GOD'S TREASURE CHEST
by paul hoffmaster
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I marvel at how many times we misread or misinterpret Godís Word. Maybe we think that God needs our help in explaining the intent of the Scripture. Maybe we think we need to translate His Words into an easier rendering and application so people can have a greater understanding. Maybe traditionalizing the Holy Book into our own personal experiences will help develop a better connection between God and man. Maybe we think paraphrasing the Word will help gain a greater audience. Piecemeal Scripture, in which only the feel good verses are promoted, has caused the Word of God to be downgraded to simply Christian psychology. When are we going to accept Godís Word as He intended it? It is not simplifying the Word to a common denominator; rather, it is lifting the reader to the realm of spiritual understanding through the Holy Spiritís tutorage. It is amazing how much literature is produced to explain the Bible and its relevance to our daily lives. There are books that are keyed to explaining Biblical overviews. There is even one entitled ďDUMMIES GUIDE TO THE BIBLE.Ē Much of the Christian literature today is keyed to learning how to get from God: as long as one is willing to give something green to the promoter. It seems we are in the neo-DaVinci Code era in which secret codes are supposedly hidden in the Bible. We are challenged to unravel the secrets that will lead us to such things as financial prosperity and weight loss. We need to stop looking for hidden treasure and realize the wealth of Godís Word is right before our eyes. We need to stop trying to unveil what has not been veiled. We need to have an attitude of simply accepting Godís Word as He said it. It is true that the Bible will make little or no sense to the unregenerate reader, but to the true Believer, it is the inerrant, infallible, and eternal Word of God. We must never dilute the Word through human interpretation, but promote its truth to one another in love.
Many of the false doctrines that have been activated through out the years are so aligned with real Truth that it is has been hard to separate truth from fiction. Verbal promotion of heresy is usually hidden within the tenets of faith in Christian organizations. Whenever we find something is taken away from or added to the Scripture, there should be alarm bells sounded in the heart of the true Believer. Whenever promoted Scripture conflicts with other Scripture, there should be a spiritual uneasiness. One case in point is water baptism. Jesus commanded His disciples to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19); yet, some believe that after Pentecost, people should be baptized in Jesusí name only. (Acts 2:38) After commissioning His disciples, Jesus told them not to start their ministry until they had received the power of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:4) Jesusí command did not include a change or contradiction of direction; rather, an enablement to carry out His orders through the authority of the Holy Spirit.
The Scripture is Godís Word dictated to His scribes through the Holy Spirit. We must learn to accept Godís Word by faith, and not to scrutinize the intent of the Scripture to our own satisfaction. As we open Godís Word, we will discover His unlimited riches. There is no need to look for hidden treasures and new truths for they are already before us in plain sight!
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