going to speak about two subjects this week. I have a degree in
mechanical engineering and therefore I know that before anything can be
designed and built, there must be blueprints which define the project.
How does a Christian interpret the Bible? How can we know that the words
in the Bible are from God and not from men? In this message, we will
examine how the books of the Bible were controlled by the Holy Spirit
and the writer recorded history, prophecy and instructions from the Lord
under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
leads to the validity of the translations from the Hebrew and Greek.
Most people don’t speak either of those languages and would find it
impossible to read the Old and New Testaments unless it is a different
language they can understand. Jesus told the disciples to go out into
the whole world, which meant that the Bible would need to be translated
into many languages. The Holy Spirit watched over the men that He
authorized to translate the Scriptures.
of God is eternal. The creation account is important and it is necessary
to believe it happened exactly as it is written. When it comes to
prophecy, we can’t cherry pick them and look only for concepts. It is
crucial to believe them as they are written. The prophecies of the Old
Testament were obviously for that time, but they are still applicable
today and even into the future. It is therefore essential to examine
each word and sentence to discern what God stated thousands of years ago
and how they still apply today. Jesus wanted to make sure the Bible was
protected, and the last thing He did was to warn people about adding or
subtracting from the Word of God. Adding to Scripture would lead to
sickness and subtraction would mean a loss of salvation and sentence the
offender to the Lake of Fire.
second chapter of Jeremiah recounts what God had done in the past and
how the first generation behaved once they came into the Promised Land.
God told the people of Judah that they could not be involved in idolatry
if they wanted to keep the Promised Land. This principle of God applies
to every generation and nation on earth. An examination of human history
shows how empires and nations were destroyed and people were removed
from their land because they chose to worship false gods.
cannot approach God without repentance. A person cannot continue in sin
and try to clean himself up and somehow think, “I am holy.” The word
“repent” means to change direction and that requires a lifestyle change.
God will certainly accept you as a sinner because He loves you. (John
3:16) That doesn’t mean He is willing to share you with the Devil. God
warned the people of Judah to turn away from their gods of stone and the
usage of divining rods because it would just make things worse for them.
situation has not changed in the last 2,700 years since Jeremiah was
here. People are deeply into the idol worship with witchcraft, Satanism,
Buddhism, Hinduism, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, yoga, alcohol,
drugs, materialism, pornography, etc. God’s warning to Judah is still
the same today. Anyone in idolatry will be rejected by God and judged
harshly. Come and join me as we tackle these two critical issues in our
Print out the sermon outline and let's examine the
Scriptures together Sunday morning at 9:00 AM PST.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell