12/16/18 - Pure as the Finest Silver
“The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. You shall keep them, O Lord. You shall preserve them from this generation forever.” (Psalms 12:6-7)
The next time you open your Bible, pause for a moment to remember just how precious it is for us to have the very word of God before us. God, the all-wise and eternal Father and Creator of us all has sent His word to us. Like pure silver, it is of immense value, beauty, and purity. It will last forever.
The Bible is valuable because God uses it to reveal Himself to us. In nature, we can see the work of a Master Designer and Creator, but we learn of His eternal nature by the revelation of His character, His holiness, His power, and His glory through verbal communication. The Holy Spirit has revealed spiritual things through spiritual words
(I Corinthians 2:13)
The Bible is valuable because it reveals our nature and purpose. We are made in God’s very image. We are eternal spirits as He is. We can think, communicate with words, have emotions, and interact. All created things are here for us to have to interact with God now and (if we are true to Him) forever in Heaven, His home.
The Bible is valuable because it reveals God’s expectations for us. He has not left us guessing about what is right and wrong. Because we have all sinned, we need the redemption that He offers through the sacrifice of Jesus. He has revealed to us how to receive the benefit of Jesus’ death and resurrection through the obedience of faith
(Romans 16:26). Following our baptism into Christ, we continue to learn and follow as disciples should.
The Bible is valuable because it is true. Real truth is not relative to the individual nor subject to change as the opinions of the world are. “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in Heaven” (Psalms 119:89). God is not going to say one thing now, getting us to believe it, and then change things on us, leaving us unsettled and confused. When God says it . . . that settles it. More precious than gold or silver refined seven times, God’s word is pure, rich in value, and exactly what we need. “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (II Peter 1:3). The pure word of God is just what we need.