Inspired Words Choice
When the Bible speaks of inspiration it includes both testaments—both are inspired. It includes all sixty-six books of the Bible. It includes every chapter, every verse, every sentence, every phrase and every word. It all is inspired for all the scripture is inspired—God breathed (2 Tim. 3:16-17). One should never read the Bible without realizing how inspiration reaches to the choice of every word.
Another way of emphasizing this truth is to look at the order in which the words of the Bible express heavenly truth. When we fail to do this and get those matters discussed in the wrong order, we create problems in our lives. Look at the following examples of the order in which God places His eternal truth.
When Luke described the life of Jesus, he wrote it down in a particular word order. Luke said, “Jesus began both to do and to teach” (Acts 1:1). He first did it! What a contrast this was with the leaders of that day. They knew the will of God, and they were so strict when they taught it. Jesus never condemned them for this action. What was their problem in trying to make converts to Judaism? “Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say and do not do” (Matt. 23:3).
Another place where the order in which items are placed is found in a verse familiar to so many. Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). Christianity is a taught religion and that is why the previous verse said that the gospel was to be preached to every creature under heaven. First there must be teaching, then believing, then baptism. A failure to understand this has brought about the sprinkling of millions of infants and by that action making them part of “Christianity.” The order is wrong. Those infants were not making a commitment to Jesus—they did not even know it happened.
A third illustration, and one that Christians today must remember, is found in the words of Peter on Pentecost. “Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for them remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). Both repentance and baptism are for the remission of sins. However, we seek to get others to be immersed without first teaching them that immersion without repentance cannot save them. Over the years young women have said to their future mates, “I will not marry you until you are baptized.” The change those mates should first make is to repent, to change their lives!
As you read His word, read it slowly enough to see the order in which God has placed His truths. There are great treasures awaiting those who do this.