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TCH MINI-STUDY: 54
 
BLESSED ARE THEY WHO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD, AND KEEP IT
 
To some unbelievers who questioned His authority, Jesus responded, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it (Luke 11:28). What is this “word” that Jesus mentions? Is this word the bible, as many think?
 
IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS
WITH GOD, AND THE WORD WAS GOD
 
The word word is translated from the Greek word logos, which refers either to Christ Himself, or the gospel of Christ. For example, logos refers to Christ in these verses: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word [Greek, logos, i.e., something said, the divine expression, that is, Christ] was with God, and the Word was God. The same [Christ, the Word] was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light [revelation of Christ] shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me (John 1:1-15). Within these verses, is is very clear that the Word, the logos, was none other than Jesus Christ, and not the bible.
 
In another example in which logos refers to Christ, the author of the book of Hebrews wrote, There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word [Greek, logos, i.e., something said, the divine expression, that is, Christ] of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his [Christ] sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him [Christ] with whom we have to do (Hebrews 4:9-13). Within these verses, it is very clear that the Word, the logos, was none other than Jesus Christ, and not the bible.
 
THE WORD OF TRUTH, THE GOSPEL
 
The English word word [logos] can also refer to the gospel, or good news of the God's salvation and Kingdom. For example, the apostle Paul wrote the Ephesian church, That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word [logos] of truth, the gospel [Greek, euaggelion, a good message, announce good news, good tidings] of your salvation [Greek, soteria, rescue, physical or moral safety, deliverance, health, saving]: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:12-13). Paul also wrote the church in Colossae, We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word [logos] of the truth of the gospel [Greek, euaggelion, a good message, announce good news, good tidings]; Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth (Colossians 1:3-6).
 
In these verses, the word [logos] clearly refers to the gospel or good news of salvation and the Kingdom of Heaven. In another example in which the word [logos] refers to the gospel, or good news of Christ and the Kingdom of God, Christ explained the parable of the sower to His disciples. He said, Now the parable is this: The seed [scattering of seed, object to be sown] is the word [Greek, logos, Christ and the gospel message of the Kingdom] of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience (Luke 8:11-15). The seed clearly refers to the gospel message of the Kingdom, and not the bible. When Christ sows the gospel into the good ground, or the honest and good heart, that heart hears the gospel message, keeps and cherishes it, and, with patience, brings forth fruit. In context of these verses, the seed is referring to the gospel message, not the bible.
 
When Luke, the physician, wrote blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it (Luke 11:28), what did he mean? The word blessed is translated from the Greek word makarios, which means fortunate, well off, supremely blessed, or happy. The word hear is translated from the Greek word akouo, which means to hear in various senses, give audience of, hearken, be reported, and understand.
 
The word word, as we mentioned, refers, in this context, to the gospel of Christ, while the word keep is translated from the Greek word phulasso, which means to be on guard, to preserve, obey, observe, or save. When Luke wrote verse 28, he meant fortunate, well off, and happy are those who hear and understand the word [logos], that is, the gospel or good news of salavation and the Kingdom, and observe it, save it, and preserve it in their hearts and minds. In similar wording, the apostle Paul wrote Timothy, Meditate upon these things [concerning the gospel]; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine [of Christ and the gospel]; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee (1 Timothy 4:15-16).
 
ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD
 
When we examine the scriptures, it becomes obvious that the word [logos] can refer to Jesus Christ or the gospel. However, this word can and must be distinguished from the English word, scripture also found in the new testament. Referring to His own betrayal by one of this own disciples, Christ spoke these words to his disciples: I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but thatthe scripture [Greek, graphe, a document, holy Writ, to describe, written] may be fulfilled [completed, brought to pass, happen], He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me (John 13:18).
 
Addressing the church in Rome, the apostle Paul wrote, For the scripture [Greek, graphe, a document, holy Writ, to describe, written] saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:11-13).
 
Paul wrote to his dearly beloved spiritual son, Timothy, from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures [Greek, gramma, a writing, a letter or note, scripture, what is written], which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture [Greek, graphe, a document, holy Writ, to describe, written] is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works (2 Timothy 3:15-17). Again, Paul referred to the graphe as scripture, not the word, as many consider the bible.
 
Speaking to some Jews who completely rejected Christ and the life available in Christ, and sought to kill Him as well, Christ angrily said, And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word [Greek, logos, gospel of the Kingdom] abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures [Greek, graphe, a document, holy Writ, to describe, written]; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life (John 5:37-40). In these verses, Christ not only refers to the Holy Scriptures, but explains that life is not available [as many believe] within the scriptures, but only by coming to faith in Christ. In fact, what the scriptures do, according to Christ Himself, is testify of Him, who is the source of life.
 
Within the church, the error continues to be taught by teachers and preachers that the bible is the word, rather than the graphe, or Holy Scriptures. When the bible refers to itself, it refers to itself as the scriptures [graphe]. According to scriptures, the graphe [that which is written] is the bible, while theword refers to Christ [logos] or the gospel [logos]. The Greek word, rhema, is also periodically translated into the English wordword, and refers to the supernatural operation, movement, and working of the Holy Spirit, but a discussion of this concept is beyond the scope of this article.
 
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST: FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD
UNTO SALVATION TO EVERY ONE THAT BELIEVETH
 
The Lord said, blessed are they who hear the word of truth, the gospel, and keep it. Why are those who hear, cherish, and keep the gospel blessed? In his letter to the church in Rome, Paul answered this question for us. Paul wrote, For I am not ashamed of the gospel [Greek, euaggelion, to announce or declare good news, to declare good tidings] of Christ [and the salvation available through faith in Him]: for it is the power [Greek, dunamis, explosive, supernatural ability and strength] of God unto salvation [rescue, safety, deliverance] to every one that believeth [commits to trust]; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein [the gospel of Christ] is the righteousness of God revealed from faith [of the Jew] to faith [of the Greek]: as it is written, The just [Jew and Greek (Gentile)] shall live by faith (Romans 1:16-17). Because the gospel is the supernatural ability and strength of God and Christ leading unto salvation, those who hear and keep the gospel are blessed because they, Jew and Gentile alike, shall receive salvation and eternal life through the gospel message or good news of salvation through Christ and faith in Him.
 
Elsewhere, Christ's disciples asked Him what they would get by following Him. They exclaimed, we have left all, and have followed thee (Mark 10:28). In essence, Christ's disciples were asking the Lord, what shall we get for giving up our lives and for responding to your instructions to follow you? Jesus answered His disciples,Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life (Mark 10:29-30). According to Jesus Christ, the fruit of hearing the gospel, responding to it, and keeping the gospel in our hearts and minds is receiving an hundredfold in this life, and eternal life in the world to come.  AMEN.


GOD SHALL SEND THEM STRONG DELUSTION
 
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth [of the gospel message], that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth [of the gospel message], but had pleasure in unrighteousness”
(2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).
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“For which cause
we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet
the inward man is renewed day by
day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us
a far more
exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we
look not at
the things which
are seen, but
at the things
which are not
seen: for the
things which are seen are temporal; but the things
which are not
seen are eternal”
(2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
 
"Hereby perceive
we the love of God, because he laid down his life for
us: and we ought
to lay down our
lives for the brethren. But
whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God
in him? My little children, let us
not love in
word, neither in tongue; but in
deed and
in truth"
(1 John 3:16-18).