NOTE: Those of you who follow me on Periscope probably already know, but I’ve been dealing with some online content theft, so I wasn’t able to post this when it was originally scheduled it. Now that the situation is mostly resolved, I wanted to make it available to you. I hope it is a blessing and encourages you today! -JM
“Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.” -Proverbs 30:5-6
For a deeper understanding of Scripture, I often look up passages in several different translations. When doing this I found that a couple versions of the Bible translate the first part of verse five as “Every word of God proves true”. Other synonyms for “tested” include: dependable, reliable, safe, and trustworthy.
Because we know that God’s word is flawless, we can be secure in placing our trust in what it says. Along with that reassurance comes a warning. The Bible is perfect and inspired by God, therefore, we must not add to any of it.
What does “adding” to God’s word actually mean?
The best example I can think of is related to the message of the Gospel: We are saved by God’s grace alone, not by works, so that nobody can boast in their good deeds (Ephesians 2:8-9). This fundamental truth is what makes our faith different. Every other religion–and cults that claim to be “Christian”–in the world add to the simple message of salvation by giving people the burden of doing good works in order to gain the reward of salvation. This teaching is contrary to the beautiful doctrine of grace clearly laid out in the Bible. Our pastor is currently preaching through Galatians. The theme of this book is a call to lay aside the lie that God requires more than faith in the work that has already been done for us on the cross and to embrace our freedom found in Christ. Nothing we do will save us from our sins! Proverbs 30:6 serves as warning to be careful in what we are teaching and who we are listening to. We must take everything back to the Bible to make sure that nothing has been added to God’s flawless message of grace.
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May you filled with the assurance that the Word of God is truth and rest in the grace He has freely lavished upon us as you seek to hide His Word in your heart.
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