Letting Christ Transform You From The Inside Out
Please read the following scriptures, written out under each section below, while focusing on the questions given for that section.If you would like to see the scriptures written out for you on the page, instead of looking them up in your Bible, go HERE.
Question: Who is the Word?
Question: What is the Word? What is Scripture? What is Prophesy? How are we told to use the Word?
Question: Read the following scripture and together with all you have learned, answer the following: How does Jesus pull this all together. How does the "what" point to the "who"? How does the "who" use the "what"?
Question: Who is the Word?
In John 1:1-3,14 the apostle John writes the following:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made. Without him, nothing was made that has been made. In him was life and that life was the light of men.The light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not understood it. The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of truth and grace." (NIV)
In Genesis 1: 1-5, 26-28 the following is written about the creation. Notice the "Let us" references.
First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don't see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God's Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.
God spoke: "Light!" And light appeared. God saw that light was good and separated light from dark.
God named the light Day, he named the dark Night. It was evening, it was morning— Day One.
God spoke: "Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth."
God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God's nature.
He created them male and female.
God blessed them: "Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth." (Message Bible)
In 1 John 1:1-4 the apostle John writes:
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. (NIV)
In Revelation 19:11-16 the apostle John writes:
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (NIV)
Questions: What is the Word? What is Scripture? What is Prophesy? How are we told to use the Word?
In Matthew 4:1-4 - Jesus answers the devil by quoting from a book of the Old Testament of the Bible, also known as the Holy Scriptures. Jesus quotes from Deuteronomy 8:3. This was a book that Jesus quoted from quite a bit.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."
Jesus answered, "It is written: 'People do not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' (NIV>
In 2 Timothy 3:14 - 17 Paul tells Timothy, his helper, the following:
But don't let it faze you. Stick with what you learned and believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers—why, you took in the sacred Scriptures with your mother's milk! There's nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us. (Message Bible)
Colossians 3:16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. (NIV)
Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (NIV)
Acts 17:10-12 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men. (NIV)
2 Peter 1:20,21 We couldn't be more sure of what we saw and heard—God's glory, God's voice. The prophetic Word was confirmed to us. You'll do well to keep focusing on it. It's the one light you have in a dark time as you wait for daybreak and the rising of the Morning Star in your hearts. The main thing to keep in mind here is that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion. And why? Because it's not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God's Word. (Message Bible)
Question: Read the following scriptures and together with all you have learned, answer the following: How does Jesus pull this all together. How does "what is the Word" point to the "who is the Word"? Also, how does the "who" of the Word use the "what" of the Word? (look at the "sword" references to answer this).
In John 5:39-40 Jesus rebuked the religious leaders by saying -
"You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life." (NIV)
Ephesians 6:13,17 - Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground...Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
2 Thess 2:8 - And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
Revelation 1:16 - In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.