Did sheep really load Noah’s ark using forklifts?
Despite the humor that I have put into my illustrations, I have always attempted to remained true to each story told in the bible. Why, because the Word of God is truth.
The Bible is not a book of fairy tales or myths or moral principles, it is the very Word of God!!! It is infallible, it is inerrant, it is truth. To deny any part of the Word of God is to deny who God is! My love for the Word has grown recently more than ever. I can’t get enough of it. But, it does come at a cost. The words in this holy book challenge me, expose my heart and motives. But I still want more, just as Peter said, “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:1-3. NIV
I want to encourage you to read the Word of God. Allow the Holy Spirit to transform you through these words of life.
In John 15, Jesus said “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” and again in verse 5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” (NLT)
A Christian who has a true conversion (Romans 10:9-10) will produce fruit! It is not a case of might, or has a high chance of, but WILL produce much fruit. Is your life producing fruit? It is also not without coincidence that in the previous chapter (John 14) Jesus promises the counselor, the Holy Spirit who leads into all truth! For without him we can do nothing. Our Works are filthy rags, our attempts to produce fruit in our own flesh are in vain! We need the Holy Spirit to work in use transforming us day by day as we live in obedience to the Word of God (2 Corinthians 3:18)
John 15:9-10 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.” and verse 12 “This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.”(NLT)
Jesus calls us to remain in him (John 15:4-5). In verse 9-10 he calls us again to remain in his love. How? Obey His commandments. What are his commandments? To love each other the same way He has loved us!!!
2 Peter 1:5-9 breaks this down even further (I have numbered each developing phase/step for easy reading)
“In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises.
- Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence,
- and moral excellence with knowledge,
- and knowledge with self-control,
- and self-control with patient endurance,
- and patient endurance with godliness,
- and godliness with brotherly affection,
- and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.”
The Holy Spirit will produce this true genuine brotherly love for one another and for all (much fruit) as we supplement our faith (Ephesians 2:8) with obedience to His Word! People will see the love of Jesus through us!
Get into the Word! Breath it, live it, “…Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation” 1 Peter 2:2
Finally, all throughout the New Testament we are warned that false teachers will come (2 Peter 2, 1 Timothy 1, Matthew 7, Matthew 24, Mark 13 to name a few). How do we discern, how do we avoid being deceived? The Word of God is how! If we are not in the Word, if we are not aligning our thoughts and decisions to the Word of God we open ourselves up to deception. In these last days, things are only going to get more extreme, we need to be in the Word of God!
New Living Translation (NLT)
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New International Version (NIV)
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