Many of the Biblical promises rest upon the action of the reader or hearer. The little word “if” plays a big role in experiencing the Word. In the Bible, this two letter word contains the option to either accept or reject the Word. The Word of God is limited to man’s response. The Scripture lies dormant until man responds to its content. If man chooses to ignore the Word, it becomes nothing more than a conglomeration of phrases and sentences hidden under a book cover.
If it was not for the Bible, we would have no knowledge of God and His love for mankind. If it was not for the Bible, we would not be aware of Jesus and His earthly ministry. If it was not for God’s Word, we would never come to the knowledge of what Calvary was all about. Without the Scriptures, man would be like a ship without a rudder, a car without an engine, or a plane without wings. Without His Word, man would flow with the tide of changing opinions and life styles. Without the Bible, mans’ hope for purpose will never be achieved. Sixteen times in the book of Hebrews, this powerful word highlights the responsibility of the individual. In chapter three, verse six, the Believer is likened unto a house that is built by Jesus; but if, by the actions of Christians, the world sees a creation that is no different from its own life, what would draw it to seek our building Contractor? There are a lot of “prefab” Believers that build their faith around convenience and self-fulfillment, and, as a result, turn off prospective “buyers” of the Faith. The problem is many treat the salvation experience as an “upgrade” to their lives instead of as a total rebirth experience. Continue reading