The Word Is A Person (Beware Of Traditions And Pharisaical Religions)

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Series: Renewal of the mind; The kingdom of God

Sun am 31 July 2011 – Kobus Swart

Jn 6:63; 2 Cor. 3:6; Matt. 6:10; Acts 3:19-21; John 1:1-12, 14; Isa. 55:11; Heb. 2:10; Rev. 19:11-16;

Matt. 15:1-6, 32; Matt. 13:52; Prov. 23:10;  Matt. 8:28-34

“When you spend time soaking in the word of God, there comes a point when you’re consumed with the revelation of God – His ways and His promises. When you speak, your words are permeated with the truth of God, because it’s living inside of you. You can no longer find the point where your thoughts stop and the Word of God begins, because all your thinking has been renewed by the Word. That’s what it means to be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

The Spirit of God has inspired different authors to write the Bible. Just memorising Bible verses is not enough. Jesus said, The words I speak to you are spirit and life” (Jn. 6:63). Paul said, “The letter kills, but it’s the Spirit that gives life” (2 Cor. 3:6). Don’t just read the Bible as a mental habit, but add Spirit dimension – revelation – that’s when the mind will begin to be renewed and transformation will be your experience. The Bible is written in a language of spirit. It contains accurate historical facts but it is not just a history book.

When you take words and phrases in the Bible literally, you’re going to end up with a mental evaluation, void of Spirit. Bible language, in many cases, has come in the form of parables, allegories and symbolic language. For instance words like salt, leaven, vine, branches, door, trumpet, temple and so many others, are not to be taken literally. We must allow the Word to interpret itself; Scripture must interpret Scripture.

The world around us is in trouble. Christians pray, ‘Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth’ – but they don’t quite know what it means.  How do we participate in it? How will it impact this earth? Ask the Lord those questions in your quiet times. This will only happen in and through a living Word!

In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God (Jn. 1:1-2).  And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory (Jn. 1:14). There is no other way outside of the Word of God, to become part of the final consummation of human history, where everything will go back to God, and He fills all in all. My word that I have sent  will not return to me void, without accomplishing what it was sent for (Is. 55:11). Jesus was the Word made flesh.  Jesus came to bring many sons to glory (Heb 2:10). Jesus will not return empty handed. Before He hands everything back to the Father, He is going to present to Father a harvest of sons. Paul says, ‘You are living epistles. The word is written on your heart.’ You are actually becoming words of God – walking the earth.  We must be carriers of a message – the Word made flesh; only then will the world believe the gospel.

Read the Book of Revelation with spiritual (not literal) eyes. And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; …and His name is called The Word of God(The Word is a Person!)…And from His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may smite the nations. ….and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (Rev 19:11-16). This “sword” is further described in Hebrews 4:12: The word of God is living and powerful like a two-edged sword.

As powerful as this Word is, now watch what can in fact invalidate it:

Some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, criticising the disciples of Jesus who did not wash their hands when they eat. This is typical of religion, and this is how Jesus responded: ‘ And thus you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition (Matt. 15:4-6).

Pharisaical religious spirits would rather invalidate the Word of God and support tradition. Let be sensitive to empty traditions or patternswithout His presence. The scribe that has become a disciple of the Kingdom takes out of his treasure things both old and new (Matt. 13:52).  There are certain boundaries set by the fathers of the faith that we don’t move; otherwise you go into the fields of the fatherless (Prov. 22:28 & 23:10).  However, there are religious traditions that have held God’s people back from entering the next level.  Is it possible that tradition can invalidate the word of God; hold back a demonstration of the kingdom of God? The word that creates; can call fire; can demolish cities; can make devils shudder – can still be invalidated by traditions! Religious traditions can be powerfully strong.

Satan or demons are not God’s enemies; they are under judgement (Jn 16:11). The problem is when religious traditions begin to take shape in the family of God! Satan and his hosts cannot overrule the Word of God. Note this case in Matt 8:28-34:  …two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs; …And behold, they cried out, saying, “What do we have to do with You, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” Now there was at a distance from them a herd of many swine feeding. And the demons began to entreat Him, saying, “If You are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.” Jesus didn’t have a dialogue with the demons! And He said to them, “Begone!” And they came out, and went into the swine, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the waters. And the herdsmen ran away, and went to the city, and reported everything, including the incident of the demoniacs. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they entreated Him to depart from their region.

We need a living demonstration of the Word of God in our lives. Until the word becomes a Person, it remains theory and has no effect. Then you and I must become living epistles walking the streets. Then the declaration ‘Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done’ will be more than empty words;  it will be demonstrated in your life.