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BIBLICAL WORLD VIEW – PART 1
The very first step in my walk of faith, was to come to the place where I actually admitted to myself that there was a God and it wasn’t me. (I know this sounds obvious to most of you.) And this God‘s Son was Jesus, my redeemer, whatever that meant. That led to the question, “Where do I find what God and Jesus said, and how Jesus lived?” This led to the Bible, spending time daily in God’s Word. That led to the question, “What was the ultimate purpose of spending time in the Scripture?” The answer to that question was to come to understand and embrace God’s revelation of Himself and His Truth. Below in outline form are some thoughts, some verses and some questions to help anyone interested in pursuing a Biblical World View for their faith walk. (I recommend using a study Bible, if one is available.)
General – Nature (Romans 1:20, “man is without excuse”) (Psalm 19:1-4, “the heavens declare the glory of God”)
Specific – Written Word (includes Gospel). Romans 1:16-17 (“righteousness revealed”), John 1:1, 2 & 14 (“grace revealed”). The Word is a testimony about Jesus Christ.
Progressive – Genesis (O.T.) to Revelation (N.T.) – Gradual as we spiritually mature. God’s holiness, our sinfulness (Romans 1:25), forgiveness (1 John 1:8-10), grace (John 1:16-18), and salvation (John 3:16) are revealed.
What is truth? Pilate asked this question at Jesus’ trial, (John 18:38). Clearly, Pilate thought truth could not be known, or similarly, that it was anything he declared it to be; we would call that “relative truth”. Do you run into this today?
What does the Bible say about truth? John 18:37 – “—- In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
What is the biblical term for listening to Jesus (God)? Obedience.
So why does everyone on the side of truth obey Jesus? The answer is in John 14:6.
John 14:6 – “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.”
“I AM”? – Jesus is identifying Himself as God! (Exodus 3:14-15) YHWH is derived from the Hebrew word for I am. His audience knew this. (Context is vital in understanding the Bible.)
“The truth” – means what? The truth is actually a person! That person is the Lord Jesus Christ, the reality of all God’s promises. He came to testify about Himself. Therefore when you are on the “side of truth”, you are on Jesus’ side. (John 17:17, John 1:1, 1 John 1:1)
“The way” – there is no way but Jesus. This is without question the principle truth that most of mankind (culture) hates to accept; the Bible says that Jesus (and the reality of sin, the reason he came) is the great “stumbling block”. (Romans 9:30-33, Isaiah 8:14, 28:16); because salvation by faith doesn’t make sense, we prefer to earn our own way, God will overlook our sins, we disagree with Christ’s values, which derive from humility, and result in surrendered obedience.
So what is the point?
Through what Jesus said and how He lived, we learn how to surrender to the truth (Jesus), and to live in obedience to it (Him). All of human history points to Jesus, indeed history has no meaning without Him.
WE WANT TO LIVE AND TO MAKE OUR CHOICES (ACTION) ACCORDING TO “REVEALED TRUTH”!
EXAMPLES of TRUTHS THAT FALLEN MAN HATES
There is a God and it is not me. (Exodus 20:1-7, Exodus 3:14-15, Colossians 1:16)
“I AM who I AM.” The whole world was created by and for God!
Life is about God, not me. (Same as above.)
God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Savior of the Universe (includes mankind).
Creator – Genesis 1:1, 2:1-3, Exodus 20:11a, Colossians 1:16
Sustainer – Colossians 1:17b, Proverbs 3:5-6, John 15:5 (all of John 15 as well)
Savior – John 3:16
Our Creator is intimately involved in all life and, therefore, our daily lives.
Proverbs 3:5-6, John 1:14a, John 15:5
Our Creator gets to make the rules.
Exodus 20:1-17, John 14:15, John 15:14
The principle rule is John 14:6. (1 John 5:5)
Eternity’s destination hinges on what we do with the object of the principle rule.
John 5:24, John 17:3, 17, 1 John 5:5, 1 John 5:11-13
Faith requires an object. Eternal life requires entering into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and begins now. Ultimately, our world view matters. We are going to live forever, somewhere, as is everyone in our circle of influence.
Surrender to God’s revelation and truth, which, except for general revelation, we cannot do if we do not know it. Romans 10:17 – faith through hearing the Word.
God Bless You.
Yours in Christ,