their lips, but
their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men."
"I marvel that you are turning
away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different
gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to
pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from
heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let
him be accursed.... For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I
seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not
be a bondservant of Christ." Galatians 1:6-8,10
to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain
babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness."
2 Timothy 2:15-16
Scriptures in light of the whole Bible
The GOSPEL - Planned and
Promised from the beginning of time
brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea.
When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These
were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they
received the word with all readiness, and searched the
Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
Therefore many of them believed." Acts
Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him
when he saw that the city was given over to idols. Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile
worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to
be there. "
peddle or misuse God's Word
renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor
handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation
of the truth, commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the
sight of God."
2 Corinthians 4:2
"....we are not, as so many,
peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in
the sight of God in Christ." 2 Corinthians 2:17
"I rise before the dawning
of the morning, and cry for help;
I hope in Your word.
My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on
rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways.
I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your word." Psalm 119:14-16
continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and
fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers."
"Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is
good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace
to the hearers."
in a mirror,
dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in
part, but then I shall know just as I also am known."
1 Corinthians 13:12
The offense of the
this word, and trust in oppression and perversity, and rely on them,
therefore this iniquity shall be to you like a breach ready to fall, a
bulge in a high wall, whose breaking comes suddenly, in an instant."
"Woe to the rebellious
children,” says the Lord,
“Who take counsel, but not of Me,
And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin;
Who walk to go down to Egypt, [representing the pagan world
And have not asked My advice,
To strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!"
"O Lord, You induced
me, and I was persuaded;
You are stronger than I, and have prevailed.
I am in derision daily;
everyone mocks me.
For when I spoke, I cried out; I shouted, 'Violence and plunder!'
Because the word of the Lord was made to me a reproach and a derision daily.
Then I said, 'I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name.'
But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my
I was weary of holding it back, and I could not."
"Because they have
rejected the law of the Lord of hosts,
And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
Therefore the anger of the Lord is aroused against His people;
He has stretched out His hand against them and stricken them."
"But He turned and said to
Peter, 'Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.'"
"Therefore, to you who
believe, He is precious;
but to those who are disobedient, 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief
cornerstone,' and 'A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.'
"They stumble, being disobedient to the word,
to which they also were appointed. But you are a chosen generation, a
royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may
proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His
marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of
God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy."
1 Peter 2:7-10
on the Rock
whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will
liken him to a
wise man who built his house on the rock:
and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew
and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was
founded on the rock.
“But everyone who hears these
sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a
foolish man who built his house on the sand:
and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew
and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its
My Savior and
His Wonderful Word - Worth dying for!
authority of the Scriptures: John 17:17; Mark 12:24; Luke 11:25;
16:27-31; Hebrews 4:12; James 1:25; 1 Peter 2:2; Acts 20:20-32; Psalm
19, 119; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:3; Matthew 5:17-20; 12:18-27;
26:52-54; Luke 10:25- 26; 16:17).