It is a grave responsibility when we undertake to write for the Lord Jesus Christ. We must be serious as we approach this task and with sober-mindedness exercise great fidelity to His Word and His cause. We must be careful that we don’t substitute our words or ideas for God’s Word, no matter how appealing we think we are. God’s Word is true and must be the measure that we focus on as we write for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We must not use catch phrases or fine sounding words in the place of God’s Word, because it takes God’s spiritual Word to do His spiritual work in the hearts and lives of sinners and saints alike. It is God’s Word that is all powerful while our words, words of the flesh, just promote more fleshliness and godlessness, no matter how wise we think we might be. The apostle Paul says that the Holy Spirit uses spiritual words to teach us spiritual matters, so how can we, with a clear conscience, promote either man’s wisdom or our own when writing about spiritual matters?
9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard Nor have entered into the heart of man, The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:9-16
19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:19-21
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
In the Word of God, the Bible, we see that those who were chosen by God were given His Word to speak to the people. God also made provision for their testimony, His perfect Word, to be recorded for the blessing and admonition of His people. Jeremiah and Ezekiel, each were specifically given the Word of God to give to God’s children for warning and exhortation. There are verses in both books that detail this exchange between God and His prophets.
9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched by mouth, and the Lord said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.” Jeremiah 1:9
15 O Lord, You know; Remember me and visit me, And take vengeance for me on my persecutors. In Your enduring patience, do not take me away. Know that for Your sake I have suffered rebuke. 16 Your words were found, and I ate them, And You word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart: For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. Jeremiah 15:15-16
1 Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and so speak to the house of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll. 3 and He said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you.” So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness. 4 Then He said to me: “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. Ezekiel 3:1-4
We must not allow fear of rejection or the desire to be popular to dictate within our hearts what we write when we write for the Lord Jesus Christ. We must use His Word, His way as led by the Holy Spirit for the edification of His children and the warning and pleading to sinners. If we follow the world’s way of speaking the truth then we are proving that we are unworthy to be servants of our most High God, and our work will not be rewarded. It might even be a tell-tale sign that one does not truly belong to the Lord. Jesus made it abundantly obvious that God’s Word is what we must desire and grow by. It is God’s Word that nourishes and strengthens us as believers. It is God’s Word that brings conviction to the sinner and relief to the repentant believer. We must do God’s business His way and reject our own way for God’s glory and praise. May God bless us with love for Him and His Word and fidelity to His truth.
3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread. 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:3-4
3 “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. Deuteronomy 8:3
102 I have not departed from Your judgments, For You Yourself have taught me. 103 How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate very false way. Psalm 119:102-104
1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 1 Peter 2:1-3