Thursday, January 3, 2008
Keeping God’s Word
Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
1 Timothy 4:13
The Bible warns us that, among other things, one of the signs of the last days will be the existence of false prophets, false apostles, false teachers, and even lying wonders.
If that is not a description of the times we are living in, then I don’t know what is. I have never seen more false teaching and greater biblical illiteracy among Christians than I am seeing today. I am amazed at how many believers are lacking in the very basics of Christian theology. Hosea’s cry for his day rings true for ours as well: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge . . . ” (Hosea 4:6). How we need the Word of God. How we need to know the Word of God.
The only way we will ever know the true from the false is by having a good knowledge of the Scripture. Jesus commended the awakened believers in the church of Philadelphia who were keeping His Word (see Revelation 3:8). He also commended this church for their perseverance and promised to keep them from the hour of trial (see verse 10).
In addition to false teaching, another sign of the last days will be that “some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1). In the days ahead, there will be trials and temptations. We need to remember that our adversary, the devil, is out there trying to bring us down.
Are you keeping God’s Word right now? I believe the church, in many ways, has strayed from this today. And as a result, we are not making the difference we ought to make. We need to persevere and keep His Word.
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