Lesson 1   Study - The Word of God


Everything you have learned so far in RAD studies has come from the Holy Bible, also called the Holy Scriptures, where God's Word for us is found.  The Bible, God's written Word, is the expression of his eternal Word, Jesus Christ.  It is the only authoritative written record of God's revelation of HImself to mankind.  Everything we need to learn about Who God is, and what He desires for us is contained in the Bible.  Through the truths found in its pages we have come to know the true God, who is our Father, and His Son Jesus Christ, the Living Word, by whom God revealed Himself.  If we want to live complete and fulfilling lives in Jesus Christ , we must apply ourselves to learning God's Word.


The Holy Bible is a collection of 66 books, containing books of history, biography, poetry, prophecy, and many personal letters.  God used men from many different backgrounds to record it.  Whether the writer was a fisherman, tax collector, doctor, lawyer, shepherd,prince,  priest, warrior or king, it was in truth the Holy Spirit who led these men to record the Words of God.  The central theme throughout the masterpiece is God reaching out to man in love.  From the beginning of creation in Genesis 1:1 to the new world to come in Revelation 22 we find the continuous unfolding of God's plan of redemption, with Jesus Christ as the central figure throughout.  The Old Testament looks forward to the promise of the coming of the Messiazh, which God had promised through the prophets.  The New Testament was written after the physical appearance of Jesus and His sacrificial death for us. 


God is the Author

All Scripture is God-breathed... (2 Timothy 3:16)


Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.     (2 Peter 1:20-21)


God's Word is eternal

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God.  For, "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of the Lord stands forever."  And this is the Word that was preached to you.    (1 Peter 1:23-24a)


Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.    (Psalm 119:89)

"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away."   - Jesus  (Matthew 24:35)


God preserves His Word in the Bible

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book:  If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.  And if anyone takes away words from this book or prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.   (Revelation 22:18-19)


God's Word is effective

"As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,  ...so is my Word that goes out from My mouth; It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I send it."  (Isaiah 55:10a, 11)


God's Word works in us

...the Word of God...is at work in you who believe.  (1 Thessalonians 2:13b)


We have seen that the Bible is God's Word for us, and it is sure for all eternity.  God's Word accomplishes exactly what he wants, and is at work in our lives right now!  What is it God wants to accomplish in our lives through His Word?  Look up and complete the following verses.


• Read Hebrews 4:12 and complete the verse.


For the Word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword,  it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it



This is very important to our growth as Christians.  Many times we are unable to see things in our hearts that are keeping us away from God and hurting us in some way.  God's living and active Word will help you to recognize those things He wants to change in your life.


• Read Psalm 119:105 and add the missing word.


Your word is a lamp to my feet and a ___________________ for my path.


Imagine walking in a dense forest at night.  It is pitch black, you are lost, and have no idea how to find the pathway home.  A bright flashlight would be the answer to all of your problems.  The light would help you to see the path you must take.  This is the same way the Word of God helps us when we need direction in our lives.  When we can't seem to find the right path, the light of the Word cuts through  the darkness to show the way.


• Read Psalm 199:130 and fill in the blanks.


The unfolding of your Words gives _______; it gives ________ to the simple.


Another way God's Word is said to bring light is in our understanding.  We could never understand God's ways by our own intellect.  God gives us new understanding through His Word.


• Read Psalm 119:, verses 9 & 11, and complete them:


How can a young man ______________?    By living according to your Word.  


I  have hidden your Word in my heart that I might ________ against you.  


When we live by God'sWord, it purifies us, and helps us stay pure.  As the Word becomes part of us, it helps us to turn away from sin.


• Read II Timothy 3:15b:16, and fill in the blanks.


... you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you ________ for  ______ through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for _____,_____, _____,  and ______ in _____,  so that the man of God may be _____ for every good work.


All the  treasures of wisdom and knowledge are found in Jesus Christ, the Living Word.  The wisdom of this world is foolishness to God.  True wisdom from God which accompanies salvation is only found in God's Word.  The Bible teaches us and trains us in God's righteousness, and also corrects us and scolds us when we are rebelious.  Through this teaching and correcting process, the Word prepares and equips us to do God's will, so that we can glorify Him by our good works.


• Read Romans 15:4, and finish this verse.


For everything that was written in the past was written to __________________ us, so that through _________________ and the


________________________________ of the Scriptures we might have


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Through the teachung of the Word we find encouragement and strength, and we learn to hope in God.


• Read Acts 20:32, and complete:


Now I commit yuou to God and to the Word of His grace, which can ___________________________________ and give you an


___________________________________________________________________________  among all those who are sanctified.


The Word of God "builds us up," which is to say He strengthens us and makes us grow up in Him.  The Bible reveals the promises of our inheritance, which God has enacted by His powerful spoken Word. The faithfulness of God's Word guarantees it, because it is the Word  Himself, Jesus Christ, who will bring it to final fulfillment.


The word "sanctified" in this verse speaks of having been separated to God, completely devoted to His purposes.  The word

"sanctified" in the Bible is often the same  Greek word that we also translate as "holy," or "sacred."  This separation and devotion to God carries with it the thought of being like Him - of being made holy.  It also means we are no longer a part of the things that displease our Father, because we have been separated from them.  How does this sanctrifyinng work happen?


• Read John 17:17.   As Jesus was praying to tyhe Father, how did He ask God to sanctify his people?


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What is truth?


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Summary

The Bible holds the keys to all of our needs as growing Christians. We have seen that the Word of God discerns the intents of the heart, enlightens us, gives understanding, purifies us, keeps us from sin, makes us wise, brings salvation,teaches us, trains us, corrects us, rebukes us, thoroughly equips us to do good works, enourages us, brings endurane, gives us hope, builds us up, gives us an inheritance, sanctifies us and makes us holy.


Because the Word of God is so important in your new life, yuu need to spend time in it everyday!  The Word of God is your spiritual food.  It gives you life, makes yuo strong, and helps you grow to maturity.  You cannot live without it!


If you have not yet started through the New Testament, you should set aside time everyday to read it!  As we said at the end of month one, the gospel of John is a great place to start.  The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are also excellent reading.  After the Gospels, move on to the Acts of the Apostles.  If you will make daily Bible reading a priority, you will soon notice a big difference in your life!


• Starting tomorrow, we will begin our series of five daily devos focusing on God's Word. As you start each of the devo’s, remember to pray and ask God to teach you through His Word.  Also be sure to thank God for what  He shows you, and ask Him to help you apply it to your life.  He is faithful!