The Word of God comes to us in its own power and authority as the truth. The Word makes no apology for the things about which it speaks, nor for the way it presents them; and its force and authority are not lessened because it condescends to plead with men. It needs no one to prove that it is true, for it proves its own testimony by the revelation of what is true. If it needed another to prove its truth, then we could not know the Word to be the Word of God, for we know God by the revelation that it gives. To judge the Word we should require an authority greater than God Himself, and that is impossible. It is absurd for man to presume to judge the Word, a Word which judges him, and gives him a true picture of himself; he does so at his peril.
It remains the Word of God even if it is not received by those who hear it. If one person believes the Word, receiving it as the Word of God, and another does not believe it, the authority of the Word is not altered in the least, it remains the same for both. Whether the Word is accepted or not it will judge all men by that which it reveals. It professes to be the Word and the testimony of God; the truth which makes Him known. The knowledge of God which it brings into the conscience, reveals all that man is and judges all his thoughts and actions.
Outside the Word of God, we have only the mind of man, and the forces of evil to which man has made himself subject by the exercise of his own will. Unless the inspired Word governs the mind of man, the more intelligent he is, the more rationalistic and infidel he becomes; if he is imaginative and influenced by ancient mythology he grows more grossly superstitious, for in his mind he retains some idea of God.
Men communicate with men, and they understand each other’s thoughts; surely God can do the same, and give more certainty as to the Divine origin and truth of the thing communicated. "Thou shalt speak my words" (Ezekiel 2:7). A Word which tells me "all things that ever I did," speaks with more than mere human intelligence. The Word is the eye of God and it searches the conscience; and no word, spoken or written, has any power or authority in the soul until it reaches the conscience.
The Word is received on its own testimony by faith. The truth of it is tested by that which it professes to reveal. The presence of God is known by the Word, and the Word carries its own authority as truth to the conscience.
The truth in anything that is told us is always a whole. Even a partial revelation is the truth concerning that which is revealed in so far as the revelation is made, and it is a necessary part of the revelation of what is true. Scripture is a whole, in it there are many things revealed, but they all make God known as they have to do with Him, and as far as He may be known by the creatures to whom He reveals Himself. What man amongst the many who wrote could have known his part in the work to complete the scriptures, and the necessity of that which he wrote to form the perfect revelation of the mind of God, as the Word gives it? It is not a lifeless word, it has vitality, and it lives by the life of the Spirit of God. If the Word is not received, God is not believed, for the Word is His testimony to men and is to be received on the authority of its own declaration.
Our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made, they are delicately and exquisitely framed. More mysterious than the intricacies of our mortal frames, is the union of the spirit of man with his body, which gives him life here and the consciousness of relationship with the world of nature through a mind. There is even more wonder in the fact that man has a mind capable of enjoying communion with God and knowing something of His character and ways. Reaching still farther in perfection beyond these marvels of creation, the Word, which communicates the mind of God and reveals God to man, surpasses all the works of creation, because it is more directly Divine. The Word is incomparable.
The Bible is not a mere disorderly collection of historical events and mythical stories thrown together without a reason for their choice. The reason for the recording of an event can only be discerned when we understand the Divine principle which it is used to illustrate. The Spirit of God is the interpreter of the mind of God, He alone can give the understanding of the Word which He inspired to be written, and the reason for the choice of the event He has chosen.
There are no unnecessary parts in the Word which reveals God. The Word of revelation forms a unity which is perfect for faith. In each book we discover the unfolding of the ways of God, of His government or of His counsels of grace. The prophets are occupied with His government on earth, a sure and certain government, but which is not yet seen in operation. God at present hides His government in providence.
Frederick A Blair (1891-1974)
From "The Sign of the Prophet Jonah" 1947
Posted: 08 Aug 2021