“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”
John 1:1-2 (NIV)
Good Sunday morning, everyone! Today’s poem, “I Believe in the Scriptures,” is performed by spoken word artist, David Bowden. Do you believe in the scriptures? It’s a simple question, but many Christians have the most difficult time answering it.
Can we really move mountains if we speak it? Do we take what is written in the Bible literally? How do we have faith in something that was written and produced by human hands? It’s not uncommon to lose faith. Jesus admonished his disciples for it all the time. But let’s look into what exactly believing in the Scriptures means.
Scripture can be defined as “any writing that is regarded as sacred by a religious group.” What writing do Christians regard as sacred? The Holy Bible. What is another name for the Bible? The Word of God. Looking back at John 1, we know that the Word was with God in the beginning, in other words, not written by human hands. We also read that the Word was not only with God in the beginning, he was God. Who else do we know is God? Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Word of God. He is the scriptures.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. (John 1:3-4)
Still don’t think we’re talking about Jesus? The Bible has a lovely habit of repeating itself (and it never contradicts). So, where else have we seen this description of Jesus?
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:16)
And of the many “I am” statements Jesus made in the book of John, he also said that he is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), he is “the light of the world” (John 8:12), and before Abraham was born, Jesus is!
What else was there before Abraham was born? The Word of God, the scriptures.
Still not convinced? Further down in John 1, we read this:
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
There’s no need to over analysis. Take the word as it is written. Jesus is the Word of God. The Word of God is God (John 1:1). God wrapped himself in flesh and came down to Earth to save man. Jesus is God.
We came full circle.
And if we believe in Jesus Christ, that he died for our sins, and that God raised him from the dead, and because of that, we know that we are saved and have everlasting life (John 3:16; Romans 10:9), then isn’t it safe to say that we also believe in the Word of God, also known as the Scriptures?