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Bonners Ferry Baptist Church

Holding Fast and Holding Forth the Word of God

Pastor's Pen 

Holding Fast and Holding Forth the Word of God


September 6, 2022


1. A fixed or real state; truth; fact.

“Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?” (Pro 22:20-21)

“It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.” (Luk 1:3-4)

The above verses are most helpful. The verses in Proverbs were written by a king and the verses in Luke by a physician. The positions, both of king and physician, require the use of critical thinking and and good judgment if they are going to be carried out in a faithful and effectual manner. I find it interesting that the Lord chose these men (Solomon the king, and Luke the physician) to pen down the words that give such a clear expression of the purpose of the Bible as a whole.

Scripture has been written to give light not darkness; to settle doubts, not create them; to establish faith and conviction, not raise questions and confusion. Both texts, just as the entire Bible, were written to establish the “certainty” of the instruction being imparted to their hearers. Faith is not taking our best guess at what is true, then holding firmly to our opinion. Faith is being convinced that what God says is true and holding firmly to his words. The Bible has been written that we might know the certainty, not the possibility, of the things written therein.

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom 10:17)

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2Ti 3:16)

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