Here is a very interesting verse, that I never hear any teaching or comments on these days: I Thessalonians 2:13 (NLT), "Therefore, we never stop thanking God that when you received his message FROM US, you didn't think of OUR WORDS as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as THE VERY WORD OF GOD- which, of course, IT IS. And this word continues to work in you WHO BELIEVE." Of course I added the emphasis with the CAPS, but Paul's message is pretty eye opening.
Remember, Paul received his message from Christ Himself. He said in Galatians 1:12, "I received my message fro no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ."
It seems like so many are attacking the Bible, claiming that it is not the Word of God. I know where many of these Peeps are coming from as Jesus is the true Word of God. However, Paul is making a very important point to the Thessalonian Church. He's stating, without wavering by the way, that Jesus taught him his New Covenant message. Because Paul then goes on and teaches the message that Christ taught him, he is just repeating what Christ taught him, thus, it IS the Word of God, because it came directly from God (Christ.) In my early days of getting revelations of Grace, I kept hearing, "Make sure you preach the Gospel that Paul preached!" I didn't understand that then, but I sure do now!!!!
It seems that there are many attacking the Bible these days! I'm sorry to say that some within what might be called, "The Grace Camp" are doing so as well. The attack seems so centered on the fact that in reality Jesus is the Word of God, not the Bible. Yet, so much of what God has released to mankind is found in the words of the Bible. I have no problem, none at all, in calling my Bible the Word of God. I just know how to understand it. (Refer to my teaching on the Four Steps to Proper Bible Interpretation found in my book, "The River is Here: My Journey Into New Covenant Grace") The truth is that I found the revelations of Grace within the words of my Bible. Without doubt the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to all that I see these days, yet all of those words were on the pages of my Bible!
I have no problem in calling my Bible the Word of God! None at all!
The Gospel Paul preached is the same Gospel I preach! Yes, my friends.....I preach from my Bible every Sunday and I'm not ashamed by that! My Bible contains the message of New Covenant Grace! Glory!
Grace and Peace!