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Sterling Purity

January 1, 2018

The purity of God’s Word is foundational. Our Sunday School classes right now are following the ABC curriculum from Answers in Genesis. That program spends the first seven weeks discussing the Word of God. In discipleship and basic Bible studies one of the foundational lessons is about the nature of the Bible. The conflicts between conservative and liberal theologies have long been about the nature of the Bible. The doctrine of Scripture is a major battleground and a monumental truth. Why does this doctrine matter so much?

The Word of God is pure- perfectly pure without a single error or flaw- or it is not the Word of God. There is no middle ground. There is not Bible that is mostly right, or right only about religious matters. The Bible does not allow for the possibility of a mostly correct Word of God. The Bible claims to be pure, “true and righteous altogether.” Either the Bible is completely reliable in all it teaches or it is not reliable at all.

The Psalmist likens the purity of the Word of God to the purest silver. The process of purifying precious metal is relatively straightforward. Metal is heated until it becomes a liquid. As the heavier metal liquifies the impurities float to the top. This dross can then be scooped off and the metal allowed to cool. Repeating the process brings more impurities to the surface allowing the metal to be made more and more pure. The Word of God is like silver that has been purified seven times. The Word of God is sterling in its purity. The Bible is purest.

The Word of God is permanent. What God says stands fast, but men speak empty words. Human speech is filled with things that don’t matter, things that don’t last and things that mean nothing. God’s Word does not. God always means what He says. What God decrees, happens. What God promises, occurs. What God says, remains.

God’s Word remains because He upholds it. The Bible in the hands of Christians today is the Word of God. What good is it if God gave His inspired Word to men like Isaiah and Peter but then the Word disappeared from the earth? God’s Word remains. God’s Word is preserved for His people from generation to generation. Most importantly, God’s Word never fails. “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” His Words are not just so much hot air. His Word is sure.


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